Media Research Nodes

The Media Research Nodes based in SAM are small clusters that include members from other Schools and Faculties. The Nodes are as follows: Digital Media (convened by Kath Albury); Transdisciplinary approaches to Media (convened by Andrew Murphie); Systemic Functional Linguistics (convened by Peter White); and Asian/Other media cultures (convened by Ramaswami Harindranath).

Digital Cultures

Convenor: Associate Professor Kath Albury

How are digital cultures (from selfies, to gaming, to online cultures of bullying and aggression) understood by participants and outsiders? How have contemporary cultures emerged, and how are they evolving? How, when, where and why are regulated? How are they impacting on the ways we understand concepts such as media, technology, aesthetics, ethics, rights, literacy, creativity, access and citizenship at individual, local, national and global levels? This node includes researchers from School of the Arts and Media and School of Social Sciences, and colleagues from Law, and UNSW Art and Design.

In 2015 node members have been contributed to the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the ARC CCI Digital Methods Summer School at Swinburne, the annual conference of the Digital Games Research Association of Australia, and the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences’ Practical Justice Initiative. The node’s first public event, Researching Digital Cultures will explore emerging methodological and ethical debates in digital research.

Transdisciplinary Media and Communications Theory and Practice

Convenor: Associate Professor Andrew Murphie

This research group is for those interested in critical and speculative interventions in the history and present of transdisciplinary approaches to media and communications. The group works on the transformation of media and communications by non-mainstream media and communications thinking and practice, and on the transdisciplinary impacts of media and communications technologies, ideas and practices in fields such as education, the creative arts, the humanities, the sciences, the environment, publishing and knowledge management.

The research group fosters offline and online discussion at the intersection of the fields involved, along with research efforts and the dissemination of research in innovative forms.

Asian Media Cultures

Convenor: Prof. Ramaswami Harindranath

Over the last couple of decades different parts of Asia have witnessed rapid economic growth, digital revolutions, and turbulent social transformations. Digital media and technologies act as one of the strong engines driving economic growth and charting a path toward unique versions of modernity in these countries. In both China and India, for instance, new, diverse online communities and cyber cultures have had considerable impact on the re-organisation of social, cultural, political and personal lives.

This research node is for scholars interested in examining the cultural economy of new media technologies in Asia and the various political and social changes these technologies have engendered. This includes a comparative analysis of the role of digital communication technologies in sociocultural transformations in Asia’s largest economies, India and China.

Discourse Analysis of Media

Convenor: Dr. Peter White

The Discourse Analysis of Media node brings together staff and postgraduate students interested in linguistics-based analyses of communications directed at the community at large (i.e. as opposed to person-to-person communications, or texts directed at specialist or otherwise delimited audiences.). Those involved have an interest in word, sound and image in communications (print, online, broadcast) associated with journalism, politics, public administration, public relations and advertising. They are concerned with the means of production and distribution of these texts, their stylistic properties, communicative workings, ideological potential and ultimate social functionalities.

The group meets several times a semester for presentations by group members and for more informal sessions on key theoretical and methodological issues. Some members of the group are currently working on research project exploring the contrastive stylistics of news reporting in English, French, Arabic, Persian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Urdu.