Key to Laurajane's interests is the understanding of heritage studies as an area of policy analysis and as a cultural process worthy of critical examination. Her work challenges the idea of heritage as primarily or simply an 'object' or 'site', and re-theorises heritage as a cultural process of meaning and memory making. More particularly, her research interests include understanding the way heritage is used as a cultural tool in the process of remembering, forgetting and identity construction; the re-theorisation of heritage; the politics of heritage; the interplay between class and heritage; multiculturalism and heritage representation; community heritage; heritage tourism and heritage public policy and the cultural politics of identity.
Indigenous socio-economic policies, Torres Strait knowledge systems and languages, and the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities. I am passionate about improving access for Torres Strait communities through the results of research conducted in the region.
Research interests: public history, cultural and collective memory, oral history, immigration and refugee history, multiculturalism, contemporary Australian history, heritage and heritage management. https://migrantheritage.blog/
My work involves connecting communities, archives and objects (predominantly in Australia and Papua New Guinea) across a wide range of disciplinary fields including heritage and museum studies, history, visual anthropology, digital humanities and curatorial practice.
Research interests: intercultural and cross cultural studies, art-based collaborative ethnography, co-creativity and cultural institutions, community arts as cultural history, collaboration and collaborative methodologies, socially engaged art, indigenous and pacific arts and culture, exhibitions, archives and collections, photography, ethnographic and documentary film.'