Dr Ase Ottosson

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Biographical details

My research in the ARC funded Discovery project (2012-2015) Inside Alice Springs: a new view of difference, division and diversity (DP120100960) is based on field research in Alice Springs, Central Australia. It explores how non-Indigenous and Indigenous people from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds enact and experience differences and similarities in day to day interactions and activities in shared town space.

My doctoral research (2000-2006) concerned the articulation of masculinity and Aboriginality in the social world of music making in Central Australia. I conducted applied research as a staff anthropologist at the Central Land Council (2006-2008), in order to produce advice and research reports on Aboriginal people’s ancestral and contemporary connections to country and people. I produced the Anthropologist’s Report for a successful land claim at Titjikala south of Alice Springs.

Previously, I conducted field research in Uganda for a Master’s Thesis in Applied Anthropology, and for consultancy reports on local decision making, gender politics, regional conflict, democracy and human rights in Uganda.

My main theoretical interests are within the field of everyday intercultural processes and practices, indigenous-settler relations, music and expressive culture, ethnic and gendered identify formation, and the anthropology of space and place.

Research interests

My main research interests are in the anthroplogy of Indigenous-settler dynamics, urban place and space, music and expressive culture, and masculinity/gender.

Teaching and supervision

In Semester 1, 2019, I teach ANTH3618 Indigenous Australians Today and ANTH4103 Honours Thesis Writing, and in Semester 2 ANTH3602 Reading Ethnogprahy, ANTH2623 Anthropology of Gender and ANTH4104 Honours Thesis Writing.

I supervise PhD students Kate Giunta's project on queer forms of femininity in Sydney’s non-heteronormative scene, Brent Clough's project on reggae music in Vanuatu. Mardi reardon-Smith's research on Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations to ladn in Cape York, and Meherose Borthwick's project on print-making and fashion in Rajasthan, India.

I welcome PhD, Masters and Honours students to contact me for supervision in my areas of research and teaching.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Materially Indian: Fashioning Class and Gender in a Rajasthani Textile Printing Town Meherose BORTHWICK
(Re)Making Femininities: Enacting Queer Genders in Sydney Katherine GIUNTA
Cultural connections to land in Australia and the co-creation of environmental ethics and knowledge Mardi REARDON-SMITH

Current projects

I currently publishing from my research in the ARC funded Discovery project (2012-2015) Inside Alice Springs: a new view of difference, division and diversity (DP120100960).

Associations

Member or Fellow of:

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Australian Anthropological Society
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music
  • International Council for Traditional Music

Awards and honours

  • 2016 Rebecca Coyle Prize for Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia for best 2016 publication on music research in the Australia-NZ/Pacific region, awarded by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (ANZ)
  • 2011 Publication Prize International Association for the Study of Popular Music-ANZ
  • 2010 Publication Prize International Association for the Study of Popular Music-ANZ
  • 2008 Nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian National University

In the media

2018 Interviewed by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation for a 1 hour special on Eddie Mabo and land rights in Australia to be broadcast in September

2018 Interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Alice Springs for a three-part portrait on my research and work in Central Australia in July

2016 Interviewed by Swedish Broadcasting Corporation Radio National about Indigenous youth detention in the Northern Territory in September

2015 Interviewed about my book by SBS Radio in December

2014 Interviewed about Alice Springs research by Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM for a two-part special on Australian national identity and cultural diversity in January 2014

2006 Interviewed about the music research by SBS Radio in June

Selected grants

2012

  • Inside Alice Springs: a new view of difference, division and diversity; Ottosson A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Ottosson, A. (2016). Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia. London: Bloomsbury Academic. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Ottosson, A. (2018). Rethinking Indigenous Popular Music Heritage as Australian Heritage. In Sarah Baker, Catherine Strong, Lauren Istvandity, Zelmarie Cantillon (Eds.), The Routledge companion to popular music history and heritage, (pp. 317-325). Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2016). Holding on to Country: Musical Moorings for Desired Masculinities in Aboriginal Australia. In Diane Pecknold and Kristine M. McCusker (Eds.), Country Boys and Redneck Women: New Essays in Gender and Country Music, (pp. 64-83). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Ottosson, A. (2013). Performing Aboriginal Places in White Town. In Stahl, G. and Gyde, A. (Eds.), IASPM 2009, (pp. 330-342). Liverpool, UK: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).

Journals

  • Ottosson, A. (2019). Review of 'The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics' by Niko Besnier, Susan Brownell and Thomas F Carter. American Ethnologist. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2019). Troubled Waters in Alice Springs, Central Australia. Ethnos. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2019). Urban Flows, Movements and Conflict: Negotiating Perceived and Real Precariousness. Ethnos. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Fisher, D. 2016. The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia. Oceania, 87(1), 107-108.
  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Fisher, D. 2016. The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia. Cultural Studies Review, 23(1), 178-181.
  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Koskoff, E. 2014. A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 23(3), 645-646.
  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Sanders, W. (ed.). 2016. Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 18(3), 275-277.
  • Ottosson, A. (2016). "Don't Rubbish Our Town": "Anti-Social Behaviour" and Indigenous-Settler forms of Belonging in Alice Springs, Central Australia. City & Society, 28(2), 152-173. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2016). Review of Rivera-Rideau, P. 2015. Remixing Reggaeton: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 22(3): 297-299. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 22(3), 297-299.
  • Ottosson, A. (2015). Review of Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and other Pacific Islanders. Pacific Affairs, 88(4), 968-970. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2015). Review of The SAGE Handbook of Popular Music. Perfect Beat:the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture, 16(1-2), 144-147. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2014). Book review: Henry “Seaman�? Dan and Karl Neuenfeldt. 2013. Steady Steady: The Life and Music of Seaman Dan. Journal of World Popular Music, 1(1), 46-50. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2014). To Know One's Place: Belonging and Differentiation in Alice Springs Town. Anthropological Forum, 24(2), 115-135. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2012). Review of Magowan, F. & K. Neuenfeldt (eds) Landscapes of Indigenous Performance: Music, Song and Dance of the Torres Strait and Arnhem Land, and Stubington, J., Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life. Yearbook for Traditional Music, 44, 194-196.
  • Ottosson, A. (2012). The intercultural crafting of real Aboriginal country and manhood in Central Australia. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 23(2), 179-196. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2011). Review of Elliott, Richard. 2010. Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), 1-2, 92-93.
  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Aboriginal Music and Passion: Interculturality and Difference in Australian Desert Towns. Ethnos, 75(3), 275-300. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Where are the Men? Indigeneity and Masculinity Realigned. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(1), 75-83.
  • Ottosson, A. (2009). Playing with Others and Selves: Australian Aboriginal Desert Musicians on Tour. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10(2), 89-114. [More Information]

Report

  • Ottosson, A. (2008). Anthropologist's Report: Frances Well Land Claim.

2019

  • Ottosson, A. (2019). Review of 'The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics' by Niko Besnier, Susan Brownell and Thomas F Carter. American Ethnologist. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2019). Troubled Waters in Alice Springs, Central Australia. Ethnos. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2019). Urban Flows, Movements and Conflict: Negotiating Perceived and Real Precariousness. Ethnos. [More Information]

2018

  • Ottosson, A. (2018). Rethinking Indigenous Popular Music Heritage as Australian Heritage. In Sarah Baker, Catherine Strong, Lauren Istvandity, Zelmarie Cantillon (Eds.), The Routledge companion to popular music history and heritage, (pp. 317-325). Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]

2017

  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Fisher, D. 2016. The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia. Oceania, 87(1), 107-108.
  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Fisher, D. 2016. The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia. Cultural Studies Review, 23(1), 178-181.
  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Koskoff, E. 2014. A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 23(3), 645-646.
  • Ottosson, A. (2017). Review of Sanders, W. (ed.). 2016. Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 18(3), 275-277.

2016

  • Ottosson, A. (2016). "Don't Rubbish Our Town": "Anti-Social Behaviour" and Indigenous-Settler forms of Belonging in Alice Springs, Central Australia. City & Society, 28(2), 152-173. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2016). Holding on to Country: Musical Moorings for Desired Masculinities in Aboriginal Australia. In Diane Pecknold and Kristine M. McCusker (Eds.), Country Boys and Redneck Women: New Essays in Gender and Country Music, (pp. 64-83). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Ottosson, A. (2016). Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia. London: Bloomsbury Academic. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2016). Review of Rivera-Rideau, P. 2015. Remixing Reggaeton: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 22(3): 297-299. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 22(3), 297-299.

2015

  • Ottosson, A. (2015). Review of Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and other Pacific Islanders. Pacific Affairs, 88(4), 968-970. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2015). Review of The SAGE Handbook of Popular Music. Perfect Beat:the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture, 16(1-2), 144-147. [More Information]

2014

  • Ottosson, A. (2014). Book review: Henry “Seaman�? Dan and Karl Neuenfeldt. 2013. Steady Steady: The Life and Music of Seaman Dan. Journal of World Popular Music, 1(1), 46-50. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2014). To Know One's Place: Belonging and Differentiation in Alice Springs Town. Anthropological Forum, 24(2), 115-135. [More Information]

2013

  • Ottosson, A. (2013). Performing Aboriginal Places in White Town. In Stahl, G. and Gyde, A. (Eds.), IASPM 2009, (pp. 330-342). Liverpool, UK: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).

2012

  • Ottosson, A. (2012). Review of Magowan, F. & K. Neuenfeldt (eds) Landscapes of Indigenous Performance: Music, Song and Dance of the Torres Strait and Arnhem Land, and Stubington, J., Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life. Yearbook for Traditional Music, 44, 194-196.
  • Ottosson, A. (2012). The intercultural crafting of real Aboriginal country and manhood in Central Australia. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 23(2), 179-196. [More Information]

2011

  • Ottosson, A. (2011). Review of Elliott, Richard. 2010. Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City. International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), 1-2, 92-93.

2010

  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Aboriginal Music and Passion: Interculturality and Difference in Australian Desert Towns. Ethnos, 75(3), 275-300. [More Information]
  • Ottosson, A. (2010). Where are the Men? Indigeneity and Masculinity Realigned. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(1), 75-83.

2009

  • Ottosson, A. (2009). Playing with Others and Selves: Australian Aboriginal Desert Musicians on Tour. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10(2), 89-114. [More Information]

2008

  • Ottosson, A. (2008). Anthropologist's Report: Frances Well Land Claim.

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