• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies, Digital Humanities, Heritage Studies

This course will introduce students to debates in heritage studies and museology about the implications of the ‘digital’ for how communities tell their histories in and about place—drawing on innovative projects and practices from Indigenous heritage management and stories of country. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories, and emerging methods, in digital heritage, considering how heritage and digital systems interact, and the challenges and innovations of this interaction for Australian heritage practices. We will hear from traditional owners, community activists, GLAM professionals, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers about their work around Indigenous heritage—including, digital mapping and working with place, issues of ethical practice, open access/sharing/privacy, Indigenous data sovereignty and digital repatriation, digital curation and the impacts of this public interface on storytelling and storied places, and the implications of protocols and legislation around digital heritage. Ultimately, the course will encourage students to think reflexively and critically about their positions within these heritage systems and power structures; and, concurrently, to think ‘forward’ in imagining ‘future’ heritages for Australia in way that is cognizant of its Indigenous heritage and how we may collaboratively manage country in an intercultural and informed manner.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. explore the shifting epistemologies in the study, practice and reception of heritage and public history over time – and its interactions with the digital;
  2. understand principles of Indigenous heritage management, and how Indigenous heritage and Indigenous management of country—as storied, inter/multi-connected, performed, tangible and intangible—is translated, shared, aided by or constrained, and adapted to/through digital platforms;
  3. unpack key debates about the effects of the ‘digital’ on Indigenous heritage, including ethical issues, open access issues, privacy and ‘ownership’ of particular heritages—from the perspective of existing projects, initiatives, and new innovations across Australia; and
  4. encourage students to think reflexively, and to think ‘forward’ in imagining ‘future’ heritages for Australia; exploring emerging questions about managing country interculturally and together.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A reflexive research journal (ongoing) (30) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Presentation/Participation in class (20) [LO 3]
  3. Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course is delivered in Intensive Mode. The 130 hours of total student learning time is made up from:

a) 35 hours of contact over 5 days; and

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Dunn, Stuart. A History of Place in the Digital Age. London: Routledge, 2019.

Harrison, Rodney et al. Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices (London: UCL Press, 2020).

Kukutai, Tahu, and John Taylor, eds. Indigenous data sovereignty: Toward an agenda. Vol. 38. Anu Press, 2016.

Lewi, Hannah, Wally Smith, Dirk Vom Lehn, and Steven Cooke, eds. The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites. Routledge, 2019.

McPherson, Tara. “Why are the digital humanities so white? Or thinking the histories of race and computation.” Debates in the digital humanities 139 (2012): 160.

Ormond-Parker, L., Fforde, C., Corn, A., O’Sullivan, S. & K. Obata (eds), Information Technologies and Indigenous Communities. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2013.

Tebeau, Mark. "Listening to the city: Oral history and place in the digital era." The Oral History Review 40, no. 1 (2013): 25-35.




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6.00 0.12500
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Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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