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.
Social and Cultural Informatics (SCIP)
Associate Professor Nick Thieberger
Nick Thieberger is an Associate Professor in Linguistics. He is particularly interested in developing methods for making better records of all of the world's many languages. This involves training new students in concepts of linguistic data management, the creation of new tools, and the use of existing records for new research.
He has worked with the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) since its inception in 2003, it is an archive that holds 12,000 hours of audio records in 1229 languages. He built the Digital Daisy Bates pages using TEI XML to display 23,000 pages of manuscript material in Australian Indigenous languages. He wrote a grammar of Nafsan (central Vanuatu) and continues to work on a dictionary of that language.
Socio-informatician / Platform administrator
Dr Trent Ryan
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 Visiting Fellows
Dr Rafael Cabredo
The Digital Studio hosted Dr Rafael Cabredo from 19 October until 14 December 2019, in partnership with Graduate House as part of the United Board Fellowship program.
In a fast-paced information age, leaders need to be agile and adaptive to the changing educational landscape. All decisions and actions should be supported by verified data and be grounded in established values of the institution.
Dr Rafael Cabredo is the Dean of the College of Computer Studies at De La Salle University in the Philippines. Digital humanities is a burgeoning domain for researchers at De La Salle University, with new collaborations established between the College of Computer Studies and the College of Liberal Arts supporting the development of a number of local digital heritage projects – from documenting native dance and local languages, to using natural language processing to analyse historical texts and literature. Dr Cabredo’s research draws on classical music training to blend music theory with computer science techniques, such as discovering how different chord progressions evoke emotional responses in listeners.
As an Honorary Fellow in the Digital Studio, Dr Cabredo explored how the digital humanities are delivered at the University of Melbourne, examining models for interdisciplinary practice and collaboration that can help inform research at his home university. He engaged with academics across faculties at Melbourne to share perspectives and approaches that support the continuing development of digital humanities tools and methods in the Philippines.
Dr Liz Stainforth
The Digital Studio hosted Dr Liz Stainforth from June to October 2018, as part of the Australian Endeavour Fellowship Scheme.
Being based in the Digital Studio was a brilliant experience. Taking part in the Studio’s Digital Heritage Seminar Series, provided invaluable networking opportunities and connected me with other Digital Humanities researchers.
Elizabeth Stainforth completed her doctoral studies in 2016 and has since worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh) and as a Lecturer at the University of Leeds. Her research explores digital heritage and memory cultures, and she is currently working on a collaborative book-length project about digital archiving practices (provisional title: All and Each: Dialogues in the Digital Archive). She has been an Associate Editor for parallax journal and published articles in journals including Museum and Society and Digital Humanities Quarterly.
Elizabeth’s Endeavour Research Fellowship explored digital heritage culture in Australia, and the ways in which digital cultures inform wider social transformations. The study focuses on Trove, a digital heritage aggregator hosted by the National Library of Australia, which provides online access to a range of Australian cultural heritage resources. Trove is one among a number of aggregators, including Europeana, Digital NZ and the Digital Public Library of America, that point towards the reimagining of library and museum spaces online. This development raises important questions about the negotiation of public space, collections preservation and cultural engagement in the digital environment.
The project has two distinct but related aims: first, to investigate the development of Trove, alongside comparable initiatives, in order to promote new understandings of their infrastructures; second, to look at the social context for digital heritage, with an emphasis on the collections of Australian public heritage institutions.
The Digital Studio supports international knowledge exchange across the digital humanities, arts and social sciences, by hosting a range of fellows and visiting researchers.
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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)