Associate Professor Jennifer Barrett

BA SCAE, MArtTh (Hons 1) UNSW, PhD UTS
Pro Dean Academic

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6665

Biographical details

Jennifer Barrett joined the University of Sydney in 2000. Between 2000 and 2009, (and again in 2011), she was Director of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney and has held positions in the Faculty of Arts, including Pro Dean (2010) and Associate Dean Postgraduate Coursework (2008-2009). Since 2012 she has been Pro Dean Academic in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.Jennifer publishes on museums, art, culture and the public sphere. Her current research examines the concept of universalism as it relates to museums, cultural practice and human rights.

Research interests

  • The concept of public and how it is used in discussions on public space and public culture
  • Human rights and contemporary museums
  • Artists and museums.

Associations

In 2014 Jennifer was elected as a Director on the Board of Museums & Galleries of New South Wales and in 2015 was elected Chair of the Board of Directors, Museums & Galleries of New South Wales.

Selected Keynote addresses

  • 'Museums as Public Intellectuals: a case study of the 2014 Biennale of Sydney',Museums and Education in the 21st Century: global and local discourses,International Conference,Taipei, 19-20 June 2014
  • ‘Museum publics and relational space: community and cultural rights’,Exploring Museum Expertise, International Conference Tromsø University, Norway, November 20-22, 2013
  • ‘Museums and the Everyday’, 2013 State Conference, Museums Australia, Western Australia, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, October 3-4, 2013
  • ‘Museums, transnationalism and human rights’.Conference:International Symposium on Cultural Trajectories: The Dynamics and Counter Dynamics of Cultural Governance, National University of Taiwan, Taipei, October 25-27, 2013.
  • ‘Attempting Democracy: museums as public space’,Museums at the CrossroadsInternational Museum Studies Conference held at the National Museum of Natural History in Taiwan, November 28-30, 2011.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Human Rights and Holocaust Museums: An Australian Contribution?” Panel: 'The Holocaust, Human Rights and the Contemporary Museum', Aftermath: Sites and Sources of Memory, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University, August 6-7, 2013
  • Panel Convenor and Presenter with Avril Alba and Dirk Moses: 'Museum Studies in the 21stCentury: reciprocity, collaboration and critical engagement', Museums Australia National Conference, Canberra, May 2013.
  • Panel session: 'Human Rights and Museums', Museum Challenges, International Council of Museums, Committee on Management, conference held at the Australian Museum, Sydney, 25-29 November, 2012
  • “Australian Artists and Museums” for House: Trustwords, Sydney Writers Festival, The Mint, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, May 18, 2012
  • ‘Australian Artists and the Museum’ at Queensland University Art Museum, for Museums and Gallery Services Queensland, August 2009
  • ‘Educating a profession’ History of Museums in Australia: A Symposium, National Museum of Australia, December 2007
  • ‘Museums, memory and democracy: National Sites’ Network, Session Convenor and Chair, Museums Australia Annual Conference, May 2007, Canberra
  • ‘Museums: A public affair?’, Articul8, Writing and Cultural Studies Seminar Program, University of Technology Sydney March 20, 2007
  • Chair and Convenor, Panel Session: 'Canada and Australia: Indigenous ways of working in the museum', Museum Studies Special Interest Group, Museums Australia, Annual Conference, Melbourne, May 2003
  • ‘Differentiations: between public space and the public sphere’ Panel: ‘Opening the Door to New Histories: Perspectives on Public Buildings and Urban Spaces’ Society of Architectural Historians, 55thAnnual Meeting, Richmond, Virginia (refereed) in 2002
  • Museums and communities: understanding different ways of working’, presented to the Leisure and Cultural Services Division, Hong Kong Special Administration Region of China, April, 2001
  • ‘Revisions: public spheres and public space’, Habitus 2000: A sense of place, Curtin University, (refereed &published in conference proceedings), Perth, September 5-9, 2000.
  • 'Democracy, art, and public space’, Seminar Series 2000, Centre for Advanced Studies, National University of Singapore, September 2000
  • 'Gardens: Making Space for the Public’ at Debating the City 2: Urban Visions of Public Space at the Museum of Sydney, March 18 (presenter and co-convenor), 2000.
  • ‘Garden Audiences: The public front to the private garden’ presented at the home - place, identity and the domestic conference, Research Centre for Intercommunal Studies, University of Western Sydney Nepean, 10th & 11th November 1995.
  • ‘Turning the tide on Australian Culture? High water marks in the western suburbs’, Paper presented to the Celebrating cultures: Popular myths and realities forum, Creative Cultures, Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Initiatives Conference, 22- 24 March, 1994

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Australian Holocaust Memory, Human Rights and the Contemporary Museum; Alba A, Barrett J, Moses A, Sugarman R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2011

  • Museums and Universalism; Barrett J; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Research Support Scheme (FRSS).

2010

  • The International Society Research Cluster; Sluga G, Celermajer D, Barrett J, Epstein C, Horne J, Poulos M, Humphrey M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2004

  • Collecting colonialism: eighteenth century Australia, material culture and the museum idea; Barrett J; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2003

  • Not known; Barrett J; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

2002

  • The museum and the public sphere; Barrett J; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Barrett, J., Millner, J. (2014). Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Barrett, J. (2011). Museums and the Public Sphere. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Barrett, J., Butler-Bowdon, C. (2001). Debating the City. Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

Book Chapters

  • Barrett, J. (2015). Museums, Human Rights and Universalism Reconsidered. In A. Witcomb and K. Message (Eds.), Museum Theory: An Expanded Field, (pp. 93-115). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Barrett, J. (2011). 'Protecting the past, safeguarding the future': museum studies, the profession and museum practice in Australia. In Des Griffin, Leon Paroissien (Eds.), Understanding Museums: Australian Museums and museology, (pp. 1-8). Canberra, Australia: National Museum Australia.
  • Barrett, J., McManus, P. (2007). Civilising nature: Museums and the environment. In Gavin Birch (Eds.), Water Wind Art and Debate - How environmental concerns impact on disciplinary research, (pp. 319-344). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Barrett, J. (2001). Making space for the public. In Jennifer Barrett & Caroline Butler-Bowdon (Eds.), Debating the City. Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
  • Barrett, J. (1998). Community, Public, Audience: Complex and Critical Transactions. In Alison Beale and Annette Van den Bosch (Eds.), Ghosts in the Machine: Women and Cultural Policy in Canada and Australia, (pp. 147-162). Toronto: Garamond Press.

Journals

  • Barrett, J. (2012). Attempting Democracy: Museums as Public Space. Museology Quarterly, 26(4), 7-28.
  • Martin, A., Milne-Home, J., Barrett, J., Spalding, E., Jones, G. (2000). Graduate Satisfaction with University and Perceived Employment Preparation. Journal of Education and Work, 13(2), 199-213. [More Information]
  • Martin, A., Barrett, J., Milne-Home, J., Spalding, E. (1997). Stakeholders' Beliefs about the Institution: To Agree or Not Agree. Journal of Institutional Research in Australia, 6(2), 53-67.
  • Barrett, J. (1994). Sweet Dreams: Art of the Home or the Home of Art? Eyeline, 24, 30-32.

Conferences

  • Barrett, J. (1999). Assuming Democracy: Art in Public Spaces. Watch This Space: A Conference on Public Art, Newcastle: The University of Newcastle.
  • Barrett, J. (1994). Re/inventing the Museum: Hypothetically Public. Drawing a Crown, QLD: Regional Galleries Association of Queensland.

Textual Creative Works

  • Barrett, J. (2010). [Catalogue Essay] Lux and Lumen. Helen Kennedy Exhibition Catalogue, Collingwood, Australia: Australian Galleries.
  • Barrett, J., Carlin, S. (2007). [Catalogue Essay] Spare room: Elizabeth Bay House. Spare room: Elizabeth Bay House, (pp. 1 - 10). Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
  • Barrett, J. (2001). Noelene Lucas and Debra Porch, Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
  • Barrett, J. (2001). Ian Burn: the documentary wall, Sydney, Australia: Penrith Regional Gallery.
  • Barrett, J. (1999). [Catalogue Essay] Robyn Backen: 'Christ Knows'. Casula Works: Public Art at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, (pp. 28 - 30). Casula, Australia: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
  • Barrett, J. (1997). [Catalogue Essay] Being Private in Public. 'Parking' Exhibition Catalogue, (pp. 12 - 19). Casula, Australia: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
  • Barrett, J. (1993). [Catalogue Essay] Hypothetically Public: Re-inventing the Audience. Hypothetically Public, (pp. 12 - 15). Emu Plains, Australia: Penrith Regional Gallery.
  • Barrett, J. (1991). [Catalogue Essay] De/tour to the Centre. Australian Perspecta 1991, (pp. 119 - 123). Sydney, Australia: Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Barrett, J. (1990). Walking on the Wild Side. West: An Interdisciplinary Magazine, 3,1, (pp. 22 - 25). Nepean, Australia: University of Western Sydney.
  • Barrett, J. (1990). What's Wrong With the Lounge Room. Artlink, 10(3), (pp. 32 - 34). Fullarton, SA, Australia: Artlink Australia.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Barrett, J., Crayford, M. (1993). Hypothetically Public. Penrith City Council Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains, Australia: Lewers Bequest and Penrith City Council Regional Art Gallery.

Report

  • Barrett, J. (2001). Museums and communities: understanding different ways of working.

Other

  • Barrett, J. (2002), Differentiations: between public space and the public sphere.

2015

  • Barrett, J. (2015). Museums, Human Rights and Universalism Reconsidered. In A. Witcomb and K. Message (Eds.), Museum Theory: An Expanded Field, (pp. 93-115). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2014

  • Barrett, J., Millner, J. (2014). Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. [More Information]

2012

  • Barrett, J. (2012). Attempting Democracy: Museums as Public Space. Museology Quarterly, 26(4), 7-28.

2011

  • Barrett, J. (2011). 'Protecting the past, safeguarding the future': museum studies, the profession and museum practice in Australia. In Des Griffin, Leon Paroissien (Eds.), Understanding Museums: Australian Museums and museology, (pp. 1-8). Canberra, Australia: National Museum Australia.
  • Barrett, J. (2011). Museums and the Public Sphere. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [More Information]

2010

  • Barrett, J. (2010). [Catalogue Essay] Lux and Lumen. Helen Kennedy Exhibition Catalogue, Collingwood, Australia: Australian Galleries.

2007

  • Barrett, J., Carlin, S. (2007). [Catalogue Essay] Spare room: Elizabeth Bay House. Spare room: Elizabeth Bay House, (pp. 1 - 10). Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
  • Barrett, J., McManus, P. (2007). Civilising nature: Museums and the environment. In Gavin Birch (Eds.), Water Wind Art and Debate - How environmental concerns impact on disciplinary research, (pp. 319-344). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2002

  • Barrett, J. (2002), Differentiations: between public space and the public sphere.

2001

  • Barrett, J. (2001). Noelene Lucas and Debra Porch, Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
  • Barrett, J. (2001). Ian Burn: the documentary wall, Sydney, Australia: Penrith Regional Gallery.
  • Barrett, J., Butler-Bowdon, C. (2001). Debating the City. Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
  • Barrett, J. (2001). Making space for the public. In Jennifer Barrett & Caroline Butler-Bowdon (Eds.), Debating the City. Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
  • Barrett, J. (2001). Museums and communities: understanding different ways of working.

2000

  • Martin, A., Milne-Home, J., Barrett, J., Spalding, E., Jones, G. (2000). Graduate Satisfaction with University and Perceived Employment Preparation. Journal of Education and Work, 13(2), 199-213. [More Information]

1999

  • Barrett, J. (1999). [Catalogue Essay] Robyn Backen: 'Christ Knows'. Casula Works: Public Art at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, (pp. 28 - 30). Casula, Australia: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
  • Barrett, J. (1999). Assuming Democracy: Art in Public Spaces. Watch This Space: A Conference on Public Art, Newcastle: The University of Newcastle.

1998

  • Barrett, J. (1998). Community, Public, Audience: Complex and Critical Transactions. In Alison Beale and Annette Van den Bosch (Eds.), Ghosts in the Machine: Women and Cultural Policy in Canada and Australia, (pp. 147-162). Toronto: Garamond Press.

1997

  • Barrett, J. (1997). [Catalogue Essay] Being Private in Public. 'Parking' Exhibition Catalogue, (pp. 12 - 19). Casula, Australia: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
  • Martin, A., Barrett, J., Milne-Home, J., Spalding, E. (1997). Stakeholders' Beliefs about the Institution: To Agree or Not Agree. Journal of Institutional Research in Australia, 6(2), 53-67.

1994

  • Barrett, J. (1994). Re/inventing the Museum: Hypothetically Public. Drawing a Crown, QLD: Regional Galleries Association of Queensland.
  • Barrett, J. (1994). Sweet Dreams: Art of the Home or the Home of Art? Eyeline, 24, 30-32.

1993

  • Barrett, J. (1993). [Catalogue Essay] Hypothetically Public: Re-inventing the Audience. Hypothetically Public, (pp. 12 - 15). Emu Plains, Australia: Penrith Regional Gallery.
  • Barrett, J., Crayford, M. (1993). Hypothetically Public. Penrith City Council Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains, Australia: Lewers Bequest and Penrith City Council Regional Art Gallery.

1991

  • Barrett, J. (1991). [Catalogue Essay] De/tour to the Centre. Australian Perspecta 1991, (pp. 119 - 123). Sydney, Australia: Art Gallery of New South Wales.

1990

  • Barrett, J. (1990). Walking on the Wild Side. West: An Interdisciplinary Magazine, 3,1, (pp. 22 - 25). Nepean, Australia: University of Western Sydney.
  • Barrett, J. (1990). What's Wrong With the Lounge Room. Artlink, 10(3), (pp. 32 - 34). Fullarton, SA, Australia: Artlink Australia.

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