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Dr Marianne Riphagen

BA [cum laude], Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands; MA [cum laude], Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2005); PhD, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2011)
Research Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 6125 1735

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Art History 190102

Research interests

My research interests include:

* the anthropology of art, specifically questions relating to value production, the functioning of institutional art worlds, and the ways in which artists navigate art worlds.

* contemporary Indigenous Australian art, specifically art created by urban-based Indigenous artists in the mediums of photography and video.

* the concept of cosmopolitanism, specifically the cosmopolitanism of Indigenous peoples.

* Aboriginal cultural heritage, specifically the ways in which Indigenous peoples use their tangible and intangible heritage to benefit their economic autonomy.

Biography

Marianne studied cultural anthropology at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, focusing on the subdiscipline of Pacific Studies. For her master's thesis, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the remote Aboriginal community of Fregon, on the Pitjantjatjara Lands in South Australia. Her thesis, which dealt with Aboriginal primary school education, led her to graduate cum laude. In 2005, Marianne won the Endeavour Europe Award, awarded by Australia's federal government, for her proposal to conduct research with urban-based Indigenous artists. A year later, she obtained another large research grant from the Dutch government. This funding enabled her to carry out four years of multi-sited Ph.D research. Her Ph.D dissertation (2011) is entitled "Indigenous Cosmopolitans: Up-and-Coming Artists and their Photomedia Works in Australian and International Visual Art Worlds". It explores how four artists - Brook Andrew, Dianne Jones, Christian Thompson and Darren Siwes - build their careers both locally, nationally, and internationally. Marianne has followed these artists' trajectories within different art worlds, paying ample attention to issues pertaining to identity, representation, ethnic categorization, and cosmopolitanism.

Recently, Marianne has returned to Australia once again to work on a research project, funded by an ARC Discovery Grant, on how the use of Aboriginal cultural heritage can foster regional remote economies. Her new work specifically focuses on the domains of art and tourism.  

Current student projects

I am currently co-supervising a student enrolled in the research master offered by the Nijmegen Institute of Social and Cultural Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. This student has conducted ethnographic research in Australia, focusing on access to and use of sexual health services by Aboriginal adolescents in Alice Springs and Darwin. She is currently in the final stages of writing her research master's thesis.

Past student projects

Marianne has presented several guest lectures, taught anthropology and fine arts students, and supervised a number of anthropology students. Below follows a selection of her involvement in education:

2012

Co-lecturer undergraduate course Oceanic Art and Culture: Australia and Melanesia. Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, United States.

2010

Co-supervisor thesis Research Master Social Cultural Science. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Lecturer course Introduction to Aboriginal Art. Museum for contemporary Aboriginal art, Utrecht. This concerned a four week introductory course developed by me for an
interested, non-academic Dutch audience.

2009

Individual supervision BA3 thesis in Anthropology. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Lecture Title: A cosmopolitan vision: history, perception and beauty in Brook Andrew’s oeuvre. Museum for Contemporary Aboriginal art, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Lecture Title: Visual Anthropology. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Guest lecture as part of BA1 course Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology.

2008

Lecture Title: Australian Aborigines: Politics, Identity and the State. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Guest lecture as part of BA2 course Politics and Ethnicity.

Lecture Title: Knowledge Transmission in Intercultural Contexts: The Case
Study of a Remote Aboriginal School. University of Wageningen, Wageningen, the Netherlands. Studium Generale.

Lecture Title: On the relationship between Indigenous peoples and states.
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Guest lecture as part of BA2 course Politics and Ethnicity.

Lecturer BA3 Specialist Seminar Pacific Studies. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2007

Individual supervision BA3 thesis in Anthropology. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Lecture Title: On Indigenous Australian photomedia art. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Guest lecture BA2 course Aboriginal Australia.

Publications

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