Professor Kay Anderson


Professor Kay Anderson with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.Kay Anderson is a fractional Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society. She is a leading, internationally recognised scholar in the fields of Cultural Geography and race historiography. Her sole-author book, Race and the crisis of humanism (Routledge 2007) won the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Critical Writing and her award-winning Vancouver's Chinatown: racial discourse in Canada 1875-1980 (McGill-Queens UP 1991) is in its 5th edition. She is co-editor of Environment: critical essays in human geography (Ashgate 2008) and the Handbook of cultural geography (Sage 2002). She is an editorial board member of 'Cultural Geographies', and section editor on 'Cultural and Social Geography' for the Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier 2009).

Professor Anderson was Chair of Cultural Geography at Durham University (UK) until 2003, and in 2004 was elected Academician, Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences for the UK. In 2007, she became an Elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Anderson is Chief Investigator on the ARC grant, Decolonising the Human: Towards a Postcolonial Ecology (ARC Discovery 2011-13) and a CI on the ARC Linkage grant (2012-15) titled 'Sydney's Chinatown in the Asian Century: From Ethnic Enclave to Global Hub'.

Qualifications

1987, PhD (Geography) University of British Columbia, Canada

1977-79, BA Honours (Adelaide)

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Honours and Awards

2009: Fellow, Institute of Australian Geographers

2008: Race and the crisis of humanism, NSW Premier's Literary Award for Critical Writing (sponsored by Gleebooks)

2008: Queen's University, Canada, Visiting Women's Scholar Award (February)

2007: Elected Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

2007: Distinguished Scholar Award, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)

2004: Elected Academician, Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences for the UK

1996-7: Visiting Scholarship, St Catherine's College, Cambridge

1996-7: The Smuts Visiting Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies to Cambridge University

1995-6: Senior Research Fellowship, St Peter's College, Oxford

1995-6: Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellowship to the University of Oxford

1995: Medal of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia

1993: Vancouver's Chinatown: racial discourse in Canada, 1875-1980 was awarded the John Porter Prize of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association

1992: Vancouver's Chinatown: racial discourse in Canada, 1875-1980 was chosen as an 'outstanding book' by The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the US.

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Selected Publications

Books

Lally, E, Ang, I & Anderson, K (eds) 2011, The art of engagement: culture, collaboration, innovation (opens in a new window), University of Western Australia Press, Perth.

Kitchin, R, Thrift, N, Castree, N, Crang, M, Domosh, M, Anderson, K, et al. (eds) 2009, International encyclopedia of human geography, volumes I-XII, Elsevier, London.

Races and the Crises of Humanity Anderson, K & Braun, B (eds) 2008, Environment: critical essays in human geography, Ashgate, London.

Anderson, K 2007, Race and the crisis of humanism (opens in a new window), Routledge, London & New York.

Anderson, K, Domosh, M, Pile, S & Thrift, N (eds) 2002, Handbook of cultural geography, Sage, London.

Anderson, K & Gale, F (eds) 1992, Inventing places: studies in cultural geography, Melbourne, Longman Cheshire. Revised and updated version titled Cultural geographies, Pearson Education, Melbourne.

Anderson, K 1991, Vancouver's Chinatown: racial discourse in Canada, 1875-1980 (opens in a new window), McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Buffalo. Reprinted as second edition, 1995, third edition, 1999, fourth edition, 2006, fifth edition, 2008.

Book Chapters

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2013, 'Up from the ape: colonialism, craniometry and the emergence of anatomical humanism', in T Bennett (ed), Challenging the humanities, Australian Academy of the Humanities in association with Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne. 

Anderson, K 2011, 'Race, part 1', in J Agnew & J Duncan (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell companion to human geography, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, London, pp. 440-52.

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2011, 'Thinking with the head: race, craniometry, humanism', in T Bennett & C Healy (eds), Assembling Culture, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 79-94.

Anderson, K 2011, 'Extremity: theorising from the margins', in A Baldwin, L Cameron & A Kobayashi (eds), Rethinking the Great White North: race, nature and the historical geographies of whiteness in Canada, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, pp. 259-64 .

Anderson, K 2011, 'Theorising arts-led collaboration as "assemblage"', in E Lally, I Ang & K Anderson (eds), The Art of Engagement: Culture, Collaboration, Innovation, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, pp. 139-149. 

Ang, I, Lally, E, Anderson, K, Mar, P & Kelly, M 2011, 'Introduction: what is the art of engagement?', in E Lally, I Ang & K Anderson (eds), The Art of Engagement: Culture, Collaboration, Innovation, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, pp. 1-13.

Anderson, K, Ang, I & Lally, E 2011, 'Conclusion', in E Lally, I Ang & K Anderson (eds), The Art of Engagement: Culture, Collaboration, Innovation, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, pp. 225-29.

Bushell, R & Anderson, K 2010, 'A clash of cultures or definitions? Complexity and backpacker tourism in residential communities', in K Hannam & A Diekmann (eds), Beyond backpacker tourism: mobilities and experiences, Channel View, Bristol, pp. 187-202.

Anderson, K 2008, 'Cultural geography: an account', in T Bennett & J Frow (eds), The Sage handbook of cultural analysis, Sage, London, pp. 46-65.

Anderson, K & Braun, B 2008, 'Introduction', in K Anderson & B Braun (eds), Environment: critical essays in human geography, Ashgate, London, p. 1.

Anderson, K 2007, 'Culture and nature at the Adelaide Zoo: at the frontiers of "human" geography' (opens in a new window), in I Wilkie, R Wilkie, & D Inglis (eds), Animals and society: critical concepts in the social sciences, Routledge, London, pp. 181-212. [Reprint of 1995 Transactions, Institute of British Geographers article].

Anderson, K 2004, 'Zoos', in S Harrison, S Pile & N Thrift (eds), Patterned ground: entanglements of nature and culture, Reaktion, London, pp. 172-74.

Anderson, K, Fincher, R & Jacobs, J 2002, 'Rescripting cities with difference', in J Eade (ed.), The urban studies reader, Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 27-48.

Anderson, K 2001, 'The nature of race', in N Castree & B Braun (eds), Social nature: theory, practice and politics, Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 64-83.

Anderson, K 1999, 'Reflections on Aboriginal Redfern', in E Stratford (ed.), Australian cultural geography: a reader, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 67-84.

Anderson, K 1998, 'Sites of difference: beyond a cultural politics of race polarity', in R Fincher & JM Jacobs (eds), Cities of difference, Guilford, New York, pp. 201-25.

Anderson, K 1996, 'Engendering race research', in N Duncan (ed.), Bodyspace: destabilising geographies of gender and sexuality, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 197-211.

Anderson, K 1993, 'Aboriginal Redfern: constructions of race and place', in P Jackson & J Penrose (eds), Constructions of race and place, University College London Press, London, pp. 81-100.

Anderson, K 1993, 'Otherness, culture and capital: Chinatown's transformation under Australian multiculturalism', in G Clark, R Francis & D Forbes (eds), Multiculturalism: postmodernism, image and text, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, pp. 58-74.

Journal Articles

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2015, 'New materialism and the stuff of humanism' (opens in a new window), Australian Humanities Review, no. 58.

Anderson, K 2014, 'Mind over matter? on decentring the human in human geography' (opens in a new window), Cultural Geographies, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 3-18.  

Perrin, C & Anderson, K 2013, 'Reframing craniometry: human exceptionalism and the production of racial knowledge' (opens in a new window), Social Identities, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 90-103.

Anderson, K 2012, 'Rethinking the human in memory of Fay Gale (AO)' (opens in a new window), Geographical Research, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 3-14.

Mar, P & Anderson, K 2012, 'Urban curating: the interspaces of art collaboration in western Sydney', Space and Culture, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 330-43. 

Mar, P & Anderson, K 2010, 'The creative assemblage: theorizing contemporary forms of arts-based collaboration' (opens in a new window), Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 35-51.

Allon, F & Anderson, K 2009, 'Intimate encounters: the embodied transnationalisms of backpackers and independent travellers' (opens in a new window), Population, Space and Place, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 11-22.

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2009, 'Thinking with the head: race, humanism and craniometry' (opens in a new window), Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 83-98.

Anderson, K 2008, 'Gwendoline Fay Gale AO, obituary' (opens in a new window), Geographical Research, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 468-70.

Anderson, K 2008, 'Race in post-universalist perspective', Cultural Geographies, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 155-71.

Allon, F, Anderson, K & Bushell, R 2008, 'Mutant mobilities: backpacker tourism in global Sydney' (opens in a new window), Mobilities, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 73-94.

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2008, 'Beyond savagery: the limits of Australian "Aboriginalism"' (opens in a new window), Cultural Studies Review, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 147-69.

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2008, 'How race became everything: Australia and polygenism' (opens in a new window), Ethnic & Racial Studies, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 962-90.

Anderson, K 2008, 'Book review symposium: Anderson, K. 2006: Race and the crisis of humanism. London: Routledge, author's response' (opens in a new window), Progress in Human Geography, vol. 32, no. 3, 463-67.

Anderson, K & Perrin, C 2007, '"The miserablest people in the world": race, humanism, and the Australian Aborigine' (opens in a new window), The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 19-39.

Anderson, K 2005, 'Griffith Taylor lecture of NSW Geographical Society 2004: Australia and the "state of nature/native"' (opens in a new window), Australian Geographer, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 267-82.

Anderson, K & Taylor, A 2005, 'Exclusionary politics and the question of national belonging: Australian ethnicities in multi-scalar focus' (opens in a new window), Ethnicities, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 461-85.

Anderson, K 2003, 'White natures: Sydney's Royal Agricultural Show in post-humanist perspective' (opens in a new window), Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, vol. 28, pp. 422-41.

Anderson, K & Smith, S 2001, 'Emotional geographies' (opens in a new window), Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 7-10.

Anderson, K 2000, '"The beast within": race, humanity and animality' (opens in a new window), Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 18, pp. 301-20.

Anderson, K 2000, 'Thinking post-nationally: dialogue across multicultural, Indigenous and settler spaces' (opens in a new window), Annals, Association of American Geographers, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 381-91. (invited refereed paper for millennial issue)

Anderson, K 1998, 'Science and the savage: the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 1874-1900' (opens in a new window), Cultural Geographies (formerly Ecumene: International Journal of Culture, Environment and Meaning), vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 125-43.

Anderson, K & Jacobs, J 1997, 'From urban Aborigines to Aboriginality and the city: one path through the history of Australian cultural geography' (opens in a new window), Australian Geographical Studies, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 12-22.

Anderson, K 1995, 'Culture and nature at the Adelaide Zoo: at the frontiers of "human" geography' (opens in a new window), Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 275-94.

Anderson, K 1993, 'Place narratives and the origins of Inner Sydney's Aboriginal settlement, 1972-73' (opens in a new window), Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 314-35.

Anderson, K 1990, 'Chinatown re-oriented: a critical analysis of redevelopment schemes in a Melbourne and Sydney enclave' (opens in a new window), Australian Geographical Studies, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 137-54.

Anderson, K 1988, 'Cultural hegemony and the race definition process in Vancouver's Chinatown: 1880-1980' (opens in a new window), Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 127-49. Reprinted in C Hamnett (ed.) 1996, Social geography: a reader, Arnold, London, pp. 209-34.

Anderson, K 1987, 'The idea of Chinatown: the power of place and institutional practice in the making of a racial category' (opens in a new window), Annals Association of American Geographers, vol. 77, no. 4, pp. 580-98. Reprinted in I McKay (ed.) 1992, A daunting modernity: a reader in post-confederation Canada, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Ontario, pp. 156-86.

Conference Proceedings

Anderson, K 2006, 'Introduction: after sprawl: post-suburban Sydney' (opens in a new window), in K Anderson, R Dobson, F Allon & B Neilson (eds) 2006, After-sprawl: post-suburban Sydney: e-proceedings of the 'post-suburban Sydney: the city in transformation' conference, 22-23 November 2005, Centre for Cultural Research, Sydney.

Allon, F & Anderson, K 2004, 'Sentient Sydney', The Passionate City: An International Symposium, Melbourne, pp. 89-97.

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Video

Kay Anderson presents a lecture on 'decentring the human in human geography' at the 2013 Association of American Geographers conference in Los Angeles (double click for full screen).