Keynote Speaker Announcement: Graeme Turner

Thursday 1 October 2015

The Screen Futures Program Advisory Board is delighted to welcome the Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner as a keynote speaker in our 2016 program. Graeme Turner is one of the founding figures in media and cultural studies in Australia, and a leading figure internationally. His most recent book Reinventing the Media has been described as being a ‘highly original re-thinking of media studies for the contemporary post-broadcast, post-analogue, and post-mass media era’ (Routledge, 2015).

Professor Turner’s keynote promises to provide a inspiring look into the future of screen culture and the media in the post-broadcast era.

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner is the founding Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (2000–2012). His research has covered a wide range of forms and media – literature, film, television, radio, new media, journalism and popular culture. He has published twenty-four books with national and international academic presses; the most recent (prior to Reinventing the Media) are (with Anna Cristina Pertierra) Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (Routledge, 2013), What’s Become of Cultural Studies? (Sage, 2012) and Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn (Sage, 2010). A past president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2004–2007), an ARC Federation Fellow (2006–2011) and Convenor of the ARC-funded Cultural Research Network (2006–2010), Graeme Turner has had considerable engagement with federal research and higher education policy. He is only the second humanities scholar to serve on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

In collaboration with Dr Kylie Brass, Graeme Turner is the author of a major research monograph prepared for the Department of Industry and the Academies of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia (2014), and he has been appointed as the chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel for ERA 2015. Graeme Turner’s current research projects include an ARC-funded international comparative study of the social function of television in the post-broadcast digital environment (in collaboration with Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra) and a collection of essays on Asian television histories (co-edited with Dr Jinna Tay) to be published by Routledge in 2015. In 2015 he is the Bonnier Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Stockholm University.

BA (Hons), University of Sydney
MA, Queen’s University, Canada
PhD, University of East Anglia, UK

ARC Federation Fellowship project: Television in the post-broadcast era: the role of old and new media in the formation of national communities
This research program investigates the role of television in a post-broadcast era increasingly dominated by new media formats such as the internet. Given the traditional importance of television as a social institution for the democratic state – forming and informing its citizens – the project asks to what extent television will continue to serve such a function and whether new media forms such as online journalism are likely to take its place. As an international program comparing five countries and one multi-national single-language market, its outcomes will inform a fundamental rethinking of the relations between the contemporary media and the nation-state.

ARC Discovery project: Locating television: an international study of the changing socio-cultural functions of television (with Anna Cristina Pertierra)
This project combines approaches from cultural studies and anthropology to investigate the socio-cultural function of television in nation-states so far largely ignored by media studies: Mexico, Cuba and the Philippines.

Understanding Celebrity revisited
A revision of Understanding Celebrity (2004) to accommodate shifts in the media and promotions industries, as well as in practices of distribution and consumption as a result of the rise of digital cultures and new media platforms.