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Jane Thogersen

Academic Engagement Curator
BAHIS (Hons) MA Museum Studies MacquarieU
Jane Thogersen

Jane Thogersen has been working with museum collections for over a decade, with a particular interest in building engagement and access across multiple environments, collection types and platforms. Her interest in object-based life-long learning particularly focuses on the way in which university collections can support OBL through innovative and cross disciplinary approaches.

Prior to joining the Chau Chak Wing Museum in 2020 as Academic Engagement Curator, Jane worked as Manager of the Australian History Museum at Macquarie University, where she integrated museum collections into teaching and research across campus, implemented education programs for primary and secondary schools and led cross-disciplinary student and staff team projects; including 3D technologies integration and engagement programs for people with dementia and their carers. She is also involved with the Australian Museums and Galleries Association and currently sits on the NSW branch committee.

  • Multidisciplinary object-based learning (OBL): strategies, design and impact
  • Life-long learning via museum and collection engagement
  • Benefits of cross-disciplinary student and staff engagement with OBL
  • 3D and other technology-based solutions to museum and collection engagement/outreach
  • Art, social, and historical collections/ ‘objects’ as engagement triggers for people with dementia and other vulnerable community groups.
  • Social responsibility and community-based integration for museums and collections

Thogersen, J. (2019), “Art and Objects get people talking”, Australian Journal of Dementia Care 8.5 Oct/Nov, pp.13-14

Simpson, A., Thogersen, J., Hammond, G., Janiszewski, L., Guerry, E. (2019) “Developing cross-disciplinary networks with university collections: a case study”, University Museums and Collections Journal 11.1, p.116.

Hargraves, K., Thogersen, J., Davis, R. (2019) Dementia-friendly art and cultural spaces. Engaging with art and heritage in and around Sydney. Macquarie University.

Thogersen, J., Simpson, A., Hammond, G., Janiszewski, L., Guerry, E. (2018), “Creating curriculum connections: a university museum object-based learning project”, Education for Information 34.2, pp.113-120.

Thogersen, J., Hammond, G., Simpson, A. (2016) “Reframing the small university museum”. In Simpson A. and Hammond G. (eds). A Cultural Cacophony: Museum Perspectives and Projects. Museums Galleries Australia. Museums Australia, Canberra. pp 194-207

Arrow, M., Davis, R., Hargraves, K., Janiszewski, L., Morgan, L., Simpson, A., Thogersen, J. (2014) Creative Responses: retracing 50 years of artistic responses to the university campus. Lighthouse Press, North Ryde

Thogersen, J. (2014) “Conserving Cultural Connections” in Davis, et. al. Affinities: Seven Museums, Fifty Objects. Macquarie University. pp.40-45

Winchester-Seeto, T., Homewood, J., Thogersen, J., Jacenyik-Trawoger, C., Manathunga, C., Reid, A. & Holbrook, A. (2014) ‘Doctoral supervision in a cross-cultural context : issues affecting supervisors and candidates’ in Higher education research and development, Vol. 33, Issue 3, p.610-626

Hammond, G., Thogersen, J., Simpson, A. & Janiszewski, L., (2019) “Unlocking the learning potential of university collections” Council of Australian University Museums and Collections Symposium. Feb 2019, University of Melbourne.

Thogersen, J. (2018) “What is OBL?” The Knowledgeable Object Symposium Workshop. Nov 2018, Macquarie University.

Thogersen, J., Davis, R., Hargraves, K. (2018) “Art and Object Engagement: a multi-disciplinary community collaboration”. XIX Universeum Conference. June 2018, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Hammond, G., Simpson, A., Thogersen, J. (2018) “Positioning strategic priorities: resource curriculum mapping of collections and source-based learning pilot”. XIX Universeum Conference. June 2018, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Thogersen J., Simpson, A., Hammond, G. (2018) “Macquarie University's museum collections mapping project”. Council of Australian University Museums and Collections Symposium. Apr 2018, Australian National University, ACT.

Thogersen, J., Rampe, M., Tristant, Y. (2018) “Utilising 3D Technologies to increase university collection discoverability”. Council of Australian University Museums and Collections Symposium. Apr 2018, Australian National University, ACT.

Thogersen, J., Hammond, G. (2015) Reframing the small university museum. Museums Australia Conference. May 2015, National Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Winchester-Seeto, T., Homewood, J. & Thogersen, J. (2013) “From another place – factors that affect doctoral candidates and their supervisors in cross-cultural supervision”. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference. July 2013, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Jane Thogersen

Academic Engagement Curator, Chau Chak Wing Museum