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Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner, FAHA

Professor of Cultural Studies
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
Email:  Phone: (61 7) 3365 7183


Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner is the founding Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (2000-2012), and one of the leading figures in cultural and media studies in Australia and internationally. His research has covered a wide range of forms and media – literature, film, television, radio, new media, journalism, and popular culture. He has published 23 books with national and international academic presses; the most recent are (with Anna Cristina Pertierra) Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (Routledge, 2013),  What’s Become of Cultural Studies? (Sage, 2012) and Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn (Sage, 2010). A past president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2004-2007), an ARC Federation Fellow (2006-2011) and Convenor of the ARC-funded Cultural Research Network (2006-2010), Graeme Turner has had considerable engagement with federal research and higher education policy. He is only the second humanities scholar to serve on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
In collaboration with Dr Kylie Brass, Graeme Turner is the author of a major research monograph prepared for the Department of Industry and the Academies of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia (2014), and he has been appointed as the chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel for ERA 2015. Graeme Turner’s current research projects include an ARC funded international comparative study of the social function of television in the post-broadcast digital environment in collaboration with Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra, a collection of essays on Asian television histories, co-edited with Dr Jinna Tay, to be published by Routledge in 2015, and the completion of his book, Reinventing the Media, also to be published by Routledge in 2015. In 2015 he will be the Bonnier Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Stockholm University.


BA (Hons), University of Sydney; MA, Queen’s University, Canada; PhD, University of East Anglia, UK


  • Television and digital media
  • Celebrity studies
  • Nation and popular culture
  • Cultural and media studies theory
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students working in any of the above areas.


ARC Federation Fellowship project: Television in the post-broadcast era: the role of old and new media in the formation of national communities
This research program investigates the role of television in a post-broadcast era increasingly dominated by new media formats such as the Internet. Given the traditional importance of television as a social institution for the democratic state – forming and informing its citizens – the project asks to what extent television will continue to serve such a function and whether new media forms such as online journalism are likely to take its place. As an international program comparing five countries and one multi-national single-language market, its outcomes will inform a fundamental rethinking of the relations between the contemporary media and the nation-state.
ARC Discovery project: Locating television: an international study of the changing socio-cultural functions of television (with Anna Cristina Pertierra).
This project combines approaches from cultural studies and anthropology to investigate the socio-cultural function of television in nation-states so far largely ignored by media studies: Mexico, Cuba and the Philippines.
Understanding Celebrity revisited
A revision of Understanding Celebrity (2004) to accommodate shifts in the media and promotions industries, as well as in practices of distribution and consumption as a result of the rise of digital cultures and new media platforms.


2014 - 2016
ARC Discovery Grant 'Transforming Cultural Fields', lead CI Tony Bennett, with David Rowe, Gregory Noble, Emma Waterton, Fred Myers, Deborah Stevenson, Modesto Gayo,  Timothy Rowse, and David Carter, $735 050.
2011 - 2013    
ARC Discovery Grant 'Locating Television: an international study of the changing socio-cultural functions of television', with APD Anna Cristina Pertierra, $270 000.
2008 - 2011    
ARC Discovery Grant 'A People's History of Australian Television', lead CI John Hartley, with Alan McKee, Chris Healy, and Sue Turnbull, $120 000.
2008 - 2011    
ARC Federation Fellowship 'Post broadcast television and the construction of community', $1 500 000.


Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia (with Kylie Brass), Australian Academy of the Humanities, Canberra, 2014.
Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (with Anna Cristina Pertierra), Routledge, London and New York, 2013.
What’s Become of Cultural Studies?, Sage, London, 2012.
Ordinary people and the media: The demotic turn, Theory, Culture and Society series, Sage, London, 2010.
The Media and Communications in Australia, (co-edited with Stuart Cunningham), Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2002; revised editions 2006, 2010.
Television Studies After TV: Understanding television in the post-broadcast era (co-edited with Jinna Tay) Routledge, London and New York, 2009.
Ending the Affair: The decline of television current affairs in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2005.
Understanding Celebrity, Sage, London, 2004.

"The Mark of Cultural Studies on Communication Research: A perspective from the audience", Cultural Studies, 29:1 (2015) pp. 51-54.

"Is Celebrity News, News?" Journalism, theory, practice and criticism, 15:2 (2014), pp 144-152.

"Surrendering the space: Convergence culture, Cultural Studies and the curriculum" Cultural Studies, 25:4-5 (2011) pp. 685 699.

"Reflections on MIA on the Occasion of its 150th Issue" Media International Australia, No. 150 (2014) pp. 29-31.

“Approaching Celebrity Studies” Celebrity Studies, 1:1 (2010) pp.11-20.
“Not the Apocalypse: Television futures in the digital age” (with Jinna Tay) International Journal of Digital Television, 1:1 (2010) pp. 31-50.
“Cultural Studies 101: Canonical, mystificatory and elitist?’ Cultural Studies Review 15:1, (2009) pp. 175-187.
“Politics, Radio and Journalism in Australia: The influence of ‘talkback’” Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, 10:4 (2009) pp. 411-430.
“The cosmopolitan city and its Other: The ethnicising of the Australian suburb” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 9:4 (2008) pp 568-582.
“What is Television?: Comparing media systems in the post-broadcast era” (with Jinna Tay) Media International Australia, Special Issue 'Beyond Broadcasting', No. 126 (2008) pp 71-81.
“Cultural literacies, critical literacies, and the English school curriculum in Australia” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 10:1 (2007) pp. 105-114.
“Jonestalk: The specificity of Alan Jones” (with Stephen Crofts) Media International Australia, No. 122 (2007) pp.132-149.
“Shrinking the borders: globalisation, culture and belonging” Cultural Politics, 3:1 (2007) pp. 5-19.
“Some things we should know about talkback radio” Media International Australia, No. 122 (2007) pp.73-80.
“The mass production of celebrity: celetoids, reality TV and the ‘demotic turn’”, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 9:2 (2006) pp.153-166.
Book Chapters

"The Media and Democratization" in Toby Miller (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture, Routledge, New York, 2015, pp. 56-66.

"Reality TV and the Demotic Turn" in Laurie Oullette (ed.) A Companion to Global Popular Culture, Wiley-Blackwell, Boston, 2014, pp. 309-323.

"For a lot of people film became a bridge between literary studies and other kinds of cultural studies" (with Noel King) in Noel King and Deane Williams (eds.) Australian Film Theory and Criticism: Volume 2, Intellect, Bristol, 2014, pp. 43-60.

"Television and new media" in Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane (eds.) Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australian Life Since 1968, University of Western Australia Press, Perth, 2012, pp. 160-165.
“Convergence and Divergence: the international experience of digital television” in James Bennett and Niki Strange (eds.) Television as Digital Media, Duke University Press, Durham NC, 2011, pp. 31-51.
“Television and the Nation: Does this matter any more?” in Graeme Turner and Jinna Tay (eds.) Television Studies after TV: Understanding television in the post-broadcast era, Routledge, London and New York, 2009, pp. 54-64.
 “Critical literacy, cultural literacy and the English school curriculum in Australia” in Sue Owen (ed.) Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies, Palgrave, London, 2008, pp.158-170.
“Film and Cultural Studies” in James Donald and Michael Renov (ed.) The Sage Handbook of Film Studies, Sage, London, 2008, pp. 270-284 .
“The Economy of Celebrity” in Sean Redmond and Su Holmes (eds.) Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader, Sage, London , 2007, pp. 193-205.
“Celebrity, the tabloid and the democratic public sphere” in P.David Marshall (ed.) The Celebrity Cultures Reader, Routledge, London and New York, 2006, pp. 487-500.
A full list of Professor Turner’s publications, including fulltext links, can be accessed via UQ eSpace.
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