Visit to CCAT from Hacettepe University scholar, Burcu Şimşek

August 12, 2014 9:24 am

Bircu-Simsek_at_CCAT_2014Burcu 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.

Bircu_Simsek_with_John_Hartley_2014Burcu 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.

Above right: Bircu Şimşek with John Hartley

Alkim Özaygen, Visiting Scholar from Ankara University, Turkey

July 22, 2014 9:02 am

Alkim Ozaygen, Ankara University, Visiting scholar at Curtin University, Creative Commons, new models of publishingAlkim Özaygen, Lecturer in Political Science at Ankara University, Turkey, is a visiting scholar at CCAT (July to September 2014).

Alkim Ozaygen, Ankara University, Visiting scholar at Curtin University, Creative Commons, new models of publishingAlkim has come to Curtin to study the Creative Commons licensing movement, in which Australia has played a leading role (, 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. We plan to continue collaborating with Alkim on this topic after his visit.

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

July 15, 2014 9:13 am

4_editedCtrl-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”.

Ctrl-Ze: New media Philosophy editor, Niall Lucy, Curtin UniversityThe issue, 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. (Right: Niall in 2006.)


CCAT research translated in China

July 8, 2014 4:32 am

John Hartley, The uses of digital literacy, published by Zheijang University Press, 2014John Hartley’s 2009 publication, The Uses of Digital Literacy has just 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, digital literacy, mass media, communicaztion and technology, creative industries, digital storytelling, Curtin UniversityAbout 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.

Above left: Zhejiang University Press 2014 cover.  Above right: University of Queensland Press 2009 cover.

Nyungar custodian joins CCAT

July 7, 2014 6:06 am

Ingrid Cumming, Nyungar, Australian Indigenous community,  Kart Koort Wiern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, WA Aboriginal Health Workers Association, Attorney Generals’ Victim of Crime Reference GroupIngrid Cumming – a custodian and traditional owner of Whadjuk Nyungar country – joined CCAT as a Research Associate in July 2014. As a mentor and young leader in the Nyungar Community,  Ingrid’s goal is to inspire, mentor and lead youth into positions of leadership, and to promote and encourage reconciliation through a clear understanding that positive minds and actions create positive futures.

Ingrid also is a performer and teacher of Nyungar women’s dances, language and cultural practices, a Reserves player at the East Fremantle Womens’ Football Club, and has worked in national and local indigenous media including the Koori Mail, Wayalup Radio Program, Radio Fremantle, and the FTI Deadly Yarns (WA Indigenous short film project). Further, Ingrid came 2nd in the WA finals of the Deadly Funnies National Indigenous Comedy Competition, and 3rd in the National Indigenous Comedy Competition.

Graduating with a BA in Australian Indigenous Studies at Murdoch University, Ingrid has incorporated her expertise within the community in various capacities over the past ten years including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative on the Attorney Generals’ Victim of Crime Reference Group; advisor of the PHD research group, Urban Aboriginal Women’s Beliefs and Attitudes to Sexual Violence; selected to attend the National stakeholders forum for the 2009 FaCHSIA National Healing Foundation Conference in Adelaide, and selected to attend the 2010 Oxfam Australia Strait Talk Summit in Canberra and the 2010 National Brilliant Young Minds summit.

Her work within the Indigenous community is extensive, including her role as founder and CEO of Kart Koort Wiern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation,  State coordinator of the  WA Aboriginal Health Workers Association (2011)  and Central Institute of Technology Coordinator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support and Programs (2009–2011). For further detail, follow this link  or check out her LinkedIn and  Facebook page.

Ingrid’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable for CCAT’s Noongar Knowledge Networks program.

Welcome, Ingrid.

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