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).
- John Hartley and Jason Potts (2014) Cultural Science: The Evolution of Meaningfulness. London: Bloomsbury.
- John Hartley, Wen Wen and Henry Siling Li (2014) Whose Creative Industries? London: Sage Publications.
- Erik Champion (in press) 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.
November 20, 2013 9:29 am
Eleanor Sandry is representing CCAT at the Curtin RoboFair to be held on Sunday 24 November 2013. Among her many research interests is a focus on human-robot interaction and human perceptions of autonomous robots: What is a robot? How do different people understand this term? How might working with a robot alter the way you work with another person? Is developing trust in a robot important? What thinking underlies the decision to relinquish control to an autonomous robot? These and other questions inform Eleanor’s research, which complements the work of academics from Computing, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering who are also promoting Robotics @Curtin.Above right: Packbot with soldier (image courtesy of United States Navy)
November 18, 2013 2:22 am
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.
October 23, 2013 9:01 am
A Faculty of Humanities delegation including CCAT members Associate Professor Steve Mickler and Dr Henry 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 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.Above left (L-R): ZUMF student, Prof He Qiliang, ZUMF Coordinator for Earth-Sky-Us, with Prof David Wood, Curtin DVC Academic, and WA Premier, Colin Barnett.
Above right (L-R): Assoc Prof Steve Mickler & Prof Tim Dolin, Curtin University; Mr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, Study Perth; and Paul Bauer, Deputy Director, ZUMC International Office.
Southern Screens Symposium: Transnational zones and transcultural histories on the screens of the SouthOctober 16, 2013 2:34 am
Southern Screens Symposium presented by: The School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts and the Centre for Culture & Technology (CCAT)
Every day hundreds of people travel back and forth between Southern countries, including Australia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, New Zealand, and South Africa; and with people travel culture, experiences, memories and images. The Southern Screens project takes on a transversal South‐South approach to the study of visual culture in transnational, transcultural and geopolitical contexts. It seeks to create conditions for the generation, sharing and circulation of new knowledge that is both southern and about the South as a specific kind of material and imaginary territory (or territories). It does so through the study of the southern hemisphere’s screen cultures, addressing the broad spectrum of cultural expression in both traditional and new screen media including film, television, video, digital, interactive, online and portable technologies. Scholars from Southern countries contribute to this bilingual (English and Spanish), interdisciplinary symposium, addressing the theme ‘Transnational zones and transcultural histories on the screens of the South’ through applications of media studies, cultural studies and social science methodologies to discussions of screen culture.
Presented: 12–13 November 2013, BankWest Lecture Theatre, John Curtin Art Gallery, Curtin University
Image: Still from 90 Degree South (1933 documentary with footage by Herbert Ponting of Robert Scott’s 1910‐1912 fatal Antarctic expedition)