Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Catherine Simpson

Senior Lecturer in Media


Office: Y3A 165D

Phone: (02) 9850 2168

Undergraduate Teaching: MAS304, MMCS115


Since joining Macquarie University in 2002, Catherine has convened, designed and taught across 15 units from first year to Honours in the disciplines of media, gender, cultural studies, film studies, Australian studies, environmental media and, most recently, science communication. Catherine returned to MMCCS in 2013 from a 3-year stint in the Department of Environment & Geography (Science Faculty) where she piloted a science communication program with Tim Flannery. Despite the obstacles in large institutions like Macquarie, she has a passion for creating spaces for inter-disciplinary dialogue across the faculties around learning, teaching and research.

Before joining Macquarie, Catherine taught media, film and cultural studies at UNSW, UWS and Murdoch University in Perth. She completed her PhD thesis, "Imagined Geographies: women's negotiation of space in contemporary Australian cinema" at Murdoch in 2001. With her partner, Bruce Jeffreys, she narrowly survived co-directing an Australian film festival in Istanbul in 1994 and a reciprocal Turkish film festival that toured Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in 1998. While living in Istanbul in the mid 90s, Catherine taught English to university students.

Catherine has a first class Honours degree in English from the University of Western Australia, and an RSA TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) qualification from Edith Cowan University in Perth. In 2000 she completed IFU's (International Women's University) Postgraduate Cert. at Hanover & Bremen Universities in Germany.

Research Interests

Her established research, teaching and publications are primarily in the areas of: Australian and Turkish cinema; construction of identity and space on screen especially in relation to nationhood, gender and the body; screen automobile cultures; film festivals; transnational, diasporic and small national cinemas; and the work of Australian female filmmakers. She has emerging interests in the environmental humanities and urban car cultures. Catherine welcomes graduate students in any of these areas and the areas listed below where she has previously supervised students.



Catherine Simpson, Anthony Lambert and Renata Murawska (eds.) Diasporas of Australian Cinema (Intellect, UK, 2009)

Journal Articles

Catherine Simpson & Kate Wright, (eds) 2013, "Ecology in the Age of the Anthropocene" SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture, (Forthcoming September 2013)

Robyn Dowling & Catherine Simpson, 2013, "'Shift - the way you move': Reconstituting Automobility", Continuum: Journal of Cultural Studies, 27:3, 421-433,

Catherine Simpson & Kate Wright, 2012, Editorial: "Ecology & Collaboration: An Introduction",

Catherine Simpson & Kate Wright, (eds) 2012, 'Ecology', M/C Journal, Vol 15 (3). June-July 2012,

Catherine Simpson, 2012, "Green cars? Electric Vehicles are a Marketing Myth" in The Conversation, 9th February 2012,

Catherine Simpson & Nicole Matthews, 2012, "Dancing us to her song: Enabling Embodiment and voicing disability in Heather Rose's Dance Me to My Song (Rolf de Heer, 1998)", Australian Feminist Studies, Vol 27, Issue 72, 2012, p. 139-155.

Catherine Simpson, 2011, "Communicating Climate Change: the Scientists' Dilemma" M/C Journal,  14(1),

Catherine Simpson, 2011, "Are we driving towards a car-free future?", Open Forum November 2nd, 2011, []

Catherine Simpson. 2011, "Cane Toad movie says put aside prejudice" The Conversation, June 2nd, 2011, []

Catherine Simpson, 2011, "'Like Opium': The 30th Istanbul Film Festival" Senses of Cinema 59, ["like-opium"-the-30th-istanbul-film-festival/]

Catherine Simpson, 2010, "Hundreds of cars, no garage: Recipe for a low carbon future", World Streets Forum, March 2010, [].

Catherine Simpson, 2010, "On Animals, Archives and Embroidery; An Interview with Shirley Barrett", Metro Magazine, Number 165, pp. 20-25.

Catherine Simpson, 2010, "Australian eco-horror and Gaia's Revenge: Animals, Eco-Nationalism & the 'New Nature'", Studies in Australasian cinemas, 4.1.2010, pp. 43-54.

Catherine Simpson, 2010, "Shifting from Landscape to country in Australia, after Mabo", Metro Magazine, Number 165, pp. 88-93.

Catherine Simpson 2010, "From ruthless foe to national friend: Turkey, Gallipoli and Australian nationalism" in Media International Australia, 776, 2010.

Catherine Simpson, "Tinkering at the Borders: Lucky Miles' Difference, Distance and Dud Maps" in Diasporas of Australian Cinema (Intellect, UK, 2009).

Catherine Simpson & Anthony Lambert, "Introducing Diasporic Hybridity in Australian Cinema", Diasporas of Australian Cinema (Intellect, UK, 2009)

Antje Gnida and Catherine Simpson, "ANZAC's Others: 'Cruel Huns'and 'Noble Turks'" in Diasporas of Australian Cinema (Intellect, UK, 2009).

Simpson, Catherine. 2009, "Cars, climate and subjectivity: car sharing and resisting hegemonic automobile culture", M/C Journal, 12(4),

Catherine Simpson. 2009 "Take it all off baby! Take it all off! The Australian Kamasutra" in Senses of Cinema, Issue # 53.

Catherine Simpson. "Turkish Cinema's Rennaissance" Turkish Film Council Newsletter April 2009, LA (Republished article from Senses of Cinema)

Simpson, Catherine " Reconfiguring Rusticity: Feminizing Australian Cinema's Country Towns" in Studies in Australasian Cinemas, 2.1 2008, pp. 47-59.

Lambert, Anthony and Simpson, Catherine, 2008. "Jindabyne's Haunted Alpine Country: Producing (an) Australian Badland", M/C Journal, Vol. 11, No. 5 (2008) - 'country', Article/81

Catherine Simpson. "Taking the 'nation' out of Gallipoli; Tolga Örnek's Gallipoli: The Frontline" in Metro Magazine No 153, June 2007.

Catherine Simpson. "'Noble Turk': Interview with Tolga Örnek" in Metro Magazine No 153, June 2007.

Catherine Simpson. "Getting 'Out there on the Edge': Reflections on the first Turkish film festival in Australia and Contemporary cinematic revival" in "Alternative Perspectives on Turkey's Cinematic Landscape" in ArteEast, Special Issue, October 2006,

Catherine Simpson. "Antipodean Automobility and Crash: Treachery, Trespass and Transformation of the Open Road" in Australian Humanities Review Issue 39-40, September 2006.

Catherine Simpson. "Turkish Cinema's Resurgence: The Deep Nation Unravels" in Senses of Cinema, Issue No 39, April-June 2006.

Catherine Simpson. "Cruising Country: Automobility in non-urban Australia (Symposium Report)" in", SCAN Magazine, 2005

Catherine Simpson. "Turkish films and festivals: Glancing Eastwards" in Realtime, Issue No 70 December 2005,

Catherine Simpson & Anthony Lambert. "Introducing the Glittering Tart: Imaging Sydney" in SCAN, Vol 2, Number 1, April 2005,

Catherine Simpson & Anthony Lambert. (eds) "The Glittering Tart: Imaging Sydney" in SCAN, Vol 2, Number 1, April 2005,

Catherine Simpson. "Beyond Glitter to Grief: Australian Cinema After Mabo" in Australian Humanities Review: Issue 34, January-February 2005,

Catherine Simpson. "Alan Williams' Film & Nationalism" in Media International Australia, No. 111, May 2004, pp.66-67

Catherine Simpson. 'Volatile Vehicles: When Women Take the Wheel (Domestic Journeying and Vehicular Moments in Contemporary Australian Cinema)'. Womenvision, edited by Lisa French, Damned Publishing, Melbourne, 2003, pp. 197-210. See review of this book:

Catherine Simpson. "This land is mine/this land is me" reconciling harmonies in One Night the Moon' (with Fiona Probyn) Senses of Cinema, no.19, Mar-Apr 2002.

Catherine Simpson. 'On India, Undies and NRIs: Safina Uberoi's My Mother India' Senses of Cinema, no. 20, Jun-Jul 2002.

Catherine Simpson. 'From Sand to Bitumen; From Bushrangers to 'Bogans'; Mapping the Australian Road Movie', Jt publication with Rama Venkatasawmy & Tanja Visosevic. Journal of Australian Studies, , no.70, 2001, pp. 75-84, 161-163.

Catherine Simpson. "'Turkish Delights?': An Analysis of the Media Reception to the first Turkish Film Festival in Australia", in Metro Magazine, Number 124-125, 2000 (pp. 60-63)

Catherine Simpson. Entries on WA film bodies: ScreenWest & the Film & TV Institute (FTI) in Oxford Companion to Australian Film, Oxford University Press 2000.