Tidal Country and Cultures in Northern Australia

  • David KellyEmail author
  • Michele Lobo


In this chapter, we ask questions of our research environment and experiment with describing its agency in forming relationships between researchers, participants and place. We draw on ethnographic research, interviews, focus groups and walk-alongs with Indigenous peoples, ethnic minority asylum seekers and non-Indigenous activists. Their everyday encounters and stories illuminate the fragility and affordances of these liminal spaces and call for ethical relations with tidal country. We argue that such research that dwells and works with multiple realities in the in-between space of tidal zones that transcends the land/sea binary and offers new understandings of regions in transition.



The research in Broome was funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship and fieldwork grants from the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. The research in Darwin was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE 130100250, 2013–2016). Special thanks to the friends/participants in Broome, Nulungu Research Institute, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory, Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network, Darwin Community, Arts and the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia.


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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

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