Dr Georgia Curran

PhD (Anthropology)
Lecturer in Anthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology 4401
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 440107
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Society And Community 4505
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Culture, Language And History 4501
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Culture 450104
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Media, Film, Animation And Photography 450110
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Music And Performing Arts 450111
  • Conservation Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Heritage 450118

Research interests

Indigenous music and performing arts, Indigenous media, performance ethnography, revitalisation of performance, Indigenous languages, Indigenous cultural heritage, community-led archiving and repatriation


Georgia is Lecturer in Anthropology. She received her PhD (ANU) for a thesis on Contemporary Ritual Practice in an Aboriginal Settlement: the Warlpiri Kurdiji ceremony (2010). Since 2005 she has undertaken research with Warlpiri people in Yuendumu and other Central Australian communities, including collaborative research projects with Pintupi Anmatyerr Warlpiri Media and Communications (based in Yuendumu). 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. She is also dedicated to community archiving projects and repatriation of cultural heritage materials to their communities of origin, as well as supporting activities to promote and maintain the vitality and transmission of songs and performances.

Researcher's projects

'Rethinking the dynamics of place in Warlpiri songs' (ARC DECRA project, 2020 - 2023)

'The role of song in Warlpiri and Kaytetye biocultural knowledge' (ARC Discovery project, 2022-2025)

'Reconnecting Warlpiri communities with cultural heritage materials' (ARC Linkage project, 2023-2026)



Available student projects

I am available to supervise students with interests in any of my areas of expertise.

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