Cultural Studies examines the role of culture within processes of social change, both as a means of expression and as a central motivation for human actions. We undertake critical enquiries that examine new forms of technology, the significance of cultural differences and the relationship between cultural identities and the experience of everyday life.
The programme seeks to locate Cultural Studies at the forefront of debates in the humanities. Our research on media technologies and social change seeks to explore new areas of interaction between academic expertise and the public. CCS has also made a long term commitment to pursuing Cultural Studies of Asia, with influential studies of China, Japan and India being prominent examples. Our focus on the experiences of ordinary people has inspired substantive studies of youth, gender and social inclusion in Australia.
Our current research focus falls within four major themes:
Digital Intimacies, Genders and Cultures
Cultural Studies of Contemporary Asia
Television and Screen Cultures
The Expansion of Transnational Culture
We are always interested in hearing from established researchers, early career researchers and prospective doctoral candidates with an interest in these fields.
Adrian Athique has research interests in Asian Cultural Studies, media audiences, digital society and transnational cultures. Since 2013, he has been working on the dynamics of the Indian media economy with colleagues from across India, Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, he conducted a study of transnational media reception across South East Asia and is presently developing projects which consider the impact of the digital media across the region.
Amy Dobson has research interests across the areas of youth, gender politics, and social media. Her postdoctoral research project investigates the gender dynamics of youth digital cultures. Amy has previously led innovative and original research into young women’s self-representations on social network site profiles, exploring the meanings of femininity, performativity and young women’s online representations in postfeminist digital media contexts. Amy is a collaborator within several funded projects exploring the ethics of media use, gender dynamics and social inclusion.
Nina Li is currently researching the evolution of the media in China, approached across a range of contexts, including history, political economy, modes of representation and questions of gender. Nina has recently conducted a substantive study of television formats, online video culture and the relationship between the state and media markets in China. These areas form the basis for new work that seeks to situate media practices at the leading edge of social change.
Graeme Turner’s current research projects include an ARC funded study ‘Transforming Cultural Fields’. He has recently led major studies on the social function of television in the post-broadcast digital environment and a study of Asian television histories. Professor Turner is recognised internationally for his leading expertise in Australian Cultural Studies, the power of celebrity, evolving forms of television and radio and the role of media in everyday life.
The Institute consists of a number of full-time research-focused academics, postdoctoral fellows, faculty fellows, postgraduate students, visiting fellows, and professional staff.
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) organises international conferences, public lectures, themed seminar series, and in-house work in progress seminars.
Members of IASH publish actively in a range of outlets.
For lists of recent publications see individual researchers.
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IASH is located on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the Forgan Smith Tower (Building #1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia.
Reception is on the 5th floor.