Sam Curkpatrick

Researcher and Adjunct Lecturer

  • “Shimmering brilliance: A Yolŋu aesthetic of creativity and collaboration.” In Australasian Music at Home and Abroad. Edited by Sarah Kirby, Kerry Murphy and John Gabriel. 2022.
  • “Embodied Vocation: Terry Eagleton and the Tax Collector.” In Transforming Vocation: Connecting Theology, Church and the Workplace for a Flourishing World. Edited by David Benson, Kara Martin and Andrew Sloane. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2021.
  • “Wata: Blown Together by the Wind.” Resonate Magazine, Australian Music Centre, 24 June, 2021.
  • “Hand to Earth: How Our Differences Let Us Sing Together.” Feature. Limelight: Music, Arts, Culture 28 April, 2021.
  • Singing Bones: Ancestral Collaboration and Creativity. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2020.
  • “Dorothy Weaver, The Irony of Power: The Politics of God Within Matthew’s Narrative.” Stone-Campbell Journal 22.1 (2019).
  • “Voices on the Wind: Eddies of Possibility for Australia’s Musical Future.” In Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Essays on Collective Creativity and Social Agency, ed. Tina Ramnarine, 119–136Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • “Into the Profound Deep: Pulled by a Song.” In Singing Death: Reflections on Music and Mortality, ed. Helen Hickey and Hellen Dell. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2017.
  • “Productive Ambiguity: Fleshing Out the Bones in Yolŋu ‘Manikay’ Song Performance, and the Australian Art Orchestra’s Crossing Roper Bar.” Critical Studies in Improvisation 9, no. 2 (2013).
  • “Yothu Yindi and the Yolngu Culture: Dreaming of a Brighter Day.” The Conversation, 4 June, 2013.
  • “Old Masters: Creative Articulations of an Ancestral Text.” ReCollections 8, no. 1 (2013).
  • Indigenous music and culture, theology, philosophy
  • Culture and Country: Engaging Faith in Contemporary Australian Society

Dr Samuel Curkpatrick’s research interests span issues of music, culture and theology, with specific focus given to Indigenous Australian song and philosophical issues of language and identity.

Sam is currently leading a University of Divinity research project in partnership with the the Indigenous Knowledge Institute at the University of Melbourne, titled ‘Openings for collaborative theology through classical Yolŋu and Warlpiri epistemologies.’

Sam completed a doctorate in ethnomusicology at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (ANU, Canberra) and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University. He recently completed additional postgraduate research on Terry Eagleton’s critical method and irony within Christian faith and was the inaugural curator of the Hindmarsh Research Centre, which gives focus to Churches of Christ memory, identity, mission and ministry.

Sam has been a grantee of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, co-founding fellow of the Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University. He was Partnerships Coordinator Vic Tas for Australian Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners from 2017-21.