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Dr Brett Nicholls

BA(Hons) PhD(Murd)                                                                                                                   brettnicholls_2017
Senior Lecturer

 

Contact


Office: Richardson 6C18
Tel: 64 3 4798819
Email: brett.nicholls@otago.ac.nz
@minorpolitics
Academia.edu site

Research Interests

I have recently been working on the problem of communication and social control, specifically how power and the political is articulated across a range of sites from documentary film to wearable fitness technology. My basic position is that the contemporary problem of social control shifts the terrain of politics (as set out in communication and cultural studies) away from ideology critique to politics as biopolitics. The coordinates for this have been thinkers such as Deleuze, Baudrillard, Zizek and Hardt and Negri and the debates that have emerged in relation to their work. This work, for me at least, seems to provide the most important insight on the problem of communication, control, and politics today.
 

2017 teaching

Semester One:
MFCO217 Television Studies and MFCO303 Advanced Communication Theory

Semester Two:
MFCO315 Digital Media and Society


 

Supervisions Successfully Completed

8 PhDs

Anita Brady, Constituting queer: performativity and commodity culture (completed 2007).

Garth Cartright, We live inside a dream: ideology and utopia in the films of David Lynch (completed 2011).

Anne Begg, Brand New Zealand: media governmentality and affective biopower (completed 2012).

Ma Weijun, Fruitful land and national cadres: mainstreaming resistance and critical realism in contemporary Chinese TV drama (completed 2012).

Florian Deffner, Communicative mobility and networked mediation in transnational lifeworlds: a case study of European expatriates in Australia (completed 2013).

Donald Reid, Solid to liquid culture: the institutional, political and economic transformation of New Zealand state broadcasting (completed 2014).

Chris Hacon, The neo-liberal apparatus and social media technology of power (completed 2017).

Massimiliana Urbano, Becoming-common: affective technologies and grassroots activism in contemporary Italy (completed 2017).


3 MAs

Donald Reid, Cultural citizenship and the TVNZ charter: the possibility for multicultural representation in the commercial television environment (completed 2005).

Logan Valentine, The subject of the cell phone (completed 2009).

Alison Blair, Children of the revolution: Bolan, Bowie and the carnivalesque (completed 2017).


16 Honours Dissertations - the most recent include:

Rosa Marden, “Spaces of information: an analysis of surveillance, the supermarket and self-scan” (completed 2012).

Alastair Lynn, “News or infotainment? an analysis of the shifting ideology in New Zealand current affairs programming” (completed 2013).

Siala Farini-Tomlin, “Poster girls: an exploration of post-fordist labour practices in the HBO show, Girls” (completed 2013).

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Publications

Nicholls, B. (2017). Adam Curtis's compelling logic: The tortuous corridor to the hypernormal. borderlands e-journal, 16(1).

Nicholls, B. (2016). Everyday modulation: Dataism, health apps and the production of self-knowledge. In H. Randell-Moon & R. Tippet (Eds.), Security, race, biopower: Essays on technology and corporeality. (pp. 101-120). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-55408-6_6

Nicholls, B. (2015). Neoliberalism, media and the political. MEDIANZ, 15(2), 96-103. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss2id156

Pearson, E., Taffel, S., Nicholls, B., Wengermeir, M., Chen, K.-W., Phillips, H., … Madill, B., Ross, J., Gallagher, S., Fisher, T., Kabir, S. N. J., Ceuterick, M., & Urbano, M. (2014). Media Studies 101: A Creative Commons textbook. Media Texthack Group. Retrieved from https://mediatexthack.wordpress.com/

Nicholls, B. (2014). Edward W. Said: Cultural critic, activist, public intellectual. Critical Race & Whiteness Studies, 10(1). Retrieved from http://www.acrawsa.org.au/files/ejournalfiles/223Nicholls20141_2.pdf

Authored Book - Other

Pearson, E., Taffel, S., Nicholls, B., Wengermeir, M., Chen, K.-W., Phillips, H., … Madill, B., Ross, J., Gallagher, S., Fisher, T., Kabir, S. N. J., Ceuterick, M., & Urbano, M. (2014). Media Studies 101: A Creative Commons textbook. Media Texthack Group. Retrieved from https://mediatexthack.wordpress.com/

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Chapter in Book - Research

Nicholls, B. (2016). Everyday modulation: Dataism, health apps and the production of self-knowledge. In H. Randell-Moon & R. Tippet (Eds.), Security, race, biopower: Essays on technology and corporeality. (pp. 101-120). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-55408-6_6

Nicholls, B. (2010). Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm Von (1646-1716). In A. Parr (Ed.), The Deleuze dictionary. (Revised ed.) (pp. 145-147). Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press.

Nicholls, B., & Barratt, A. (2010). The Kumars at No. 42: The dynamics of hyphenation, or did Sanjeev take Parkie down? In C. Prentice, V. Devadas & H. Johnson (Eds.), Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. (pp. 275-306). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Nicholls, B. (2009). The ludic integration of the game and film industries: The Lord of the Rings computer games as entertainment meritocracies. In H. Margolis, S. Cubitt, B. King & T. Jutel (Eds.), Studying the event film: The Lord of the Rings. (pp. 280-290). Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Nicholls, B., & Ryan, S. (2008). Gameplay as thirdspace. In M. Swalwell & J. Wilson (Eds.), The pleasures of computer gaming: Essays on cultural history, theory and aesthetics. (pp. 167-190). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Nicholls, B. (2007). Mediation. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (Vol. VI). (pp. 2923-2928). Malden, MA: Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/b.9781405124331.2007.x

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Journal - Research Article

Nicholls, B. (2017). Adam Curtis's compelling logic: The tortuous corridor to the hypernormal. borderlands e-journal, 16(1).

Nicholls, B. (2014). Edward W. Said: Cultural critic, activist, public intellectual. Critical Race & Whiteness Studies, 10(1). Retrieved from http://www.acrawsa.org.au/files/ejournalfiles/223Nicholls20141_2.pdf

Devadas, V., & Nicholls, B. (2012). The meaning of John Key. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 13(2), 18-31. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol13iss2id13

Nicholls, B. (2011). Documenting conspiracy: The Loose Change series and truth-telling in the state of exception. borderlands e-journal, 10(3). Retrieved from http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol10no3_2011/nicholls_documenting.htm

Nicholls, B. (2011). Hardt, Negri, and antagonism: Media and communication studies in the context of Empire. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 35(4), 322-327. doi: 10.1177/0196859911415674

Nicholls, B. (2011). East West 101 as edgy text: Television police drama and Australian multiculturalism. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 25(4), 573-582. doi: 10.1080/10304312.2011.578732

Nicholls, B., & Ryan, S. (2004). Playing in the zone: Thirdspace in Jet Set Radio Future and Shenmue II. Scan, 1(1). Retrieved from www.scan.net.au/scan/journal/display_article.php?recordID=22

Nicholls, B., & Ryan, S. C. (2003). Game, space and the politics of cyberplay. Fineart Forum, 17(8). Retrieved from http://www.msstate.edu/Fineart_Online/Backissues/Vol_17/faf_v17_n08/reviews/nicholls.html

Devadas, V., & Nicholls, B. (2002). Postcolonial interventions: Gayatri Spivak, three wise men and the native informat. Critical Horizons, 3(1), 73-101.

Devadas, V., & Nicholls, B. (2000). A contaminated critique. Third Text, 52, 86-88.

Nicholls, B. (2000). Disrupting the Kantian sublime: Gordon Bennett's painting for a new republic (the inland sea) and the rule of reason. Balayi, 1(1), 129-148.

Nicholls, B. (1997). Disrupting time: Post colonial politics in Homi Bhabha's. The location of culture. Southern Review, 30(1), 4-25.

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Journal - Research Other

Nicholls, B. (2015). Neoliberalism, media and the political. MEDIANZ, 15(2), 96-103. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss2id156

Nicholls, B., & Devadas, V. (2012). Introduction: New Zealand/Aotearoa 2011: Politics, disaster, spectacle. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 13(2), 1-3. [Editorial].

Nicholls, B., Rowe, D., Barker, C., Scriven, M., & Lecomte, M. (2000). Sport, culture and the media. Television globalisation and cultural identities. Television broadcasting in contemporary France and Britain. Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 14(1), 110-112.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Nicholls, B., & Ryan, S. C. (2003). Playing in the zone: Thirdspace in Jet Set Radio Future and Shenmue II. In P. Crogan (Ed.), Ludic moments, computer games for the time being. Sydney: Artspace. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Nicholls, B. (2010). Documenting conspiracy: The Loose Change series as truth telling tactic in the state of exception. Proceedings of the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. Retrieved from http://cultstud.org/xr2010/crossroad/individual_paper.html

Nicholls, B. (2008). Contesting Islamophobia: East West 101 and the imperative of liberal tolerance in Australia. In C. Fowler & R. Simmons (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (Vol. 1: Refereed Abstracts). (pp. 58-59). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Film, Media and Communication, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Nicholls, B. (2014, December). Counting selves: Mobile self-management technology, the every day, and the rise of a new ethics. Verbal presentation at the Space, Race, Boundaries Conference: Geocorpographies of City, Nation, Empire, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Nicholls, B. (2011, November). Global citizenship and the multitude in the context of Empire. Verbal presentation at the Postcolonial Studies Research Network Conference: Citizenship in an Era of Global Crisis, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Nicholls, B. (2009, June). The Italian Foucault. Verbal presentation at the Department of Media, Film & Communication Foucault Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Vincent, A., Smits, K., Marquez, X., Shogimen, T., Nel, P., Lam, C., Nicholls, B., Stringer, R., & Clements, K. (2009, May). Liberalism and comparative political theory. Panel discussion at the Workshop on Liberalism and Comparative Political Theory, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Nicholls, B. (2007, February). Problematizing a small market: The construction of the media studies object in New Zealand [Plenary panel discussion: Media critique in Aotearoa/New Zealand]. Verbal presentation at the MediaNZ Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Barratt, A., & Nicholls, B. (2003, December). The Kumars at no. 42: The politics of hyphenation, or did Parky take Sanjeev down? Verbal presentation at the Cultural Studies Association of Australia Conference 2003: Culture incorporated: Bodies, technologies, habitats, Christchurch.

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Other Research Output

Huat, C. B., Schonthal, B., Voci, P., Hill, D., Ghosh, G., Devadas, V., & Nicholls, B. (2013). The Asian century: Encounters and exchanges, Asian Migrations Research Theme, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Roundtable Discussion].

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