Research Areas

The School of the Arts & Media has achieved excellent results in the last Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018-2019) round. We were rated 5, well above international standards, for research output in specialist studies in Creative Arts, Writing and Film Studies.

Our major areas of expertise include Paul Dawson’s work on narrative theory, Anne Brewster’s work on fictocriticism, and Stephanie Bishop’s work on poetics. Our staff regularly publish their research and creative writing in top scholarly and literary journals such as Meanjin, Island, Southerly, Australian Poetry Journal and more.

Dance Research produces thinking dancers, critical movers and creative researchers. We combine theory and physical practice to challenge and reimagine traditions in thinking, writing and making dance.

Research in English Literary Studies adopts a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches. We aim to understand texts and performances from different cultural contexts and historical periods from the Renaissance to Postmodernism.

Our research expertise in Film includes the critical theory of American independent cinema, comedy, film performance, allegory in film, documentary, and a range of national and regional cinemas (South-East Asian, Australian, Russian, German, Iranian, French, and Italian).

Research in Media and Communications deploys disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to media cultures, practices and change. Our research recognises that media in all its forms is increasingly entangled at every level of life, from the macro to the micro.

Music research investigates music analytically, culturally, philosophically, psychologically and pedagogically. Our staff engage in diverse research projects that attract international recognition for their work.

Research in Theatre and Performance Studies involves contemporary theatre and performance, interdisciplinary performance, creative practice-as-a-research and performance archives. 

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