Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture
Vol. 3, No. 2, 1990
Communication and Tradition: Essays after Eric Michaels
Edited by Tom O'Regan

Eric Michaels:
A Partial Guide to His Written Work

Compiled by Jay Ruby and Tom O'Regan with assistance from a CV provided by Eric Michaels


This bibliography although not exhaustive is presented here as a guide for readers seeking to know more of Eric's published work.


Books & Monographs

The Aboriginal Invention of Television in Central Australia, 1982-1985 (Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Institute Report, 1986).

For a Cultural Future: Frances Jupurrurla Makes TV at Yuendumu (Sydney: Artspace, Art and Criticism Series, v. 3, 1987).


Articles Published in Books and Journals

"The Family" in John Hostetler, ed., Communitarian Societies (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974).

"Ethnography and Visual Anthropology", Videthos, An Exhibition Catalog (Long Beach Museum of Art, 1979).

"How to Look at us Looking at the Yanomami Looking at Us", in Jay Ruby ed., A Crack in the Mirror: Reflexive Perspectives in Anthropology (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982).

With Francis Jupurrurla Kelly, "The Social Organization of an Aboriginal Video Workplace", Australian Aboriginal Studies, no. 1 ( 1984), pp. 26-34. Also in M. Bongiovanni ed., Programme: 3rd International Video and Television Festival (Montbeliard: Centre d'Action Culturelle de Montbeliard, 1986), pp. 89-93.

With Leonard Japanangra Granites, "The Cost of Video at Yuendumu", Media Information Australia, no. 32 (1984), pp. 17-25.

"Aboriginal Air Rights" Media Information Australia, no. 34 (1984), pp.51-61. [Excerpted from a 1983 talk, "Aboriginal Australians and The New World Information Order." Presented at A.N.U.'s Public Affairs Conference, Aborigines and International Law.

"Hopes and Fears: The Application of International Examples to the Case of Aboriginal Telecommunications" in Eric Willmot, ed., Out of the Silent Land (Canberra: AGPS, 1984).

"Constraints on Knowledge in an Economy of Oral Information", Current Anthropology 26 (1985), pp. 505-510.

"How Video Has Helped a Group of Aborigines in Australia", Media Development, Issue 32 (1985), pp. 16-18.

"Ask a Foolish Question: On the Methodologies of Cross-Cultural Media Research", Australian Journal of Cultural Studies v. 3, n. 2 (1985), pp. 45-59.

"New Technologies in the Outback and Their Implication" Media Information Australia, no. 38 (1985).

"The Impact of Television, Videos, and Satellites in Aboriginal Communities", in Barney Foran and Bruce Walker eds., Science and Technology for Aboriginal Development, Project Report no. 3 (Canberra: CSIRO, 1986).

"Aboriginal Content: Who's Got it, Who Needs It?", Art & Text, nos. 23-24 (1987), pp. 58-79.

"Western Desert Sandstone Painting and Post-Modernism: A Postscript to Recent Acrylic Paintings by Senior Warlpiri Aborigines at Yuendumu" in Kuruwarri Yuendumu Doors, Warlukurlangu Artists Association (Canberra: A.I.A.S., 1987), pp. 135-143.

"Response to Eric Willmot's Review 'Aboriginal Broadcasting in Remote Australia", Media Information Australia, no. 43 (1987), pp. 41-44.

"My Essay on Post-Modernity", Art & Text, no. 25 (1987), pp.86-91.

"Hundreds Shot in Aboriginal Community: ABC Makes TV Documentary at Yuendumu" Media Information Australia, no. 45 (1987), pp. 7-17.

"Hollywood Iconography, a Warlpiri Reading" in P. Drummond and R. Patterson ed., Television and Its Audience: International Research Perspectives (London: British Film Institute, 1987), pp. 109-124.

"The Indigenous Languages of in Martin Taureg and Jay Ruby eds., Visual Explorations of the World: Selected Proceedings of the International Visual Communication Conference (Gottingen: Rader Verlag, 1987).

"The Last of the Nomads, the last of the Ethnographies or 'All Anthropologists Are Liars' A Review of Fred Myers, Pintupi Country, Pintupi Self", Mankind v. 17, n. 1 (1987), pp. 34-46. Also published in Canberra Anthropology, v. 10, n. 1, pp. 44-62 with rejoinder by Myers.

"Aboriginal Air Rights Resuscitated", Broadcast, July 1987, p. 16-17.

"Bad Aboriginal Art", Art & Text, no. 28 (1988), pp. 59-73.

"Para-Ethnography" Art & Text, n. 30 (1988), pp. 42-51.

"Literacy-Electronics vs. Print: The Aboriginal Example", in Z. Klisch ed., Proceedings of the Annual New England Social Science Seminars (London: Allen and Unwin, 1988).

"Carnivale in Oxford Street," New Theatre Australia, n. 5 (1988), pp. 4-8.

"A Primer of Restrictions on Picture-Taking in Traditional Areas of Aboriginal Australia" Unpublished manuscript to appear in Visual Anthropology, 1990.

"A Model of Teleported Texts (With Reference to Aboriginal Television)", Continuum, v.3, n.2 (1990).


Unpublished Manuscripts

The following list of Eric Michaels' unpublished work is grossly incomplete. This list is included to give the reader a sense of the scope of the output not published. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, which holds a large proportion of Eric's unpublished papers, are at the time of writing sorting through and cataloguing these papers with a view to making them available in microfilm or as a monograph volume of essays after 1990.

n.d. "Definitions of Terms for Anthropological Research on Television Viewing".

n.d. "Through Aboriginal Eyes". A Proposal for a special feature presenting Aboriginal initiatives on television production and transmission in Outback Australia". Submitted to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. See Michaels, "Hundreds Shot in Aboriginal Community: ABC Makes TV Documentary at Yuendumu" for description of the outcome of this proposal.

n.d. "The Dialogic Interview: A Reactive Technique", mss. Manuscript in possession of Dr D. Rose, Faculty of History, ANU.

"Odyssey: The First Sighting" and "Requirements for an Anthropological Evaluation of Odyssey." An unfunded proposal, 1978.

"Toward an Anthropology of Television", Lecture Notes, Southwest Educational Development Lab, Austin, Texas, 1979.

"Research Hatfields and Industry McCoys: Stepping Toward a Dialogue", A paper given at the National Workshop on Television and Youth, 1980.

With Charles Corder-Bola, "Community Standards and Broadcast Television: An Ethnographic Case Study", 1980.

"TV Tribes", Unpublished Phd. dissertation, Communications, University of Texas, Austin, 1982.

"Television -- Drawing The Line: Research Approaches for the Example of Remote Aboriginal Communities", A.I.A.S. seminar presentation, 1983.

Working Papers in Aboriginal Telecommunications, 1984. Remote Television Project, A.I.A.S., 1983-4.

Working Papers in Aboriginal Telecommunications, 1985. Remote Television Project, A.I.A.S. The following papers apparently were never published:

"A Preliminary Review of the Report of the Aboriginal and Islanders Broadcasting and Communications Task Force Report: Out of the Silent Land."

"Going All the Way Round". Community Television Broadcasting Experimenting in Remote Aboriginal Australia."

"The Life History of an Aboriginal Videotape."

The following essays appeared in a collection of essays Eric Michaels assembled in July 1986 under the title "Aborigines, Information and the Media: the Aboriginal Encounter with Introduced Communications Technology" for consideration by book publishers:
"Aborigines, Information and Media: Introduction"
"Information Management and Disclosure: Warrumungu, the Ruined Ritual"
"Yap: How did you know we want TV?".

"Aboriginal Media History: an Inverted Sequence", paper presented to the 1986 International Television Studies Conference, mss.


Articles, Reviews, Commentaries on Eric Michaels

Eric Willmot, "Aboriginal Broadcasting in Remote Australia", Media Information Australia, n. 43 (1987), pp. 38-40.

"Eric Michaels - Tributes", Filmnews, November 1988, pp. 5 & 15. Tributes from Tim Rowse, Stuart Cunningham, Nicholas Zurbrugg, Patrick Laughren.

Marcia Langton, "Eric Michaels on Aboriginal Media", Art & Text, n. 29 (1988), pp. 77-78.

Tom O'Regan, "Cultural Futures", Continuum, v.2, n.1 (1989), pp. 192-197.


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