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Dr John Morton Academic, Anthropology

I originally studied Geography at the University of Sussex, where I received a BA, and later Anthropology at Oxford University and the Australian National University, where I received my postgraduate qualifications.
I was initially interested in Amazonian cultures and first published in that field. While I retain a research interest in Amazonia, my main ethnographic focus changed to Aboriginal Australia when I migrated to Australia in 1980. Between 1980 and the present I have been involved in a number of research projects in central Australia, primarily working with Arrernte people in and around Alice Springs. More recently I have been developing research interests in Aboriginal societies occupying south-eastern Australia. Research projects and related publications have mostly been in the fields of religion and land rights or native title. My theoretical interests are broad-based, but I tend towards structuralism and psychoanalysis as major points of reference.
Between 1997 and 2000 I was seconded as a curator to Museum Victoria, assisting with the creation of the first Aboriginal exhibits in the then newly built Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens. I have also worked on a number of other Aboriginal cultural heritage projects since 1990.
I first taught Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, but moved to Melbourne to teach Anthropology and Aboriginal Studies at La Trobe in 1990. I retired from La Trobe in 2011 and now live in Queensland, where I continue to undertake research and occasionally teach.


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