Graduate Research Symposium

Graduate Research Symposium – Museum-centred Studies

Saturday 14 May 2016, 9am – 5pm, The University of Auckland – $40

Come along to hear graduate students share their research on museums, galleries and collections at this special pre-conference event.


Enrol before Friday 13th May, 2016 – $40, including lunch.


The Symposium programme picks up on the main conference theme of Facing the future: global, local and Pacific possibilities. Over 20 research students from New Zealand, Australia and beyond at different stages in their research will give papers. Sessions cover a range of key themes including: the visitor experience; community engagement; digital and replicas – going beyond the real thing; human remains, ethics and policy; and art and interpretation – curatorial practices. Two sessions have a Pacific focus – one on presenting the Pacific and one exploring aspects of material culture from the Pacific.

Bringing together different academic perspectives on museums, collections and the visitor experience, these research students interrogate aspects of today’s museum practices, sharing questions and insights which could shape the thinking of tomorrow’s curators. See the programme below.

The programme finishes with active sessions to assist students and other participants engaged in, or thinking about research, to advance the progress of their research. Afterwards participants are invited to the Gus Fisher Gallery to reflect on a new research-based exhibition Alter: between Human and Non-human with a glass of wine.

This event, tailored to the student budget ($40 includes lunch, tea and coffee) and supported by Museums Australasia 2016, Auckland Museum and the University of Auckland, is open to students, museum and gallery professionals and others, and takes place at the University’s Fale.

Draft Programme

* All breaks (morning and afternoon teas, and lunch) will be served in the Fale.

TimeActivityStrand 1 – FaleStrand 2 – Room 1Strand 3 – Room 2
9.00-9.30Registration (Fale)

Morning tea/coffee available

9.30-9.45Welcome/Mihi (Fale)
10.00-11.30SessionsSession 1a : Presenting the Pacific – through museum lenses


Session 1b: Art and interpretation – curatorial practices


Session 1c: Human Remains, Ethics and Policy


11.30-11.45Morning tea & Coffee (Fale)
11.45-1.15SessionsSession 2a: Pacific Material Culture


Session 2b: Interrogating the Visitor experience


1.15-2.00Lunch (Fale)   
2.00-3.30SessionsSession 3a: Community EngagementSession 3b: Digital and Replica – More than the ‘real thing’ 
3.30-3.45Afternoon tea & Coffee (Fale)
3.45-4.45WorkshopsWorkshop A:

Early researchers’ focus

keeping to the track – making progress on the thesis research journey. Tbc.

Workshop B:

Late researchers’ focus

‘I’ve written a thesis – now what??’ TBC

4.45-5.15Wrap up with all (Fale)
5.15-5.30Disperse – option to visit the Gus Fisher Gallery to have drinks and view the exhibition Alter: Human and Non-Human, curated by Deborah Lawler-Dormer from c. 6.00 – 7.00 pm
5.30-6.00Walk to Gus Fisher gallery (optional)
6.30-…Optional Dinner in town for those who are interested (TBC)