Associate Professor Tanja Dreher

ARC Future Fellow / Scientia Fellow
BA (Sydney), Advanced Diploma of Applied Aboriginal Studies (Tranby), MA Journalism (UTS), PhD (University of Western Sydney)
School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 6405
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 231S, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus


    Book Chapters

    • Dreher T;De Souza P, 2019, 'Beyond marginalised voices: Listening as participation in Multicultural media', in Thomas T; Kruse M; Stehling M (ed.), Media Participation in Post-Migrant Societies, Rowman & Littlefield
    • Dreher T, 2019, 'Media, belonging and being heard: Community media and the politics of listening', in Nolan D; Marjoribanks T (ed.), Who can call themselves Australian?, Anthem Press
    • Dreher T;Mondal AA, 2018, 'From voice to response: Ethical responsiveness and the politics of difference', in Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference, pp. 1 - 19,
    • Dreher T;De Souza P, 2018, 'Locating listening', in Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference, pp. 21 - 39,
    • McCallum K;Waller L;Dreher T, 2018, 'Beyond deficit discourse: Reframing debate in Indigenous education', in Digitizing Democracy, pp. 147 - 162
    • Dreher T;McCallum K;Waller L, 2017, 'Disruption or transformation? Australian policymaking in the face of Indigenous contestation', in Celikates R; de Kloet J; Peeren E (ed.), Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity, Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 215 - 240
    • Dreher T, 2017, 'Listening: a normative approach to transform media and democracy', in Wasserman H; Garman A (ed.), Media and Citizenship in South Africa: Between Marginalization and Participation, HSRC Press
    • Dreher T, 2014, 'White Bread Media', in Cunningham S; Turnbull S (ed.), The Media and Communications in Australia Sixth Edition, Allen & Unwin, Sydney
    • Voyer M;Dreher T;Gladstone W;Goodhall H, 2013, 'Carving the stake: dodgy science or global necessity? A comparative analysis of media coverage of marine parks in NSW (2005-2010)', in Lester L; Hutchins B (ed.), Environmental Conflict and the Media, Peter Lang, New York
    • Dreher T;Chalmers S, 2009, 'Safeguarding masculinity: heteronormativity and the banality of rape', in Dreher T; Ho C (ed.), Beyond the Hijab Debates: new conversations on gender, race and religion, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 134 - 148
    • Dreher T;Ho C, 2009, 'New Conversations on Gender, Race and Religion', in Dreher T; Ho C (ed.), Beyond the Hijab Debates: new conversations on gender, race and religion, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 1 - 17
    • Dreher T, 2009, 'Media interventions in racialised communities', in Howley K (ed.), Globalization and Communicative Democracy: Community Media in the 21st Century, SAGE
    • Dreher T, 2009, 'Muslim media interventions: a command performance', in Ewart J; Rane H (ed.), Australian Muslims and the Media, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, VIC
    • Dreher T, 2009, 'Media and Cultural Diversity', in Cunningham S; Turner G (ed.), The Media and Communications in Australia Fifth Edition, edn. 5, Allen & Unwin, Sydney
    • Dreher T, 2007, 'Contesting Cabramatta: moral panic and media interventions in 'Australia's Heroin Capital'', in Poynting S; Morgan G (ed.), Outrageous! Moral Panics in Australia, Australian Clearing House for Youth Studies, pp. 111 - 123
    • Dreher T, 2007, 'News Media Responsibilities in Reporting Terrorism', in Lynch A; Williams G; MacDonald E (ed.), Law and Liberty in the War on Terror, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 211 - 219
    • Dreher T, 2000, 'Cabramatta news talk: Audiences, identity and symbolic power', in Poynting S; Collins J (ed.), The Other Sydney: Communities, Identities and Inequalities in Western Sydney, Common Ground, Melbourne, pp. 106 - 122

    Journal articles

    • Waller L;Dreher T;Hess K;McCallum K;Skogerbø E, 2019, 'Media Hierarchies of Attention: News Values and Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse', Journalism Studies,
    • Carlson B;Dreher T, 2018, 'Introduction: Indigenous innovation in social media', Media International Australia, vol. 169, pp. 16 - 20,
    • Dreher T;Griffiths M, 2018, 'Shifting the terms of debate: speaking, writing and listening beyond free speech debates', Continuum, vol. 32, pp. 393 - 399,
    • Dreher T, 2017, 'The ‘uncanny doubles’ of queer politics: Sexual citizenship in the era of same-sex marriage victories', Sexualities, vol. 20, pp. 176 - 195,
    • Dreher T, 2017, 'Social/Participation/Listening: keywords for the social impact of community media', Communication Research and Practice, vol. 3, pp. 14 - 30,
    • Dreher T, 2016, 'Pinkwashing the Past: Gay Rights, Military History and the Sidelining of Protest in Australia', Oñati Socio-legal Series [online], vol. 6, pp. 116 - 136,
    • Dreher T;McCallum K;Waller L, 2016, 'Indigenous voices and mediatized policy-making in the digital age', Information, Communication & Society, vol. 19, pp. 23 - 39,
    • McCallum K;Waller L;Dreher T, 2016, 'Mediatization, marginalization and disruption in Australian Indigenous affairs', Media and Communication, vol. 4, pp. 30 - 42
    • Waller L;Dreher T;McCallum K, 2015, 'The Listening Key: Unlocking the Democratic Potential of Indigenous Participatory Media', Media International Australia, vol. 154, pp. 57 - 66,
    • Dreher T;Voyer M, 2014, 'Climate Change Refugees or Migrants? Shifting news frames on climate change impacts in the Pacific', Environmental Communication, vol. 9, pp. 58 - 76
    • Flood M;Dreher T;Martin B, 2013, 'Activism and Academia: A toolkit for managing competing demands', Australian Universities Review, vol. 55, pp. 17 - 26
    • Voyer M;Dreher T;Gladstone W;Goodall H, 2013, 'Who cares wins: The role of local news and news sources in influencing community responses to marine protected areas', Ocean & Coastal Management, vol. 85, pp. 29 - 38,
    • Dreher T, 2012, 'A Partial Promise of Voice: Digital Storytelling and the Limits of Listening', Media International Australia, vol. 142, pp. 157 - 166,
    • Dreher T, 2010, 'Speaking up or being heard? Community media interventions and the politics of listening', Media, Culture & Society, vol. 32, pp. 85 - 103,
    • Dreher T, 2009, 'Listening across difference: Media and multiculturalism beyond the politics of voice', Continuum-Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 23, pp. 445 - 458,
    • Ho C;Dreher T, 2009, 'Not Another Hijab Row: New Conversations on Gender, Race, Religion and the Making of Communities', International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 11, pp. 114 - 125,
    • Lee-Shoy T;Dreher T, 2009, 'Creating listening spaces for intergenerational communication – Tiffany Lee-Shoy in conversation with Tanja Dreher', Continuum, vol. 23, pp. 573 - 577,
    • Bloch B;Dreher T, 2009, 'Resentment and Reluctance: Working with Everyday Diversity and Everyday Racism in Southern Sydney', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 30, pp. 193 - 209,
    • Dreher T, 2009, 'Eavesdropping with permission: the politics of listening for safer speaking spaces', Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 21
    • O'Donnell P;Lloyd J;Dreher T, 2009, 'Listening, pathbuilding and continuations: A research agenda for the analysis of listening', CONTINUUM-JOURNAL OF MEDIA & CULTURAL STUDIES, vol. 23, pp. 423 - 439,
    • Couldry N;Dreher T, 2007, 'Globalization and the public sphere: exploring the space of community media in Sydney', Global Media and Communication, vol. 3, pp. 79 - 100,
    • Dreher T;Ho C, 2007, ''Not Another Hijab Row': New conversations on gender, race, religion and the making of communities', Transforming Cultures eJournal, vol. 2, pp. i - xiv,
    • Dreher T;Simmons F, 2006, 'Australian Muslim Women’s Media Interventions', Feminist Media Studies, vol. 6, pp. 117 - 120
    • Dreher T, 2006, '"What is the solution?” Moving cultural diversity to the centre of journalism debates', Australian Studies in Journalism, pp. 205 - 211
    • Dreher T, 2006, 'From Cobra Grubs to Dragons: cultural tourism and the politics of representation in multicultural Sydney', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 12, pp. 91 - 103
    • Dreher T, 2003, 'Speaking up and talking back: News media interventions in Sydney’s “othered” communities', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, pp. 121 - 137
    • O'Donnell P;Dreher T, 2002, 'Teaching Students to Challenge the War-as-Justice Rhetoric', Feminist Media Studies, vol. 2, pp. 147 - 149,
    • Dreher T, 2002, 'Intersections: an Interdisciplinary approach to media, identity, and place', Australian Journal of Communication, vol. 29, pp. 67 - 80
    • Dreher T, 2000, 'Mapping Media Power', Communal/Plural, vol. 8, pp. 257 - 264,
    • Dreher T, 2000, 'Home invasion: television, identity and belonging in Sydney’s western suburbs', Media International Australia, vol. 94, pp. 131 - 146

    Conference Papers

    • Dreher T;Thill C, 2017, 'Listening with Disability for Media Justice', in Martin F (ed.), Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2017 - Communication Worlds: Access, Voice, Diversity, Engagement, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), University of Sydney, presented at ANZCA, University of Sydney, 04 - 07 July 2017,
    • Dreher T, 2008, 'Media, multiculturalism and the politics of listening', ANZCA, Wellington, presented at ANZCA, Wellington, 09 - 11 July 2008
    • Dreher T, 2001, 'Intersections: a transdisciplinary approach to media, identity and place', ANZCA, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, pp. 82 - 92, presented at ANZCA, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, 01 - 03 July 2001


    • Dreher T;Bloch B, 2007, ’Thinking Outside the Square: Capacity Building for Community Conflict Resolution in Rockdale, UTS Shopfront, Rockdale City Council
    • Dreher T;Collins J, 2005, Building Bridges: community relations in NSW after September 11, 2001, UTS Shopfront, Sydney


    • Dreher T;Lloyd J, 2015, Speaking up or being heard? Marginalised voices and policy development in the digital age
    • Dreher T;Mowbray J, 2012, The power of one on one: Living Libraries and the challenges of antiracism work, University of Technology Sydney ePress, Sydney
    • Dreher T; Osuri G; Larofteza E (eds.), 2009, Acting Sovereign: Interventions in a politics of Gendered Protectionism
    • Dreher T; Lloyd J; O'Donnell P (eds.), 2009, Listening: a new way of engaging media and culture, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    • Dreher T;Osuri G;Laforteza E, 2009, "Acting sovereign” in the face of gendered protectionism’, Anthony Burke University of Adelaide (Australia)
    • Dreher T, 2006, Whose Responsibility? Community antiracism strategies in NSW after September 11, 2001, University of Technology Sydney ePress, Sydney
    • Dreher TI, 2005, 'Targeted' Experiences of Racism in NSW After September 11, 2001

    Conference Presentations

    • Dreher T, 2016, 'Listening and the redistribution of vulnerability', presented at Precarious Times, University of Western Australia, 01 - 01 January 2016
    • Dreher T, 2016, 'Indigenous dissent in digital media', presented at Digital Democracy, Queensland University of Technology, 01 - 01 January 2016
    • Dreher T, 2015, 'Social / participation / listening: keywords for community media impact', presented at Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Annual Conference, Terrigal, 01 - 01 January 2015
    • Dreher T, 2014, 'Media, belonging and being heard: community media and the politics of listening', presented at Media and the Politics of Belonging in Contemporary Australia, University of Melbourne, 01 - 01 January 2014
    • Dreher T, 2014, 'From visibility to being heard: ethnic minority media production and the politics of listening', presented at Feeling ethnic: visuality, emotions, and minority culture, Hong Kong Baptist University, 15 - 17 October 2014
    • Dreher T, 2013, 'Vile Kyle and the Diggers: queer politics at the time of same sex marriage victories', presented at Bilkura on Law, Gender and Sexuality, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, 01 - 01 January 2013
    • Gawenda M;Dreher T;Cutler P;Menghani A;Behfen N, 2011, 'What is the media’s role in building an inclusive society?', presented at UNITED NATIONS ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS – INTEGRATION: BUILDING INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES FORUM, Melbourne Town Hall, 01 - 01 January 2011
    • Dreher T, 2009, 'News Hurts: Media and the Politics of Recognition', presented at National Social Cohesion Conference, University of Sydney, 01 - 01 July 2009
    • Dreher T, 2009, 'Racialised Media and the Politics of Listening', presented at Talking Race Matters Symposium of the Australian Critical race and Whiteness Studies Association, UTS, Sydney, 01 - 01 December 2009
    • Dreher T, 2007, 'Communities in Conflict: Media Responsibility in Reporting on Terrorism', presented at Symposium on Law and Liberty in the War on Terror, 04 - 06 July 2007
    • Dreher T, 2006, 'The Borderpolitics of Community: Responding to Cronulla', presented at Borderpolitics of Whiteness conference of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association, Sydney, 01 - 01 December 2006
    • Dreher T, 2005, 'Media and cultural diversity: strategies for change', presented at FECCA Youth Conference, Sydney, 01 - 01 January 2005
    • Dreher T, 2003, 'De-westernising the newsroom', presented at Profession: Journalist Journalism Education Association of Australia Annual Conference, Sydney, 01 - 01 January 2003

    Edited Books

    • 2018, Paying Attention: Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference, Palgrave Macmillan, New York
    • 2009, Beyond the Hijab Debates: New conversations on gender, race and religion, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne


    • Castillo A;Dreher T, 2001, Tune into Fairfield City: A Multicultural Driving Tour, Migration Heritage Centre NSW