Graeme's research interests are largely in Australian media and popular culture but his work on celebrity has been international in focus. His current research project, on talkback radio, is coming to a conclusion over the next year and his Federation Fellowship is on post-broadcast television, examining the relations between television and national communities around the world.
Graeme Turner is ARC Federation Fellow, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. He is one of the key figures in the development of cultural and media studies in Australia and has an outstanding international reputation in the field. His work is used in many disciplines—cultural and media studies, communications, history, literary studies, and film and television studies—and it has been translated into eight languages.
His most recent publication is a co-edited (with Stuart Cunningham) second edition of The Media and Communications in Australia (2006). Last year he published Ending the Affair: the decline of television current affairs in Australia, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Literary Awards for 2005. Understanding Celebrity, a comprehensive study of the phenomenon of celebrity was published by Sage (UK) in 2004. Other recent publications include The Film Cultures Reader (Routledge, 2002).
Graeme Turner is President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and convenor of the Australian Research Council Cultural Research Network. While he no longer takes undergraduate classes, he continues to provide research supervision to postgraduate students enrolled at the University.