Emeritus Professor Diane Austin-Broos

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

I took my doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1974 and soon thereafter returned to teach in Australia. My two major research areas have been in the Caribbean (principally Jamaica) and in Central Australia (among Western Arrernte people at Ntaria/Hermannsburg). I have a longstanding interest in the relation between culture and economy which includes an interest in fundamentalism. Methodologically, I am committed both to ethnography and to ethno-historical research.

My current project bears the working title, The Individual and Capitalism. It concerns how best to portray the historical subjects that capitalism has produced in its different major periods. The research involves a critical look at the manner in which anthropology currently deploys the term ‘neo-liberal’. It also involves a critical appraisal of other writers’ work on capitalism’s human subject. These writers include some early and later political and neo-classical economists, Louis Dumont, C. B. Macpherson and Charles Taylor among others.

I am an elected fellow of the Australian Social Science Academy and a past president both of the Australian Anthropological Society and the Australian Caribbean Scholars Association. I have received numerous grants for my research and also served on humanities and social science panels of the Australian Research Council. I have held numerous visiting positions, especially in the USA and in the Caribbean. My most recent book,A Different Inequalitywas a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Award for Literature (non-fiction)

Selected grants

2006

  • Malbunka Clan: The impact of European settlement in Central Australia across four generations; Austin-Broos D; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

2004

  • Culture and Economy in Aboriginal Australia; Austin-Broos D, Macdonald G; Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia/Workshop Grant.
  • The politics of moral order: how peripheralised communities are made and masked; Austin-Broos D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2003

  • Flows and Fences project; Macdonald G, Austin-Broos D; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
  • Indigenous Collections & Knowledge Archives; Mellor D, Egloff B, Altman J, Foster S, Taylor L, Tacon P, French A, Toner P, Mundine D, Barwick L, Specht J, Marett A, McMahon I, Turnbull P, Evans N, Hunter J, Simpson J, West M, Sloggett R, Young L, Memmott P, Myers F, Stanton J, Barrett J, Austin-Broos D, Langton M, Johnson V, Corn A, Morphy H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Research Networks (ARCRN).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2011). A Different Inequality: the politics of debate about remote Aboriginal Australia. Sydney, Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2009). Arrernte Present, Arrernte Past: Invasion, Violence, and Imagination in Indigenous Central Australia. Chicago, USA: University of Chicago Press.

Edited Books

  • Austin-Broos, D., Merlan, F. (2018). People and Change in Indigenous Australia. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

Book Chapters

  • Austin-Broos, D., Merlan, F. (2018). Introduction: People and Change in Indigenous Australia. In Diane Austin-Broos, Francesca Merlan (Eds.), People and Change in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 1-26). Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2017). Of kinships and other things: T.G.H. Strehlow in Central Australia. In Nicolas Peterson, Anna Kenny (Eds.), German Ethnography in Australia, (pp. 223-241). Acton ACT: ANU Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2016). 'Shifting': The Western Arrernte's outstation movement. In Nicholas Peters and Fred R. Myers (Eds.), Experiments in self-determination: histories of the outstation movement in Australia, (pp. 61-80). Acton ACT: ANU Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2013). Economy, change and self-determination: A Central Australian case. In Lisa Ford, Tim Rowse (Eds.), Between Indigenous and Settler Governance, (pp. 108-120). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2010). Quarantining Violence: How Anthropology does it. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 136-149). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). The anthropology of conversion: an introduction. In Buckser, Glazier (Eds.), The Anthropology of Religious Conversion, (pp. 1-14). NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Jamaican Pentecostalism: Transnational Relations and the Nation State. In André Corten & Ruth Marshall-Fratani (Eds.), Between Babel and Pentecost: Transnational Pentecostalism in Africa and Latin America, (pp. 142-162). London: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2018). Stuart Hall and Jamaica. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 11(3), 309-314. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2012). On the subject of politics; response to Ghassan Hage. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 23(3), 413-418. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2011). The politics of difference and equality: Remote aboriginal communities, public discourse, and Australian anthropology. Transforming Anthropology, 19(2), 139-145. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2010). Making a Difference: the Politics of Writing about Suffering. Oceania, 80, 102-112.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2010). Translating Christianity: Some keywords, events and sites in Western Arrernte conversion. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 21(1), 14-32. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2009). Capitalism as Culture, and Economy. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 20(3), 301-317. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2008). Comment: Neoliberal stories of racial redemption. Dialectical Anthropology, 32(3), 249-251.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2006). 'Working for' and 'Working' among Western Arrernte in Central Australia. Oceania, 76(1), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2006). Responses to Peter Sutton. Macquarie Law Journal, 6, 177-186.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2005). The Politics of Moral Order: A Brief Anatomy of Racing. Social Analysis: international journal of social and cultural practice, 49(2), 182-190. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Anthropology And Indigenous Alterity. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(2), 213-216.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Atsic Undone: Some Local And National Dimensions. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(3), 309-312.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). Globalization and the Genesis of Values. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 14(1), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). Places, practices and things: The articulation of Arrernte kinship with welfare and work. American Ethnologist, 30(1), 118-135. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). The meaning of Pepe: God's law and the western arrernte. Journal of Religious History, 27(3), 311-328. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Churches and the State: Aspects of Religious Ideology in colonial and Post-Colonial Jamaica. Caribbean Quarterly, 47, No. 4, 1-32.
  • Douglas, B., Austin-Broos, D., Barker, J., Chitando, E., et al (2001). From Invisible Christians to Gothic Theatre: the Romance of the Millennial in Melanesian Anthropology. Current Anthropology, 42(5), 615-650.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Whose Ethics? Which Cultural Contract? Imagining Arrente Traditions Today. Oceania, Vol 71, No. 3, 189-200.

Conferences

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2012). The Western Arrernte today: In recognition of Spencer and Gillen. Anthropologies of change: Theoretical and methodological challenges, Canberra: AIATSIS Research Publications.
  • Austin-Broos, D., Macdonald, G. (2005). Culture, Economy and Governance in Aboriginal Australia. Workshop of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2005). Introduction. In Culture, Economy and Governance in Aboriginal Australia. Workshop of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Fast Flows, Slow Flows And Casinos: More On The Value Of Things In Central Australia. Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference 2004. University of Melbourne.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Western Arrente Endogenous Change And The Impact Of Settlement. Strehlow Conference 2002, Alicce Springs: Northern Territory Government.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Outstations and CDEP: The Western Arrernte in Central Australia. The Indigenous Welfare Economy and the CDEP Scheme: Autonomy, Dependence, Self Determination and Mutual Obligation, : UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy.

2018

  • Austin-Broos, D., Merlan, F. (2018). Introduction: People and Change in Indigenous Australia. In Diane Austin-Broos, Francesca Merlan (Eds.), People and Change in Indigenous Australia, (pp. 1-26). Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D., Merlan, F. (2018). People and Change in Indigenous Australia. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2018). Stuart Hall and Jamaica. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 11(3), 309-314. [More Information]

2017

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2017). Of kinships and other things: T.G.H. Strehlow in Central Australia. In Nicolas Peterson, Anna Kenny (Eds.), German Ethnography in Australia, (pp. 223-241). Acton ACT: ANU Press.

2016

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2016). 'Shifting': The Western Arrernte's outstation movement. In Nicholas Peters and Fred R. Myers (Eds.), Experiments in self-determination: histories of the outstation movement in Australia, (pp. 61-80). Acton ACT: ANU Press.

2013

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2013). Economy, change and self-determination: A Central Australian case. In Lisa Ford, Tim Rowse (Eds.), Between Indigenous and Settler Governance, (pp. 108-120). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]

2012

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2012). On the subject of politics; response to Ghassan Hage. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 23(3), 413-418. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2012). The Western Arrernte today: In recognition of Spencer and Gillen. Anthropologies of change: Theoretical and methodological challenges, Canberra: AIATSIS Research Publications.

2011

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2011). A Different Inequality: the politics of debate about remote Aboriginal Australia. Sydney, Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2011). The politics of difference and equality: Remote aboriginal communities, public discourse, and Australian anthropology. Transforming Anthropology, 19(2), 139-145. [More Information]

2010

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2010). Making a Difference: the Politics of Writing about Suffering. Oceania, 80, 102-112.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2010). Quarantining Violence: How Anthropology does it. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 136-149). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2010). Translating Christianity: Some keywords, events and sites in Western Arrernte conversion. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 21(1), 14-32. [More Information]

2009

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2009). Arrernte Present, Arrernte Past: Invasion, Violence, and Imagination in Indigenous Central Australia. Chicago, USA: University of Chicago Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2009). Capitalism as Culture, and Economy. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 20(3), 301-317. [More Information]

2008

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2008). Comment: Neoliberal stories of racial redemption. Dialectical Anthropology, 32(3), 249-251.

2006

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2006). 'Working for' and 'Working' among Western Arrernte in Central Australia. Oceania, 76(1), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2006). Responses to Peter Sutton. Macquarie Law Journal, 6, 177-186.

2005

  • Austin-Broos, D., Macdonald, G. (2005). Culture, Economy and Governance in Aboriginal Australia. Workshop of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2005). Introduction. In Culture, Economy and Governance in Aboriginal Australia. Workshop of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2005). The Politics of Moral Order: A Brief Anatomy of Racing. Social Analysis: international journal of social and cultural practice, 49(2), 182-190. [More Information]

2004

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Anthropology And Indigenous Alterity. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(2), 213-216.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Atsic Undone: Some Local And National Dimensions. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15(3), 309-312.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Fast Flows, Slow Flows And Casinos: More On The Value Of Things In Central Australia. Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference 2004. University of Melbourne.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2004). Western Arrente Endogenous Change And The Impact Of Settlement. Strehlow Conference 2002, Alicce Springs: Northern Territory Government.

2003

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). Globalization and the Genesis of Values. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 14(1), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). Places, practices and things: The articulation of Arrernte kinship with welfare and work. American Ethnologist, 30(1), 118-135. [More Information]
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). The anthropology of conversion: an introduction. In Buckser, Glazier (Eds.), The Anthropology of Religious Conversion, (pp. 1-14). NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2003). The meaning of Pepe: God's law and the western arrernte. Journal of Religious History, 27(3), 311-328. [More Information]

2001

  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Churches and the State: Aspects of Religious Ideology in colonial and Post-Colonial Jamaica. Caribbean Quarterly, 47, No. 4, 1-32.
  • Douglas, B., Austin-Broos, D., Barker, J., Chitando, E., et al (2001). From Invisible Christians to Gothic Theatre: the Romance of the Millennial in Melanesian Anthropology. Current Anthropology, 42(5), 615-650.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Jamaican Pentecostalism: Transnational Relations and the Nation State. In André Corten & Ruth Marshall-Fratani (Eds.), Between Babel and Pentecost: Transnational Pentecostalism in Africa and Latin America, (pp. 142-162). London: Sage Publications.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Outstations and CDEP: The Western Arrernte in Central Australia. The Indigenous Welfare Economy and the CDEP Scheme: Autonomy, Dependence, Self Determination and Mutual Obligation, : UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy.
  • Austin-Broos, D. (2001). Whose Ethics? Which Cultural Contract? Imagining Arrente Traditions Today. Oceania, Vol 71, No. 3, 189-200.

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