Dr Michelle Antoinette

PhD (ANU); BA (Hons) (Monash)
ARC DECRA Fellow, Centre for Art History and Art Theory
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Art History 190102
  • Visual Cultures 190104
  • Art Theory And Criticism 1901
  • Curatorial And Related Studies 2102
  • Museum Studies 210204
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Asian Cultural Studies 200202
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Asian History 210302
  • Cultural Theory 200204
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Postcolonial Studies 200211
  • Globalisation And Culture 200206

Research interests

Modern and Contemporary Asian Art and Museums
Southeast Asian art
Art History - Asian and Euroamerican 
Asian-Australian visual art 
Curatorship, Museum and Gallery Studies 
Exhibiting and collecting practices 
Art museum and gallery studies 
Visual Culture
Cultural Studies 
Asian Studies and Area Studies
Popular Culture and Cultural Studies 
Colonialism and postcolonialism 
Race, hybridity and Créolité 
Modernity and globalisation 
Migration, diaspora, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism 
Memory discourse and practice


Dr Michelle Antoinette is a researcher of modern and contemporary Asian art and Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow with the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory. Her current ARC research project (DE170100455) explores new public participation in Asian art and museums in Asia. She was also an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at ANU from 2010-2013 for the ARC project, 'The Rise of New Cultural Networks in Asia in the Twenty-First Century' (DP1096041) which researched the emergence of new regional and international networks of contemporary Asian art and museums. Her previous and ongoing research focuses on the contemporary art histories of Southeast Asia on which she has published widely. Her major publications on contemporary Asian art are Reworlding Art History: Encounters with Contemporary Southeast Asian Art after 1990 (Brill | Rodopi, 2015) and as co-editor with Caroline Turner, Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making (ANU Press, 2014). She has also been Convenor and Lecturer at the ANU for courses on Asian and Pacific art and museums.

Researcher's projects

From 2017 I am carrying out research for my Australia Research Council (ARC) DECRA project "Understanding new art and museum participation in Asia". This project aims to understand new forms of public participation in Asia's arts and culture sectors. These sectors are changing in 21st century Asia, with new interest in public participation in art and museum initiatives. Through researching art-focused public participation in East and Southeast Asia, this project will seek insights into the renewed role of art in shaping public participation, cultural belonging and creativity in Asia. See the research project page for further details: http://soa.anu.edu.au/centre-art-history-art-theory/research/new-asian-art-publics

In the period 2010-2013, I carried out research as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow for the project, "The Rise of New Cultural Networks in Asia in the Twenty-First Century." This project was carried out together with Dr Caroline Turner and examined the rise of new cultural networks in Asia in the twenty-first century, exploring cultural organisations across Asia and their networking strategies, focusing on contemporary art and art museums as key indicators of cultural change. The study included museums, exhibitions, commercial organisations, information networks, cultural diplomacy, artist
and community networks.


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