- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Department of Media and Communication
- AS 429 Hawthorn campus
Dr Liam Burke lectures and researches in Media and Communications in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, where he also serves as Discipline Leader of Media, and Coordinator of the Cinema and Screen Studies Major.
Liam’s research areas include cinema, comics, adaptation studies, and new media & migration. He is a chief investigator on the ARC Linkage grant funded project Superheroes & Me. His most recent book, The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre, was published in May by the leading press in comics scholarship, the University Press of Mississippi. This is the first book-length study of a group of films that have dominated mainstream cinema for over a decade, with Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid commenting, "There is no better, smarter examination of the relationship between comics and film". Other academic publications include the edited collection Fan Phenomena Batman, the sole author book Superhero Movies, chapters in International Westerns and Comics through Time, and articles in the peer-reviewed journals Participations, Adaptation, SCAN, and Estudios Irlandeses. Liam has also presented at more than 20 international conferences and regularly contributes to The Conversation, The Irish Times, and Film Ireland, as well as national broadcasters in Australia and Ireland.
Liam was the lead researcher and programmer of the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, a major four-day event for which he organised gala screenings, workshops, and guest sessions with academics and filmmakers such as Joe McBride, Peter Bogdanovich, and John Boorman. Liam recently established the cross-discipline research project, New Media, Ageing, and Migration, which examines how older Irish migrants in Melbourne make use of social media. An early output of the research, the documentary short film @HOME, has been screened at international film festivals.
Liam successfully spearheaded the introduction of Swinburne’s first Cinema and Screen Studies Major and Minor, and as Media Discipline leader led the reorganisation of the long-standing media offerings around a Media Industries model. Last year Liam received a FHAD Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Assessment for “developing a participatory approach to Screen Studies curriculum design”. Liam is currently supervising four PhD students. Topics include Australian Film Distribution, Videogames and Narratology, and Australian Crime Fiction.
Prior to taking up his role at Swinburne, Liam was the BA with Film Studies Coordinator at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media (National University of Ireland, Galway). Before entering academia, Liam worked for a number of arts organisations including the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival, and the Irish Film and Television Academy.
Cinema; Comic Books; Television; Adaptation; Superheroes; Westerns; John Ford; Hollywood Cinema; Irish Culture; Animation; Popular Culture and Fans
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.
- 2014, Swinburne, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Designâ€™s Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Assessment , Swinburne University of Technology
Also published as: Burke, Liam; Burke, L.; Burke, William; Burke, W.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2015: Superheroes: Creative Force, Cultural Zeitgeist and Transmedia PhenomenonSuperheroes: Melbourne Winter Masterpiece *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
* Chief Investigator
- 2015-10-09: @HOME Documentary Short Film Screening - Heart of Gold Film Festival
- 2015-09-26: @HOME Documentary Short Film Screening - Fingal Film Festival
- 2015-09-26: Interview with Dr Liam Burke - New Books in American Studies
- 2015-08-22: @HOME documentary short film screening - Chaplin Comedy Film Festival
- 2015-07-28: Unmasking the comic book film adaptation with Brevoort, Kelly, Uslan And Waid At SDCC '15 - Bleeding Cool
- 2015-07-20: Batman: superhero survival - Media Studies Lecturer Liam Burke discusses the 75 year history of Batman - 612 ABC Brisbane Mornings, presented by Steve Austin
- 2015-07-17: Ten things we learned at Comic-Con - The Irish Times
- 2015-04-24: Drive with Rafael Epstein - 774 ABC Melbourne
- 2015-04-21: Up, up and away? The future of the comic book movie - The Conversation
- 2015-04-07: Bill chats with Dr. Liam Burke about comic book film adaptations - Fantasy Literature
- 2014-07-15: Media Studies Lecturer Liam Burke discusses his book 'Fan Phenomena: Batman'. - ABC Ballarat
- 2014-07-14: Interview with Liam Burke - ABC Radio National Mornings, presented by Steve Martin
- 2014-05-13: What a hero: Batman's in great nick for a 75-year-old - The Irish Times
- 2014-05-12: He's 75 but can Batman still save the day? Interview with Liam Burke and Jason Bainbridge - ABC Radio National The Drawing Room, presented by Waleed Aly
- 2014-05-05: Drive, presented by Rafael Epstein - ABC Radio National Drive, presented by Rafael Epstein
- 2014-01-29: Fan Phenomen: Batman - New Book by Irish Academic Dr Liam Burke - IFTN
- 2013-12-31: Cinema Classics - five of the best science and technology films - The Conversation
- 2013-11-07: Superheroes - RTÃ‰ 2FM The Dave Fanning Show
- 2013-04-29: Holy birthday batman - sizing up the caped crusader at 75 - The Conversation
- 2013-03-17: St. Patrick's Day screening of Irish cinema - Astor Theatre