About

Professor Rosita Henry is an anthropologist whose research concerns the political economy of public performances, cultural festivals, heritage claims and disputes, land tenure conflict and the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the state. In that regard, she has worked, and continues to work, on a number of related research projects, with particular ethnographic focus on peoples and societies in the tropical north of Australia and in Papua New Guinea.

Teaching
  • AN1001: Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective (Level 1; TSV)
  • AN2106: Anthropology of Violence: The State, Politics and Citizens (Level 2; TSV)
  • AN3008: Myth, Ritual and Religion (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • AN4007: Ethnographic Research Methods (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • SS1010: Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences (Level 1; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • Cultural festivals in Australia and the Pacific: I collaborated with Barbara Glowczewski (CNRS) and Marcia Langton (University of Melbourne), to establish in 2003 a French/Australian network: Strategies of Communication: Cultural festivals and New Technologies. The key outcome of this collaboration was the book Le Défi Indigène, Entre Spectacle et Politique (2007), which has since been updated and published in English by Bardwell Press, Oxford as The Challenge of Indigenous People: Spectacle or Politics? (2011). For the past 4 years I have been a member of Pacific Alternatives, a major research programme involving an international network of researchers working on political innovation and heritage in Oceania, led by Professor Edvard Hviding and funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the University of Bergen. My project within this programme was entitled Intangible cultural heritage and the innovative politics of cultural festivals in Australia and the Pacific. I am continuing to do research on the Festival of Pacific Arts and the Laura Aboriginal Dance and Cultural Festival (although currently unfunded) and did fieldwork in July 2012 in the Solomon Islands (self-funded).
  • Objects of Possession: Artefact Transactions in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland: I am the team leader of this ARC Discovery project, conducted in collaboration with Associate Professor Russell McGregor, Dr Michael Wood, Dr Shelley Greer, Professor Ton Otto and Dr Maureen Fuary. The project concerns ethnographic collecting in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland and contemporary Indigenous engagement with the ‘artefacts’ collected. We seek to explore the diverse ways in which Aboriginal peoples, collectors and museums have expressed their interests and property rights and values in the collected artefacts.
  • Place Value, Agency and Social Change in Western Highlands, PNG: I am in the process of researching and writing a biographical ethnography on politics and changing values of land in Papua New Guinea, focusing on the life of a woman of the Western Highlands, Maggie Wilson.
  • Cosmo-Political Landscapes (Cape York-Torres Strait): I am collaborating on a project (currently unfunded) led by Dr Shelley Greer and Dr Susan McIntyre- Tamwoy aiming to understand historical cosmo-political landscapes in the borderlands between Australia and Papua New Guinea. We are focusing on mainland (Australian Aboriginal) contributions to networks of trade and exchange through Cape York-Torres Strait, and how these have changed as a result of colonization processes and climate change.
  • Planning for Later Life among Papua New Guineans in North Queensland. ARC Discovery project. The study is being conducted with Dr Michael Wood, James Cook University, and Professor Karen Sykes, University of Manchester, England. The study will contribute to our understanding of the importance of intergenerational kinship relations in the care of the elderly.
Experience
  • 1992 to 2013 - Anthropologist, James Cook University (Townsville)
Honours
Fellowships
  • Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute
  • Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society
Memberships
  • Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Other
  • 2013 - President Emerita, Australian Anthropological Society
  • 2011 to 2012 - President, Australian Anthropological Society
Publications

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Current Funding

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Australian Government - Attorney-Generals Department - Consultancy

Development of Mid-Career Native Title Anthropologists

Indicative Funding
$47,240 over 2 years
Summary
The Grant is to fund four workshops to be held over 5 consecutive days (with a Field Trip on the third day) aimed specifically at mid-career anthropologists who are concerned with the increasing shift in Native Title practice, from preparing native title claims to concluding them. The workshops (6 hours each of face-to-face contact) will also provide technical training in establishing and running post-determination institutions and incorporated groups. The workshops will provide targeted training for mid-career anthropologists and mentoring opportunities with senior anthropologists. Workshops 2, 3 and 4 will be run collaboratively in conjunction with the Centre for Native Title Anthropology (CNTA), ANU.
Investigators
Jennifer Gabriel, Rosita Henry and Michael Wood (Cairns Institute, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Native Title; Mid-career; Anthropologist; Post determination

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Planning for later life: An ethnographic analysis of ageing among Transnational Papua New Guineans

Indicative Funding
$236,510 over 3 years
Summary
This project addresses the global problem of ageing populations by looking at how transnational Papua New Guinean families plan for old age. We explore how Papua New Guineans resident in North Queensland make specific decisions about later life that balance the value of relations with kin, friends, neighbours while also dealing with the social services provided by the state and the market. We describe the tensions that emerge in transnational decision making concerning old age. The resulting knowledge of how Papua New Guineans prepare for old age will help to critically inform policies concerning the wellbeing of people engaged with ageing.
Investigators
Rosita Henry and Michael Wood in collaboration with Karen Sykes (College of Arts, Society & Education and University of Manchester)
Keywords
Ageing; Papua New Guinea; Migrants

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Objects of Possession: Artefact Transactions in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, 1870 -2013

Indicative Funding
$350,000 over 3 years
Summary
This project will provide the first systematic history of ethnographic collecting in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland. Covering the period from the 1870s to the present, it will explore the diverse ways in which Aboriginal peoples, collectors and museums have expressed their interests and property rights in the collected artefacts. It will also analyse the ways in which Aboriginal peoples of the Wet Tropics have vested these artefacts with their regional and other identities. By doing so, it will shed new light on current debates about the ownership and value of Indigenous artefacts and contribute to the development of innovative ways of presenting Indigenous peoples? connections with their material cultural heritage.
Investigators
Rosita Henry, Russell McGregor, Michael Wood, Shelley Greer and Ton Otto (College of Arts, Society & Education and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Keywords
Cultural Anthropology; Aboriginal History; Property claims; Identity; artefact transactions; indigenous museums; artefact collectors
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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
  • A Study of the Historical, Socio-Cultural and Aesthetic Dynamics of the Spanish Bullfighting (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Recasting the Past: Modern Cultural Heirs of Ancient Civilizations (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Bridging the Divide in Heritage? Archaeology, Heritage Management and the Sepon Gold & Copper Mine, Lao PDR (PhD , Associate Advisor)
  • Time, Place, Memory and Identity in the literature of Australian South Sea Islanders. (PhD , Associate Advisor)
  • Kuku Yalanji Artefacts and Traditional Knowledge in the Past and the Present (PhD , Associate Advisor)
  • Articulating Country (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Movement of Things - The Lives and Relationships of Eighteenth Century Polynesian Artifacts from HMS Pandora (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Clinical Culture and Moral Reasoning: The Ethics of End-of Life Decisions. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Grammar of Meriam Mir (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Evaluating and Comparing Empowerment and Participation of Women for Community Development and Social Change in Mine and non-Mine Communitites in Papua New Guinea. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Image-ining Modernity: A Comparative Collaborative Ethnography of Future-Making Through Experimental Video Arts in Australia and Benin. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Artefacts of Style: Homogeneity and Heterogeneity in Recent Aboriginal Rock Art of the North Queensland Rainforest. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Luksave em bikpla samting!' Witnessing violence; in Papua New Guinea (PNG) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The functions and contents of the Spindle Whorls in Thai Prehistory with the particular reference to the site of Ban Non Wat (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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