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New Posts - 14 November 2018


ASWA Dinner

The ASWA Annual Dinner and Prize Night was held at Uni Club at UWA on Friday, November 9 commencing 7 pm. From all of the ASWA members (new and old) a massive thank you goes to Eddie McDonald for organising and hosting the event. Thank you also to Dr Richard Vokes for the after dinner speech.

Prizes in Applied Anthropology were awarded to the following:

Phil Moore: ASWA Life Membership

Ralph Locke: Ethnosciences Award for Career Long Achievements

Michael Creedy: Curtin University Honours Thesis Winner

Hannah Sutton: Murdoch University Honours Thesis Winner

Jenni Nathan: UWA Honours Thesis Winner

Xavier Leenders: Ethnosciences Award for Early Career Achievements

Robin Stevens: Ethnosciences Award for contributions to Aboriginal Heritage Policy


A great thank you to everyone who attended and made the resounding call for the continuation and revitalisation of ASWA.

Appreciation goes to Brad Goode & Associates, Ethnosciences and Carlingford Cultural Tours for providing significant sponsorship contributions for this event.

Ethnosciences Brad Goode & Associates Carlingford Cultural Tours


A Visual Anthropology Screening



Two Seasons: Multispecies Medicine in Mongolia

(2018, 95 mins) filmed by Dr Natasha Fijn

The Anthropological Society of Western Australia in collaboration with the Mongolian Association of Western Australia, Murdoch University and the Mongolia Institute - Australian National University is pleased to present a Visual Anthropology Screening. This is an experience you won't want to miss.

When: 5:30-8:00pm 24 November 2018

Where: The Loft (Building 425.3.001), Murdoch University, 90 South St Murdoch WA

Herding families in the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia live in extreme climatic conditions and are crucially reliant on their herd animals for survival. This multispecies-based filmic analysis engages with more-than-human sociality and perceptions towards other beings. The concept of one’s homeland (nutag) and a strong sense of place are crucially important to herders. The documentary focuses on three different locations, or homelands, filmed in spring and then again in autumn (hence the title ‘Two Seasons’). In spring the focus is on the birth of newborn animals and increasing immunity, sometimes through bloodletting to prevent illness, while in autumn the focus is on preparing hay for winter and collecting medicinal herbs. Layering the two seasons with the three locations means the 95-minute film is structurally divided into six separate parts: Ganbaa visiting his homeland in spring; Nara’s homeland in spring; Bor and Bömbög’s homeland in spring, then returning again to all three communities in autumn. The film conveys how medicinal knowledge is passed on through practical forms of mentorship within these extended families.

About Dr Natasha Fijn

Natasha Fijn is an ethnographic researcher and observational filmmaker. Her ethnographic fieldwork has been based in the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia and Arnhem Land in northern Australia, involving human-animal connections and concepts of domestication. She was awarded a Fejos Fellowship in Ethnographic Film, funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation to make 'Two Seasons' during 2017. She was a research fellow within an international team ‘Domestication in the Era of the Anthropocene’ at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo in 2016. Earlier, she held a College of the Arts and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the ANU (2011-2014). Part of this project 'Encountering Animals' included the making of a film 'Yolngu Homeland' (2015). She has edited a number of themed issues on visual anthropology and observational filmmaking. A monograph, Living with Herds: human-animal coexistence in Mongolia, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

Please download the Event Poster and more about the film Two Seasons: Multispecies Medicine in Mongolia.

Mongolian Association of WA Murdoch University Mongolian Institute - ANU

Edith Cowan University students, funded under ‘New Colombo Plan’ study tour to Mongolia 2019 will be in attendance

For further details contact Dr Greg Acciaioli; Dr Edward McDonald; or Dr Richard Riordan.


Heritage Opportunity

RTIO are looking for someone to fill a heritage advisory role while a staff member is on maternity leave:

Please see the Rio Website for details.