National Museum of Australia: Possible PhD topics

The National Museum of Australia welcomes thesis topics that deepen understanding of its key themes and collections.

The Museum’s current areas of focus are:

  • Anthropocene Australia – Exploring the origins, character and future of life in Australia in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Indigenous knowledges – Understanding Australia and its history from Indigenous perspectives and world views.
  • Shared histories – Exploring the concept of shared histories as a way of marking and representing the enmeshed Indigenous and non-Indigenous experiences and histories of life on the Australian continent.
  • Defining moments – Examining key moments in Australian history, and encouraging discussion and debate around change in Australian society.
  • Australia and the world – Revealing Australia’s profound interconnection with the rest of the world, and how these connections have shaped transnational histories and contemporary life.

Key holdings within the National Historical Collection that could be investigated include:

  • The Australian Institute of Anatomy Collection
  • Oscar’s sketchbook
  • Thylacine-related collections
  • Balarinji art and design collection
  • Convict love token collection
  • Breastplate collections
  • Industrial and regenerative agriculture collections

Possible topics could include:

  • Sir Colin Mackenzie and comparative anatomy in the Australian Institute of Anatomy Collection.
  • A close study of Oscar’s sketchbook.
  • British/Australian connections revealed by the Museum’s love token collection.
  • An exploration of cultural shifts in Australia agriculture in response to the challenges of the Anthropocene
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