BA(Hons), PhD (Sydney)

Professor GILLIAN COWLISHAW is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sydney, where she previously held an ARC Professorial Fellowship conducting research in Western Sydney. Her career has been devoted to documenting the dynamics of Aboriginal social life in contemporary Australia through long term ethnographic field-research in south Arnhem Land, western New South Wales, and suburban Sydney. Her extensive publications interpret and theorise cultural and historical themes in the relationships beteen colonisers and colonised. She has taught at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and Charles Sturt University.

  • Mitchell College of Advanced Education, 1979 - 1985
  • Australian National University, 1986
  • Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, 1987 - 1990
  • Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney, 1992 - 1997
  • Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Technology Sydney, 1998 - 2003
  • Adjunct Research Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Technology Sydney, 2004 - 2005
  • ARC Australian Professorial Fellow. Fellowship administered by UTS (2006 - 2008) and by the University of Sydney (2009 - 2011)
  • Research Professor, Anthropology, University of Sydney, 2011 to present
  • Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society
  • Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Gillian Cowlishaw (2009), The City's Outback. Sydney: UNSW Press. (Shortlisted for Victoria Premier's Award, 2009)

Gillian Cowlishaw (2004), Blackfellas, Whitefellas and the Hidden Injuries of Race. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. (Winner of NSW Premier's Award: Gleebook Prize for Critical Writing 2005)

Gillian Cowlishaw with Lorraine Gibson (2012), Introduction: Locating an Australia-wide Anthropology, in edited Special Issue of journal Oceania, 82(1): 4 - 14. Sydney: Wiley-Blackwell

Gillian Cowlishaw (2012), Culture and the absurd: the means and meanings of Aboriginal identity in the time of cultural revivalism, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society, 18(2): 397 - 417. Matthew Engelke (ed). London: Royal Anthropological Institute

Gillian Cowlishaw (2011), Mythologising Culture Part 2: disturbing Aboriginality in the suburbs, in The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 21(2) 170 - 188. Martha Macintyre (ed). Melbourne: AAS