Dr Julie Rickwood

PhD (ANU); Grad Dip (Ed) (UC); Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Project Manager/Research Associate, Research Centre for Deep History/Rediscovering the Deep Human Past Laureate Program
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 6125 7457

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Performing Arts And Creative Writing 1904
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205

Research interests

Popular Music, Community Music, Gender, Place, Cross-Cultural Exchange and Common Ground, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology of Performance, Ethnography, Ecomusicology. My publications list illustrates aspects of my work in each of these topic areas.


Julie Rickwood is a music and performance researcher and practitioner based in Canberra, Australia. Her graduate research concentrated on the Australian a cappella scene and the community singing movement. In 1997 Julie completed a master’s thesis entitled “Liberating Voices: Towards an ethnography of women’s community a cappella choirs in Australia” which examined the intersection of gender, identity and singing. In 2013 she completed a doctoral research project, “We Are Australian: An ethnographic investigation of the convergence of community music and reconciliation” which focused on a study of three cross-cultural choral interactions in Australia. Julie's postdoctoral research has concentrated on Australian popular music, place, and gender, and on community music, cross-cultural exchange and common ground, and the environment. She has published conference papers, journal articles and book chapters and is a co-editor of Popular Music, Stars and Stardom (2018, ANU Press). Julie is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music-ANZ and the Australian Historical Association. Julie is also a dancer/choreographer with Somebody’s Aunt Dance Ensemble and a tenor with the PoPuP Choir.


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