About Dr Yasmine Musharbash

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 further pursued my interests in the anthropology of emotion, comparative anthropology, and research into Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations.. Currently, I am researching different kinds of social relations in central Australia (Indigenous/non-Indigenous, human-canine, and to the monstrous) as part of an ARC Future Fellowship. In 2008, I completed a four-year postdoc on 'boredom'. Since then, I have worked on the anthropology of sleep, and further pursued my interests in the anthropology of emotion, comparative anthropology. Currently, I am researching different kinds of social relations in central Australia (Indigenous/non-Indigenous, human-canine, and to the monstrous) as part of an ARC Future Fellowship.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Australia, especially central Australia and Torres Strait.
  • Warlpiri Studies.
  • Anthropology of the everyday.
  • Anthropology of monsters.
  • Human-canine relations.
  • 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

Selected publications

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