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Aaron Corn

Inaugural Director, Indigenous Knowledge Institute
Research And Enterprise
arts & humanities
information science & library science
science & technology
aboriginal australians
indigenous knowledges
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Aaron Corn

The University Of Melbourne
Primary Interest
Indigenous Knowledge
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Aaron Corn


Professor Aaron Corn has a background in music, curatorial studies and Indigenous knowledge. He is Inaugural Director of the Indigenous Knowledge Institute at the University of Melbourne.
He works closely in co-designed research with Australian Indigenous colleagues and communities and serves as a Director of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia.

His long term collaboration with Indigenous leaders communities engage with intellectual traditions that remain fundamental to Indigenous cultural survival. His research investigates new strategies for strengthening human cultural diversity in the digital age with emphasis on the durability of Indigenous knowledge across generations and cultures.


A Corn et al. with Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka and South Australian Museum (2020–21) ‘3D Printing of Custom Musical Instruments for Heritage and Industry Needs’, ARC LP190100419,

L Ormond-Parker, A Corn & D Sweeney (2018–20) ‘Aboriginal Remote Narrowcast TV and the Audiovisual Archive’, ARC IN180100014, $573,032
A Corn, H Morphy & FR Myers (2015–17) ‘Mobilising the Global Legacy and Impact of the Aboriginal Artists Agency’, ARC DP150104389, $481,766
SWJ Patrick (Discovery Indigenous Award), A Corn & S Wild (2012–14) ‘Early Collections of Warlpiri Cultural Heritage and Resulting Community Access Needs in Remote Desert Australia’, ARC IN120100008, $530,000
G Baker et al. (2010–13) ‘Digital Futures’, Australian Government Collaborative Research Networks, $5,100,000
A Corn (Future Fellowship) (2009–13) ‘Indigenising the Semantic Web: Ontologies for Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage Resources on a Machine-readable Web’, ARC FT0990730, $686,400
A Corn (2012) ‘Thai Music Festival and Symposium, Canberra’, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Australia–Thailand Institute Grant, $6500
L Barwick et al. (2011) ‘Equipment and Facilities Upgrade for the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures’, ARC LE110100142, $238,000
JN Gumbula (Indigenous Research Fellow) & A Corn (2007–09) ‘Elder Assessments of Early Material Culture Collections from Arnhem Land and Contemporary Access Needs to Them among Their Source Communities’, ARC DI0775822, $245,000
A Corn (Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship) & Marcia Langton (2004–08) ‘When the Waters Will Be One: Indigenous Performance Traditions at the New Frontier of Intercultural Discourses in Arnhem Land’, ARC DP0451001, $275,000
A Corn & JN Gumbula (2007) ‘International Council of Traditional Music World Conference, Vienna’, AIATSIS Conference Support, $4000
N Thieberger et al. with CSIRO, DSTC Pty Ltd and Galiwin’ku Indigenous Knowledge Centre (2005–07) ‘Sharing Access and Analytical Tools for Ethnographic Digital Media Using High Speed Networks’, ARC SR0566965,
A Tripodi, A Corn & JN Gumbula (2006) with Arts Projects Australia (Partner Organisation) ‘Garma at Womadelaide’, Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts Presentation & Promotion, $50,000
A Marett et al. with Yothu Yindi Foundation (2005) ‘Planning for the Sustainability of the NRPIPA’, ARC LP0560530, $49,000
A Corn (1998–2000) ‘Arnhem Land Blues’, AIATSIS Research Grants, $47,000
A Corn (1997) ‘Dreamtime Wisdom, Moderntime Vision’, Queen’s Trust for Young Australians Achiever Award, $5000
A Corn (1993–97) ‘Dreamtime Wisdom, Moderntime Vision’ (1995–97) & ‘Musical Instruments in Cultural Heritage Collections’ (1993–95) Australian Government Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend, $64,000

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 49 most recent scholarly works by Aaron Corn.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Silver Radio Winner (Best Music Special) for ‘Reflections and Voices’ (2010)

New York Festivals Radio Awards


New Talents Author for ‘When the Waters Will Be One’ (2005)

Australian Public Intellectual Network


Choice Outstanding Academic Title for Honour among Nations? (Langton et al., eds 2004)

American Libraries Association


Postgraduate Musicology Prize (Victorian Chapter) for ‘Burr-Gi Wargugu ngu-Ninya Rrawa’ (2002)

Musicological Society of Australia


Achiever Award

Queen’s Trust for Young Australians


Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend

Australian Government


Robert S Alva Memorial Award

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University






National Treasurer

Musicological Society of Australia


National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia


Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies



Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Melbourne

Master of Philosophy

Griffith University

Bachelor of Arts–Music with Honours First Class

Griffith University