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Richard Davis


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Richard Davis, who arrived in 2003 from previous academic appointments at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies, and the Australian National University, specialises in indigenous Australian gender, performance and creativity. He is particularly interested in indigenous Australians forms of masculinity, and how new forms of indigenous social life and performance are created. He explores these themes through journal papers and the edited volumes Woven Histories, Dancing Lives (2004), The Power of Knowledge, The Resonance of Tradition (2005), and Dislocating the Frontier (2006). Alongside academic writing, Richard explores the ethnographic imagination through published poetry in refereed journals and most recently, Kimberley Stories (2012). He has taught anthropology courses on media, indigenous Australia, method, and epistemology, as well as coordinated first year and fourth (Honours) year anthropology at UWA. He has won University, Australian and international grants, the most recent being from the British Council in 2008. He has provided specialist anthropological reports for the Commonwealth Government, representative organisations, and national institutions on native title and cultural heritage, the most recent being for the British Museum regarding the return of human remains to Australia (2011).

Research expertise keywords

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and marine tenure
  • Film and performance
  • Gender and masculinity
  • Identity and race
  • Religion and society
  • Resource use and human–environment relationships


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