|Julie Bishop awards Professor Graeme Turner the ARC Federation Fellowship|
Researchers and other staff in the Centre have produced a wide variety of important and interesting work, whether it is in academic research, or support of that research by general staff. Occasionally this work is acknowledged externally for its excellence, in the form of grants, awards, presentations, and honours. This page summarises the significant achievements of the Centre's staff since its inception in 2000.
Details of Achievements
Emertius Professor Graeme Turner was successful yet again in securing funding from the Australian Research Council. Graeme is part of a large group of researchers who will work on the Discovery Project entitled 'Transforming Cultural Fields' from 2014 - 2016.
This interdisciplinary project investigates the shaping of Australian art, literary, media, sport, and heritage fields, individually and collectively, by the changing national and transnational environment since the 1994 national cultural policy Creative Nation. Like Creative Nation, its primary focus is on the relation between these fields and the nation, but also pays particular attention to the distinctive forms of cultural capital associated within and across these fields, especially ethnic cultural divisions and the distinctive presence of Indigenous culture. This project’s empirical application and assessment of the concept of the ‘cultural field’ will contribute to the international development of cultural theory.
Professor Gay Hawkins and Dr Morgan received funding for a three year project entitled 'Making Animals Public: The changing role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in building public value and interest in wildlife documentary'. This project will critically assess the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) changing role in building public interest and value in animals through wildlife programming. Historical and strategic industry analysis will document how the ABC contributed to the development of the wildlife genre in Australia and how new external production models are impacting on its public charter.
Professor Gay Hawkins has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available for achievement in the humanities in Australia. In announcing their new fellows for 2012, the Academy said of Professor Hawkins:
"She has played a key role in the development of Australian cultural studies as an interdisciplinary and philosophically informed practice of social reflection. In her first book, From Nimbin to Mardi Gras: Constructing Community Arts (1993), she undertook the first analysis of Australian community arts, and thereby made a substantial and original contribution to cultural policy. Her next two books, Culture and Waste (edited with Stephen Muecke, 2002) and The Ethics of Waste (2006), broke new ground in their exploration of the cultural and ethical significance of waste in all its manifestations and contributed to the formulation of a culturally informed environmental politics. Her other publications include The SBS Story: The Challenge of Cultural Diversity (2008, with Ien Ang FAHA and Lamia Dabboussy)."
Professor Gay Hawkins received funding for a three year project entitled 'The skin of commerce: the role of plastic packaging in the construction of food security, waste and consumer activism in Australia'. This project will critically assess new approaches to reducing plastic packaging in food markets and waste streams and will produce key insights into how sustainable food systems can be organised with less reliance on plastic.
Professor Graeme Turner has been appointed to the new-look Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC). PMSEIC has been the government's peak science and research advisory body since it was established by the Hawke government. Professor Turner is one of six individual standing members chosen for their personal expertise and their contributions to science and research.
The Federal Government recently announced reforms to Australia's peak science and research advisory body to make it more relevant and responsive to the immediate challenges and opportunities facing the nation. Professor Turner was initially appointed to the Council at the end of 2008, when it was a much larger group of more than 20 members. At that time, he was only the second humanities researcher to have served on the Council.
“Through a case study of one man, this article contributes to recent conceptualisations of Australian manliness, in ways that extend and challenge the dominant representations of bush mateship. It is eloquently written and the argument both rigorous and lucid. The idea of ‘civic sentiment’ has more often been applied to women and women’s groups at this time, but the use of a feminist framework of analysis to analyse men’s experience was particularly interesting and added to the article’s originality. The article is well located within relevant literature, and the argument that manliness found expression in civic sentiment is a valuable contribution to debates about Australian history and culture.”
"Let me stress again that the humanities, arts and social sciences are absolutely central to the project we have embarked on. They have at least four different roles in the innovation process.
First, they drive innovation themselves:
- especially the kind of incremental, process innovation that frequently goes unnoticed;
- especially in the service sector; and
- often in unexpected ways – I love the story about how creative writers at Edith Cowan University are helping Alzheimer’s patients recover and retain memories.
Second, they raise the standard of scientific and technical innovation by shining an inquiring and sometimes critical light on its ethical, historical, cultural, and social consequences.
Third, they give people the skills they need to use the innovations coming out of our laboratories and R&D centres.
And fourth, they empower individuals and communities to deal with change – whether by adapting to it, or by asserting their own view of how it should happen.
We simply can’t achieve the goals we’ve set ourselves without you. That’s why these disciplines have loomed so large in our work to date"
Professor Turner is a Federation Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. This appointment recognises the work that Professor Turner has done with the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy committee while he was President of the Academy, as well as his many years of distinguished service to higher education and, in particular, to the development of Cultural Studies.
Dr Melissa Gregg was awarded $55,000 to investigate the extent to which internet and mobile technologies are blurring our public and private lives. Her project will offer first-hand knowledge and interview material documenting the new forms of mediated intimacy and friendship taking place online. It will further explain how these networks provide forms of support and community responsive to the changing nature of everyday life in information societies.
The UQ Excellence Award project is a development out of Melissa's ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded in October 2006.
This project aims to focus public debate about the use of new media technologies to consider how people are leading lives that are always in a sense “online” and immanently tied to network structures and logics. It will offer detailed explanation of the features and benefits of online intimacy to contextualise privacy panics over new media. It will also relate the changing nature of privacy to broader social and economic conditions, suggesting that participation in online communities is valuable preparation for the labour conditions emerging in the network society. Key aims for the research are:
- to provide detailed analysis of social networking sites: this will take account of how social networking technologies are used as part of everyday life, foregrounding the forms of literacy and agency involved in their use
- to understand the key features of online intimacy: including the intensity and temporality of internet-based friendship networks and communities and the “broadcast impulse” fundamental to successful participation
- to counteract the amount of youth-oriented research in internet studies by contextualising friendship sites in relation to other forms of online networking such as dating sites, job sites, interest-based communities and commercial dot.coms—all of which share common networking traits and appeal to diverse age groups
- to draw links between online networking and similar trends in employment practices: for instance, by acknowledging the importance of “contacts”, “friends” and “testimonials” in online and offline personae, particularly for securing employment in middle-class, computer-dependent information jobs
- to understand privacy in relation to changing social and economic conditions: on the one hand, to ask how privacy may differ in light of specific contexts of location, employment or class mobility in information societies; more broadly, to consider privacy panics in a longer history of middle-class subjectivity. Drawing on affect theory and contemporary notions of neoliberal identity formation, the research will pinpoint the entrepreneurial dimension to the broadcast impulse and how this reflects new understandings of privacy and the self.
Professor Turner is a key figure in the development of cultural and media studies in Australia and has an outstanding international reputation. His work is used in a range of disciplines: cultural and media studies; communications; history; literary studies; and film and television studies.Professor Turner has pioneered the study of the wider cultural impact on society of media and the economy of media industries that play a major role in trade and cultural exchange. His new research program will examine the role of television, a major source of the world’s information and ideas, at a time when the media is undergoing rapid transformation and on-line content and commentary are influencing the cultural views, political attitudes and patterns of consumption of a new generation.
Disability in Australia explores a hidden blight in society - the ways in which the routine, daily and oppressive treatment of people with disabilities denies them dignity. It uses the everyday, untold experiences of life of people with disabilities to make a powerful and persuasive argument about social apartheid. Drawing on a wide range of case studies from health and welfare, sport, biotechnology, deinstitutionalisation, political life, and the treatment of refugees, the book firmly puts disability into a social, political and human rights perspective. The judges described the book as "provocative, well-written and informative". They said the authors successfully tackled an ambitious project and highlighted issues that did not usually receive as much attention as they deserved. The judges saw this book as managing to combine the qualities of a passionate manifesto and a cool academic investigation.
- study the mobile phone as cultural object, investigating its history, cultural production, consumption, political economy and regulation;
- contribute new knowledge on the culture of new media technologies, elucidating the specific characteristics of new networked telecommunications technologies compared with older media forms;
- develop new insights into central theoretical questions in cultural and media studies, such as the relationship between culture and technology, as well as debates on the place of political economy in analyzing cultural forms and practices;
- develop innovative, new methodologies and theories for the study of new media.