Dr Diana Young
|Dr Diana Young|
Museum Director / Senior Lecturer
Phone: (+61 7) 336 51210
Fax: (+61 7) 336 51544
Anthropology Museum, Room 109, Level 1,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus
PhD (Social Anthropology), University College London
MA (Anthropology of Art), University College London
BA (Hon.) Architecture, Canterbury College of Art, UK
Fellow - Royal Anthropological Institute
Member - Association of Social Anthropologists
Member - International Council of Museums
Diana Young is Director of the UQ Anthropology Museum (anthropologymuseum.uq.edu.au/) and Senior Lecturer in Material Culture and Museum Anthropology. Prior to this she held research positions at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies at the ANU and teaching posts at Goldsmiths College and the University for the Arts London. She studied anthropology at University College London where she also had a post doctoral ESRC fellowship. Her regional specialism is Indigenous Australia and more recently, the Pacific. Since 2009 she has created a new research infra structure for the UQ Anthropology Museum where she has directed a series of collaborative research projects resulting in ground - breaking exhibitions. Her current ARC Discovery project concerns new ideas about work, money, sharing and exchange among people in the Western Desert. Her other research work is on colour, consumption, collecting, space, environment and non humans, the anthropology of design, and Australian Indigenous material culture including local art histories, cultural heritage and cultural brokerage.
Current research grants and scholarships
- ARC Discovery; The Desire for Things
- MEI for materials research
- National Library Cultural Heritage grant
- NEELI scholarship
Please follow this link to find out more about Dr Young’s research profile.
Young, Diana (forthcoming 2015) 'Ernabella Arts, a history', Wakefield Press.
Young, Diana (2011) ‘Mutable things; colours as material practice in the north west of South Australia’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Young, Diana (2006) ‘The Colours of Things’ in The Handbook of Material Culture, eds. P. Spyer, C. Tilley, S. Kuechler, W. Keane, Sage Publications, London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi, pp 173-185.
Young, Diana (2006) ‘Water as country in the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands’ in World Views; Environment, Culture, Religion, eds. A. Garner and V. Strang, vol 10, no 2, pp 239-258.
Young, Diana (2006) Review essay: ‘On Materiality - a review of two Australian exhibitions', Museum Anthropology, vol 28, issue 2, pp 39-45.
Young, Diana (2005) ‘The smell of green-ness; cultural synaesthesia in the Western Desert’ in Etnofoor, XVIII/1/2005 eds. Regina Bendix and Donald Brenneis, pp 61-77.
Young, Diana (2004) ’The Material Value of Colour; the Estate Agent’s Tale’ in Home Cultures, Berg, Oxford, vol 1, no 1, pp 5-22.
Young, Diana (2001) ‘The Life and Death of Cars. Private cars on the Pitjantjatjara Lands, South Australia’ in Car Cultures, ed. Daniel Miller, Berg Publishers, pp 35-59.
Selected Exhibition curation for the UQ Anthropology Museum
2014 UQ collection curated into touring show Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture, a Cessnock Gallery touring exhibition curated by Deborah Simms and Matt Dickson.
2014 With Judy Watson written on the body
Representative Exhibition Curation:
2009 - 'Nyukana Baker; a Retrospective' Jamfactory, Adelaide, SA. Funding; Australia Council, Visual Arts and Crafts Fund.
2001 - with Louise Hamby ‘Art on a String. Threaded objects from the Central Desert and Arnhem Land’. Object Gallery - Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Circular Quay, Sydney. Exhibition touring Australian galleries 2002-2004. Funding; Australia Council, Visual Arts and Crafts Fund and Visions.
1998 - For Ernabella Arts Inc. with Ernabella artists ‘Warka Irititja munu Kuwari Kutu. Work from the Past and the Present, A Celebration of Fifty Years of Ernabella Arts’. Tandanya, Adelaide, SA. Funding; ATSIC, Gordon Darling Foundation, AP Anthropology.