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The Australian National University


Ms Mia Thornton

PhD Student

T: ( 02 ) 6125 2698


Research School of Humanities & the Arts
College of Arts and Social Sciences


Short biography:

Mia is currently undertaking her PhD at the Research School of Humanities, as well as working at the National Museum of Australia. Prior to her PhD studies, Mia was a curator at the Hub: National Centre for Craft & Design, Marie Curie research fellow at University of Brighton, and researcher at the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design.

Research Interests:

Mia's research focuses on the cultural and political impacts of digital media. In particular, her research focuses on multicultural policy, museums, digital media, and citizenship.

Current Research Projects:

PhD Research project. Virtual Inclusion: National Museums and Digital Media in Multicultural Societies.

Abstract. Mia's research is examining the changing role of public institutions, namely national museums, in multicultural societies. Many public institutions are much more attune to the needs and expectations of minority cultures. Yet many questions still remain in relation to how minority cultures might be fully involved in the life of public institutions. The research asks how are national museums fostering more inclusive experiences of citizenship in multicultural societies, particularly through their use of digital media. The research is based on a multi-site case study of the National Museum of Australia, National Museum of Singapore, and Museum of London. The research aims to contribute to the ongoing, lasting inclusion of minority cultures in multicultural societies.


Mia has taught internationally in academic and museum contexts:

- Develops and delivers education programmes, National Museum of Australia
- Lecturer and tutor for ARTV2030 Shopping Around: The Social Life of Objects, Australian National University
- Guest Lecturer for HD109 Interpreting Objects, University of Brighton
- Tutor for KIB801 Introduction to Communication Design and KKB618 Writing for the Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology


- Presentation at Virtual Systems and Multimedia Conference 2007, Brisbane in Australia
- Keynote speaker for Digital Museum and Heritage 2006, Xi'an in China

Professional societies:

Asian Australian Studies Research Network
Museums Australia

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