Associate Professor Steven Maras

BA Curtin University, Hons Murdoch University, PhD (Communication Studies) Murdoch University

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7041

Biographical details

A graduate of Curtin University in Western Australia (1988), Steven studied Honours at Murdoch University, and received his PhD in Communication Studies from Murdoch University (1994). He joined the Media and Communications department in 2005 after ten years teaching at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of two books and has published articles and essays in numerous journals in Australia and internationally. He was a visiting scholar at the School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai in October-November 2012. Steven has strong interests in both teaching and research, and is a firm believer in the possibility of a productive dialogue between scholarly and intellectual work and media practice and industries. In his teaching Steven lectures across media, law and ethics and video production. In his research he brings a communications philosophical approach to understanding the complexity of media practice. He has a special interest in media and communication ethics and critical practice, the relationship of theory and practice, theories of communication, and the history of the field of media and communication studies.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of communications and media practice
  • The theory, history and practice of screen writing
  • Media ethics and accountability
  • Historical research on the emergence of communication studies in Australia

Teaching and supervision

Steven is on Long Service Leave in Semester 2 2014, effective August 1.

Associations

  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
  • Member of the Screenwriting Research Network

Advisory Boards

  • Editorial Advisory Board- Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
  • Editorial Advisory Board- the Global Media Journal (Australian Edition)
  • Editorial Advisory Board- Journal of Screenwriting
  • Co-editor- Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting book series

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • Maras, S. (2013). Objectivity in Journalism. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Maras, S. (2009). Screenwriting: History, Theory and Practice. London, United Kingdom: Wallflower Press.

Book Chapters

  • Maras, S. (2000). Translating Michele Le Doeuff's Analytics. In Max Deutscher (Eds.), Michele Le Doeuff: Operative Philosophy and Imaginary Practice, (pp. 83-104). Amherst, NY: Humanity Books.

Journals

  • Maras, S. (2014). [In Press]. Jimmy McGovern through an Ethical Lens. Journal of Screenwriting, 6(2).
  • Maras, S. (2014). [In Press]. Media Accountability: Double Binds and Responsibility Gaps. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition.
  • Maras, S., Nip, J. (2014). The Travelling Objectivity Norm. Journalism Studies. [More Information]
  • Maras, S. (2011). Coupling and Decoupling Theory and Practice: Rationalising Media and Journalism Education in the University (after James W. Carey). China Media Report, 10(3), 25-29.
  • Maras, S. (2011). Some Attitudes and trajectories in screenwriting research. Journal of Screenwriting, 2(2), 275-286.
  • Maras, S. (2009). In Search of "Screenplay": terminological traces in the Library of Congress Catalog of Copyright Entries: Cumulative Series, 1912-20. Film History: an international journal, 21(4), 346-358. [More Information]
  • Maras, S. (2008). On transmission: a metamethodological analysis (after Regis Debray). FibrecultureJournal: internet theory criticism research, 12, 1-20.
  • Maras, S. (2007). Communicating Criticality. International Journal of Communication, 1, 167-186.
  • Maras, S. (2007). Reading James W. Carey on the University Tradition. Australian Journal of Communication, 34(3), 23-37.
  • Maras, S. (2006). Social Capital Theory, Television and Participation. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 20(1 March), 87-109.
  • Maras, S. (2006). The emergence of Communication Studies in Australia as 'curriculum idea'. Australian Journal of Communication, 33(2,3), 43-62.
  • Maras, S. (2006). Travelling with James W. Carey. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 120(August 2006), 21-34.
  • Maras, S. (2005). Reflections on Adobe Corporation, Bill Viola, and Peter Ramus while printing Lecture Notes. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 8(2), 1-5.
  • Maras, S. (2005). The problem of theory and practice: towards a constitutive analysis. Journal of Media Practice, 6(2), 93-103.
  • Maras, S. (2004). Notes on a Genre to Come: Screenwriting and the 'Thesis-Film'. Cultural Studies Review, 10(2), 85-98.
  • Maras, S. (2004). The photoplay as emergent media form: Victor O. Freeburg and Vachel Lindsay on photoplay aesthetics. Screening The Past, 17, 1-7.
  • Maras, S. (2004). Thinking about the History of ANZCA : an Australian Perspective. Australian Journal of Communication, 31(2), 13-51.
  • Maras, S. (2003). Communication and Social Capital Theory: A Preliminary Discussion. Southern Review: communication, politics and culture, 36(3), 44-63.
  • Maras, S. (2003). Presidents Reflect on ANZCA: Past and Future. Australian Journal of Communication, 30(1), 1-24.
  • Maras, S. (2003). The Communications Environment. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 106(February 2003), 94-109.
  • Maras, S. (2003). The Status of the Film Script Under US Copyright Regulations: A Historical Note. Media and Arts Law Review, 8(1), 1-14.
  • Maras, S. (2002). A Semiotics of the Proxy. Social Semiotics, 12(1), 115-129.
  • Green, L., Maras, S. (2002). From Impartial Objectivity to Responsible Affectivity: Some Ethical implications of the 9/11 Attacks on America and the War on Terror. Australian Journal of Communication, 29(3), 17-30.
  • Maras, S. (2002). Re-Defining the Politique: Screenwriting, Auteur theory, and the Separation of Conception and Execution. Interdisciplinary Humanities, 19(1/2), 65-74.
  • Maras, S. (2002). The Medium as Platform: An Emerging Sense of Medium. NMEDIAC: The journal of New Media and Culture, 1(2).
  • Maras, S., Sutton, D., Benjamin, M. (2001). Multimedia Communication: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Information Technology, Education and Society, 2(1), 25-49.
  • Maras, S. (2001). Paul Patton, Deleuze and the Political. Southern Review: communication, politics and culture, 34(1), 125-128.
  • Maras, S. (2000). Beyond the Transmission Model: Shannon, Weaver, and the Critique of Sender/Message/Receiver. Australian Journal of Communication, 27(3), 123-142.
  • Maras, S., Sutton, D. (2000). Medium Specificity Re-visited. Convergence: the international journal of research into new media technologies, 6(2), 98-113.
  • Maras, S. (2000). One or Many Media? M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 3(6).
  • Maras, S. (2000). The Rhetoric of Interactivity. Australian Screen Education, 23, 36-44.
  • Maras, S. (2000). Thinking with the Medium: An Approach to Skilling. The UTS Review, 6(2), 141-166.

Conferences

  • Maras, S. (2012). Contesting the Public Interest: The Selling of the Pentagon as a Case Study in Objectivity. ANZCA 2012 ADELAIDE: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21s Century, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
  • Maras, S. (2005). Some Theses on Critical Communications Practice. Australian & New Zealand Communication Association International Conference, ANZCA 2005: Communication at Work: Showcasing communication scholarship, Christchurch (NZ): Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

Other

  • Maras, S. (2005), Our Search for Meaning in Changing Times: An Interview with Bill Ticehurst.
  • Maras, S. (2003), An ANZCA Dossier [http://www.anzca.net/about-anzca/dossier.html].

2014

  • Maras, S. (2014). [In Press]. Jimmy McGovern through an Ethical Lens. Journal of Screenwriting, 6(2).
  • Maras, S. (2014). [In Press]. Media Accountability: Double Binds and Responsibility Gaps. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition.
  • Maras, S., Nip, J. (2014). The Travelling Objectivity Norm. Journalism Studies. [More Information]

2013

  • Maras, S. (2013). Objectivity in Journalism. Cambridge: Polity Press.

2012

  • Maras, S. (2012). Contesting the Public Interest: The Selling of the Pentagon as a Case Study in Objectivity. ANZCA 2012 ADELAIDE: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21s Century, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

2011

  • Maras, S. (2011). Coupling and Decoupling Theory and Practice: Rationalising Media and Journalism Education in the University (after James W. Carey). China Media Report, 10(3), 25-29.
  • Maras, S. (2011). Some Attitudes and trajectories in screenwriting research. Journal of Screenwriting, 2(2), 275-286.

2009

  • Maras, S. (2009). In Search of "Screenplay": terminological traces in the Library of Congress Catalog of Copyright Entries: Cumulative Series, 1912-20. Film History: an international journal, 21(4), 346-358. [More Information]
  • Maras, S. (2009). Screenwriting: History, Theory and Practice. London, United Kingdom: Wallflower Press.

2008

  • Maras, S. (2008). On transmission: a metamethodological analysis (after Regis Debray). FibrecultureJournal: internet theory criticism research, 12, 1-20.

2007

  • Maras, S. (2007). Communicating Criticality. International Journal of Communication, 1, 167-186.
  • Maras, S. (2007). Reading James W. Carey on the University Tradition. Australian Journal of Communication, 34(3), 23-37.

2006

  • Maras, S. (2006). Social Capital Theory, Television and Participation. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 20(1 March), 87-109.
  • Maras, S. (2006). The emergence of Communication Studies in Australia as 'curriculum idea'. Australian Journal of Communication, 33(2,3), 43-62.
  • Maras, S. (2006). Travelling with James W. Carey. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 120(August 2006), 21-34.

2005

  • Maras, S. (2005), Our Search for Meaning in Changing Times: An Interview with Bill Ticehurst.
  • Maras, S. (2005). Reflections on Adobe Corporation, Bill Viola, and Peter Ramus while printing Lecture Notes. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 8(2), 1-5.
  • Maras, S. (2005). Some Theses on Critical Communications Practice. Australian & New Zealand Communication Association International Conference, ANZCA 2005: Communication at Work: Showcasing communication scholarship, Christchurch (NZ): Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
  • Maras, S. (2005). The problem of theory and practice: towards a constitutive analysis. Journal of Media Practice, 6(2), 93-103.

2004

  • Maras, S. (2004). Notes on a Genre to Come: Screenwriting and the 'Thesis-Film'. Cultural Studies Review, 10(2), 85-98.
  • Maras, S. (2004). The photoplay as emergent media form: Victor O. Freeburg and Vachel Lindsay on photoplay aesthetics. Screening The Past, 17, 1-7.
  • Maras, S. (2004). Thinking about the History of ANZCA : an Australian Perspective. Australian Journal of Communication, 31(2), 13-51.

2003

  • Maras, S. (2003), An ANZCA Dossier [http://www.anzca.net/about-anzca/dossier.html].
  • Maras, S. (2003). Communication and Social Capital Theory: A Preliminary Discussion. Southern Review: communication, politics and culture, 36(3), 44-63.
  • Maras, S. (2003). Presidents Reflect on ANZCA: Past and Future. Australian Journal of Communication, 30(1), 1-24.
  • Maras, S. (2003). The Communications Environment. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, 106(February 2003), 94-109.
  • Maras, S. (2003). The Status of the Film Script Under US Copyright Regulations: A Historical Note. Media and Arts Law Review, 8(1), 1-14.

2002

  • Maras, S. (2002). A Semiotics of the Proxy. Social Semiotics, 12(1), 115-129.
  • Green, L., Maras, S. (2002). From Impartial Objectivity to Responsible Affectivity: Some Ethical implications of the 9/11 Attacks on America and the War on Terror. Australian Journal of Communication, 29(3), 17-30.
  • Maras, S. (2002). Re-Defining the Politique: Screenwriting, Auteur theory, and the Separation of Conception and Execution. Interdisciplinary Humanities, 19(1/2), 65-74.
  • Maras, S. (2002). The Medium as Platform: An Emerging Sense of Medium. NMEDIAC: The journal of New Media and Culture, 1(2).

2001

  • Maras, S., Sutton, D., Benjamin, M. (2001). Multimedia Communication: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Information Technology, Education and Society, 2(1), 25-49.
  • Maras, S. (2001). Paul Patton, Deleuze and the Political. Southern Review: communication, politics and culture, 34(1), 125-128.

2000

  • Maras, S. (2000). Beyond the Transmission Model: Shannon, Weaver, and the Critique of Sender/Message/Receiver. Australian Journal of Communication, 27(3), 123-142.
  • Maras, S., Sutton, D. (2000). Medium Specificity Re-visited. Convergence: the international journal of research into new media technologies, 6(2), 98-113.
  • Maras, S. (2000). One or Many Media? M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 3(6).
  • Maras, S. (2000). The Rhetoric of Interactivity. Australian Screen Education, 23, 36-44.
  • Maras, S. (2000). Thinking with the Medium: An Approach to Skilling. The UTS Review, 6(2), 141-166.
  • Maras, S. (2000). Translating Michele Le Doeuff's Analytics. In Max Deutscher (Eds.), Michele Le Doeuff: Operative Philosophy and Imaginary Practice, (pp. 83-104). Amherst, NY: Humanity Books.

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