Linda Barwick

Emeritus Professor Linda Barwick

  • Post Nominals: AM, FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2014
  • Section(s): European Languages And Cultures, Arts


Linda Barwick is an Emeritus Professor at The University of Sydney’s Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Following her PhD research on Italian traditional song, supervised by Antonio Comin (Flinders University) and Catherine Ellis (then University of Adelaide), she taught and pursued research and research administration at various Universities in Australia and overseas, as well as undertaking applied research for a number of First Nations organisations. She was foundation director of PARADISEC, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023.

Themes of Linda’s research include music analysis, community music and music archiving. Building on fieldwork in Italy, Australia and the Philippines, she currently supports a number of community-led cultural renewal projects in Italy and Australia. Linda’s many publications include the recent volume Music Dance and the Archive (Sydney University Press, 2022; co-edited with Amanda Harris and Jakelin Troy), which was winner of the Australian Society of Archivists’ Mander Jones Award. Linda is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Member of the Order of Australia. She speaks Italian and French and has picked up a smattering of various other languages including Pitjantjatjara, Murrinh Patha, Norwegian and German.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.