On Thursday 26th and Friday 27th February, CCAT Director Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery and former CCAT director Distinguished Professor John Hartley co-convened a two-day research event “Publishing – Knowledge – Citizenship: The Creation, Distribution and Governance of Knowledge in Open Complex Systems”. The workshop was held at the South of Perth Yacht Club, and was designed to re-think “publishing” in the digital era, as a concept, an industry, a series of diverse practices and an economic activity. Areas of special interest included open access publishing, social networks and the “publication of the self”, as well as in new models of publishing as an economic and entrepreneurial activity. The workshop brought together experts in complex systems, social network markets and social media cultures to brainstorm a research agenda at the forefront of international best practice, that will reconceptualise how knowledge is and will be created, distributed and governed over the next few years. This workshop was a research output for CCAT’s New Models of Publishing Program.Read more
Invited international guests included Eelco Ferwerda (The Netherlands); Dr. Cameron Neylon (UK) and Dr. Frances Pinter (UK). Key Australian expert researchers in the field also in attendance included A/Prof. Robert Cunningham (UWA), Prof. Lelia Green (ECU), A/Prof. Joan Leach (UQ), Prof. Brian McNair (QUT), Prof. P. David Marshall (Deakin), Prof. Denise Meredyth (ARC Council), Prof. Jason Potts (RMIT), Dr. Xiang Ren (USQ), A/Prof. Ellie Rennie (Swinburne) and Dr. Nic Suzor (QUT); as well as Curtin researchers Prof. Tim Dolin, Cheryl Foong, Prof. Michael Keane, Prof. Brett Kirk, Dr. Tama Leaver, Dr. Henry Siling Li, and Dr. Tim Pitman.
After initial Provocations on the topic, the workshop was divided into a number of sessions: Reconceptualising Publishing in the context of open/networked technologies and dynamic systems; New Models of Publishing in meso-level organisational forms and the digital distribution of knowledge; Special Problems of Publishing, testing models against four special domains of publication (Indigenous, International, Science and Children); and General Economic Model of Publishing in the digital era. Participants then had time to discuss and develop possible collaborative research outputs on these topics.
CCAT would like to thank all attendees for making the workshop such a successful event.
Photo: Workshop in Session
Above Photo: Panellists L-R Dr. Tama Leaver, Prof. Tim Dolin, Prof. Brian McNair, Prof. P.David Marshall (partially hidden), and D/Prof. John Hartley.
Above: D/Prof. John Hartley presenting
Above: A/Prof. Ellie Rennie, A/Prof. Joan Leach and Dr. Nic Suzor.
Above: A/Prof. Robert Cunningham, Dr. Frances Pinter, Dr. Xiang Ren and Eelco Ferwerda.
Above: Prof. Jason Potts and Prof. Brian McNair
Above. Prof. Jason Potts Presenting
Above: CCAT Director A/Prof. Lucy Montgomery presenting
February 25, 2015 4:11 am
At a recent graduation ceremony, Curtin University recognised Frances Pinter’s lifetime service to the publishing industry, and her efforts to broaden access to knowledge, by awarding her an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.Read more
Curtin University Vice Chancellor, Deborah Terry, in her citation said, ‘As a publisher Dr Pinter has helped to shape disciplines that tackle some of today’s defining social and technological challenges, and as an activist and architect of new publishing she has driven public debate, promoted development, and encouraged the foundations of civil society in some of the world’s most troubled regions. Her leadership in the use of open access licenses, new technologies and innovative business models will ensure that hard-won advances in knowledge are shared, and made available globally, for others to build on.’
Upon her return to the UK, Dr. Pinter said, ‘It was extraordinarily gratifying and humbling to be acknowledged on the other side of the planet. I am grateful to Curtin University for this honour.’
Dr. Pinter was put nominated for this prestigious honorary acknowledgement by CCAT and the Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University.
Below: CCAT Director Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery with Dr. Frances Pinter, at the Curtin University Graduation Ceremony, February 24th, 2015.
February 23, 2015 10:15 am
CCAT Member Associate Professor Anne Aly, who is the program leader for one of CCAT’s main research programs, Countering Online Violent Extremism, and the founding chairwoman of People Against Violent Extremism was Australia’s only civil-society representative invited to address US President Barack Obama’s Summit on combating violent extremism.
You can read more about Anne Aly’s experience in The Australian news article here.
February 1, 2015 8:03 am
CCAT’s online journal, Ctrl-Z, is pleased to announce the release of the first of its media publications: Darren Tofts & Mark Amerika—in conversation.
Tofts and America discuss what might it mean to say that “ours is the time of the remix”? What happens to ideas, education, authority, media and everyday cultural practice in such a context?Read more
In the early days of Ctrl-Z—when that grapheme named not a journal or an ideas network, but simply the first in an open-ended, irregular series of events—interested scholars, artists, professionals and members of the public gathered to discuss the possibilities of writing in the age of new media. Two such figures, Darren Tofts and Mark Amerika, joined Ctrl-Z editor (the late) Niall Lucy and film director Ken Miller to discuss the flows and eruptions of remix culture, to reflect on its technological and intellectual pre-histories, and to consider its implications for cultural practice.
Join Tofts and Amerika in the first of Ctrl-Z‘s media “publications”, as they elaborate on phenomena of remix across a series of videos exploring “remix culture”, “remix education”, “remix authority”, and “remix rights”.
Darren Tofts (left in pic) is Professor of Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. In 2011 he re-published his 1997 text (with Murray McKeich), Memory Trade: A Prehistory of Cyberculture, as an ebook (downloadable from 21C). His other books include Interzone: Media Arts in Australia (Thames & Hudson, 2005) and co-edited collections Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History (MIT Press, 2003) and Illogic of Sense: The Gregory L. Ulmer Remix (ALT-X Press, 2007). He is currently working on two ongoing critical remix projects with Lisa Gye, The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices and Classical Gas. He recently published an interview with Ken Friedman in Postmodern Culture to mark the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Fluxus.
Mark Amerika (right in pic) is Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at La Trobe University, Melbourne. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and a collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007). His latest art work, The Museum of Glitch Aesthetics, was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. More information can found at his website and his twitter feed.
Watch the Ctrl-Z special media issue here.
January 13, 2015 8:43 am
The Curtin University 2014 Public Relations Award for Most Outstanding Commentary on a Media Issue went to Anne Aly for her media commentary relating to Muslim extremism and the Islamic State. Anne has engaged with a range of media including The Australian, The West Australian, The Guardian, The Conversation, and the Women’s Weekly on a number of topics including the situation in Syria and Iraq, Australian’s leaving the country to join ISIS, deradicalization of young Muslims in Australia, community calls for the banning of the Burka and other related matters.
Anne is Director of the Countering Online Violent Extremism Research (CoVEr) Program at Curtin University.
Recent articles include:
“Radicalisation and the lone wolf: what we do and don’t know,” The Conversation, 17 December 2014.
“Sydney siege: don’t call Man Haron Monis a ‘terrorist’ – it only helps Isis,” The Guardian, 16 December 2014.
“Is it fair to blame the West for trouble in the Middle East,” The Conversation, 6 October 2014.
“Radicalisation,” The West Australian Newspaper, 4 October 2014.
Anne is also featured in “Taking on terror in the suburbs”, the Australian Women’s Weekly, December 2014, pp. 77–78.