The department fosters a strong research culture, conducting a depth and range of world class research in a vibrant international centre of learning.
Click through to profiles and exemplary publications of staff, postgraduate research students and alumni.
- Dr Michael Bourk – Cultural and media analysis of issues, events, and cultural groups; Public policy rhetoric and narratives; framing analysis.
- Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas – critical theory, postcolonial theory, cultural studies; Indian and Asian media/cinema.
- Dr Kevin Fisher – Film and Media, Phenomenology and Critical Theory, Science Fiction, Documentary.
- Assoc. Prof. Catherine Fowler – Intermedia; The film/art axis of influence; Women filmmakers; European and experimental cinemas.
- Dr Brett Nicholls – Media and Communication, Critical Theory, Contemporary Marxism, Postcolonialism.
- Dr Rosemary Overell – cultural and media studies; music and popular culture; gender, Asian studies.
- Dr Erika Pearson – Digital content and copyright issues, new and transmedia issues, augmented reality, and mobile device usage.
- Dr Paul Ramaeker – Film history, contemporary cinema, film and television form and aesthetics, genre and authorship in film and television.
- Dr Holly Randell-Moon – Critical and cultural theory, critical race and whiteness studies, gender and sexuality studies, visual culture and communication, media, religion and politics.
- Dr Hugh Slotten – History of Science and Technology, Media History and History of Communications.
- Dr Davinia Thornley – Audience/Reception studies and methodology; Cultural studies; Indigenous media; National media; Aotearoa/New Zealand cinema.
Published in house, these working papers and white papers are by staff, visitors and associates of the Department.
8-10 December 2014
Current PhD Theses
- Maud Ceuterick, "Women Wanderlust in Contemporary Visual Culture" (Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Catherine Fowler)
- Christine Daviault, "When the Code Falls in Love with the Narrative: A study of interactions between video game players and persistent non-player characters (PNPCs)" (Supervisor: Dr Erika Pearson)
- Gillian Elliot, "What role do Web 2.0-enabled eperiences of nature play in young peoples' conceptualisations of the character and significance of the natural world?" (Supervisor: Dr Erika Pearson)
- Kevin Fletcher (Supervisor: Dr Holly Randell-Moon)
- Jim Gan (Supervisor:)
- Malcolm George, "Spirituality, Superstition & Samachar: An Analysis of the Purpose & Nature of Religious Infotainment Programmes on Private Hindi Television News Channels in India" (Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas and Dr. Holly Randell-Moon)
- Owain Gwynne, "Fan-Made Time: Fans of the Hobbit film adaptations" (Supervisors: Dr Davinia Thornley and Assoc. Prof. Catherine Fowler)
- Chris Hacon (Supervisors: )
- Rieko Hayakawa, "Possibility of Universal Service in the Pacific Islands" (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas and Prof. Jenny Bryant-Tokalau)
- David Hoskins, "Cinema's Class Ceiling: Narratives of Class in American Cinema" (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas and Dr Paul Raemaker)
- Olivier Jutel, "Liberalism and its Populist Excess – Barack Obama, the Tea Party and the Median Field" (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas and Prof. Geoff Craig)
- Rebecca Kambuta, "Programming Parents: Care of Supernanny" (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Catherine Fowler and Dr Davinia Thornley)
- Sally Milner (Supervisors: )
- David Paterno, "Joining (or constrained between) Technology and Medium: Social Communication as Organising Practice" (Supervisors: Dr Michael Bourk and Assoc. Prof. Ruth Fitzgerald)
- Donald Reid, "From Solid to Liquid Culture: The institutional, political and economic transformation of New Zealand state broadcasting" (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas and Dr Brett Nicholls)
- Peter Stapleton, "The Punkumentary: The Embodiment of a Punk Sensibility Within the Music Documentary" (Supervisors: Dr Kevin Fisher and Dr Rosemary Overell)
- Alex Thong, "Postcolonial democracy and activism in Malaysia" (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas and Dr Brett Nicholls)
- Massimiliana Urbano, "Radical politics, Social Media and the Subaltern Question in Italy" (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas and Dr Brett Nicholls)
- Matthew Ward (Supervisors: )
Current MA theses
- Alison Cumming, "Children of the Revolution: Bolan, Bowie and the Carnivalesque" (Supervisors: Dr Rosemary Overell and Dr Brett Nicholls)
- Jane Ross, "Re-examinations of rural life in contemporary New Zealand documentary" (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Fisher)
- Ryan Tippet, "Examining the normalization of surveillance and security in social media as marking the shift from disciplinary to Deleuze’s “Control” society, taking as a case study reddit.com’s “crowdsleuthing” response to the Boston Marathon bombings" (Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas)
Recently completed PhD theses
- Dr Anne Begg, "Brand New Zealand: Media Governmentality and Affective Biopower" (Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas)
- Dr Florian Deffner, (Supervisor: )
- Dr Teri Higgins, "Attention to Detail: Epistolary Discourse and Contemporary Cinema", (Supervisor: )
- Dr Gabrielle Hine, (Supervisor: )
- Dr Shah Nister J. Kabir, "New Zealand Media Constructions of Islam and Muslims: An analysis of selected newspapers between 2005-2006" (Supervisor: Dr Michael Bourk, Professor Geoff Craig and Professor Geoff Kearsley)
- Dr Ellen Pullar, (Supervisor: )
Recently completed MA theses
- Petra Lenihan
- Katherine Miller-Skillander
A new issue of Refractory has emerged from a MFCO-hosted one-day symposium entitled, 'Intermediations'.
The issue, edited by Dr Kevin Fisher and Dr Holly Randell-Moon features publications from the symposium by Kirsten Moana Thompson, Miriam Ross, John Farnsworth and Kevin Fisher. There are also additional essays by Anne Cranny-Francis, Rosemary Overell and Holly Randell-Moon.
The essays cover topics ranging from 3D film, colour and animation, mobile aesthetics, reality television, affect, transmedia, biopolitics and queer theory.
Check it out: http://refractory.unimelb.edu.au