For more information about those working in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin please visit the Cultural Heritage Asia Pacific network.

Professor Andrea Witcomb

Andrea WitcombAndrea is Professor of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. She is also the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University.

Internationally known for her work on interactivity, multimedia and museums, the staging of cross-cultural encounters in museums and heritage sites and the representation of diversity in museums, Andrea has a long history of research engagement and teaching in the field of museum and cultural heritage studies, including PhD supervisions.

She began her career, after having done an Honours Degree in History and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, working as a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum and the National Museum of Australia. She then undertook a PhD  – her dissertation looked at the Australian National Maritime Museum and situated it within emerging practices in the new museology – before taking up an academic position at the Research Institute for Cultural Heritage in Perth, Western Australia in 1996. She came to Deakin University as an Associate Professor (Research) at the end of 2006 to work at its renowned Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific before becoming Deputy Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, which is home to Deakin’s research in cultural heritage and museum studies. She is still a member of the Institute and an active researcher in cultural heritage and museum studies. She has been the recipient of five ARC grants across the cultural heritage and museum studies fields across her career. She has researched the history of the National Trust in WA, the commemoration and interpretation of Australia’s war efforts in South East Asia, the representation of cultural diversity with a special focus on histories of migration, the uses of multimedia in museums and heritage sites to interpret difficult histories and, most recently, the history of collecting with a focus on Western Australia. Her publications include Re-Imagining the Museum: Beyond the Mausoleum (Routledge, 2003); South Pacific Museums: An Experiment in Culture (Monash e-press, 2006, co-edited with Chris Healy; From the Barracks to the Burrup: The National Trust in Western Australia (University of NSW Press, 2010, co-authored with Kate Gregory and Museum Theory (co-edited with Kylie Message, Wiley Blackwell, 2015) amongst numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is sought after as a keynote speaker and as contributor to special journal issues and edited books around the world. Her latest book, currently in development, is co-edited with Professor Alexandra Bounia (University of the Aegean, Greece) and deals with the ethics of collecting contemporary trauma. It will be published by Routledge sometime next year.

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Kristal Buckley AM

Kristal Buckley

Kristal is a cultural heritage practitioner with experience in working in government, private practice and the community sector before joining the CHMS teaching program in 2011. She studied archaeology, anthropology and public policy, and through her involvement with ICOMOS has worked extensively in the World Heritage system. Kristal’s research interests centre around evolving forms of global cultural heritage practice, the cultural values of nature, and cultural landscapes. She is a member of the Board for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (Tasmania), and in 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the area of cultural heritage, and to education.

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Associate Professor Steven Cooke

Steve is a cultural and historical geographer with interests in heritage, memory and identity, particularly the management of dark or dissonant heritage, Holocaust museums, memorials and sites,  Steve spent five years in Higher Education in the UK, first as a Research Fellow and then as a lecturer in Historical and Cultural Geography at the University of Hull. Between 2002 and 2011 he  worked in the some of Victoria’s most significant places, including the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Melbourne Maritime Museum – Polly Woodside and the Shrine of Remembrance.

He is an Associate Professor in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies and was course director for the cultural heritage and museum studies program at Deakin from 2012-2020.

Steve was appointed by the Australian Government as an expert member of the Australian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, where he represents Australia on the Memorials and Museum Working Group. He is also currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester in the UK.

He is the author of over 30 publications, including two highly commended books on the memorial landscapes of war and genocide: The Sweetland Project – remembering Gallipoli in the Shrine of Nunawading (2015 ASP) and The Interior of our Memories. A history of Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre (with Donna-Lee Frieze; 2015 Hybrid)

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Dr Jonathan Sweet 

Dr Jonathan Sweet is a researcher and teacher of museology, cultural heritage and development. He has participated as a Chief Investigator on a number of Australian Research Council grants and (estimates that) he has taught over 1000 students through the cultural heritage and museum studies courses at Deakin University. His academic research has focused on museology and heritage theories and practices in South and Southeast Asia, including conducting research projects in India, Laos PDR, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and China. He is currently an advisor to UNESCO Bangkok and is leading a research project focused on the tensions between competency and community agency in the management of UNESCO World Heritage sites in South and Southeast Asia. Amongst his publications are contributions to the journal South East Asia Research (2006) and the Handbook of Research on Religion and Development (Edward Elgar 2013), and, more recently, the book Museum Development and Cultural Representation, Developing the Kelabit Highlands Community Museum (Routledge 2019). He was also an editor of the ICCROM publication Revisiting Authenticity in the Asian Context (ICCROM 2019).

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Dr Billy Griffiths 

Dr Billy Griffiths is a historian and lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. His research engages with cultural heritage, Indigenous history, frontier violence, political history, archaeology and seascapes. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc., 2018), won the Felicia A Holton Book Award, the Ernest Scott Prize, the John Mulvaney Book Award, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and 2019 Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. He is the recipient of the 2020 Max Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

He is also the author of The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971 (Monash University Publishing, 2012) and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations (Monash University Publishing, 2015).

He is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Book Review and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

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Dr Virginie Rey

Dr Virginie Rey is an anthropologist of museums and lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. Her research interests include epistemologies of heritage, non-western museologies, and diasporic and community museums. She works on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Islamic museums in Europe, the USA and Australia. 

Virginie is the author of Mediating Museums: Exhibiting Material Culture in Tunisia (1881-2016) (Brill, 2019). She is the co-editor of Making Modernity from the Machriq to the Maghreb (Arena, 2015), Dinars and Dirham: Festschrift in Honor of Michael. L. Bates (Brill, 2020) and the editor of The Art of Minorities: Cultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). Her current project, Muslim Museums: Curating Islam in Multicultural Societies, studies how Muslim communities have been seizing the museum as a medium to explore and represent their identities in non-Muslim dominant countries.

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Emeritus Professor Bill Logan

Bill LoganBill Logan is a geographer by initial disciplinary training and was appointed Professor of Geography in 1992. His professorship was redesignated Professor of Heritage Studies in 1999 and tagged UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism in 2001. He has been involved in cultural heritage conservation and teaching, research and consulting on Australian and Asian heritage issues since the early 1970s. His doctorate, awarded by Monash University in 1981, focused on the politics of housing, planning and heritage conservation in inner Melbourne. At Deakin University he was Research Director in the Faculty of Arts from 1993 to 1998. In 2001 he established and was director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP), a research and training centre that was endorsed by UNESCO.