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

May 6, 2014 6:02 am

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.

Professor Ian Hargreaves, School of Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University 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. (Image right: Ian Hargreaves)

John Hartley and Jason Potts, Cultural Science: The Evolution of Meaningfulness, Bloomsbury 2014John 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 include research towards their co-authored volume with John Hartley, Whose Creative Industries to be published by Sage Publications, London in 2014.

Most symposium presentations will be available within the next issue of Cultural Science Journal (Vol 7 No 1, 2014). They can also be heard online:

Creative Citizens Project, Professor Ian Hargreaves, Cardiff UniversityListen also to Ian Hargreave’s keynote presentation at 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:

Another success for Kim Scott

March 21, 2014 2:10 am

Kim Scott, Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), Curtin University, recipient of the the highest Research Performance Index (RPI) award in the ECR category in March 2014.Kim Scott, Professor of Writing at Curtin University and a contributor to CCAT ‘s Noongar Knowledge Networks program, was awarded the highest Research Performance Index (RPI) award in the ECR category in March 2014. The RPI scheme is an initiative run annually to reward researchers for research excellence and allocates funds based on both performance inputs (external research grants) and outputs (publications, non-traditional outputs, successful postgraduate research supervision etc.) in the preceding year.

Inaugural Western Australian of the Year 2012State Finalist Australian of the Year 2013, a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Kim is a prolific writer and researcher and the recipient of multiple awards including:

Kim is collaborating with Len Collard (CI) UWA and John Hartley on the research project ‘Noongar knowledge networks’ (LIEF grant, 2014 – 2016) which uses the Noongar language to model and assess the extent to which minority languages can thrive by using globally accessible internet technologies. Kim’s other projects include: ‘Developing narratives from language and stories indigenous to the south coast of Western Australia’ (CI, ARC Discovery Indigenous Project) and ‘Working together: Intercultural academic leadership for teaching and learning in Indigenous culture and health’ (CI, ALTC grant).

Shenzhen University Researcher visits Curtin University

March 4, 2014 6:15 am

Dr Wen Wen, Shenzhen and Curtin UniversityCCAT Associate Researcher, Dr Wen Wen, Director of the Department for Project Development, Institute for Cultural Industries Shenzhen University (SICI) in China is visiting Curtin University from February to April 2014.

Dr Wen Wen, Director of the Department for Project Development, Institute for Cultural Industries (SICI), Shenzhen University in ChinaWhile in Perth, Wen will be working with John Hartley and Henry Siling Li on the  publication project Whose Creative Industries to be published in 2014 by Sage Publications, London. In February, Wen introduced the Creative Industries projects she is currently researching at SICI to visiting academics participating in the ZUMC (Zhejiang University of Media & Communications) Induction Program at Curtin University. She will also be presenting a CCAT seminar.

Above right: Wen at the Metro Shopping Centre, Shenzhen, China
Above left: Wen at the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia

New CCAT member researching culture, animality and technology

February 18, 2014 1:54 am

Matthew Chrulew, Curtin University, animal cruelty, conservation, history of zoological gardensCCAT’s newest Research Fellow is Dr Matthew Chrulew who joined the Centre in January 2014. Matthew will be working on a number of projects at the intersection of culture, animality and technology. Having studied at UWA and Monash, Matthew was most recently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University. His work has been published in journals such as New Formations, Australian Humanities Review and Foucault Studies, and he is an Associate Editor of the new interdisciplinary, open-access journal Environmental Humanities. One of his areas of research expertise is in the history and philosophy of zoological gardens.

Matthew Chrulew chapters in Animal Death and Metamorphes of the Zoo

Following the recent controversy over the killing of the surplus giraffe Marius at Copenhagen Zoo, Dr Chrulew has been quoted in Sydney Morning Herald articles on 12 February and 15 February and appeared along with the CEO of Zoos Victoria on Seven’s  Weekend Sunrise program on 15 February 2014.

Images above: Matthew’s publications includes chapters within Animal Death and Metamorphoses of the Zoo: Animal Encounter after Noah.

CCAT forging additional links with China

December 11, 2013 9:41 am

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.

Dr Wen Wen and Professor John Hartley in China, December 2013

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.

Image left: Wen Wen and John Hartley

While in China, John Hartley was appointed:

Other activities included:

Henry Siling Li_December 2013This trip was facilitated by Dr Henry Siling Li (right) 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.

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