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Research fellow, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Amanda is a cultural historian and musicologist, and Director of the Sydney Unit of digital archive PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures). Her research focuses on music, gender and cross-cultural Australian histories. Amanda's monograph 'Representing Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1930-70' will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2020. Her current research is part of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Reclaiming Performance Under Assimilation in southeast Australia, 1935-75’. She is editor of three books including 'Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media' (2014) and author of articles in the journals Twentieth Century Music, the International Journal of Digital Curation, Australian Historical Studies, History and Anthropology, Women’s History Review and Women and Music.


  • 2018–present
    Program director, PARADISEC, University of Sydney
  • 2018–present
    Research fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2015
    Research associate, University of Sydney


  • 2009 
    University of New South Wales, PhD Music History


  • 2020
    Representing Australia to the Commonwealth in 1965: Aborigiana and Indigenous Performance, Twentieth Century Music
  • 2019
    Making Meaning of Historical Papua New Guinea Recordings, International Journal of Digital Curation
  • 2018
    Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, travel, and the ‘science of man’, Berghahn Books
  • 2017
    Pan-Indigenous encounter in the 1950s: 'Ethnic Dancer' Beth Dean, Australian Historical Studies
  • 2014
    Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media, ANU Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    True Echoes: reconnecting cultures with recordings from the beginning of sound
    Partner Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Leverhulme Trust

Research Areas

  • Heritage And Cultural Conservation (210202)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts (190401)
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology (190409)
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History (210301)