Screen and Sound Cultures

Screen and Sound Cultures is a transdisciplinary research group for scholars and creative practitioners working across the fields of screen studies, popular music, filmmaking, media history, curatorial practice, sound design, online media and a range of other interconnected fields

Screen and Sound Cultures is a collaborative research group that is dedicated to the rich complexities of media as practice, pedagogy and creative research. As a dynamic space for critical thinking and making, the group foregrounds and fosters transdisciplinary research, local and international collaborations, industry and community links, and the nexus between teaching and research. We help create and support events, projects, programs and public presentations that feature a diverse range of scholars and practitioners who contribute to contemporary frontiers and debates within the expansive world of media scholarship. 

Screen & Sound Cultures acknowledges the unceded territories of the Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung peoples of the eastern Kulin nations. We stand in solidarity with the Traditional Custodians of country and pay our respect to their lands, Ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging.

Key research areas

Thinking Critically about Screen, Sound and Music as Creative Practices

This theme investigates contexts, epistemologies, theories and methodologies to enrich understandings of the cultures of screen, sound or music. This can be approached through a variety of disciplines, including screen studies, popular music, filmmaking, screenwriting, history, curatorial practice, sound design, online media and other related fields, including the subjects of environment, community or social justice.

Performance and Identity in Screen, Sound and Music

The theme aims to understand the importance of identity in screen, and/or sound and/or music. This includes how identity affects performance, production, dissemination and reception of cultural products. Aspects of identity that could be considered include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, dis/ability and gender.

Place, Location, Sovereignties and the Transnational

This theme aims to explore the possibilities of place, belonging, language and the transnational, including Indigenous language revival and maintenance, through literary, screen, sound and other creative works. Questions include: how can screen, sound and creative media practices be used to recalibrate settler-Indigenous relations? And how can we explore the complex relationships between place and sovereignty?

Transforming Screen and Sound Industries in a Digital Age

This theme investigates social, economic and industrial dynamics of screen, and/or sound and/or music culture. Research topics may include audiences, policy, labour, access, digital inclusion, participation, cultural diversity, sustainability and other issues related to the social contexts of cultural production, distribution and consumption.

Digital Media and the Social

This theme focuses on the ways in which digital media is an intrinsic part of the social. From the new forms of experiencing identity and community through social media and mobile devices, to the role of analytics and big data in the management of organisations and people, research in this theme focuses on the emergent issues of trust, ethics, publics, planning, technology, and power.

Cultural and Creative Industries

This research theme focuses on the dynamics and policies of the creative Industries. With a focus on domains of government intervention, regulation, industry advocacy and policy formations, this theme explores gender, labour, government policy, education, locative media, and platform economy within the cultural and creative industries.

Featured projects


Our people

Professor Ingrid Richardson

Dr Polly Stanton

Associate Professor Catherine Strong

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Publications

Our researchers are experts in their fields with a wide range of publications.

Contact us

Email address: screensoundcultures.research@rmit.edu.au

Mailing address:

School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.