Research Interests of the Department
Professor Roger Benjamin
- French Orientalist art, 1880-1930, including Renoirs Algerian work, and a study of the Algerian oasis resort of Biskra in literature, painting and photography
- The art of Matisse, including an essay on his 1906 masterpiece Le Bonheur de Vivre
- The interpretation of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. This includes a curatorial project on early Papunya boards and their aftermath, c. 1971 c 1985, for the Actus Foundation of New York (opening at Cornell University Gallery in January 2006)
- Contemporary Australian painting
Dr Thomas Berghuis
- Pre-modern, Modern, and Contemporary Chinese Art
- Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
- Performance Art
- Curatorial Studies in relation to Asia
- Theories of Global Art
Dr Keith Broadfoot
- Australian art/film
- Theories of spectatorship
Professor John Clark
- Modern Japanese Art since Meiji
- Chinese academic painting and the avant-garde
- The problems of modernity in art beyond Euramerica
- Indonesian art
- Art in China and Thailand of the 1980s and 1990s
- New Biennales in Asia
Dr Bruce Isaacs
- Film Aesthetics: the legitimacy of ‘Film Style’
- Realism and Spectacle
- American Cinema: Classical Hollywood/Hollywood Renaissance (late 60s to Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, 1979)/Hollywood High Concept Cinema
- Auteur Theory, Independence, New Aesthetic Sensibilities
- Digital Cinema and Aesthetics: ‘Future Cinema’
- Film Production Practice – with a focus on screenwriting as a literary and cinematic form
Dr Laleen Jayamanne
- Cross-cultural film criticism
- Feminist film theory
- Cinema of Kumar Shahani
- Deleuzean film theory
Dr Louise Marshall
- Italian Renaissance plague images, with a particular focus on the process of intercession and the protective role of images in coping with the experience of bubonic plague.
- The imagery and cult of St. Sebastian as 'alter Christus' ('another' or 'second Christ').
- St. Nicholas of Tolentino as a 'failed' plague saint.
- Reading the body in the late drawings of Michelangelo Buonarotti
Dr Jennifer Milam
- The idea of play in 18th century France, particularly as formulated by rococo painters
- The importance of gender and age distinctions during the Enlightenment, and the role played by visual images in creating categories
- Women's patronage in the 18th century, and how commissioning and collecting as an activity was used for image power and status.
Dr Catriona Moore
- Comparative study of women modernist artists in the pre- and inter-war years from selected British Dominions and new republics (primarily New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and tangentially India)
- Contemporary feminist art and writing
- Contemporary Australian art
- Contemporary international art, with particular focus on post-colonial and feminist issues
- Electronic media.
Assocciate Professor Mary Roberts
- European, especially British, art of the Nineteenth Century
- Gender, Orientalism, the history and culture of travel
- Development of Ottoman art in the Nineteenth Century and cultural exchange with European artists
Dr Richard Smith
- "The Digital Apparatus" is a research project that will test a range of methodologies for thinking through the relation between technology and thought in film production, criticism and theory. It is particularly interested in the idealist-materialist tussle within general theories of film.
- The Go Concept. Richard Smith is co-author of a documentary about sophistication. Seeking AFC O Strand funding of 20,000. Script submitted March 2005. AFC decides on successful applicants in May 2005.