2010 ARC National Competitive Grant Program Outcomes
Internet History in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
Internet History in Australia and the Asia-Pacific will compare the development and uses of the Internet in Australia, with those of China, Korea, and Japan, key trading partners and innovators. This internationally significant project will provide an up-to-date history of the Internet in the world's most dynamic economic region, the Asia-Pacific. Internet infrastructure and technology is critical to Australia's economic, social, and cultural future, and this project aims to provide critical and timely insights to take forward national debate, policy, and practice. Findings will be reported through an innovative website, industry report and workshop, and targeted academic and general publications.
DP1095380 Prof Wanning Sun
China's Rural Migrant Workers: Social Transition and Cultural Practice
This project will help Australians understand some of the growing social tensions and conflicts in contemporary China, thereby enhancing Australia's already strong reputation as a leading research community on China. It will generate grass-roots knowledge of individuals' experiences and perspectives - particularly those of the rural migrant. This knowledge is crucial if Australia is to forge links with China, and develop a nuanced and penetrating grasp of the socio-economic realities of the region. In addition, the study will generate cross-cultural perspectives on media, work and family - all increasingly pressing issues in the formation of social policy in Australia.
The role of lifestyle television in transforming culture, citizenship and selfhood: Australia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and India
Television now reaches 97% of the population in China and Indian TV is among the world's fastest growing industries. Despite its dominance as a media form in our region, in Australia we know little about the social and cultural dimensions of television in Asia. By researching lifestyle TV – a genre concerned with promoting new forms of lifestyle and consumption – this project will help us comprehend the shifting cultural, economic and social dynamics of our region, contributing to Research Priority 4. Through engagement with Asian cultures and scholarship, it will also help position Australian media research as relevant both regionally and internationally and will help to inform Australian TV producers of new developments in the region.
DP1092910 Prof A Bennett; Dr Shane Homan; Dr S Baker; Dr P Doyle; Prof S Janssen; Prof S Cohen; Prof M Regev; Dr TJ Dowd
Popular music and cultural memory: Localised popular music histories and their significance for national music industries
This project provides a public space for audience members in local communities in Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, UK and USA to share their memories of local popular music heritage. By privileging these voices, the project has the potential to develop and strengthen community cohesion and also raise questions of how these voices might be incorporated into the production and distribution practices of Australia's music industry. Our findings will feed into current debates about the importance of local histories in a national context and point to possible economic benefits through cultural tourism and leisure outlets, for example, community-based exhibitions and guided tours focusing on local popular music history and heritage.
DP1094281 Dr A Bruns; Dr Jean Burgess; Mr T Nicolai; Mr L Kirchhoff
New Media and Public Communication: Mapping Australian User-Created Content in Online Social Networks.
Understanding the ways people contribute to and use the Internet for a wide range of purposes is important to Australia's future from both a social and an economic perspective. Effective, evidence-based policy depends on developing a vastly improved understanding of the current level of Australians' online activities and interests. This project provides crucial, detailed baseline data on the social, cultural and technological dynamics of Australian online public communication, which can inform further government initiatives to strengthen the country's digital economy and to maximise civic engagement through media participation.
DP1095328 Assoc Prof Jason Jacobs
Worldwide: the history of the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
This project will result in a greater historical understanding of how state funded public service broadcasters develop and manage their commercial operations. The BBC's commercial arm was emulated by public service broadcasters across the world, not least by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation which was also a key client and partner. This history will enhance our understanding of public service broadcasting by examining the industrial and cultural innovations that are needed if the delivery of public content in Australia is to survive in a highly privatised digital environment.
LP100100805 Dr Janet K McGaw, Dr Emily C Potter, Dr Anoma D Pieris, Prof Graham W Brawn
Indigenous Placemaking in Central Melbourne: Representations, practices and creative research
Melbourne City Council, Reconciliation Victoria, Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group
This project will contribute to making a place of belonging, gathering and cultural exchange for and with Indignenous Australians in Melbourne, through dialogic research processes aimed at generating a more inclusive and dynamic understanding of Indigenous identity. It will provide a platform for reconciliatory activities in Victoria with the support of Victorian Indigenous Communities, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Melbourne City Council and educate the public regarding the need for such a facility. It will increase Melbourne's national and international profile by contributing to the provision of a world class cultural centre that engages international tourists and informing future institutional programs.
LP100100837 Dr Amanda J Third, Dr Ingrid Richardson, Dr Jane M Burns, Dr Lucas L Walsh, Ms Philippa J Collin
Young People, Technology, and Wellbeing Research Facility
Foundation for Young Australians, Inspire Foundation, MySpace, National Children's and Youth Law Centre, NSW Commission for Children and Young People, Telstra Foundation
Large numbers of initiatives now mobilise technology to support the wellbeing of young Australians. However, amongst communities undertaking this work, there is currently significant duplication and insufficient sharing of research and best practice models. A Research Facility that consolidates existing research, and guides new research and initiatives will improve service delivery to young Australians by: reducing duplication between organizations working with young people; providing an accessible interface with research that can help address the community’s concerns about the role of technology in young people’s lives, and inform future policy and programs; and model effective cross-sector knowledge brokering to Australian industry.