Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research in Creative Arts and Writing at Macquarie is concentrated in film, television and digital media, and performing arts and creative writing. Film, television and digital media is characterised by strengths in documentary and non-fiction media, screen media, mediatised performance and the impact of new technologies on creative practice. Research in performing arts and creative writing is distinguished by research on intercultural contexts, new technologies in music, and writing about place.
In addition to researchers in media, music, performance and English, researchers in cultural studies, communication, and philosophy are active contributors, reflecting the strong interdisciplinary focus of creative arts research.
Macquarie’s researchers were awarded the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award for Crime Writing, an ARIA Award, Best Feature Documentary at Antennae Documentary Film Festival and Best Short Fiction at the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards. We also received nominations for the Australian Writers’ Guild Awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Researchers have served on editorial or advisory boards of leading journals, edited book series, and reference works from respected publishers. Numerous researchers have also served as assessors for arts funding agencies and awards including Screen Australia, Screen NSW, the Australia Council, Create NSW, and the Man Asian Literary Prize.
Macquarie research outputs reached a range of audiences via live performances, broadcasts, screenings, publications, downloads, and public talks and lectures thus making a significant contribution to Australia’s intellectual and cultural life.
Researchers in this field have ongoing commercial contracts for the production and dissemination of research outputs with screen distribution companies, non-academic commercial book and journal publishers, music and audio publishers and media streaming sites. These include Kanopy, CAT&Docs, Fandor, Beamafilm, Goodship, Alexander Street Press, Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud while publishers include Picador, Granta and Griffith Review. A significant proportion of the research produced is accessible to audiences without paywalls via online streaming services and local libraries as part of Macquarie’s commitment to community and intellectual access.
Shock Room (2015) is a feature documentary film re-examining psychologist Stanley Milgram’s influential Obedience to Authority experiments. One of the most difficult dilemmas we can face is having to respond to directions that go against our conscience. In the early 1960s, Milgram ran a series of experiments which seemed to show that most of us would comply with such directions. This cross-disciplinary project re-staged and re-examined Milgram’s experiments. Shock Room, which has been shown worldwide via public screenings and discussions at museums, cinemas, universities, academic conferences and online streaming, has had a far-reaching impact on our understanding of Milgram’s Obedience paradigm and the circumstances that lead people to resist harmful orders.
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Centre for Media History
Contact: Dr Virginia Madsen