Dr Amanda Harris

Research Fellow, PARADISEC

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Amanda Harris is a Research Fellow on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Reclaiming performance under Assimilation in southeast Australia, 1935-75’. She is a cultural historian, whose work focuses on cross-cultural expressions of identity, histories of music and dance and women’s histories. Amanda is also Director of the Sydney Unit of PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures). Amanda’s PhD was awarded by the University of New South Wales in 2009 for an historical thesis on German, French and English women composers and feminism in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Her edited books have been published with Berghahn Books, Sydney University Press and ANU Press and articles appear in Australian Historical Studies, Women’s History Review, History and Anthropology, Women & Music, Life Writing, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal and Musicology Australia.

Research interests

Research Interests

Cross-cultural history

  • Australian cultural history (music, dance, literature, film, media)
  • Women composers
  • History of feminisms
  • Europe at the fin de siècle
  • Australian cultural identity
  • Gender and women's history
  • Australian music
  • Women's life writing

Awards and honours

2016 National Library of Australia Fellowship for project ‘Corroboree and Australian Cultural Identity: Public Performance, Reception and Transformation of Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1945-70’ NLA podcast

2014 National and State Libraries Australasian Honorary Fellowship for project Imagining an Indigenous Australian Style: the post WWII creative works of Beth Dean and Mirrie Hill

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Thomas, M., Harris, A. (2018). Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man'. New York: Berghahn Books.

Book Chapters

  • Thomas, M., Harris, A. (2018). Anthropology and the Expeditionary Imaginary: An Introduction to the Volume. In Martin Thomas, Amanda Harris (Eds.), Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man', (pp. 1-34). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Harris, A. (2018). Gender, Science and Imperial Drive: Margaret McArthur on Two Expeditions in the 1940s. In Martin Thomas, Amanda Harris (Eds.), Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man', (pp. 290-311). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Thieberger, N., Harris, A., Barwick, L. (2015). PARADISEC: its history and future. In Amanda Harris, Nick Thieberger, Linda Barwick (Eds.), Research, Records and Responsibility: Ten Years of PARADISEC, (pp. 1-15). Sydney: Sydney University Press. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2014). Archival Objects and the Circulation of Culture. In Amanda Harris (Eds.), Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media, (pp. 1-16). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2014). Hearing Aboriginal Music Making in Non-Indigenous Accounts of the Bush from the Mid-Twentieth Century. In Amanda Harris (Eds.), Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media, (pp. 73-97). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2010). "Comrade" Ethel Smyth in the "great liberative war of women": An English Musical Feminism. In Cornelia Bartsch, Rebecca Grotjahn, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Felsensprengerin, Brackenbauerin, Wegbereiterin: Die Komponistin Ethel Smyth [Rock Blaster, Bridge Builder, Road Paver: The Composer Ethel Smyth], (pp. 70-84). Munchen, Germany: Allitera Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2009). A Prickly Alliance: Women Composers, the Press and Feminism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Katrin Losleben (Eds.), History / Herstory: Alternative Musikgeschichten, (pp. 375-388). Cologne, Germany: Bohlau Verlag.

Journals

  • Harris, A. (2017). Pan-Indigenous Encounter in the 1950s: 'Ethnic Dancer' Beth Dean. Australian Historical Studies, 48(3), 328-345. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2014). Chaperoned into Arnhem Land: Margaret McArthur and the Politics of Nutrition and Fieldwork in 1948. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 20, 62-75.
  • Harris, A. (2014). The Spectacle of Woman as Creator: representation of women composers in the French, German and English feminist press 1880-1930. Women's History Review, 23(1), 18-42. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2013). Food, Feeding and Consumption (or the Cook, the Wife and Nutritionist): The Politics of Gender and Class in a 1948 Australian Expedition. History and Anthropology, 24(3), 363-379. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2011). Recomposing Her History: the Memoirs and Diaries of Ethel Smyth. Life Writing, 8(4), 421-431. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2010). The Smyth-Brewster Correspondence: A Fresh Look at the Hidden Romantic World of Ethel Smyth. Women and Music, 14, 72-94. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Harris, A. (2010). Boyd, Anne. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). Feminismus. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). Kats-Chernin, Elena. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). Sexualitat. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.

2018

  • Thomas, M., Harris, A. (2018). Anthropology and the Expeditionary Imaginary: An Introduction to the Volume. In Martin Thomas, Amanda Harris (Eds.), Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man', (pp. 1-34). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Thomas, M., Harris, A. (2018). Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man'. New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Harris, A. (2018). Gender, Science and Imperial Drive: Margaret McArthur on Two Expeditions in the 1940s. In Martin Thomas, Amanda Harris (Eds.), Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man', (pp. 290-311). New York: Berghahn Books.

2017

  • Harris, A. (2017). Pan-Indigenous Encounter in the 1950s: 'Ethnic Dancer' Beth Dean. Australian Historical Studies, 48(3), 328-345. [More Information]

2015

  • Thieberger, N., Harris, A., Barwick, L. (2015). PARADISEC: its history and future. In Amanda Harris, Nick Thieberger, Linda Barwick (Eds.), Research, Records and Responsibility: Ten Years of PARADISEC, (pp. 1-15). Sydney: Sydney University Press. [More Information]

2014

  • Harris, A. (2014). Archival Objects and the Circulation of Culture. In Amanda Harris (Eds.), Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media, (pp. 1-16). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2014). Chaperoned into Arnhem Land: Margaret McArthur and the Politics of Nutrition and Fieldwork in 1948. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 20, 62-75.
  • Harris, A. (2014). Hearing Aboriginal Music Making in Non-Indigenous Accounts of the Bush from the Mid-Twentieth Century. In Amanda Harris (Eds.), Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media, (pp. 73-97). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. [More Information]
  • Harris, A. (2014). The Spectacle of Woman as Creator: representation of women composers in the French, German and English feminist press 1880-1930. Women's History Review, 23(1), 18-42. [More Information]

2013

  • Harris, A. (2013). Food, Feeding and Consumption (or the Cook, the Wife and Nutritionist): The Politics of Gender and Class in a 1948 Australian Expedition. History and Anthropology, 24(3), 363-379. [More Information]

2011

  • Harris, A. (2011). Recomposing Her History: the Memoirs and Diaries of Ethel Smyth. Life Writing, 8(4), 421-431. [More Information]

2010

  • Harris, A. (2010). "Comrade" Ethel Smyth in the "great liberative war of women": An English Musical Feminism. In Cornelia Bartsch, Rebecca Grotjahn, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Felsensprengerin, Brackenbauerin, Wegbereiterin: Die Komponistin Ethel Smyth [Rock Blaster, Bridge Builder, Road Paver: The Composer Ethel Smyth], (pp. 70-84). Munchen, Germany: Allitera Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). Boyd, Anne. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). Feminismus. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). Kats-Chernin, Elena. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). Sexualitat. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Melanie Unseld (Eds.), Handbuch Gender und Musik. Germany: Baerenreiter Verlag.
  • Harris, A. (2010). The Smyth-Brewster Correspondence: A Fresh Look at the Hidden Romantic World of Ethel Smyth. Women and Music, 14, 72-94. [More Information]

2009

  • Harris, A. (2009). A Prickly Alliance: Women Composers, the Press and Feminism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. In Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Katrin Losleben (Eds.), History / Herstory: Alternative Musikgeschichten, (pp. 375-388). Cologne, Germany: Bohlau Verlag.

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