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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: https://www.perthnow.com.au/entertainment/tv/how-game-of-thrones-finale-will-be-most-talked-about-tv-event-in-history-ng-72a400824ed7ff597844834304455122

‘Why is Ted Bundy so hot right now,’ (Radio Interview), The Daily, Radio 2SER, 12/02/19, Available: https://2ser.com/why-is-ted-bundy-so-hot-right-now/

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: https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2019/01/30/intan-paramadithas-novel-wins-pens-two-prestigious-grants.html

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.’ https://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/apple-and-knife/

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. https://www.borderstreambooks.com.au/shop/arts-features-international-january-march-2019-under-the-radar-edited-by-ruth-skilbeck

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. http://catalog.manhattan.edu/undergraduate/arts/communication/#text

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.

MMCCS March - April 2019 Newsletter

Iqbal Barkat and Karen Pearlman

Karen Pearlman and Iqbal Barkat were cited at the Australian Awards for University Teaching for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for Macquarie’s unique Screen Production intensive program. The course is continually growing in popularity, with 125 students in this year’s undergraduate Screen Production cohort (up from 80 students in 2016). The programme acknowledges Tom Murray’s work initiating and writing the original grant that got the intensive mode in screen production started. For more on this story see Macquarie University's This Week news bulletin from March 12.

Jon Burtt

Jon Burtt’s book Contemporary Circus, co-authored with Katie Lavers (Edith Cowan University) and Louis Patrick Leroux (Concordia University, Montreal), is currently in press with Routledge, due for publication on July 30, 2019.

Naren Chitty

Chitty, N. (2019) ‘The rise of blunt power in the strongman era’. Georgetown Journal of International Relations. 28 February 2019. https://www.georgetownjournalofinternationalaffairs.org/online-edition/2019/2/28/the-rise-of-blunt-power-in-the-strongman-era

Professor Naren Chitty will deliver the 15th Bruce Allen Memorial Oration on ‘Advancing Australian soft power: Civic virtue and virtuosity’ on the 4th April 2019. Professor Naren Chitty. "Advancing Australia through soft power: Civic visrtue and virtuosity".  

Joanne Faulker

Joanne’s article “Ghosts of Eugenics’ Past: ‘Childhood’ as a Target for Whitening Race in the United States and Canada” for Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Journal, will soon be available in “first glimpse” section of the website.

In April the joint academic and activist Decolonisation Discussion Circle Joanne has been organising, with the support of Walanga Muru, will get underway. The Circle involves participants from across NSW, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic and First Nations activists. https://sites.google.com/view/decolonisation-discussion-grou/home

Lauren Gorfinkel

The convenor of MMCCS Public Relations and Social Media courses, Lauren Gorfinkel completed a two-day course on Social Media Crisis Management run by the Social Media Marketing Institute, run by Mireille Ryan, CEO of the SMMI and crisis management trainer and adviser Steve Hather. She has shared her key insights from the week in the blogpost below. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/4143531/posts/2242354653

Julie-Anne Long

Julie-Anne Long presented a performance/lecture as part of ‘Talking Bodies’ focussing on her solo practice at Surry Hills Library on Crown Street on the 7th March. What’s On Listing: https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/…/talking-bodies-ju… March Dance listing: https://www.marchdance.com/talking-bodies-julieannelong

Julie-Anne Long curated ‘Women’s Work’, bringing together a group of experienced women working in dance to share ideas, concerns and ways of working with other senior creatives and those interested in the artistic process, at Critical Path, Sydney on March 17th. ‘Women’s Work’ Participating Dance Artists: Kay Armstrong, Sue Healey, Tess de Quincey, Kathy Cogill, Anca Frankenhauser, Charemaine Seet, Rakini Devi, Anandavalli, Nikki Heywood and Lee Pemberton.

Willa McDonald

In March, Willa McDonald was granted funding under the FRTS to present at the Fourteenth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-14), ‘Literary Journalist as Naturalist: Science, Ecology and the Environment’, May 9-11, 2019, at Stony Brook University, New York.

Willa's co-authored article with Bunty Avieson was published online in Journalism Practice pending allocation to a print volume of the journal later in the year.

Willa McDonald & Bunty Avieson (2019) ‘Journalism in Disguise: Standpoint Theory and the Ethics of Günter Wallraff’s Undercover Immersion’, Journalism Practice, published online 26 March, DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2019.1596752

Kathryn Millard

Kathryn Millard presented on the ‘Bystander Documentary Project’ in a Symposium hosted by the ‘Centre for Workforce Futures’ on 28th March. Details below.

New ARC-funded Projects and the Value of Cross-Disciplinary Research Knowledge Creation and Exchange.
Speakers:  Professors Jean-Philip Deranty; Professor Fei Guo, Professor Lucy Taksa, A/Professor Zhiming Cheng, and Professor Max Tani; and Professor Kathryn Millard (Centre for Workforce Futures), Venue: Finance Decision Lab 110, Level 1, Building 4ER, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Thursday 28th March 2019, 2:00 - 3:30 pm. CWF Seminar: Exposing Our Members’ New ARC-funded Projects and the Value of Cross-Disciplinary Research Knowledge Creation and Exchange

Alec Morgan

Macquarie University research fellow Alec Morgan wrote and directed two episodes of the new documentary series ‘Australia In Colour’. It premiered nationwide on SBS television on Wednesday March 6th. The series looks at pivotal moments in Australia’s history from 1900-1970, using cutting-edge technology to colourise black and white archival footage. Narrated by Hugo Weaving, the series is a reflection on our nation’s character, its attitudes, its politics and its struggle to value its Indigenous and multicultural past. The Trailer can be viewed on: “Australia In Colour” Youtube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwTWHVlOTY

Alec Morgan, Archive producer on John Pilger’s film ‘Utopia’ (2014) gave a talk along with Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth, followed by a special screening of the film at Amnesty International in Chippendale on 20th March. More info and the poster can be found at http://www.respectandlisten.org/miscellaneous/docos/utopia/screenings.html

Alec is currently working on a documentary ‘Ablaze’ with Tiriki Onus. You can watch ‘Ablaze Promo-2’ (4.5 minutes) on Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/304731547.

Chris Müller and Stefan Solomon

Chris Müller and Stefan Solomon were both accepted into the Faculty of Arts Emerging Scholars Scheme.

Tom Murray

Tom Murray’s film ‘Dhakiyarr Vs The King’ was screened on NITV on March 11th. https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/video/1010571843709/Dhakiyarr-Vs-The-King

Intan Paramaditha

Invited talks/ events: “Resistance: Literature as Activism,” English PEN at Free Word Centre, UK, March 11, 2019 https://www.englishpen.org/event/resistance-literature-as-activism/

“Feminist Fairy Tales,” London Book Fair, UK, March 13, 2019 https://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/en/Sessions/71313/Feminist-Fairy-Tales

“PEN Literary Salon: Intan Paramaditha in conversation with Sharlene Teo,” London Book Fair, UK, March 13, 2019. https://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/en/Sessions/71313/Feminist-Fairy-Tales

“Apple and Knife: Intan Paramaditha in conversation with Syd Moore,” Essex Book Festival UK, March 15, 2019. https://essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/apple-and-knife/

Between the Covers, Emerging Writers Festival, State Library of NSW, March 21, 2019.http://www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/event/between-the-covers/

Media article published:

“Five Indonesian Authors You Should Read: Or Intan Paramaditha on the Politics of Lists,” Literary Hub, March 8, 2019. https://lithub.com/five-indonesian-authors-you-should-read/


Interview with The Bookseller, March 13, 2019. https://www.thebookseller.com/insight/intan-paramaditha-972911

Women We Love: 10 by 10, Globetrotter, March 13, 2019. https://www.globetrottermag.com/news-features/10-x-10-women-history-month

Interview with BBC Radio 4 Open Book, March 17, 2019. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003cn2

Karen Pearlman

The Bondi Cinema Club, curated by Dr Georgia Wallace-Crabbe, screened ‘Woman with an Editing Bench’ (Pearlman, 2016) in a thematically related double bill with ‘The Wife’ on the 5th March. Karen Pearlman and Dr Richard James Allen spoke with the audience about the films. https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Bondi-Cinema-Club/events/jhcgrqyzfbhb/

The Australian Screen Editors Guild held a public panel session featuring winners of the 2018 awards for best editing, including Karen Pearlman, and frequent collaborator with MMCCS screen academic Karen Johnson, on 20th March at Camperdown Commons https://www.screeneditors.com.au/meet-the-winners-sydney/

Two chapters of ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society) hosted Karen Pearlman’s public lectures on Australian film history and practice in April in Bowral on the 9th and Wentworth on the 26th.

Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen’s short dancefilm ‘Digital Afterlives’ screened at the Midwest RAD fest in Michigan March 6-10th, and the Short Waves Festival Dances with Camera Competition in Poznań, Poland, March 19 - 24.

Kate Rossmanith

In March, Kate Rossmanith was invited to present her research on remorse to Australian judges, lawyers and academics at the annual National Judicial College conference (Judges: Angry? Biased? Burned Out?) at ANU, Canberra. In April, she has been invited to present her work on remorse to judges at the annual County Court of Victoria conference (The Brain: Time, trauma, memory) in Torquay, Victoria.

Stefan Solomon

Stefan Solomon co-edited (with Lúcia Nagib) a dossier for Screen Volume 60, Issue 1 (Spring 2019), titled ‘Intermediality in Brazilian cinema: the case of Tropicália’. Stefan also co-authored the dossier introduction, and contributed his own article: ‘“The cloak of technicolor”: intermedial colour in Antônio das Mortes’. Free-access link to the article: https://academic.oup.com/screen/article/60/1/137/5375812?guestAccessKey=d1119982-8b2f-4943-b336-fba00cadf6be

Stefan Solomon’s dossier ‘Of Mechanisms and Machines: Brazil’s New New Cinema’, Senses of Cinema 89 (December 2018) has been awarded an honourable mention in 2018 Senses of Cinema-Monash Essay Prize awards for best published work by an Australian contributor in 2018.

Yuji Sone

Sone, Y. (2019) ‘Android corporeality, transhuman performance and the Japanese “mind”’, Performance Research23(8), 67- 73. https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1573088

Helen Wolfenden

Helen Wolfenden is on the judging advisory panel and also a category judge for the Australian Podcast Awards, https://australianpodcastawards.com/our-judges. Finalists were announced on March 28th. The winners will be announced at the Australian Podcast Awards which will be held at the Seymour Centre in Sydney on 18 May.

MMCCS May - June  2019 Newsletter (as of May 29)

Andrew Alter

Andrew Alter will be presenting a paper in a panel at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) at the ANU in June. The panel will be titled “Cameo Appearances: Challenging Normativity through the Symbolic Force of the Abnormal” and will include papers by Ian Collinson, Brent Keogh (UTS) and Henry Johnson (Otago).

Nicole Anderson
Nicole Anderson announced the 7th Derrida Today Conference which will be held at Aix-Marseilles Uni from 9-13 June 2020.
Founder and Executive Director: Nicole Anderson; Keynotes: Jean-Luc Nancy, Helene Cixous, Samuel Weber, Gil Anidjar, Danielle Cohen-Levinas, Anne Emmanuelle Berger
She gave an Invited Public Lecture on Animal Ethics at Stockholm University June 5 2019; an Invited Public Lecture on Derrida and Animals at Athens University May 30; and an Invited Public Lecture on Derrida and Différance at Aix-Marseilles University on June 7.

Margie Borschke

Margie Borschke will participate in a panel discussion co-presented by Macquarie University and HASSELL, ‘Smart Cities: will they be smart for people?’ about the implications of Smart Cities asking the question: ‘Are we in danger of losing sight of what cities are all about: the experiences of people being people?’ The discussion will be led by Principal / Urban Design Sector Leader at HASSELL. Hassell Studio, Level 2, Pier 8/9,23 Hickson Road Millers Point, 6 June, 6-9pm. http://events.mq.edu.au/events/issues-in-society-smart-cities-will-they-be-smart-for-people-/event-summary-6a37ce7bbdae47b6b7b13beef639b102.aspx?dvce=0

Joanne Faulkner

Joanne will be presenting at a workshop, Ambivalent histories: education, childhood and the modernization of colonial governance (University of Melbourne, June 13-14), a paper titled “‘Born Modern’: how ‘childhood’ became an instrument of colonisation in Australia.”

Joanne Faulkner published a journal article: Faulkner, J. “Settler-colonialism’s ‘Miscarriage’: thinking cultural difference and the failure of relationality through Irigaray’s ‘Interval’”. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (June 2019).

On May 31 Joanne will be involved in a panel discussion on Chris Maye’s book, Unsettling Food Politics, at 5:00-6:30 pm, Medical Foundation Building Auditorium, University of Sydney https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/unsettling-food-politics-book-launch-discussion-tickets-61086421130

Lauren Gorfinkel

Lauren Gorfinkel will be launching her book Chinese Television and National Identity Contruction: The Cultural Politics of Music-Entertainment Programming (Routledge, 2018) at 11am, June 29 at the State Library of NSW. It will be launched during a symposium entitled ‘Pop culture of Sydney: The multilingual turn?’ which Lauren is organising with members of The Macquarie Multilingualism Research Group. There will a panellist of academic speakers, including Sarah Keith and Alice Chik (Education) from Macquarie University along with notable speakers from the community and media. This expert talk will invite the audience to join in a discussion on Sydney’s pop cultural scene and its multilingual turn.

Bridget Griffen-Foley

Bridget Griffen-Foley was interviewed as part of ‘A short history of political advertising’ on ABC RN’s The History Listen, broadcast on 30 April and now available to download. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/johnhenryaustrali/10984092

There is also a new article by Bridget Griffen-Foley published ‘online first’: ‘“Let’s Join in”: Children and ABC Radio’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2019.1610267

Rachael Gunn

Rachael Gunn published a book chapter: Gunn, Rachael (2019) “Nocturnal Paradox: How Breakdancing Reveals the Potentials of the Night.” In Nocturnes: Popular Music and the Night, 147–62. Palgrave Macmillan.

Diane Hughes

Diane Hughes is presenting two papers “Technically deficient or expressively accomplished? Challenging a popular singing myth” and “Amorphous or structured: Songwriting, learning and industry engagement” at the Association for Popular Music Education’s 2019 Conference in June at New York University. While in the USA, she will be undertaking research at the NYPL and will be attending the Care of the Professional Voice Symposium in Philadelphia.

Diane Hughes and Sarah Keith recently published an article: Hughes, D., & Keith, S. (2019). ‘Aspirations, considerations and processes: Songwriting in and for music education’, Journal of Popular Music Education 3(1), 87-103.

Sarah Keith

Sarah Keith published ‘Absurdity and nostalgia: humor in K-pop’ in The Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor, eds. Kitts, T. M. & Baxter-Moore, N., Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (out May 13).

Sarah also co-published: Hughes, D., & Keith, S. (2019). ‘Aspirations, considerations and processes: Songwriting in and for music education’, Journal of Popular Music Education 3(1), 87-103.

Julie-Anne Long

Julie-Anne Long talked to David Capra and Sabella D’Souza on Sunday 5 May, FBi Radio, Canvas: Arts & Ideas about her artistic practice and research.https://www.facebook.com/canvas945/

Catharine Lumby

Catharine Lumby has been successful in securing a Category 2/3 grant: Enterprise Partnership Scheme. She has partnered with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance to lead the Cultural Diversity in Australian Media Project.

Catharine was interviewed for:

Mary Mainsbridge

On 24 May, Mary Mainsbridge performed at an immersive audio-visual show for Vivid Sydney 2019. The collaboration with Sydney-based video artist, J D Young combines panoramic, colour-saturated video projections with an improvised live electronic soundtrack featuring movement-controlled instrument, the Telechord, voice, drums and bass. 8pm, East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010. https://www.facebook.com/events/2278723522343989/

Willa McDonald

Willa McDonald signed a contract with Palgrave Macmillan to write a monograph A History of Literary Journalism in Colonial Australia, due at the end of 2020. She will have the opportunity to work on the text while on OSP in semester 2, 2019.

Discussions are underway with Palgrave Macmillan for a scholarly book series on international literary journalism, to be edited by Willa McDonald with colleagues Dr Sue Joseph (University of Technology Sydney) and Professor Matthew Ricketson (Deakin University). The book series has received the endorsement of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS) and an international advisory board is being established by Willa and her colleagues that draws on senior members of the association. Willa was recently appointed as co-chair of the IALJS awards committee.

Willa McDonald attended the 14th annual conference of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS) held on Long Island, New York. This year’s conference, which ran from 9-11 May, was hosted by Stony Brook University and carried the theme “Literary Journalist as Naturalist: Science, Ecology and the Environment”.Willa moderated two sessions at the conference. The first was on Australian crime writing, where she presented her paper “Literary Journalism as the ‘First Draft of History’: The Reporting of the Bushranger Ned Kelly’s Last Stand”. The other session was the first of two which she proposed with Associate Professor Rob Alexander (Brock University, Ontario), on literary journalism and social justice. The papers presented at the two social justice sessions will be considered for an edited collection on the subject. A CfP for the collection has gone out and the proposal has strong initial interest from Palgrave Macmillan.

Kathryn Millard

Kathryn Millard published: ‘Indigenous Colour: The Quest to Make Australia’s First Natural Colour Feature Film’, Screening the Past, 44, 2019. http://www.screeningthepast.com/2019/03/indigenous-colour-the-quest-to-make-australias-first-natural-colour-feature-film/

Tai Neilson

On 16 April Tai Neilson was interviewed for a segment on 2ser titled “Assange - implications for press freedom?” discussing Julian Assange, founder of wikileaks, who was kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy and subsequently arrested by British police. Neilson addressed talks circulating around Assange’s possible extradition to the United States to face unknown charges, a worrying fact for journalists around the world as it questions their traditional position as ‘watchdogs’. https://2ser.com/assange-implications-for-press-freedom/

Karen Pearlman

Karen Pearlman will be presenting papers at three Conferences in May-June 2019:

  • Women in Silent Screen Conference, Amsterdam, Eye filmmuseum
  • Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, Hamburg, Hamburg University
  • Cognitive Futures (collaborative paper with John Sutton) Mainz, Mainz University

In between conferences she will present research seminars and screenings of her creative practice research films at the University of Groningen, and the Konrad Wolf Film University in Babelsburg.  Thanks for help from Virginia Madsen, Bridget Griffin-Foley and the Centre for Media History Karen has received a small grant from the University of Hamburg to support her archival research while there.

Kate Rossmanith

In May, Kate Rossmanith presented a paper at the international Law and Society conference in Washington D.C.  She was interviewed by the Canadian Toronto Star newspaper about her research on remorse in the courts.

Yuji Sone

Yuji Sone published a book chapter: Sone, Y. 2019. ‘Clarke and Dawe’s Mock Interviews and the Politics of Duration’ in Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, New York: Routledge.

Yuji Sone will be presenting a paper ‘Hiroshi Ishiguro’s android science: The fabulation of “upstream engagement” and entertainment,’ at Beyond Anthropomorphism: Rethinking human-machine relations in robotics and A.I. Symposium presented by the Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems SIRIS (previously Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems), Faculty of Engineering, University of Sydney, June 11-12.

Helen Wolfenden

On 18 May Helen Wolfenden presented two awards at the Australian Podcast Awards held at the Everest Theatre at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. These were ‘Best Branded Podcast’ and the main award of the night ‘Podcast of the Year.’ Nine Macquarie University Radio students were sponsored by Zoom to be part of the event. The students will now turn the audio into short packages that capture the drama of the night and showcase their production skills. You can watch the whole event here: https://youtu.be/Xsd2ZDfVwBI

Centre for Media History News and Events (for full details see the CMH site at https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/resilient-societies/centres/centre-for-media-history)

Seminar: Australia in Colour: On 30 April at the Macquarie University City Campus, the Centre for Media History presented a seminar on the ground-breaking 2019 SBS TV documentary series Australia in Colour, currently the best rating show on SBS this year. This event featured presentations by CMH member and co-director and co-writer of the series Dr Alec Morgan and series producer Jo-anne McGowan, followed by conversation with CMH member and media producer Dr Tom Murray. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cmh-event-australia-in-colour-in-conversation-tickets-60294842497#

Workshop with Michael Socolow: “How radio set the stage: Thinking about national and global issues in media history.” On 13 May, the Centre for Media History hosted a media history discussion and workshop for staff and HDR students with Associate Professor Michael Socolow, PhD (Fulbright Research Scholar, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra, and University of Maine, USA).

Seminar: Myths, Mistakes, and #FakeNews: A Historical Perspective: On 14 May, the Centre for Media History co-presented with the Department of Media and Communication, University of Sydney Associate Professor Michael J. Socolow (University of Maine) and discussant Dr Margaret Van Heekeren speaking about typologies of Fake News by focusing on a singular, illuminating case study: the mythic panic in response to Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast in 1938. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/myths-mistakes-and-fakenews-a-historical-perspective-tickets-60734243758#

2019 Brian Johns Lecture: The 2019 Brian Johns Lecture and reception will take place on Tuesday 11 June 5.30pm (for 6pm start) - 8.30pm at the State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street, Sydney. This event is presented by the Centre for Media History in association with the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The speaker for this year’s lecture is Katrina Sedgwick, Director & CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ACMI in Melbourne, who will give a paper entitled ‘Breaking down the silos – creativity in the digital age.’

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 Noöpolitik.
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.
MooreDavid RaymondPhDSelf, Song, Other: Identity at Play in Song
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.
O'Connor-TrevisanEvangelineMResThe effects of gendered symbolic violence in video game communities on journalist.
OngYun YuMResInteractivity and the next evolution of pop.
OpitzDavidMResThe Appropriation of Digital Imagery by the Historic Photographic Process.
PapadimitriouDavidPhDAbandoned Meanings: The Unexpected Themes and Intensities of North American Suburbia.
PecinaKellyPhDSinging 2.0: Teaching Singing Online.
PelarekFereydounPhDMIAS, Gesture-controlled Virtual Analogue Synthesis in Contemporary Dance.
PraditsilpWasinPhDCrafting Soft Power in Thailand.
Riley KobackerSophiaPhDThe Hero’s Journey in Narrative Media: The Female Model
RobertsGemmaPhDSubjectivity in Gaming Practices: The role of identity in play.
RothKatherinePhDIntercultural capabilities in the virtual world.
SaverimuttuMeenaatchiPhDGender, Genre and Excess in Tamil Cinema.
SelwynViviennePhDThe Men's Shed Movement: Diversity Amongst Ageing Men.
SmithKatherinePhDExploring LGBTQ Women’s Lived Experiences of (Sexual) Health in Australia.
SoegitoAnthonyPhDDoing The League Justice: The fan defence of Auteurism and Zack Snyder.
StewartVeronicaPhDStory, Song, Voice: Investigating the musical creativities of Australian singer-songwriters.
StrachanCarolynPhDMulti-disciplined critical analysis of the history of capitalism via a history of football.
SwalehZainulMResCivilian (In)visibilities: Biopolitics, Lethal Drones, and the Telewarrior
ThornKatelynMResThe 'How' of dance education approaches to dance pedagogy.
ThurlowMichaelPhDSwitched On: A History of Regional Commercial Television in Australia.
TianYingjiePhDNarrative as Rhetorical Artifact: Persuasion in Henry James's Novels.
Van HoutVickiPhDTo Be Advised.
VanderkwastClementinePhDObject: An Interrogation of Authenticity and Inauthenticity in Macro Economic Landscapes.
VasefiSabaPhDAccented Cinema: The Works of Expatriate Iranian Female Filmmakers.
WalkerAlisonPhD(Un)Sound Bodies: Navigating Illness, Narrative and Sonic Embodiment.
WardRebeccaMResNo man's land - tribute & resistance in Femslash Fan fiction.
Watkins-GillespieEmmaPhDCreative Integration of Sign Language, Dance and Film Editing.
WelchRichardMResHow is national identity shaped, reinforced and expressed through football?
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.
YeeTimothyPhDStudying the impact of the creative arts on internal innovation cultures in Australian Corporations.
ZorbasDaniellePhDDostoyevsky's The Double: an improvised film.

Annual Newsletter 2018

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