The Media, Culture and Society Research Group inquires into the media within cultural, political, economic, historical and social context. The research encompasses various perspectives such as textual or visual analysis of media representations, social analysis of new media (Internet, digital, computer), identity formation, new communication technologies, mobile culture and audience studies. The group has an interdisciplinary focus and regularly engages with a wider range of issues in cultural, textual and social analysis. There is an intersection of the humanities and the social sciences throughout the research and discussion of the media.
This research area looks at the issues of ethnicity, equity, diversity and social sustainability with regards to refugees, young people ‘at risk’, the elderly, and popular media identifications. Some of these projects have been supported by federal funding. Various approaches are employed from ethnographic, interviews and analyses of signifying systems.
The analysis of gender and social spaces in both online and real life experiences is explored through various cultural studies paradigms. This research examines visual culture, including photography, sexuality and embodiment, as well as feminist cultural geography. Other critical cultural analysis includes research into the impact of cultural, ethical, industry and scientific discourses on public attitudes and law reform regarding livestock welfare
Content analysis, discourse analysis and audience (reception) studies research are carried out in the Faculty with a particular emphasis upon research into the social and cultural dimensions of both new and old media as well as communication technologies. The Faculty has been the base for a nationally-funded research project on the Internet in Australian family life. Recent analyses have been of the televisual experience of new television designs, pay television, female music videos, and discourses of sexuality in children’s television.
Research has focused on the question of ‘what is journalism’, reflecting on how globalisation and technological developments redefine journalism, its professional model and norms. Other areas covered are newsroom studies, research into sports journalism and journalism history.