PARADISEC is located in Rm 3019, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Our full address is given below, or contact details for individual staff members can be found by selecting a staff member from the sidebar.

Rm 3019, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, C41
Macquarie St
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006

Phone: +612 9351 1279
Fax: +612 9351 1287

News & Events

  • Documentary Film Opening: Etched in Bone. Sydney launch at Hoyts Broadway on 9 April 2019 at 6pm. Booking details below

    Eight years in the making, Etched in Bone is a feature-length documentary that explores the enduring conflict between scientific and traditional forms of knowledge. It tells the story of Jacob Nayinggul, a charismatic elder from Arnhem Land, who is dealing with the theft of his ancestorsŐ bones by an anthropologist from the Smithsonian Institution in 1948. After years of obstruction from the Smithsonian, the bones were finally repatriated in 2010. At that juncture, Jacob Nayinggul needed to create a new form of ceremony that would restore the bones and the spirits of the stolen ancestors to their homeland. Etched in Bone was supported by Film Australia, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and an ARC grant on the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition, held at PARADISEC.

    Bookings United States Studies Centre Also you can hear the filmmakers in conversation with Aaron Nyerges and Jakelin Troy at a Sydney Ideas event on 10 April: Sydney Ideas

  • New Edited Book: Expeditionary Anthropology Teamwork, Travel and the "Science of Man". Edited by Martin Thomas and Amanda Harris

    The origins of anthropology lie in expeditionary journeys. But since the rise of immersive fieldwork, usually by a sole investigator, the older tradition of team-based social research has been largely eclipsed. Expeditionary Anthropology argues that expeditions have much to tell us about anthropologists and the people they studied. The book charts the diversity of anthropological expeditions and analyzes the often passionate arguments they provoked. Drawing on recent developments in gender studies, indigenous studies, and the history of science, the book argues that even today, the "science of man" is deeply inscribed by its connections with expeditionary travel

    Available from Berghahn Books

  • Celebrating Ten Years of PARADISEC: Research, Records and Responsibility. Edited by Amanda Harris, Nick Thieberger and Linda Barwick

    Research, Records and Responsibility explores developments in collaborative archiving practice between archives and the communities they serve and represent, incorporating case studies of historical recordings, visual data and material culture. It brings together the work of Australian and international scholars commemorating ten years of PARADISEC, and reflects on the development of research and language archiving.

    Available from Sydney University Press

  • New Edited Book: Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media. Edited by Amanda Harris

    Circulating Cultures is an edited book about the transformation of cultural materials through the Australian landscape. The book explores cultural circulation, exchange and transit, through events such as the geographical movement of song series across the Kimberley and Arnhem Land; the transformation of Australian Aboriginal dance in the hands of an American choreographer; and the indigenisation of symbolic meanings in heavy metal music. Circulating Cultures crosses disciplinary boundaries, with contributions from historians, musicologists, linguists and dance historians, to depict shifts of cultural materials through time, place and interventions from people. It looks at the way Indigenous and non-Indigenous performing arts have changed through intercultural influence and collaboration.

    Available from ANU Press

  • New Edited Book: Expedition into Empire: Exploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World. Edited by Martin Thomas

    Expeditionary journeys have shaped our world, but the expedition as a cultural form is rarely scrutinized. This book is the first major investigation of the conventions and social practices embedded in team-based exploration. In probing the politics of expedition making, this volume is itself a pioneering journey through the cultures of empire. With contributions from established and emerging scholars, Expedition into Empire plots the rise and transformation of expeditionary journeys from the eighteenth century until the present. Conceived as a series of spotlights on imperial travel and colonial expansion, it roves widely: from the metropolitan centers to the ends of the earth. This collection is both rigorous and accessible, containing lively case studies from writers long immersed in exploration, travel literature, and the dynamics of cross-cultural encounter.

    Available for free download from Routledge

  • PARADISEC collection inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Australian Register

    PARADISEC's priceless collection of rare archival recordings of languages and musics of our region has been recognised as of international significance through inscription on UNESCO's Australian Memory of the World Register at a special awards ceremony in Adelaide on 14 May 2013. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)'s Australian Memory of the World Register provides a selective list of Australia's documentary heritage, with the PARADISEC collection now sitting alongside such invaluable national documents as the Mabo Case transcripts and First Fleet journals.

    Read more: FASS media release

  • PARADISEC Sydney Honorary Associate Martin Thomas wins National Biography Award

    The story of how a son of Irish immigrants, R. H. Matthews, became one of Australia’s most significant early researchers of Aboriginal language, culture and history, has won the $25,000 National Biography Award, Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir, the State Library of NSW announced on Monday 14 May 2012.

    The Many Worlds of R. H. Mathews, In search of an Australian Anthropologist by historian Martin Thomas, has brought to light the largely forgotten but immensely important contribution Mathews made to anthropology and Australia’s cultural history in the nineteenth century.

    Read more: State Library of NSW Media
    Sydney Morning Herald

  • Film Screening, 24 Feb: In Language We Live - Voices of the World

    February 21st is UNESCO's International Mother Language Day, and to celebrate the world's indigenous languages, RNLD, PARADISEC and the Department of Linguistics will be hosting a free screening of In Language We Live - Voices of the World on the afternoon of the 24th to coincide with the final round of OzCLO.

    Location: Education Lecture Room 424
    Date: Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 pm.

  • PARADISEC archive approaches 5TB

    National Computational Infrastructure

    PARADISEC's archive, hosted by the National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra, is soon to approach 5TB. Read more to see the full details of PARADISEC's collection held at NCI.

  • PARADISEC Wins VeRSI Prize


    In the words of the judges: "PARADISEC is an outstanding application of ICT tools in the humanities and social sciences domain that harnesses the work of scholars to store and preserve endangered language and music materials from the Asia-Pacific region and creates an online resource to make these available."

    PARADISEC has been cited as an exemplary system for audiovisual archiving using digital mass storage systems by the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives and has also been included as an exemplary case study in the Australian Governmet's NCRIS Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure.

    PARADISEC features in the Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Culture

    The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) is an exemplary HASS capability project, undertaking digital conservation and provision of international access to research resources in audio, text and visual media on endangered cultural heritage in Indigenous Australia, the Pacific Island nations, and East and Southeast Asia. The project is known internationally for its development of low cost techniques for recording, accessioning, cataloguing and digitising complex cultural resources in digital media.... Read More (p.42)