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MMCCS Jan - Feb 2019 Newsletter

What’s Happening Report Jan-Feb 2019

Jeannine Baker

Jeannine Baker presented a seminar paper entitled ‘Working for Auntie Beeb’ to the Television & Screen Cultures in Transition group at Utrecht University, on 14 January.

Jeannine Baker co-convened (with Dr Victoria Jaynes) an interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Gendered labour, technology and media’ at the University of Sussex on 12 January, with participants from the UK, Switzerland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Dennis Crowdy

Denis Crowdy gave a paper extending from recent fieldwork in Papua New Guinea on music and mobile phones in December at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. He has also coded and released a beta version of an app documenting the Byak massacre in West Papua. The app contains tracks from a recently produced album as a

Linkage grant output, video, spoken word, visual art, and the testimony text itself.

Bridget Griffen-Foley

Bridget Griffen-Foley was featured in the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald regarding the Atlassian founders buying the houses previously owned by the Fairfax family.

Usha Harris

Usha Harris was invited as a Plenary Session speaker to the Media and Communication in Sustainable Development conference held at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India on February 11-13, 2019. Visva-Bharati was founded by Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, and is India's first Institute of National Importance. Usha shared her research on the use of participatory media by Pacific Island communities for awareness raising about climate change.

Anthony Lambert

‘How Game of Thrones finale will be most-talked about TV event in history,’ Interview with Duncan Lay, The Sunday Telegraph, 10/02/19, Available:


‘Why is Ted Bundy so hot right now,’ (Radio Interview), The Daily, Radio 2SER, 12/02/19, Available:


Julie-Anne Long

New book chapter:

Julie-Anne Long (2019) ‘People Like Us: Revolutions in Australian Theatre,’ in  B. Sellers-Young & J. R. McCutcheon (Eds). Narrative in performance (pp. 187-204). London: Red Globe Press/Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/Narrative-in-Performance/?K=9781352004168

Catharine Lumby

The Age of Consent, a co-edited book with Kate Gleeson, is now in press with UWA Publishing.

Catharine Lumby did interviews over January with the Sydney Morning Herald, 2SER Radio and a half hour segment on Focus on ABC 702.


Broede Carmody 2019, ‘Gillette defends controversial short film 'The Best Men Can Be', The Sydney Morning Herald, January 16 https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/gillette-defends-controversial-short-film-the-best-men-can-be-20190116-p50rrl.html

Interview on 2SER The Daily regarding Barbie dolls’ influence on body image.

Focus on 702 on NRL Education. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/focus/focus/10768938

Kathryn Millard

Kathryn Millard gave an invited presentation ‘Colour Wars’ at the 4th ‘Colour in Film Conference’ held February 25-27, 2019, at the British Film Institute in late February. The Conference was organised by the Colour Group of Great Britain, HTW Berlin and the University of Zurich. http://colour-in-film.net/2019-conference

Alec Morgan

Alec’s MQRF project, the feature documentary ‘Ablaze’ has recently secured the services of the experienced distribution/exhibition agency, Umbrella Entertainment, for a national cinema release in 2020. This will coincide with an exhibition of the film works of the documentaries protagonist, the Aboriginal cultural leader Bill Onus, at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Motion Image), Federation Square, Melbourne. The film has also attracted the services of the highly reputable distributors Poor House International in the UK for international screenings and educational exhibitions. Baker McKenzie, the second largest law firm in the world, has generously offered to provide legal advice to the production on a pro bono basis.

Tai Neilson

Tai Neilson published a chapter titled ‘A Band of Northmen’ in Gerd Beyer’s edited volume Heavy Metal at the Movies. The chapter addresses intertextual relationships between metal music and filmic representations of Vikings. The book is published by Routledge and, also, includes a chapter by MMCCS alumnus, Catherine Hoad.

Neilson, T., & Neilson, G. (2019). ‘A Band of Northmen,’ in Gerd Beyer (ed.) Heavy Metal at the Movies. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Heavy-Metal-at-the-Movies/Bayer/p/book/9781138571594

Intan Paramaditha


Intan Paramaditha’s essay, ‘Mother, Monster,’ was published in the online version of Oh Comely magazine, January 28, 2019: http://ohcomely.co.uk/stories/mothermonster

The print version was published in Oh Comely Midwinter Issue (no. 46).

Her upcoming novel, The Wandering, received the PEN Translates Award from the English PEN and PEN/ Heim Translation Fund Grant from PEN America. Here is the media coverage:


Apple and Knife  was selected in Vintage Books Read Women program, where they pair a new book alongside a classic by women writers for Vintage Women Book Club.


Interview: ‘Elaine Chiew Converses with Indonesian Feminist Gothic Writer Intan Paramaditha.’ February 2, 2019. Asian Books Blog. http://www.asianbooksblog.com/2019/02/elaine-chiew-converses-with-indonesian.html

Upcoming events (March):

Intan has been invited as one of the Indonesian representatives for the 2019 London Book Fair, March 12-14, 2019. She will be speaking at several events including in the English PEN Literary Salon: https://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/en/Sessions/71325/Intan-Paramaditha-in-conversation-with-Sharlene-Teo

She will also speak at Essex Book Festival on March 15, 2019: ‘Apple and Knife: Intan Paramaditha in conversation with Syd Moore.’


Karen Pearlman

Digital Afterlives, a short dancefilm by Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen screened on the Radical Heritage, Videoskin Dancefilm Festival Touring in India:  Udaipur, January 6; Jodhpur, January 12. https://radicalheritageart.wordpress.com/2018/12/20/the-journey-begins/

Karen’s 2016 film Woman with an Editing Bench was programmed by the Bondi Cinema Club to screen before the (thematically related) film The Wife  on Thursday March 5th, 6:30 pm. Karen and the film’s producer, Richard James Allen, introduced the film.   (http://www.cinemaclubfilmprojects.com/program-2019.html)

Woman with an Editing Bench’s 2018 screening at the Art Gallery of NSW was written up in the new publication Arts Features International.


Manhattan College, NYC, hosted Karen as an invited guest speaker in its Media Program on Feb 13, 2019.  Associate Professor Michael Grabowski writes (email of 15/01/2019) that he has structured a new unit in ‘Story and Post-Production’ around Karen's book Cutting Rhythms for the Manhattan College Communications Degree.


Karen was also invited guest speaker for film critic Andrew Urban's Sydney University CCE unit Movies Now on February 6.

John Potts

New journal article:

John Potts (2018) ‘“The Radio Service”: Religion and ABC National Radio,’ in Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 16(2), 159-171.

Kate Rossmanith

In January, Kate Rossmanith had a journal article published:

Rossmanith, K., Tudor S., & Proeve, M. ‘Courtroom Contrition: How do judges know?’, Griffith Law Review, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/10383441.2018.1557588

In February, inspired by Kate’s book Small Wrongs, SBS’s Insight program featured an episode on remorse in the justice system.

The Centre for Media History

Feb 28: 2pm: The Centre for Media History had its first event for the year, with a presentation by visiting scholar Dr Marie Cronqvist from Lund University, Sweden. Dr Cronqvist presented, 'The entangled television histories of Sweden and East Germany in the 1970s.' Cronqvist is an Associate Professor in Journalism and Media History at Lund University in Sweden.

Her most recent publications include War Remains: Mediations of Suffering and Death in the Era of the World Wars (2018), ‘Entangled Media Histories: The Value of Transnational and Transmedial Approaches in Media History,’ co-author Christoph Hilgert, in Media History (2017), and ‘Foreign correspondents in the Cold War: The Politics and Everyday Life of East German Journalists in the Nordic Countries in the mid 1970s,’ co-author Sune Bechmann Pedersen, forthcoming in Media History (2019). Cronqvist is the main co-ordinator of the Entangled Media Histories (EMHIS) network since 2013. She has been a guest researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute in Hamburg, Germany, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Currently, she holds a three-year visiting scholarship at the Centre for Media History in Bournemouth, UK. But most importantly, since 2016 she is a proud honorary associate of the CMH in Sydney.

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.


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 - for further information please contact arts.hdr@mq.edu.au

AboukazemiVahidehPhDThey are Dead and We are Not: remembering the Revolution in Iran.
Angert-QuilterJosephMResFine art graffiti and anarchism.
BurgessNoelPhDThe sound of memory: A compositional framework to interpret digital memories.
CapogrecoStefaniaPhDEnfleshing Protest Media: "Post-Racial" White Sovereignties and De-Colonial Resurgence in Italy's South.
CawardClintonPhDAutofiction and the absent self.
ChanQueenieMResRe-interpreting a Female Chinese Emperor: A Post-Structural Feminist Analysis of Wu Zetian's Historiography.
ChenAdrianPhDThe Possibilities of Play in Work Societies.
DattaBhavnaMResPutting ‘Australians’ First: Australian News Media Construction of Temporary Migration and Migrants.
DavisRhondaPhDCentral Street Gallery 1966-1970.
DunnRebeccaPhDTwitter democracy and the new media landscape: Interaction of social media and traditional media with narratives about political and legal issues.
DwyerMichaelMResDispatches from a Forgotten War: Australian Journalists and China’s Boxer Rebellion.
EinfeldDanielMRes"In Loco Parentis" - A Screen Documentary and Exegesis Examining the Prevalence and Impact of Parental Child Maltreatment.
FanShaPhDDisnarration, Unnarration and Circumnarration: A Neonarrative Study of Jane Austen’s Novels.
GreenKatePhDHatshepsut’s Reign: An analysis of self-reflexivity, pluralism and intertextuality in historiographic metafiction.
GroomDean RobertPhDConceptions and motivations of parents towards networked video games for early years children.
HanRongPhDChinese soft power and the United Nations: intended and received frames about peace keeping messaging from 2001 to 2018.
HarknessNyssaPhDImagining Difference.
HeidariAminPhDAugmenting Subjectivity: Reconstructing the Identity of Body through Emojis Performative Functions.
HineAnnPhDVisualising Religion into the 21st Century.
HopperBelindaPhDThe Minister's Wife: An exploration of how fiction as a literary form, may be used to examine theological issues, with particular focus on Marilynne Robinson's Gilead trilogy.
HuTingtingPhDRepresentation and Spectatorship of Females in Chinese Crime Films (1990s to the Present).
JavedMehreenMResCross-Cultural Musical Practices in Popular Music: First-Generation Migrant Singer - Song Writers in Western Society.
Jensen-KohlJesseMResRunning away to the circus: a pilot study for a national survey of Australian contemporary circus exploring the lived experience and motivations of professional practitioners.
KadenUlrikePhDSpatial References and transnationalisation in Border Regions.
KanLiPhDThe impact of economic, cultural, and social capitals on the individual development of migrant students in China.
KaufmanAlexandraPhDKlezmer for Five-string Banjo.
KeensHeatherMResVoice Looping: Exploring the Mediated Voice in Classical Singing, Styled Performance, 'Looping' technology.
KellowayLarissaPhDInvestigating the role of Pilates in the posture and/or vocal production of singers.
KennyKathrynPhDWhat does the central role of storytelling in feminism mean for the practices and politics of feminism?
KhooCatherineMResDon't Call Me Chinese!
KirknessJessicaPhDWriting difference/writing deafness:  The disability memoir and negotiating the deaf subject.
Lemon-McMahonBelindaPhDThe singing voice: investigating the perceptions of singers and teachers.
LeventhalPaulPhDSong Cycle as Life Cycle: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "The Divan Of Moses Ibn Ezra" And The Persistence Of Memory.
LewisMarkPhDPolytonality and Jazz.
LiZhengPhDThe Internal and External Soft Power Dimensions of the Chinese Government’s New Governance Approach in the Age of Noƶpolitik.
LiZhiMResA Study of the Correlation between Accent Discrimination and Stereotypes.
LucasKevinPhDStory about Feeling: affective cadences of an ancient Knowledge system.
LuftAlexanderPhDWe Regret the Error.
MarinGabiannPhDDealing with difficult women: the appropriation and reinterpretation of the female antagonist from classic literature into modern fiction.
Mason-CoxDavidMResThe Big Smoke: A song cycle for the twenty-first century.
MeadMichelleMResCan a superhero fight patriarchy?: challenging the ancient masculinisation of mythic heroism in modern superhero action cinema.
MeehanMargaretMResThe Art of Mentoring: Examining some practices of media mentorship in culturally diverse Australia.
MontagueKatePhDPersonal Narrative in Radio documentary.
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NetteAndrewPhDPulp Jungle Down Under: Horwitz Publications and the rise of the Australian paperback, 1945-1972.
NewallPatrickMResFilm on the March! Visual Documents of War and the Cinematic War Genre.
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OpitzDavidMResThe Appropriation of Digital Imagery by the Historic Photographic Process.
PapadimitriouDavidPhDAbandoned Meanings: The Unexpected Themes and Intensities of North American Suburbia.
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RothKatherinePhDIntercultural capabilities in the virtual world.
SaverimuttuMeenaatchiPhDGender, Genre and Excess in Tamil Cinema.
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SoegitoAnthonyPhDDoing The League Justice: The fan defence of Auteurism and Zack Snyder.
StewartVeronicaPhDStory, Song, Voice: Investigating the musical creativities of Australian singer-songwriters.
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ThurlowMichaelPhDSwitched On: A History of Regional Commercial Television in Australia.
TianYingjiePhDNarrative as Rhetorical Artifact: Persuasion in Henry James's Novels.
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VanderkwastClementinePhDObject: An Interrogation of Authenticity and Inauthenticity in Macro Economic Landscapes.
VasefiSabaPhDAccented Cinema: The Works of Expatriate Iranian Female Filmmakers.
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WardRebeccaMResNo man's land - tribute & resistance in Femslash Fan fiction.
Watkins-GillespieEmmaPhDCreative Integration of Sign Language, Dance and Film Editing.
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WilsonJosephinePhDNarrative Ethics and the Cultural Use of Criminal Evidence: Representations of Gender in Australian True Crime Narratives.
WolffSharnePhDThe Walk of Life: Walking in Australian Contemporary Art.
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ZorbasDaniellePhDDostoyevsky's The Double: an improvised film.

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