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Associate Professor Jennifer Biddle

Associate Professor Jennifer Biddle


Associate Professor Jennifer Biddle is an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics (CCAP), NIEA. She is founding Coordinator of the PhD program in Visual Anthropology/Visual Culture at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales—a leading national program specializing in practice-led Indigenous and Asia Pacific research. She is a visual anthropologist of Aboriginal art, language, emotion and culture. Her interdisciplinary research and writing spans

  • Theories of embodiment, sensory formations and radical cultural aesthetics
  • Narrative, trauma, memory and predicaments of occupation
  • Language and poetics, translation, experimental ethnographic writing, anthropology and literature
  • Intercultural ontologies, glo’cal formations, and postcolonialism

Dr. Biddle has conducted fieldwork with Warlpiri in Central Australia for over twenty years. Her first book breasts, bodies, canvas: Central Desert Art as Experience (UNSW Press) provides a groundbreaking analysis of the role of female artists and the “feminisation of the Dreaming” in the Papunya Tula Aboriginal art movement. Her current ARC Future Fellowship project undertakes an ambitious, multifaceted comparative analysis of new and emergent Desert aesthetics, in order to identify how experimentation is enabling art to communicate directly with global audiences and markets, forthcoming as a monograph (with Duke University Press), Remote Avant-Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation. In 2012, in partnership with desArt, she co-convened the first national forum on experimental art practice in Desert arts Same but Different: experimentation and innovation in Desert Arts, a now annual event.


Current appointment(s)

Senior Research Fellow, Contemporary Culture, Art & Politics (CCAP)
ARC Future Fellow, College of Fine Arts, UNSW