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Associate Professor Anita Lundberg

Associate Professor Social Sciences


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (Post-Doc), Anthropology, Cambridge University, UK 2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Anthropology, University New South Wales, 2000
  • Master of Arts (Hons), Science & Technology Studies, University of Wollongong, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of South Australia, 1986

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Associate Professor Anita Lundberg is a cultural anthropologist whose research engages people and places of tropical South East Asia. She leads the research cluster Living Cities:Tropical Imaginaries. The cluster is concerned with the creative lived experiences of cities including cultural and natural landscapes, aesthetics, urban myths, heritage, everyday life, as well as liminal and cyber spaces. Anita’s previous projects include ethnographies of higher education in the Malay archipelago, of a Malay house and its garden of trees, and of a whaling hunting village in Indonesia.

Anita is especially interested in developing a research-teaching-engagement nexus and her projects often engage students in small philanthropic projects and exhibitions. She has received awards for outstanding teaching, research supervision and innovative research and has held numerous fellowships: LIA TransOceanik (CNRS, Collége de France, JCU); The Cairns Institute (TCI); Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cambridge University, UK; Guest Researcher, Maison Asie-Pacifique, Université de Provence, France; Visiting Fellow, Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, National University Malaysia. She has also been an Anthropologist-in-Residence at Rimbun Dahan.

Speaking engagements include: Keynote speaker 'Women and Social Transformation' Alagappa University, India, and an invited public speaker at the Australian Parliament House, to the Malaysian Heritage Trust/UNESCO, the Indonesian Heritage Society and Australian National Maritime Museum. She has convened a think tank at The Cairns Institute, and a colloquium for the TransOceanik (CNRS). Anita has curated exhibitions in NY, LA, Paris and Sydney and her own research and theoretical, and artistic works have been exhibited at the Australian National Maritime Museum, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia and Alliance de Française.

Anita is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal eTropic https://journals.jcu.edu.au/etropic

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary research between cultural anthropology, material culture, popular culture, arts, environment and liminal spaces
  • Network theories, theories of relationality, phenomenology, rhizomatics, East~West philosophies, liminality and new sciences: Taoism, quantum physics, Buddhism, fractal theory, chaos theory
  • Research-teaching-engagement nexus including students and philanthropy engagements and creative public display of research using digital technologies, speaking and exhibitions.