Research in Cultural, Literary and Film Studies

Our research areas include cultural, literary and film studies of Australia, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latin America, nations of the Pacific and the Indian Ocean; aesthetics, comparative literature, environmental humanities; the interrelations between religion, literature, deconstruction, philosophy and film; global cinema and postcolonial studies; experimental humanities, including Latourian approaches.

Research Focus

Research in Literary Studies encompasses a diverse set of traditions, histories, and methodologies. The emphasis of our research is twofold: we combine a strong commitment to the core competencies and skills of literary criticism and close reading with different modes of contextualisation, whether by situating the texts we study historically, politically, or by reading them in conjunction with other disciplines and traditions. Key areas of expertise include Aboriginal narrative; classical and modern Chinese texts as well as criticism and intellectual history; literary translation and philology; the genealogies and trajectories of modernism across different cultures; the intersection of literature and philosophy, including deconstruction, of literature and visual culture, but also the connection between literature and religion, both in the Asian and the European context; science fiction and gender; as well as literary theory and aesthetics.

Research in Cultural Studies comprises an equally wide range of themes and approaches, critically confronting historical and contemporary discourses, images and music to offer an international perspective on issues of identity, power, and representation. Research in this area charts the connections and disconnections of our global modernity, its shared horizons as well as its multiple and divergent temporalities. Areas of interest include Australo-Pacific Indigenous cultures; popular culture and media in China; the politics of cultural production in Latin America; iconographies of violence in India and Europe; postsocialist modernity; biopolitics in the postcolonial context; migration and mobility; intersections between culture, technoscience and the environment; international cultures of childhood and youth, and gender studies.

Research in Film and Screen Studies covers various themes such as film and philosophy, film and history, and film within the context of wider cultural and intellectual movements and events. We focus on the intersections and connections between advanced thinking, cinematic phenomenology, the construction of history on screen, representations of childhood and refugee experience, and international directors and grassroots / manifesto / amateur movements. Research includes work in Chinese, Czech, French, Spanish, and German, as well as a focus on Australian alternative film cultures.

ARC funded work includes a Future Fellowship on world cinema and migration; and Discovery projects on Chinese literature (Lu Xun’s early work written in Japan); the experimental humanities; Goolarabooloo culture in the West Kimberleys; shifting human/crow relationships in the context of growing urbanisation and globalisation; and mobile screens in China.

High quality PhD applications in Literary and Cultural Studies are welcomed by the following staff: Robert BuchGregory Evon, Stephanie Hemelryk DonaldSumiko IidaJon von KowallisRonan McDonaldKama MacLeanStephen MueckeDiana Palaversich,Caroline Sheaffer-JonesThom van DoorenPing WangHaiqing Yu, and Yi Zheng.

High quality PhD applications are welcomed by key academic staff in Film and Screen: Ruth BalintStephanie Hemelryk DonaldDiana PalaversichJames PhillipsJon von KowallisHaiqing Yu and Yi Zheng.

Key words

literary studies; postcolonial studies; world cinema studies; cultures of migration, childhood and youth; comparative literature; environmental humanities.