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New Professor of Media Studies

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DR TARA BRABAZON, has accepted the University's offer of appointment as Professor of MediaStudies in the school of Computng, Mathematical and Information Sciences . Dr Brabazon will join us on 1st August 2006.

Over the last decade Tara has taught cultural studies and history throughout Australasia, working in New Zealand, Queensland and Western Australia. She was appointed to Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University in 1999, and Associate Professor in 2003, teaching in the School of Media, Communication & Cultural Studies. She is also director of the Popular Culture Collective.

Her educational background includes qualifications in history and cultural studies, and her research profile is representative of her diverse interests. Tara's current research is broad ranging, and includes:

  • The history of cultural studies, particularly with regard to the theoretical and political relationship between Britain, Australia and New Zealand
  • The application of popular cultural texts within the historical discipline
  • Australian and New Zealand immigration history
  • Australian and New Zealand film and television
  • Men's Studies
  • Feminism and popular culture
  • Generation X
  • Internet studies
  • British post-war history
  • Popular memory
  • Internet studies and educational technologies
  • Popular music and dance culture
  • The theoretical parameters of cultural history
  • New Zealand and Australian popular music

Brabazon has been widely published in journals throughout Australia and overseas, and has a rapidly growing portfolio of publications. Tara has also published five books in the last five years, and more titles are forthcoming. Tara's most recent book, From Revolution to Revelation (Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2005) offers a new paradigm for Cultural Studies, exploring our understanding of our own past and the collective past we share with others through popular culture. Digital Hemlock (Sydney, UNSW Press, 2002), examines the role of Internet-based technologies in the tertiary education sector. Ladies who Lunge (Sydney, UNSW Press, 2002) interrogates those 'difficult women' who permeate our culture, investigates what they're doing there, asks how on earth they got where they are, and also what we can learn from them. Tara's first book, Tracking the Jack (Sydney, UNSW Press, 2000), is an innovative exploration into the social, economic, political and cultural relationship between Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.