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Francesca Merlan

Francesca Merlan is Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University.

Francesca Merlan reviews ‘A Cautious Silence: The politics of Australian anthropology’ by Geoffrey Gray

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
A Cautious Silence is about the establishment of anthropology as an academic and applied discipline in Australia from about 1920 until after World War II. During this period, anthropological research in Australia largely focused on indigenous Australia, New Guinea, Papua and some Pacific islands. A signal event marking the beginning of the period covered in the book was the foundation in 1921 of t ... (read more)