Professor Andrew McWilliam

Professor Andrew McWilliam

Professor of Anthropology,
Anthropology & Sociology

Biography

Dr Andrew McWilliam is a specialist in the anthropology of Insular Southeast Asia and was worked extensively in Indonesia and East Timor. He also maintains active applied research interests in Northern Australia with a focus on native title and indigenous cultural heritage. He is editor of The Australia Journal of Anthropology (TAJA) and Discipline leader for Anthropology at Western Sydney University. 

This information has been contributed by Professor McWilliam.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Anthropological Society (2007 - 2021)
  • Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (2010 - 2021)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Anthropology & Sociology

Contact

Email: A.McWilliam@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6332
Mobile:
Location: 3.8.11

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 102348 Power as a Cultural System

Publications

Books

  • McWilliam, A. (2020), 'Post-Conflict Social and Economic Recovery in Timor-Leste: Redemptive Legacies', : Routledge 9780367366681.
  • O'Connor, S., McWilliam, A. and Brockwell, S. (2020), 'Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Investigations', : ANU Press 9781760463885.
  • McWilliam, A. and Leach, M. (2019), 'Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste', : Routledge 9781138654563.
  • Ingram, S., Kent, L. and McWilliam, A. (2015), 'A New Era?: Timor-Leste After the UN', : Australian National University Press 9781925022506.
  • Fitzpatrick, D., McWilliam, A. and Barnes, S. (2012), 'Property and Social Resilience in Times of Conflict: Land, Custom and Law in East Timor', : Ashgate 9781409453819.
  • McWilliam, A. and Traube, E. (2011), 'Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays', : ANU E Press 9781921862595.
  • McWilliam, A. (2002), 'Paths of Origin, Gates of Life: A Study of Place and Precedence in Southwest Timor', : Brill 9789067181983.

Chapters in Books

  • O'Connor, S., McWilliam, A. and Brockwell, S. (2020), 'Forts and fortifications in Wallacea', Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations, ANU Press 9781760463885.
  • O'Connor, S., Bulbeck, D., Amano, N., Piper, P., Brockwell, S., McWilliam, A., Fenner, J., O?Connor-Veth, J., Whitau, R., Maloney, T., Langley, M., Litster, M., Lankton, J., Gratuze, B., Dickinson, W., Barham, A. and Willan, R. (2020), 'The fortified settlement of Macapainara, Lautem District, Timor-Leste', Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations, ANU Press 9781760463885.
  • Brockwell, S., O?Connor, S., Fenner, J., McWilliam, A., Amano, N., Piper, P., Bulbeck, D., Litster, M., Whitau, R., O?Connor-Veth, J., Maloney, T., Cameron, J., Willan, R. and Dickinson, W. (2020), 'Excavations at the site of Vasino, Lautem District, Timor-Leste', Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations, ANU Press 9781760463885.
  • Fenner, J., Litster, M., Maloney, T., Lim, T., Hawkins, S., Gaffey, P., Brockwell, S., McWilliam, A., Pannell, S., Willan, R. and O?Connor, S. (2020), 'The site of Leki Wakik, Manatuto District, Timor-Leste', Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations, ANU Press 9781760463885.
  • McWilliam, A. (2020), 'Social drivers of fortified settlements in Timor-Leste', Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations, ANU Press 9781760463885.
  • McWilliam, A. (2020), 'Being Muslim in Eastern Indonesia : contemporary patterns of Islamic practice', Mosques and Imams: Everyday Islam in Eastern Indonesia, NUS Press 9789813251205.
  • McWilliam, A. and Leach, M. (2019), 'Timor-Leste : historical legacies and contemporary challenges', Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste, Routledge 9781138654563.
  • McWilliam, A. and Monteiro, C. (2019), 'On Brexit worries : migration and remittance landscapes in Timor-Leste', Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste, Routledge 9781138654563.
  • McWilliam, A. and Shepherd, C. (2019), 'Reading against the grain : ethnography, commercial agriculture and the colonial archive of East Timor ', Crossing Histories and Ethnographies: Following Colonial Historicities in Timor-Leste, Berghahn Books 9781789202717.
  • Beavis, S. and McWilliam, A. (2018), 'Muddy rivers and toxic flows : risks and impacts of artisanal gold-mining in the riverine catchments of Bombana, Southeast Sulawesi (Indonesia)', Between the Plough and the Pick: Informal, Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in the Contemporary World, ANU Press 9781760461713.
  • McWilliam, A. (2018), 'Afterword : a study in contrasts', The Promise of Prosperity: Visions of the future in Timor-Leste, ANU Press 9781760462529.
  • McWilliam, A. (2017), 'Hunting and harvesting the commons : on the cultural politics of custom', Transformations in Independent Timor-Leste: Dynamics of Social and Cultural Cohabitations, Routledge 9781138691438.
  • McWilliam, A. (2017), 'Imagining ethnography : reflections on fieldwork in Lautem', Fieldwork in Timor-Leste: Understanding Social Change through Practice, NIAS Press 9788776942083.
  • Robinson, K. and McWilliam, A. (2015), 'Striving for good practice : unpacking AusAID's approach to community development', Making a Difference?: Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and its Emergence in China, Berghahn Books 9781782384571.
  • McWilliam, A., Lopes, M., Glazebrook, D., Costa, M. and Ximenes, A. (2015), 'Seeds of life : social research for improved farmer yields in Timor-Leste', Making a Difference?: Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and its Emergence in China, Berghahn Books 9781782384571.
  • McWilliam, A. (2015), ' Rural-urban inequalities and migration in Timor-Leste', A New Era?: Timor-Leste after the UN, Australian National University Press 9781925022506.
  • Ingram, S., Kent, L. and McWilliam, A. (2015), 'Introduction : building the nation : legacies and challenges for Timor-Leste', A New Era?: Timor-Leste After the UN, ANU E Press 9781925022506.
  • Shepherd, C. and McWilliam, A. (2014), 'Divide and cultivate : plantations, militarism and environment in Portuguese Timor, 1860-1975', Comparing Apples, Oranges, and Cotton: Environmental Histories of the Global Plantation, Campus Verlag 9783593500287.
  • McWilliam, A. (2013), 'Cultural heritage and its performative modalities : imagining the Nino Konis Santana National Park in East Timor', Transcending the Culture-Nature Divide in Cultural Heritage: Views from the Asia-Pacific Region, ANU E Press 9781922144041.
  • McWilliam, A. (2011), 'Fataluku living landscapes', Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays, Australian National University E Press 9781921862595.
  • McWilliam, A. and Traube, E. (2011), 'Land and Life in Timor-Leste : introduction', Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays, ANU E Press 9781921862595.
  • McWilliam, A. (2009), 'Trunk and tip in West Timor : precedence in a botanical idiom', Precedence: Social Differentiation in the Austronesian World, Australian National University E Press 9781921536465.
  • McWilliam, A. (2008), 'Customary governance in Timor-Leste', Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National, Charles Darwin University Press 9780980457834.

Journal Articles

  • McWilliam, A., Wianti, N. and Taufik, Y. (2021), 'Poverty and prosperity among Sama Bajo fishing communities (Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia)', Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, vol 42, no 1 , pp 132 - 148.
  • Butler, J., Davila, F., Alders, R., Bourke, R., Crimp, S., McCarthy, J., McWilliam, A., Palo, A., Robins, L., Webb, M., Van Wensveen, M., Sanderson, T. and Walker, D. (2021), 'A rapid assessment framework for food system shocks : lessons learned from COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific region', Environmental Science and Policy, vol 117 , pp 34 - 45.
  • Davila, F., Bourke, R., McWilliam, A., Crimp, S., Robins, L., Van Wensveen, M., Alders, R. and Butler, J. (2021), 'COVID-19 and food systems in Pacific Island countries, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste : opportunities for actions towards the sustainable development goals', Agricultural Systems, vol 191 .
  • McWilliam, A., Wasson, R., Rouwenhorst, J. and Amaral, A. (2020), 'Disaster Risk Reduction, modern science and local knowledge : perspectives from Timor-Leste', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol 50 .
  • McWilliam, A. (2019), 'Nationalism at scale in Timor-Leste : between Rai na'in and Rai Timor', Bulletin of the National Museum of Ethnology, vol 43, no 3 , pp 301 - 315.
  • McWilliam, A. (2019), 'Stone archives and fortified histories in Timor-Leste', Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol 20, no 3 , pp 247 - 260.
  • McWilliam, A. and Monteiro, C. (2019), 'Fataluku labor migration and transnational care in Timor-Leste', Indonesia, vol 107 , pp 41 - 54.
  • Palmer, L. and McWilliam, A. (2019), 'Spirit ecologies and customary governance in post-conflict Timor-Leste', Bijdragen Tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, vol 175, no 4 , pp 474 - 505.
  • Gibson, K., Astuti, R., Carnegie, M., Chalernphon, A., Dombroski, K., Haryani, A., Hill, A., Kehi, B., Law, L., Lyne, I., McGregor, A., McKinnon, K., McWilliam, A., Miller, F., Ngin, C., Occena-Gutierrez, D., Palmer, L., Placino, P., Rampengan, M., Than, W., Wianti, N. and Wright, S. (2018), 'Community economies in Monsoon Asia : keywords and key reflections', Asia Pacific Viewpoint, vol 59, no 1 , pp 3 - 16.
  • Palmer, L. and McWilliam, A. (2018), 'Ambivalent 'indigeneities' in independent Timor-Leste : between the customary and national governance of resources', Asia Pacific Viewpoint, vol 59, no 3 , pp 265 - 275.
  • Steenbergen, D., Clifton, J., Visser, L., Stacey, N. and McWilliam, A. (2017), 'Understanding influences in policy landscapes for sustainable coastal livelihoods', Marine Policy, vol 82 , pp 181 - 188.
  • McWilliam, A. and Neale, J. (2015), 'Reflections on a native title anthropology field school', AIATSIS Research Discussion Paper, vol 36 .
  • McWilliam, A., Palmer, L. and Shepherd, C. (2014), 'Lulik encounters and cultural frictions in East Timor : past and present', Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol 25, no 3 , pp 304 - 320.
  • 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, no 2 , pp 311 - 343.
  • Shepherd, C. and McWilliam, A. (2013), 'Cultivating plantations and subjects in East Timor : a genealogy', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, vol 169, no 2-3 , pp 326 - 361.
  • O'Connor, S., McWilliam, A., Fenner, J. and Brockwell, S. (2012), 'Examining the origin of fortifications in East Timor : social and environmental factors', Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, vol 7, no 2 , pp 200 - 218.
  • McWilliam, A., Bulbeck, D., Brockwell, S. and O'Connor, S. (2012), 'The cultural legacy of Makassar stone in East Timor', Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol 13, no 3 , pp 262 - 279.
  • McWilliam, A. (2012), 'New Fataluku diasporas and landscapes of remittance and return', Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community, vol 11 , pp 72 - 85.
  • Mcwilliam, A. (2011), 'Exchange and resilience in Timor-Leste', Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol 17, no 4 , pp 745 - 763.
  • McWilliam, A. (2011), 'Marginal governance in the time of pemekaran : case studies from Sulawesi and West Papua', Asian Journal of Social Science, vol 39, no 2 , pp 150 - 170.
  • Shepherd, C. and McWilliam, A. (2011), 'Ethnography, agency, and materiality : anthropological perspectives on rice development in East Timor', East Asian Science, Technology and Society, vol 5, no 2 , pp 189 - 215.
  • McWilliam, A. (2009), 'The spiritual commons : some immaterial aspects of community economies in eastern Indonesia', Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol 20, no 2 , pp 163 - 177.
  • McWilliam, A. (2008), 'Fataluku healing and cultural resilience in East Timor', Ethnos, vol 73, no 2 , pp 217 - 240.
  • McWilliam, A. and Bexley, A. (2008), 'Performing politics : the 2007 parliamentary elections in Timor Leste', Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol 9, no 1 , pp 66 - 82.
  • McWilliam, A. (2007), 'Austronesians in linguistic disguise : Fataluku cultural fusion in East Timor', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol 38, no 2 , pp 355 - 375.
  • McWilliam, A. (2007), 'Harbouring traditions in East Timor : marginality in a lowland entrepot', Modern Asian Studies, vol 41, no 6 , pp 1113 - 1143.
  • McWilliam, A. (2007), 'Looking for Ade : a contribution to Timorese historiography', Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, vol 163, no 2-3 , pp 221 - 238.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'COVID-19 and Food Systems in the Indo-Pacific: An Assessment of Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Opportunities for Action', Report

I have recently completed a collaborative ARC funded project entitled, Household Vulnerability and the Politics of Social Protection in Indonesia (2014-2018). The study has explored the impact and effectiveness of Indonesian welfare policy and programs designed to target and alleviate poverty across the archipelago. My field research for this activity is focused on several Sama Bajo (maritime oriented) communities in Southeast Sulawesi .  My current ARC research is a project entitled, Spiritual Ecologies and the role of Customary Governance in Timor-Leste (2016-2019).  The study 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. In 2021 I am embarking on a new ARC Linkage project with colleagues from Flinders University, exploring Timor-Leste migrant workers in Australia's seasonal workers programme, and the impact of cash savings and remittances on return to Timor. 

This information has been contributed by Professor McWilliam.

Current Projects

Title: Spiritual Ecologies and Customary Governance in Post-conflict East Timor
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Andrew Mcwilliam
Years: 2017-03-24 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00024096

Previous Projects

Title: Household Vulnerability and the Politics of Social Protection in Indonesia: Towards an Integrated Approach [viaANU]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Andrew Mcwilliam
Years: 2017-07-03 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00024114

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Connection between Culture and Work Ethos: How to harness Culture and use it as a foundation for finally having productive work ethos
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Green Islam: A Case Study of Three Pesantrens? Experience in Conceptualizing and Practicing Islamic Jurisprudence on Environment in Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Madinah Van Java: Identity and Ideology Negotiation of Tablighi in Temboro, Magetan, Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Religious Leaders and Development Policies in Contemporary Indonesia: The Case of the Role of Islamic Tuan Guru in Socio-Economic Regional Development of the Post Suharto Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Ideology Contestation between Islam Nusantara and Transnational Islamic Movement: The Case of Bangka Belitung Island, Indonesia.
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Multiplier Effects on the Bombana Goldfields
Description: Short Article Inside Indonesia
Title: Backing Themselves: East Timorese migrants in Oxford
Description: Blogpost: Centre for Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, UK.

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