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Professor Graham Seal

Professor Graham Seal Professor Graham Seal

AM, PhD (Deakin), MA (Distinction), BA Hons (UNSW), GradDipMedia (AFTRS)

Position Director, AAPI
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School Humanities Research and Graduate Studies
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 209.420
Phone 08 9266 3234
Email G.Seal@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Graham is Professor of Folklore and teaches on-campus and off-campus students through the Australian Studies program. He is director of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute, director of the Australian Folklore Research Unit and convenor of the Australia at War and Peace Research Group. For an updated profile go to http://www.curtin.edu.au/research/aapi/

His research activities are extensive and involve working with industry, government, community and academic partners throughout Western Australia, Australia and internationally. He is frequent commentator in Australian and international media and has consulted for the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the Smithsonian Institution, among others. He has written many books and articles published in Australia and internationally.

Graham is a member of the International Australian Studies Association, The Australian Folklore Association, the Folklore Society and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. He is the founder and convenor of the Australian Folklore Network and is an editorial board member of Australian Folklore and Folklife: Journal of Ethnological Studies. He is general editor of the 'Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific' research monograph series (Black Swan Press).

Memberships, Awards and Training

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Teaching

Graham’s teaching, on and of-campus through Open Universities Australia, involves him with Australian and international students from a wide variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Graham’s research interests relate to folk tradition, past and present, and cultural history in Australia and around the world. His publications include the seminal work on the academic study of folklore in Australia, The Hidden Culture: Folklore in Australian Society (OUP, 1989) as well as a number of influential monographs including The Outlaw Legend: A Cultural Tradition in Britain, America and Australia (CUP, 1996), The Lingo: Listening to Australian English (UNSW Press, 1999) and Inventing Anzac: The Digger and National Mythology (UQP, 2004). He has also written and co-edited a number of acclaimed reference works, including The Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore, jointly edited with Gwenda Beed Davey (OUP, 1993) and the Encyclopedia of Folk Heroes (ABC-Clio, 2001). His historical biography These Few Lines: The Lost Lives of Myra and William Sykes was published in 2006 (ABC Books).

Graham’s publications have been awarded in Australia, Britain and the USA and his research is cited in books and journal articles over many fields, including folklore, history, literature, psychology, travel and cultural studies. His work is also noted in Australian and international media and has been the basis for museum exhibitions, including the National Museum of Australia’s major exhibition Outlawed: Rebels, Revolutionaries and Bushrangers (Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane 2003-2005).

Graham’s research has been supported by a number of funding bodies including the Myer Foundation, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Folk Trust. He  has been a Chief Investigator on a number of ARC LIEF and Linkage projects, 2003-2008 and is an ARC 'Ozreader'.

As an Australian and international authority, Graham toured China as a guest of the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Society in 1988 and was an invited ' Distinguished International Scholar' to the American Folklore Society Centennial in 1989. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Sheffield University ,Leeds University, the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Philadelphia.

Graham has had a long involvement in academic publishing, being a co-founder of Black Swan Press in 1992 and its Publisher from 1992 to 2002, and again from 2007.

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Significant Consultancies

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Specialty Areas

Folklore, history and mythology, Australian cultural history, outlaw heroes, Anzac

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Publications

Featured Publications

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2003

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2002

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2001

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1997

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1988

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1987

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Additional publication categories

2016

Books (Research) - Other

2015

Book Chapters - Other

  • Seal, G. P. 2015. “Anzac (Australia).” In Remembering the Wars: Commemoration in Western Australia Communities., x-x. : Freie Universität Berlin.

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2014

Books (Research) - Other

2013

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2009

Books (Research) - Other

Book Chapters - Other

  • Seal, G. P. 2009. “Digger.” In Australian Symbols, ed. Melissa Harper and Richard White, 121-128. Sydney: UNSW Press/NMA.

2003

Books (Research) - Other

  • Seal, G. P. 2003. A Guide to Australian Folklore. Sydney: Simon & Schuster.
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