Associate Professor Sally Butler

Deputy Associate Dean(Academic,Stud

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
sallybutler@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53037

Overview

Sally Butler is a Reader in Art History.

Sally Butler took up the position as lecturer in Art History at the University of Queensland in 2004 after a period as Art History lecturer at the Australian National Univeristy in Canberra. Visual arts industry experience includes working for the Queensland Art Gallery and a number of freelance curating projects, and several years as Associate Editor of Australian Art Collector magazine and one of the edtiors for the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art. Sally regularly writes for Australian visual arts magazines, maintaining a particular interest in contemporary Australian art, Australian indigenous art and new media art.

Research

Her research interests include cross-cultural critical theory, Australian Indigenous art, Australian contemporary art, photography and new media art. Current research includes: Indigenous art from Far North Queensland, Virtual Reality theory and photography, contemporary Queensland photography, and art and cultural tourism.

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Australia Pacific Indigenous Art
    In what ways does the study of Australia Pacific Indigenous art contribute to a broad scope of intellectual activity? How does the holistic nature of what drives Australia Pacific indigenous arts help advance academic pursuit of interdisciplinarity and embedding Indigenous knowledges into academic curricula?
  • Australia Pacific Indigenous Art and Cultural Tourism
    What are the capacities, potential and challenges for Australia's network of Indigenous art centres to participate in the cultural tourism industry? What kind of tourism psychology is involved in Indigenous art tourism itineraries? Can Indigenous art tourism contribute to decolonisation in Australia and the Pacific?
  • Australian Art
    What are the narratives of Australian art today, and how can we look differently at Australian art from the past? Are national narratives beyond their use in a global world?

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • (2019) Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This project evaluates the capacities, potential and challenges for Australia's network of Indigenous Art Centres contributing in cultural tourism initiatives.

    Contributions sought for:

    Sally Butler (editor) 'Australian Indigenous Art and Cultural Tourism', Arts, Special Issue, Volume 9, 2019.

  • This project aims to understand how Australian Indigenous art encapsulated and helped to communicate political ideas about Indigenous land rights, social justice and equality in a period that also saw the emergence of the modern Australian Indigenous art movement.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Butler, Sally (2019). Facing melancholia: racial implications of the disengaged gaze. The persistence of melancholia in arts and culture. (pp. 163-175) edited by Andrea Bubenik. New York, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429468469-10

  • Butler, Sally (2018). Indigeneity. Visual Global Politics. (pp. 189-195) edited by Roland Bleiker. New York NY United States: Routledge.

  • Butler, Sally (2018). Repurposing cultural heritage collections. Subverting consumerism: reuse in an accelerated world. (pp. 53-70) edited by Robert Crocker and Kerry Chiveralls. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315641812-4

  • Butler, Sally (2017). 'Temporary Belonging': Indigenous cultural tourism and community art centres. Performing cultural tourism: communities, tourists and creative practices. (pp. 13-28) edited by Susan Carson and Mark Pennings. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315174464

  • Butler, Sally (2017). Australian indigenous art and literature. Worldmaking: literature, language, culture. (pp. 107-116) edited by Tom Clark, Emily Finlay and Phillipa Kelly. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/fillm.5.09but

  • Butler, Sally and Bleiker, Roland (2017). Embodied witnessing: Indigenous performance art as political dissent. Art as political witness. (pp. 99-115) edited by Kia Lindroos and Frank Moller. Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers.

  • Butler, Sally (2017). Ghost Nets Art & Global Ecology/Art des 'filets fantômes' et écologie globale. Territoire du rêve: art aborigène contemporain/Country of the dreaming: contemporary Aboriginal art. (pp. 242-277) Paris, France: ARTEOS.

  • Butler, Sally (2017). Secrecy sensuality and politics in the writings and spoken word of Sam Watson. Dave Hullfish Bailey + Sam Watson: CityCat Project 2006-2016. (pp. 96-97) edited by Rex Butler. Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press.

  • Butler, Sally (2015). Alick Tipoti's 'on-beat' art: rhythm, cosmology & continuity. Alick Tipoti Zugubal: Ancestral Spirits. (pp. 30-40) edited by Sally Butler. Cairns, QLD, Australia: Cairns Regional Gallery.

  • Butler, Sally (2015). Introduction. Alick Tipoti Zugubal: Ancestral Spirits. (pp. 5-7) edited by Sally Butler. Cairns, QLD, Australia: Cairns Regional Gallery.

  • Butler, Sally (2010). Goobalathaldin's Rainbow Serpent. Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection. (pp. 172-173) edited by Follett, Roslyn. St Lucia: University of Queensland Library.

  • Butler, Sally (2009). Translating the spectacle: John Mawurndjul's intercultural aesthetic. Between indigenous Australia and Europe : John Mawurndjul : Art histories in context. (pp. 161-174) edited by Claus Volkenandt and Christian Kaufmann. Canberra ACT: Aboriginal Studies Press.

  • Butler, Sally (2008). Introduction. Fully expolited labour: Pat Hoffie. (pp. 97-97) edited by Sally Butler. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, S. (2007). Outstation art: Emily Kngwarreye and Utopia Awelye batik. Brought to Light II. Contemporary Australian Art 1966-2006 from the Queensland Art Gallery. (pp. 176-183) edited by Seear, L. and Ewington, J.. South Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery Publishing.

  • Butler, S M (2006). The after-image of reason. Sensing the Surface: Carl Warner Images 1995-2005. (pp. 11-22) edited by Jocelyn Wolfe. Brisbane, Qld, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2003). Cape York's Time in Motion. Story Place Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest. (pp. 192-199) edited by Weir, Ian. Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This project evaluates the capacities, potential and challenges for Australia's network of Indigenous Art Centres contributing in cultural tourism initiatives.

    Contributions sought for:

    Sally Butler (editor) 'Australian Indigenous Art and Cultural Tourism', Arts, Special Issue, Volume 9, 2019.

  • This project aims to understand how Australian Indigenous art encapsulated and helped to communicate political ideas about Indigenous land rights, social justice and equality in a period that also saw the emergence of the modern Australian Indigenous art movement.