Dr Amber Aranui
Professor Peter Bridgewater
Peter has a long history in nature conservation and heritage issues, having been CEO of the Australian Nature Conservation Agency (1990 – 1999), Director of the Division of Ecological Sciences in UNESCO (1999 – 2003), Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (2003 – 2007), and Chair of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (2007 – 2014). Recently he was involved with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), advising the Australian Delegation and representing Australia in 2018. He has just completed chairing the IPBES Review Panel. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Natural Resource Management by UNE in 1997 and was (jointly with Chair of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Management Board) awarded the UNESCO Picasso Gold medal for excellence in managing a World heritage Cultural Landscape. Peter currently chairs the Australian Biosphere Reserve Working Group.
Dr Rachael Coghlan
Rachael Coghlan is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Natinoal University and the CEO of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and the Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra festival. She recently gained her PhD from the Australian National University, researching innovative approaches to democratising the museum experience. For 20 years, she has worked in leadership roles in creative and cultural organisations. Before heading up one of Australia’s longest-running membership-based not-for-profit visual arts organisations, Rachael led complex projects, change management strategies, and multi- disciplinary teams across national cultural institutions including the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy and the National Portrait Gallery. Rachael’s research interests seek to bridge museum practice and research, specifically how museums can redress the power imbalance of traditional museum–visitor relations and become relevant, responsible, diverse and multi-vocal platforms for the wider social good.
Dr Anni Doyle Wawrzyn´czak
Anni is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Museum and Heritage Studies in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. She holds a PhD in Art History from the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory. Her current research revolves around the conjunctions and tensions within and between national/federal capitals and local arts practice and the facilitation of collaborative cross-cultural, cross- nation arts and curatorial practices. Her upcoming book, How Local Art Made Australia’s National Capital, being published by ANU Press in early 2020, investigates arts and culture as a generative force in Canberra’s development from 1920 to the 2000s. She is the co-conceptualiser, Australian lead, and co-curator of the cross- country project “Curating Canberra Brasília: un/planned a/symmetries”. Independently she works as a writer, curator, researcher, facilitator, consulting producer and stage manager. She has had extensive experience, over more than thirty years, working with artists and performers from many different cultural and social backgrounds in a variety of creative and physical environments.
Dr Sulamith Graefenstein
Sulamith works in the area of Memory Studies and Museum Studies, focusing on the uses of public history and human rights in museums and memorial museums to promote notions of (trans) national justice and solidarity. She is author of the book The National Museum of Australia and the Debate about Australian Colonial History, published in German (Lit-Verlag 2013). Sulamith’s research project engages with the emergence of a new type of museum dedicated to representing difficult pasts and presents through a human rights lens. The growing body of scholarly literature on these human rights museums, which emerged over the past two and a half decades in different parts around the world, acknowledges that the global dissemination of Holocaust memories towards the end of the twentieth century led to changes in commemorative cultures that set the scene for the adoption of human right- based approaches in contemporary museum work. However, little is known about how commemorative patterns grounded in vernacularised Holocaust memories and associated memory practices shape public history projects that are human rights-focused. In providing a comparative analysis, based on exhibition contents, museum- authored material, government-related documentation, and semi- structured expert interviews with museum professionals, this research traces how overlaps and differences in narrative structure and forms of imagined (trans) national community building shape public engagements with difficult heritage in contemporary European and North American human rights museums.
Dr Louise Hamby
Louise Hamby is a Research Fellow in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts. Her most recent ARC Linkage Grant is The legacy of 50 years of collecting at Milingimbi Mission with Museum Victoria. Previously she was co-granted an ARC Discovery Grant: Contexts of Collection—a dialogic approach to understanding the making of the material record of Yolngu cultures (2008-2011). Her last position was a Postdoctoral Fellow—Industry working with Museum Victoria on the project, Anthropological and Aboriginal perspectives on the Donald Thomson Collection: material culture, collecting and identity. She took up this position at the CCR in 2003. From 2001 she was a Visiting Fellow. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the ANU in 2001. She also holds an MFA in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia.
Dr Mary Hutchinson
Mary‘s association with the Research School of Humanities and the Arts began with her work as Research Associate on an ARC Linkage project with the National Museum of Australia, Migration Memories, 2005-08. She has worked professionally as a museum exhibition curator, oral historian, creator of interpretive public art, heritage researcher, adult educator, writer (including radio and theatre) and community artsworker. She is a past member of the ACT Heritage Council (2014-17) and contributes to the activites of the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies.
Dr Diana James
Diana is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University and an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, CASM, National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide. Her interest is in collaborative cross- cultural research into vibrant Indigenous oral story, song and dance traditions with elders of the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Martu peoples. Currently she is working with senior song-woman Inawinytji Williamson on the digital film and audio Indigenous knowledge archives created by the Songlines the Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert, ARC Linkage Project. The elders recorded these for future generations of their people and so facilitating community access to the archive into the future is a key aim. This research project also produced several highly successful public performances of Kungkarangkalpa: Seven Sisters Inma and the exhibition Tracking the Seven Sisters at the National Museum of Australia 2017-18 and will now tour nationally and internationally.
Dr Honor Keeler
Dr Grace Koch
Dr Geoffrey Langford
Geoff has a long history working with Aboriginal communities across Australia in community development projects and in managing government and NGO performance audits and program evaluations. As a Visiting Fellow, Geoff will be studying the care of Australian frontier massacre sites. While the project started from conversations with Aboriginal Elders concerned about site protection, the project now involves fieldwork in Poland, and more recently, Ukraine. Both these countries have minority populations committed to caring for numerous Holocaust mass graves that are otherwise subject to damage and loss. Geoff’s comparative approach demonstrates site care can be understood in terms of three imbricated processes of site identification, site protection and site remembrance; the last including but not always, commemoration. This approach also provides a means for identifying better practices in supporting victim survivor values and agency, and understanding how grassroots activism can influence national narratives of identity.
Emeritus Professor William Logan
William is Emeritus Professor at Deakin University and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He was formerly a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria, president of Australia ICOMOS and, at Deakin, UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism and Director of the university’s Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP), a UNESCO- endorsed research and training centre. He was awarded the Deakin University Researcher of the Year Award in 2002 and was made an Alfred Deakin Professor in 2004 for his contribution to the university’s research profile. His research record includes numerous Australian Research Council and other grants, three books on heritage in the Asian region (‘Hanoi: Biography of a City’, UNSW Press, University of Washington Press, & Select Publishing, Sydney/Seattle/Singapore, 2000, republished in Vietnamese by the Hanoi Publishing House, 2010; ‘The Disappearing “Asian” City: Protecting Asia’s Urban Heritage in a Globalizing World’, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 2002; and ‘Vientiane: Transformation of a Lao Landscape’, with Marc Askew & Colin Long, Routledge, London, 2006), articles in refereed and professional journals, and conference papers. He was a member of the international advisory board of the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster, UK. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Heritage Studies and was for many years on the editorial board of the Australia ICOMOS journal, Historic Environment. He initiated the Key Issues in Cultural Heritage series published by Routledge UK and is series co-editor with Laurajane Smith. He contributed chapters to eight volumes in the 17-volume series and co-edited five volumes: Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with Difficult Heritage (with Keir Reeves, 2009); Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights: Intersections in Theory and Practice (with Michele Langfield and Mairead Nic Craith, 2010); Heritage, Development and Sustainability (with Sophia Labadi 2016); Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Heritage (with Christoph Antons 2018); and World Heritage and Sustainable Development (with Peter Larsen 2018). He also co- edited the Wiley/Blackwell Companion to Heritage Studies (with Mairead Nic Craith and Ullrich Kockel, 2016). He was a member of the working group that drafted the UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Development policy (2015). He is currently working with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO on heritage interpretation in post-conflict contexts, especially in East Asia.
Professor Conal McCarthy
Conal McCarthy arrived at Victoria University of Wellington in 2005, after a varied career as a teacher and museum professional. In his current role as Director of the Museum and Heritage Studies programme he leads academic management, postgraduate teaching and supervision, and research in collaboration with colleagues in national heritage organisations and the cultural sector more broadly. With degrees in English, Art History, Ma-ori language and Museum Studies, Conal is an interdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersection of history, theory and practice in public culture. His academic research interests include museum history, theory and practice, museum anthropology, cultural sociology, Ma-ori visual and material culture and contemporary heritage issues. He is an assessor for the Australian Research Council, and worked on an ARC-funded research project led by Professor Tony Bennett at the University of Western Sydney 2010-14. Currently he is working on a Marsden funded project led by Professor Anne Salmond from Auckland University 2016-8. Other current research projects include indigenous museologies in postsettler nations, the history of museum visitation and the historical Ma-ori engagement with museums and anthropology. In 2018, Conal published a history of Te Papa and in 2019 a co-edited collection (with Philipp Schorch) Curatopia: Museums and the future of curatorship with Manchester University Press. Over the next three years he will be working on three books: a multi- authored volume on the Dominion Museum ethnological expeditions 1919- 23, a short book Indigenous Museology: Insights from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in the Museums in Focus series for Routledge, and an academic monograph on museum anthropology in early 20th century New Zealand for Nebraska University Press. Conal is interested in supervising graduate research in any of the above areas focused on New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
Dr Charles McKeown
Professor Kylie Message
Kylie is Professor of Public Humanities and Associate Dean (Research) of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. She has also held the positions of Interim Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Head of the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Associate Dean (Research Training) of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and Museums and Collections Program Convenor. From 2014-16, she was an elected member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts Humanities and Creative Arts Panel. Kylie’s research explores the role that museums play as sites of cultural and political exchange, and current projects investigate the relationship between museums, citizenship and political reform movements. Collecting Activism, Archiving Occupy Wall Street—the third book in her Disobedient Museum trilogy—was published by Routledge in September 2019, and launched at the National Museum of Australia in November 2019.
Emeritus Professor Howard Morphy
Howard is a distinguished Professor of Anthropology and was previously the founding Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University. Prior to returning to the Australian National University in 1997, he held the chair in Anthropology at University College London. Before that he spent ten years as a curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. His involvement in e-research and in the development of museum exhibitions reflects his determination to make humanities research as accessible as possible to wider publics and to close the distance between the research process and research outcomes. In 2008 he was one of the organising committee of the major CIHA conference in Melbourne Crossing Cultures: conflict, migration, convergence. He is past-president of the Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) of the American Anthropological Association. In 2013 he was awarded the Huxley Memorial medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and in 2017 the Distiguished Service Award of the CMA.
Associate Professor Michael Pickering
Professor Paul Pickering
Professor Paul Pickering is Director of both the Research School of Humanities and the Arts (2013-) and the new Australian Studies Institute (2017-). Prior to taking up his current posts Paul has undertaken numerous roles at ANU, including a term as Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (2014-16) inaugural Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies (2010-12); Director of Graduate Studies (2004-9) and a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre (2000-4). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision. His books include Chartism and the Chartists in Manchester and Salford (1995); The People’s Bread: A History of the Anti-Corn Law League (2000) (with Alex Tyrrell); Friends of the People: Uneasy Radicals in the Age of the Chartists (London, 2003); Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular Politics in Nineteenth Century Britain (2004); Unrespectable Radicals? Popular Politics in the Age of Reform (2007); Feargus O’Connor: A Political Life (2008) and Historical Reenactment: From Realism to the Affective Turn (2010). His latest book (with Kate Bowan), Sounds of Liberty: Music, Radicalism and Reform in the Anglophone World, 1790-1914, was published in August 2017. His articles have been published by leading journals, both in Australia and overseas. Paul’s current book project is From ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ to the ‘Manchester Miracle’: the politics of urban-industrial heritage in Britain, which will be published by Routledge in 2020.
Professor Paul Tapsell
Emeritus Professor Ken Taylor AM
Ken is an Honorary Professor in the Centre whose research, teaching and professional activities for over 35 years have focused on theory and practice of cultural heritage management; cultural heritage as process and changing perspectives in the heritagisation process internationally; cultural landscape meanings, values and management with particular reference to ordinary/everyday places; Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach to urban conservation from theoretically and practice perspectives; Reading the landscape; World Heritage challenges and politics. He is a regular visitor to SE Asia and China for teaching, research and as a conference speaker and has been Visiting Professor at universities in China, Thailand, India, Japan. He has been consultant with ICOMOS, ICCROM and UNESCO. In the context of the politics of global cultural heritage management and cultural landscape perspectives—urban and rural—he has increasingly focused on Southeast Asia and China and now visits China regularly to teach and follow research interests with Chinese colleagues. From 2006-2017 he was an Associate Editor of Landscape Research and is on the editorial management board of Built Heritage.
Professor Paul Turnbull
Professor Chris Whitehead
Chris is Professor of Museology at the Newcastle University, UK, Professor II in Heritage Studies at the University of Oslo and Honorary Professor at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. Chris trained and worked as an art historian and art curator, but his research activities today are much broader, encompassing museums of different types (especially history museums) and heritage, with particular emphases on the cultural politics of memory, display, knowledge construction and interpretation. He is currently working on political uses of the past, time and place, and contested histories and heritages, particularly where these relate to contemporary social tensions, division and conflict. He works across museum, memory and heritage studies but borrows approaches and interests from anthropology, geography, cultural theory, political science, design research, digital cultures and the theory of history. He is series editor (with Professor Peter Stone and Professor Peter Davis) of the Heritage Matters book series published by Boydell and Brewer. He is on the editorial Boards of Museum and Society, Museum History Journal, the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy and Curator: the Museum Journal. He is co-editor of the Routledge book series Critical Heritages of Europe. His latest book is Dimensions of Heritage and Memory: multiple Europes and the politics of crisis, Routledge (2019).