About the Digital Studio
The Digital Studio is a collaborative space in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne supporting researchers and industry partners working in the digital humanities, arts and social sciences, and is invested in building capacity and connections within these fields.
We support researchers by offering internships, residencies, and fellowships in our Digital Chamber. We host plenty of events throughout the year. Fortnightly seminars are aimed at showcasing what is possible in research today. Our Digital Research In Action workshop series teaches researchers cutting-edge digital research methodologies.
The Digital Studio hosts a variety of events throughout the year. These range from short and long form workshops, to our semester long seminar series' that shine the spotlight on cutting edge digital research.
In light of the emerging COVID-19 situation and continuing policy statements from the State and Federal Government, the University is adopting a series of changes to reduce rates of infection in the community. The health and wellbeing of our community is of paramount importance. Therefore, all University events have been postponed or cancelled from midnight, Tuesday 17 March. Thank you for your understanding as we endeavour to keep our community members safe during this uncertain time.
Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmExploring Digital Scenography in Opera ProductionEvent
Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmA Century of Virtual RealityEvent
Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmPokémon Gone: Loss, Nostalgia, and Virtual Re-wilding in Pokémon GOEvent
Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmMuseums and Mixed RealityEvent
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The Digital Studio is building capacity in the Faculty of Arts through piloting digital methodologies and enhancing a diversity of humanities, arts and social sciences data projects.
HASS Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DEVL)
Creative Convergence: Enhancing impact in regional theatre for young people
The Living Archive of Aboriginal Collections
Theatre and Dance Platform
Inhabiting the Archive
Deep Mapping: Creating a Dynamic Web Application Museum "Soft Power" Map
Investigating Actual and Perceived Videotext Complexity in Second Language Video Comprehension
Visualising Special Music Collections
Awaken digital experiences
UoM Digital Incubator
Our Internship projects
Execution Ballads of Pre-Modern Europe
Children's Voices in their Own Books
Bunjil's Biik: Mapping the Ancestral Country of the Boonwurrung
Journalists, Gender and Participation in Comment Spaces
The Abbey Art Centre: Building a Digital Repository
Samtavro Cemetery Data Visualisation
Constructing a Transhispanic Corpus of Authoritarian Food Discourse
Mobilising Recordings of Western Arnhem Land song to Revitalise Exchange
Visualisation for Database on Fatal Shootings of Drugs Suspects
Captured and Captioned: Representing Family Lives on Instagram
Melbourne Urban Directories: Putting People in Place
VCA Film and Television Digital Archive Project
Upgrade the Classics & Archaeology Virtual Museum
Understanding Political Debate and Policy Decisions using 'Big Data'
Taking Airtasker to Task: A case study of Airtasker and gig work
Genealogies of Warruwi Community: integrating current materials
Digital Collection Engagement
War Words and the Evolution of Australian English
Network Analysis the Cross-Cultural Interaction of International Students
Digital Studio Director
Professor Rachel Fensham
Professor Rachel Fensham is a dance and theatre scholar with a history of research development in the digital humanities. She is Lead Chief Investigator (CI) on the ARC Linkage project, "Creative Convergence: Enhancing Impact in Regional Theatre for Young People" (2015-2018) and CI on the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) project for AusStage 6 which has developed an interoperable Theatre and Dance Platform at the University of Melbourne.
She established the Digital Humanities Incubator (Melbourne, 2014-15) and in the UK, she launched the Digital Dance Archives and Move Research. Recent publications include "Making and Assembling" in the Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods (2018) and "Research Methods and Problems" for the The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (2019). With Professor Peter M. Boenisch, she is co-editor of the Palgrave book series, "New World Choreographies" which has just launched its seventh title.
Digital Studio Project Officer
Alex Shermon is a former digital studio intern and resident researcher. In his role at the Digital Studio, he is responsible for event and space management, supporting the Digital Chamber Resident Researchers, coordinating our Internship Program, and promoting the Digital Studio to the wider public.
Digital Chamber Researchers
Dr Tyne Daile Sumner
Dr Tyne Daile Sumner is a researcher and consultant with expertise in digital skills training, community engagement, and Digital Humanities. Her research examines the intersection between Literature, surveillance and big data. Her monograph, Lyric Eye: The Poetics of Twentieth-Century Surveillance, will be published with Routledge in 2020. Tyne is currently the Strategic Advocacy and Engagement Lead for Digital & Data in Chancellery, where she is working on a range of projects relating to the use of emerging technologies in space and place, digital innovation and digital skills capability building. She also oversees a range of projects and initiatives in the Digital Humanities at the University of Melbourne and nationally. On twitter she is @tynedaile.
Dr Mia Martin Hobbs
Mia an early career oral historian, with a research focus on transnational histories and memories of war and conflict, trauma, and reconciliation. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Melbourne in 2018, where she teaches American and Southeast Asian history. Mia’s doctoral research was an oral history with Australian and American Vietnam veterans who returned to Việt Nam after the War. She has published on veteran memories and war narratives in The Australian Journal of Politics and History and written on contemporary issues surrounding veterans’ returns to Vietnam for The Conversation.
Dr Lynne Kent
Lynne is currently working as research assistant on the ARC Linkage project "Creative Convergence: Enhancing Impact in Regional Theatre for Young People" (2015-2018). Her research engages in interdisciplinary dialogue across the fields of new materialism, digital media, theatre and performance. She has a recent publication in the Journal of Science and Popular Culture and is currently writing a chapter for book Routledge publication, Western Theatre in Global Contexts. Non-traditional research outputs include a series of audio podcast interviews with leading Australian puppeteers on the use of new technologies and materiality. Lynne sits on the advisory board as the Australasian representative of the International Research Commission for Puppet Theatre and regularly teaches on the use of objects and images in performance practice.
Hannah Gould is a socio-cultural anthropologist and research fellow in The School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She works on questions of discarding and disconnection, religion, and material culture, through interconnected research projects on ‘the stuff of death’ and ‘the death of stuff’. Her doctoral research, for which she received the Japan Foundation Fellowship, investigated the Japanese funeral industry, showing how cultural traditions around death can themselves ‘die’, be replaced, or transformed. Hannah’s ethnography of the production, consumption, and disposal of domestic Buddhist altars reveals how people creatively use material objects to forge intimate relationships with the dead. She is a member of the DeathTech Research Team at The University of Melbourne.
Nell is an inter-disciplinary scholar and collections specialist with multi-faceted experience in cross-cultural environments and public institutions. She holds degrees in Politics and Art Curatorship, as well as graduate qualifications in Applied Anthropology and Law. Nell has held professional appointments at a variety of institutions in Australia and abroad including Museums Victoria, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, National Gallery of Victoria and Museum Productions (NYC). Her doctoral project, entitled Cross-Cultural Encounters: Pacific Exhibitions and the Making of Meanings, explores the form and function of Pacific exhibitions in Australia, with a particular focus on visitor experience and impact.
Fraser Allison is a research fellow in the Interaction Design Lab at the University of Melbourne. He is primarily a human-computer interaction researcher, with a focus on natural user interfaces, complex user experiences and the ways in which people draw meaning from technologically mediated leisure activities. His doctoral research concerns the design and usage of voice-operated video games. Fraser is also an experienced market research consultant, with nearly a decade of experience working on projects for some of Australia's best-known brands to understand the drivers of consumer behaviour in industries including tourism, travel, leisure, healthcare, retirement living, animal welfare, telecommunications, retail, superannuation and banking. He is a member of the DeathTech Research Team at The University of Melbourne.
Holleran's PhD examines public participation in the reimagination of urban burial sites. He is also an interdisciplinary artist and writer whose work examines the power and politics imbued in urban design. In particular, he is interested in the use of everyday objects in cities, like street furniture, parks, and signage. He has worked as an art director, researcher, and educator in the field of civically-engaged design with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) in New York City and the Chair for Architecture & Urban Design at ETH-Zürich. He is a member of the DeathTech Research Team at The University of Melbourne.
Tom is a PhD candidate in the archaeology department, under the supervision of Dr Gijs Tol and Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson of the University of Melbourne, and the external supervision Dr Rhodora Vennarucci of the University of Arkansas. He holds honours degrees in both psychology and archaeology, and is interested in how the value of archaeological research can be most widely, equitably, and engagingly distributed in the digital era. He has previously worked as a research assistant at LithodomosVR under University of Melbourne alumnus Dr Simon Young.
Reuben Brown is an ethnomusicologist with expertise in Indigenous Australian performance traditions from northern Australia, and digital environments for accessing, locating, and recirculating archival recordings of song and related metadata. For his PhD research based at PARADISEC, Reuben returned archival recordings of song from the 1948 American Australian Expedition to Arnhem Land to communities in the Northern Territory. He collaborated with ceremony leaders of manyardi in western Arnhem Land to document and analyse these recordings as part of a living and multilingual song tradition performed at funerals, diplomacy ceremonies, festivals and public celebrations. His current research involves collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of linguists, musicologists, historians, archivists and song specialists in the Pilbara and western Arnhem land, building online and offline platforms for accessing archival song recordings linked to community-enriched metadata. Reuben enjoys research affiliations with the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL), Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures (RUIAC), and the Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).
Digital Studio Steering Committee
The Steering Committee meets bi-monthly to oversee the Digital Studio's strategy and policy
Professor Rachel Fensham
Director, Digital Studio
Research and Collections
Ms Donna McRostie
Acting Director, Research and Collections, University Library
Research Platform Services
Dr Stephen Giugni OAM
Associate Director, Research Platform Services
Mr Ken Clarke
Melbourne Networked Society Institute
Ms Eliette Dupre Husser
Research Manager, Faculty of Arts
Associate Professor Nick Thieberger
Mr Brenton Porter
Manager, Alumni and Industry Relations
Associate Professor Andrew Dodd (SCC)
Dr Una McIlvenna (SHAPS)
Facilities in the Digital Studio
The Digital Studio's spaces are available to be used by Faculty of Arts researchers, staff and partners.
If you haven’t used the Digital Studio spaces before please register first.
Planning a large or a public event? Please email email@example.com or call 9035 7936 to discuss your requirements.
Would you like help promoting your event? Please complete the Digital Studio public event listing form.
Workshops, training and technology
Digital Research in Action
This series of workshops will introduce Arts researchers to emerging digital research methods, advanced critical thinking and tools for data analysis.
Digital Studio live
Can't attend a seminar? Watch live online! See upcoming live seminars or watch the videos of past live events.
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Our Researcher programs
Graduate Internship program
The Digital Studio’s Graduate Internships bring together graduate students, postdocs and academics from across the Faculty of Arts to work together on digital research projects.View
Digital Chamber Residency
The Digital Chamber is a co-working space located on level 2 of the Digital Studio and has desks to house six researchers working on digital humanities and social sciences projects.View
The Digital Studio supports international knowledge exchange across the digital humanities, arts and social sciences, by hosting a range of fellows and visiting researchers.View
Contact the Digital Studio
Office hours at the Information Hub (Room 3.10)
Tuesday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Social and Cultural Informatics (SCIP)
For digital research inquiries contact SCIP:
The Digital Studio is located on the 2nd and 3rd floor, West Wing of the Arts West (Building 148). Access is from Level 2 of the West Wing of Arts West, during 9.00am - 5.00pm or via the lifts in the rear foyer the West Wing of Arts West.