The Department of Media and Communication examines the impact of media and communication technologies on society and investigates the significance of popular culture. In addition to developing research in the areas of social impact storytelling and sports media, staff in the Department supervise PhD students, publish, and earn research funding across two chief areas of research strength: cinema and screen, and social media.
The Social Media Research Group takes a critical approach to the social, cultural and political implications of social media use. The Group focusses on three domains of research and analysis: social media cultures, social media research methodologies, and social media professional practices. Group members conduct internationally-recognised interdisciplinary research in collaborative partnerships with industry, community-based organisations, academic institutions and government to enable positive social media use and impact.
- Dr Diana Bossio (group leader)
- Professor Katherine Albury
- Dr Anthony McCosker
- Associate Professor Esther Milne
- Dr Belinda Barnet.
Cinema and Screen
The Cinema and Screen Studies research network has forged strong industry links and local and global academic collaborations to examine screen aesthetics and critical issues such as authorship, representation, genre, audience reception, screen media history, and the political economy of the film and television industries. Beyond this, the network is extending the boundaries of screen studies paradigms to interrogate transformations of media technologies and popular culture in projects including:
- ARC Linkage Project Superheroes and Me
- Cinema Exhibition Practices in the 21st Century
- Film, Genre, and the Digital Age
- Dr Liam Burke (network leader)
- Professor Angela Ndalianis
- Dr Dan Golding
- Dr César Albarrán-Torres
- Dr Jessica Balanzategui
- Professor Jane Stadler.
The Department of Media and Communication is a major sponsor of Media International Australia and staff edit refereed journals including Refractory: Journal of Entertainment Media and Senses of Cinema.