Associate Professor Anita Lundberg is a cultural anthropologist whose research engages people and places of tropical South East Asia.

She leads the research cluster Living Cities:Tropical Imaginaries. The cluster is concerned with the creative lived experiences of cities including cultural and natural landscapes, aesthetics, urban myths, heritage, everyday life, as well as liminal and cyber spaces. Anita’s previous projects include ethnographies of higher education in the Malay archipelago, of a Malay house and its garden of trees, and of a whaling hunting village in Indonesia.

Anita is especially interested in developing a research-teaching-engagement nexus and her projects often engage students in international philanthropic projects, public talks and exhibitions. She has received awards for outstanding teaching, research supervision and innovative research and 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.

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). 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.

Anita is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal eTropic and the coordinator of Tropics of the Imagination conference.

  • AN1001: Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective (Level 1; SIN)
  • AN2100: City Life: Anthropology of Urban Spaces (Level 2; SIN)
  • AN3006: Anthropology and Development: Critical Perspectives on Globalisation and Inequality (Level 3; SIN)
  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; SIN)
  • BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place (Level 1; SIN)
  • BA3000: Arts Edge (Level 3; SIN)
  • CN2205: Australia and Asia in Cinema (Level 2; SIN)
  • Current research explores Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries; previous research includes the anthropology of higher education: women's spaces and empowering networks; the material poetics of a networked classroom; the virtual-reality of student mobility through blogs, the cartography of academic research networks through colloquia. All projects draw on insights from ethnographic practice, including previous 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; Cartography of a Blog; ETC! portal; EU-AU Border Crossings; Pacific Imaginaries.
  • Spaces of Learning, networked classrooms, material culture of the classroom, digital literacy, transitional spaces, collaborative learning, connectivist learning, blended learning, flipped classroom
  • 2016 to present - 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)
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  • 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 2015 - 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 27+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Anita Lundberg from 2000 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Validating the use of the Test of Memory Malingering in a Singapore Population with intellectual disability (PhD , Advsor Mentor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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