Professor Kylie Message is Senior Fellow in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. Prior to this she was Interim Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts , and before that, Head of the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. Kylie is the author of books including Museums and Racism (Routledge 2018), The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge (Routledge 2018), Museums and Social Activism: Engaged Protest (Routledge 2013), New Museums and the Making of Culture (Berg, 2006), and Museum Theory: An Expanded Field (edited, with Andrea Witcomb, Blackwell 2015). She is founding co-editor (with Sandra Dudley) of Museum Worlds: Advances in Research (Berghahn). For publication list and full profile, see

Professor Message established the Routledge Museums in Focus series in 2017. Featuring short-format books, the series challenges authors and readers to experiment with, innovate, and press museums and the intellectual frameworks through which we view these. It offers a platform for approaches that radically rethink the relationships between cultural and intellectual dissent and crisis and debates about museums, politics and the broader public sphere. Forthcoming titles for the series include Curatorial Activism.

Advance praise for the series has included: 'This is a strikingly original proposal for a fresh new series of short works in museum studies.' (Associate Professor Conal McCarthy, Victoria University of Wellington); and 'Despite the hunger to tackle this emerging topic, there are still few ways to explore museum dissent and disobedience using a critical framework. The occupation of museums by advocacy groups, invisible museum agendas and issues of institutional racism are emotive and compelling subjects. While these subjects are highly visible in the museum space they are still difficult to discuss and problematise in the classroom as the literature has yet to catch up with several new and rapidly evolving phenomena. I can see this series filling a gap and with this notion of the rapid response I would hope that it would provide a platform for discussing current issues that students are drawn to but which have yet to be framed by the academy.' (Dr Emma Martin, University of Manchester/National Museums Liverpool)

For more information about the series, or to discuss making a possible submission, contact [email protected]
PhD, University of Melbourne, 2003
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Museum and Heritage Studies
Cultural Studies
Political History
Public History
Political and Social Activism
Citizenship and Identity
Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Class Studies
Globalisation and national identity
Material culture studies
Museum Anthropology
Cultural theory