Emeritus Professor Annette Hamilton

MA Syd., PhD Syd.
School of the Arts & Media


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Annette Hamilton is a cultural anthropologist who worked with indigenous communities in remote Australia. She is the author of numerous papers and a book "Nature and Nurture: Child-Rearing in North-Central Arnhem Land" based on this research. From the mid 1980s she began working on visual anthropology in Southeast Asia. She has published papers on Thai media, comparative cinemas in the former socialist states, ritual cults and symbolism in Southern Thailand, transborder television and other topics on Southeast Asian history, media and cultural transformations. She is also well known for work on the cultural representations of "Asia" in Australia. She has recently published several papers on Cambodian cinema and is writing a monograph on cinema and the Khmer Rouge.



Professional contribution

Annette was Head of Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University (1983-1998) and Head of Division of Society Culture Media and Philosophy (1999-2001). From 2002-2006 she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW. She is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Senior Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society, and a Member of the Asian Studies Association (US).

Other information

Annette has lived in Sydney all her life apart from extensive periods spent on fieldwork in North and Central Australia, Thailand and Cambodia. In the 1980s she worked on several Land Claims for the Central Land Council in Alice Springs and was the Judge's Advisor on the Royal Commission into Nuclear Testing in Australia (Maralinga). She has travelled widely in Asia, Europe and the U.S.