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Staff & Visiting Fellows

Howard Morphy, Director

In his career Howard has moved between Museums and Universities: researching and curating collections, and organising exhibitions. He has conducted extensive fieldwork with the Yolngu people of Northern Australia, and collaborated on many films with Ian Dunlop. He has published widely in the anthropology of art, aesthetics, performance, museum anthropology, Aboriginal social organization, the history of anthropology, visual anthropology and religion. His current digital projects include: 1) the development of a virtual archive of Yolngu collections in order to reconstruct the material record as a whole by bringing together film, photography, archival data and material culture objects. 2) In collaboration with the South Australian Museum and the Melbourne Museum, developing a virtual archive of Spencer and Gillen's Central Australian collections. Linked to these projects, the CDHR has developed a innovative comprehensive database system OCCAMS, and use film as an integral part of our research methods.

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Glenn Roe, Senior Lecturer, Digital Humanities

Before moving to the ANU, Glenn Roe held a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the University of Oxford, a post held jointly between the Faculty of Modern Languages and the Oxford e-Research Centre. Prior to that, he spent eight years as a Senior Project Manager for the University of Chicago’s ARTFL Project (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language), one of the older and better known North American research and development centres for computational text analysis. Glenn's research agenda is primarily located at the intersection of new computational approaches with traditional literary and historical research questions. Glenn has presented and published widely on a variety of scholarly subjects, from French literary and intellectual history, to the design and use of new digital methodologies for literary research, and the implications of large-scale digital collections on humanities scholarship. Currently, Glenn is working on a collaborative “big-data” project in 18th-century literary history with teams in Chicago and Oxford funded through the international “Digging into Data Challenge” programme.

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Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Lecturer in Digital Humanities

Terhi has a background in studying the ancient world from the perspectives of archaeology, philology, and cultural heritage alike. She received First Class Hons for her Undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham, UK, and continued on to successfully complete MPhil Cuneiform and Near Eastern Studies, with a focus on the ancient languages of Sumerian and Akkadian. She also holds a MSc Museum Studies (University of Leicester, UK), and MSc Web Science (University of Southampton, UK), both of which examined the use of Linked Data and semantic web technologies with cultural heritage and ancient world data. Her PhD thesis (fully funded by the EPSRC and Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Southampton) focused on the evaluation of the suitability of existing OWL ontologies to represent the narrative structure, as well as the philological, bibliographical, and museological data of ancient Mesopotamian literary compositions. She also has a number of publications on the role gamification and informal online environments can have in facilitating the learning process. Terhi joined ANU from the University of Oxford's e-Research Centre, were she published on projects focusing on bibliographic metadata and digital libraries, and digital musicology. She was selected as a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute in 2016.

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Katrina Grant, Lecturer in Digital Humanities

Katrina Grant is an art historian with a background in the study of Early Modern Italy. Her research focuses on gardens and the history of landscapes, as well as the visual culture of theatre and festivals, and the connections between these two areas. Her PhD thesis (University of Melbourne, 2011) focused on the relationship between garden design and theatre in Early Modern Italy. She has published on the gardens of Lucca, history of emotions and set design, and artistic relationships between Britain and Italy in the eighteenth century. She has run the popular Melbourne Art Network website as editor and webmaster since 2010 and she is a founding editor of the online open-access art history journal emaj ( She is currently in charge of Marketing and Communications for the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). She also has a background in educational research, including the use of new technologies for learning and assessment and worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research for several years. Her current research focuses on GIS and visualisation technologies and their potential for extending art historical research into new areas. Her main project is Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna, which is operating in collaboration with the British School at Rome. This project brings together historical maps with modern mapping technologies to recreate the lost landscape of the Roman Campagna, and draw together data and research from a variety of disciplines, including art and architectural history, social history, cultural geography and the history of climate and ecological change.

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Junran Lei, Digital Humanities Development Officer

Junran Lei has been involved in a number of system development projects in Humanities research. She developed AUSTLANG, an Australian Indigenous language database with GIS mapping features, OZBIB, a linguistic bibliography database, i‐Dig, a Fedora based search engine for harvested collections and a semantic web for museum prototype system. She worked as researcher to investigate the development of an open source archival repository and preservation system for UNESCO. She is currently working on OCCAMS, an online cultural collection analysis and management system at the Centre for Digital Humanities Research, Australian National University.

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Gretchen Stolte, Research Fellow

Gretchen Stolte is a Nimi’ipuu (Nez Perce) American Indian and has degrees in art history and anthropology focusing on the material culture of Indigenous peoples both in North America and Australia. Her PhD research focused on the relationship between images and identity among Indigenous artists in urban and regional centres. Dr Stolte’s current research examines cultural collection databases and how Indigenous communities relate to and use collections in museums and galleries holding their material culture. She has taught material culture courses at the University of Canberra in their Cultural Heritage and Preservation department and is currently a Research Fellow on the ARC grant, “the Legacy of the Aboriginal Artists Agency” with Howard Morphy, Aaron Corn and Fred Myers. Through this project, she hopes to further explore how databases construct information about Indigenous communities and material. She will also be exploring how the Aboriginal Artists Agency promoted Torres Strait Islander dance and performance and the impact such organisations have had in the development of Indigenous art movements across Australia.

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Robyn McKenzie, Research Fellow

Robyn McKenzie trained as an art historian specialising in modernism in the twentieth century (University of Melbourne BA 1984 and MA 1996). In the earlier part of her career she combined academic teaching mainly in Art School contexts, with writing on contemporary art, and exhibition curation. She had a stint as art critic on The Age newspaper, Melbourne (1995–97) and was editor of LIKE, Art Magazine (1996–2002). In 2016 she completed her PhD at the ANU in Cross Cultural Interdisciplinary Research (School of Archaeology and Anthropology). Her thesis One Continuous Loop, looks at a unique collection of indigenous string figures made in Yirrkala in 1948, held in the Australian Museum, Sydney. In researching the connection between making and meaning represented by this collection Robyn used a number of digital analytical methods including video. Robyn has a particular interest in the history and practice of data visualisation, and its analytical capacity. This was exercised in her thesis through the development of ‘technique trees’ to comparatively analyse the methods by which string figures are constructed. (A ‘small-data’ project.) She is currently Research Fellow on an ARC-funded project The Relational Museum and its Objects: Engaging Indigenous Australian Communities with their Distributed Collections (2016–2019)—a partnership between the ANU, the National Museum of Australia, the British Museum and a number of Indigenous organisations. A focus for Robyn in this project will be working on the development of a community user-focussed database of Yirrkala cultural materials in distributed collections.

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Anna Edmundson, Senior Research Officer

Anna Edmundson is a senior researcher specialising in the area of museum studies, curatorship and collections. For over 15 years she has worked predominantly with Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander artists and communities to produce collaborative collections-based research and over 30 exhibitions. These include the award-winning Adorned at the Macleay Museum; Dhari a Krar at the National Museum of Australia; Spin at the Western Australian Museum; and Wanderlust at the Museum of Sydney. Her doctoral research at the Australian National University explored colonial collecting practices in Papua New Guinea. Post-doctoral research at the musée du quai Branly, Paris, examined the intersection between collections-based knowledge systems produced by museums and source communities with specific reference to Papua New Guinea. Her current research focuses on museum-making as a cross-cultural process; and on new models of digital access & engagement in 21st century museums.

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Pip Deveson, Visiting Fellow

Pip Deveson has a long-standing interest in Yolngu culture developed though a long involvement with the Yolngu community at Yirrkala, work on the Yirrkala Film Project and subsequent research on Yolngu art and knowledge systems. With Howard Morphy and Katie Hayne, she co-authored The Art of Narritjin Maymuru, a multi-media biography of a major Yolngu artist. More recently she and Hayne have produced the Living Knowledge Website as part of an ARC funded linkage project titled Indigenous knowledge and western science pedagogy: a comparative approach. The website was part of an investigation of the potential for using networked curriculum materials to introduce aspects of Indigenous knowledge into the NSW school science curriculum. Pip has a ongoing interest in the history of Yolngu engagements with the outside world and the motivations behind these engagements. Of particular interest is the agency of Yolngu in determining the shape of anthropological and film collections and the reflexive process through which Yolngu participate both in recording their culture for future generations and in educating outsiders about their culture and interests.

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David MacDougall, Visting Fellow

David MacDougall is an ethnographic filmmaker and writer on visual anthropology and documentary cinema. Born in the USA of American and Canadian parents, he has lived in Australia since 1975. His research interests include theoretical and practical aspects of visual anthropology, vernacular photography, the anthropology of childhood, children's institutions in India, pastoral societies, indigenous media, and social aesthetics (the aesthetic systems of communities and everyday life). His continuing long-term, comparative research project on institutions for children in India, which has so far included work on an elite boarding school for boys in North India, a progressive co-educational school in South India, and a combined juvenile detention centre and shelter for homeless children in New Delhi.

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