Researchers

Maura Edmond

Dr Maura Edmond researches the sociology of creative scenes and subcultures and has written about visual art, popular music, podcasting, fashion, film and fandom from this perspective. Her most recent research has explored fifty years of gender equality initiatives in the media, arts and cultural industries.

Kate Fitch

Dr Kate Fitch is a communication and media studies scholar who specialises in critical and feminist public relations and feminist media studies. She has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters and her work on gender and history is internationally recognised. Kate’s first book, Professionalizing Public Relations, investigates the history of public relations in Australia and her second book, Popular Culture and Social Change investigates the cultural work of public relations.

Akane Kanai

Dr Akane Kanai’s research explores the rise and fall of feminisms in popular culture, mediated feminine identities and participatory cultures, and new responsibilities and expectations of women’s reproductive, immaterial and otherwise monetisable labour through digital media.

Olivia Khoo

Associate Professor Olivia Khoo’s research centres on transnational Chinese cultures, and Asian and Australian cinemas, with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality. Olivia has been a Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects on the History of Asian Australian Cinema (DP0987349) and Media Flows Between Australia and East Asia (DP160100304). She is a series editor of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (Palgrave Macmillan) and Associate Editor of Studies in World Cinema: A Critical Journal (Brill).

Whitney Monaghan

Dr Whitney Monaghan is an early career researcher specialising in LGBTIQ representation on screen, television studies, queer theory, feminist film theory and teen screen cultures. Her PhD research on the representation of queer girlhood is published as the monograph Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not ‘Just a Phase.’(Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is the co-author of the textbook Queer Theory Now: From Foundations to Futures (Red Globe Press, 2019) and co-editor of Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre, Stardom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).  Her current research examines the queer history of Australian television. Whitney is also the founder and co-editor of online film magazine Peephole Journal and a festival coordinator at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival.

Claire Perkins

Dr Claire Perkins’ research on independent and ‘indie’ film, television and culture has an international reputation. Over the past five years she has focused on the gendered discourses of this sector and on the broader dialogue between independence and feminism in film and television practice, reception and criticism. Her monograph American Smart Cinema was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012 and she is co-editor of six collections, including Indie Reframed: Women’s Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema (Edinburgh UP, 2016). Another of Claire’s key research interests is in media seriality, and she co-edits the Edinburgh UP book series Screen Serialities.

Belinda Smaill

Over the last two decades Associate Professor Belinda Smaill has built an international reputation in the field of screen studies and documentary studies in particular. She has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters and her two books, The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture (Palgrave MacMillan 2010) and Regarding Life: Animals and the Documentary Moving Image (State University of New York Press 2016)have garnered international recognition for their role in rethinking the documentary tradition in the history of the moving image. Her research has consistently explored issues relating to women and documentary, and female directors more broadly. Her work also focuses on the environment, more than human and fact-based storytelling in screen media.

Verity Trott

Dr Verity Trott researches the political, cultural and social dimensions of digital media technologies and digital cultures from feminist and intersection perspectives. Her recent work examines digital feminist activism and cultures of masculinity online.

Zala Volcic

Dr Zala Volcic’s work has garnered an international reputation for its role in rethinking the intersection of media, gender, conflicts, nationalism, and social cohesion, while showing how news media have the potential to strengthen democracy by promoting civic engagement, but also the ability to undermine and fragment shared identities and thereby to reinforce tendencies toward political conflict and violence. Since 2001, Zala has built an internationally significant track record of research in media, cultural, gender, and communications studies. This record includes a monograph, three co-authored books, and four co-edited books, as well as over 50 articles, chapters and research reports published in influential international, interdisciplinary journals including Information Communication and Society, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies and the International Journal of Cultural Studies. Zala also has an established track record of developing media literacy programs that translate the results of her research into meaningful forms of public engagement designed to foster democratic understanding and civic engagement.

Associate Researchers

Therese Davis (Swinburne University)

Associate Professor Therese Davis has more than 20 years of experience teaching screen and cultural studies at universities in Australia. Her research is primarily in the areas of Australian cinema and television, Australian Indigenous media, and women’s filmmaking. She is also Chair of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival Board.