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March 2018

What’s Happening Report – March 2018

Bridget Griffen-Foley presented inaugural K.S. Inglis Address - 'Making Australian Media History' - at 10th Australian Media Traditions Conference, UniSA, 15-16 February. She also commenced serving as an Editorial Advisor to the journal Media International Australia in January, having stepped down as a member of the Board in 2017 after being a member since 2007.

Joseph Pugliese co-convened the Postdam Summer School at MQ in February. The Summer School included attendees from: Potsdam University, Berlin, Germany; Free University of Berlin, Germany; University of Delhi, India; Duke University, USA; University of Pretoria, South Africa; York University, Canada; English and Foreign Languages University, India.

He also published 'Unfinished Business of the Frontier Wars,' in Colony Australia 1770-1861/Frontier Wars pp. 258-267 and ‘The Souths of “the West”: Geocorpographical Assemblages of Plants, Colonialism and Race in Sergio Leone’s Metafigural Spaghetti Westerns’ in Muiraquitã: Revista de Letras e Humanidades, 5(2): 11-59.

Andrew Alter had his article ‘Recasting Lok and Folk in Uttarakhand: Etymologies, Religion and Regional Music Practice,’ published in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 41(1): 1-10: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00856401.2018.1440895

He was also invited to present a keynote on Himalayan Drumming at the Mussoorie Mountain Festival organized by the Hanifl Outdoor Centre in Uttarakhand, India.

Karen Pearlman’s Creative Research films ‘After the Facts’ and ‘Woman with an Editing Bench’ will open the 10th anniversary edition of the Zurich Documentary Conference on Thursday March 22nd. Karen will be there to introduce them and to give a paper. She will also be convening a workshop on ideas generation in distributed cognitive systems called ‘Informal, unstated, and vital’ on April 5th from 2-5pm. All welcome, including HDRS. For more info or to RSVP: karen.Pearlman@mq.edu.au

Julie-Anne Long, published ‘An Unremarkable Routine: tactical moves in strategic places’, Performance Paradigm - Performance, Choreography and the Gallery (13), December 2017, pp. 80-96. (Included here as it was published post 2017 Annual Newsletter). This year Julie-Anne published a paper, ‘More than bums on seats: Branch Nebula choreographing the audience’ Runway Australian Experimental Art issue #36 March 2018  http://runway.org.au/branch-nebula-choreographing audience/

She was also Chair of Talking Dance – State of Play panel in the Sydney Festival 2018. Speaking outside the context of a post-show artists talk, a public conversation with NSW connected dance and theatre makers around the making of physically driven work with Narelle Benjamin; Danielle Micich (Force Majeure); Jo Lancaster & Simon Yates (acrobat).

Jon Burtt published an article about Circus Oz’s Model Citizens in The Conversation in January, and will be presenting a paper The Extended Body: Imagineering Performers for Future Circus at ANU’s Imagineering Science and Circus Conference in April. See the program with speakers including Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Jane Goodall and Peta Tait.

Maree Delofski was appointed as an MMCCS Honorary Senior Research Fellow.

Hollis Taylor was commissioned to write, record, and co-produce a one-hour feature, Is Birdsong Music?, which aired on ABC-RN’s The Science Show in January. She also gave a lecture and concert to the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

Tom Murray and Kathryn Millard co-produced films from Kate Rossmanith, Peter Doyle, Tom Murray, Alec Morgan, and Kathryn Millard which were showcased on the Guardian website: https://www.theguardian.com/film/series/present-traces

Here are links to the articles that accompany the Present Traces films:

Intan Paramaditha. In January Intan’s new novel Gentayangan (The Wandering) was selected as the best literary fiction of 2017 by Tempo Magazine in Indonesia. The book is currently being translated into English and will be published by Harvill Secker/ Penguin Random House in the UK.

Intan’s translated short story collection Apple and Knife was published by Brow Books in March 2018. It was launched at the New Zealand Writers and Readers Festival (March 8-11). The Sydney launch will be at Better Read Than Dead, March 23rd. She also be at the Sydney Writers Festival in May speaking on the panel ‘Emotional Complexity’.

Kate Rossmanith will be appearing at the Sydney Writer’s Festival on the 3 May on the panel ‘Drawing the Line: The Ethics of True Crime Writing’ with Peter Doyle, as well as on 4 May for her own panel, ‘On Crime and Remorse’. She also published the article “Seeing the Unseeable: how viewing crime scene photos can be beneficial” (co-authored by Hugh Dillon and Jane Mowll) in The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/seeing-the-unseeable-how-viewing-crime-scene-photos-can-be-beneficial-90851

Willa McDonald presented ‘Narrative Journalism and Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’ on March 6 in the Y3A Drama Studio from 1-2pm.

Yuji Sone held the ‘Collaborative Robotics: Communication and Social Acceptance’ seminar and workshop with Professor Natsuki Oka on 15 March at 75 Talavera RD from 1-2 and 2-3pm respectively.

Rachael Gunn was an  invitational speaker on the ‘Abuse of Power’ and facilitated the ‘Gender & Sexuality’ panel at 4Elements Hip-Hop Festival at Bankstown Art Centre on the 8and 9 March: https://www.4emp.com.au/

Mary Mainsbridge published ‘Gesture-controlled musical performance: from movement awareness to mastery’ in International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 18 January 2018, p.1-18. Available: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14794713.2017.1419801

Usha Harris (23 February 2018) provided a half day community media training workshop to leaders from the Kiribati Ministry of Education and the Kiribati Climate Action Network. The group of eight participants were in Australia for 6 weeks as part of the Australia Awards Fellowships’ Resilient Leaders: Leading in Challenging Contexts program.

April 2018

What’s Happening Report April 2018

Nicole Anderson - As Director and founder of the Derrida Today biennial conferences, Nicole is currently organising this conference which is being  held in Montreal in May. There are 300 delegates from 36 countries attending and 5 keynote speakers. http://derridatoday.com.au/conference/

Nicole was an invited plenary speaker at the Animal/Non-human conference at University of Chicago in late April. https://voices.uchicago.edu/animalstudies/

With Ren Yi Nicole will also be signing an MOU and soliciting more cotutelle students from University of Illinois, Chicago, in Mid-May.

Bridget Griffen-Foley was invited to write about her 25-year-association with the Fairfax Media Archive, which has now been acquired by the State Library of NSW. 'Keeping Company' appeared in the SL Magazine, Autumn 2018. The acquisition and the article were featured in the Sun-Herald and WA Today, 31 March.

Joseph Pugliese - 'Unfinished Business of the Frontier Wars,' in Colony Australia 1770-1861/Frontier Wars, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2018, pp. 258-267

Kathryn Millard On March 23rd, Kathryn Millard presented on The Colour Wars:  The Expansion of Colour in the Post-War Era at the 'Colour in Context' Symposium

hosted by Bristol University. https://colourandfilm.wordpress.com/colour-in-context-symposium-abstracts/

From March 19th - 21st, Kathryn participated in the 3rd 'Colour in Film' Conference organised by the Colour Group (GB), HTW Berlin and the University of Zurich, with the BFI and Birkbeck, University of London.

Catherine Lumby was featured this month in conversation with Terri Senft on Macquarie University’s Pioneering Minds podcast (Episode 53—Changing Media Landscapes, Part 1.) To listen: https://soundcloud.com/pioneeringminds

Margie Borschke - This is Not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music was reviewed in The Wire (February 2018) and Neural Magazine (March 2018) http://neural.it/2018/03/margie-borschke-this-is-not-a-remix-piracy-authenticity-and-popular-music/

Julie-Anne Long curated Happy Hour at ReadyMade Studios, Ultimo. It was an evening of performances of some of Australia’s best independent dance-makers: Martin del Amo & Anton, Kathy Cogill, Nikki Heywood, & Tony Osborne, 21-22 April. More info ReadyMadeWorks.com.au/Happy-Hour,

Jeannine Baker has been awarded a British Academy Visiting Fellowship for six months to the University of Sussex.

Jeannine was interviewed on Saturday 7 April by Jen Fleming, on National Evenings (ABC radio), about the flooding of Adaminaby township and her documentary film Our Drowned Town.

Intan Paramaditha published her article, "Q! Film Festival as Cultural Activism: Strategic Cinephilia and the Expansion of a Queer Counterpublic" in the Journal of Visual Anthropology. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08949468.2018.1428015

Anthony Lambert - Interview with Duncan Lay in the article 'Sitcom TV Gets a Family Reunion', The Sunday Telegraph (15/04/18)

Terri Senft was invited to present a keynote, “Selfie & Drone: Notes on Method,” at the Selfie Subjectivities symposium, held by RMIT and Swinburne University at RMIT’s Digital Ethnographies Research Center. For more information, see https://selfiesubjectivities.wordpress.com/

Terri was featured this month in conversation with Catharine Lumby on Macquarie University’s Pioneering Minds podcast (Episode 53—Changing Media Landscapes, Part 1.) To listen: listen: https://soundcloud.com/pioneeringminds

Lauren Gorfinkel–Madrid-Morales, Dani and Gorfinkel, Lauren (2018) ‘Narratives of Contemporary Africa’ on China Global Television Network’s Documentary Series Faces of Africa. Journal of Asian and African Studies, March. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021909618762499?journalCode=jasa

other news:

The SBS & NITV Media Mentorshipare very pleased to welcome 11 new Mentees to their program in 2018. Professor Sherman Young along with academic staff from MMCCS helped welcome the new students at an informal gathering on April 10 (photo attached). Please go to the link to learn a little more about the students: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ctV6mcYYYO6NXm6O5AZarChSic0asjKQ/view?usp=sharing Kaye Harrison - Program Manager, SBS & NITV Media Mentorship

Fern Mei Sim, third year Media student in the SBS/NITV Mentorship program went to Morocco via the the Actuality Media Documentary Outreach program to make a documentary, "Flowers of Marrakech". The film was an award winner at the Avalonia Festival (in Rhode Island, USA) and a finalist at the International Tourism Film Festival: Tourfilm Riga (Latvia).

May/June 2018

What’s Happening Report – May/June 2018

Joseph Pugliese gave the keynote address ‘Vegetal Nodes of Empire, Diaspora and Settler Colonialism: Transcultural Histories of the Agave and Prickly Pear,’ at the Italian Diasporas conference convened by Co.As.It, Calandra Italian American Institute, Istituzione Musei del Mare e delle Migrazioni Genova and the Ministero dei beni e delle attivita culturali e del turismo in Melbourne on 4-8 April. Additionally he was the Conference Roundtable MC and Discussant for Italian-Indigenous Relationships: Towards a Decolonial Approach at the same conference. He also co-convened the Memorial Event and Exhibition, "Uncle Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association: Celebrating a People's History," at the Redfern Community Centre on the 21 April. He also published the refereed journal article, ‘Sexual Violence and the Border: Colonial Genealogies of US and Australian Immigration Detention Regimes, Social and Legal Studies, 27.3: 1-14 Co-authored with Suvendrini Perera.

An expression of interest for 'Developing a Digital Platform for Transnational Media Histories', led by Bridget Griffen-Foley and involving the Centre for Media History and the University of Hamburg, has been successful, meaning that it will be one of three projects Macquarie puts forward for competitive funding under the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme.

Ilona Hongisto was appointed Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Documentary Film at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland on 26 April 2018.

Anthony Lambert did a series of interviews throughout May:

Pioneering Minds, Episode 56: 'Anthony Lambert on how superheroes are changing the way we think about diversity' (May 1, 2018) https://soundcloud.com/pioneeringminds/episode-56-anthony-lambert ; 'The Cultural Phenomenon that is Marvel's Cinematic Universe' (Interview, 2SER, May 1, 2018) https://2ser.com/the-cultural-phenomenon-that-is-marvels-cinematic-universe/ ; 'Your television is telling you the future and it's not looking good' (Interview, Daily Telegraph, May 5, 2018) https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/your-television-is-telling-you-the-future-and-its-not-looking-good/news-story/31af6a81d95fc3294fbdb3525713dd6d ; 'Who Can Say what is Cultural Appropriation and what isn't?' (Interview, 2SER, May 8, 2018) https://2ser.com/who-can-say-what-is-cultural-appropriation-and-what-isnt/ ; 'The Cannes Film Festival Protest' (Interview, 2SER, May 15, 2018) https://2ser.com/cannes-film-festival-protest/ ; 'Royal Wedding: Elizabeth and Phillip' (Interview with Miranda Wood, Sydney Sunday Telegraph, Royal wedding Edition, May 20, 2018)

Helen Wolfenden presented the News and Current Affairs and Technology and Science awards at the Australian Podcasting Awards on May 5th in Melbourne. Photos and videos available here: https://australianpodcastawards.com/2018-event-gallery

Hollis Taylor will be artist-in-residence, performing and teaching violin and other instruments, and recording birds at the community school and Warmun Art Centre, WA for the month of June under the auspices of Tura New Music.

Margie Borschke gave an invited talk, "Process as product: Using social media in academic research strategies" at the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA), NSW Chapter ISAA NSW’s AGM, 17 May 2018, at the State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street Sydney. Her book This is Not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music was also reviewed in The Wire (February 2018) and Neural Magazine (March 2018) http://neural.it/2018/03/margie-borschke-this-is-not-a-remix-piracy-authenticity-and-popular-music/

Karen Pearlman

June 2018: After the Facts (short documentary) premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. Screening with the documentary 'Half the Picture’ on Sunday June 10th at 2:30pm and Thursday June 14th at 6:15pm. Other screenings of Karen Pearlman's creative practice research films included:  'Digital Afterlives' on Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival, June 23, 2018, and CASCADIA Dance & Cinema Festival in Vancouver, Canada, 2018 June 2 & 3, 2018; and 'Woman with an Editing Bench' on the Washington Jewish Film Festival, in the USA in May.

Paper presentation at Eisenstein for the 21st Century Conference Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy.

Woman with an Editing Bench screening on 'International Women of Influence' program at Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto

Jeannine Baker is presenting a paper on ‘Researching the history of women in Australian broadcasting’ at the Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV: Calling the Shots – Then, Now and Next conference in Southampton, UK, 23-25 May.

Mary Mainsbridge will be performing ‘Intangible Instruments’ for Vivid Sydney at 107 Projects, Redfern on Friday, June 8 - 8:45 - 10:45. The performance explores the intersection between voice and movement, showcasing artist-designed embodied instruments and also features new compositions by Donna Hewitt and Julian Knowles. Tickets can be booked here: https://www.vividsydney.com/event/music/107-presents-frequency

Nicole Matthews, along with Elizabeth Convery and Gitte Keidser gave the talk "Users' experience of wearing connected hearing devices: insights from semi-structured personal accounts" for Audiology Australia, International Conference Centre, Sydney 2018 May 22 2018.

Virginia Madsen will be speaking at the conference “Searching for the Australian Sound” at the Audiocraft Podcast Festival on the 2 June 2018. Other speakers include Johanna Bell, Namila Benson, Brooke Boney and Mike Williams. http://www.audiocraft.com.au/podcast-festival/#festival

Tai Nelson published a review of the book Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age by Nicole Cohen (2016) in Media International Australia: https://multisearch.mq.edu.au/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=TN_sagej10.1177_1329878X18758400&context=PC&vid=MQ&search_scope=PC_PLUS_LOCAL&tab=books_more&lang=en_US
He’s also been invited to participate in "JOB LOSS, PRECARITY AND WORK FUTURES IN JOURNALISM: A ROUNDTABLE" at University of Sydney. The June 8th discussion involves researchers from around the world and Australia, as well as practitioners and union representatives. It forms part of a suite of research activities designed to support the publication of an international edited collection on the theme What happens next? Journalism and Job Loss.

A group of West Papuan musicians and Radical Son (Kamilaroi/Tonga) have met with partners and researchers in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a recording project forming a key outcome of the linkage grant managed by Denis Crowdy. The recording consists of musical and spoken word collective testimony to the 1998 Biak massacre in West Papua. Denis and colleague Professor Heather Horst from Sydney Uni will continue fieldwork exploring social and economic justice issues around the creation and distribution of music in Port Moresby and a number of villages in Central Province in mid-late June.

MMCCS PhD Candidate Kath Kenny published a peer reviewed book chapter "First-person narratives and feminism: tracing the maternal DNA" in Mediating memory: tracing the limits of memoir (Routledge, 2018) based on research in her MRes thesis.

HDR Candidate Han Rong received an award for her paper "China at the UN", at the Public Diplomacy Interest Group meeting, at the International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference on May 27, 2018, in the Prague.

July/Aug 2018

What’s Happening Report - July/August 2018

Andrew Alter was guest editor of a Special Issue of the journal Himalaya (38.1) titled Popular Music Across the Himalayas. The Special Issue included contributions from researchers at Royal Halloway, University of Hawai'i, Lady Sriram College and the University of Cincinnati. His article titled "Encoding Spatial Experience in Garhwali Popular Music Cassettes" appears in the volume. http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/vol38/iss1/12

Naren Chitty's publication: Naren Chitty & Sabina Dias 2018 "Artificial Intelligence, Soft Power and Social Transformation".Journal of Content, Community & Communication. 4,7.

Naren Chitty spoke on "Soft Power and Civic Virtue" at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University, on 2 August 2018. Dr Patrick Macartney, JSPS Fellow, Kyoto University, spoke on "Soft power and yoga" on 7 August 2018. Professor Jayantha Dhanapala, former Chairman of the Council of the United Nations University and former Under-Secretary-General of the UN gave the Soft Power Oration on "Soft power: Hard challenges for disarmament" on 12 July 2018.

Bridget Griffen-Foley presented the keynote address, 'Keeping Company: Encountering the Fairfax Media Archive', at the Fairfax Media Archive Symposium at the State Library of NSW on 10 August: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/symposium-fairfax-media-archive

She wrote about the Nine Fairfax merger for The Conversation  https://theconversation.com/ninefairfax-deal-end-of-an-era-for-australias-media-titans-100613 and Mumbrella https://mumbrella.com.au/ninefairfax-deal-end-of-an-era-for-australias-media-titans-531951.She was also interviewed about the deal by The Wire: http://thewire.org.au/story/diversity-concerns-fairfax-says-farewell/

Sarah Keith taught the summer intensive course 'Global Korean Popular Culture' at Kyung Hee University (Seoul, South Korea) as part of their three-week Global Collaborative program. Macquarie has recently partnered with Kyung Hee University as an exchange institution.

Sarah successfully applied for a 2019 New Colombo Plan student mobility grant ($13,200). NCP grants provide funding for Australian students to undertake studies or internships in the Asia-Pacific region. This grant will enable at least 4 students from Macquarie University to travel and undertake the Global Korean Popular Culture course (and optionally another course) as part of Kyung Hee University's Global Collaborative summer program. If more students are interested and eligible, additional funding may be provided by Macquarie University to facilitate their travel. This opportunity will be advertised to students in late 2018-early 2019.

Anthony Lambert gave a radio Interview (2SER  Mornings, 14/08/18) 'Crazy Rich Asians and Representation', Available: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/e1wkC81Vq2C62vvzIn7lpk?domain=2ser.com

Julie-Anne Long

July 2-8: Attended Performance Studies International (PSi) Conference, Performance as Network: Arts, City, Culture; presented paper 'Choreographies amidst Complexity: analysing the independent dance sector in Sydney as a Complex Adaptive System (CAS)'; member of PSi Networking Artistic Response Working Group, presented 'Inside Looking Out' performance.

July 9-22: Bundanon Artist-in-Residence for 'Dance in the City' research project.

August 10-13: Bundanon Artist-in-Residence with Laura Boynes (WA) and Adelina Larsson (NSW) for 'Wonder Woman: solo performance making from a feminist perspective'.

August 25: Convenor of DanceLIFE Sessions, Readymade Works Studio, Ultimo, monthly until late 2018.

Virginia Madsen was a guest speaker at ‘The Most Unkindest Cut of All: Public Broadcasting’s Role in a Strong Democracy’, Northside Forum. Other speakers included Greg Wilesmith, Foreign Correspondent producer and former ABC Middle East correspondent, and Brett Stone, Labor Candidate for the Federal Electorate of North Sydney, http://northsideforum.org.au/forum-64-the-most-unkindest-cut-of-all-public-broadcastings-role-in-a-strong-democracy/

In July, Virginia was interviewed by ABC local radio 702 Sydney, broadcast July 1, 2018, to discuss 'the formation of the ABC' for 'This week in History' with ABC host and journalist Sarah McDonald. Audio is available as a podcast/download at http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/this-week-in-history-the-abc/9929442

She also presented ‘Radio eye, audio vision and the freeing of the feature in post war German and Australian radio’, a Joint Presentation with Director of the Centre for Media History, University of Hamburg, Hans-Ulrich Wagner, also mentioned by the Hans Bredow Institute: https://www.hans-bredow-institut.de/en/events/the-radio-conference-2018-a-transnational-forum; and ‘Radio art at the ABC: from Listening Room to no room?’ at the Biennial Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum in Prato, Italy (9-14 July). The international event featured over 150 radio and audio specialists and scholars from all over the world. This year the conference was hosted at Monash University’s Prato Centre, Italy. Program available here: https://www.radioconference2018.com/ As part of this same research trip and partly funded through the ARC project on ABC Radio National's history, Virginia interviewed a key former ABC producer and European Correspondent in London. In addition she conducted archival research at the British Library and met with the Curator Radio, Paul Wilson. While in Italy, she visited the Italian public broadcaster, RAI in Rome, and met with researchers and academics there, and arranged for audio documentary archival material to be obtained through Head Archives (Radio) in relation to her project on the history of the documentary in radio.

Mary Mainsbridge

Bondi Feast – Mary performed an original musical composition, 'Steamfields' for voice, bass, electronic percussion and body-controlled instrument, at Soma Sonic with Donna Hewitt and Alon Ilsar, as part of the Bondi Feast Festival on 26 July.

She performed a solo work, 'Intangible Spaces' at the Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC) in Limassol, Cyprus on 5 July.

Willa McDonald spoke on 10 August at an all-day symposium on the Fairfax Media Archive at the State Library of NSW. Her talk was about defamation and the work of the investigative journalist Kate McCLymont. Bridget Griffen-Foley gave the keynote address. She was largely responsible for acquisition of the archive by the library.


Alec Morgan's short documentary ‘Asio Makes A Movie’ has been invited to screen throughout August at an Arts exhibition in Berlin, Germany: ‘Ex-Embassy Exhibition and Text Series’, a section of Berlin’s Project Space Festival 2018. The documentary is part of the series ‘Present Traces’ produced by MMCCS academics, Tom Murray and Kathryn Millard and screened on the Guardian Website.

Tom Murray

In July Tom published a 2-part series on ABC Radio National’s 'The History Listen’ program, and wrote articles for ABC News and The Conversation to support them:

Ep1: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/monstrous-worm-part-1/9914656

Ep2: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/monstrous-worm-part-2/9914664

ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-17/tom-murray-quest-to-find-origins-of-lambton-worm/9979250

The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/from-dragons-to-dreaming-serpents-tracing-the-cultural-history-of-the-monstrous-lambton-worm-100015

For the week of the 6th August Tom Murray’s feature documentary 'Love in Our Own Time’ was screened in Event Cinemas across Queensland, and was the centrepiece of 'Dying to Know Week’ in that state: https://palliativecareqld.org.au/qld-palliative-care-film-night/

The film screened in cinemas in Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, and a number of local ABC and other media covered the events.

On 9 August Tom Murray’s radio documentary Douglas Grant: The Skin of Others was shortlisted in the 2018 NSW Premier’s History Prize: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about-library-awards-nsw-premiers-history-awards/digital-history-prize-formerly-multimedia-history

Tai Neilson was interviewed about the Fairfax and Nine merger on Eastside FM 89.7: https://eastsidefm.org/podcast/dr-tai-neilson-talks-about-media-mergers/

Tai also began mentoring Catrina Ly, an undergraduate student researcher who is part of the Macquarie Undergraduate Research Internship (MURI). Catrina is working with Tai on research about Social Media Editors in Australia's newsrooms.

Karen Pearlman

July 2018: Festival Guest at the 46th Annual Dance on Camera Film Festival in New York City with a screening of Digital Afterlives and a Meet the Artist talk and screening of Woman with an Editing Bench at Lincoln Center https://www.filmlinc.org/events/meet-the-artist-karen-pearlman/

Digital Afterlives (short dancefilm) also screened at San Giò Verona Video Festival

In July After the Facts screened at Revelation Perth International Film Festival, and Cinefest Oz

August 2018: Guest co-editor of the special issue of Apparatus 'Women at the Editing Table: Revising Soviet Film History of the 1920s and 30s http://www.apparatusjournal.net/index.php/apparatus/issue/view/9

Article in Apparatus, Journal of Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe,'Creative Editing, Svilova and Vertov's Distributed Cognition' by Karen Pearlman, John MacKay, John Sutton http://www.apparatusjournal.net/index.php/apparatus/article/view/122/298

Digital Afterlives will be screening at Screen Dance International, Detroit, Michigan, USA http://www.detroitdancecityfestival.com/; 2018 Fuselage Dance Film Festival, Seattle, WA, USA; CinefestOZ 2018

John Potts and Diane Hughes were awarded an APRA Music Grant 2018-19, $4,000.

John Potts and Nicole Anderson - successful ARC grant application, ARC Linkage Grant LP170101175 ‘Digitising the Kaldor Public Art Projects Archive’, $110, 986

Kate Rossmanith continues to do public appearances and presentations about her recently-published hybrid nonfiction book Small Wrongs. She presented a seminar at the Sydney Institute of Criminology (31 July); she was featured on a podcast for Good Reading magazine (19 July); and she has been invited to present on a public panel about remorse as part of the Neuroscience & Society conference (23 August). Kate is receiving positive reviews for Small Wrongs from leading Australian writers including Drusilla Modjeska (2 July, Inside Story), with the Sydney Morning Herald describing Kate's book as 'memoir-writing at its best' (review by Fiona Capp, 21 July). Together with three colleagues from Australia and Canada, Kate has secured a book contract with Routledge (2 August) to co-edit a collection: Remorse and Criminal Justice: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. The collection will showcase original chapters from world-leading scholars working in the area of remorse and the law.

Link to SMH review of Small Wrongs: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/small-wrongs-review-kate-rossmaniths-is-the-best-sort-of-memoir-writing-20180712-h12l64.html

Link to Drusilla Modjeska's review essay of Small Wrongs: http://insidestory.org.au/speaking-into-the-silence/

Link to a review of Small Wrongs and podcast I did with Good Reading magazine: https://www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au/featured-author.html

Kate’s public presentation on remorse for Neuroscience & Society conference: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/d60c4e49-0699-4dbd-82e4-570809cfec9c

Stefan Soloman recently interviewed the Portuguese filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues, for the online streaming platform Kinoscope:



Sept/Oct 2018

What's Happening Report Sept/Oct 2018

Andrew Alter published an article with PhD graduate Jasmine Dean: 'Iconic Imagination: Listening to, and Looking Back at, the Piano in Early Hindi Cinema', South Asian Film & Media 9(1): 3-20.

Andrew led the Faculty of Arts India Study Tour from 8 - 30 Sept. Students received funding for the trip from the New Columbo Plan (NCP) scheme organized by the Faculty's International Office. The Study Tour visited three of India's premier tertiary institutions: Lady Sri Ram College (Delhi), St. Xavier's College (Kolkata), and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai).

Jeannine Bakerpublished '"Once a typist always a typist": The Australian Women's Broadcasting Co-operative and the sexual division of labor at the Australian Broadcasting Commission', Feminist Media Histories, Vol. 4, no. 4 (Fall, 2018): 159-183.

In September, Jeannine attended the CAMEo annual conference on ‘Care in the cultural and media industries’ in Leicester, and presented a paper on ‘The long struggle for gender equality at the Australian Broadcasting Commission’.

Margie Borschkegave a public invited talk at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information on Oct 3.

Peter Doyle, Centre for Media Historymember, presented at Truth, Memory and the Media, at the State Library, Sept 6. This symposium was partnered by CMH and the History Council of NSW for  History Week 2018. See https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/resilient-societies/centres/centre-for-media-history/news-and-events/events/events/truth,-memory-and-the-media-symposium

Bridget Griffen-Foley published 'Keeping Company: Encountering the Fairfax Media Archive' published by Inside Story, 27 August:

https://insidestory.org.au/keeping-company-encountering-the-fairfax-media-archive/; and presented 'Looking Backward' at the Transnational Media Histories Workshop, University of Hamburg, 12 Sept.

Usha Harris'new book was published:

Harris, U. S.  (2018). Participatory Media in Environmental Communication: Engaging communities in the periphery. London: Routledge.

Available in hardback and ebook:  https://www.routledge.com/Participatory-Media-in-Environmental-Communication-Engaging-Communities/Harris/p/book/9781138655287


'Climate change is the greatest environmental, economic, social and moral challenge of our time. While science can explain, we need stories to connect and inspire. Harris’s book is a celebration of the power and richness of storytelling in the Pacific, not just to illuminate the problems, but to shine a light towards the solutions.' -- Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Biology, Macquarie University, Australia

'This volume is a breathtaking endeavour that shows how today’s big questions are those related to the intertwining of the local and the digital in environmental communication. Redefining what it means to take a bottom-up approach, this volume gives voice to the island communities of the Pacific, and in doing so, makes clear how much stories and narratives matter to environmental communication.' -- Pieter Maeseele, Associate Professor and Head of the science and environmental communication divisions of IAMCR and ECREA, University of Antwerp, Belgium

'The book’s diversity, networking and agency (DNA) framework should be adopted by environmental planners and social mobilisers. I will not hesitate to endorse this book to environmental workers in the international development assistance community, particularly those involved in climate change adaptation initiatives. Educators should make this work required reading for both environmental science and development communication students.' -- Alexander G. Flor, PhD, Professor, UP Scientist and Dean of Information and Communication Studies, University of the Philippines (Open University)

Ilona Hongistois organising a symposium on Tuesday October 16, 2018, at the MMCCS Screen Studio (with A/Prof Robert Sinnerbrink from Philosophy) on The Ethics and Aesthetics of Audiovisual Fabulation. Invited speaker: Associate Professor Gregory Flaxman from the University of North Carolina, USA. All welcome.

Diane Hugheshas received from the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS). The award was given in recognition of service to ANATS over a significant period of change and for ongoing commitment to mentorship and guidance within the profession of singing and singing teaching in Australia.

Anthony Lambert's 'The gender revolution of Generation Z', interview with Sarah Maguire, The Lighthouse, Macquarie University, was on 6 SeptAvailable:


Julie-Anne Long was invited to present an existing work Val, The Invisibleand premier new workunentitled #3: Queenie, The Defender at Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s largest international art fair, 12-16 Sept.She was also invited to speak on a panel ‘The Politicised Body’, to discuss her research and performance practice ‘The Invisibility Project’, as part of Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, 13 Sept.

Julie-Anne also presented a paper, ‘Choreographies amidst Complexity: the independent dance sector in Sydney at Readymade Works Studio’at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies Research Seminar, Sydney University, 21 Sept.

Catharine Lumby submitted an ARC Linkage grant on cultural diversity in Australian media partnered with Google and the MEAA. She was also asked to be an adviser to the Museum of Australian Democracy on a major new permanent gallery examining the public sphere and the state of democracy.

Virginia Madsenpublished a book chapter in Oct, ‘Transnational encounters and peregrinations of the radio documentary imagination’in Golo Föllmer and Alexander Badenoch (eds) Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Mediumwith Transcript Verlag. 2018-10-02, ISBN: 978-3-8376-3913-1  See also https://cup.columbia.edu/book/transnationalizing-radio-research/9783837639131and https://www.transcript-verlag.de/en/978-3-8376-3913-1/transnationalizing-radio-research/?number=978-3-8376-3913-1

She also presented a paper at the Transnational Media Histories Workshop, University of Hamburg, 12 Sept.

Nicole Matthewsand Justine Lloyd presented a paper at the 2018 Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in Sydney on Sept 1, entitled "Who's listening? Practices of social justice listening within an advocacy coalition for policy change around hearing and deafness".

Alex Mesker,Centre for Media History Associate member, was invited as an Early Career researcher to present a paper, 'Crossing Borders: techno-electronic music and media art cultures as trans-national "new media" history' for the recent Trilateral MQ-FU-HAM (Macquarie University, Fudan, Shanghai, and Hamburg Universities) Conference organized by the University of Hamburg 10-12 Sept.

Kathryn Millard's filmExperiment 20has been nominated for 'Best Docudrama' and 'Best Short Documentary' in the ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards -

Industry category.  The verbatim noir film was written, produced and directed by Kathryn Millard with a score composed and performed by Andrew Robson.

Alec Morgan’s multi-award winning documentary on the Stolen Generations Lousy Little Sixpence(1983) has been selected for the film festival “The Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence”. The festival will screen ‘26 landmark documentary films of the past seven decades from around the world'. It will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Arts at Circular Quay and Riverside Theatres in Parramatta from 28 November – 9 December.

Tom Murray, Centre for Media Historymember, presented ‘Drawing histories from the archive: Extracting stories’as part of the Truth and History Panel at Truth, Memory and the Media, at the State Library, Sept 6, 2018. This symposium was partnered by CMH and the History Council of NSW for  History Week 2018.

See https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/resilient-societies/centres/centre-for-media-history/news-and-events/events/events/truth,-memory-and-the-media-symposium

Tom also presented ‘(Re)Creating the Past in Documentary Film’ for Different Pasts, Foreign Countries, a one-day symposium organised by The Centre for Applied History and the Department of English, Friday 7th September.

Screening and presentation on 'The Skin of Others: When Douglas Grant Met Henry Lawson' (2018). Creating past worlds in documentary film.

Intan Paramaditha's article, 'Narratives of Discovery: Joshua Oppenheimer's Films on Indonesia's Mass Killings and the Global Human Rights Discourse', was published in the Journal of Social Identities, Sept 3:


She was interviewed by Peril Magazine, Sept 9: http://peril.com.au/current-edition/skin-in-the-game/five-questions-with-intan-paramaditha/, and interviewed writer Sharlene Teo for Electric Literature, Sept 13: https://electricliterature.com/ponti-is-about-how-society-turns-women-into-monsters-b30deb55f4c3

Intan will be involved in Cipta Media Ekspresi/ Ford Foundation Workshop for women artists and researchers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Oct 13-15.

Karen Pearlman's short documentary After the Factscontinues screening on the film festival circuit.  In September/October it has been at the Adelaide Film Festival, the Sydney Underground Film Festival, the Heart of Gold Film Festival (QLD) and the Antenna International Documentary Film Festival (Sydney) in October.  Her short dance film Digital Afterlivestravelled the world without her, screening at CAPITOL Dance & Cinema Festival, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, held on Sept 8-9; at Agite y Sirva Festival, which ran from Aug 9 to Sept 16 in Mexico City, and Oct 22 - 26 in Puebla; at 40 North Dance Film Festival between Sept 21-Oct 6; Dance Films After Dark on Sept 30; at the International DanceFilmFestival, Brussels on 6 Oct; at OGA (Ospizio Giovani Artisti) Video Exhibitions, in Rome on Oct 15; at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival Oct 11-14, and at the Portland Dance Film Fest on Oct 12 – 21.

Also in this period Karen presented papers at:

the Sydney University/Sydney Underground Film Festival Conference 'Inhuman Screens' (14 Sept 2018) and three Macquarie University Research workshops:

Music, Emotion, Performance – embodied and distributed perspectives workshop (13 Sept)

CAVE culture and cognition workshop, (8th Oct)

CAVE Art, Evolution, and Cognition: New Perspectives on Cinematic Narrative Workshop (19 Oct)

John Potts' article ‘Futurism, Futurology, Future Shock, Climate Change: Visions of the Future from 1909 to the Present’ was published in Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies Vol 15 No 1-2 (2018) pp. 99 – 116, DOI: https://doi.org/10.5130/portal.v15i1-2.5810

Joseph Pugliese had several articles published:

Pugliese, J, 2018, ‘Repetitions of Violence: On David Dungay’s and Fazel Chegeni Nejad’s Inquest,’ Overland, 28 August. Co-authored with Suvendrini Perera. https://overland.org.au/2018/08/repetitions-of-violence-the-inquests-for-david-dungay-and-fazel-chegeni-nejad/; and Pugliese, J, 2018, ‘As Above, So Below: Visual Technologies of the Aftermath, Testimonies of the More-Than-Human and the Politico-Aesthetics of Massacre Sites,’ Social Identities.

Joseph was also interviewed by 3CR Radio, Doin’ Time, on the David Dungay Inquest, 6 Aug: https://www.3cr.org.au/dointime/episode-201808131600/david-dungay-deaths-custody-no-deportations; and was an invited speakerfor“How Do We Have a Conversation About Islam?” Symposium, Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, 15 Sept.

Andrew Robsonpublished an article in Jazz Research Journal: "Bernie McGann and Bundeena: Mythologizing an Austral jazz icon."  Jazz Research Journal 11 (2):177-201. https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/JAZZ/article/view/34526/35048</div>

Kate Rossmanith’smonograph Small Wrongs was released in the UK (6 Sept). She visited London, Scotland and Wales, presenting a public talk (25 Sept) and a faculty seminar paper (26 Sept) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; and she was one of twelve scholars invited to present at a workshop on remorse in criminal justice at Cardiff University (27-28 Sept). Kate presented at a symposium at Macquarie University’s Department of Cognitive Science (13 Sept), and a guest lecture for a law course at UTS (13 Oct). Small Wrongs has been long-listed for the national Nib Literary Award, and it is continuing to receive endorsements and reviews internationally from within the academic community and outside it: ‘I love this book. Kate Rossmanith does everything I want a nonfiction writer to do. Small Wrongs is dazzling’ (Claire Dederer, New York Times bestselling author and critic);  ‘Beautifully written… accessible… a particularly useful teaching resource. I have no hesitation in recommending Small Wrongs’ (European Journal of Probation, SAGE).

Stefan Solomanhas just published ‘The Imitation Game: Jean Eustache’s My Little Loves’ in the dossier ‘The Second Generation: French Cinema After the New Wave’ in Senses of Cinema 88 (October 2018): http://sensesofcinema.com/2018/after-the-french-new-wave/the-imitation-game-jean-eustaches-my-little-loves/


Centre for Media History News:

The Centre for Media Historyparticipated in the recent Trilateral MQ-FU-HAM (Macquarie University, Fudan, Shanghai, and Hamburg Universities) Conference organized by the University of Hamburg 10-12 September. Members also presented papers in the Transnational Media Histories Workshop, held 12-13 September, organized by Dr Hans-Ulrich Wagner, Director of the Centre for Media History in Hamburg. CMH’s Dr Madsen and Prof. Griffen-Foley also participated in a business meeting to plan the next two years of the now Trilateral partnership’s activities and events. Papers and proposals were presented by Director, CMH, Dr Virginia Madsen and joint lead of the project, Prof. Bridget Griffen-Foley in our session: Histories, Archives, Soundings. Bridget Griffen-Foley looked back on the achievements of the partnership since 2015, and shared with the workshop insights from her research relating to transnational media history, Australian and US radio. Virginia Madsen presented two papers: the first explored a proposal for the partnership to develop in the next phase: a digital environment prototype for writing collaborative transnational media history, and to be based on restituting and re-sounding significant archives with transnational resonance, impacts or import. This proposal drew on Madsen’s research collaboration with Dr Wagner. The second presentation was designed to open up greater contact in research around a common theme, to involve all three universities (Departments/Centres) working in media and media history. Madsen suggested we could find ways to explore the theme of the port city (Sydney, Hamburg and Shanghai), collaborating and sharing research to ‘sound the port city’ within frameworks of time and (urban) spaces.

CMH Associate member Dr Alex Mesker was invited as an Early Career researcher to the event and presented: Crossing Borders: techno-electronic music and media art cultures as trans-national ‘new media’ history. MMCCS PhD candidate Fereydoun Pelarek was also awarded a travel grant to attend the events and present a Poster on his project: Going Loopy – Sound Design Techniques of Live Looping Media.

The Centre for Media History was also a partner in the special History Council of NSW’s History Week 2018symposium: Truth, Memory and the Media. This half-day symposium brought together members of the Centre for Media Historyand Centre for Applied Historyat Macquarie University, to explore the intersections of truth and memory in journalism, documentary and feature films, and the ways that crime, in/justice and death are documented and remembered. Speakers covered topics related to the theme of truth and memory in media, including the history of ‘fake news’; the search for Aboriginal sovereignty; the final days of Aboriginal ‘bushranger’ Jimmy Governor; and history on screen. Centre for Media History members presenting included Dr Tom Murray and Assoc Prof. Peter Doyle. The event was held at the State Library, Sept 6, 1-5pm. See https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/resilient-societies/centres/centre-for-media-history/news-and-events/events/events/truth,-memory-and-the-media-symposium

With five rich veins of enquiry, two research centres and strong industry connections, research is a core strength of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. A focus on exploring ideas ensures the department’s content and teaching remains current, consistent and in line with our values.

Macquarie University was recognised as ‘above world standard’ for Communication and Media Studies in the 2015-16 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings, Australia’s national research evaluation framework.

Departmental staff are practitioners, as well as academics, and are renowned in their fields. Research is informed by robust industry links, including Professor Catharine Lumby’s strong role in supporting culture change within the National Rugby League.

Supported by world-class production facilities, research projects are often embedded in creative practice, merging creation with documentation, analysis and dissemination to deliver insights that improve our collective understanding.

International affiliations

The Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies also fosters deep, continuing relationships through cotutelles that enable Macquarie University research students to concurrently enrol at international research universities in China, United Kingdom, Europe and the USA.

Research clusters

Research projects examine important and diverse aspects of how individuals and institutions produce, perceive, engage with, and become shaped by various aspects of traditional and new media, music and culture.

Critical Inquiry

The Critical Inquiry research cluster aims to investigate and critique the relations of knowledge/power that inscribe and constitute institutions, ontologies, texts, bodies, technologies and everyday practices. It is committed to articulating the genealogies and histories that inform and shape the present. It engages with work committed to ethical inquiry and social justice, and it understands social justice as a category that encompasses the broadest spectrum of life forms and nonhuman entities.

Cluster leader: Professor Joseph Pugliese

Cluster members: Associate Professor Nicole Anderson, Dr Margie Borschke, Dr Florence Chiew, Dr Ian Collinson, Ms Jillian Kramer, Dr Anthony Lambert, Dr Sabine Krajewski, Dr Nicole Matthews, Dr Undine Sellbach, Dr Jane Simon, Dr Catherine Simpson, Dr Liza-Mare Syron, Dr Hollis Thomas

Creative Ecologies Lab

Research leader: Professor Kathryn Millard

Visit the Creative Ecologies Lab website

MMCCS staff who are working in this research concentration include:

  • Catharine Lumby: gender studies, media studies, media law and ethics, young people and media, online and social media, media regulation, journalism futures
  • Maree Delofski: documentary film and history; documentary methodologies; documentary screenwriting; documentary and identity
  • Lauren Gorfinkel: Chinese television, China's softpower and the media
  • Iqbal Barkat: film production, screen media, philosophy and community video
  • Kathryn Millard: writing for the screen; film and social psychology; the digital essay; innovative screen production
  • Kate Rossmanith: performance and the law; rehearsal studies
  • Yuji Sone: theatre and performance studies
  • Anthony Lambert: film and visual culture
  • Tom Murray: documentary and visual ethnography practice; screen studies; audio-visual research methodologies
Research projects
  • Maree Delofski: Macquarie University Research Development Grant for Negotiating Histories in the First-Person Film. In our digital era there has been an increase in the production of first person documentary, where researcher-filmmakers reflect on their personal histories in the first person. This practice-led research project investigates a potential for the first person documentary to interrogate the wider world. Its significance is to utilise non-fiction film's 'doubling' as both investigation means and research dissemination method and to develop an innovative approach to representing histories for substantial audiences.
  • Kathryn Millard: 'Off the Page: Screenwriting in a Digital Era,' Book, forthcoming 2013; Reinterpreting Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority Experiments via Film (involves both creative projects and critical writing)
  • Anthony Lambert: Research investigating the nexus between cinema and social policy/social inclusion in the Howard era and beyond; also working toward edited collection in Australian visual culture
  • Yuji Sone: Research project in progress, 'Mechatronic Imagination: Human-Robot Interaction, Performance, and Cultural Memory in Japan.' This project examines how Japanese next-generation robots are presented and perceived, highlighting particular Japanese attitudes to technology, embodiment and performance.
  • Iqbal Barkat: I am working on my PhD Thesis on novelty in cinema. I trace this novelty to the work of Dziga Vertov, a pioneering film-maker in the early Soviet Union. Mortar is an independent feature film that I am making as part of my PhD. It is a film that seeks to explore what Robert Koehler calls 'cinema of in-betweeness' - refusing categories of fiction or non-fiction, drama or documentary.  It follows the life of a woman whose house was destroyed by demolition exercises carried out by the ADF. She has lived in a broken house for over fifty years and is still seeking reparations.
  • Tom Murray: I am currently working on a project called The Other War. This research project is a practice-led investigation into representations of Australian and Pacific indigenous soldiers in WW1. It will include the repatriation of significant cultural records from European archives and will seek to document a post-colonial chapter in the aesthetics of 'otherness'.

Media and Journalism Futures

Research leaders: Professor Catharine Lumby and Professor John Potts

MMCCS staff working in this research concentration are:

  • Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley: media history, radio and television, Australian media.
  • Professor Catharine Lumby: gender studies, media studies, media law and ethics, young people and media, online and social media, media regulation, journalism futures.
  • Professor John Potts: media history, network culture, technology studies, art history, intellectual history.
  • Dr Margie Borschke:  social and cultural research on media use, with an emphasis on copies and copying practices.
  • Dr Steve Collins: technology, disruption, music industry, creativity and copyright law.
  • Dr Qin Guo: new media and civil society.
  • Dr Rowan Tulloch: video games and culture; the gamification of education; digital communities and economies
  • Dr Jeannine Baker: Australian media history and women's history.
  • Dr Li Ji: Public diplomacy and soft power, media and foreign policy, social media (focus on analysis), international security and terrorism.
    Research projects:
Research projects
  • Jeannine Baker: Australian radio and women listeners, 1930s-1980s.This project will analyse how the Australian adult female radio audience was imagined, constructed and perceived by broadcasters, as well as studying women's actual listening habits and program preferences, from the 1930s to the 1980s.
  • Margie Borschke: The cultural politics of intellectual property and the cultural history of unauthorised use and reproduction. The aesthetic dimensions of networked distribution and the persistence of analog media formats in digital culture.
  • Bridget Griffen-Foley: Funded by an ARC Future Fellowship, a history of Australian radio listeners and television viewers. With colleagues Virginia Madsen, John Potts and John Tebbutt, a cultural history of ABC Radio National.
  • Li Ji has been working on the conceptual development of national image and methodological exploration of the analysis of soft power strategies and practices in several publications. Fanning out from her initial research interests in public diplomacy and media discourse analysis, Li also investigates international security and terrorism. She is attempting to investigate how a militant ideology is emanating from terrrorists through the Internet especially through social media.
  • John Potts: ARC Linkage Grant project, 'When Art Meets Science: Creating an Environmental Portrait of the Shoalhaven River Valley'. ARC Discovery Grant, with colleagues Virginia Madsen, Bridget Griffen-Foley and John Tebbutt, a cultural history of ABC Radio National. Author of The New Time and Space (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Rowan Tulloch: The Gamification of Higher Education. This project explores the potential advantages and disadvantages of the 'gamification' of higher education.

Music and Sound Cultures

Research leader: Professor Julian Knowles

MMCCS staff who are working in this research concentration include:

  • Bridget Griffen-Foley: radio history, Australian media, audience reception
  • Mark Evans: film music and sound; contemporary religious music; Small Island Cultures
  • Andrew Alter: World Music discourses; Ethnography of copyright
  • Steve Collins: Remix culture; music industry and distribution; copyright law
  • Ian Collinson: identity and popular music
  • Guy Morrow: music production and social psychology; creativity and collaboration; artist management in the music industry
  • Tony Lewis: Music of West African drum ensembles; rhythm studies
  • Alex Mesker: computer music; cartoon music
  • John Scannell: popular music studies
  • Sarah Keith: music technology; generative music; popular music
  • Bruce Johnson: music; sonic cultures
  • Diane Hughes: vocal artistry; new music industries; singing pedagogy
  • Denis Crowdy: Melanesian music; music production aesthetics; critical eco-musicology
  • Peter Doyle: popular music studies
  • Virginia Madsen: radio and broadcasting studies; sound studies; sound arts
  • John Potts: radio history and sound art studies
Research projects
  • Mark Evans: An 8 book series for Equinox Publishing (UK) that considers the sonic attributes of film sound in various feature film genres. Four books published already with 2 in production and 2 to be commissioned
  • Steve Collins: Music 2.0: The Future(s) of Music (Equinox)
  • Guy Morrow: MQ Research Development grant to research career development strategies within new music industries
  • Andrew Alter:  2012 ARC grant application with Adrian McNeil, Denis Crowdy, Stephen Collins titled "Copyright and the Global Musician: Creative Practices and Musical Ownership amongst Traditional and Transcultural Musicians in Australia". Project summary: "Virtual home studios, Web 2.0 technologies and databases of distant sound samples have commodified 'traditional' music in ways that were unthinkable only a decade ago. This project will investigate musical creativity amongst musicians working in the area of 'World Music' practice, most of whom interact with these new digital environments at some point in their careers. Many have chosen to cross cultural boundaries to create hybrid musical forms. By interviewing numerous musicians, we will document and analyse the unique circumstances of copyright practice in the Australian World Music industry. Who owns what sounds, and how should financial compensation be organized are two big questions for the current century.
  • Tony Lewis: Revision of PhD thesis for publication as a book. Topic: Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. The book conducts musicological analysis of the complex music of the Baluan Island garamut ensembles. The processes of working to that end necessarily bring the researcher into direct consideration of numerous further issues, including learning and teaching processes in an oral society, perceptions and representations of "complexity" in music, the relationship between transcription and cognition, perceptions of cultural ownership and "authenticity", and the role of the ethnomusicologist in the transmission of cultural knowledge.
  • Sherman Young: Authoring a book, The Future of Music, forthcoming Equinox Publishing.
  • Sarah Keith: Currently working on a project (with four other Music staff: Diane Hughes, Denis Crowdy, Guy Morrow and Mark Evans) focusing on artist career development and its relation to contemporary technologies of communication and production. This project is funded by a Macquarie Research Development Grant.
  • Diane Hughes: Team leader in research project: Career Development Strategies within the New Music Industries, MQRDG 2012: Historically, contemporary music has been monopolised by major record labels. A notable consequence of this control has been that independent artists and musicians have typically not had access to similar opportunities, distribution avenues or promotional exposure afforded by the major labels. New industrial practices, avenues for music distribution and the associated democratisation of technology have decentralised major label domination. In doing so, new music industries have created a diverse range of platforms and opportunities that challenge the conventional model of career development in contemporary music. The project addresses the need for research that investigates career development and management skills in the multi-industry landscape. It investigates the contributory factors and technological influences on career development in new music industries. In determining the impact of these on career development, the study aims to identify new and evolving career paths and strategies.
  • Denis Crowdy: A critique of ideas surrounding sustainability in music through a comparison of circa-Independence music production with commercial music in Papua New Guinea.
  • Virginia Madsen: Book project: The Other Documentary: Radio and the Film Sonore, a history of the documentary in international radio and audio over the 20th century.
  • John Potts: ARC Discovery Application, LCI Virginia Madsen, CI John Potts: History of ABC Radio National

Oceania and Asia

Research leader: Dr Denis Crowdy

MMCS staff who are working in this research concentration include:

  • Andrew Alter: music and ritual in South Asia
  • Lauren Gorfinkel: Chinese media (especially television, including television in its online form), China's softpower and the media
  • Maya Rangathan: South Asian news media; media and identities; online media and nationalist ideologies
  • Iqbal Barkat: screen media, badiou, community, technology
  • Qin Guo: development communication; public diplomacy; new media and civil society (in China)
  • Usha Harris: Pacific Islands media; climate change; participatory media, human rights, community
  • Tony Lewis: Music of Papua New Guinea garamut ensembles
  • Mark Evans: Small Island Cultures
  • Yuji Sone: Japanese techno-culture and performance
  • Denis Crowdy: Melanesian music
  • Anthony Lambert: Australian culture; Australasia and Pacific Islands; Australasian cinemas and screen culture
  • Tom Murray: Australian and Pacific Indigenous history
Research projects
  • Maya Rangathan: Co-authoring a book on reportage of 10 events by Indian media that changed journalistic practices and values (Sage)
  • Qin Guo: Project on communication in the global network society, investigating and comparing Australia and China's perspectives and strategies of communication in the globalising network
  • Usha Harris: The use of participatory media to better understand climate change impacts on heritage and human rights in the Pacific
  • Denis Crowdy: A critique of ideas surrounding sustainability in music through a comparison of circa-Independence music production with commercial music in Papua New Guinea
  • Lauren Gorfinkel: I am working on a paper examining how China Central Television (CCTV) is portraying China's role in the world and China-Africa relations in the context of its first overseas television channel 'CCTV Africa' and the related 'I Love Africa' mobile app launched in 2012. This is intended to become part of a larger project on China's multimedia and multilingual global media outreach and soft power push.
  • Anthony Lambert: Editor of international journal Studies in Australasian Cinema (2010 - ongoing)


Staff from Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies are on the Editorial Boards as Managing Editors of the following journals:

HDR research projects

Current HDR research projects

Angel, Susan

Retracing the Tragedy Track

Avieson, Bunty

The voice of The Dragon: Launching a newspaper in Bhutan

Ayyar, Mohan

Bharathanatyam Composition

Bau, Valentina

Communication for Development as a Tool for Peace-Building and Reconciliation

Bauder, Amy

A critical history of Australian country music

Berry, Vanessa

Cataloguing Sydney: Blogging and the classification of urban experience

Blumberg, Sandra

Definition, Development, and Practice of Intercultural Communication Competence: Case Studies in the Australian Corporate Section.

Booker, Emily

Children, Television and new technologies: How children engage with and use narratives in televisual content

Bruining, Dennis

Transgender and Corporeality

Burgess, Noel

The sound of memory: A compositional framework to interpret digital memories.

Burrell, Gillian

The Promise of Memory

Cameron, Neil

Music of the Anglican Church of Sydney 1869-1962

Chou, Yu-Ling

Trans/forming images in Taiwan

Cox, James

The Architects of Culture: Shared Listening Histories in Hip Hop Outside of America

Davis, Anthony

Point of View in the Novel

Davis, Rhonda

Central Street Gallery 1966-1970.

Dawson, Victoria

Narrative Construction in Biographical Non-Fiction Film

Dean, Jasmine

Bollywood Middle Cinema: A Critical History

Dynon, Nicholas

Contending discourses of corporate social responsibility in contemporary China

Ely-Harper, Kerreen

Phenomenology of volunteerism

Evans, Sandy

Carnatic Jazz intercultural music in Australia: creating new music for improvisers featuring the saxophone

Fletcher, David-Jack

Techno-patriarch's assault on the feminine: Representations of the feminine in post 1970's sci-fi cinema

Gabriel, Jamie

Analysis of Keith Jarrett Trio Solos.

Ghosh, Shruti

Performance and the Performing Body: Choreography in Popular Hindi Film (1930s-1990s)

Gibson, Janet

(Not) saying it right: dementia 'Tellino' theatre

Gilberthorpe, Joel

Derrida on translation

Gilfillan, Emily

Managing choreographic processes: A case study of professional contemporary dance practices in Australia.

Grant, Patrick

The Unfinished Comics: Process & Poetics in Cartooning

Groom, Dean

Conceptions and motivations of parents towards networked video games for early years children.

Gunn, Rachael

Becoming B-girl in the Sydney breaking scene

Hapsari, Twediana Budi

Audience Segmentation in Indonesian Moslem Society

Hoad, Catherine

Power, masculinity and nationhood in heavy metal music

Irwin, Hannah

'Up the Airy Mountain, Down the Rushy Glen': Psychogeography and the Influence of Celtic Fairy Lore

James, Gareth

The political significance of South Korean cinema

Kelloway, Larissa

Pilates methodology and the posture and vocal quality of singers.

Keogh, Brent

Analyzing World Music Discourse in Australia

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"Exile on Main Street"

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Infrastructure of colonial war: White regimes of power and the northern territory emergency response

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Pedagogical influences on vocal identity and the singing voice in popular culture musics.

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Behind-the-sounds: the evolution of film soundtrack roles in Australia and New Zealand

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Polytonality and Jazz.

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China's music industry: Evolution, development and convergence

Li, Weijia

A comparison of deconstructionism in western and eastern culture.

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Postsecular Narratives in Contemporary Fiction and Cinema

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A Comparative Study of Contemporary Western Narrative Theory and Chinese Narrative Thoughts During the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Lyons, Siobhan

Literary Celebrity from Romanticism to Twenty-first Century Mass Media

Macdonald, Paul

Genocide in the Media: How lens and page shape our view of humanity's darkest hours

Mairata, James

Prizing the Popular: The Poetics, Cognitive Strategies & Emotion System at Owrk in the Films Directed by Steven Spielberg

Manoharan, Pravina

The Development of Temple Music in Malaysia.

Mees, Cleo

Reading (is writng, is discovering) a City: A Study of the Essay Film, Reader Response and Greater Sydney

Mesker, Alex

Music composition in Hanna Barbera films 1960-1975

Milani, Ehsan

'I participate therefore I am': A comparative analysis of interactivity and deliberative practices in online news journals

Mobbs, Belinda

The feminine body in contemporary media texts

Monro, Veronica

Investigating the musical creativities of the singer-songwriter.

Moore, David

Songwriting, voice, identity and authenticity

Morrison, Glenn

Place, Reconciliation and the Australian Writer.

Muda, Suhaini

Sustaining collaborative partnership in an ICT-based community service organisation to empower children in orphanages: Perspectives form multiple stakeholders

Muscat, Tanya

Representations in News: an Ethnographic Study of the Production Process in Commercial Television.

O'Grady, Patrick

Studio-based songwriting

Palombo, Lara

The racial camp and the production of the political citizen: a genealogy of contestation.

Papadimitriou, David

Abandoned Meanings: The Unexpected Themes and Intensities of American Suburbia

Patrickson, Bronwin

Narrative in computer games, mixed-media storytelling

Pavlovic, Mirko

Framing & Conflict: Bosnia's Constituent Peoples and Issues of Power, Demand, Foreign Influence & Leadeship

Pelarek, Terry

MIAS, Gesture-controlled Virtual Analogue Synthesis in Contemporary Dance

Peltz, Philipp

Artist-Entrepreneurship in the Digital Recording Industry - Emergence, Practices and Implications

Prodanovic, Branka

Gender Politics in Media Representations of Ethniciity

Ryan, Robert

Does censorship make for a more decent society?

Sherriff, Adrian

The application and practice of South Indian rhythmic principles within improvisatory musical contexts

Simpson, Sarah

Metaphysics and the feature screenplay - Can film really be Philosophy?

Small, Virginia

"Are you the real McCoy?" A historical analysis of the commercial and Fourth Estate identities of Australian newspapers and their framing of the "Bali Nine" and the "Bali Bombers"

Springett, Selina

Listening to Country: Deep Mapping: Sonic Cortogrpahy and Locative Media in Urban Australia

Strazzullo, Guy

World Jazz guitar fusion: A critical approach to intercultural improvisation

Sully, Andrew

The Audiovisual Documentation of Investigation of Cases of Political Violence.

Thornton, Daniel

The identification within Australian culture of the musical parameters that define corporate expressions of worship

Tran, Anh Khoa

Asian Cinema: A history of displacement.

Vidler, Steven

The role of empathy in constructing meaning in narrative film

Walker, Clinton

Reverse Crossover: Robert Stigwood's Greatest Hits

White, Kyra

The femme fatale in post-war film noir

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Internet governance and institutional convergence

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A Comparison of Developments in Chinese and Australian Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century

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Dostoyevsky's The Double; an improvised film

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