After training at Hornsey School of Art in the late 1950s and working in the visual arts for ten years, Ian Keen studied anthropology at University College London (BSc 1973) and the Australian National University (PhD 1979). He has conducted anthropological fieldwork in various parts of Australia including northeast Arnhem Land, the Alligator Rivers region, McLaren Creek in the Northern Territory, and in Gippsland, Victoria. He is the author of Knowledge and Secrecy in an Aboriginal Religion (Clarendon Press 1994), and Aboriginal Economy and Society (Oxford 2004), as well as many articles in journals and edited books, and he edited Being Black: Aboriginal Cultures in ‘Settled’ Australia and more recently Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies (ANU E-press 2010) and other collections of essays. His research interests have included Yolngu kinship and religion, Aboriginal land rights and native title, Aboriginal economy, Aboriginal kinship systems, and language and sociality. He has lectured and supervised postgraduate students at the University of Queensland and the Australian National University, where he is now a Visiting Fellow. He has been an academic visitor at Oxford University (1992-3) and a Visiting Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka (2000) .