Invited talks


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2014 Potsdam University Berlin, Postcolonial Justice, “Other Hostages: Postcolonial justice and the politics of repatriation”, Conference paper and publication
Sainsbury Centre for World Art, University of Norwich UK, At Work in the Archive, “Anachronism in the Archive: Appropriations of the colonial archive in Australia”, Conference paper
2013 Royal Academy of Art and Sketch London, “Exhibition Histories”, Guest Lecture.
PAN – Perspektiven auf Natur, Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, “Perspektiven auf Natur in Wilhelm von Blandowskis Australien in 142 photographischen Abbildungen von 1862”, Conference Paper.
1001 Leichhardts, International Conference, Potsdam University, “Re-enacting Leichhardt”, paper and performance.
The Institute of Historical Research, Senate House London, “Anachronism: Classification and Display in Nineteenth Century Colonial Collecting and Contemporary Museum Practice”, Invited lecture in the seminar series at the University of London on Collection and Display.
Australian National University and National Museum, Selling Yarns: Weaving the Nations Story, “The Making of Skins Cloak”, with Vicki Couzens and Lee Darroch, Conference Paper.
2012 Marrakech Biennale Literature Festival, Morocco, Can We Ever Be Modern?, Paper and Panel discussion chaired by Pankaj Mishra
Cambridge University, Witnessing War, “If you fight the dragon long, the dragon you become: Comments on Monuments in the Balkan”, Conference Paper and film screening.
Henry Moore Foundation, Launch of Sculpture in the Museum book and reading.
British Museum London, John Sloane Project, invited speaker.
Monash University, Italy, “Indigenous Networks and ‘Transnational’ Cultures”, Conference paper.
Deutsches Museum Munich, Anthropocene Project, “From Research to Exhibition Making”, Lecture.
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Cambridge, Charting Vanishing Voices: A Collaborative Workshop to Map Endangered Oral Cultures, “ No-No and Permissions to Map”, Conference Paper.
Corpus Cristi College Cambridge, Poets Meeting, “Selection of recent poems”, reading and screening.
The History and Philosophy of Science Department, University of Cambridge, “Colonial Classification”, Senior Seminar paper.
The Courtauld Institute of Art, “Living Monuments”, guest lecture.
2011 World Textile Association Biennale Conference, Xalapa Mexico, “The Vienna Zocalo”, Conference paper.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, “Visual and Verbal Taxonomy”, Seminar and Workshop.
2010 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, “Who is Performing Art? Performing Viewers 1960-2010”, This Sentence is Already Being Performed, Symposium.
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Monica Bonvicini master class lecture series, “Meta-artists‘ Talk”.
Berlin Biennale, Watchtower Schlesischer Busch, Panel: “Phantasmagorias of History”, moderated by Svetlana Boym, Harvard University.
2009 The Glassell School of Art, Houston, Guest Lecture: “Colonial Conceptualists: How Museums shift from Objects to Projects through Global Contemporary Arts”.
Marfa Book Co. & The Chinati Foundation, Texas, Poetry Reading: “The Museum in a Book”.
American University, Katzen Center for the Arts, Washington DC, Lecture Series: “Along with the Whale: Histories of Art Trade from Australia to the US”.
2008 University of East Anglia, UK, Sainsbury Research Center for World Art, Guest Lecture: “Under-drawing: A History of Drawing across Cultures”.
Kluge-Ruhe Museum Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Guest Lecture: “A History of Telling in Silhouette: Race, Euphemism and Empire”.
2007 University of California Los Angeles, Department of Art History, Guest Lecture: “Internationalism & Exhibiting”.
Harvard University, Conference: “Conflicts and Entanglements,” Lecture: “Space to Wonder at Incommensurable Curiosities: The Colonial Phenomenology of Recombinant Hybridity”.
2006 Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Conference: “Europe Lost and Found,” Lecture: “The Lost Highway from Greece to Sarajevo via Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro”.
Massachusettes Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Conference: “Archives and the Lost Highway Expedition,” Lecture: “Artists as Criminals against Essentialism: mapping ‘Nationhood’ in the Western Balkan”.
2005 Otago University, New Zealand, Conference “On Space”, Lecture: “Language and Imaginary Space in the Performance of Ekphrasis”.

Other Conference Papers

2012 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Germanisches National Museum, Nuremberg, “Cases of Display: How vitrines have constructed subjects in and objects from the Wunderkammer to installation art”, Conference Paper.
European Association of Social Anthropologists, Nanterre University Paris, “Ethnographies of the artistic event: managing uncertainty as a method”, conference paper.
Association of Art Historians, The Open University, UK, “Cases of Display”, Conference paper.
2011 American Anthropological Association, Montreal, “Ethnographic Conceptualism”, Conference paper.
2010 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Conference Paper: “Of Originals: The Possum Skin Museum Project”, Adelaide University.
2009 Staatsbiblothek Berlin, Kartensammelung, Lecture: “Maenner die fuer die Geographie Ihr leben entbuessten”.
2008 Melbourne University, Australia, Lecture: “Economies of Desire: Art Collecting and Dealing Across Cultures”, 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art.