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Dr Max Harwood is a sessional lecturer and Honorary Adjunct Fellow (2021-2025) with the Department of Anthropology.

Originally from the Central Coast (NSW), Max was based in Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Ottawa from 2013-2019 as he completed his doctoral studies.

As an anthropologist, Max specialises in ethnographic filmmaking. His PhD studied Turkish and Israeli masculinity, nationalism and militarism, resulting in both a feature length documentary film and a traditional written dissertation.

Before commencing his PhD, Max’s professional background was in Australian native title, where he has worked as a visual anthropologist and ethnographic film consultant since 2011. He is currently a partnered consultant with the Indigenous Desert Alliance (Perth).

Since returning to Sydney in 2019, Max has commenced new research on modern white nationalism - specifically the online subculture, politics and phenomenology of Australian white nationalists - as well as the globalised phenomenon of Replacement Theory stochastic terrorism.

Research interests

  • Turkish and Israeli nationalism and militarism
  • Conscription and state crafted masculinity
  • Australian white nationalism and ideology
  • White nationalist phenomenology and digital subculture
  • Ethnographic film production and the visual mode of anthropology


Unit Convenor/Lecturer:

ANTH3002: The Anthropology of Politics and Power (S2, 2020)

ANTH3021: Globalisation, Conflict & Religion (S1, 2020; S1, 2021)

ANTH2004: Art & Culture (S2, 2019)

ANTH1006: Drugs Across Cultures (S3, 2019/2020; S3, 2020/2021)

ANTH1051: Human Evolution & Diversity (S3, 2020/2021)

Guest Lecturer:

ANTH3024: Doing Ethnography (S1/S2, 2017- ongoing)

ANTH2003: Food Across Cultures (S1, 2019; S1, 2021)

ANTH1007: The Anthropology of Religions (S1, 2019)

Head Tutor/Unit Administrator:

ANTH2003: Food Across Cultures (S1, 2019; S2, 2020)

ANTH1050: Introduction to Anthropology (S2, 2019) 

ANTH1007: The Anthropology of Religions (S1, 2019; S2, 2020)


ARTS1000: Humanities & The World (S1, 2020)

ANTH1051: Human Evolution & Diversity (S1, 2020)

ANTH2004: Art & Culture (S1, 2019)

ANTH1050: Introduction to Anthropology (S2, 2019) 

ANTH1007: The Anthropology of Contemporary Religions (S1, 2019)

ANTH2003: Food Across Cultures (S1, 2018; S1, 2019; S1, 2021)


MRes Internship Supervisor (S2, 2020)


Research engagement

Max is the founder and festival co-director of the Macquarie University International Ethnographic Film Festival (MUIEFF), hosted within the Department of Anthropology.

Since 2017, Max has organised and hosted a two week annual ethnographic filmmaking workshop for undergraduate anthropology students in both ANTH2004 and ANTH3024.


Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, Macquarie University

Award Date: 17 Sep 2019

External positions

Consultant, Indigenous Desert Alliance

2018 → …


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