Western Sydney University CHE node

    • Tanya Notley | WSU CHE Node Member

      Tanya Notley | WSU CHE Node Member


      Tanya Notley is a researcher and media practitioner focused on communication, technology and social change. Tanya collaborates with a number of media literacy, human rights and social justice organisations to design communication initiatives for social impact. Tanya is currently working on a project with the Museum of Australian Democracy and Google Australia that examines how young Australians experience news media. This project includes an examination of the affective and emotive dimensions of news. In 2015 Tanya co-developed an online emotion mapping platform, invisiblecity to allow citizens to map how they feel about their city. The platform offers a creative way to engage citizens in discussions about urban development. This platform is now available as an Apple and Android App and it can be customised for a range of different social purposes. See http://invisiblecity.org.au/ for more information.

    • Anne Rutherford | WSU CHE Node Member

      Anne Rutherford | WSU CHE Node Member


      Anne Rutherford is an Associate Professor in Cinema Studies at Western Sydney University, who has written extensively on the centrality of affect, embodiment and the senses in cinema spectatorship. She is the author of ‘What Makes a Film Tick?’: Cinematic Affect, Materiality and Mimetic Innervation (Peter Lang, 2011) and numerous articles on cinematic affect and embodiment, cinematic materiality, mise en scène, film narrative and genre, film sound, intermediality, Indigenous cinema and documentary. Her work has argued that, if we want to understand how cinema takes up cultural or thematic issues, we must consider how film produces sensory-affective, aesthetic experience for the spectator. Her recent research research has extended these questions into an exploration of ‘animate thought’ and the intermeshing of cultural politics and aesthetics in Indigenous Australian cinema, and studies of how the dynamics of spectatorship are transforming as the moving image is increasingly exhibited in the gallery space and integrated into hybrid multimedia installations. Her writing on film attempts to draw the reader into both an understanding of these dynamics and an experience of them, through practices of writing, and her current research project focuses on how to integrate these insights into the new forms of videography criticism. She has also made several short films.

    • Emma Waterton | WSU CHE Node Member

      Emma Waterton | WSU CHE Node Member


      Emma Waterton is Associate Professor in the Geographies of Heritage at Western Sydney University. She was a Research Councils UK (RCUK) Academic Fellow at Keele University from 2006–2010 and a DECRA Fellow at WSU from 2012–2016. She has an established reputation in Australia and internationally as a leading heritage studies scholar who also has clear articulations with the field of human geography. Her reputation arises from three sustained contributions to the field: (1) conceptually-focused interventions that explore: (a) the idea of ‘heritage as discourse’ and (b) a re-theorisation of heritage in terms of emotion and affect; (2) engaging with innovative and experimental research methods; and (3) exploring the intersections between heritage and practices of social governance. These efforts are backed by extensive phases of fieldwork in the UK, Australia, Spain, the US and Nepal.

    • Megan Watkins | WSU CHE Node Member

      Megan Watkins | WSU CHE Node Member


      Megan Watkins is Professor in the School of Education and Research Fellow and Director of Higher Research Degrees in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Her research interests lie in the cultural analysis of education and the formation of human subjectivities. In particular, her work engages with issues of pedagogy, embodiment, discipline and affect and the interrelation of these to human agency. These interests mesh with her exploration of the impact of cultural diversity on education and the ways in which different cultural practices can engender divergent habits and dispositions to learning.