Griffith Centre for Cultural Research

Griffith University
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Brief description

The Griffith Centre for Cultural Research is an interdisciplinary research centre. With members across humanities, creative arts and life sciences, its central brief is to encourage greater collaboration between these areas, while articulating with contemporary debates in public culture. As part of this agenda, the centre regularly hosts seminars by visiting scholars, public lectures and other public events.

About the centre

The Centre’s research is broadly arranged around four strategic research programs:

  • Culture, identity and lifestyle
  • Engaging audiences
  • Material and textual narratives
  • Transnational histories.

The purpose of these programs is to facilitate the effective channelling of the Centre membership’s multi-disciplinary research expertise into a series of targeted research projects clustered under the program themes. Although each program reflects to some extent discrete disciplinary interests within the centre, the aim is not to confine the work of any given Centre member to one program, but rather to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration between Centre members and also with members of other Centres within the AEL group. International collaboration is also becoming an increasingly more significant aspect of Centre research. All four Centre research programs have generated projects, seminars and other forms of academic exchange involving overseas collaborators.

Culture, identity and lifestyle

This research program brings together on-going research by cultural sociologists in the Centre focusing on aspects of cultural consumption and cultural practice in contemporary urban and regional settings in local and global contexts. A number of projects are currently in progress, including popular music and cultural memory, street music and the urban soundscape, festivals and public culture, youth culture and mediation, and sexualities and subcultures.

Engaging audiences

This research program consolidates a key strength of the Centre in the area of media and journalism studies. Current and on-going projects include research on ethnic minorities use of community-based talk back radio, indigenous media across Australia, the role of the media in the representation of terrorism and national security. Following a highly successful visit to the College of Communication at the National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan, projects around community journalism and the use of digital media in disaster relief are currently being planned with NCCU colleagues.

Material and textual narratives

This research program combines Centre research strengths in areas of cultural sociology, history, literature and journalism to examine the aspects of material and textual culture and their significance in everyday life. Current projects cover: the history of the book; reading practices in Australian society; the ritual significance of material objects in death and remembering.

Transnational histories  

This research program combines the specialisms of Centre members working in the field of historical studies. Fields of expertise include indigenous history (in Australian, pan-Pacific and global contexts), studies of Victorian society, indigenous rock art, and local / Queensland studies. The rationale of the trans-national histories program is provide a forum for understanding how each of these areas of historical interest combine to provide new insights into the relationship between the local and the global in historical and contemporary cultural contexts.

The Centre encourages partnerships with cultural institutions, public agencies and local government and community and corporate organisations. Through a program of publication, public lectures, workshops and symposia, we aim to make the processes and outcomes of Centre-based research available to public audiences as well as scholarly communities.

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