Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia
About the project
This project documents the evolving history of popular television and its contribution to national discussions about migration, cultural diversity and citizenship across six decades.
Through analysis of selected television programs that depict the contemporary nation, the study historicises the intersections between popular television and its representations and reflections of Australia’s cultural diversity and public and urban spaces.
The cross-disciplinary approach combines the critical examination of production processes and program content with the personal perspectives of intergenerational migrant communities, youth and key industry figures.
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Australian Research Council Linkage Grant
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
University of Wollongong
Professor Kate Darian-Smith (University of Tasmania)
Professor Susan Turnbull (University of Wollongong)
Dr Sukhmani Khorana (University of Wollongong)
Dr Moya McFadzean (Museum Victoria)
Mr Michael Reason (Museum Victoria)
Ms Helen Simondson (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
Dr Kyle Harvey (University of Tasmania)
- Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull, eds, Remembering Television: Histories, Technologies, Memories (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).
- Kate Darian-Smith, “Expanding Horizons Australian television & Globalisation in the 1950s-70s” in Arimitsu & Suzuki, eds, Contemporary Australian Studies: Literature, History, Film and Media Studies in a Globalizing Age (Otowa-Shobo Tsurumi-Shoten, 2016).
- Bridget Griffen-Foley, ed., A Companion to the Australian Media (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014). Features contributions from Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull.
- Sukhmani Khorana, "From ‘De-wogged’ Migrants to ‘Rabble Rousers’: Mapping the Indian Diaspora in Australia," Journal of Intercultural Studies 35, no. 3 (2014): 250-264.
- Sue Turnbull and Stephanie Hanson, "Affect, Upset and the Self: Memories of Television in Australia," Media International Australia, no. 157 (2015): 144-152.
- Sukhmani Khorana interviewed on Radio Adelaide, 3 December 2018.
- "Sukhmani Khorana, "The problem with Apu: why we need better portrayals of people of colour on television", The Conversation, 29 November 2018
- Sukhmani Khorana featured in University of Wollongong Impact Makers magazine, October 2018
- ACMI Conversations, "Casting Australian TV", hosted by Sue Turnbull, 25 September 2018
- Sukhmani Khorana, "On being an ‘ethnic killjoy’ in the Asian Century," The Conversation, 20 November 2013
- Sue Turnbull interviewed on ABC Radio National's The List, 18 November 2012