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Current research projects

Some of our current projects include:

Nineteenth-Century Climate Change: Atmosphere, Culture and Romanticism

Dr Tom Ford's research project tells an as yet unwritten chapter in the cultural history of climate change. It investigates the prehistory of our everyday use of climatic vocabulary: what we mean we talk, for instance, of the “political climate,” or of a city’s “menacing atmosphere.”

Engaging Objects: Indigenous communities, museum collections and the representation of Indigenous histories

In 2015, the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia are staging two linked exhibitions based on objects from the BM’s collection of Australian Indigenous material.  This joint exhibition between the ANU, the NMA and the BM is an opportunity to explore the issues of museums and their relationship to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in collaboration with Indigenous research participants and communities throughout Australia.

Songlines of the Western Desert. Alive with the Dreaming!
A cutting edge cross-cultural collaborative and inter-disciplinary research project between the Martu, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara peoples and the national cultural heritage institutions of the Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia.
Songlines of the Western Desert. Alive with the Dreaming!

  Project Bamboo
  Global partnership in digital humanities with University of 
  California, Berkeley, University of Chicago and Oxford University

OCCAMS - Online Cultural Collections Analysis and Management System


Reconstructing the Spencer and Gillen collection
ARC linkage project



Web development collaboration with AIATSIS



Migration Memories
ARC linkage project


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Updated: 14 April 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSHA / Page Contact:  Web developer