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Dr Moya McFadzean

Senior Curator, Migration & Cultural Diversity

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I am responsible for developing research, collections, exhibitions, online content and community relationships relating to personal, political, institutional and community narratives of Australian migration, settlement and multiculturalism; as well as contributing to the museum’s education, public programming, and strategic planning.

The Museum’s migration-related collections are amongst the largest and most significant in Australia and continue to grow; most of the collection is on the Museum Victoria Collections website. Much of my exhibition work is visible at the Immigration Museum.

I have curated and co-curated many exhibitions at the Immigration Museum and Melbourne Museum, including lead curating the award-winning Identity: yours, mine, ours (2011-), which has become a benchmark for how museums exhibit challenging and contemporary issues, and affect social change. I am currently the lead curator on the 'Love' exhibition, on display at the Immigration Museum from 30 November 2018-26 April 2019.

My phd (submitted 2009) examined the social, cultural and economic history of Australian-born and migrant women’s glory boxes through memory and material culture.

I have presented and/or published numerous papers in Australia and overseas on representing migration histories and memories in museums and museums as places for engaging with challenging issues and as sites of social activism. In 2016 I completed an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the impact of museum exhibitions on school students’ attitudes and behaviours regarding racism (as a partner investigator); and am currently collaborating on another on cultural representations in Australian television (as a partner investigator).

Qualifications

PhD, Glory Boxes: Femininity, Domestic Consumption and Material Culture in Australia, 1930-1960, School of Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne, 2009

MA, School of Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne, 2006

Grad Dip, Museum Studies, Deakin University, 1988

Key publications

‘Exhibiting Controversy at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’, Melbourne Historical Journal, Vol 40, No 1, pp.5-19, 2012

‘Glory Boxes: Female Domestic Consumption and Material Culture in Australia, 1930–1960’ in Robert Crawford, Judith Smart and Kim Humphery (eds) Consumer Australia: Historical Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010

‘Technically speaking: Digital Representations of Refugee Experiences at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’ in Hanne-Lovise Skartveit and Katherine Goodnow (eds) Changes in Museum Practice. New Media, Refugees and Participation, Berghahn Books, 2010

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Projects and events

Current and Completed Research Grant Projects

Partner Investigator, Australian Research Council: ‘Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia’ (co-partners: University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong and Australian Centre for the Moving Image), 2015-18

Partner Investigator, with Associate Investigator Dr Maria Tumarkin, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Associate Investigator Scheme: ‘The Unending Absence’: Threading Grief through the Immigration Museum’s Permanent Exhibitions, 2014-16

Co-co-ordinating Investigator, McCoy Seed Fund, ‘Cultural representations in Australian television, 1956-today’ (Museum Victoria & University of Melbourne), 2014 https://museumvictoria.com.au/pages/49354/Identity-Exhibition-ARC-Evaluation-Report-Museum-Victoria-2016.pdf?epslanguage=en

Partner Investigator, Australian Research Council: ‘Using museums to counter racism and increase acceptance of diversity among young people’ (co-partners: Deakin University and University of Melbourne), 2012-2015

Current Research Associates

Dr Dzavid Haveric, History of Muslims in Australia, Charles Sturt University.

Anh Nguyen, Art & Play of Child Migrants & Refugees of Australia, 1920-present, University of Melbourne

Current Exhibition Projects

Lead Curator, Love exhibition, open at Immigration Museum 30 November 2018- 26 April 2019

British Migrants: Instant Australians? Immigration Museum, Nov 2017-April 2018.

Game changers: diversity in football, Immigration Museum, July-October 2017

Exhibition Industry Awards

European Heritage Association/Europa Nostra/ICOM Best in Heritage Excellence Award: Identity: yours, mine, ours, 2013

Museum Industry Recognition Award, Museums Australia Victoria: Identity: yours, mine, ours, 2012

MUSE, American Museums Alliance: Getting In Interactive Interview Experience, 2004

Selected Professional Affiliations

Honorary Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne, since 2015

Member, Multicultural Community Collections Committee, Museums Australia Victoria, 2011-13

Member, Organising Committee, 2011 Oral History Association Victoria Conference, 2010-11

Treasurer, Museums Australia Historians National Network, 2004-07

President, Vice President and Committee Member, Museums Australia Victoria, 1991-97

International Conference Papers

Exhibiting Migration & Cultural Diversity: Interpretive Approaches & Education Impacts at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, Keynote Address, 25-26 November, Asia Pacific Museum Education International Conference, National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan, 2016

Really Making a Difference? Measuring Impact in Schools [co-authors/presenters Jan Molloy & Dr Jessica Walton], American Alliance of Museums Conference, Washington DC, 26-29 May, 2016

Exhibiting Difference: interrupting dominant narratives of multiculturalism through an affective museum exhibition experience [co-author/presenter Dr Jessica Walton], Museums Australasia Conference, Auckland 16-18 May 2016

‘Exhibiting Difference/Talking Difference/Making a Difference: Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’, Museum 2012: The Socially Purposeful Museum, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan 20-22 November, 2012

‘Personal Narratives, National Histories. Representations of Migration at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’, On Reflection: Representing Cultural Diversity in Museums, Museums Association Symposium, Birmingham, UK, 18 May, 2005

‘Beyond the Label: Museums, Histories and New Technologies. The Getting In Interactive Theatre Experience at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’, Festival Audiovisuel International Musie & Patrimoine, AVICOM (ICOM), Taipei, Taiwan, 2004

Museums – Social Mirrors, Social Commentators? Or Who's Telling Whose Stories? Embracing Diverse Communities in Shifting Historical and Contemporary Landscapes’, Museum 2000 Confirmation or Challenge?, ICOM Sweden, Swedish Travelling Exhibitions and Swedish Museums Association, 2002

Selected Australian Conferences Papers and Public Lectures (since 2006)

Lucky For Some: Exhibiting British Migration to Australia Since World War II [co-author Dr Sophie Couchman], First Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History, Flinders University, Adelaide, 31 January-3 February, 2017

Honouring Voices, Creating Experiences: Personal Narrative Representations in Exhibitions at Melbourne's Immigration Museum, Oral History Association of Victoria Symposium, Museo Italiano, Melbourne 25 June, 2016

‘Big Picture, Human Perspectives: Migration Histories Told Through Personal Stories’, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) National Biennial Conference, Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians, Sydney, 6 November, 2015

‘Beyond the Baggage: Reflecting on 25 Years of Migration Collections at Museum Victoria’, Museum Victoria, History Cultures & Collections Seminar Series, Melbourne Museum 18 November, 2015

More Than Suitcases: Collecting Migrant Stories at Museum Victoria. Eleventh Annual Family History Feast, State Library of Victoria, 25 August, 2014

‘Social Interventions: can Museums Really Make a Difference?’ Research and Collections in a Connected World, Museums Australia National Conference, University of Adelaide, 25-28 September, 2012

‘Museums Exhibiting Difference and Making a Difference’. Expanding Conversations: Social Innovation, Arts and Anti Racism forum, Australian Human Rights Commission/ Council Histories, Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney, 15 May, 2012

‘Exhibiting Personal Identity: Making an exhibition’, Public Histories Seminar Series, State Library of Victoria, August, 2011

‘Imagining a Home: the role of glory boxes in shaping the imagined domestic spaces of Australian women, 1930-1960’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Melbourne, 2008

‘Private Memories in Public spaces. Telling Stories at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’, Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, 2007

‘The Glory Box: Lifting the Lid on an Ambivalent Signifier’, Australian Network for Research in Women’s History Conference, Melbourne, 2006

‘Private Memories in Public Spaces: Telling Stories at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne’, International Oral History Association Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, 2006

Teaching and students

I'm available for student supervision.

Lectures

‘Exhibiting Identity at the Immigration Museum’, University of Melbourne, ‘Urban Legends’ course, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies , annual lecture, 2016-2011

Student Internships

I am the Humanities Department student internship liaison and have also supervised many museum internships for students from a range of universities including Melbourne, Deakin, Monash, La Trobe and ANU. A partnership I manage with Birmingham University has resulted in student internships through their Global Challenge scheme since 2014.

Publications

Selected Publications

 ‘Collecting Narratives of Migration: Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century Collections at Museum Victoria, Melbourne’, Migration to New Worlds. The Century of Migration, Adam Mathew Online Resource, www.amdigital.co.uk , 2015

‘Human rights and the role of museums’, Human Rights Defender, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Law, The University of New South Wales, Vol.24, Issue 2 July, 2015

‘Remnants of a Life’s Work: Caroline Chisholm’, Agora, Journal of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria, 2013

‘Genteel women. Empire and domestic material culture 1840-1910 by Dianne Lawrence. Manchester University Press, 2012’, Book review in Australian Historical Studies: Volume 44/3 September, 2013

‘Exhibiting Controversy at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’, Melbourne Historical Journal: Volume 40. pp.5-19, 2012

‘Glory Boxes: Female Domestic Consumption and Material Culture in Australia, 1930–1960’ in Robert Crawford, Judith Smart and Kim Humphery (eds) Consumer Australia: Historical Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010

‘Technically speaking: Digital Representations of Refugee Experiences at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’ in Hanne-Lovise Skartveit and Katherine Goodnow (eds) Changes in Museum Practice. New Media, Refugees and Participation, Berghahn Books. pp.71-84, 2010

Contributing author, Deborah Tout-Smith (ed), Melbourne. A City of Stories, exhibition catalogue, Museum Victoria, 2008

‘Immigration and material culture’ (and three short artefact entries), in Treasures of the Museum, Museum Victoria, 2004

‘Displaced Persons’, Entry for Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Monash University, 2003

‘Museums – Social Mirrors, Social Commentators? Or Who's Telling Whose Stories? Embracing Diverse Communities in Shifting Historical and Contemporary Landscapes’, Museum 2000 Confirmation or Challenge?, ICOM Sweden, Swedish Travelling Exhibitions and Swedish Museums Association, 2002

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