Anna Haebich

Professor Anna Haebich is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University in Perth Western Australia. She is known for her creative interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to research. Her distinguished publication record includes award winning books, exhibitions and videos and academic works and online contributions.  Her career brings together university teaching and research, centre directorship, museum curatorship, visual arts practice, work with Indigenous communities, and creative writing.

Anna’s meticulous research is dedicated to achieving social justice and humanitarian goals through social action, creativity and knowledge creation. Her research interests include histories of Indigenous peoples, immigration, the body, the environment, visual arts, museums, representations of the past, biography and crime and gender. Her latest research project is to document the history of Aboriginal performance and performers in Western Australia.

Recent positions include Research Intensive Professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland, inaugural Historian in Residence at the State Library of Queensland and inaugural Director of the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas. Anna is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences. She is a Vice President of the Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and member of the Research Committee of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Indigenous Biography and Autobiography »

Publication date: December 2008
In this absorbing collection of papers Aboriginal, Maori, Dalit and western scholars discuss and analyse the difficulties they have faced in writing Indigenous biographies and autobiographies. The issues range from balancing the demands of western and non-western scholarship, through writing about a family that refuses to acknowledge its identity, to considering a community demand not to write anything at all. The collection also presents some state-of-the-art issues in teaching Indigenous Studies based on auto/biography in Austria, Spain and Italy. For more information on Aboriginal History Inc. please visit