Restitution, Provenance research, The role of museums, Culture of memory, Decolonization
Nicholas Jeremy Thomas, born 1960, is an Australian anthropologist, professor of historical anthropology and since 2006 director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of Trinity College in Cambridge since 2007. He was elected to the British Academy in 2005. He was awarded the Wolfson History Prize 2010 for his book Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire. He has worked in Fiji and New Zealand and in many archives and museum collections in Europe, North America and the Pacific itself. He has also worked on projects exploring intercultural art history in the Pacific region and curated exhibitions for many museums and art galleries in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He is currently a member of the Conseil d'orientation scientifique of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and of the International Advisory Board of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.