Dr Ben Dibley

Engaged Research Fellow

Photo of Dr Ben DibleyBen Dibley is a Research Fellow 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.


  • 2005, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • 1996, Master of Arts (First class Honours), The University of Auckland

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.

Selected Publications

Bennett, T, Dibley, B & Kelly, M 2019, 'Marking differences: Indigenous cultural tastes and practices', in L Bamblett, F Myers & T Rowse (eds), The difference identity makes: Indigenous cultural capital and Australian cultural fields (opens in a new window), Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, pp. 174-199.

Dibley, B & Turner, G 2018, 'Indigeneity, cosmopolitanism and the nation: the project of NITV', in D Rowe, G Turner & E Waterton (eds), Making culture: commercialisation, transnationalism, and the state of ‘nationing’ in contemporary Australia (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 87-100.

Dibley, B 2018, 'The technofossil: a memento mori' (opens in a new window), Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 44-52.

Bennett, T, Cameron, F, Dias, N, Dibley, B, Harrison, R, Jacknis, I, & McCarthy, C 2017, Collecting, ordering, governing: anthropology, museums and liberal government, Duke University Press, Durham.

Dibley, B 2017, Water qualities and trust—discussion paper, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Sydney.

Muecke, S, & Dibley, B 2016, ‘Five theses for reinstituting economics: anthropological lessons from Broome’, in W Sanders (ed.), Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 143-152.

Dibley, B & Harrison, R (forthcoming, under contract) 2016, 'Collecting and governing: the rationalities of colonial rule in two Australian administered territories', in T Bennett et al., Collecting, ordering, governing: anthropology and liberal government, Duke University Press,  Durham, NC .

Harrison, R & Dibley, B (forthcoming, under contract) 2016, 'A liberal archive of everyday life: mass observation as Oligopticon', in T Bennett et al., Collecting, ordering, governing: anthropology and liberal government, Duke University Press,  Durham, NC .

Muecke, S & Dibley, B 2015, 'Five theses for reinstituting economics: anthropological lessons from Broome', in W Sanders (ed.), Engaging Indigenous economy: debating diverse approaches, CAEPR monograph Series, ANU Press, Canberra.

Dibley, B 2015, 'Anthropocene: the enigma of "the geomorphic fold"', in HARN Editorial Collective (ed.), Animals in the Anthropocene: critical perspectives on non-human futures (opens in a new window), University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 36-48.

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