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The Australian National University

Dr Shirley Campbell

Position: School Visitor

School or Centre: School of Archaeology & Anthropology


Website: My profile website

Dr Campbell completed her book, The Art of Kula, analyzing the art produced by men for Kula in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea. She has continued her interests in the ways indigenous art reflects the contemporary aspirations of indigenous people to construct an identity that articulates with how they see themselves in a globalised discourse.

More recently she has initiated research that combines issues of embodiment within an Australian cultural context and 'gym culture'. In so doing, Dr Campbell is utilising anthropological insights and methodology to identify the elements that attract a segment of the Australian population into fitness centres and the processes of defining these cohorts as 'cultures' or sites for constructing, contesting, and displaying 'bodies'. She anticipates that this research will not only provide a greater understanding of how concepts of 'body' are developed, but hopes to turn this research towards policy development leading towards a healthier and more active population against an increasingly unhealthy backdrop to western lifestyles.

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