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Rodney Harrison

Research Interests

  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • Heritage, multiculturalism and globalisation
  • Intangible and indigenous heritage
  • Museum studies
  • History and philosophy of museums, anthropology and archaeology
  • Archaeologies of the present and recent past
  • Contemporary material culture studies
  • Historical archaeology
  • Archaeologies of colonialism
  • Australian archaeology

Research Directory Records

Collaborations and Affiliations

Educational Background

  • PhD Archaeology, University of Western Australia, 2003
    Thesis title: Ngarranganni/Ngamungamu/Jalanijarra: ‘lost places’, recursiveness and hybridity at Old Lamboo pastoral station, southeast Kimberley
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology, University of Western Australia, 1996

Books and edited volumes

Journal articles and book chapters

  • Forthcoming: Harrison, R. (2015) Shared histories? The archaeology of colonialism and culture contact in Australia. In J. Symonds and V. Herva (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Historical Archaeology. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Forthcoming: Harrison, R. (2014) Shared histories: Rethinking ‘colonized’ and ‘colonizer’ in the archaeology of colonialism. In N. Ferris, R. Harrison and M. Wilcox (eds) Rethinking Colonial Pasts through Archaeology. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Harrison, R. (2014) Collecting and Governing ‘Ourselves’ and ‘Others’: Mass-Observation’s Fieldwork Agencements. History and Anthropology 25(2): 227-245 
  • Bennett, T., B. Dibley and R. Harrison (2014) Introduction: Anthropology, Collecting and Colonial Governmentalities. History and Anthropology 25(2): 137-149
  • Harrison, R. (2013) Forgetting to Remember, Remembering to Forget: Late Modern Heritage Practices, Sustainability and the ‘Crisis’ of Accumulation of the Past. International Journal of Heritage Studies 19(6): 579-595. 
  • Graves-Brown, P., R. Harrison and A. Piccini (2013) Introduction. In P. Graves-Brown, R. Harrison and A. Piccini (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford University Press, Oxford; pp. 1-24.
  • Harrison, R. (2013) Heritage. In P. Graves-Brown, R. Harrison and A. Piccini (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford University Press, Oxford; pp. 273-288.
  • Harrison, R. (2013) Reassembling Ethnographic Museum Collections. In R. Harrison, S. Byrne and A. Clarke (eds) Reassembling the Collection: Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous Agency. SAR Press, Santa Fe; pp. 3-35.
  • Harrison, R. (2013) Assembling and Governing Cultures ‘At Risk’: Centers of Collection and Calculation, from the Museum to World Heritage. In R. Harrison, S. Byrne and A. Clarke (eds) Reassembling the Collection: Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous Agency. SAR Press, Santa Fe; pp. 89-114.
  • Harrison, R. (2013) Scratching the Surface: Reassembling an archaeology in and of the present. In Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal (ed.) Reclaiming Archaeology: Beyond the Tropes of Modernity. Routledge, Abingdon and New York; pp. 44-55.
  • Harrison, R. (2011) Surface Assemblages: Towards an archaeology in and of the Present. Archaeological Dialogues 18(2): 141-196.
  • Harrison, R. (2011) Consuming Colonialism: Curio-seller's catalogues, souvenir objects and Indigenous agency in Oceania. In S. Byrne, A. Clarke, R. Harrison and R. Torrence (eds) Unpacking the Collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum. Springer, New York; pp. 55-82.
  • Byrne, S., A. Clarke, R. Harrison and R. Torrence (2011) Networks, Agents and Objects: Frameworks for Unpacking Museum Collections. In S. Byrne, A. Clarke, R. Harrison and R. Torrence (eds) Unpacking the collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum. Springer, New York; pp. 3-26.
  • Harrison, R. (2011) ‘Counter-mapping’ heritage, communities and places in Australia and the UK. In J. Schofield and R. Szymanski (eds) Local Heritage, Global Context: Cultural Perspectives on Sense of Place. Ashgate, Farnham and Burlington; pp. 79-98.
  • Harrison, R. (2010) Exorcising the ‘plague of fantasies’: Mass media and archaeology’s role in the present; Or, why we need an archaeology of ‘now’. World Archaeology 42(3): 328–340.
  • Harrison, R. (2010) Studying Particular things: Stone Artefacts. In D. Hicks and M Beaudry (eds) Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York; pp. 515-536.
  • Harrison, R. (2010) What is heritage? In R. Harrison (ed) Understanding the politics of heritage. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 5-42. 
  • Harrison, R. (2010) The politics of heritage. In R. Harrison (ed) Understanding the politics of heritage. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 154-196.
  • Harrison, R. and A. Linkman (2010) Critical approaches to heritage. In R. Harrison (ed) Understanding the politics of heritage. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 43-80.
  • Harrison, R. and L. Hughes (2010) Heritage and post-colonialism. In R. Harrison (ed) Understanding the politics of heritage. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 234-269.
  • Harrison, R. (2010) Heritage as social action. In S. West (ed) Understanding heritage in practice. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 240-276.
  • Harrison, R. and D. O’Donnell (2010) Natural Heritage. In S. West (ed) Understanding heritage in practice. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 88-126.
  • Harrison, R.  (2010) Multicultural and minority heritage. In T. Benton (ed) Understanding heritage and memory. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 164-201.
  • Harrison, R. and D. Rose (2010) Intangible Heritage. In T. Benton (ed) Understanding heritage and memory. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 238-276.
  • Ferguson, R., R. Harrison and D. Weinbren (2010) The heritage of the contemporary past. In T. Benton (ed) Understanding heritage and memory. Manchester University Press in association with the Open University, Manchester and Milton Keynes; pp. 277-315.
  • Harrison, R. (2010) ‘Where the cattle went, they went’: towards a phenomenological archaeology of mustering in the Kunderang Gorges, northeastern New South Wales. In Helen Lewis and Sarah Semple (eds) Perspectives in Landscape Archaeology. BAR International Series 2103. Archaeopress, Oxford; pp. 45-54.
  • Harrison, R. (2009) ‘three, two, one...?’: The material legacy of global Millennium celebrations. In J. Schofield (ed.) Defining moments: Dramatic archaeologies of the twentieth century. Studies in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology, Archaeopress, Oxford; pp. 147-156.
  • Harrison, R. (2009) Excavating Second Life: cyber-archaeologies, heritage and virtual settlements. Journal of Material Culture 14(1): 75-106.
  • Harrison, R. (2009) Towards an archaeology of the welfare state in Britain. Archaeologies 5(2): 238-262.
  • Harrison, R. and J. Schofield (2009) Archaeo-ethnography, auto-archaeology: introducing archaeologies of the contemporary past. Archaeologies 5(2): 185-209.
  • Harrison, R. (2009) The archaeology of the Port Hedland coastal plain, Western Australia, and implications for understanding the prehistory of shell mounds and middens in north western Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 44 supplement: 81-98
  • Clune, G. and R. Harrison (2009) Coastal shell middens of the Abydos coastal plain, Western Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 44 supplement: 70-80
  • Gibbs, M., S. Burke, R. Harrison, K. Przywolnik and A. Sellers (2008) Engagements in the field: Teaching field archaeology in the context of a community-driven research project. Archaeological Heritage 1(1): 29-36.
  • Gibbs, M. and R. Harrison (2008) Dynamics of Dispersion revisited? Archaeological context and the study of Aboriginal knapped glass artefacts in Australia. Australian Archaeology 67: 61-68.
  • Harrison, R. (2008) Historical archaeology in the Land of the Black Stump. In A. Mayne (ed) Beyond the Black Stump: Histories of Outback Australia. Wakefield Press, Kent Town (South Australia); pp. 85-112.
  • Harrison, R. (2008) The politics of the past: conflict in the use of heritage in the modern world. In G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J. Jameson and J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. Routledge, Abingdon and New York; pp. 177-190.
  • Harrison, R., G. Fairclough, J.H. Jameson Jnr and J. Schofield (2008) Heritage, memory and modernity: An introduction. In G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J. Jameson and J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. Routledge, Abingdon and New York; pp. 1-12.
  • Harrison, R. (2007) Materiality, ‘ambiguity’ and the unfamiliar in the Archaeology of Inter-Societal Confrontations: A Case Study from Northwest Australia. In Per Cornell and Fredrik Fahlander (eds) Encounters | Materialities | Confrontations: Archaeologies of Social Space and Interaction. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press; pp. 42-57.
  • Harrison, R. (2007) On Kimberley Points and the Politics of Enchantment. Reply to Akerman. Current Anthropology 48(1): 133-134.
  • Harrison, R. (2006) An artefact of colonial desire? Kimberley points and the technologies of enchantment. Current Anthropology 47(1): 63-88.
  • Harrison, R. (2006) Aboriginal people and pastoralism 1850-1950. In High Lean Country: Environment, Peoples and Tradition in New England. UNSW Press, Sydney; pp. 111-121.
  • Harrison, R. 2005 Contact archaeology and Native Title in Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2005(1): 16-29.
  • Harrison, R. (2005) ‘It will always be set in your heart’: archaeology and community values at the former Dennawan Reserve, northwestern NSW, Australia. In N. Agnew and J. Bridgeland (ed.) Of the Past, For the Future: Integrating Archaeology and Conservation. Papers from the Fifth World Archaeological Congress (WAC 5). Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles; pp. 94-101.
  • Harrison, R. (2005) Dreamtime, old time, this time: Archaeology, memory and the present-past in a northern Australian Aboriginal community. In Tracy Ireland and Jane Lydon (eds) Object Lessons: Archaeology and heritage in Australia. Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne; 243-264.
  • Harrison, R. (2004) Contact archaeology and the landscapes of pastoralism in the North of Australia. In T. Murray (ed.), The archaeology of culture contact in settler societies. New Directions in Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 109-143.
  • Harrison, R. (2004) Kimberley points and colonial preference: new insights into the chronology of pressure flaked point forms from the southeast Kimberley, Western Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 39(1): 1-11.
  • McIntyre-Tamwoy, S. and R. Harrison (2004) Monuments to colonialism? Stone arrangements, tourists cairns and turtle magic at Evans Bay, Cape York. Australian Archaeology 59: 31-42.
  • Harrison, R. (2003) ‘The magical virtue of these sharp things’: mimesis, colonialism and knapped bottle glass artefacts in Australia. Journal of Material Culture 8(3): 311-336.
  • Harrison, R. (2003) The archaeology of ‘lost places’: ruin, memory and the heritage of the Aboriginal diaspora in Australia. Historic Environment 17(1): 18-23.
  • Harrison, R. (2002) Archaeology and the colonial encounter: Kimberley spear points, cultural identity and masculinity in the north of Australia. Journal of Social Archaeology 2(3): 352-377.
  • Harrison, R. (2002) Australia’s Iron Age: Aboriginal post-contact metal artefacts from Old Lamboo station, southeast Kimberley, WA. Australasian Historical Archaeology 20: 67-76.
  • Greer, S., R. Harrison and S. McIntyre-Tamwoy (2002) Community-based archaeology in Australia. World Archaeology 34(2): 265-287.
  • Harrison, R. (2002/2004) Shared histories and the archaeology of the pastoral industry in Australia. In Harrison, R. and Williamson, C. (eds) After Captain Cook: The archaeology of the recent indigenous past in Australia. Sydney University Archaeological Methods Series 8. Sydney: Archaeological Computing Laboratory, University of Sydney; pp. 37-58.
  • Williamson, C. and R. Harrison (2002/2004) Too many Captain Cooks? An archaeology of Aboriginal Australia after 1788. In Harrison, R. and Williamson, C. (eds) After Captain Cook: The archaeology of the recent indigenous past in Australia. Sydney University Archaeological Methods Series 8. Sydney: Archaeological Computing Laboratory, University of Sydney; pp. 1-14. 
  • Harrison, R. (2000) Challenging the authenticity of antiquity: contact archaeology and Native Title in Australia. In I. Lilley (ed.) Native Title and the Transformation of Archaeology in a Postcolonial World. Sydney: Oceania Publications; pp.35-53.
  • Harrison, R. (2000) ‘Nowadays with glass’: regional variation in Aboriginal bottle glass artefacts from Western Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 35(1): 34-47.
  • Frink, D. and R. Harrison (2000) The OCR Carbon Dating Procedure in Australia: new dates from Wilinyjibari rockshelter, southeast Kimberley, Western Australia . Australian Archaeology 51: pp. 6-15.

Reviews

  • 2011 [Review of ] Violence taking place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict, by Andrew Herscher. Future Anterior 8(1): 124-131.
  • 2011 Review Article: Intangible Heritage (Review of Intangible Heritage Embodied, edited by D. Fairchild Ruggles and Helaine Silverman, and Intangible Heritage, edited by Laurajane Smith and Natsuko Akagawa). International Journal of Heritage Studies 17(3): 280-282
  • 2010 [Review of] Collecting Cultures - myth, politics and collaboration in the 1948 Arnhem Land expedition, by Sally May. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 12(3): 277-279.
  • 2010 [Review of] Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission, by Jane Lydon. Australasian Historical Archaeology 28: 90-91.
  • 2010 [Review of] The Lost Legions by Alistair Paterson, Archaeology in Oceania 45: 44-44.
  • 2009 [Review of] Geographies of Australian heritages: Loving a sunburnt country?, edited by R. Jones and B. Shaw, International Journal of Heritage Studies 15(6): 560-562.
  • 2009 [Review of] Decolonising conservation: Caring for Moari meeting houses outside New Zealand, edited by D. Sully, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 9(4): 241-242.
  • 2006 [Review of] Historical Archaeology, edited by Martin Hall and Stephen Silliman. Australasian Historical Archaeology
  • 2005 [Review of] Archaeological theory and the politics of cultural heritage, by Laurajane Smith. Archaeology in Oceania 40(2): 76-7.
  • 2005 Review Article: Archaeologies of Colonialism (Archaeology and colonialism: cultural contact from 5000bc to the present by Chris Gosden and The archaeology of the colonized by Michael Given). Australian Archaeology 60: 79-81.
  • 2004 [Review of] Archaeologies of Memory, edited by Ruth M. Van Dyke and Susan E. Alcock. Australian Archaeology 58: 48-51.
  • 2000 (with A. Paterson) Workshop: The archaeology of culture contact in Australia and beyond. World Archaeological Bulletin 11: 119-127.

Discussion papers

  • 2002 Pastoral heritage and the NPWS Estate: A discussion paper. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Hustville. 

Current students

Second Supervisor

  • Nicole Deufel Delivering public benefit through heritage management and interpretation in England and Germany (principal supervisor Beverley Butler)
  • Emma Ayling Participation, locality, belonging: Rethinking museum communities and community museums (principal supervisor Paul Basu)
  • Liu Jia Sustainable use of Chinese Historic Villages (principal supervisor Tim Williams)
  • Carol Lo-Yun Chung Art Museum as Learning Space: Theory and Practise of Taiwanese Art Museums (principal supervisor Theano Moussouri)
  • Constance Wyndham The politics of heritage reconstruction in post-conflict Afghanistan (principal supervisor Paul Basu)

External Supervisor

  • Sarina Wakefield Franchising Heritage: The creation of a Transnational Heritage Industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, The Open University (principal supervisor Kevin Hetherington)
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