The ARC Cultural Research Network is built on the outstanding reputation enjoyed by Australian researchers working on the production and consumption of culture. It responds to the centrality of culture as the focus of cutting edge humanities and social science research by developing research projects dealing with new media and cultural technologies, cultural histories, geographies and identities. It aims to generate a national benefit by enhancing Australia's attractiveness as a postgraduate destination, as well as its capacity to generate innovative collaborative research partnerships and linkages. Finally, as the network develops in density and accrues outputs and expertise, it will address national needs for a more integrated research approach to understanding complex social, cultural and technological change.
The ARC Cultural Research Network's disciplinary base is in cultural, media, and communications studies and from this foundation it has already built collaborative links with researchers from cultural history, cultural geography, cultural anthropology and creative industries. The objective is to facilitate the development of innovative collaborative research projects in the general areas of media and cultural technologies, cultural literacies, cultural histories and geographies, and cultural identities. To facilitate interdisciplinary exchange over the reporting period the network has held project-based and thematic workshops, professional development seminars, master classes, seminars, symposia, and conferences. It has circulated people as well as ideas, bringing established Australian researchers into direct contact with postgraduates and young researchers through targeted events, convening workshops for researchers interested in developing projects within the thematics of the network nodes, inviting exemplary presenters to the symposium attached to the annual meeting, and pursuing international linkages through conferences, research partnerships and other networking activities.
As well as its major funding from the ARC, the CRN is supported by Macquarie University, Murdoch University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, the University of Wollongong, the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of South Australia, the University of Western Sydney, and The University of Queensland, and has 59 participants in 18 universities around the country.
In 2004, a strategic grant was received from the ARC to prepare an application for a Research network. The website prepared in part for this application was available here for archive purposes.
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Decisions in the Network are ratified by the full membership at the Annual Network Meeting, with guidance from the Management Committee, which meets three or four time a year, and the Advisory Board which meets annually.
Assoc Prof Kate Crawford (ECR sub-committee representative)
Dr Chris Gibson
Dr Chris Healy
Prof Vera Mackie (temporary secondment while Elspeth Probyn is unavailable)
Prof Elspeth Probyn (currently inactive while on study leave in the UK)
Prof Graeme Turner (chair)
Mr John Gunders (secretary - ex officio)
Early Career Researcher Sub-committee:
Prof Tony Bennett, Centre for Research in Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester
Prof Chua Beng Huat, National University of Singapore
Prof Meaghan Morris, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Dr Chris Healy, University of Melbourne (CRN Management Committee Representative)
What the CRN Funds
Brief guidelines prepared by the Network Convenor in conjunction with the Management Committee, on what can be considered appropriate uses of CRN funding.
Application and Nomination Forms
We have prepared a number of standard forms to enable participants to easily apply for and report on node funding, and to nominate new members.
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