Dr Diana Young
Dr Diana Young
Museum Director / Senior Lecturer
Anthropology Museum

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

Professional activities:

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.

Research interests:
  • Material and visual culture
  • Material culture and consumption in Australia and the Pacific region
  • Museums and collections
  • Anthropology of landscape and space
  • Anthropology of the senses

Please follow this link to find out more about Dr Young’s research profile.

Representative publications:

Young, Diana (forthcoming 2015) 'Ernabella Arts, a history', Wakefield Press.

Young, Diana (forthcoming 2015) Re-materialising Colour’, ed. Diana Young, Sean Kingston Publishing, Wantage, UK.

Young, Diana (2011) ‘Mutable things; colours as material practice in the north west of South Australia’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Young, Diana (2010) ‘Colouring Cars: Customising Motor Vehicles in the East of the Australian Western Desert’ in Design Anthropology, edited by Alison J. Clarke, Springer Wein New York. Pp 117-129.
Young, Diana (2010) ‘Dingo scalping and the Frontier economy in the north west of South Australia' in Frontier economies, edited by Ian Keen, ANU ePress. Pp91-107. http://epress.anu.edu.au/ip_citation.html
Young, Diana (2010) ’Clothing the Body in the Western Desert’ in the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, ed. Joanne Eicher, Berg.

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.
Young, Diana with Hamby, L. (2001) ‘Art on a String. Threaded objects from the Western Desert and Arnhem Land’, Object Gallery, Australian Centre for Craft and Design, and Centre for Cross Cultural Research, ANU.
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

2012 In the red; on the vibrancy of things

2012 What do objects want?

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.

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