Dr Yasmine Musharbash

Senior Lecturer

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 0411 687638

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Biographical details

ARC Future Fellow, 2014-2018

Senior Lecturer

Since 2009: Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney

Feb - July 2009: Anthropologist, Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority

2004 - 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia.

2003-2004: Anthropologist, Torres Strait Regional Authority.

1999 - 2003: PhD Scholar, Australian National University.

1997: European Summer School in Anthropology, Copenhagen University

1991 - 1997: MA in Social Anthropology and English, Freie Universität Berlin

1993/4 Social Anthropology and Koorie Studies, Monash University

Since 1994, I have been undertaking annual research trips to the remote Aboriginal settlement of Yuendumu in central Australia, home to up to 1,000 Warlpiri people and about 100 non-Indigenous service providers. I have conducted participant observation-based fieldwork with Warlpiri people in their camps, in Alice Springs, out bush and in a number of other settlements on a range of topics including: sociality, everyday life, domestic space, continuity and change, boredom, youth and inter-generational relations, fear, and so forth.

I have also undertaken non-academic research in central Australia, including Native Title and heritage protection work, consultancies into fire practices, child-rearing, work attitudes, as well as liaison work for the 'voices from the heart of the nation' project between Warlpiri Media, Reconciliation Australia and The Australian (News Ltd.). And, I have undertaken Native Title research for land and sea claims in Torres Strait.

In 2008, I completed a four-year postdoc on 'boredom'. Since then, I have worked on the anthropology of sleep and the night, and further pursued my interests in the anthropology of embodiment and the emotions, comparative anthropology, and research into Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations. Currently, I am working on a project concerned with the theory about and ethnography of monsters.

Research interests

  • Indigenous Australia, especially central Australia and Torres Strait.
  • Warlpiri Studies.
  • Anthropology of the everyday.
  • Anthropology of time, space, and place.
  • Sociality, kinship, personhood.
  • Anthropology of emotions and of the body.
  • Indigenous/Non-Indigenous relations.
  • Childhood, youth, gender and inter-generational relations.
  • TSI relations to the sea

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Transformations in Aboriginal central Australia: A study of Warlpiri social relations in a time of crisis; Musharbash Y; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Yuendumu Everyday: Contemporary life in remote Aboriginal Australia. Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Edited Books

  • Musharbash, Y., Barber, M. (2011). Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Glaskin, K., Tonkinson, M., Musharbash, Y., Burbank, V. (2009). Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia. United Kingdom: Ashgate.

Book Chapters

  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Embodied Meaning: Sleeping Arrangements in Central Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Richard Chenhall (Eds.), Sleep Around the World: Anthropological Perspectives, (pp. 45-60). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Nic's Gift: Turning Ethnographic Data into Knowledge. In Yasmine Musharbash & Marcus Barber (Eds.), Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson, (pp. 1-14). Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Warungka: Becoming and Unbecoming a Warlpiri Person. In Ute Eickelkamp (Eds.), Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence, (pp. 63-81). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). 'Only Whitefella Take That Road': Culture seen through the intervention at Yuendumu. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 212-225). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2009). 'Sorry Business is Yapa Way': Warlpiri Mortuary Rituals as Embodied Practice. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 21-36). United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Burbank, V., Glaskin, K., Musharbash, Y., Tonkinson, M. (2009). Introduction: Indigenous Ways of Death in Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 1-20). United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2001). Yuendumu CDEP: Warlpiri Work Ethic and Kardiya Staff Turn–over. In Morphy, F. and Sanders, W. (Eds.), The Indigenous Welfare Economy and the CDEP Scheme, (pp. 153-165). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2000). The Yuendumu Community Case Study. In Smith, D.E. (Eds.), Indigenous Familes and the Welfare System: Two Community Case Studies, (pp. 53-84). Canberra: ANU Press.

Journals

  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Night, sight, and feeling safe: An exploration of aspects of Warlpiri and Western sleep. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(1), 48-63. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Marriage, Love Magic, and Adultery: Warlpiri Relationships as Seen by Three Generations of Anthropologists. Oceania, 80, 272-288.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Warlpiri fears/whitefella fears: Ways of being in Central Australia seen through an emotion. Emotion, Space and Society, 3, 95-102. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Perilous Laughter: Examples from Yuendumu, Central Australia. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 271-277. [More Information]
  • Carty, J., Musharbash, Y. (2008). You've Got to be Joking: Asserting the Analytical Value of Humour and Laughter in Contemporary Anthropology. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 209-217. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2007). Boredom, Time, and Modernity: An Example from Aboriginal Australia. American Anthropologist, 109(2), 307-317. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2004). Red Bucket for the Red Cordial, Green Bucket for the Green Cordial: On the Logic and Logistics of Warlpiri Birthday Parties. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(1), 12-22.

Edited Journals

  • Musharbash, Y., Carty, J. (2008). Anthropological Forum Special Issue: You've Got to be Joking! Anthropological Perspectives on Humour and Laughter. Anthropological Forum, 18(3).

Conferences

  • Musharbash, Y. (2006). The journeys before the journey: An analysis of 'hithering and thithering' or, what takes place before you can go on a trip in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal settlement. TASA 2006 - Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Perth, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2013

  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Embodied Meaning: Sleeping Arrangements in Central Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Richard Chenhall (Eds.), Sleep Around the World: Anthropological Perspectives, (pp. 45-60). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2013). Night, sight, and feeling safe: An exploration of aspects of Warlpiri and Western sleep. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24(1), 48-63. [More Information]

2011

  • Musharbash, Y., Barber, M. (2011). Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Nic's Gift: Turning Ethnographic Data into Knowledge. In Yasmine Musharbash & Marcus Barber (Eds.), Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicholas Peterson, (pp. 1-14). Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2011). Warungka: Becoming and Unbecoming a Warlpiri Person. In Ute Eickelkamp (Eds.), Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence, (pp. 63-81). New York: Berghahn Books.

2010

  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). 'Only Whitefella Take That Road': Culture seen through the intervention at Yuendumu. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 212-225). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Marriage, Love Magic, and Adultery: Warlpiri Relationships as Seen by Three Generations of Anthropologists. Oceania, 80, 272-288.
  • Musharbash, Y. (2010). Warlpiri fears/whitefella fears: Ways of being in Central Australia seen through an emotion. Emotion, Space and Society, 3, 95-102. [More Information]

2009

  • Musharbash, Y. (2009). 'Sorry Business is Yapa Way': Warlpiri Mortuary Rituals as Embodied Practice. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 21-36). United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Burbank, V., Glaskin, K., Musharbash, Y., Tonkinson, M. (2009). Introduction: Indigenous Ways of Death in Australia. In Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Mushabarash, Victoria Burbank (Eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 1-20). United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Glaskin, K., Tonkinson, M., Musharbash, Y., Burbank, V. (2009). Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia. United Kingdom: Ashgate.

2008

  • Musharbash, Y., Carty, J. (2008). Anthropological Forum Special Issue: You've Got to be Joking! Anthropological Perspectives on Humour and Laughter. Anthropological Forum, 18(3).
  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Perilous Laughter: Examples from Yuendumu, Central Australia. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 271-277. [More Information]
  • Carty, J., Musharbash, Y. (2008). You've Got to be Joking: Asserting the Analytical Value of Humour and Laughter in Contemporary Anthropology. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 209-217. [More Information]
  • Musharbash, Y. (2008). Yuendumu Everyday: Contemporary life in remote Aboriginal Australia. Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press.

2007

  • Musharbash, Y. (2007). Boredom, Time, and Modernity: An Example from Aboriginal Australia. American Anthropologist, 109(2), 307-317. [More Information]

2006

  • Musharbash, Y. (2006). The journeys before the journey: An analysis of 'hithering and thithering' or, what takes place before you can go on a trip in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal settlement. TASA 2006 - Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Perth, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2004

  • Musharbash, Y. (2004). Red Bucket for the Red Cordial, Green Bucket for the Green Cordial: On the Logic and Logistics of Warlpiri Birthday Parties. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(1), 12-22.

2001

  • Musharbash, Y. (2001). Yuendumu CDEP: Warlpiri Work Ethic and Kardiya Staff Turn–over. In Morphy, F. and Sanders, W. (Eds.), The Indigenous Welfare Economy and the CDEP Scheme, (pp. 153-165). Canberra: ANU Press.

2000

  • Musharbash, Y. (2000). The Yuendumu Community Case Study. In Smith, D.E. (Eds.), Indigenous Familes and the Welfare System: Two Community Case Studies, (pp. 53-84). Canberra: ANU Press.

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