Research collaborators

We have a wide range of research collaborators including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Victorian College of the Arts and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

In recognising that emotional heritage is one of Australia’s strongest cultural influences, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, 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 in the School of Culture and Communication and leads one of the Centre’s four research programs, Shaping the Modern. Stephanie worked with 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. Professor Charles Green and Dr Lyndell Green (Honorary Research Fellow) from the SCC had 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 (2011-2015). This was the first Discovery Project awarded to the production of creative works and attracted considerable national interest in universities across Australia.

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.

Networked Society Institute (now closed)

Professor Scott McQuire was on the Executive Committee of the former Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institute, the Networked Society Institute and chaired the Social Infrastructure and Communities theme. The Networked Society Institute funded 15 interdisciplinary research projects that included staff from the School of Culture and Communication (SCC). There were over 20 projects in total involving staff from within the Faculty of Arts. Networked Society Institute funded projects included top-up scholarships for two SCC PhD students. Completed projects included a one year postdoctoral position for Dr Fran Edmonds for the Aboriginal Young People in Victoria and Digital Storytelling project.

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."