Core Team Investigators — Associate Investigators — Research Associates — Graduates

Core Research Team


lisa_beavenLisa Beaven
is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ‘Change’ Program of the ARC Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions. Her research interests are concentrated in the area of patronage and art collecting in seventeenth century Rome, on the architecture and urbanism of the city, and on the nature of visual culture and the Catholic church in early modern Europe. She is currently working on creating a digital map of the Roman Campagna that can function as a database and repository of information about both the classical and early modern Campagna. >> Lisa’s website

WendyHaslemWendy Haslem teaches and researches the transformation of celluloid and the impact of digital media in the Screen Studies program at The University of Melbourne. Recent research projects include The Chinese Film Project, which is an evaluation and documentation of ACMI’s collection of Chinese celluloid films; ‘Chromatic Frankenstein’s Monsters: Restoration, Colour and Variants of George Méliès’ Voyage dans la lune‘ (2012) – an exploration of the impact of digital restoration on early experiments in film making; and ‘Traces of the New in the Old: Distribution and Exhibition in Early and Late Film Culture’ (2016). Her book From Méliès to New Media: Spectral Projections will be published in 2017.  >> Wendy’s website

robertNYCRobert Hassan is Associate Professor in Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication. His research is at the intersections of technology, temporality and politics. Robert’s current work centres on the rise to dominance of digital technologies and what this means for the analogue processes that we have left behind, or obsoleted. His current research looks at the deep (and problematic) differences between analogue and digital technologies, and how the latter have begun to dominate the former as the basis of our technological relationships. He has published eight books in this general area, with the latest, Philosophy of Media, to be published by Routledge in September.  >> Robert’s website


susanSusan Lowish is a Lecturer in Art History in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, where she teaches Australian art history contemporary Aboriginal art and new media art. Over the years she has worked closely on the Ara Irititja Project with the Pitjantjatjara Council – one of the largest, longest running, and most successful community archival and digitisation projects in Australia. Susan’s other research projects include: “Aboriginal young people in regional Victoria and Digital Storytelling: Supporting digital literacy through a local community approach” (awarded a grant by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network), which included the development of a storytelling app with Aboriginal young people;  and “Aboriginal Art on Display: the History and Theory of Exhibitions” (Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme). She has published widely on Indigenous Collections, digital image archives for Australian art history, and rock art.

otto-picturePeter Otto is Professor in English Literary Studies, School of Culture and Communication and a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Peter’s research explores relationships between past and present technologies and modes of perception. His book Multiplying Worlds, for example, uncovers a key stage in modern discourses of virtual reality. His research brings contemporary virtual realities into dialogue with late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth virtual realities, and provides a revisionary account of relations between romanticism and popular entertainments. >> Peter’s website

Volkmer_photo_1Ingrid Volkmer is Associate Professor in Media and Communications, School of Culture and Communication. Ingrid’s research focuses on a reflective approach to globalization and the public sphere in the context of the 21st century. She examines how social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have had a dramatic effect on socio-political discourse. One such example being the reporting of Iranian elections, which reveal new journalism practices in which social media played a key role by allowing a global audience access to footage and reports from Iranian citizens which would have been gagged by the Government. >> Ingrid’s website

Research Fellows

Our Research Fellows are also active researchers in TTRU, working on developing their own projects as well as collaborating on team projects.



NataliaNatalia Grincheva received her PhD in 2016 at Concordia University, in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. Combining digital media studies, international relations and new museology, her research provides an analysis of non-state forms of contemporary cultural diplomacy, implemented online within a museum context. Her research demonstrates that in an era of rapid technological progress and instant Internet and mobile communications a wide variety of online museum programs create unlimited opportunities for “cultural exchanges” which a half-century ago were possible only under strict control by national governments. Captivated by the diversity of online museum programs that connect people across the globe, opening up virtual spaces for cross-cultural learning and immersing online visitors into educational experiences to explore history, heritage, art, and culture of different countries, she traveled the world to conduct numerous case studies. She researched online and digital spaces of large international museums in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore and Australia. Her research appeared in a number of prominent international academic journals, including Journal of Creative Communications, Curator, The Museum Journal, The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Museum and Society, and others. Currently she is working on two monographs: “GuggenTube Diplomacy: Online Power of Global Brands” and “Online Museums as sites of Digital Diplomacy.”

Associate Investigators

MAMichael Arnold
is Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the History and Philosophy of Science Programme. His on-going research activities lie at the intersection of contemporary technologies and daily life; for example, studies of digital technologies in the domestic context, online memorials and other technologies associated with death, social networking in the Asia-Pacific, community informatics, and ethical and normative assessments of technologies. Michael is also interested in theoretical approaches to technologies, in particular, Heidegger, Actor Network Theory, and Object Oriented Ontology. Michael has been first-named investigator on 5 ARC research projects and dozens of other projects, and has published research books and over 100 peer reviewed papers. >> Mike’s website


Rachel Fensham is Assistant Dean of the Digital Studio, and a dance and theatre scholar. Rachel spearheaded The Digital Humanities Incubator (DHI) as an initiative of the School of Culture and Communication, and she is also a founding member of the Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP). Her experience as a Digital Humanities scholar have equipped her with knowledge of the complex collaborative requirements of e-research involving scholars, practitioners, archivists, computer programmers, web-designers, and legal advisors, as well as the community of user-participants. >> Rachel’s website


paul-picturePaul Gruba is a lecturer in the School of Languages and Lingustics. His research acknowledges that technologies have long been an integral part of learning an additional language. The ever increasing use of digital technologies challenges the field more than ever. Paul’s research examines how notions of what it means to be ‘foreign’ and a ‘native speaker’ have transformed during this era of digitization and globalization. His research on the transformative use of technologies in language learning, teaching, and assessment provide new insights into the past, present, and future of a rapidly changing area of human endeavour.  >> Paul’s website


tammyTamara Kohn is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences. She is a social anthropologist with extensive fieldwork experience in the Scottish Hebrides, the eastern hills of Nepal, and more recently Japan. Her research focuses on identity, the study of trans-cultural communities of practice (from caring practices to sports and other embodied arts), mobility (migration, intermarriage, leisure/travel), death studies, and the anthropology of the senses. She is currently a Chief Investigator on a collaborative ARC Discovery Grant on Digital Commemoration (2014-2016 with Michael Arnold, Martin Gibbs, and Bjorn Nansen), which examines the role of digital technologies such as the internet in new forms of commemoration.   >> Tamara’s website

Bjorn Nansen is a lecturer in Media and Communications and also holds an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He researches digital media and communications technologies, computer interaction and network culture using a range of ethnographic and computational methods. He researches in the contexts of household, family and everyday life, with interests including technology adoption and disuse, home media environments, young children’s digital media use, and mobile and tangible computing. >> Bjorn’s website

nick-pictureNick Thieberger
is an ARC Fellow in the School of Languages and Lingustics. In 2003 he helped establish PARADISEC (, a digital archive of recorded ethnographic material. He is a co-founder of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and in 2008 he established a linguistic archive at the University of Hawai’i. He is interested in developments in e-humanities methods and their potential to improve research practice. >> Nick’s website