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Associate Professor Tama Leaver

Associate Professor Tama Leaver Associate Professor Tama Leaver

BA(Hons) (W.Aust) PhD (W.Aust)

Position Associate Professor
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Department Department of Internet Studies
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 208.311A
Phone 08 9266 1258
Email T.Leaver@curtin.edu.au
Twitter twitter.com/tamaleaver
Website www.tamaleaver.net
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0002-4065-4725
Google Scholar scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=rWTPue8AAAAJ&hl
Scopus Author Identifier www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=39963062500

Brief Summary

Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and frequent expert media commentator. His research interests include online identity, social media, digital death, infancy online, mobile gaming and the changing landscape of media distribution. He has published in a number of journals including Popular Communication,Media International AustraliaFirst MondayComparative Literature StudiesSocial Media and Society,Communication Research and Practice and theFibreculture journal, and is the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012); co-editor of An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network (Routledge, 2014) with Mike Kent; and Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) with Michele Willson. He has been awarded teaching awards from the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and in 2012 received a national Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Arts.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Memberships 

 Awards 

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Teaching

Teaching - Undergraduate

 In 2016 I am teaching the upper level unit Web Media, and have previously taugh and written a range of units including Web Communications and Web Play.

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Research Interests

Research Projects

I am involved in five main research programmes:

Research Interests

  • digital death;
  • social media;
  • convergence;
  • Twitter;
  • Facebook;
  • blogs;
  • copyright (in particular the Creative Commons and other alternative copyright arrangements)
  • cultural studies;
  • participatory culture;
  • citizen journalism;
  • embodiment;
  • film studies;
  • science fiction;
  • flexible delivery;
  • open educational resources (OERs);
  • social software (including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace);
  • teaching & learning in higher education.
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Publications

2016

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

2015

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

2014

Books (Research) - Edited

  • Kent, M., and T. Leaver. ed. 2014. An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the world’s largest social network. New York and London: Routledge.

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

2013

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

2012

Books (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Balnaves, M., M. Willson, and T. Leaver. 2012.“Entering Farmville: Finding Value in Social Games.” In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference 2012, Jun 4, 2012, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

2011

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Leaver, T., M. Balnaves, and M. Willson. 2011.“The Ubiquity of Information Filtration.” In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Communication on the edge 2011, Jul 6, 2011, Hamilton, New Zealand: ANZCA.

2010

Conference Articles (Research)

2008

Book Chapters (Research)

  • Leaver, T. 2008. “'Humanity’s Children:' Constructing and Confronting the Cylons.” In Cylons in America: Critical Studies of Battlestar Galactica, ed. Potter and C.W. Marshall, 132-142. New York: Continuum.

Journal Articles (Research)

2006

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Leaver, T. 2006.“The Blogging of Everyday Life.”Reconstruction: studies in contemporary culture. 6 (4).

2004

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Leaver, T. 2004.“Iatrogenic Permutations: From Digital Genesis to the Artificial Other.”Comparative Literature Studies 41 (3): 424-435.
  • Leaver, T. 2004.“Rationality, Representation and the Holocaust in Life is Beautiful.”Limina 10: 70-80.
  • Leaver, T. 2004.“‘The Infinite Plasticity of the Digital’: Posthuman Possibilities, Embodiment and Technology in William Gibson’s Interstitial Trilogy.”Reconstruction: studies in contemporary culture 4 (3).

2003

Journal Articles (Research)

Additional publication categories

2015

Book Chapters - Other

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Leaver, T., and N. Bjorn. 2015.“Beginnings.”M/C Journal 18 (5): 1-3.

2012

Book Chapters - Other

2011

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Leaver, T. 2011.“Angry Birds: The Remix.”Flow TV 13 (13).
  • Leaver, T. 2011.“The Curious Case of Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.”Flow TV 13 (10).
  • Leaver, T. 2011.“Web History.”Media International Australia (139): 162-163.

2010

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Leaver, T. 2010.“FlashForward or FlashBack: Television Distribution in 2010?.”Flow TV 11 (5).
  • Leaver, T. 2010.“How Chatroulette Taught Me Everything I Need to Know About the Internet.”Flow TV 11 (10).
  • Leaver, T. 2010.“The Anti-Social Network.”Flow TV 13 (4).
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