Anthropology in/of Australia Past and Present

im Rahmen der Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 Juni 2017, University of Cologne

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The Trouble with Representation: Australian Indigenous World(view)s and the "White Magic" of Modernity

Dr. Carsten Wergin

06 April 2017, University of Western Australia

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Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series

Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley,

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

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International Workshop:

"Refugee transfers in the Euro- Arab Mediterranean zone:
Tying the past with the present
Towards a transregional and transhistorical understanding in times of crises"

(10-12 April 2017 Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon)

organized by

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) and the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Collaborations of Biocultural Hope: Community Science Against Industrialisation in Northwest Australia


Dr. Carsten Wergin

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Expansion und Aktivitäten des Mercedarier-Ordens im Andenraum des 16. Jahrhunderts

Dr. Maret Keller

Anden Diss - Keller

​(Dissertationsschrift Universität Heidelberg 2013), URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heidok-187295


Dancehall und Homophobie
Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf die Geschichte und Kultur Jamaikas
Patrick HelberDancehall

​05/2015, 304 Seiten, kart.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3109-8

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Materialities of Tourism
Special Issue of Tourist Studies (2014, 14/3)Guest-editors Stephen Muecke and Carsten Wergin




The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances

Natural and cultural values align diverse actors in collective responses to ecological transformations. The research group studies these alliances that are formed by (among others) environmentalists and local community members, tourist and travellers, politics and media, to present new insights into how transcultural heritage, reconciliation and sustainable development might be conceived of differently, namely as ecological projects of biocultural hope that take Indigenous knowledge seriously.

One focus is the Kimberley region, commonly known as a unique tourist destination and Australia’s ‘last frontier’. Apart from its magnificent scenery, a Creolization process brought forth by Aboriginal, European and Southeast Asian migration spans back to the late 19th century. This transcultural heritage is put under significant pressure due to large-scale industrialisation proposals for coal, iron-ore, uranium and bauxite mining, but also shale gas, extracted throughout the Kimberley with use of the controversial technology of fracking.

Resulting conflicts between diverse actors (scientists, politicians, NGOs, parts of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population, and the resource industry) have generated new ‘cosmopolitical’ engagements with its environment – its land and sea. In light of the predicament of the anthropocene, what are their alternative models for a common multispecies future?


Individual Projects:

Dreamings, Songlines and the "Cult of Heritage"

Knowing the Kimberley Rock Art

The Culture of Pearling in the North-West Kimberley

Art, Culture and Religion at Beagle Bay in Historical Perspective

The Broome Pearling Industry and the White Australia Policy

Water as a Contested Element


Partner Institutions:
Further Affiliated Projects:
‘Goolarabooloo Culture of the Western Kimberley‘, Australian Research Council Discovery Project, led by Prof Stephen Muecke (UNSW)
Jrg Team Foto
Die JRG mit Gästen des Symposiums Curating Heritage im Oktober 2016: (im Uhrzeigersinn
von links): Juliane Breitfeld, Sarah Yu, Carsten Wergin, Birgit Scheps-Bretschneider,
Corinna Erckenbrecht, Anna Haebich
Past Events:
Poster Mediaecologies Druck Web-page-001

Poster Povinelli-p1

Curating Heritage Plakat Web-page-001




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