Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, in recognizing that emotional heritage is one of Australia’s strongest cultural influences, seeks to investigate how European societies thought, felt and functioned in the period from 1100 to 1800.
Established in 2011, CHE operates across five Australian university nodes with the lead node at the University of Western Australia. The second largest node is located at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Arts, co-hosted by the School of Culture and Communication and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.
Chief Investigator, Professor Stephanie Trigg is the School of Culture and Communication and leads one of the Centre’s four research programs, Shaping the Modern. Working with Stephanie is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Stephanie Downes (2012-2014) and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Grace Moore (2013-2017)
Victorian College of the Arts
Staff from the School of Culture and Communication (SCC) and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) collaborate in a number of ways. Dr Audrey Yue from the SCC and Dr Lachlan MacDowall, from the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, VCA, are currently conducting research on arts evaluation and community cultural development. Dr Audrey Yue shares an industry partner (Australia Council) with the VCA in her current ARC Linkage project on Multiculturalism and Governance: Evaluating Arts Policies and Engaging Cultural Citizenship and the project's Research Fellow Dr Rimi Khan is also active in the VCA's current ARC Linkage project on the effective evaluation of community-based arts projects. Professor Charles Green and Dr Lyndell Green (Honorary Research Fellow) from the SCC have an ARC Discovery Project in collaboration with Associate Professor Jon Cattapan, Associate Dean International, VCA, titled War and peace: how and why contemporary conflict and its aftermath is framed by war art. This is the first Discovery Project awarded to the production of creative works and has attracted considerable national interest in universities across Australia. The Gender Studies program (SCC) in collaboration with the VCA, convened the 7th Chapter of Women and the Silent Screen Conference in September 2013. The theme of the conference was 'Performance and the Emotions'. Previously held in Bologna, the conference will move to Shanghai for 2015. Many International scholars will participate and a stellar range of keynote speakers have agreed to attend.
National Gallery of Victoria
Staff from the School of Culture and Communication (SCC) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) collaborate in a number of ways. As part of the major in Gender Studies, a new subject Sexing the Canvas: 10 works in the NGV was delivered in collaboration with an industry partner at the NGV in 2013. This was the first time that a subject was fully taught at the NGV, based entirely on the rich offering contained in its permanent collection.
Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society
Associate Professor Scott McQuire is on the Executive Committee of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) and chairs the Social Infrastructure and Communities theme. Over the last two years IBES has funded 15 interdisciplinary research projects that include staff from the School of Culture and Communication (SCC), including Mr Philip Morrisey and others from Australian Indigenous Studies, and several Research Officer positions. There have now been over 20 projects in total involving staff from within the Faculty of Arts. Current IBES funded projects include top-up scholarships for two SCC PhD students and a one year post doctorate position for Dr Fran Edmonds for work towards a 'digital storytelling for indigenous youth' project. Associate Professor McQuire worked to develop an IBES project funded in 2012 around government service provision.
Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute was established to develop cross-faculty collaborations on areas of public interest about sustainability. Dr Thomas Ford from the School of Culture and Communication is currently on the MSSI's Executive Board. He is currently completing a manuscript on atmosphere as a cultural medium in the poetry of William Wordsworth, and beginning work on a new project provisionally entitled "An Aesthetics for the Anthropocene."