Screen Histories & Cultures

Program Leader: Dr Julia Vassilieva

Screen Histories and Cultures is a concerted and integrated unit committed to the collaborative study of the history, theory, practice and criticism of digital audio- visual culture. The program promotes, encourages and facilitates a host of approaches to moving image media, drawing on the various traditions of film and television history and theory as they inform the practice and criticism of all audio-visual culture, with a particular focus on emerging digital media forms.

The program draws on existing Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) research strengths to expand into newer fields of enquiry in and through collaborations with adjacent disciplines and fields of study. These areas include electronic games, database artworks, social media, interactive and communal creativity in sound and image, media archaeology, streaming technologies, mobile/locative artwork, miniature screens and personal AV devices, internet and network theory and practice. These areas of inquiry extend also to the uses of screen media. That is, it encompasses all the digital audiovisual creativity that has grown out of film and television, and now exists alongside it.

This work is led by research personnel in MFJ who have developed nationally and internationally recognised expertise in a broad range of research in film and television forms and theories, including film and television aesthetics, cinema institutions, European, American, Asian and Australian film histories, realist and documentary film theory, film history, indigenous filmmaking, experimental and avant-garde film theories, film and television seriality, Australian television culture, multicultural and diasporic cinemas, screen translation and post-broadcast television.

Through various initiatives, including public forums, symposia and conferences, Screen Cultures seeks to invigorate its research programs, forging links with such areas as Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), Information Technologies, and Education Faculties at Monash, external research centres, universities, film-makers and audio-visual industries nationally. At the same time, it is distinctly international in its outlook, building upon existing contacts at such institutions as University of California San Diego, King’s College London and Free University Berlin, to continue and extend its international collaborations and reputation.


Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project:

  • Olivia Khoo, (with Koichi Iwabuchi, Fran Martin and Audrey Yue), Transforming Cultural Identity: Media Flows between Australia and East Asia, 2016-2018
  • Olivia Khoo, Belinda Smail (with Audrey Yue) The History of Asian Australian Cinema: Diaspora, Policy and Ethics,2009-2011
  • Deane Williams, (with Ross Gibson, Mick Broderick, John Hughes, Joe Masco), Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945-80. ($AUD 363,359), 2015-2018

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA):

  • Julia Vassilieva, Cinema and the brain:  Eisenstein-Vygotsky-Luria’s collaboration, 2016-2018

Community and Industry Engagement

Therese Davis

  • Women Film and Independence in the 21st Century’ Panel at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) 22 February 2018. Presented by MFJ and ACMI with Melbourne Women in Film Festival

Tessa Dwyer

  • ACMI Renewal Academic Advisory Committee (2017–)
  • Senses of Cinema journal (2016–)
  • Vice-president (2016); President (2017–)
  • Development of Senses of Cinema-Monash Essay Prize (2017–)
  • Melbourne Screen Studies Group
  • Screening Melbourne Conference co-convenor (2017)
  • Matt Hills Visiting Scholar Public Talk and Masterclass co-convenor (2017)
  • Deb Jermyn Visiting Scholar Public Talk and Masterclass co-convenor (2018)
  • TV Bites Industry Panel Series (2017) co-convenor
  • Work Integrated Learning internship liaison with Senses of Cinema and Arts Access Victoria (for The Other Film Festival)

Olivia Khoo

  • Panel Chair, Women and Sexuality, Jewish International Film Festival/ Melbourne Women in Film Festival, October 2017
  • Panel member, Roundtable with Anhui Broadcasting China at Monash University, October 2017
  • Interviewed by Radio 3CR for a multilingual radio project ‘We Weren't Born Yesterday: Exploring Queer Heritage’ on queer Chinese films,, February 2015

Deane Williams

  • Visiting Professor - Documentary Research Center of UNICAMP (CEPECIDOC) and the Institute of Art/UNICAMP (University of Campinas), Sao Paulo, Brazil, May-June 2017
  • Co-Convenor (w. Con Verevis) Screen Studies of Australia and Aotearoa/ New Zealand conference The Uses of Cinema: Film, Television. Screen Media. November 21-23 2018 Monash University, Melbourne
  • Invited Speaker - Post-Truth and the Moving Image: Alternative Memories, Disputed Spaces, and Contradictory Narratives the Twelfth Tel Aviv International Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies, 4-6 June 2018