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ADRI Staff (2014)

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Dr Janice Baker

Position: Visitor
Campus: B


University recorded publications

Researcher output profile for Dr Janice Baker

Brief Biography

Dr Janice Baker's research draws on cultural heritage, museum studies and art curatorship to consider the human side of minerals and energy development in north Western Australia. She is interested in stories and tales of people-to-people engagement in the Pilbara across five decades of large-scale mining and exploration in the region. She looks to develop a multi-dimensional understanding of the region's cultural landscapes as a platform to explore emotional attachments to sites and places. She is particularly in interested in the strong ties between Western Australia, China and Asia as a consequence of the mining sector. Dr Baker's work also concerns museums and how encounters with art and material objects in museum environments can change how we understand and respond to difference and 'the other' in a pluralist world.

Recent work:

(Forthcoming) 'Rock Ontology'. Multiple Ontologies/Ontological Relativity Workshop. December 2013. Deakin University.

'Cultural Heritage and Western Australia's Iron Ore Romance'. Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures Conference. Ironbridge, University of Birmingham, July 2013.

'Mining Territory in the Western Australian Pilbara'. The Territory-in-between: Sixth International Deleuze Studies Conference, University of Lisbon, July 2013.

'Digging a Place: Toward a Cultural Heritage of Mining'. Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage Symposium, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland, May 2013.

'Pure Experience: William James and the Deleuzian Post-Enlightenment Museum'. Deleuze, Pragmatism and Post-Kantian Thought. Deakin University, December 2012.

'Museums: Desiring-Machines', 2011 College Art Association Conference. New York Hilton, February 2011.

'flensed: Whale World, Albany'. Third International Conference on Emotional Geographies. The Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, April 2010.

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