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Assoc Prof Celmara Pocock

Assoc Prof Celmara Pocock
Name Celmara Pocock
Position Associate Professor (Anthropology) and Director (Centre for Heritage and Culture)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office Q233
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1008
Extension 1008
Email
Qualifications BA(Hons) UWA , GCertEd JCU , PhD JCU
Homepage https://usq.academia.edu/CelmaraPocock
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Associate Professor Celmara Pocock is an international leader in heritage research. Her research is published in leading research journals, with additional books and book chapters published with prestigious scholarly publishers and editors. She has also authored a number of industry and government reports that continue to be used in heritage practice. Her research has been at the forefront of Heritage Studies as it has emerged as a significant international field of theoretical and critical inquiry. Celmara's research maintains connection with applied aspects of heritage research including heritage management policy and practice. She has been awarded competitive research funding including Australian Research Council grants, industry funding and prestigious fellowships. Her research leadership draws on her prior experience as a Senior Manager in the Heritage and Museum sectors, including as Assistant Director of Indigenous Heritage for the Commonwealth Government and as the Head of the Cultures and Histories Program at Queensland Museum. Celmara Pocock is a Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, a full member of Australia ICOMOS (International Committee on Monument and Sites), a fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society, a member of the Australian Historical Association and a member of the International Association of Critical Heritage Studies.


Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Tourism not elsewhere classified ( 150699 )
  • Anthropology not elsewhere classified ( 160199 )
  • Historical Studies ( 210300 )
  • Heritage and Cultural Conservation ( 210202 )
  • Curatorial and Related Studies ( 210200 )
  • History and Archaeology ( 210000 )
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology ( 160104 )
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ( 210301 )
  • Museum Studies ( 210204 )
  • Cultural Studies ( 200200 )

Research interests
Heritage Studies, including Aboriginal history and heritage, World Heritage, culture/nature, heritage tourism.

Heritage interpretation and museum studies, including material culture, memory, senses and emotion.

Anthropology of space, place and environment, including Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania and regional Queensland.

Professional memberships
Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society
Full Member, Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
Member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Industry affiliations
Member of the Australian Historical Association
Member, Ipswich City Council Heritage Advisory Committee

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Anthropology
ANT1001 Introductory Anthropology
ANT2009 Heritage and Museum Studies
ANT3008 Food and Culture
HMT4001 - Honours Dissertation A
HMT4002 - Honours Dissertation B
Research Supervision - Honours and PhD

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
9 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
3 Years

Research most recent
Pocock, Celmara. 2020 Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: Aesthetics, Heritage, and the Senses. Routledge.

Stell, Marion, and Celmara Pocock. "In Community Hands: Memory and the Material Culture Legacy of a Mega Sporting Event: Commemorating the 1982 XII Commonwealth Games in Brisbane." The International Journal of the History of Sport 36, no. 6 (2019): 551-569.

Palmer, Jane, and Celmara Pocock. "Aboriginal colonial history and the (un) happy object of reconciliation." Cultural Studies (2019): 1-21.

Stell, Marion, Geraldine Mate, and Celmara Pocock. 2018 "Better ways of seeing landscapes: the Queensland Historical Atlas." Queensland Review 25, no. 2: 267-285.

Pocock, Celmara, and Siân Jones. 2018. "Contesting the Center." Heritage & Society 10 (2):99-108. doi: 10.1080/2159032X.2018.1457301.

Pocock, Celmara, and Ian Lilley. 2018. "Who Benefits? World Heritage and Indigenous People." Heritage & Society 10 (2):171-190. doi: 10.1080/2159032X.2018.1503836.

Mate, Geraldine, and Celmara Pocock 2018 A disconnected journey. International Journal of Heritage Studies 24(4):374-389. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2017.1378902

Pocock, Celmara, Marion Stell, and Geraldine Mate. 2018 "Raw emotion: The Living Memory module at three sites of practice." In Emotion, Affective Practices, and the Past in the Present, pp. 281-303. Routledge.

Palmer, Jane, Celmara Pocock, and Lorelle Burton. 2018. Waiting, power and time in ethnographic and community-based research. Qualitative Research 18 (4):416-432. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794117728413


Research most notable
Pocock, Celmara. 2020 Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: Aesthetics, Heritage, and the Senses. Routledge: London and New York.



ARC Discovery Project 2014-2017: What could world heritage listing deliver for Indigenous people? The Australian experience in global context.

Mulcock, Jane, Celmara Pocock and Yann Toussaint (eds) 2005. Special Issue 17: Australian Anthropologies of the Environment. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 16 (3).


Publications in ePrints

Palmer, Jane and Pocock, Celmara (2020) Aboriginal colonial history and the (un)happy object of reconciliation. Cultural Studies, 34 (1). pp. 49-69. ISSN 0950-2386

Pocock, Celmara (2020) Visitor encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: aesthetics, heritage and the senses. Routledge Studies in Heritage, 16. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Milton Park, United kingdom. ISBN 978-1-138-04991-8

Stell, Marion and Pocock, Celmara (2019) In Community Hands: Memory and the Material Culture Legacy of a Mega Sporting Event: Commemorating the 1982 XII Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 36 (6). pp. 551-569. ISSN 0952-3367

Mate, Geraldine and Pocock, Celmara (2018) A disconnected journey. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 24 (4). pp. 374-389. ISSN 1352-7258

Stell, Marion and Mate, Geraldine and Pocock, Celmara (2018) Better ways of seeing landscapes: the Queensland Historical Atlas. Queensland Review, 25 (2). pp. 267-285. ISSN 1321-8166

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Tourism not elsewhere classified ( 150699 )
  • Anthropology not elsewhere classified ( 160199 )
  • Heritage and Cultural Conservation ( 210202 )
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology ( 160104 )
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ( 210301 )
  • Museum Studies ( 210204 )


Research topics