Dr Georgia Curran

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Georgia received her BA (Honours) Degree in Anthropology from the University of Queensland and her PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University. Her doctoral thesis examines the place of songs and ceremonies in Yuendumu, Central Australia, throwing light on the role of ‘traditional’ ceremony in the contemporary Warlpiri world.Georgia received her BA (Honours) Degree in Anthropology from the University of Queensland and her PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University. Her doctoral thesis examines the place of songs and ceremonies in Yuendumu, Central Australia, throwing light on the place of ‘traditional’ ceremony in the contemporary Warlpiri world.

Research interests

Georgia's research interests include Indigenous languages and music, endangered languages, musical and linguistic change, performance studies and the revitalisation of performance arts. Specifically, she is interested in assisting with community-developed documentation and audio/visual materials, not only to pass down the cultural knowledge embedded in them but also as a way to sustain these traditions into the future.

Current projects

ARC Linkage Project 'Vitality and change in Warlpiri songs in Yuendumu' (2016 - 2019)

Indigenous Languages and Arts Project 'Warlpiri songs and stories from the Jaru Pirrjirdi bush trips' (2016 - 2018)

Associations

Research adjunct of Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics (CALL) at Batchelor Institute

Honorary associate of the Department of Anthropology, the University of Sydney

Member of the Australian Anthropological Society

Awards and honours

Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (ARC) (2005 - 2007)

Selected grants

2017

  • Collection of songs from Lajamau community related to the Linkage Project titled 'Vitality and change in Warlpiri Song at Yuendumu' CI Goergia Curran and Linda Barwick.; Barwick L, Curran G; Warlpiri Aboriginal Corporation/Research Support.

2016

  • Warlpiri Songs and Stories from the Jaru Pirrjirdi bush trips; Curran G; Department of Communications and the Arts (Federal)/Indigenous Languages and Arts (Projects).
  • Warlpiri Women's Yawulyu in Yuendumu Today; Curran G; Department of Communications and the Arts (Federal)/Indigenous Languages and Arts (Projects).

2013

  • Yuendumu Yawulyu; Curran G; Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics/Northern Territory Arts Board Development Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Curran, G. (2017). Warlpiri Ritual Contexts as Imaginative Spaces for Exploring Traditional Gender Roles. In Gillespie, Kirsty; Treloyn, Sally; and Niles, Don (Eds.), A Distinctive Voice in the Antipodes: Essays in Honour of Stephen A Wild, (pp. 73-88). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Curran, G. (2016). Travelling ancestral women: connecting Warlpiri people and places through songs. In Peter K Austin, Harold Koch, Jane Simpson (Eds.), Language, Land and Song: Studies in honour of Luise Hercus, (pp. 409-424). London: EL Publishing.
  • Laughren, M., Curran, G., Turpin, M., Peterson, N. (2016). Women's yawulyu songs as evidence of connections to and knowledge of land: the Jardiwanpa. In Peter K Austin, Harold Koch, Jane Simpson (Eds.), Language, Land and Song: Studies in honour of Luise Hercus, (pp. 425-455). London: EL Publishing.
  • Curran, G. (2011). The 'Expanding Domain' of Warlpiri Initiation Ceremonies. In Yasmine Musharbash and Marcus Barber (Eds.), Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicolas Peterson. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.

Journals

  • Curran, G. (2013). The Dynamics of Collaborative Research Relationships: Examples From the Warlpiri Songlines Project. Collaborative Anthropologies, 6, 353-372. [More Information]
  • Curran, G. (2010). Linguistic Imagery in Warlpiri Songs: Some examples of Metaphor, Metonymy and Image-Schemata. Australian Journal of Linguistics.

Other Works

  • Napangardi Gallagher, C., Nampijinpa Brown, P., Curran, G., Napanangka Martin, B. (2014). Jardiwanpa yawulyu: Warlpiri women's songs from Yuendumu, (pp. 1 - 88). Batchelor, Australia: Batchelor Press.

2017

  • Curran, G. (2017). Warlpiri Ritual Contexts as Imaginative Spaces for Exploring Traditional Gender Roles. In Gillespie, Kirsty; Treloyn, Sally; and Niles, Don (Eds.), A Distinctive Voice in the Antipodes: Essays in Honour of Stephen A Wild, (pp. 73-88). Canberra: ANU Press.

2016

  • Curran, G. (2016). Travelling ancestral women: connecting Warlpiri people and places through songs. In Peter K Austin, Harold Koch, Jane Simpson (Eds.), Language, Land and Song: Studies in honour of Luise Hercus, (pp. 409-424). London: EL Publishing.
  • Laughren, M., Curran, G., Turpin, M., Peterson, N. (2016). Women's yawulyu songs as evidence of connections to and knowledge of land: the Jardiwanpa. In Peter K Austin, Harold Koch, Jane Simpson (Eds.), Language, Land and Song: Studies in honour of Luise Hercus, (pp. 425-455). London: EL Publishing.

2014

  • Napangardi Gallagher, C., Nampijinpa Brown, P., Curran, G., Napanangka Martin, B. (2014). Jardiwanpa yawulyu: Warlpiri women's songs from Yuendumu, (pp. 1 - 88). Batchelor, Australia: Batchelor Press.

2013

  • Curran, G. (2013). The Dynamics of Collaborative Research Relationships: Examples From the Warlpiri Songlines Project. Collaborative Anthropologies, 6, 353-372. [More Information]

2011

  • Curran, G. (2011). The 'Expanding Domain' of Warlpiri Initiation Ceremonies. In Yasmine Musharbash and Marcus Barber (Eds.), Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge: Essays in honour of Nicolas Peterson. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.

2010

  • Curran, G. (2010). Linguistic Imagery in Warlpiri Songs: Some examples of Metaphor, Metonymy and Image-Schemata. Australian Journal of Linguistics.

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