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Qualifications

  • PhD (Anthropology), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Sociology), Macquarie University, 31/12/1978

Research

Research keywords

  • Anthropological research
  • Comparative politics of Indigenous rights and race relations
  • Contemporary Australian Society
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Social change
  • Social theory

Research expertise

I have made a significant contribution to the field of social and cultural anthropology through fieldwork based research. This research has involved both academic research projects and consultancy research that have both involved fieldwork research. My PhD research, involved 15 months ethnographic fieldwork in Kempsey, N.S.W., and 12 months archival research at the Mitchell Library, State Archives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies and Museum Library (NSW). A number of articles were published through out the 1980s and the research was finally published as a book, Domesticating Resistance (Berg Press). In 1991 I conducted courtroom ethnographic research on the Brewarrina riot trial with Dr Thomas Ernst and Dr Kerry Zubrinich. The research has produced a number of publications in both national and international journals. I co-edited the successful book, Race Matters (1997) (Aboriginal Studies Press) with Dr Gillian Cowlishaw.

Much of my consultancy research has involved producing connection reports and summary reports for native title claims (1995- 2002). I was invited to co-edit a book with Dr Rohan Bastin, Expert Knowledges: First World Peoples, Consultancy, and Anthropology (Berghahn Press), which included critical analyses of anthropology and consultancy from a global perspective in Brazil, USA, Canada, South Africa and the former Yugoslavia. My consultancy research has involved ethnographic fieldwork in a consideration of indigenous peoples mythologised meanings of landscape. I have published connection reports, including the first successful mainland decision regarding the Dhan-gadi Native Title claim at Crescent Head (1995). The research was commissioned by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Native Title Unit and, more recently, the NSW Native Title Services Ltd. This was followed by a connection report of the Gumbaingirr people at Gumma in Nambucca Heads, NSW and a number of summary reports in the region between 1977 and 2004. I have become familiar with fieldwork-based interview research especially in relation to landscapes and their meaning.

I am a Research Associate of the Wollongong-Newcastle Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS). In recent years I have worked to widen CAPSTRANS research foci to include projects that analyse regional Australian issues in the context of wider Asia-Pacific social transformations. I also enjoyed making a contribution to the discipline of Anthropology at a national level as Vice-President of the Australian Anthropology Society (2003-2006). I was invited to participate in a panel session at the American Anthropological Society Conference, New Orleans (2002) [I am a Research Associate of the Wollongong-Newcastle Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS). In recent years I have worked to widen CAPSTRANS research foci to include projects that analyse regional Australian issues in the context of wider Asia-Pacific social transformations. I also enjoyed making a contribution to the discipline of Anthropology at a national level as Vice-President of the Australian Anthropology Society (2003-2006). I was invited to participate in a panel session at the American Anthropological Society Conference, New Orleans (2002) on race relations in Australia.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160199Anthropology Not Elsewhere Classified35
160899Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified35
169999Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified30

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian Anthropology Society
  • Member - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Member - International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs

Appointments

Vice President
Australian Anthropology Society (Australia)
01/09/2004 - 01/01/2007

Awards

Recognition.

2004Native Title Research
NSW Native Title Services Ltd (Australia)
2004 NSW Native Title Services Ltd. Contracted to perform anthropological services.

Invitations

Australian Dictionary of Biography
Melbourne University Press. , Australia (Invitation )
2005
Visiting Researcher
Bergen University, Norway (Research Visitior Invitation )
2002

Collaboration

Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies - ANZAC Nationalism and secular pilgrimages

The principal focus of this project is a revitalised ANZAC nationalism, its historical values and meanings. The ethnography focuses on the contemporary meanings expressed by those who participate in the organised tours to a number of war memorial sites in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. The force of nationalist sensibility requires a cultural understanding of the relationship between nationalist beginnings, commemorative rites, and the role of war in Australia's relationship with Asia-Pacific and Europe. This project seeks to understand this important dimension of Australian nationalism. The project will strengthen the understanding of Australias historical connections with its Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies - Indigenous Affairs in the Enabling State

In this research, I am concerned with the broader process of major change in forms of state governance. These changes in polity reveal new forms of governance that redefine the social and regulatory functions of the state and the relations of citizens to the state. The abolition of ATSIC, the removal of CDEP and more recently, the Northen Territory intervention, signals more than punitive forms of state intervention. Such shifts would appear to reveal major changes from the Keynesian styled welfare state to market driven neo-liberal forms of governance. The research I am interested in would be in carrying out fieldwoprk research to consider the impacts of these new policies and there implementation in one or more regional communities.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

My administrative expertise has been directed towards research and teaching. After the major structural changes iundertaken by the university, much of my administrative duties have been directed towards new course development and co-ordination of electives and major first year courses. In research, I have continued with my interest in post graduate programs, with my involvement in the now defunct School Research Committee and as Post-Graduate Seminar co-ordinator. I have set up and run, with Professor Lyndall Ryan, the Double Edged Coference at Ourimbah Campus. I have also developed my administrative research skills in running, co-ordinating and completing four major consultancy research projects involved in the development of Summary and Connection Reports associated with Native Title Claims in New South Wales.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Australian nationalist myths and symbols
  • Indigenous rights and race relations
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Social and cultural change in Indigenous Australian society
  • Urban studies

Teaching expertise

Since 1983, I have tutored and lectured in anthropology in Departments and Schools at Adelaide University, Charles Sturt University and Newcastle University. I was employed as a tutor at Adelaide University (1983-1986) before moving to a full-time lectureship in the School of Social Science and Welfare Studies at Charles Sturt University (1987-1991) and then to Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Newcastle University (1992-2004). I was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 1995. Whilst at Newcastle, I took up a position as senior staff member on newly established Ourimbah Campus, School of Humanities, in 1997 before transferring back to Callaghan Campus, School of Social Sciences, in 2002. At Callaghan, IAndrew Lattas and myself have established new offerings in anthropology in the School to be jointly taught. The new course electives have been a significant success, attracting significant student numbers.

I have taught in a number of courses teaching in social and cultural anthropology. I have demonstrated a capacity to teach and co-ordinate courses with large student numbers and delivering mass lectures as well as to smaller groups associated with more specialised teaching in electives. At Charles Sturt University and Newcastle University, I co-lectured in the large first year courses. At Newcastle, I co-lectured and co-ordinated SOCA1020 Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology at the Callaghan Campus and then at Ourimbah Campus every year, except one, since I was appointed there. I also was in charge of establishing, organising and co-ordinating the new multi-disciplinary strand at Ourimbah, Societies and Cultures, and co-ordinating and lecturing in the introductory course, HUMA1160 Foundations of Society and Culture.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Morris BJ, 'A crisis in identity - Aborigines, media, the law and politics - Civil disturbance in an Australian town', Critique of Anthropology, 25 59-85 (2005) [C1]
2004Morris BJ, Bastin R, Expert Knowledge First world peoples, consultancy and anthropology, Berghahn Books, Canada, 130 (2004) [A3]
2006Kapferer B, Morris BJ, 'Nationalism and Neo-populism in Australia : Hansonism and the politics of the New Right in Australia', Neo-Nationalism in Europe and Beyond: Perspectives from Social Anthropology, Berghahn Books, New York 248-270 (2006) [B1]
2001Morris BJ, 'Policing Racial Fantasy in the Far West of New South Wales', Oceania, 71:3 242-262 (2001) [C1]

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Morris BJ, Bastin R, Expert Knowledge First world peoples, consultancy and anthropology, Berghahn Books, Canada, 130 (2004) [A3]
1997Morris B, Race Matters: Indigenous Australians and ''Our'' Society, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra (1997) [A3]
1989Morris B, Domesticating Resistance: The Dhan-gadi Aborigines and the Australian State., Berg Publishers, 262 (1989) [A1]

Chapter (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Morris BJ, 'The social genesis of Anzac nationalism', Legends of People Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance, and Political Culture in Sri Lanka, Berghahn Books, Washington, DC 339-362 (2012) [B1]
2012Kapferer B, Morris BJ, 'The Australian society of the state: Egalitarian ideologies and new directions in exclusionary practice', Legends of People Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance, and Political Culture in Sri Lanka, Berghahn Books, Washington, DC 363-393 (2012) [B2]
2010Lattas A, Morris BJ, 'The politics of suffering and the politics of anthropology', Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney 61-87 (2010) [B1]
2006Kapferer B, Morris BJ, 'Nationalism and Neo-populism in Australia : Hansonism and the politics of the New Right in Australia', Neo-Nationalism in Europe and Beyond: Perspectives from Social Anthropology, Berghahn Books, New York 248-270 (2006) [B1]
2004Bastin R, Morris BJ, 'Introduction', Expert Knowledge First world peoples, consultancy and anthropology, Berghahn Books, Canada 1-11 (2004) [B1]
2004Morris BJ, 'Anthropology and the state: the ties that bind', Expert knowledge First world peoples, consultancy and anthropology, Berghahn Books, Canada 102-115 (2004) [B1]
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Journal article (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Morris BJ, 'Borderwork in Indigenous South-Eastern Australia', Oceania, 82 15-27 (2012) [C1]
2012Austin-Broos D, Bastin R, Kapferer B, Merlan F, Morris BJ, Peterson N, et al., 'Responses to David Trigger's article 'Anthropology pure and profane: The politics of applied research in Aboriginal Australia'', Anthropological Forum, 22 67-93 (2012) [C3]
2010Morris BJ, Lattas A, 'Embedded anthropology and the intervention: Cultural determinism and neo-liberal forms of racial governance', Arena Magazine, 107 15-20 (2010) [C2]
2008Morris BJ, 'A cautious silence: The politics of Australian anthropology', Historical Records of Australian Science, 19 218-220 (2008) [C3]
2005Morris BJ, 'A crisis in identity - Aborigines, media, the law and politics - Civil disturbance in an Australian town', Critique of Anthropology, 25 59-85 (2005) [C1]
2004Morris BJ, 'Abolishing ATSIC in the Enabling State', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15 324-328 (2004) [C2]
2003Kapferer B, Morris BJ, 'The Australian society of the state: Egalitarian ideologies and new directions in exclusionary practice', Social Analysis, 47 80-107 (2003) [C1]
2001Morris BJ, 'Policing Racial Fantasy in the Far West of New South Wales', Oceania, 71:3 242-262 (2001) [C1]
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Review (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Morris BJ, 'Arrested Histories: decolonizing post-settler colonial states', Dialectical Anthropology (2011) [C3]
2005Morris BJ, 'Moseley, John (c. 1850-1938)', Australian dictionary of biography (2005) [D2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$70,870

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2006 (1 grants)

Australian Anthropology Society Conference 2006, AAS Panel: Haunting Images, 27-29/9/2006$1,059
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Barry Morris
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,05920062006
GNo:G0186972

2004 (2 grants)

Contract to perform anthropological services for NSW Native Title Services Ltd$28,000
Funding Body: NSW Native Title Services Ltd

Project Team
Doctor Barry Morris
SchemeRole
ConsultancyChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28,00020042004
GNo:G0184269

Australian Anthropological Society, 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2004$405
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Barry Morris
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40520042004
GNo:G0184818

2002 (1 grants)

Annual Anthropology Association Conference, New Orleans 20-24 November 2002$906
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Barry Morris
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$90620022002
GNo:G0182585

1995 (1 grants)

95APP. Policing the margins: Social justice, criminal jusctice & citizenship.$28,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Assoc. Prof Kerry Carrington, Doctor Barry Morris
SchemeRole
Large GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28,00019951995
GNo:G0174481

1994 (1 grants)

Crime and Policing in Newcastle$7,500
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Assoc. Prof Kerry Carrington, Doctor Barry Morris
SchemeRole
Small GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50019941994
GNo:G0174796

1993 (1 grants)

The Brewarrina Riot: Race Relations and Public Disorder.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Barry Morris
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019931993
GNo:G0173214
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions6
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.25

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorAn Exploration of Australian Identity in a Coastal Landscape
20132021PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorLiving on Welfare
20122016PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorDissolving the Solid Body: The Ethnography of Biomedical Culture in Hospitals
20122016PhD (Aboriginal Studies)Principal SupervisorThe Theatres of Post/Colonial Redaction: Mapping the Terrains of the Aboriginal Self
20122016PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorThe Experiential Constituting of Everyday Life for Central African Refugee Women Living in Australia
20112015PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorDangerous Ascents: A Critical Exploration of Adventure Climbing in Reflexive Modernity

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2010Honours Sociology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorEpic Hunters: Adventure Climbing in Reflexive Modernity
2010PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorHealth, Healing and the Quest for Wellbeing in Ponorogo Regency, East Java
2010PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorEast Timorese in Melbourne: Community and Identity in a Time of Political Unrest in Timor-Leste
2009PhD (Aboriginal Studies)Sole SupervisorTeaching an Indigenous Sociology: A Response to Current Debate Within Australian Sociology
2006PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Sole SupervisorPost Indigenous Rights - the political rationalities and technologies governing Federal Indigenous affairs in Australia in the contemporary period
2001Masters Anthropology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorRecovery and Restoration: changing identities of Aboriginal Women in Australia
1997PHD Anthropology
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorCultivating Connections: kinship, land and labour strategies in Minangkabau village
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Dr Barry Morris

Work Phone(02) 4921 5961
Fax(02) 4921 6902
Email
PositionConjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W348,
Behavioural Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/barry-morris