Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Nicole Matthews

Lecturer in Media and Cultural StudiesMMCCS - nicole_matthews JPG

Office: Y3A 165C
Phone: (02) 9850 2152
Undergraduate Teaching: MMCS115, MAS105, CUL260, CUL322


Dr Nicole Matthews lectures across media and cultural studies at the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney.  She graduated from Adelaide University with a BA (Hons) in English and Politics and undertook her PhD at Griffith University.

During her time as a research student she served as the Women's Officer for the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. She lectured in media and cultural studies at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK from 1995 to 2007, where she also completed a Graduate Diploma in Education. She was on the executive of the Women's Studies Network (UK) for some years, has been co-convenor of the list-serv Surveillance since 1997 and is the book reviews editor for the journal Somatechnics. 

Her recent funded research projects include work, in partnership with the Deaf Society of NSW, on young Deaf peoples' use of video for storytelling and, with the Dementia Training Study Centre (SA/NT), research exploring the use of digital life stories in dementia education for medical, health and social care workers.

Her current research focuses on the convergence between mobile phones and digital hearing aids, and considers the way these technologies might shape the way hearing, hard of hearing and Deaf people imagine assistive technologies and the people who use them.

Research Interests

Nicole's work brings together auto/biography, Deaf and disability studies, popular genres of broadcast and electronic media, and education. Her enduring interest is the role of media in processes of social and political change.

She also has an interest in researching learning and teaching, and has presented papers on inclusive curricula, employability and graduate transitions, volunteering in the curriculum, academic literacies and problem based learning at a number of international conferences and colloquia. Two of her projects in this area, funded by the UK's Higher Education Academy subject networks, have involved exploring collaborative relationships between universities, their students and community organisations and charities.  Her recent educational research, undertaken with Jane Simon, Kate Montague and Josh Matthews, has focused on the use on on-line video as a supplementary teaching tool.

She has supervised doctoral projects around: autobiographical writing by mothers of children with disability, the role of music in Deaf identity, non-normative embodiment in gaming, storyteller-producer relationships in radio documentary; genealogies of animal representation, propaganda culture under Pinochet, collaborative partnerships enabling children's access to IT in Malaysia, and the embodiment of sound in cinema.



Matthews, N. and Sunderland, N. Digital storytelling in health and social care: listening to marginalised voices,  Routledge, forthcoming 2017.

Matthews, N. Comic Politics: gender in Hollywood comedy after the new right., Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2000.

Edited Books

Matthews, N. and Moody, N. (eds) Judging a Book by Its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2007.

Book Chapters

Lewis, K. and Matthews, N. "The Afterlife of Capture Wales: digital stories and their listening publics" Digital Storytelling - Form and Content: Telling Tales, Mark Dunham and Tricia Jenkins, eds. Palgrave, forthcoming 2017

Ambler, T., Chavan, M., Clarke, J. and Matthews, N. "Climates of Communication: Collegiality, Affect, Spaces and Attitudes in Peer Review" in Sachs, Judyth and Parsell, Mitch (eds) Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Springer, 2014.

Matthews, N. "Anxiety and niceness: drawing disability into the art and design curriculum through a live brief" Hickey-Moody, A., Crowley, V. (2012). Disability Matters: Pedagogy, media and affect. Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor Francis, 2012

Matthews, N. "Reading and the visual dimension of the book: the popular cold war fictions of Helen MacInnes" pp.63-76 from Gunzenhauser, Bonnie (ed) Reading History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition, London, Pickering Chatto, 2010

Matthews, N. "Noughties reading" from Stephen Wagg and Peter Bramham (eds) The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Matthews, N., Hall, I., Hall, D. and Green, P. "The role of volunteering in the transitions from higher education to work" from Brooks, R. ed Transitions from Education to Work: New Perspectives from Europe and Beyond, Palgrave, 2009, pp.150-168

Matthews, N. "Surveying the self: broadcast home video and technologies of the self" from Janet Harbord and Jan Campbell (ed) Temporalities: autobiography and everyday life, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.

Matthews, N. and Mendelsohn, F. "The cartesian novum of Third Rock from the Sun: gendering human bodies and alien minds" from Elyce Helford (ed) Fantasy Girls: Women in U.S. Science Fiction and Fantasy Television of the 1990s, Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

Matthews, N. "Kitsch on the fringe: reimaginings of suburbia in recent Australian comedy" from Roger Webster (ed) Expanding Suburbia, Berghahn Books, 2000.

Journal Articles

Matthews, N. "Learning to listen: epistemic injustice and gothic film in dementia care education" Feminist Media Studies, 16(6) 1078-92, 2016

Matthews,  N., Simon, J. and Kelly, E. "'Diagnosing' academic literacy needs in higher education: deploying the ethical resources of disability studies to interrogate information sharing in educational transitions", Pedagogy Culture and Society 24(3) 445-57, 2016

Sunderland, N. Chenoweth, L, Matthews, N., Ellem, K. "1000 Voices: reflective online multimodal narrative inquiry as a research methodology for disability research" Qualitative Social Work, 14(1) 48-64, 2015

Bryce, M. Matthews, N., Takeyama, Y.  "Visualising 'Unacceptable'Lives? The Moving Story of Hikari to tomo ni (With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, 2001-2010)" Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies Volume 11(2), 2014

Matthews, N., Ellem, K., Chenoweth, L. "Crafting and retelling everyday lives: disabled people's contribution to bioethical concerns" from Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 3(3) pp.235-40, 2013

Matthews, N. and Sunderland, N. "Digital Life-Story Narratives as Data for Policy Makers and Practitioners: Thinking Through Methodologies for Large-Scale Multimedia Qualitative Datasets" Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, 57(1) pp.97-114, 2013

Simpson, C. & Matthews, N. "Dancing us to her song: Enabling Embodiment and Voicing Disability in Heather Rose's Dance Me to My Song" Australian Feminist Studies, 27:72, 2012, 139-155

Matthews, N. "Transition or translation: thinking through media and cultural studies' students experiences after graduation" from Cultural Studies Review 17(2) 2011

Matthews, N, "Anxiety and niceness: drawing disability into the art and design curriculum through a live brief" from Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Vol.31 No.4 2010 October, pp. 527-542

Matthews, N., Young, S., Parker, D., Napier, J.  "Looking across the Hearing Line? Exploring Young Deaf People's use of Web 2.0" from m/c journal: journal of media and culture, Vol 10, No.3, 2010

Matthews, N. "Teaching the 'invisible' disabled students in the classroom: disclosure, inclusion and the social model of disability" from Teaching in Higher Education, Vol.14 No.3, 2009, pp.229-240

Matthews, N. "Contesting representations of disabled children in picture- books: visibility, the body and the social model of disability" Children's Geographies special issue on Contested Bodies of Childhood Vol.7 No.1 2009 pp.37-50

Matthews, N. "Conflicting perceptions and complex change: promoting web-supported learning in an arts and social sciences faculty", Learning, Media and Technology, Vol.33 No.1 2008 35- 44

Matthews, N. "Creating visible children?" M/C Journal, Vol.11 No.3 2008 

Matthews, N. "Picturing difference: discourses of disability in illustrated children's stories by parents of autistic children", from Popular Narrative Media, Vol.1 No.1 2008 pp.59- 66

Matthews, N. "Confessions to a new public: Video Nation Shorts", Media, Culture and Society Vol.29 No.3 pp. 435-448

Matthews, N. and Clow, S. "Putting disabled children in the picture: promoting inclusive children's books and media" International Journal of Early Childhood, Vol.39 No.2 2007 pp.65-78

Special issues of journals

Matthews, N. and Simpson, C. Nature Strikes Back! Genres of Revenge in the Anthropocene, Australian Humanities Review, No. 57  Nov 2014

Mansfield, N. and Matthews, N. Disciplining Innovation: new pedgagogies in cultural studies, Cultural Studies Review Vol 27(2) 2011