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Centre for Heritage & Museum Studies – People (Alphabetical)

Centre Staff 

Dr Kate Bowan

Convenor: ICCR

Research Interests: Cultural musicology, musical heritage, music and nineteenth-century political culture (Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada), archiving, history of music collecting, intangible heritage, transnational history and biography.


Dr Alexandra Dellios 

Research interests: public history, cultural and collective memory, oral history, immigration and refugee history, multiculturalism, contemporary Australian history, heritage and heritage management. Her current project, 'Making Migrant Heritage', is interested in the public history practices of grassroots community groups with a migrant background - and how they approach, interpret and redefine 'institutional' or official definitions of heritage in the process of making their migration stories more public. 


Dr. Maya Haviland

Convenor: Museums and Collections, MLA, Internships Program

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.'


Associate Professor Kylie Message

Research Interests: Social, cultural and political theory; Museums and social development; Globalisation, cultural policy and changing concepts of citizenship in multicultural postcolonial societies (Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe).


Professor Paul Pickering

Research Interests: commemoration and public memory, re-enactment and affective history, biography and prosopography, the political culture of social movements.


Professor Laurajane Smith, Head of Centre

Research Interests: Refining Heritage Studies as a field of research, heritage and cultural policy, intangible heritage, working class heritage, heritage of slavery, ethnography of visits to heritage sites and museums, heritage tourism, gender and heritage, Indigenous understandings of heritage.


Dr Yujie Zhu

Research Interests: He is interested in the politics of cultural heritage, and its relation to issues like ethnic tourism, urbanisation, nationalism and religious practices. He is currently working on ethnic tourism in southwest China, the Silk Road project, and Intangible Cultural Heritage in East Asia. 



Professor Peter Bridgewater

Research Interests: Environmental Science And Management, Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge, Conservation And Biodiversity, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife And Habitat Management, Ecology, Environment Policy, Public Policy


Dr Adele Chynoweth

Research Interests: Forgotten Australians, human rights museology, exhibitions, public history, working and under-class heritage, semiotics and the associated politics of representation.


Professor Michael Herzfeld

Research Interests: Social theory, history of Anthropology, social poetics, politics of history; Europe (especially Greece & Italy), and Thailand.


Dr Diana James

Research Interests: My research interests include the anthropology of art, material culture, oral and visual performance culture, oral history, visual anthropology and ethnographic film, philosophy of the sacred and belonging to place, cultural heritage and pilgrimage routes, oral song cycles and songline traditions. 


Professor Howard Morphy

Research Interests: Multicultural, intercultural and cross cultural studies, religion and society; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts, museum studies; visual cultures.


Dr Sharon Peoples

Research interests: Learning in museums and heritage, fashion theory, gender and dress and textiles.


Dr Marianne Riphagen

Research Interests: Marianne studied cultural anthropology at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She is currently working on large project examining how the use of Aboriginal cultural heritage can foster economic development in remote parts of the country. She is currently carrying out fieldwork in Mutitjulu community, Northern Territory, focusing on Anangu heritage use in the local and regional domains of the arts and tourism. 


Emeritus Professor Ken Taylor

Research Interests: Cultural landscape conservation and management, management of historic places, urban conservation and the new approach of Historic Urban Landscape, southeast Asian approaches to heritage in particular China and Thailand.

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