University of Western Australia
Bruce’s doctoral thesis (University of Sydney, 2017), titled The Chrysalid Crown, was a study over the longue durée of the Crown in Australia as a cultural institution and emotional focus between 1808 and 1986.
Bruce’s research interests lie in how old institutions are transported, adapted, re-formed, re-imagined, transplanted and naturalised or translated (or not) in new realms and new social and material environments, especially in colonial settler societies. He is particularly interested in the material expressions in cultural environments of these continuities and changes.
Current research projects on modern monarchy:
Vice-royal residences and landscapes in Western Australia and its Indian Ocean settings