Professor Andrew McWilliam

Biography

Dr Andrew McWilliam is Professor of Anthropology and a specialist in the study of Insular Southeast Asia. He was worked extensively in Indonesia and East Timor and maintains active applied research interests in Northern Australia with a focus on native title and indigenous cultural heritage.

Grants and Current Projects

Professor McWilliam is currently working on two ARC Discovery projects. The first is a collaborative project entitled, Household Vulnerability and the Politics of Social Protection in Indonesia (2014-2018) and explores the impact and effectiveness of Indonesian welfare policy and programs designed to target and alleviate poverty across the archipelago. His field research for this activity is focused on several Sama Bajo (maritime oriented) communities in Southeast Sulawesi. A second ARC research project (with Lisa Palmer Uni Melb), entitled, Spiritual Ecologies and the role of Customary Governance in Timor-Leste (2016-2019) builds on earlier ethnographic work to examine the dynamics of a widespread ‘return to custom’ that connects the everyday practices of ancestral house communities with the complex ecologies upon which people's livelihoods and well-being depend.

Publications

Books

Fitzpatrick D, McWilliam A, and S Barnes, 2012 Property and Social Resilience in Times of Conflict: Land, Custom and Law in East Timor, United Kingdom: Ashgate Press

McWilliam A.R. 2002 Paths of Origin, Gates of Life: a study of place and precedence in Southwest Timor, Leiden: KITLV Press.

Edited Volumes

McWilliam A.R and M Leach (eds.) 2019; forthcoming. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste, London UK: Routledge.

Ingram S., Kent L., A.R. McWilliam and (eds) 2015. A New Era?: Timor-Leste after the UN. Canberra: ANU Press

McWilliam A and E.G Traube (eds) 2011. Land and Life in Timor- Leste: Ethnographic Essays, Canberra, ANU E-Press.

Fox, James J and McWilliam A.R. (eds) 2007. Traditional Justice in Timor, Special Issue, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 8(1).

Book Chapters.

McWilliam A.R. and C. Shepherd 2018; forthcoming. ‘Reading Against the Grain: Ethnography, Commercial agriculture and the Colonial archive’ in Roque R and E.G. Traube (eds), Crossing Histories and Ethnographies: anthropology and the colonial archive in East Timor. New York, London: Berghahn Press.

Beavis S and A.R. McWilliam 2018 ‘Muddy Rivers and Toxic Flows: Risks and Impacts of Artisanal Gold Mining in the Riverine Catchments of Bombana, Southeast Sulawesi (Indonesia)’.  In, Lahiri-Dutt, K (ed.) Between the Plough and the Pick: Informal, Artisnal and Small-Scale Mining in the Contemporary World, pp 295-310, Canberra: ANU Press

McWilliam A.R. 2017 ‘Hunting and Harvesting the Commons: On the cultural politics of custom in East Timor’, in S de Matos Viegas and Rui G Feijo (eds.), Transformations in Independent Timor-Leste: Dynamics of Social and Cultural Cohabitations. Routledge: London, New York, pp61-78.

McWilliam A.R. 2017 ‘Imagining Ethnography: Reflections on Fieldwork in Lautem’, in Bexley A, and M. Nygaad-Christensen (eds), Fieldwork in Timor-Leste, Understanding Social Change through Practice, NIAS Press, Copenhagen, pp80-98.

Ingram S, L. Kent and A.R. McWilliam (eds) 2015 ‘Introduction: Building the Nation: Legacies and Challenges for Timor Leste’, in Ingram S, Kent. L, and A.R. McWilliam (eds), A New Era? Timor-Leste After the UN, SSGM Series, Canberra: ANU Press pp 1-14.

McWilliam A.R. 2015 ‘Rural-Urban Inequalities and Migration in Timor-Leste’, in Ingram S, Kent. L, and A.R. McWilliam (eds), A New Era? Timor-Leste After the UN, Canberra: ANU Press, pp 225-234.

McWilliam A R, M Lopes, D. Glazebrook, A. Ximenes and M De Jesus Da Costa, 2015 ‘Seeds of Life: Social research for improved farmer yields in East Timor’, in S Price and K Robinson (eds) Making a Difference? Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and its Emergence in China, Berghahn Books, pp 126-143.

Robinson, K and A McWilliam 2015 ‘Unpacking Community Development in Ausaid (1995-2005)’, in S. Price and K. Robinson (eds), Making a Difference? Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and its Emergence in China, Berghahn Books, pp 103-125.

Shepherd C.J. and McWilliam A, 2014 ‘Divide and Cultivate: plantations, militarism and environment in Portuguese Timor, 1860-1975’. In F. Uekoetter, ed. Comparing Apples, Oranges, and Cotton: Environmental Histories of the Global Plantation. Campus Verlag: Frankfurt, & New York, pp 139-166.

McWilliam A, 2013 ‘Cultural Heritage and its Performative Modalities: Imagining the Nino Konis Santana National Park, East Timor’, In, Transcending the Culture-Nature Divide in Cultural Heritage: Views from the Asia-Pacific Region, S. Brockwell S. O'Connor, and D. Byrne (eds). Terra Australis No. 36 ANU E Press, Canberra, pp 191-201.

McWilliam A. and E.G Traube 2011 ‘Introduction: Land and Life in Timor Leste’, in A McWilliam and E.G. Traube (eds), Land and Life in Timor Leste: Ethnographic Essays. Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp 1-24.

McWilliam A.  ‘Fataluku Living Landscapes’, 2011 in A McWilliam and E.G. Traube (eds) Land and Life in Timor Leste: Ethnographic Essays. Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp 61-86.

McWilliam A. 2009 ‘Trunk and Tip in West Timor: Precedence in a botanical idiom’, in M.P Vischer (ed), Precedence, Processes of Social Differentiation in the Austronesian World, Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp 111-132.

McWilliam A. ‘Customary Governance East Timor,’ 2008 in D Mearns (ed), Democratic Governance in Timor Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National, Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press. pp 129-142.

McWilliam A. ‘East and West in Timor Leste: Is there an Ethnic Divide’? 2007 in D. Shoesmith (ed), Crisis in Timor Leste: Understanding the Past, Imagining the Future. Darwin, Charles Darwin University Press, pp 35-44.

McWilliam A. R. 2007 ‘Customary Claims and the Public Interest: On Fataluku Resource Entitlements in Lautem’, in Damien Kingsbury and Michael Leach (eds), East Timor: Beyond Independence. Melbourne: Monash Asia Institute Press. pp. 168-75.

McWilliam A.R. 2006 ’Fataluku forest tenures and the Conis Santana National Park (East Timor)’, In Thomas Reuter (ed), Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land: Territorial Categories and Institutions in the Austronesian World. Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp 253-75.

McWilliam A. 2005 ‘Absence and plenitude: Appropriating the Fitzmaurice River frontier’.  In, Richard Davis and Deborah B. Rose (eds), Dislocating the Frontier: Essaying the mystique of the outback. Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp 175-93.

Refereed Journal Articles

Palmer L and A.R. McWilliam 2018; forthcoming. ‘Ambivalent Indigeneities in Independent Timor-Leste: Between customary and national governance of resources,’ Asia Pacific Viewpoint Vol 59 (3).

Gibson K et al. 2018 ‘Community Economies in Monsoon Asia: Keywords and Key Reflections’, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol 59 (1) 3-16. ISSN 1360-7456

Steenbergen D, J. Clifton, L Visser, N Stacey and A. McWilliam 2017 ‘Understanding contemporary influences in policy landscapes for Sustainable Coastal Livelihoods’, Marine Policy 82: 181-188.

McWilliam, A & Neale, J 2015, ‘Reflections on a Native Title Anthropology Field School’. AIATSIS Discussion Paper No.36, pp 1-25, Canberra.

McWilliam A.R., L Palmer and C Shepherd 2014 ‘Lulik Encounters and Cultural Frictions in East Timor: past and present’, The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA) Vol 25 (3): 304–320.

Shepherd, C.J and McWilliam A.R. 2013 ‘Cultivating plantations and subjects in East Timor: a genealogy’, Bijdragen Tot de Taal Land –en Volkenkunde (BKI) 169: 326-361.

Fitzpatrick D and McWilliam A, 2013 ‘Bright-Line Fever: Simple Legal Rules and Complex Property Customs among the Fataluku of East Timor,’ Law and Society Review Vol 47 (2): 311-343.

McWilliam A. 2012 ‘New Fataluku Diasporas and landscapes of remittance and return’, Special Issue, Nation-Formation, Identity and Change in Timor-Leste, Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community, vol. 11: 72-85.

O’Connor S. McWilliam A, Fenner J and S Brockwell, 2012 ‘Examining the Origin of Fortifications in East Timor: Social and Environmental Factors’, Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology, 7: 1–18,

McWilliam A. Bulbeck D., Brockwell S. and S. O’Connor 2012 ‘The Cultural Legacy of Makassar Stone in East Timor’, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 13 (3): 262-179.

McWilliam A. 2011 ‘Marginal Governance in the Time of Pemekaran: Case Studies from Sulawesi and West Papua’, in Erb, M and Brauchler B. [eds] Special Issue:  Eastern Indonesian Under Reform: New Approaches, New Topics, Asian Journal of Social Sciences Vol 39 (2): 150-170.

McWilliam A. 2011 ‘Exchange and Resilience in Timor-Leste’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI) Vol 17: 745-763

Shepherd C.J. and McWilliam A.R 2011 ‘Ethnography, Agency, and Materiality: anthropological perspectives on rice development in East Timor’, East Asia Science and Technology Studies (EASTS), Special Issue Volume 5 (2): 189-215.

McWilliam A.R. 2010 ‘Comment’: on Mobilizing Local Knowledge and Asserting Culture: The cultural politics of in-situ Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity (Chris Shepherd), Cultural Anthropology. 51 (5): 648-649.

McWilliam A. ‘The spiritual commons: some immaterial aspects of community economies in eastern Indonesia’, 2009, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 20 (2): 163-177.

McWilliam A.R. 2009  ‘Improving Food Security in East Timor’ Asian Currents, ASAA E-Bulletin July 2009. http://asaa.asn.au/publications/ac/asian-currents-09-07.html#3c

McWilliam A. 2008 ‘Fataluku Healing and Cultural Resilience in East Timor’, Ethnos 73 (2): 217-240.

McWilliam A and Bexley A, 2008 ‘Performing Politics: The 2007 Parliamentary Elections in Timor Leste’, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 9 (1): 66-82.

Fitzpatrick D. McWilliam A and Barnes S., 2008 ‘Policy Notes on Customary Land in East Timor’.  East Timor Law Journal, Online Journal: November, http://www.eastimorlawjournal.org/

McWilliam A.R. 2008  ‘Customary Land and Legal Regulation in East Timor’, Southeast Asia Program Bulletin, Fall Issue, Cornell University, pp 26-31.

McWilliam A.R. 2007  ‘Austronesians in Linguistic Disguise: Fataluku cultural fusion in East Timor’, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies Vol 38 (2): 355-375.

McWilliam A. 2007 ‘Introduction: Restorative Custom: Ethnographic perspectives on conflict and local justice in Timor’, In James J Fox and Andrew McWilliam (eds),Traditional Justice in Timor, Special Issue. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 8 (1): 1-8.

McWilliam A. 2007 ‘Meto Disputes and Peacemaking: Cultural notes on conflict and its resolution’, In James J Fox and Andrew McWilliam (eds), Traditional Justice in Timor, Special Issue, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 8 (1): 75-92.

McWilliam A. Robinson K and J Curnow 2007, ‘Local Cooperatives and Microfinance in Eastern Indonesia: Autonomy and opportunity for community economies’, Development Bulletin V72, pp 14-18.

McWilliam A.R 2007 ‘Harbouring Traditions in East Timor: Marginality in a lowland entrepôt’, Modern Asian Studies Vol 41 (6): 1113-43.

McWilliam A. 2007 ‘Looking for Adê: A contribution to Timorese historiography’, Bijdragen Tot de Taal- Land en Volkenkunde v163 2/3: 221-238.

Robinson K. and McWilliam A. 2006  ‘Asset Based Community Development in Indonesia: Case studies in the Diverse Economies of Buton and Ngada’, (Flores). Masyarakat Indonesia Vol XXXII(2).

McWilliam A. 2006, ‘Historical reflections on customary land rights in Indonesia’,  In James Weiner and Katie Glaskin (eds), The Fate of Customary Law in the Twenty First Century. Special Issue, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 7 (1): 45-64.

McWilliam A. 2005, ‘Houses of resistance in East Timor: Structuring sociality in the new nation’, Anthropological Forum 15 (1): 27-44.

Fitzpatrick, D and McWilliam A. 2005 ‘Waiting for Law: Land, Custom and Legal Regulation in East Timor’, Development Bulletin, Vol 68: 58-61.

McWilliam A. R. 2005 ‘Haumeni, not many: Renewed plunder and mismanagement in the Timorese sandalwood industry’, Modern Asian Studies 39 (2): 1-36.

Selected Consultancy Reports, Policy Studies, Media

McWilliam A.R. 2017 ‘Multiplier Effects on the Bombana Goldfields’, Inside Indonesia v130 Oct. http://www.insideindonesia.org/multiplier-effects-on-the-bombana-goldfields

McWilliam A.R. 2017 Fitzmaurice River Land Claim (No. 189), Anthropologist’s Report on Behalf of Claimants, Submission to the Aboriginal Land Commissioner, Darwin: Northern Territory.

McWilliam A.R. 2016 Legune Pastoral Lease (NT Portion 1062): Site Clearance and Consultations, Sea Dragon Prawn Aquaculture Project, Report to the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority: 51.

McWilliam, A.R. 2015, 'Backing themselves: East Timorese labour migrants in Oxford'. Centre for Migration, Policy and Society, http://compasoxfordblog.co.uk/2015/04/

McWilliam A, Gulden G and A Dennis 2013 : Public Consultation and Development Plan (PCDP) : Abadi LNG Project, Eastern Indonesia. Report to INPEX MASELA Pty Ltd and Shell Upstream Services, Indonesia: 108.

Stacey N., Stanley O, McWilliam A.R & H. Hunter-Xenie,  2012  Bradshaw Social Impact Assessment Review and Baseline Community Study Report . Report prepared for the Commonwealth Department of Defence. I: 133 & II: 69  [Collaborative research with Charles Darwin University].

Robinson K, McWilliam A. and Rauf S. (2011) Community Partnering for Local Economic Development. On-line Manual: [Indonesian language] http://chl.anu.edu.au/ anthropology/kmum

McWilliam A. Lorenzen S, Ishak L and S.H. Soselisa, 2011 Gosowong Social Impact and Baseline Study: Scoping Report, Report to Newcrest P/L on Gold mining operations in Halmahera, Indonesia: 75.

Robinson K, McWilliam A. Lorenzen S and Mahli A. 2010 Sulawesi Nickel Social Baseline and Community Relations: Final Report, ANU-Rio Tinto Research Partnership.

McWilliam A. and Dawson G, 2010 BP Tangguh LNG Project External Panel: Seventh Compliance Monitoring Visit Report, Report to GHD and the Asia Development Bank. Webpage: http://www.adb.org/Documents/SEMRs/INO/38919/38919-01-ino-semr.pdf [final report of 5 compliance missions].

Edyvane, K., McWilliam, A., Quintas, J., Turner, A., Penny, S., Teixeira, I., Pereira, C., Tibirica, Y. and Birtles, A., 2009 Coastal and marine ecotourism values, issues and opportunities on the north coast of Timor Leste – final report. Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, National Directorate of Tourism, Government of Timor Leste: 80.

Alongi, D, A Amaral, N Carvalho, A McWilliam, J Rouwenhorst, F Tirendi, L Trott, R J Wasson, 2009 River Catchments and Marine Productivity in Timor Leste: Caraulun (and Laclo) Catchment(s); South and North Coasts, East Timor. The Timor-Leste coastal/Marine Mapping for Tourism and Fisheries Development Project: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste.

McWilliam A. and Laurence J., 2009 Anthropological Report on Native Title Interest over Rosewood, Legune and Spirit Hills Pastoral Leases, Report to the Federal Court of Australia.

McWilliam A. and Asche W., 2009 Report on Native Title Interests on Auvergne, Newry and Bullo River Pastoral Stations, Northern Territory, Report to the Federal Court of Australia.

Supervision

Desmon Ginting:
Reprogramming Work Ethos: The Dialectic of the habitus of individuals and their workplaces.

Hasan Basri:
GreenIslam’ and ‘Green Pesantren’: An Ethnographic Study of Pesantren Annuqayah, Madura Island, Indonesia

Gita Nasution (external):
Babysitters in Jakarta: Unpacking a New Type of Work in Indonesia

Helen Abbot (external):
Turned towards the sea: people, place and the marine environment on Atauro Island, East Timor

Umar Assegaf (external):
Alkhairat: A study of its Hadhrami background and role in educational reform in Eastern Indonesia.

Contact

a.mcwilliam@westernsydney.edu.au

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