About

Jennifer Deger works at the intersection of art and anthropology. She writes on photography, aesthetics, film, contemporary Aboriginal societies, digital culture, art and ethnographic film, and experimental museology.

As a founding member of Miyarrka Media, a collective based in the community of Gapuwiyak, NT, Jennifer's practice-led research claims creativity as a critical mode of social engagement and anaysis. In  collaboration with her Yolngu colleagues from Miyarrka Media, she has co-dircted several award winning films and co-curated experimental installations and exhibitions in Denmark, the US and Australia. In 2015 Jennifer established the Visual, Digital, Material: Experimental Screen and Museum Ethnography program at JCU together with Prof Ton Otto and Prof Rosita Henry.

From 2015 to 2018 Jennifer has been appointed as Smithsonian Research Associate with the National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.

In 2017 and 2018 Jennifer will be a Visiting Research Fellow in with the transdisciplinary AURA project (Aarhus University Research on The Anthropocene).

 

Teaching
  • NM2230: Photography Criticism (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Visual Cultures
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Experimental Ethnography
  • Contemporary Indigenous Societies
  • Art and Anthropology
  • New Media
  • Indigenous Media
  • Creative and Practice-led Research Methods
  • Material Culture
  • Film and Anthropology
  • Photography
  • Ecological Aesthetics
  • Sensory Anthropology
Experience
  • 2016 to present - Tropical Leader (Principal Research Fellow), James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2016 - Visiting Professor, The Eye and Mind Group, Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Australian Research Council Future Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Australian Research Council Future Fellow, The Australian National University (Canberra)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Research Fellow, Centre for Religion and Media, New York University (New York)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (Sydney)
  • 2005 to 2008 - Research Fellow, Macquarie University (Sydney)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2012 - Special Commendation from Margaret Mead Film Festival for Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit
  • 2009 - College of Fine Arts, UNSW Early Career Researcher Grant
  • 2004 - Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for a Thesis of Exceptional Merit, Macquarie University
  • 2015 - Honourable mention, CHASS Australia Prize, Distinguished Work
  • 2015 - Commendation, Ringtone, Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival, UK
  • 2015 - Best Short Film, Ringtone, Society for Visual Anthropology
Fellowships
  • 2017 to 2018 - Visiting Research Fellow AURA (Aarhus University Research on The Anthropocene)
  • 2016 - Visiting Professor, Camera as Cultural Critique Research Group, Aarhus University
  • 2012 to 2016 - Australian Research Council Future Fellowship
  • 2015 - Flaherty Professional Development Fellow, Flaherty Seminar
  • 2010 to 2011 - Research Fellow, Centre for Religion and Media, New York University
  • 2008 to 2011 - Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2005 to 2008 - Macquarie University Research Fellowship
Memberships
  • 2008 - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • 2005 - The American Anthropological Association
  • 2005 - Society for Visual Anthropology
  • 2004 - The Australian Anthropological Society
  • 2015 to 2018 - Smithsonian Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 48+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Jennifer Deger from 1996 onwards.

Current Funding

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Future Fellowships

Digital Relations: New Media in Arnhem Land

Indicative Funding
$267,451 over 2 years
Summary
This project develops scholarship of contemporary indigenous culture with a complex, interdisciplinary investigation of the ways in which new media are employed in remote indigenous communities. The sophistication with which Yolngu use technology to creatively participate in new global circuits of identity and meaning will be explored in this multi-sited, participatory study. Using digital technologies to collaboratively forge new forms of scholarship and critical reflection, this research will generate international research partnerships and community-based collaborations, leading to high profile scholarly outputs that reveal how these emergent forms and practices refigure the ambitions of a contemporary indigenous society.
Investigators
Jennifer Deger (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Aboriginal society; Digital Culture; experimental ethnography
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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.

Current
  • Kuku Yalanji Artefacts and Traditional Knowledge in the Past and the Present (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Image-ining Modernity: A Comparative Collaborative Ethnography of Future-Making Through Experimental Video Arts in Australia and Benin. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Digital Networks and the Trans-Image: A Multi-Sited, Multi-Mediated Ethnography of Assemblage and Activism (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Textile Collaborations in remote Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Sounding the Reef: Comparative Acoustemologies of Underwater Noise Pollution (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Wayfaring; Place and Painting in the Tropical Far North (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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