Welcome to Anthropology

Anthropologists are concerned with their own society, but only as one among many. When anthropology seeks to understand economics, politics, religion, violence, child-rearing or art, it aims eventually at a broad comparative knowledge which does not assume that the contemporary Western expressions are the most important, or even the most revealing, in the quest for an understanding of human cultures and societies.

In fact, anthropologists have been led to examine in detail societies which are very different from their own, where ideas about beauty, morality, authority and dignity vary markedly from those with which they are familiar.

Anthropology units


  • Associate Professors Julian Millie and Matt Tomlinson (ANU) have been been conversing for years now about monologic projects, meaning those that attempt to shut out rival and alternate voices and commit listeners to a singular position. They found it interesting that although much attention is given to the ways in which monologue serves the goals of oppressive, exclusive projects, especially ... Read more
  • Monash Anthropology offers the warmest of welcomes to our new colleague, Professor Ariel Heryanto. Ariel is a PhD graduate of our program, and as the newly-appointed holder of the Herb Feith Chair in Indonesian studies,  will be formally located in Anthropology as well as the Monash Asia Institute. Ariel has hit the ground running, organising – amongst other ... Read more
  • Dr Antje Missbach’s research specialization includes people movement and migration policies in the Asia-Pacific. Her latest contribution to debate around Australia’s turn-back policy, prepared with a number of colleagues, appeared in The Monthly magazine: https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/klaus-neumann-anne-mcnevin-antje-missbach-damir-mitric-and-savitri-taylor/2017/28/2017 Read more
  • Thursday 06 April 2017 – Saturday 08 April 2017 In April of 2017, UTEP will host the second edition of this event in collaboration with the MPC-EUI and Monash University- Australia. The event promises to be a ground-breaking gathering of smuggling and irregular migration scholars and policy makers who will work together on building the theory ... Read more
  •   Antje Missbach’s most recent research on asylum seekers in Indonesia has just appeared as CILIS Policy Paper 12. Entitled ‘Sentencing People-Smuggling Offenders in Indonesia’, it examines the sanctions applicable to people smuggling after it was defined for the first time as a criminal offence in Indonesia, in May 2011. Based on a sample of Indonesian ... Read more
  • We congratulate our colleague Sara Niner for her  new  publication ‘Women and the Politics of Gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste’. This book presents a wide-ranging overview of the position of women in Timor-Leste, 15 years after the country secured its independence. It considers the role of women in Timor-Leste’s history, explores their role in the present day economy ... Read more
  • We would like to congratulate our Birgit Braeuchler, who just received the Ernst-Otto-Czempiel Award for her recent book ‘The cultural dimension of peace’. Ernst Otto Czempiel is an important figure in the field of peace studies and international relations and was among the key figures behind the establishment of the largest institue for peace research in ... Read more