Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Margie Borschke

Senior Lecturer in Journalism and MediaDr Margie Borschke


Office: Y3A 159

Phone: (02) 9850 2159

Undergraduate Teaching: MAS330

Postgraduate Teaching: MECO804, MECO802, MECO826



Dr Margie Borschke teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units in journalism and media studies and conducts research on media use, social media, digital culture and media history. She is an associate member of the Centre for Media History.  She holds a PhD in Media (University of New South Wales), a MA in Politics (University of Toronto) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science (McGill University).  

Research Interests

I conduct social and cultural research on media use, with an emphasis on copies and copying practices, and material culture. I have a particular interest in the cultural politics of intellectual property and the role of unauthorised use and reproduction in cultural history. My work also focuses on the aesthetic dimensions of networked distribution and the persistence of analog media formats in digital culture.  My current projects include a scholarly monograph on the aesthetics of unauthorised reproduction, use and distribution in digital networks, a media history of the Australian lyrebird, a research project on the role of unauthorised reproduction in scholarly communities and a study of environmental photography as a part of  The (Re)Generation Project.   

I am interested in supervising postgraduates conducting research in the following areas: social media, sound studies, digital humanities, histories of media use, the rhetoric and representation of digital culture and technologies, network aesthetics, format and platform theory, underground and alternative media, collecting practices and contemporary questions related to journalism and media use.



Book Chapters

Borschke, M., 'The Extended Remix', in The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, eds Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher and Xtine Burrough, New York: Routledge, 2014

Journal Articles

Borschke, M., 'The new romantics: Authenticity, participation and the aesthetics of piracy', First Monday, Vol. 19, No 10, 6 October 2014

Borschke, M., 'Ad Hoc Archivists: mp3 blogs and the generation of provenance', Continuum, Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2012: 1-10

Borschke, M., 'Rethinking the Rhetoric of Remix', Media International Australia, No. 141, Nov 2011: 17-25

Borschke, M., 'Disco Edits and their Discontents: The persistence of the analogue in the digital era', New Media & Society, September 2011, vol. 13, no. 6: 929-944.

Doctoral Dissertation

Borschke, M., 2012. 'Rethinking the Rhetoric of Remix: Material Culture in Digital Networks.' PhD Diss., University of New South Wales