Paul Mason wants to live in a world free of the impoverished conditions that foster diseases such as tuberculosis. He has worked with arts communities in Indonesia and Brazil, religious minorities in India and Brazil, and with tuberculosis patients in Vietnam. He holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours in Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Anthropology) from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in Anthropology from Macquarie University. He has also undertaken two postdoctoral research positions at the University of Sydney (Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney Medical School, 2013-2016, & the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicince, School of Public Health, 2016-). For his PhD thesis, Paul conducted a cross-cultural study of rituals of combat-dancing in Indonesia and Brazil. He has fieldwork experience in Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, and he has conducted archival research in Brazil, Indonesia and The Netherlands. His laboratory experience ranges from molecular and cellular neurobiology through to clinical neurophysiology and neuroimaging. At the core of Paul’s research interests is a deep fascination with biological and cultural diversity. He has published research on Neanderthals, dance and testosterone, though thankfully not in the one article. In addition to research, Paul has lectured at six Australian universities and was ranked third in the Lecturer of the Year Awards in 2013.

Research Interests


  • Medical Anthropology
  • Bioethics
  • Neuroanthropology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Dance Anthropology
  • Choreomusicology
  • Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Mind


  • Globalisation
  • Degeneracy
  • Complex Systems Theory
  • Tuberculosis
  • Mental health
  • Humanly organised expressive systems
  • Ritual Practice and Social Inclusion
„žmogiškai organizuotas garsas egzistuoja kontinuume kartu su žmogiškai organizuotu judesiu“ (Mason 2012, p. 7)

Research Grants

  • Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant for Understanding the socio-cultural dimensions of tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea: Knowledge to optimise public health solutions with CIs Kelly-Hanku, A. M., Graham, S. M., Vallely, A., Majumdar, S., Marais, B., Pomat, W. S., & Bell, S., $727,410.00 (2018-2020)
  • Faculty of Arts New Appointees Scheme, Monash University $5,000 (2017)
  • Faculty of Arts Interdisciplinary Research Scheme, Monash University, $4,500 (2017)
  • Pozible crowdfunding, Children’s book about tuberculosis, $6,155 (2015)
  • Seeding Grant, NHMRC Tuberculosis Centre for Research Excellence, Sydney University (2013)
  • Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Application for funding commencing in 2014, “top 10 per cent of unsuccessful proposals” (Research Grants Management Assistant, Nov 2013) — a total of two anthropology DECRAs were awarded in 2014.
  • The Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) Deputy Vice-Chancellor Commendation, Macquarie University (2009)
  • Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration, PhD Overseas Travel Fellowship (2009)
  • Macquarie Travel Scholarship, Macquarie International, (2009)
  • ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network conference grant for the Music and Movements in Indonesian Cultures Conference, Workshops and Performance at the Consulate General of Indonesia in Maroubra, 7-9 October 2008.
  • Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) (2007-2010)
  • Darmasiswa RI scholarship, STSI, Indonesia, (2007/2008)
  • Macquarie Travel Scholarship, Macquarie International, (2007)
  • Publication Scholarship, University of Western Sydney, School of Psychology, (2006)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) (2006)

  • DECRA 2014, Top 10 per cent of unsuccessful proposals, Research Office, Macquarie University



  • Fieldwork in Ca Mau, Vietnam (Feb 2014-Jan 2015) with the support of a Tuberculosis Centre for Research Excellence seeding grant.


  • Fieldwork in Mumbai and Hyderabad, India (Nov, 2012)


  • Fieldwork in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia (July, 2009) with the support of the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund for which I was awarded a Deputy Vice Chancellor’s commendation (2009).
  • Fieldwork studying Capoeira in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (Jan – Jun, 2009), with a Macquarie International Travel Grant (2009)


  • Fieldwork studying rituals of combat-dancing in West Java and West Sumatra, Indonesia (Sep 2007 – May, 2008), with funding from a Macquarie International Travel Grant (2007) and a Darmasiswa RI Scholarship (2007-2008).


  • Cognitive ethnographic study of Australian Contemporary Dance (Feb – Dec) with an Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) for the ARC Linkage Project entitled “Intention and Serendipity: Investigating Improvisation, Symbolism and Memory in Creating Australian Contemporary Dance”

Archival Research


  • Universiteit Leiden and the KITLV Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, The Netherlands, with a Travel Fellowship from the Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration (ANRC) as well as with the support of the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund for which I was awarded a Deputy Vice Chancellor’s commendation (2009)
  • Fundação Gregório de Mattos, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
  • Instituto Jair Moura, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
  • Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), Brazil


  • Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia, Bandung, West Java
  • Pusat Dokumentasi dan Informasi Sejarah Minangkabau, Padang Panjang, West Sumatra
  • Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia, Padang Panjang, West Sumatra

Laboratory Experience

  • Stage de Recherche, Laboratoire de Neurobiologie des Rythmes, l’Université de Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, (2003)
  • Summer Scholarship, Research School of Biological Science, Australian National University , (2002-2003)
  • Summer Studentship, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, University of Western Australia, (2001-2002)
  • Summer Internship, Neuroimaging & Neuroinformatics, Howard Florey Institute, (2000-2001)
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