Our group has built up an impressive track record of collaboration with industry bodies and organisations across the museum and heritage sector, both in Australia and in the Asian region.
Our research themes
Heritage in times of rapid transformation
Our theme considers the various economic, social and political roles that heritage plays in times of rapid transformation. We identify the ways in which heritage is a resource for communities undergoing extensive forms of transformation such as:
- the rise of democracy in formerly authoritarian societies
- post-war reconstruction
- the development of multicultural societies under the impact of globalisation and consequent mass migration
- urban development pressures
- changing economic structures.
Across the world, heritage plays a significant economic, social and political role in nation, city and community construction and transformation.
Dealing with difficult pasts
Our focus in this theme is to understand the role that the increasing association of heritage with identity and with memory plays in people's everyday lives. Whether in the shape of a memory boom, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions or claims to heritage based on human rights discourses.
We are analysing the various ways in which museums, heritage places, landscapes and intangible heritage practices are sites of contestation, negotiation and remembrance for nations as well as for specific community groups and individuals. In so doing, we observe the emotional landscapes that help to shape relations between people.
Staging cross-cultural encounters
In this theme we are concerned with understanding the multiple ways in which heritage practices produce cross-cultural encounters. Our focus is on the overlap of museums and heritage places with the histories of colonial encounters, mass migrations and the emergence of culturally diverse societies.
We are interested in asking:
- how these processes have shaped collecting practices in settler societies and in former colonies of European Empires in the Asia–Pacific region
- what role exhibition and interpretation practices play in staging cross-cultural encounters
- how this role is made manifest though specific kinds of curatorial strategies.
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