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Special themed edition of Angelaki co-edited by Matthew Chrulew

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CCAT Research Fellow, Matthew Chrulew recently co-edited a themed issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities on the work of philosopher Dominique Lestel.  The first of three special issues on 'Philosophical Ethology', it includes a general and editorial introduction, many translations and images, an interview, and a comprehensive essay on Lestel’s thought by Dr Chrulew. An essay on 'The Phenomenology of Animal Life', co-authored by Lestel, Chrulew and Jeffrey Bussolini, also recently appeared in volume 5 of the journal Environmental Humanities.

CCAT at Disrupted Festival of Ideas

Four CCAT members – Kim Scott, Len Collard, Katie Ellis and Eleanor Sandry – were among a host of international, Australian and local creative thinkers who participated in the joint writingWA / State Library of Western Australia event, Disrupted Festival of Ideas from 31 October – 2 November 2014.

CCAT members, Kim Scott, Len Collard, Katie Ellis and Eleanor Sandry at the Disrupted Fesitval of Ideas, Perth, 2014.

Len Collard and Kim Scott were part of a panel discussion on 'First Words’ which explored several local Noongar language revitalisation projects and explore the relationship between language, land and cultural identity. The policies of past governments vigorously discouraged the use of traditional languages and left devastating effect on Australian Indigenous languages, Today, language revival is now a priority for many Indigenous groups with a range of exciting projects underway nationally.

Katie Ellis and Eleanor Sandry led a two-part presentation – Depending on Technology – exploring the ways in which products such as smartphones and tablets have been integrated into our daily lives in an almost prosthesis-like fashion. While for the majority this has meant new ways of doing things, for people  with disabilities the technology is providing previously unavailable forms of participation and social inclusion. Using illustrative examples ranging from robotic prosthetic limbs to robot home helps, Eleanor Sandry considered the issues relating to design choices, accessibility and integration of these technologies into people’s homes.

Image above, from left: Eleanor Sandry, Len Collard, Kim Scott and Katie Ellis

Visiting CCAT Scholar from Fujian University of Technology

Jiangfeng (Ada) Zhang, Visiting CCAT Scholar, Curtin University, and lecturer at Fujian University of Technology

We welcome Dr Jianfeng (Ada) Zhang, a lecturer from China’s Fujian University of Technology who is a Visiting Research Associate at CCAT from September 2014 to October 2015.

Ada’s research topic is the creative industries in which Australia is playing a leading role through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, of which CCAT is a partner. She will be working with CCAT Principal Researcher, Lucy Montgomery, in the New Models of Publishing program, investigating different approaches to Open Access publishing and distribution.

Formerly a deputy marketing manager and a senior copywriter, Ada graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication, Wuhan University, China, in July 2004. Upon graduating she took up a teaching position at Fujian University of Technology, focusing on the Media Management, Integrated Communication and User Generated Content.

CCAT’s research collaboration with Ada will continue when she returns to China in late 2015.

Excellence in leadership award for Dawn Bennett

Dawn Bennett was awarded the LH Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership at 2014 ATEM/Campus Review Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management, Cairns, 1 September 2014. This award is the Institute’s major annual award for tertiary education leadership. The Award recognises an individual tertiary leader whose inspirational and sustained leadership has designed and communicated activities and created a working environment leading to significant change in direction and outstanding results in terms of making lasting and positive improvements. The panel assessing the 2014 nominations unanimously granted the Award to Professor Dawn Bennett of Curtin University in recognition of “inspirational leadership” across all her interests and professional activities locally, nationally and internationally.

Dawn Bennett, winner LH Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership, 2014, with LH Martin Institute director, Professor Leo Goedgebuure

Above: Dawn Bennett with LH Martin Institute Director, Professor Leo Goedegebuure, at the awards evening.

Dawn was also among the first 11 Curtin Academy Fellows, appointed by the VC, Professor Deborah Terry, on 26 September 2014. The newly established Curtin Academy is an active honorary, network of exceptional leaders committed to the collaboration and dissemination of teaching excellence at Curtin University.

Grant and publication successes for Matthew Chrulew

In May and June, CCAT’s Matthew Chrulew undertook research in Switzerland, France and Belgium as an Ernst Keller European Travelling Fellow. The grant was awarded by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for the research project, “The History and Philosophy of Zoology and Ethology.” It enabled Matthew to conduct archival research at Zürich Zoo and Basel Staatsarchiv on the influential zoo director Heini Hediger, and to collaborate on editing and translating projects with colleagues in Paris and Brussels. This research is central to a number of publications in progress, including a book on zoological gardens, co-written essays, and a number of special journal issues.

Matthew Chrulew and Chris Danta, guest editors,  SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, 2014.

Matthew is also guest editor, with Chris Danta from UNSW, of issue 43:2 of the leading journal SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism. The special issue, titled “Fabled Thought,” brings together twelve essays responding to Jacques Derrida’s final seminars, The Beast & the Sovereign. Contributors include leading Derrida translators and commentators such as Peggy Kamuf, David Wills, Michael Naas, Paul Patton and Vicki Kirby. The issue includes Matthew’s essay, “‘An art of both caring and locking up’: Biopolitical Thresholds in the Zoological Garden.”

Visit to CCAT from Hacettepe University scholar, Burcu Şimşek

Burcu Şimşek attracted a wide audience when she presented her seminar on ‘Digital Storytelling in Turkey’ at Curtin University on 6 August 2014.



Assistant Professor Dr Burcu Şimşek is Vice-Dean for International Relations and Coordinator of the Digital Storytelling Unit at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.  The Unit has been a pioneer of digital storytelling projects in Turkey since 2009, with ongoing workshops that collect and circulate everyday life narratives of ordinary people in Turkey and abroad.

Bircu_Simsek_Digital_ Storytelling_SeminarIn the seminar, Bircu gave an overview of the current projects that she leads in Turkey and discussed her current work on snap-shot digital storytelling workshops  with migrant women from Turkey living in Melbourne. Burcu completed her PhD in Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology under the supervision of Professor John Hartley and Associate Professor Jean Burgess. She gained her MSc degree in Women’s Studies at Ankara University. Since 2009, she has been running digital storytelling workshops in Turkey and abroad. Her academic interests focus on gender issues and new media studies, strengthening  connections between health and communication.

Alkim Özaygen, Visiting Scholar from Ankara University, Turkey 

Alkim Özaygen, Lecturer in Political Science at Ankara University, Turkey, was a visiting scholar at CCAT from July to September 2014, and has continued his collaborations with CCAT as an Associate Researcher.

Alkim has come to Curtin to study the Creative Commons licensing movement, in which Australia has played a leading role (http://creativecommons.org.au), via the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, of which CCAT is a partner. He will be working especially with A/Prof Lucy Montgomery in CCAT’s ‘New Models of Publishing’ program, investigating different approaches to Open Access publishing and distribution.

Alkim has a strong science background, with degrees in physics and computer engineering. He is currently enrolled for in the PhD program at Ankara University Faculty of Communication, focussing on the political economy and dynamics of Creative Commons licensing and Open Access publishing. This is the first time Alkim has visited Australia, where he enjoys the relaxed laid-back lifestyle and the friendliness of the Perth people.

Issue 4 of Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy

Ctrl-Z co-editor, Robert Briggs, announced with “mixed feelings, the publication of Issue #4 of Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy — the last issue of the journal to be edited by founding co-editor Niall Lucy, who died early last month”.

Issue 4, which continues in the vein begun with the launch of Ctrl-Z in June 2012,  features contributions from Louis Armand, Joel Gn, Adrian Martin, Francis Russell, Darren Tofts, Rowen Wilken, and McKenzie Wark is dedicated to Niall’s memory.

Vale Niall Lucy

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing on 5 June 2014 of one of Curtin’s most admired and respected colleagues, Professor NIALL LUCY, after a long illness.

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Niall was the founder of the Centre for Culture and Technology, and a Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Critical Theory in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts (MCCA). 

Tim Dolin, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities, recognised Niall as: “a brilliant critical theorist and philosopher, a world authority on Derrida and deconstruction, and a formidably learned literary and cultural critic. He was also a major figure in the Western Australian popular music scene, and wrote extensively about it, especially the music of David McComb and The Triffids.”

News of Niall’s passing reached CCAT members at the Culture + 8 International Research Symposium on early Thursday morning, 5 June where friend and colleague, Steve Mickler, spoke a few words in memorium: “Scholar, thinker, writer, publisher, teacher, supervisor, mentor and friend, his passing is an immense and sharply painful loss”. He noted that Niall would have been: “a star performer at the symposium had he been well enough to attend”.

Steve also delivered the following tribute to Niall’s academic work at the 11 June 2014 funeral:

Professor Lucy obtained his PhD from the Department of English at the University of Sydney in 1990. It did not take him long to make academic waves with his first book, his opening shot, as it were.

Debating Derrida was both a dauntless defense of Jacques Derrida’s explosive ideas about writing and meaning, and a typical Lucyan dare to the Old Guard — prove me, and Derrida, wrong, if you can. I don’t believe they did. The book caused the great French philosopher himself to write a letter to the younger academic. I remember the day Niall got it.

Over the intervening decades Niall wrote and co-wrote or edited — he was a great collaborator — another 11 books, and he had a further 3 books in the works at the time of his death. He also published 14 book chapters and about 40 scholarly journal articles, many in cutting edge international journals, and presented and wrote many dozens of conference papers, creative pieces, reviews, and journalistic articles.

Of all his intellectual work, Niall loved writing and producing books the most. The titles of the books he has left us with, such as Postmodern Literary Theory, The War on Democracy, Vagabond Holes (about rock musicians David McComb and the Triffids), The Ballad of Moondyne Joe give an idea of the breadth and scope of his interests and enthusiasms. From the most complex literary theory to Australian rock music, from the work of continental philosophers to 18th century Australian bushrangers. A highly-respected global authority on Derrida and Deconstruction, and postmodern literary theory, Niall is today read around the world.

Peggy Kamuf, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California said of Niall’s 2004 book A Derrida Dictionary: “There is sharpness, wit and high seriousness in every entry”.

I think that pretty much sums up the seductive power of Niall’s writing style.

It is so important to understand that driving Niall’s intellectual work was his unrelenting desire to help secure the triumph of democratic rationalities over age-old moralities of privilege, social hierarchy and exploitation. You don’t need to read very far in his work and there he is, defending the interests of us all against the ideas behind inequality and tyranny, and then with particularly devastating sweeps of critical prose, taking on the literate enemies of oppressed people, such as Indigenous people and gay and lesbian people.

Niall’s work as an institutional academic must also be acknowledged — especially his work as a leader and builder of schools and research centers and journals.

Among the important academic posts and roles he held between 1998 to 2014 were:

  • Head of the School of Arts and Chair of English at Murdoch University.
  • Research Fellow with the Australia Research Institute, Curtin University.
  • Curtin Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Critical Theory, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University.
  • Australia Research Council International Expert Assessor.
  • Founder and co-director of Centre for Culture and Technology, or CCAT at Curtin University from 2010. CCAT is today a thriving center of research in media and culture directed now by Niall’s long-time colleague and friend John Hartley. 
  • He was an editorial board member of leading journals such as Cultural Studies Review, Fibreculture and others.
  • He was founding editor along with his close collaborator Robert Briggs of the online international journal Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy, in which capacity he served up until his death. He was mightily proud of this new Journal, and so are we.

Niall was a teacher of undergraduate students (many hundreds), a sought after PhD supervisor and a mentor to many early career researchers.

He was central to obtaining large ARC research funding grants, the latest of which is exploring, with a team including Noongar scholars, Noongar Aboriginal language and knowledge recovery.

Professor Niall Lucy was one of WA’s most unorthodox and trailblazing academics and intellectuals in the Humanities. His colleagues, students and friends at Curtin University, and at Murdoch University, and beyond mourn his passing and celebrate his exceptional work while in our midst.

Niall was my great friend and colleague for more than twenty years. I would not attempt to calculate the part he has played in shaping my thinking.

In saluting our friend, I choose a simple Latin phrase from which Niall took great inspiration. It is the battle cry of the Enlightenment as nominated by German philosopher Emmanuel Kant: ‘Sapere Aude’: Dare to Know!

Tribute (above) to Niall by Steve Mickler, Head of School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts, Curtin University, June 2014

Among the many tributes to Niall, was an article written by friend and colleague John Kinsella published in the 11 June 2014 edition of the West Australian. John outlines Niall’s academic and creative achievements, while drawing attention to the man behind the numerous successes. “Niall was a generous and committed collaborator in research and creative projects … a facilitator of other people’s creativity … he would never hesitate to make himself vulnerable in the cause of someone under siege. I know, because he stood up for me at times when it would have been equally brave simply to remain silent. But he wouldn’t and couldn’t.” (Read John’s full tribute to Niall.)

More tributes have been posted on Niall’s Facebook page.

Our deepest sympathies go out Niall’s wife and our colleague Samantha Stevenson, Dylan, Hannah and Jakeb and sister Judith.  

CCAT research translated and published in China

John Hartley’s 2009 publication, The Uses of Digital Literacy has been released in China by one of the country’s leading publishers, Zhejiang University Press.

It was translated by CCAT Research Fellow, Henry Siling Li, who said it was a challenging task: “I had to ensure that the academic concepts and literary nuances underpinning Hartley’s writing were crystal clear within the linguistic structure and wider cultural context of the Chinese language”.

John Hartley_CCAT_Curtin University_Uses of Digital Literacy About this book: If print media made possible the realism of the modern age – journalism, the novel and science – not to mention mass entertainment on a global scale, what then are the possibilities of digital media? In this book, John Hartley reassesses the historical and global context, commercial and cultural dynamics and the potential of popular productivity through analysis of the use of digital media in various domains, including creative industries, digital storytelling, YouTube, journalism and mediated fashion. Encouraging mass participation in the evolutionary growth of knowledge, The Uses of Digital Literacy shows how today’s teenage fad may become tomorrow’s scientific method. The time has come for education to catch up with entertainment and for the professionals to learn from popular culture.

Images above (from left): University of Qld Press 2009 cover; Zhejiang University Press 2014 cover, and Transaction Publishers New Brunswick (USA) and London (UK) 2011 cover.

CCAT at Curtin Sustainable Showcase

On Monday 19 May, Professors John Hartley and Erik Champion attended the  Curtin Sustainable Showcase – at Government House and were on hand to answer questions about CCAT to interested parties after the talk by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, of the Earth Institute at Columbia University New York. Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics, is a leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor and bestselling author, he explained how poverty could and should fall as a percentage of the world population, but he also powerfully and dramatically spoke about the economic and social implications of not responding directly and immediately to the consequences of climate change. He pointed out the importance of Australia, along with India, China, United States and Russia, in any response to climate change, due to its role as one of the world’s greatest coal producers and exporters. He suggested various steps to control the carbon deficit from coal production and suggested various ways in which research could minimise the damage of coal extraction. He was introduced by John Curtin Distinguished Professor Peter Newman and Vice Chancellor Deborah Terry and his Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia also spoke at the event. 

The event was recorded by the ABC and other media. An extended ABC interview with Professor Sachs is available online with additional coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald.  

Dirk Hartog 400 year commemoration

Research and events for the Dirk Hartog 400 year commemoration is well underway. Hartog was the first European (Dutch) seaman to make landfall in Western Australia in October 1616.

Dutch historian Nonja Peters together with WA Dutch Consul, Arnold Stroobach, have been been helping to bring together various researchers and interested parties through the inception of the Dirk Hartog Committee.

In mid-May 2014, Nonja introduced committee members to the Curtin Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch, known as the HIVE, to understand the possibilities and the potential of high-end computers with advanced professional graphics for the interpretation, presentation and communication of research data. The response clearly reflected growing interest in rapidly expanding new technologies. Attending were representatives from the Dutch Consulate, National Archives of Australia, the National Trust, WA State Library, State Records Office, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, UWA Cultural Precinct, Murdoch University, Royal WA Historical Society, private art collections, together with various scholars from Curtin University specialising in creative visualisation, Indian Ocean studies, Strategic Projects, and Research and Graduate Studies.

In the same week, Nonja delivered a joint Centre for Culture and Technology / Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute seminar, 'The impact of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) on the history the Indian Ocean Region’.

Welcome to Lucy Montgomery, CCAT Principal Research Fellow

Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery has been appointed CCAT Principal Research Fellow. She was formerly a Vice–Chancellor's Research Fellow at QUT, and continues in her role as Deputy Director for Knowledge Unlatched, a not-for-profit organisation piloting a new approach to funding open access scholarly books. Her work explores the role of digital technology and intellectual property in business model innovation in the creative industries.

Lucy trained as a China specialist at the University of Adelaide, before completing a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at Queensland University of Technology. She has a decade of experience as both a researcher and as project manager, working on major international research projects.  She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of transformative technological change on IP and the growth of the creative economy. Her book, China’s Creative Industries: Copyright, Social Network Markets and the Business of Culture in a Digital Age is published by Edward Elgar.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) 2014 symposium

CCAT Director John Hartley – leader of the Curtin node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) – recently presented at the CCI in Retrospect and Prospect Symposium held at Queensland University of Technology, 1–2 April 2014. 

John contributed to the 'Knowledge innovation' session together with CCI Principal Research Fellow, Professor Jason Potts from RMIT; CCAT Research Fellow, Dr Henry Siling Li; CCAT Adjunct Researcher, Dr Wen Wen from Shenzhen University and Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy, at Cardiff University.

John Hartley and Jason Pott's contribution was based on research from their forthcoming publication Cultural Science: The Evolution of Meaningfulness to be published by Bloomsbury in mid-2014. The presentations of Henry Siling Li and of Wen Wen also included research towards their co-authored volume with John Hartley, Whose Creative Industries to be published by Sage Publications, London in 2014.

The presentations can be heard online:

Most presentations will be available within the next issue of Cultural Science Journal (Vol 7 No 1, 2014).

Of note is a keynote presentation by Ian Hargreaves for the 'Creative economy: idea, evidence, debate' session. Hargreaves and Hartley are long-standing colleagues on the Creative Citizens project— John as consultant through ongoing research and publications on creative cities, creative citizens, and creative industries and Ian as Principal Investigator. It is through their research that CCAT at Curtin University and the Cardiff School of Media, Journalism and Creative Industries are collaborating partners. (Learn more:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oqT6ej3CSU&feature=youtu.be)

CCAT forging additional links with China

In December 2013 Professor John Hartley conducted a ten-day partnership-building trip in China with a number of successful outcomes. these include a Strategic Collaboration between the Institute for Cultural Industries, Shenzhen University (SICI) and the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin University. The development of exchanges between CCAT and SICI will further research and education in culture and creative industries. The two centres also agreed to explore possibilities to collaborate on the development of Shenzhen University’s National Research Centre on Cultural Innovation, and to form a research consortium in cultural and creative industries with a focus on South China.

As a first move towards collaborative research, CCAT will be hosting Dr Wen Wen from SICI as a research fellow in 2014 (February to April). Wen will be working with Prof. Hartley and Dr Henry Siling Li on a new book for Sage Publications (London) on the creative industries.

While in China, John Hartley was appointed:

  • Honorary Professor at the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC) (view appointment)
  • Senior Consultant of the Advisory Board of the Media Culture Creative Cluster at ZUMC
  • Senior Consultant of the Media Culture Creativity Park of Hangzhou Economic & Technological Development Area (view appointment)
  • Guest Researcher of the Institute for Cultural Industries (SICI), Shenzhen University (view appointment)

Other activities included:

  • A keynote address, ‘Whose Creative Industries’, at the Cultural and Technological Innovation Symposium organised by Shenzhen University and Shenzhen Municipal Government
  • A public lecture on ‘Creative Cities’ for Shenzhen University.
  • A meeting with Professor Li Jun, Vice-President, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC) to discuss induction programs for the university’s PhD candidates, and collaborative research and educational opportunities with CCAT
  • A round table discussion on research of media and culture with ZUMC lecturers
  • Public lecture on ‘Silly Citizenship’ at ZUMC
  • A visit to the Media Culture Creative Cluster, a joint venture between ZUMC and Hangzhou Economic and Technological Park
  • A meeting with Professor Martin Montgomery, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Professor Hao Yufan, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Macau to discuss research collaboration and joint programs
  • A meeting with Professor Qu Weiguo, Deputy Dean of the College of Foreign Languages at Fudan University, to discuss details of the joint research symposium, Culture+8 (linking media and communications researchers from Fudan and Curtin Universities with others in the GMT+8 timezone).
  • A meeting with Dr Jiang Haishan, Vice-President of China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), a national executive training facility based in Shanghai
  • A meeting with Professor Li Fengliang, Vice President of Shenzhen University, to discuss research collaboration with CCAT

This trip was facilitated by Dr Henry Siling Li formerly of CELAP, and now Research Fellow at CCAT. Henry gave a plenary conference paper at the Cultural and Technological Innovation Symposium at Shenzhen University, where he outlined the work of CCAT to colleagues from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, UK and Canada.

CCAT a hive of activity

CCAT is a hive of activity with several new members joining the Centre in the latter part of 2013:  Professor Erik Champion, Professor Sambit Datta, Dr Katie Ellis, Dr Andrew Hutchinson, Dr Mike Kent, Dr Henry Siling Li, Dr Ali Mozaffari and Dr Nonja Peters.

Each brings a wealth of expertise: cultural visualisation; digital media culture; cultural heritage in immersive displays; history-based online game environments; the use of networked spoofed videos in China; the application of computing and digital technologies in architecture; access to communications technology for people with a disability; a digital humanities approach to the study of living world heritage sites; and the digital preservation of the cultural heritage of Australia’s immigrants. Their research is further enhanced by the opening of Curtin University’s Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE).

Forthcoming publications from 2013 research include:

  • John Hartley and Jason Potts (2014) Cultural Science: The Evolution of Meaningfulness. London: Bloomsbury.
  • John Hartley and Wen Wen (2014) Whose Creative Industries?  London: Sage Publications.
  • Erik Champion (2014) Researchers As Infrastructure, Studies of Digital Humanities.
  • Erik Champion (2014) “History and Heritage in Virtual Worlds.” In Mark Grimshaw, (ed) The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality. Oxford University Press.
  • Erik Champion (2014) Critical Gaming and Digital Humanities. Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Series, Ashgate Publishing, UK.
  • Katie Ellis (2014) Disability and Popular Culture: Focusing Passion, Creating Community, Expressing Defiance. Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Katie Ellis and Gerard Goggin (2014) Disability and the Media. London: Palgrave.
  • Debbie Rodan, Katie Ellis and Pia Lebeck (2014) Disability, Obesity and Ageing: Popular Media Identifications. Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Mike Kent and Tama Leaver (eds) (2014) An Education in Facebook: Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network. Routledge: New York.

2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and Innovation

Professor Dawn Bennett – CCAT’s  program leader for Creative Productivity  – was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation for providing Inspirational Leadership. The awards took place on 13 November 2013.

Dawn is a Research Professor and Director of the Curtin University’s Creative Workforce Initiative. Her research interests include the characteristics of work in the creative sector, the role of identity development in student engagement, music education at post-secondary level, and the impact of research frameworks on the academic workforce. In 2010 she became an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellow, extending her work on identity development and student engagement to students across multiple disciplines. A viola player, Dawn serves on several editorial boards including the International Journal of Music Education. She is a member of the Music Council of Australia and a commissioner for the ISME Teaching and Learning Forum.

CCAT members at launch of Study Perth in the Zhejiang Province of China

A Faculty of Humanities delegation including CCAT members Associate Professor Steve Mickler and Dr Henry Siling Li travelled to Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province, the sister state of Western Australia, to to join Professor David Wood, Curtin DVC Academic, for the launch of Study Perth on 8 October by WA Premier Colin Barnett. Study Perth, which is chaired by Professor Wood, is a collaborative initiative with governments, educational institutions and stakeholders to promote the profile of international education in WA and overseas. Just prior to the launch, the Premier Barnett and the Zhejiang Premier presided over a signing ceremony of higher educational partnership agreements between insitutions in the sister-states, including a PhD fee-waiver Scholarship program between Curtin and Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC).

Following the launch, Steve Mickler, Henry Siling Li and Humanities Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Professor Tim Dolin met with Professor Li Jun, Vice-President of ZUMC, to develop the detailed implementation plans for the PhD Scholarships program, which will facilitate ZUMC faculty members enrolling in Curtin PhD study.

CCAT Director, Distinguished Professor John Hartley will be overseeing the supervision of the candidates while at Curtin University.

John Hartley and Tama Leaver – joint winners Humanities book of the year 2013

John Hartley and Tama Leaver were announced joint winners of the Humanities Research Award for the Best Book of the Year 2013 at the Faculty’s Celebration of Research held on 6 August 2013.

John’s book, Digital Futures for Cultural and Media Studies (Wiley-Blackwell) has already received positive reviews:

“Hartley remains one of the most fearless and original thinkers in contemporary cultural studies.” – Henry Jenkins, University of Southern California

“Hartley roars across disciplines to connect the digital dots between cultural studies, creative industries, journalism, television and much else. This is truly ambitious scholarship which deserves the widest audience.” – Ian Hargreaves, Cardiff University

Tama’s book, Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology, and Bodies (Routledge) is also receiving excellent reviews:

“Leaver probes productively at the destabilised boundary between technologies and humans, using the notion of the artificial and the site of the body to map some of the ways contemporary identities and subjectivities are being influenced by both technologies and the rhetoric of the artificial more broadly.” – Tully Barnett, Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, 146 (Feb 2013): 167.

Distinguished Professor appointment for John Hartley

Professor John Hartley was one of three outstanding academics awarded the prestigious title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor for their "outstanding contributions to Curtin’s research and learning outcome" in December 2012. 

Hartley was recognised for: his exceptional scholarly achievement and national and international reputation as a leader in the field of cultural science, which has seen him contribute to 24 influential books and publish 200 research papers. 

Currently he is:

  • Director of Curtin’s Centre for Culture and Technology
  • Leader of the Curtin node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI)
  • Program leader of CCI's Cultural Science Program
  • Editor of the London-based International Journal of Cultural Studies
John Hartley awarded John Hartley with Professor Jeanette Hacket, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University after receiving his appointment and Distinguished Professor hand-crafted 9 carat gold lapel pin.