Dr Ben Dibley

Dr Ben Dibley with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.Ben Dibley is a research associate at the Institute for Culture and Society. His research interests have two strands. The first concerns questions of colonialism and museums; particularly in relation to the settler context and its legacy. The second, concerns questions of the human and the nonhuman in relation to the unfolding ecological crisis. These strands cross in a shared theoretical cum methodological orientation which draws on insights from postcolonial theory, governmentality theory and assemblage theory. He is currently working on the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, ‘Museum, field, metropolis, colony: practices of social governance.’



2005, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University

1996, Master of Arts (First class Honours), The University of Auckland

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Honours and Awards

1999: The Australian National University Ph.D Scholarship, Canberra.

1996: Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize in Sociological Research, The University of Auckland, Auckland.

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Selected Publications

Bennett, T, Dibley, T & Harrison, R 2014, ‘Introduction: anthropology, collecting and colonial governmentalities’ (opens in a new window), History and Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 137-149.

Dibley, B 2014, ‘Assembling an anthropological actor: anthropological assemblage and colonial government in Papua,’ History and Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 263-279. 

Dibley, B 2012, ‘“The shape of things to come”: seven theses on the anthropocene and attachment’ (opens in a new window), Australian Humanities Review, no. 52, pp. 164-83. 

Dibley, B 2012, ‘“Nature is us”: the anthropocene and species-being’ (opens in a new window), Transformations, 21. 

Dibley, B 2011, ‘Museums and a common world: climate change, cosmopolitics, museum practice’ (opens in a new window), Museum and Society, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 154-65.

Dibley, B & Neilson, B 2010, ‘Climate crisis and the actuarial imaginary: “the war on global warming”’ (opens in a new window), New Formations, no. 69, pp. 144-59.

Dibley, B 2007, ‘Antipodean aesthetics, public policy and the museum’, Cultural Studies Review, vol. 13, no. 1, 129-49.

Message, K & Dibley, B 2006, ‘Introduction: cultural politics and antipodean museums’, New Zealand Sociology, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 6-10.

Message, K & Dibley, B (eds) 2006, ‘Cultural politics and antipodean museums’, New Zealand Sociology, vol. 21, no. 1.

Dibley, B 2005, ‘The museum's redemption: contact zones, government, and the limits of reform’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 5-27.


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