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Call for comments: Applied anthropology and contemporary indigenous art

18 March, 2012

A small announcement. Dr Silvia Lanzetta, a former student in the Macquarie Applied Anthropology program, and who completed her PhD between Sociology at Macquarie and Philosophy at the University of Florence, has an interesting paper online connecting applied anthropology with the study of contemporary indigenous art. She is seeking comments on the current draft (PDF).The paper focuses on the Boomalli  Aboriginal  Artists‘  Co-op in Sydney and sets out to target “the mainstream art-critique in order to contribute to a change in the epistemological attitude towards the so-called Aboriginal urban art.”

If you have any feedback on the paper, feel free to send it to Silvia at: silvialanzetta [at] or leave a comment on this post.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 21 March, 2012 6:36 pm

    to open a dialog
    by nwua

  2. Cassidy Robinson permalink
    27 September, 2012 3:06 pm

    I was thrilled to read your draft and very much agreed with and appreciated what you have to say. I am fininshing my 4th year of undergraduate at Hendrix College (double majoring in sociology and studio art). I am writing my soc thesis on how indigneous people get power taken away from them, so like power conflict theory type stuff. It’s all about the construct of nature and not seeing themselves as separate while colonial culture sees nature as “natural resources.” You may enjoy Morel Tales “Naturework.” I am making a lot of tribal looking pieces for my studio art practicum all dealing with juxtaposing women and nature and showing they are one of the same, though our culture denies it. My pieces are also all planters and challenging some of the notions you discuss in your paper (contemporary art vs. indegenous craft… pretentious art people). I am messaging you because I applying for the Watson Fellowship and proposing to live with different indigenous art groups around the world who have successfully created an identity and community through art that has helped resist colonization, with a more specific focus on female roles. I am looking into the Shipibo pottery traditions in Peru, and Mayan traje traditions in Guatemala. I think both may be good examples that strengthen your paper… if not they’re both just really awesome. I was wondering if you have any place suggestions for me besides the place you reference in Australia. I will also appreciate more knowledge or even contacts in Australia (it seems you have spent a lot of time researching such groups). Thanks for the post! You should friend me on facebook Cassidy Robinson @ Hendrix College. Have a radically awesome day.

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