Dr. Jennifer L. Biddle is ARC Future Fellow and founding Coordinator of the PhD program in Visual Anthropology; a leading national program specializing in practice-led Indigenous and Asia Pacific research.
She is an anthropologist of Aboriginal art, language, emotion and culture. Her interdisciplinary research and writing spans theories of embodiment, sensory formations and radical cultural aesthetics; narrative, trauma, memory and predicaments of occupation; language and poetics, translation, experimental ethnographic writing, anthropology and literature; intercultural ontologies, ‘glocal’ formations, frontier and post-colonialism.
Dr Biddle has conducted fieldwork with Warlpiri (and other Central and Western Desert communities) in Central Australia for over twenty years, with a distinguished track record in ethnographic and collaborative research. Her breasts, bodies canvas: Central Desert Art as Experience (UNSW Press) modelled a ‘feminisation of the Dreaming’ in the Papunya Tula Aboriginal art movement. Her current ARC Future Fellowship identifies how experimentation is enabling Aboriginal art and artists to communicate directly with global audiences and markets, forthcoming with Duke University Press (2015) Remote Avant-garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation.