Researcher biography

Graeme Were is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Museum Studies and is Head of Anthropology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. He has held positions at University College London, the British Museum, and Goldsmiths College London, and joined UQ in 2011. His research interests include museum anthropology, digital heritage and material culture studies and he has a regional specialism in Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. His recent work includes Lines that connect: rethinking pattern and mind in the Pacific (University of Hawai'i Press, 2010) and (co-edited with J.C.H. King) Extreme collecting (Berghahn, 2012). He presented the prestigious 2011 Curl Lecture at the British Museum awarded by the Royal Anthropological Institute, and in 2012, he received a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award for his work on digital heritage and knowledge networks in Melanesia. He serves on the Australian government's National Cultural Heritage Committee and in 2016, he received a Gold Medal from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for his contribution to museums in the country.