About us

About us

The Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University is home to Australia's only centre dedicated to conducting and fostering research on the history of the media, and history in the media. Established in 2007, the Centre for Media History is interested in the history of the media, history in the media, and history and the media. Our members are drawn from the Departments of Modern History, Politics, Media, Sociology, English and Economics.

The Centre for Media History aims to:

  • Foster interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the media.
  • Support research and teaching of excellence in the field of media history.
  • Produce research in which our understanding of the past informs the important questions about contemporary media institutions, genres, audiences and policy.
  • Provide a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate students and research fellows.

Macquarie University hosts the Australian Media History Listserv the Australian Media History Database the Media Archives Project Database and the Colonial Australian Literary Journalism Database. Recordings of events, including lectures, symposia and launches, hosted by the Centre for Media History can be viewed via its dedicated YouTube Channel.

Director: Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley.   Deputy Director: Emeritus Professor Murray Goot.

Administrative officer: Dr Tom D C Roberts 

The Centre has two principal nodes:

History of the media

Macquarie University has nationally and internationally recognised strengths in research on the history of the press, radio, television, film, public opinion, book publishing and music. This research focuses not just on media industries and institutions, but on media genres, audiences and cultural forms.

CMH members working in this area include: Michelle Arrow, Jeannine Baker, Peter Doyle, Murray Goot, Bridget Griffen-Foley, Justine Lloyd, Virginia Madsen, Craig Munro, Michael Nugent, John Potts, Tom D C Roberts, Hsu-Ming Teo, David Throsby, Michael Thurlow, Margaret Van Heekeren, Can Yalcinkaya and Jan Zwar

History in the media

Macquarie University has nationally and internationally recognised strengths in research on representations of history in (especially film and broadcast) media. Several of these members working in this area are prominent Australian documentary and film makers engaged in practice-led research.

CMH members working in this area include: Michelle Arrow, Jeannine Baker, Harvey Broadbent, Tanya Evans, Bridget Griffen-Foley, Kyle Harvey, Paul Macdonald, Virginia Madsen, Kathryn Millard, Alec Morgan and Tom Murray


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