Dr Peter Phipps
Program Director, Intern Studies & Hon
Global, Urban and Social Studies
+(61 3) 9925 2039
Design & Social Context
Peter Phipps is a senior lecturer in Global Studies at RMIT University, Director of the Honours Program and a founding member and on the executive of the Globalism Research Centre. He undertook post-graduate training in cultural anthropology at the University of California Berkeley, and completed a PhD on the cultural politics of postcolonial theory in the School of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Enquiry at the University of Melbourne. He has published a number of book chapters, industry reports, policy recommendations and articles on Indigenous festivals, tourism and the politics of cultural globalization. He has consulted to a number of organizations and government bodies including the PNG Department for Community Development, ATSIC, ATSIAB (Australia Council), UNDP (Sarajevo) and the Yothu Yindi Foundation. Most recently he wrote on ethnic cultural precincts for the City of Melbourne and Victorian Multicultural Commission, and a project at Warlayirti Art centre in the West Australian desert.
BA (Hons), PhD Melb
Professional interests/links to industry
- Institute of Postcolonial Studies
- Australian Anthropological Society
- National Tertiary Education Union
- Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council
- Telstra Foundation
- City of Melbourne
- City of Moreland
- Victorian Multicultural Commission
- PNG Department for Community Development
- Yothu Yindi Foundation
- Philanthropy Australia
- Warlayirti Art centre, Balgo WA
- Local-Global: Studies in Community Sustainability, RMIT, Melbourne.
- Editorial Advisory Board and Associate Editor, International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Common Ground, Illinois.
Peter Phipps is a founding member of the Globalism Research Centre where he was Deputy Director for three years (2004-06) and is currently on the GRC Executive. He was Chief Investigator in a project on Indigenous cultural festivals in Australia and the Asia Pacific, Globalizing Indigeneity (2008-11, ARC with Telstra Foundation) and another on Cultural Precincts in Melbourne (2009-11, City of Melbourne and Victorian Multicultural Commission). He has coordinated twelve local and international conferences and forums including the annual Garma Forum of Indigenous Knowledge in Arnhem Land (Northern Territory, Australia 2002-05).
Situated broadly in Global Studies, his interdisciplinary research draws on training in Social Theory (Melbourne) and Cultural Anthropology (University of California, Berkeley). His PhD thesis, The Cultural Politics of Postcolonial Theory engages the fields of Cultural Studies and Postcolonial theory.
Summary of research interests:
- Postcolonial perspectives on globalization, nationalism, development and modernity in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, with a focus on Indigenous-settler relations in Australia, Hawai’i and postcolonial PNG;
- Cultural politics of globalizing cultures and identities, with a focus on Indigenous cultural festivals; and globalization, cultural diversity and urban ethnic precincts;
- The cultural politics of postcolonial theory, cultural studies and the ‘culture wars’;
- Transnational cultural and intellectual flows and religious movements;
- History of theory in anthropology and the anthropology of tourism, particularly backpackers.
‘Performing Culture as Political Strategy: The Garma Festival, North East Arnhem Land’, in Chris Gibson and John Connell (eds) Festival Places: RevitalisingRural Australia, Chanel View Press, 2011 (ISBN 9781845411664).
‘Globalization and Culture: a case study from Melbourne’ (chapter in English and translated into Chinese) in Zhang (ed) China’s Urbanization and Community Development under Globalization, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, 2009.
‘Indigenous Cultural Festivals as a Globalizing Method for Decolonization: Garma and Beyond,’ in Ganesh Devy, Geoffrey Davis and K.K. Chakravarty (eds) Indigeneity: Culture and Interpretation, Orient Black Swan (previously Longman), Delhi, 2009, ISBN 9788125036647, pp. 368-77.
‘Michel Leiris: Master of Ethnographic Failure’ in Hutnyk and Rao (eds) Celebrating Transgression as Method in Anthropology: Essays in Honour of Klaus Peter Köpping, Berghahn, Berlin, 2006.
‘Tourism and Terrorism: An Intimate Equivalence’ in Gmelch (ed) Tourists and Tourism: A Reader, Waveland Press, Illinois, 2004, pp. 71-90. (2006)
with Jonathan Wearne, ‘Print, Publishing and Indigenous Australia’ in Bill Cope and Rod Brown (eds), Value Chain Clustering in Regional Publishing Service Markets, Common Ground Publishing, Altona, 2002.
‘Performances of Power: Indigenous Cultural Festivals as Globally Engaged Cultural Strategy’, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, vol. 35, no. 3, 2010. (ISSN: 0304-3754)
‘Globalization, Indigeneity and Performing Culture’, Local-Global, vol. 6, 2009, pp.28-48(ISSN 1832-6919).
‘The Cultural Politics of Universities in the U.S. Culture Wars’, Journal of the World Universities Forum, vol. 1, Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne, 2008, pp. 129-37. (ISSN: 1835-2030)
‘Hybrid Identities and Cosmopolitan Community in an Age of Intensified Globalization’, International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, vol. 1, Common Ground Publishing, Altona, 2006, pp. 1159-1169. (ISSN 1447-9532)
‘Sustaining Community Research: Reflections on Multi-site Fieldwork,’ in International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, vol. 1, Common Ground Publishing, Altona, 2005, pp. 27-34. (ISSN 1832-2077)
‘Community Sustainability Research: The Challenge of Reciprocity’, in Local-Global Studies in Community Sustainability: Hamilton –Community Life in the Regions, Melbourne, 2005 (ISSN 1832-6919)
(with Des Cahill), ‘After September 11th: Religion, Diversity and Social Cohesion Under Globalization’, in Australian Religious Studies Review vol. 16, no. 2, 2003, pp. 8-18.
Non-commercial Monographs and Anthologies
‘Neocolonialism,’ chapter-length encyclopedia entry in Anheier and Juergensmeyer (eds) Global Studies Encyclopedia, London: Sage (forthcoming 2011/12).
‘Modern Empires,’ chapter-length encyclopedia entry in Anheier and Juergensmeyer (eds) Global Studies Encyclopedia, London: Sage (forthcoming 2011/12).
Indigenous Cultural Festivals: Evaluating Impact on Community Health and Wellbeing, Report to Telstra Foundation, RMIT Globalism Research Centre, 2010. (ISBN 978-0-9805531-8-5)
A Policy Framework for Melbourne’s Cultural Precincts, Report to City of Melbourne and Victorian Multicultural Commission, 2012.
The Cultural Politics of Postcolonial Theory, Unpublished PhD manuscript, Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Enquiry, University of Melbourne, 2009.
(with Hariz Halilovich, Ron Adams, Paul James and Steve Bakalis) ‘Pathways to Reconciliation’ in Local-Global Studies in Community Sustainability: Sarajevo– Pathways to Reconciliation, Melbourne, 2006, pp.4-10. (ISSN 1832-6919)
‘Lead Essay: Reflections on Community Sustainability’, in Globalism Institute Annual Report 2004-2005, RMIT, Melbourne, 2005.
(with Hariz Halilovich )‘Welcome to Sarajevo’, in Globalism Institute Annual Report 2004-2005, RMIT, Melbourne, 2005.
Garma Key Forum Report- Luku-nherranRomnhaDlkuma: Indigenous Livelihoods and Leadership, Yothu Yindi Foundation, Darwin, 2004.
Chief Investigator (with Colic-Peisker and Robertson) Housing and employment for social cohesion in multicultural neighbourhoods 'in transition': building local best practice, Scanlon Foundation, 2012-13.
Chief Investigator (with Mulligan) Telling the Story of Melbourne’s Cultural Precincts Project, City of Melbourne and Victorian Multicultural Commission (2009-11), partner with The Reputation Group.
Chief Investigator (with James and Steger) and primary author of ARC Linkage Project Globalizing Indigeneity: Indigenous Cultural Festivals and Wellbeing in Australia and the AsiaPacific, Partner Organisation Telstra Foundation, 2008-2010.
Research Project Manager Globalization and Culture in the RMIT Global Cities Institute, 2007-2009.
Grant recipient and Research Project Manager, Indigenous Cultural Festivals: Evaluating Impact on Community Health and Wellbeing, funded by Telstra Foundation, 2007.
Consultant, researcher and Project Manager to PNG Department for Community Development Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Livelihoods Project (also called the ‘Employment Oriented Skills Development Project’), Port Moresby, (to September 2006).
Project Manager,Pathways to Reconciliation and Global Human RightsConference, Sarajevo, 2005, with UNDP Sarajevo.
- RMIT Research and Development Innovation Award, 2007
- RMIT Certificate of Achievement for ‘Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching’, Indigenous Studies, 2007
- RMIT Research and Development Innovation Award for Regional Partnerships (International) Awarded to Community Sustainability International research team, 2005.
- RMIT Research and Development Innovation Award for Best Research Team, Awarded to Globalism Institute researchers, 2002 and 2003.
Media Comment, Public and Invited Talks
- ‘Contesting Traditions, Land and Resources in Papua New Guinea’, Public Lecture, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London, Nov 2012.
- ‘Beyond the Politics of Forgetting: Global echoes of the Srebrenica Genocide’, invited seminar at the 3rd International Summer School on genocide, human rights and reconciliation in Bosnia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2012.
- ‘Remembering Genocide from Australia’, invited panel speaker at Reflections on Parliamentary Recognition of the Bosnian Genocide, Victoria University of Technology, May 2012.
- Refereed conference paper, ‘Performing Indigenous Identities and Nations Across the Pacific’ Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, London School of Economics, April 2011.
- Public talk, ‘Hiri Moale: contesting traditions, land and resources in a Papua New Guinea cultural festival’ Global Studies Research Seminar Series, RMIT April 2011
- ‘Research Project Development and Management,’ invited seminar to Globalism Research Centre staff, 2011.
- Op-ed piece, ‘Developing independent policy for regional aid’ in The Drum, ABC online 18 April 2011.
- Extended interview, ‘Academic says Australian aid in the Pacific should be independent of China and US’, Pacific Beat Program of Radio National (aired throughout Pacific) April 20, 2011.
- Invited speaker, ‘Conference opening address’ and ‘Closing address’, at The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Waikato, 2011.
- Invited speaker, ‘Ethnic Cultural Precincts: Policy and Practice’, City of Moreland Planning Group, November 2010.
- Keynote speaker, ‘Indigenous Cultural Festivals and Community Wellbeing in Australia’ report launch, Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney, October 2010.
- Invited speaker, ‘Globalization and Culture: a case study from Melbourne’ at China’s Urbanization and Community Development under Globalization Conference, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, September 2009.
- Guest speaker, ‘Indigenous Festivals research and shaping the Institute’s Indigenous research agenda’, Institute of Postcolonial Studies Board, Melbourne, May 2009.
- Invited speaker, ‘Indigenous Festivals: opportunities for philanthropic engagement and partnerships’ Philanthropy Australia, Sydney, August 2008.
- Invited respondent to keynote address, ‘Solidarity and Sustainability,’ Food and Thought Mela, Hamilton, Victoria, June 2008.
- Interview on global Tibetan demonstrations, ABC Victoria Regional Radio, Drive, 17 March 2008.
- Interview on global Tibetan demonstrations, 3CR Radio, current affairs breakfast program, 21 March 2008.
- Interview on Australian Indigenous issues, Slovenia Radio 1, January 2008.
- Interview on Australian Indigenous issues, Slovenia Music TV, January 2008.
- Interview on Australian Indigenous issues, Mag(current affairs insert in daily national paper Delo), Slovenia, 23-02-2008.
- ‘Australian Aboriginal Cultural Politics Today: “You gotta listen to your tribal voice”', and ‘Australian Indigenous Cultural Festivals: Garma and beyond’, two Public Lectures at SlovenskiEtnografskiMuzej (Slovenian Ethnographic Museum), January- February 2008.
- ‘Globalization and Culture: an Australian Perspective’, Invited Lecture in Globalization course, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, February 2008.
- ‘Indigenous Festivals and Community Wellbeing in Australia’, invited address to Telstra Foundation Board, December 2007
- Opening address, Land is Life Exhibition, Melbourne, September 2006.
- SBS Radio (Vietnamese Program) International Vietnamese Cultural Conference interview, Melbourne, October 2006.
- Invited respondent, ‘Conference Summary,’ Diversity Conference, Beijing, June 2005.
- Lecture at School of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College London, ‘Postcolonialism Undone: Reflections on Indigenous Settler relations in Australia’, 2004.
- TV interview for influential morning current affairs show on plans for Globalism Institute conference in Sarajevo, HAYAT National TV, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 2004.
- ABC Radio National, Short interview on Asia Pacific, comment on Timor Gap boundary negotiations, Oct 2003.