Dr Collin Chua
- Phone: +61 2 9385 6805
- Email: email@example.com
- Building: Robert Webster
- Room No: 311P
B.A. (Hons), Ph.D
My research hinges on questions of how media shapes and frames processes and discourses of communication as well as the society in which that communication takes place. These questions address ways in which the media has come to be a key driver in
society, culture, politics, and economics.
I am particularly interested in tracing specific links and connections regarding how society to an increasing degree is submitted to, or becomes dependent on, the media and their logic. This involves examining the emergence and systemization of modes of sociality and storytelling, processes of archiving the past and narrativizing history, commodification and consumption, sociocultural narratives and myths, and network structures of political economy.
My interests cross a number of interdisciplinary fields, with a focus on: critical theory and continental philosophy; media theory, history, and political economy; Hong Kong and Chinese cinema; film sound and sound design; and advertising, new media and consumer culture.
Currently, I am working on two research projects. The first is on advertising and new media, and follows the emergence and consequences of empowered consumers in a changing media landscape, and how these empowered consumers have come to be desirable agents that can be exploited and directed. The second covers the classic films from the Shaw Brothers of the 1960s and 70s – the Shaw Bros film studio was the preeminent force in SE Asian cinema of the period, and catered heavily to diasporic Chinese audiences.
I presently teach in Media Studies and Film Studies.
I have developed, coordinated, lectured, and tutored courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including both theory and production units. Courses I have convened include Working with Image and Sound, The Hollywood System, Media Power, and the Media Capstone.
My Honours and postgraduate supervisions are in areas such as the political economy of new media, contemporary trends in advertising, and sound/image relations in film/music video.
(2012) 'Then and Now: Berlin Symphonies', in Directory of World Cinema: Germany, Intellect Press
(2009) 'Placing Music Video', in Transforming Cultures 4(1), special issue on Music and Place.
(2007) 'Bombarded by soundful images: an audiovisual account of 9/11', in PRism 4(3) .
I am the convenor of the SAM Seminar series (http://sam.arts.unsw.edu.au/seminars/), a series of research seminars hosted by the School, which provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists to present their work and/or research.
My professional experience has included working as a Media Consultant in the communications and advertising industry, where I provided a range of services – advertising and marketing strategy, media and audience research, strategic expertise regarding new media, technology and policy developments, and copywriting and editing – for a range of local, national and international clients.