Welcome to the Modern Monarchy in Global Perspective Research Hub. Our hub provides global perspectives on how monarchy shapes modern history.
The Modern Monarchy in Global Perspective Research Hub brings together university academics, museum, gallery and heritage curators as well as independent scholars from around the world whose work illuminates the practices, impact and legacies of monarchy from c.1800 to the present. This hub is the first to consider monarchy from a global rather than simply western or ‘Global North’ perspective. It establishes a dialogue among those interested in transnational, comparative and multi-disciplinary approaches to monarchy from different countries around the globe. A particular focus is the way in which imperialism and colonialism (and decolonization) transformed monarchies in both colonizing and colonized countries. We explore the political, social and cultural role of monarchy and the critique of the institution, the changes monarchies have undergone, contemporary issues surrounding royal dynasties, and the legacies of monarchy in material culture, monuments, national narratives and public memory.
The hub draws members from a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds involved in scholarship, museum, gallery and heritage site exhibitions and online media productions. The hub welcomes researchers from diverse backgrounds to contribute to the scholarly conversation on monarchy, as well as to engage with the broader public. It especially welcomes Indigenous researchers and those who work in languages other than in English.
- Provides research profiles, lists of new publications on monarchy, presentation of current projects and contact details of hub members
- Publishes notices of conferences, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, interviews and other events concerning modern monarchy as well as information on research collaboration and grant funding
- Organizes occasional ZOOM seminars, interviews and conferences at which members and guests, including postgraduate students and independent scholars present their research ideas and findings
Our members are a diverse, global community.
- Professor Robert Aldrich, The University of Sydney, Australia
- Dr Lionel Babicz, The University of Sydney, Australia
- Susanne Bauer, University of Trier, Germany
- Dr John Breen, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan
- Dr Donna Brunero, National University of Singapore
- Dr Laura Clancy, Lancaster University
- Dr Susan Conway, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
- Dr Isabel Corrêa da Silva, University of Lisbon, Portugal
- Dr Eleanor Cowan, The University of Sydney
- Dr Robert Cowan, The University of Sydney
- Dr Bayu Dardias Kurniadi, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
- Professor Matthew P Fitzpatrick, Flinders University, Australia
- Dr Lorenz Gonschor, University of French Polynesia, Tahiti
- Dr Carolyn Harris, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Canada
- Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking, Monash University; Whitlam Institute at the Western Sydney University
- Mr Ellis Hoddart Birkbeck, University of London and Royal Museums Greenwich
- Professor Angma D. Jhala, Bentley University, United States
- Dr Miranda Johnson, University of Otago, New Zealand
- Aidan Jones, King’s College London, United Kingdom
- Dr Jim Masselos, The University of Sydney, Australia
- Dr Cindy McCreery, The University of Sydney, Australia
- Professor Anthony Milner, Australian National University, Australia
- Dr Priya Mirza, University of Delhi, India
- Professor Javier Moreno-Luzón, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Rachel Peat, Royal Collection Trust, United Kingdom
- Dr Alessandro Pes, University of Cagliari, Italy
- Dr Jock Phillips, Freelance Historian, New Zealand
- Associate Professor Susie Protschky, Deakin University, Australia
- Associate Professor Ofita Purwani, ST.,MT., Ph.D.
- Associate Professor Charles V. Reed, Elizabeth City State University, United States
- Dr Matthieu Rey, French institute of Near East, Iraq
- Dr. David San Narciso, University of Valencia
- Dr Hilary Sapire, Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom
- Dr Falko Schnicke, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
- Dr Teresa Segura-Garcia, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
- Moritz A. Sorg, Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg, Germany
- Professor Irene Stengs, Meertens Instituut/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Dr Naimah Talib, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- Dr Filipa Lowndes Vicente, University of Lisobon, Portugal
- Aglaja Weindl, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany
- Sue Woolmans, independent scholar
Throughout history, individuals and extended families have claimed the right to rule over not only traditional homelands, but new territories too.
Monarchs ruled much of the world until well into the 20th century, and in many places still today.
They encompassed a range of political, constitutional, religious and cultural practices and often wielded immense influence over the lives of their subjects.
Going Platinum: Australian Responses to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II
This online conference seeks to recover antipodean perspectives on the British monarchy, including Indigenous/First Nations Perspectives Learn More.
About our featured image:
The collage is made of images selected from the Chau Chak Wing Museum's Macleay Collection, Nicholson Collection and University Art Collection. Images were chosen due to their association with themes of monarchy, imperialism, colonialism and decolonisation.
For a detailed description of each image, please see below:
Place: Sydney, NSW, Australia. Photograph: Henry King. Anthropology Department Lantern Slide Collection. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP99.1.105
Place: Domain, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Photograph: Robert Hunt, 1879-1882. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP81.106.3
Place: China. Yongshan Aisin-Gioro, 1880-1930. University Art Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, UA2010.33
Place: England, United Kingdom, Mid-19th century. Nicholson Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, NMR.1283
Place: Fiji. Photograph: Henry King (publisher). Anthropology Department Lantern Slide Collection. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP99.1.89
(Montage of photographs of royalty with their names and dates; including Queen Victoria; centre bottom are the Prince and Princes of Wales 'Mard [married] Mar 10 1863'; around a poem 'Yes this is my Album, But learn ere you look: That all are expected To add to my book.'), mid-late 19th century. Photograph/publisher: unknown. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP188.8.131.52
Place: Auburn, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Kerry and Co. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP83.60.5671
Place: London, England, United Kingdom. Publisher: W Butcher & Sons. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, SC19184.108.40.206
Culacula (ceremonial club), 19th century [carried by Fijian priests and chiefs and by Tongan chiefs]. Place: Fiji. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, ETH.592
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Place: St Petersburg, Russia. Photograph: Charles Bergamasco. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP88.6.2
Artis: Eliza Campbell 1959-. Screen print. Tin Sheds, University Art Workshop, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. University Art Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, UA2014.212
Sterograph photograph: Realistic Travels (publisher). Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP2014.3.1894
Place: Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Photograph: Reginald Clifton Firth. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP84.60.1816 www.sydney.edu.au/museums/collections_search/?record=ecatalogue.169129
Place: England, United Kingdom. Nicholson Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, NM75.79
Place: Queen's Jubilee (Purari) River, Gulf province, Papua New Guinea. Collected: Theodore Francis Bevan, 1887. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, ETA.619