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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: 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's new short documentary 'After the Facts' will premiere 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 include:  '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.

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.

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)

Journals

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

Knight, Kathryn

"Exile on Main Street"

Kramer, Jillian

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

Lemon-McMahon, Belinda

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

Lewandowski, Natalie

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

Lewis, Mark

Polytonality and Jazz.

Li, Fangjun

China's music industry: Evolution, development and convergence

Li, Weijia

A comparison of deconstructionism in western and eastern culture.

Lohrey, Amanda

Postsecular Narratives in Contemporary Fiction and Cinema

Luo, Huaiyu

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

Xue, Hui

Internet governance and institutional convergence

Ye, Hongyu

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

Zorbas, Danielle

Dostoyevsky's The Double; an improvised film

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