Associate Professor Jennifer L Biddle has been appointed by Harvard to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, in the academic year of 2020-2021.

Biddle is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design. As the founding Director of Visual Anthropology & Visual Culture, she leads an international program specializing in Indigenous and Asia Pacific research, one of only a few programs in Australia to support ethnographic and practice-led research as a basis for creative and critical research innovation in the arts.

The recipient of numerous awards and grants, former Australian Research Council Future Fellow, she is currently a Chief Investigator on two internationally collaborative ARC and SSHRC funded research projects, and is an acting member of the ARC’s College of Experts. Being an anthropologist with a background in linguistics, she has worked with northern Warlpiri in Lajamanu for over two decades, and for the past nine years, in partnership with (select) Central and Western Desert community art organizations.

Biddle’s most recent major monograph, Remote Avant Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation, was published by Duke University Press. Her inclusion in the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies, places her in the same seat occupied by some of Australia’s most outstanding intellectuals over the past 35 years. Established through a gift of the Australian government to Harvard University, in recognition of the American Bicentennial in 1976, to the further understanding of Australia in the United States.

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