BiographyCraig Middleton is Curator, Centre for Defining Moments in Australian History at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.
Until recently he was living and working in South Australia as the Manager of the Centre of Democracy, a collaborative project led by the History Trust of South Australia in partnership with the State Library of South Australia. The Centre of Democracy explores histories of activism and social change in South Australia and at the same time encourages visitors and users to think about current and future states of democracy. As Manager he was responsible for the permanent gallery, exhibitions, public programs, partnerships, and online programs including social media.
In 2017 Craig was awarded a George Alexander Foundation Fellowship to explore political histories and museum practice in American museums. Part of his research focused on contemporary collecting practices undertaken by museums at political events, such as protests and demonstrations.
Craig’s curatorial practice and current research is centred around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer+ lives, and through the application of Queer Theory to museological practices challenges heteronormative ways of knowing, doing, and being in museums. His forthcoming book, co-authored with Dr Nikki Sullivan, Queering the Museum will be published by Routledge in late 2019.
Craig tweets at @_museumguy
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Critical Museology; Curatorship; LGBTIQ+ History; Gender and Sexuality Studies