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Visiting Fellows from Sydney at the Research Centre Media History

Visiting Fellows from Sydney at the Research Centre Media History

From June 26th to June 29th, Dr. Jeannine Baker and Dr. Justine Lloyd from the Centre for Media History, Macquarie University in Sydney (Australia) are Visiting Fellows at the Research Centre Media History. The invitation to Hamburg is enabled by the MQ-FU-HAM Trilateral Strategic Partnership, a network program of the Universität Hamburg with Macquarie University (Australia) and Fudan University (China). Their stay is part of the research program ‘Transnational Media Histories’ established by Dr Hans-Ulrich Wagner (Hamburg) and Prof Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley (Sydney).

There will be two events to which colleagues and students are invited:

1. Synopsis of seminar by Jeannine Baker
London calling: Australian women broadcasters at the BBC, 1930s–1950s
Tuesday, 27 June, 4-6 pm, Universität Hamburg, Allende-Platz 2, Lecture hall
In this seminar Jeannine Baker will discuss her current research on Australian women who worked at the British Broadcasting Corporation from the 1930s to 1960s. Transnational mobility enabled Australian women’s careers and allowed to compete for success and financial reward without being seen to transgress their femininity.  While women broadcasters in Australia were largely confined to women’s programming, at the BBC women could carve out areas of expertise and achieve senior salaried positions in talks, features, science and other areas. Many female broadcasters spent time at the BBC for short-term working experience or training opportunities; others made a career in the BBC and never returned to Australia. Jeannine will discuss the careers of Australians Muriel Howlett, Mary Hill and Peggie Broadhead, who all reached senior positions in the BBC. She will consider the relationship between transnational mobility and national identity, as well as the working conditions and opportunities for career advancement applying to women broadcasters at the ABC and BBC. Jeannine will also discuss her research methodology and sources, and her broader research project on the history of women in Australian broadcasting.

Dr Jeannine Baker is Deputy Director of the Centre for Media History, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. Jeannine researches at the intersection of Australian media history and women’s history, and her current research project is a history of women in Australian broadcasting. She is the author of Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (2015), and the co-editor (with Michelle Arrow and Clare Monagle) of Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Australian Television (2016). Jeannine has published articles in History Australia, Labour History, Australian Historical Studies, and the Griffith Review, and with Justine Lloyd, co-edited a special issue of Media International Australia on the theme of ‘Gendered labour and media'. Jeannine previously worked in the media and museums sectors. She has produced several radio documentaries, including Holding a Tiger by the Tail: Jessie Litchfield (2015, ABC Radio National).

2. Film session – Introduction by Justine Lloyd
Dead Europe (Dir. Tony Krawitz, 2012)
Wednesday, 28 June, 6-8 pm, Universität Hamburg, Medienzentrum SLM, Von-Melle-Park 5

Based on an award-winning novel published in 2005 by Greek-Australian writer, Christos Tsiolkas, Dead Europe portrays the experience of a second-generation migrant returning to his parents’ homeland, and the ways that history and personal biography intersect in this process. Tsiolkas has been described as being “better than anyone else writing in Australia today at thinking about the affective pull and the sharp edges of communities: ethnicity, family, friendship, class, nation” (Lamond, Sydney Review of Books).
As in Tsiolkas’ book of the same name, the film’s narrative follows the journey across Europe of a young photographer, Isaac, on his first trip outside Australia. At the beginning of the film, Isaac’s father dies in mysterious circumstances. At first, Isaac simply wants to visit his family’s village in Greece and return his father’s ashes, but in the process of trying to find out more about his father’s life in Greece and his reasons for leaving, he also travels to Athens, Budapest and Paris.
The film had mixed reviews when it was released in Australia, and did not get a wide cinematic release. Critics described it as ‘unsettling’, ‘frustrating’ (ABC ‘At the Movies’) as well as ‘claustrophobic’ (SBS Movies) and ‘one of the most disturbing, and intelligent, Australian films for a long time’ (ABC ‘Movietime’). The film certainly creates a tense atmosphere as its main character explores the threads of deep trauma behind his family’s migration, which in turn starts to unravel his own sense of identity. In so doing, the story explores themes of sexuality and exploitation, as well as racism and the global refugee crisis. The film uses strong visual language to convey its central meanings, especially in the use of still photography throughout. By linking the intertwined processes of witnessing, remembering and photography, the filmmakers suggest that representation and memory are linked in very provocative ways. ‘One of the most disturbing, and intelligent, Australian films for a long time’ (ABC ‘Movietime’).
Dr. Justine Loyd's research is broadly concerned with the relationship between spatial and social change, particularly investigated through cultural histories of domesticity and urban space. She also published in the area of transnationalism and border theory. She worked as a producer and presenter in community radio after she first did a late-night radio show on 2NUR in 1990. From 2005 until 2010 she was a board member of the Newcastle-based media collective, the Octapod. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Space and Culture.

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