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Amanda Harris

ARC Future Fellow, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Amanda Harris is an ARC Future Fellow at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney and Director of the Sydney Unit of digital archive PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures). Amanda is interested in hearing the voices of those often excluded from conventional music histories through collaborative research focused on gender and intercultural musical cultures. Her monograph Representing Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1930-70 was published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2020, and the book Music, Dance and the Archive, co-edited with Linda Barwick and Jakelin Troy was published by Sydney University Press in 2022.


  • 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

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