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Heritage in the Limelight team

Dr Martyn Jolly

Lead Chief Investigator

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Dr Martyn Jolly is an artist and a writer. He is Head of Photography and Media Arts at the Australian National University School of Art. He completed his PhD on fake photographs and photographic affect at the University of Sydney in 2003. In 2006 his book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography was published by the British Library, as well as in the US and Australia. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Canberra Museum and Gallery. In 2006 he was one of...

Professor Nicolas Peterson

Chief Investigator

Nicolas Peterson is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University.  My interest in visual anthropology began in the late 1960s when I was appointed Research Officer in the Northern Territory for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, as it then was.  My principal task was to collaborate with the Institute’s film director Roger Sandall, documenting Aboriginal ceremonies, mainly ones held away from public view. These were thought to be in danger of...

Professor Jane Lydon

Chief Investigator

Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her books include 'Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians' (Duke, 2005), 'The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights' (NewSouth, 2012), which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ History Book Award, and (ed.) 'Calling the Shots:...

Associate Professor Martin Thomas

Chief Investigator

Martin Thomas is associate professor in the School of History at the Australian National University. He has a longstanding interest in landscape history, cross-cultural encounter and the effects of media. He has made radio documentaries for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is an oral history interviewer for the National Library of Australia. He is currently completing a documentary film about the collection of Aboriginal human remains by the Smithsonian Institution and their eventual repatriation. The film resulted from a research...

Professor Paul Pickering


Professor Paul Pickering was appointed interim Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences in June 2015. He is Director at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts. Prior to taking up this post he was Deputy Director (2010-13), Director of Graduate Studies (2004-9) and a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre (2000-4). He was the Convenor of Graduate Studies in History (2002-6) and Interdisciplinary and Cross Cultural Research (2007-13). He was inaugural Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies in 2010-11...

Associate Professor Joe Kember


Joe Kember is an Associate Professor in Film at the University of Exeter, UK. His research is in popular and visual culture throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and especially in the magic lantern, early and silent cinema. He has conducted several funded projects in this research field, and has published numerous books and articles concerning  popular entertainments, exhibitions, and displays between 1850 and 1914. Recent articles and chapters have tackled themes including spectatorship, performance and screening...

Dr Elisa deCourcy


Dr Elisa deCourcy is a cultural historian with a broad interest in the use and development of visual technologies through the Victorian period and into the Interwar era. Her particular area of research expertise lies in photographic history, especially images produced in instances of cross-cultural encounter in the British colonial world. She was awarded her doctorate at the end of 2014 for a dissertation about early twentieth century English travelogue photography. Elisa has spoken and published about her research in Australia and abroad, and...

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