Dr Bunty Avieson

MPhil, PhD (Macquarie)
Lecturer in Journalism

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


Website Twitter @avieson

Biographical details

Bunty Avieson spent a year in 2008-2009 in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, jointly funded by the United Nations and the Bhutan Observer newspaper, to teach journalists and editors, as well as to advise media stakeholders, as part of the country’s move to democracy. This provided the opportunity to undertake research for her PhD thesis, which she completed in 2013, receiving the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation from Macquarie University. During the year-long posting in Bhutan she acted as a consultant to Reporters Without Borders, Asia-Pacific desk.

Avieson’s Master of Philosophy (Macquarie, 2008), titled The Poetics of Paranoia, investigated the construction of self with reference to the theories of Jacques Derrida and 1st century Indian philosopher Nagarjuna.

Avieson’s journalism practice includes news and feature writing in Britain, Australia and Asia for newspapers, including The Australian and the Straits Times in Singapore, as well as a wide range of Australian magazines, including Good Weekend and Good Reading. In the 1990s she was editor of Woman’s Day, and editorial director of New Idea.

She has published three novels, a novella and two memoirs, which have been variously translated into Japanese, German and Thai, and been awarded two Ned Kelly Crime Writing Awards for her crime fiction.

She has taught across a variety of media subjects for the past nine years, including news journalism, feature writing, creative non-fiction and international communications.

Research interests

  • Media in Bhutan
  • Literary journalism
  • Writing
  • Journalism studies

Current research students

Project title Research student
Completing a Book Length Memoir and Critical Exegesis Ravi SHANKAR

Current projects

  • Avieson 2018, ‘Bhutan’ in D. Merskin & J. G. Golson (Eds.), The Sage International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (forthcoming)

Associations

  • Williamson Fellow (Victoria) 1999
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
  • Journalism Education Association of Australia (JEAA)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • Network for Bhutan Researchers

Awards and honours

  • 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for PhD
  • 2011 Dean’s HDR award for raising the profile of Arts at Macquarie internationally
  • 2011 Dr Charles Stuart Prize at Journalism Educators Australia Association Ossie Awards for best student publication, Sydneysider
  • 2003 Ned Kelly and Davitt Award nominee
  • 2002 Ned Kelly and Davitt Award nominee
  • 2001 Ned Kelly Crime Writing Award for best first crime novel
  • 2001 Ned Kelly Crime Writing Award, readers vote

Professional Service

  • 2012, Consultant to Southern Star for TV series Paper Giants: Magazine Wars. 2012, Judge on Shorts Film Festival
  • 2009, Referee for textjournal
  • 2009, Consultant to Reporters Without Borders (Asia-Pacific desk)

Research Funding

  • 2011 - Macquarie University HDR Research Funding
  • 2009 - Macquarie University Research Training Support
  • 2009 - 2011 APA scholarship
  • 2008 - 2009 United Nations Development Programme, In-house Media Consultancy
  • 2006 - Macquarie University Research Training Support

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2016

  • Constructing Narrative in Wikipedia: A case study of the 2014 Sydney siege; Avieson B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Quality Article Submission Support Scheme.
  • Online Media and Democracy Building in Bhutan; Avieson B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Faculty Research Incubator.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Avieson, B. (2015). The Dragon's Voice: How Modern Media Found Bhutan. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Avieson, B. (2013). The Dragon Finds its Voice. Thimphu: Bhutan Observer Publications.
  • Avieson, B. (2004). A Baby in a Backpack to Bhutan. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia.

Edited Books

  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2017). Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Avieson, B. (2017). Gross National Happiness and Facebook: Bhutan Localizes the Internet. In Gerard Goggin and Mark McClelland (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories, (pp. 269-283). Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Avieson, B. (2017). Holding the Memories: Death, Success and the Ethics of Memoir. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge.
  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2017). Introduction. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge.
  • Avieson, B., Tshering, K. (2017). Seduced by Bhutan's Philosophy of Happiness. In Naren Chitty, Li Ji, Gary Rawnsley and Craig Hayden (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power, (pp. 369-380). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Avieson, B. (2015). Watching television in Bhutan. In Jinna Tay, Graeme Turner (Eds.), Television Histories in Asia: Issues and contexts, (pp. 58-73). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]

Journals

  • Avieson, B., McDonald, W. (2017). Dangerous Liaisons: Undercover Journalism, Standpoint Theory and Social Revelation. Media International Australia, 163(1), 137-150. [More Information]
  • Avieson, B. (2015). From 'Mani' Stones to Twitter: Bhutan Creates a Unique Media Matrix for a 21st-Century Democracy. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2487-2506. [More Information]
  • McDonald, W., Avieson, B. (2014). Against the tide: Alternative voices in colonial Australian writing. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 11(4), 29-37.
  • Avieson, B. (2014). Creative non-fiction as a third way for cross-cultural research and reporting. Australian Journalism Review, 36(2), 171-182.
  • Avieson, B. (2008). Writing: A Methodology for the New Millennium. Text, 12(2). [More Information]

Textual Creative Works

  • Avieson, B. (2009). Secret Warriors of Bhutan. The Hitchers of Oz, Carindale, Qld, Australia: Glass House Books.
  • Avieson, B. (2005). And Now You Know.. Sydney, Australia: Australian Consolidated Press (ACP).
  • Avieson, B. (2003). The Wrong Door. Sydney, Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia.
  • Avieson, B. (2002). The Affair. Sydney, Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia.
  • Avieson, B. (2001). Apartment 255. Sydney, Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia.

Web based exhibition

  • McDonald, W., Avieson, B., Davies, K. (2016). Australian Colonial Literary Journalism Database. Australia. [More Information]

2017

  • Avieson, B., McDonald, W. (2017). Dangerous Liaisons: Undercover Journalism, Standpoint Theory and Social Revelation. Media International Australia, 163(1), 137-150. [More Information]
  • Avieson, B. (2017). Gross National Happiness and Facebook: Bhutan Localizes the Internet. In Gerard Goggin and Mark McClelland (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories, (pp. 269-283). Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Avieson, B. (2017). Holding the Memories: Death, Success and the Ethics of Memoir. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge.
  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2017). Introduction. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge.
  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2017). Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Avieson, B., Tshering, K. (2017). Seduced by Bhutan's Philosophy of Happiness. In Naren Chitty, Li Ji, Gary Rawnsley and Craig Hayden (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power, (pp. 369-380). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

2016

  • McDonald, W., Avieson, B., Davies, K. (2016). Australian Colonial Literary Journalism Database. Australia. [More Information]

2015

  • Avieson, B. (2015). From 'Mani' Stones to Twitter: Bhutan Creates a Unique Media Matrix for a 21st-Century Democracy. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2487-2506. [More Information]
  • Avieson, B. (2015). The Dragon's Voice: How Modern Media Found Bhutan. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Avieson, B. (2015). Watching television in Bhutan. In Jinna Tay, Graeme Turner (Eds.), Television Histories in Asia: Issues and contexts, (pp. 58-73). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]

2014

  • McDonald, W., Avieson, B. (2014). Against the tide: Alternative voices in colonial Australian writing. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 11(4), 29-37.
  • Avieson, B. (2014). Creative non-fiction as a third way for cross-cultural research and reporting. Australian Journalism Review, 36(2), 171-182.

2013

  • Avieson, B. (2013). The Dragon Finds its Voice. Thimphu: Bhutan Observer Publications.

2009

  • Avieson, B. (2009). Secret Warriors of Bhutan. The Hitchers of Oz, Carindale, Qld, Australia: Glass House Books.

2008

  • Avieson, B. (2008). Writing: A Methodology for the New Millennium. Text, 12(2). [More Information]

2005

  • Avieson, B. (2005). And Now You Know.. Sydney, Australia: Australian Consolidated Press (ACP).

2004

  • Avieson, B. (2004). A Baby in a Backpack to Bhutan. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia.

2003

  • Avieson, B. (2003). The Wrong Door. Sydney, Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia.

2002

  • Avieson, B. (2002). The Affair. Sydney, Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia.

2001

  • Avieson, B. (2001). Apartment 255. Sydney, Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia.

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