NMA-ANU 2024 Summer Scholars & Dr Diana Young - Work in Progress Seminar Special Edition

Join us for a special edition of the HRC Work in Progress Morning Tea series to kick off the 2024 Program.

We will hear presentations from our two NMA-ANU Summer Scholars who have been working across the HRC and the National Museum of Australia since mid-January.

Dr Diana Young, our first Visiting Fellow to arrive for the year from the University of Queensland will also present on her current research.

Morning Tea provided. Space is limited for this event - please register if you would like to attend.

Dr Diana Young 
Chromatic temporalities in non-human ecologies

Although this is rarely remarked upon, chroma is a productive way of assessing bio-cultural ideas about ruination and abundance. This research is taking shape by comparing, in various global locations, the role of chroma in studies of bio diversity and the contemporary re-colouring of cultural heritage, including museum objects. With their attendant temporalities in mind, I speculate about colours as both problematic and good to think with.
Diana Young is a scholar, educator, curator and designer. Her research spans visual and material culture, including museums, the anthropology of art and design, landscape and environment. She is well known for publications on the anthropology of colours and work with Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, and as a university museum director and exhibition curator. Diana is currently Reader in Museum Anthropology and Material Culture in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland (UQ) and an Associate Member of the Centre for Anthropological Research of Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) Humboldt University, Berlin.

Alma Aylmore
Metaphors of Queer Reinscription: Activism, Instrumentality, and Narrative Disruption in the Neoliberal Museum Context
This project discusses the practical implications of applying a queer interpretative lens to objects and ephemera that may not possess a readily apparent queer association. This approach has enabled engaging with interesting items and problems relevant to the museum as a footstep to discourse surrounding Museum practices and responsibilities. Specifically, the instrumental role of Museum Institutions as institutes that construct social narrative and collective memory.
Alma Aylmore is a student at the University of Queensland undertaking a Masters of Museum Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Art History.

Pippa Herden
Tentative: Creating an Exhibition Proposal exploring Native plants & Bush Medicine
This project is to create an exhibition proposal that explores native plants, bush medicine in the local museum context on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land. Spending time in the Museum's own Indigenous garden, named the Christine and Trevor Kennedy Garden, has led to interrogations of how exhibitions and the Museum exhibits Indigenous plants and cultural knowledges with its own local community. There is a constant push and pull between the national and local.
Pippa Herden is currently studying at the University of Sydney in a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies.

Date & time

Tue 20 Feb 2024, 10–11.30am


Level 4, Baldessin Precinct Building


Dr Diana Young, Alma Aylmore, Pippa Herden



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