Associate Professor Anita Lundberg is a cultural anthropologist who engages people and places of South East Asia, especially the Malay Archipelago. She is the Editor-in-Chief of eTropic journal and co-convenor of Tropics of the Imagination conference and facilitor of Academic Writing Retreats.

She has lead several research clusters. 'Living Cities:Tropical Imaginaries' is concerned with human experiences of cities through creative economies, urban myths, film, the tropical flaneuse, tropical gothic, smart city imaginaries and liminal spaces. 'Anthropology of Higher Education, concerns critical ethnography of higher education in the Malay archipelago. 'Material Poetics' involved ethnographic phenomenology of a Malay house and its garden of trees. 'Lamalerland' was an ethnographic study of a whaling hunting village in Eastern Indonesia.

Anita initiated the Tropical Philanthropy project, a study field trip and volunteering program for students that culminates in sharing knowledge through digital photographic exhibitions and public lectures. Study field trips included Laos, Sarawak in Borneo, and Bali. As she notes in an interview with the Straits Times, these field trips focus on 'local sustainable practices'.

Anita is the recipient of awards for outstanding research supervision, innovative research, and teaching. She has held numerous fellowships: LIA TransOceanik (CNRS, Collége de France, JCU); The Cairns Institute (TCI); Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cambridge University, UK; Guest Researcher, Maison Asie-Pacifique, Université de Provence, France; Visiting Fellow,  Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, National University Malaysia. She has also been an Anthropologist-in-Residence at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.

Speaking engagements include: Keynote speaker 'Women and Social Transformation' Alagappa University India, and an invited public speaker at the Australian Parliament House, to the Malaysian Heritage Trust/UNESCO, the Indonesian Heritage Society and Australian National Maritime Museum. She has convened a think tank at The Cairns Institute, and a colloquium for the TransOceanik (CNRS, Collége de France, JCU). Anita has curated exhibitions in NY, LA, Paris and Sydney and her own research and theoretical, and artistic works have been exhibited at the Australian National Maritime Museum, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia and Alliance de Française.

  • Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries; Anthropology of Higher Education; Material Poetics. All projects draw on insights from ethnographic practice, including fieldwork in the Malay Archipelago.
  • Interdisciplinay practice is informed by theory: network theories, phenomenology of space, relationality, material poetics, east~west philosophies, post-feminisms, rhizomatics, deterritorialization, quantum physics and chaos theory.
  • Collaborative research projects include: Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries; Creative Societies of the Tropics; Spaces of Learning; Global Education Hubs: New Imaginaries; ETC! portal; EU-AU Border Crossings
  • Spaces of Learning, networked classrooms, material culture of the classroom, digital literacy, transitional spaces, collaborative learning, connectivist learning, blended learning, flipped classroom
  • 2019 to present - Adjunct Associate Professor, Arts & Social Sciences, JCU (Australia)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Associate Professor, Arts & Social Science, JCU (Singapore)
  • 2012 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Science, JCU (Singapore)
  • 2014 - Visiting Scholar, Laboritoire d'anthropologie Sociale, Collège de France (Paris)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Lecturer, Arts & Social Science, JCU (Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2014 - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning "Exciting students to become courageous, connected, and creative thinkers for a changing and challenging future through the Bachelor of Arts."
  • 2014 - Advisory Panel of the Year - Primary Advisor
  • 2014 - Taylor and Francis Award HERDSA conference (for HDR candidate Lennie Geerlings)
  • 2013 - My Research in 3 minutes (2nd Prize)
  • 2012 - Best Paper Award ‘Inspiring Contribution to Innovative Research in Social Science’. International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World, AMII,Thailand
  • 2011 - Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute TCI
  • 2012 to 2016 - Fellow, LIA TransOceanik (CNRS, Collège de France, JCU)
  • 2003 - Visiting Research Fellow. Faculty Arts & Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2002 to 2003 - Evans Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cambridge University, UK
  • 2002 to 2003 - Visiting Fellow. Institute of the Malay World & Civilization, National University of Malaysia
  • 2002 to 2003 - Anthropologist in Residence, Rimbun Dahan (sponsored by Hijjas Kasturi Architects) Malaysia
  • 2001 - Guest Researcher. Maison Asie-Pacifique, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Provence, France

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 47+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Anita Lundberg from 2000 onwards.


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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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