Monash University
Dr. Samuel Curkpatrick's (Adjunct Research Fellow) research spans issues of music, culture and theology, with focus given to Indigenous Australian song and philosophical issues of language and identity. Sam completed a doctorate in ethnomusicology at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (ANU, Canberra). Since 2010, Sam has worked closely with Wägilak singers from Ngukurr, notably Daniel Wilfred, and been a Research Collaborator with the Australian Art Orchestra, on projects with Paul Grabowsky and Peter Knight, teaching at the AAO's annual Creative Music Intensive. Sam has been a grantee of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and inaugural fellow of the Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University. Sam is currently undertaking research on Terry Eagleton's critical method and irony within Christian faith, and teaches the theology unit 'Culture and Country' at Stirling Theological College.


  • "Encountering Subjectivity: Terry Eagleton and the Tax Collector’s Embodied Vocation." In Transforming Vocations. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2021.
  • Singing Bones: Ancestral Creativity and Collaboration. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2020.
  • “Dorothy Weaver, The Irony of Power: The Politics of God Within Matthew’s Narrative.” [review] 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, 119–136. Oxford: 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).
  • “Old Masters: Creative Articulations of an Ancestral Text.” ReCollections 8, no. 1 (2013).

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