Dr Suzi Hutchings is a Central Arrernte woman. Her mother's family are from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, Central Australia.
Dr Hutchings gained her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Adelaide in 1995. For 21 years she has consulted as an anthropologist and expert witness in native title, family law, criminal cases and injury compensation cases for Indigenous groups and families from across Australia. Dr Hutchings also has extensive experience as a senior lecturer and research fellow in Anthropology and Aboriginal programs working at the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide.
Dr Hutchings has published many government and court reports and articles on Aboriginal Heritage, Aboriginal youth and the criminal Justice system and on Aboriginal families coming before the Federal Family Court of Australia. She has been the recipient of research grants, including in 2012 an Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians to undertake 5 months post doctoral research at New York University investigating the history, messages and styles of Hip Hop music, art and performance among Indigenous and minority groups in Australia and North America. For the past 8 years Dr. Hutchings has produced and presented the eclectic music program, Crossing Tracks, for community radio station, Radio Adelaide 101.5FM.
2016 (in press): 'Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia by Ase Ottosson', book review, American Anthropologist, American Anthropological Association, Wiley.
Co-editor 'Introduction' with Aida Hernandez Castillo (University of Mexico) for book Alliances with, as Indigenous Peoples: The Obligations and Actions of Anthropologists in Mexico, Canada and Australia. This book has been accepted for publication by Pelgrave Macmillan.
"Indigenous anthropologists caught in the middle: the fragmentation of Indigenous knowledge in native title anthropology, law and policy in urban and rural Australia" as chapter for the book Alliances with, as Indigenous Peoples: The Obligations and Actions of Anthropologists in Mexico, Canada and Australia. This book has been accepted for publication by Pelgrave Macmillan.
Co-editor with Dr Anne Morrison, University of South Australia to Conference Proceedings, Indigenous Knowledges and the Environment. This volume has been accepted for publication by Keeaira Press.
"Re-mythologizing the divide between the city and the bush: a perspective on changes to significant tree legislation in South Australia" for inclusion in the volume: Conference Proceedings, Indigenous Knowledges and the Environment. This volume has been accepted for publication by Keeaira Press.
"Hip Hop saved my life": Hip Hop as Indigenous philosophy on identity, authenticity and politics among Australian Aboriginal youth, for submission to NAIS Journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.
April 2016: presented a paper to the NAISA (Native American Indigenous Studies Association) at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.
November/December 2016: Giving a conference panel paper in collaboration with Dr Dianne Rodger (University of Adelaide) on our work on Indigenous Hip Hop to the Musicology Society of Australia conference in Adelaide.
2016-2017: attending the NAISA (Native American Indigenous Studies Association) conference in Vancouver, June 22-24, 2017.
2016-2017: attending the WIPCE (World Indigenous People's Conference on Education) in Toronto, July 24-29, 2017.
- Indigenous knowledges
- Contemporary Indigenous music, performance and film
- Native Title
- Aboriginal youth and criminal justice
- Indigenous identity
- Social Anthropology
- DJ and radio production
- Indigenous de-colonisation theory
PhD Social Anthropology (University of Adelaide)
BA (Honours) Social Anthropology (University of Adelaide)
Cert. 111 Media, Radio Adelaide (University of Adelaide)
I contribute to scholarship on Indigenous issues. I have previously taught in anthropology and Indigenous studies at senior level at the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University of South Australia. My most recent position was as co-ordinator of the University Prepatory Program for Indigenous Studies at Wirltu Yarlu, Aboriginal Programs at the University of Adelaide. In this position I oversaw two campuses at which this program was taught, Adelaide and Port Augusta.
I regularly present at international and national conferences and publish on issues around Indigenous identity; Indigenous youth and social justice and native title. I have an extensive academic research and publication portfolio. Most recently this includes research into the social meanings of Indigenous and minority hip-hop among youth in Australia and North America. In 2013 I was the successful recipient of an Endeavour Research Award hosted by NYU to investigate the history and development of hip-hop as a musical and social movement among African American, Latino and minority youth in New York City.
I have been appointed to RMIT Indigenous Ethics Network (IEN). I have previously been the Chair of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Research Ethics Committee and the Indigenous representative on the University of South Australia Research Ethics Committee.
I have many years experience working in mediation as a native title anthropologist, on work area clearances for Aboriginal communities and providing expert evidence on Aboriginal culture, family and identity in family, criminal and accident compensation court cases in various State and Federal legal jurisdictions. I have successfully chaired and mediated meetings between disputing Aboriginal claimants, legal professionals and judges to bring important Indigenous Knowledges on cultural relations to land, history and the community to the negotiating table. I have provided expert evidence on Aboriginal cultural matters in various legal jurisdictions including the Federal Family Court.
I also have expertise in community broadcasting and accredited radio training. Over the past 6 years I produced and presented Crossing Tracks Radio Show on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM.