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The Australian National University

Centre for Heritage & Museum Studies – People

Centre Staff and Affiliates


Professor Paul Pickering

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


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.


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 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.


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.


Dr Sally May

Research Interests: Indigenous archaeology, rock art studies, archaeology of art, museology, ethnography and ethnoarchaeology, cross-cultural encounters, anthropology of collecting.


Dr Sharon Peoples

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


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 John Carty

Research Interests: Aboriginal art, Anthropology of art, Aboriginal history and oral history, Australian art history, exhibitions, museology.


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.


Dr Kynan Gentry

Research Interests: histories of heritage; perceptions and representations of the historic landscape; history and philosophy of place; public history and public memory; digital history/heritage; Social, cultural and political theory; heritage tourism; the politicisation of historical narrative.


Dr Louise Hamby

Research Interests: Historic and contemporary material culture from Arnhem Land


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 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.

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