Dr Michelle Duffy
Michelle's research examines the role culture plays in shaping our lives at different spatial levels, from the global to the more everyday and local processes operating within and between individuals, communities and societies. Through the lens of the arts, and more specifically that of music and performance, she explores how our private and public selves are articulated and/or challenged in public spaces and events. Research conducted with Australian indigenous communities includes an ECR funded (Melbourne) project, Country and Performance, Embodiment and Emotions: the women's rituals and knowledge of exchange in the Garma Festival, north-east Arnhem Land, which explored the significance of Indigenous women's performances in expressing and maintaining relationships to country. More recently she worked in a mentoring capacity with members the Aboriginal Elders of the Kurnai Nation (Drouin) in the completion of their indigenous needs analysis report, Six Generations Yarning Together: Local Aboriginal Needs Analysis Project (2014).