Dr Kirsty Gillespie
Dr Kirsty Gillespie is Senior Curator (Anthropology) in the Cultures and Histories Program and is based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville. Her position is a joint appointment with James Cook University, Townsville.
Kirsty joined the Queensland Museum Network in December 2016. She was previously a Research Fellow within the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland (UQ), where she worked closely with a cultural heritage program operating in the context of mining in the Lihir Islands, Papua New Guinea. In this role she co-curated the exhibition ‘Musical Landscapes of Lihir’ at the UQ Anthropology Museum in 2013.
Kirsty has conducted extensive fieldwork across Papua New Guinea, including the Highlands region. Her doctoral research into the musical practices of the Duna people living at Lake Kopiago, Hela Province, was the subject of her book Steep Slopes: Music and change in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (ANU Press, 2010). She is former Chair of the International Council for Traditional Music’s Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania, and current Audio Reviews Editor for the Yearbook for Traditional Music.
Kirsty’s most recent research explores the connections between tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the challenges of presenting performance culture in a museum context.
Musical Landscapes of Lihir