Gender, Media and Cultural Studies

Bringing together diverse disciplines, methodologies and approaches, the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies seeks to be at the forefront of efforts to improve knowledge and understanding of the social dynamics in the regions of Asia and the Pacific.

These are the selected fieldwork photos from members of the Department.

  • Dr Anna-Karina Hermkens. Interior of the Catholic Church in Koromira (Bougainville Island, Autonomous Province of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea). The church was heavily damaged during the almost decade-long-lasting Bougainville crisis, but is still in use. Especially during the crisis, faith in Mother Mary provided much sought after support.
  • Bianca Hennessy, PhD Candidate. Pacific Studies has pioneered a decolonised approach to learning and researching about culture; making it wider, richer and more inclusive. Moments like this – taken during our Hawai’i Field School – are what I love the most. Students learned a dance and chant about Polynesian navigation, learning together in a corporeal, hands-on way.
  • Dr Katherine Lepani. Wosituma, a Trobriand dance tribute to matrilineal ancestors, performed by school children at a Grade 8 graduation ceremony in 2003, is emblematic of my ethnographic research on culture and HIV prevention in the Trobriand Islands, PNG, which explored tensions between lived experience and interventionist models of sexuality and disease.
  • Dr Ross Tapsell. This is a photo I took from Jokowi's Salam Dua Jari concert, the weekend before the 2014 Presidential election. It was an event that would lift Jokowi from possible to defeat to eventual victory, showing he was no longer the small-town mayor simply ‘pressing the flesh’ with locals.
  • Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence, PhD Candidate. Women and children setting sail near Tanosina, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
  • Evi Eliyanah, PhD Candidate. 1) Reimagining Film Nasional with Seno Gumira Ajidarma In the national celebration of the 64th Anniversary of Indonesian Cinema last year in the country’s capital, the question of relevance of national cinema discourse was once again brought to the fore.
  • Professor Peter Jackson. A transgender spirit medium for the Chinese Mahayana bodhisattva Guan Yin, often called the “Goddess of Mercy”, participating in the street parade for the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Krabi, Southern Thailand, October 2014. Supernatural rituals and Chinese religious practices are rapidly growing in popularity across Thailand today.

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