Associate Members

Associate Members

Kath Bode, Associate Professor, Literary and Textual Studies

Katherine Bode's research explores the critical potential and limitations of quantitative and digital methods for literary and book history. Her current elaboration of this topic focuses on digitised newspapers, serial fiction, and transnational literary culture. In analysing the more than 14 million newspaper pages digitised by Trove, she is discovering – and extracting bibliographic and full-text records for – thousands of novels serialised in Australia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These stories come from around the world, including from Britain, America and Australia, as well as France, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and elsewhere. Exploring both their circulation and content provides new insights into the ways in which literature traveled globally in this period, and the consequences of this movement for literary, reading, and cultural history. Beyond the insights this research offers into literary history, the project also leads to consideration of broader, methodological and disciplinary issues, including the nature and meaning of the archive in our age of digital remediation, and the rhetorical power of numbers and data visualisation.  More


Geoff Hinchcliffe

Geoff's research and production focuses on new forms and practices in data visualisation, computational design, and interaction design. HIs research results in both theoretical and creative outputs, from the highly practical, to the experimental, playful and occasionally provocative. Current research themes include: Representing Cultural Collections; Dynamic Design; Poetics & Materiality; and Speculative & Undisciplined Design. More




Diana James

Diana’s research is in the performance space of Aboriginal arts and tourism. She has worked for many years with Western Desert communities recording, archiving and co-curating museum exhibitions of their visual and auditory performance arts, oral history, religion and eco-philosophy. In collaboration with Traditional Owners from these communities she has been engaged in the production of several films on Aboriginal knowledge produced by the ABC, BBC and the Cousteau Society amongst others produced for art centre and museum exhibitions. Her current digital projects are associated with the research project Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert include: 1) working collaboratively with elders and younger filmmakers of the APY, Ngaanyatjarra and Martu Lands to produce high quality digital visual and sound recordings of Western Desert songlines and associated oral knowledge to be archived in regional Indigenous archives and AIATSIS. 2) production of edited film and sound recordings of these songline performances and oral knowledge to be included in museum exhibitions that are approved by the Traditional Owners. Essential to these projects is the development with the CDHR of a secure Songlines database with controlled access respecting Indigenous protocols. More


Piers Kelly

Piers Kelly’s research explores language, literacy and social organisation in Asia and Australia. I am currently building a digital archive for the literature of the utopian Eskaya community of the southern Philippines and developing unicode-enabled fonts for the Eskaya script among other Messianic alphabets of the region, allowing for better analysis of their associated literary corpora. Since 2013 he has managed the AustKin project, the first database of Australian Aboriginal kinship terms and systems. AustKin assembles information from over 600 diverse sources from early letters and explorer diaries to contemporary Land Rights reports and scholarly works. Data that was once distributed in isolated archives can now be visualised on a national scale, revealing the vast social and linguistic networks that cross the continent. In parallel with AustKin I have developed a project proposal for a Corpus of Australian Contact History and Ethnography (CACHE) a searchable repository of existing digitised documents that concern interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from 1606 to 1928. More



Julieanne Lamond

Julieanne Lamond's research focuses on Australian literary and reading culture around the turn of the twentieth century. She is currently working on a collaborative project with Dr Mark Reid in the School of Computer Science using library loans records to describe Australian readerships around the turn of the century. This project is developing the Australian Common Reader database as a basis for digital reading history as well as an interactive resource for collaboration and visualisation. More




Amanda Laugesen

Amanda Laugesen is Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre. She has published widely on historical memory, the history of reading, libraries and publishing, cultural history (with a particular interest in the cultural history of war), the history of Australian English, and lexicography. Her current research areas include: cultural history of Australian English and slang; language, sound and war; Australian literary culture in the early 20th century; and the global history of publishing, libraries and literacy. More




Mark Reid

Mark Reid is a research fellow at the Research School of Computer Science where he works in machine learning, ranging from the theoretical to algorithm implementation and methodologies for their evaluation. In collaboration with Dr Julieanne Lamond he uses data visualisation to understand patterns of common reading amongst library borrowers based on data held in the Australian Common Reader database, hosted by the Centre for Digital Humanities Research. This project will investigate the international circulation of mass-market fiction during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, especially focusing on popular fiction about politic. More



Jane Simpson

Jane Simpson has carried out fieldwork on Indigenous Australian languages since 1979. In 1986-1988 with David Nash she worked as lexicography fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, helping set up a digital archive of Aboriginal language material, which became ASEDA. Her other digital projects include: the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (with Michael Christie, Brian Devlin and Cathy Bow); a national portal for access to information on languages taught at tertiary level (with John Hajek, Martina Möllering and Anya Woods); AUSTKIN 2 (with Patrick McConvell, Harold Koch, Jeanie Bell, Piers Kelly and Laurent Dousset); PARADISEC, a digital archive of Pacific and regional language and endangered culture material (directed by Linda Barwick and Nick Thieberger). Jane is currently Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for The Dynamics of Language, which aims to develop new methods for obtaining and managing big data from a wide range of little-studied languages. More


Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith's research focuses on the experiences of CCTV camera operators as they sourced and profiled telemediated imagery. The spectacle of the street generates all manner of seductive and traumatic reflections, from humour-inducing episodes to scenes of extreme violence, and camera operators find themselves enroled in various projects of oversight: supervising the exterior spaces of the urban while supervising the interior territories of the self. He also investigates social affects contingent on technologies of data-capture and proliferating conditions of visibility. This includes conceptualising how social relations are transformed by the emergence of the sensor society, specifically its production of mass repositories of personal data and computerised codes that host and analyse convergent personal information inputs. He is interested in how the naturalisation of being watched in cultural contexts is engineering a subjectivity predisposed to reveal itself to all manner of unseen and unknown audiences. How publics understand and respond to these social processes, and how social factors mediate their perceptions and practices, are the key foci for my studies. More


Robert Wellington

Robert Wellington is a lecturer in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University. He is an art historian with a special interest in the role of material culture in history making and cross-cultural exchange. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Sydney, he has ten years experience in various roles in the contemporary arts sector. Robert was the inaugural convenor of the ANU French Research Cluster, and is currently the ACT representative of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). He is the Book Placement Editor for Early Modern Art History Studies (1500-1800) for H-France, and on the advisory panel to the Bloomsbury Academic book series, The Material Culture of Art. Robert has a strong interest in digital art history, convening the public symposium Recasting the Question: Digital approaches in art history and museums in November, 2015. Alongside Glenn Roe, he is CI on the ARC Discovery Project, Performing Transdisciplinarity. More


Mitchell Whitelaw

Mitchell Whitelaw's research spans practice and theory in the fields of digital design and culture; I work with data and computation as core materials in a creative research practice. I work with partners and collaborators on applied, practice-led research with public outcomes. My theoretical work draws on and contextualises this practice, as well as investigating emerging concepts and forms in digital art and design. Current themes in my research are: Design for Digital Heritage and Humanities; Data Aesthetics and Generative Systems; and Digital Materiality. More

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