2008 Research Fellows

Barbara Alysen

Barbara Alysen (Australia)

Project: Television news as a reflection of changing work practices in journalism: 1956-2006

This project involves viewing and analysing metropolitan news bulletins tracking the changes in journalistic practice: from the changes in the structure and selection of television news stories to changes in writing, manipulation of grammar, presentation and interviewing techniques.

Barbara Alysen has 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism including at senior production level. Barbara is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Western Sydney and her current research interests are the changing work practices in broadcast journalism, the evolution of news content and issues involved in preservation of Australian television news and current affairs. Barbara has published two books, The Electronic Report: Broadcast Journalism in Australia (2006) and Reporting in a Multimedia World (2003), along with numerous articles and conference papers relating to journalism and media.

Jonathan Bollen

Jonathan Bollen (Australia) and Karen Orr Vered (Australia/USA)

Project: Australian Variety Performance from Theatre to Television: 1946-1975

When theatres closed their doors, demolished or converted to cinemas – as was the fate of many theatres in Australia during the 20th Century – the performers and their acts did not just disappear. Radio and then television created new audiences for variety performance and offered new opportunities to performers. This joint project will explore the NFSA collection to find out what happened to Australian variety performance as it moved across and between media from theatre and radio to television, between 1946–75.

Dr Jonathan Bollen is a Lecturer in Drama and his research interests are Australian Theatre History since 1950, in particular the analysis of gender, race and nation in recordings of live performance. Dr Karen Orr Vered is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies and her research interests include television history and aesthetics, particularly Australian television’s distinct developmental history with respect to style and genre across commercial and public broadcasting centres. Both Bollen and Vered hold positions at Flinders University (South Australia) and each have a wealth of academic experience, and an extensive publication list of books, conference papers and articles.

Wendy Borchers

Wendy Borchers (Australia)

Project: The Australian Quest for Knowledge

The aim of this project is to examine visual works relating to early education of children throughout the Commonwealth of Australia: from Broome to Lord Howe Island; from the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory to South-west Cape in Tasmania; from the German communities in the Barossa Valley to the remote Aboriginal missions. The project will increase awareness of the evolution of sophisticated methods of education and increase the knowledge of pioneering hardships in this field.

Wendy Borchers has 31 years of experience as an archive researcher and is currently working at the ABC as an Archive Producer/Researcher. Over the years, Wendy has worked on a wide range of documentaries for programs such as Nationwide, Four Corners and the 7:30 Report.

Her inspiration for the project comes from two of her ancestors who played pivotal roles in pioneering standards of education in NSW.

Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson (Australia)

Project: Voice Portraits

Individuals project a distinctive musical style through the melodic aspects of their speech. In composing voice portraits, these patterns make the basis of a piece of music, using musical instruments to underscore and accentuate the idiomatic rhythms and melodies. The project involves creating a series of voice portraits of a diverse collection of Australians whose works are archived in the NFSA collection.

Dr Robert Davidson is Lecturer of Music in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology and lectures in composition, multimedia, musicianship, world music and music performance. His research interests include creative practice – composition with found objects, cross-genre performance, melody of language (prosody) and music, evolutionary musicology, contemporary composition, prosody and individual identity, empirical musicology, peer review and data management of non-textual media. Robert is an accomplished musician and his artistic experience spans several decades. Many of Australia’s professional orchestras, leading soloists and ensembles have commissioned and performed his works. His quintet, Topology, has played at numerous festivals around the world since forming in 1996.

Michael Hannan

Michael Hannan (Australia)

Project: Australian feature film scores 1930-1961

The aim of this project is to identify trends in the scoring of Australian feature films in the period 1930–61 and to document the musical styles and approaches to scoring of the most prominent Australian and international screen composers who created scores for Australian feature films.

Michael Hannan is Professor of Contemporary Music, in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, at Southern Cross University. His research interests include Australian film music, film music and sound theory, Australian composition, the work practices of musicians, popular music and the education of professional musicians. For the past decade the focus of his work has been screen composition, writing articles on both Australian film scores and international film music genres. Michael has also published two books: Peter Sculthorpe: His Music and Ideas 1929-1979 (1982) and The Australian Guide to Careers in Music (2003).

Professor Bruce Johnson

Professor Bruce Johnson (Australia)

Project: Australian Jazz and Discourses of Nation

This project is a study of the way Jazz has developed in Australia as a site of ‘discourses of nation’: the relationship between tradition and innovation, and the distinctiveness of a specifically Australian cultural tradition. This project is part of Bruce’s work as a historian of music and its role in the emergence of modernity.

Professor Bruce Johnson is one of Australia’s most distinguished Jazz historians. Bruce is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University (NSW); Honorary Professor at the Department of Music at Glasgow University (Scotland) and Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural History at University of Turku (Finland). His teaching and research have ranged from the Renaissance to Modernity, and his career publication list runs to nearly 400 items, from encyclopaedia entries to major reference works including The Oxford Companion to Australian Jazz. He has been active in concert, touring and recording work as a Jazz musician and record producer. He is also an award-winning broadcaster, and was the prime mover in setting up the Australian Jazz Archives at the NFSA.

Associate Professor Karl Neuenfeldt

Associate Professor Karl Neuenfeldt (Australia)

Project: Ailan Style: an annotated discography and filmograhy of Torres Strait Islander resources in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

This aim of this project is to survey, gather, research, collate and annotate the recordings, films and images of Torres Strait Islanders held in the NFSA collection with a view to producing a discography and filmography of the works.

Karl Neuenfeldt is an Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Communication at the School of Arts and Creative Enterprise, Central Queensland University (Bundaberg Campus). Karl’s research interests are the music of Indigenous people, recording studio practice, and industrial, environmental and socio-cultural sound scapes. Karl has a detailed knowledge and has written widely on the traditional and contemporary music of Islanders. He is the Executive Producer, Music Producer and Sound Recordist with a large pilot project called ‘An Inventory of Traditional Music and Dance in Torres Strait’ that involves recording and filming traditional and contemporary, secular and sacred Islander music and dance. Along with his extensive academic career, Karl is a professional musician and has performed in major music festivals and events both locally and internationally.

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