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Karen Hall

Karen Hall

BCA Coordinator
Inveresk Site Coordinator
School of Creative Arts

Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4413 (phone)

Dr Karen Hall is a lecturer in Art Theory at the School of Creative Arts at the Inveresk campus, Inveresk Site Coordinator and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts.


Karen completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia, before moving to Tasmania. She has been in her current role since 2011.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDDiscovering the Lost Race Story: Writing Science Fiction, Writing TemporalityUniversity of Western AustraliaAustralia2008
BA (Hons) University of Western AustraliaAustralia2002


Professional practice

  • Cultural Studies Association of Australia 
  • Art Association of Australia and New Zealand


Contemporary art, critical theory, visual art, performance memory, medievalism, heritage, site-specific

Teaching expertise

  • Experience in interdisciplinary teaching
  • Experience in online teaching

Teaching responsibility

Research Invitations

Karen has collaborated with Tasmanian arts organisations and institutions, and worked with academics at other universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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  • contemporary art
  • site-specific art
  • medievalism
  • memory and heritage

Research Themes

Karen's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research explores how the past is reimagined in the present across a range of creative disciplines: from medievalism in Victorian photography and contemporary film and television to Tasmanian convict and colonial heritage in ephemeral and site-specific contemporary art.


Whitfeld Fellowship, a six-month part-time postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Australia, 2008

Current projects

Kerry Lodge Convict Site art project

  • This art project brings together local contemporary artists with the archaeological dig to respond to the specific histories of a  convict site and explore the possibilities of envisioning connections to the past through ephemeral and performative work and documentation.

Fields of Research

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Art Theory (190103)
  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts (190401)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (961202)
  • Music (950101)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • Pedagogy (930201)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2014Hall K, Finlayson M, 'Unfinished Business: craft and revivification', Craft and Design Enquiry, (6) pp. 61-73. ISSN 1837-445X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Finlayson M


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2014Hall K, 'Encounter, Fragment, Reuse', International Medievalism and Popular Culture, Cambria Press, Louise D'Arcens & Andrew Lynch (ed), Amherst, NY, pp. 107-124. ISBN 9781604978643 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
2017Fountain W, Hall K, Wise K, Tregloan K, 'Curricula of value - in place and in service', ACUADS Conference Program, 28-29 September 2017, Canberra, ACT, pp. 1-12. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Fountain W; Wise K


2014Hall KP, 'Starting In Place: a preliminary investigation of first year curriculum design in response to critical regionalism', Proceedings of the Teaching Matters 2014 Conference, 2-3 December 2014, Newnham Campus, University of Tasmania, pp. 30-36. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2015Hall KP, 'earthspoke', Sawtooth ARI (2015) [Curated Exhibition]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Cultural landscapes: communicating ecological restoration (2017)$2,090
This project will build on a program of ecological restoration plantings in Ross, a community in Midlands, Tasmania. It will test the impact of creative practice as a catalyst for engagement with restoration ecology initiatives through the conceptual development, production, and implementation of creative works, and evaluate the Ross pilot research through cycles of qualitative stakeholder feedback embedded in community engagement activities, and quantitative evaluation of the functionality of objects within the restoration plantings.
University of Tasmania ($2,090)
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hall KP; Sutczak PR; Bailey TG; Burgess S

Research Supervision

I supervise Masters and PhD students, usually with emphasis on the theoretical contexts and written components of the research project.






PhDConspicuous Craft2014
PhDIn Mint Condition: The adult desire to enshrine nostalgic childhood objects associated with the memory2015
PhDTranslation: Interpreting Embodiment: Locating the Sublime2015
MastersEastern Orthodox Icons: The significance of the background environments, both built and natural, and the abstraction thereof2017
MastersArt in the Anthropocene: Creative responses to a changing world2017
PhDInstruction and Divergence: Mapping systems of emerging methodology2017
MastersThe Bastard Performer: An exploration of the actor/performer experience in a postdramatic and posthuman intermedial contemporary theatre and performance ecology2018
PhDImaging and Imagining Environment, Place and Space2018


PhDOn the Path of Untricking Hermes: Adaptation of the design philosophy and methods of permaculture in community engaged art projects
Candidate: Tamas Oszvald
MastersSuper Media World: An archaeology of convergence and exchange between physical and digital spaces
Candidate: Jessica Florence Dorloff
MastersBetween the Lines: The Reading and Re-Imagination of Landscape as Text
Candidate: Patrick Raymond Sutczak