- 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
- Ecological Aesthetics
- Sensory Anthropology
- 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
- Anthropology (1601)
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 reasearch 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).
- 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
- 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
- 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
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Deger J (2016) Thick photography. Journal of Material Culture, 21 (1). pp. 111-132
- Deger J (2013) The jolt of the new: making video art in Arnhem Land. Culture Theory & Critique, 54 (3). pp. 355-371
- Deger J (2011) Constellations of us: backstories to a bark TV. Journal of Australian Studies, 35 (2). pp. 219-234
- Deger J (2008) Imprinting on the heart: photography and contemporary Yolngu mournings. Visual Anthropology, 21 (4). pp. 292-309
- Deger J (2007) Seeing the invisible: Yolngu video as revelatory ritual. Visual Anthropology, 20 (2-3). pp. 103-121
- Deger J (2006) Shimmering Screens: making media in an Aboriginal community. Visible Evidence, 19. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, USA
- Book Chapters
- Deger J (2017) Curating digital resonance. In: The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Routledge Companions. Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 318-328
- Deger J (2016) BarkTV: portrait of an innovator. In: Imaging Identity: media, memory and portraiture in the digital age. ANU Press, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 117-140
- Deger J (2016) Christmas with Wawa: a video experiment with Yolngu aesthetics. In: Beyond Text? Critical practices and sensory anthropology. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, pp. 163-169
- Deger J (2013) In-between. In: Anthropology and Art Practice. Bloomsbury, London, UK, pp. 105-113
- Deger J (2011) Participatory vision: watching movies with Yolngu. In: The Handbook of Media Audiences. Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research. Wiley-Blackwell, London, UK, pp. 459-471
- Other research outputs
- Deger J and Gurrumuruwuy P (2016) Ringtone. [Video]
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 44+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Jennifer Deger from 1996 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Australian Research Council - Discovery - Future Fellowships
Digital Relations: New Media in Arnhem Land
- Indicative Funding
- $267,451 over 2 years
- 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.
- Jennifer Deger (College of Arts and Society & Education)
- 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.
- Interior/Exterior: Landscapes from Far North Queensland. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Cultural Heritage from a Community Perspective - A Case Study of a Manus Society in Papua New Guinea (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Kuku Yalanji Artefacts and Traditional Knowledge in the Past and the Present (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Digital Networks and the Trans-Image: A Multi-Sited, Multi-Mediated Ethnography of Assemblage and Activism (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Image-ining Modernity: A Comparative Collaborative Ethnography of Future-Making Through Experimental Video Arts in Australia and Benin. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Radio Broadcasting and Community Curation in the Torres Strait Islands (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Textile Collaborations in remote Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
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- 1 collaboration
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