Kathleen Williams

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Kathleen Williams

Head of Discipline, Journalism, Media and Communications
Lecturer, Journalism, Media and Communications
School of Social Sciences

Room 209, The Media School, Salamanca, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 2903 (phone)

Dr Kathleen Williams is Head of Discipline of Journalism, Media and Communications. She researches the social uses of media technologies, digital and social media, and popular culture.


Before joining The University of Tasmania in 2014, Kathleen taught at the University of New South Wales in the postgraduate and undergraduate media programs.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe Recut Film Trailer as Networked Object: Anticipation and Nostalgia in the YouTube EraUniversity of New South WalesAustralia2014
BA (Hons) University of SydneyAustralia2008


Media and Communications; Cultural Studies; Digital and Social Media; Media Technologies; Audience Studies; Popular Music, Video, Television and Film; Screen Studies; Fandom; Branding and Public Relations; Promotional Cultures; Critical Media Theory

Teaching expertise

Kathleen currently teaches media and communications in the undergraduate and postgraduate JMC programs, specifically around screen cultures, digital technologies, popular culture, entertainment media and media studies. At the University of New South Wales she taught primarily in the areas of public relations and corporate communication.

Teaching responsibility

Courses Coordinated:

  • Bachelor of Media (13T)
  • Bachelor of Media (Honours) (F4G)
  • Graduate Certificate in Journalism, Media and Communications (R5I)
  • Graduate Diploma of Journalism, Media and Communications (R6I)
  • Masters of Journalism, Media and Communications (R7J)

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  • Media technologies
  • Digital and social media
  • Popular Culture
  • Cultural studies
  • Video, film and television
  • Technological nostalgia
  • Promotional Cultures
  • Online audiences and communities

Research Themes

Kathleen's research is concerned with the socio-cultural uses of media technologies, aligning to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research primarily looks at the unexpected or unintended uses of media technologies, with a particular focus on nostalgia and the negotiation of cinema into online spaces.

Kathleen is interested in how media histories and memory help us to understand emergent media; in particular, how the social uses of technology can dictate how older media is negotiated into online environments. By following how people co-opt technology from their intended uses, her research seeks to develop alternative narratives of the emergence and decline of media objects and practices.

Kathleen is currently researching the afterlives of defunct or dwindling media technologies in two areas. In the first, she maps the persistence of analogue media technologies as objects of art and as objects of waste. She is completing a study of community and governmental engagement waste management initiatives, in conjunction with charting the ways that defunct media are being used and discarded. This research also aligns with the University's research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Secondly, she is looking at the objects and practices of technological nostalgia through a focus on VHS and online communities.

Kathleen's PhD research was on recut film trailers (user-generated trailers created by splicing together footage from one or more sources). She argued that the recut film trailer is a networked object that draws upon spatial, temporal, textual and cultural connections. It looked at the intersection between the socio-cultural and technological histories of cinema, and how these histories are evoked in practices of consumption and production of film. It used a temporal framework of anticipation and nostalgia to understand how and why these objects have been popular since the launch of YouTube in 2005. More broadly, she also researches popular culture, promotional cultures, film and television, and digital and social media.

Fields of Research

  • Screen and Media Culture (200212)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)

Research Objectives

  • The Media (950204)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2016Williams K, 'The Wonder Years: nostalgia, memory and pastness in television credits', Alphaville, (12) pp. 59-77. ISSN 2009-4078 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2012Williams KA, 'Fake and fan film trailers as incarnations of audience anticipation and desire', Transformative Works and Cultures, 9 pp. 1-13. ISSN 1941-2258 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3983/twc.2012.0360. [eCite] [Details]


2009Williams KA, 'Never Coming to a Theatre Near You: Recut Film Trailers', M - C: A Journal of Media and Culture: (Media and Culture), 12, (2) ISSN 1441-2616 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
2018Williams K, 'Internet Killed the Video Store: Video Stores, Cultural Memory, Nostalgia and Fandom', Everybody Hurts: Transitions, Endings, and Resurrections in Fan Culture, University of Iowa Press, R Williams (ed), United States ISBN 9781609385637 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Williams K, 'Eulogies for the Video Store: Remembering the Practices and Objects of the Rental Era', Australian Screen in the 2000s, Palgrave Macmillan, MD Ryan and B Goldsmith (ed), Australia, pp. 321-340. ISBN 978-3-319-48298-9 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-48299-6_15 [eCite] [Details]


2016Williams K, 'Extended Attractions: Recut Trailers, Film Promotion and Audience Desire', Cycles, Sequels, Spinoffs, Remakes and Reboots: Multiplicities in Film and Television, University of Texas Press, AA Klien and RB Palmer (ed), United States of America, pp. 260-276. ISBN 9781477309001 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Williams KA, 'Recut Film Trailers, Nostalgia and the Teen Film', Fan CULTure: Essays on participatory fandom in the 21st century, McFarland, KM Barton, JM Lampley (ed), United States, pp. 47-60. ISBN 978-0-7864-7418-9 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Williams KA, 'The Movie Posters for The World Trade Center and United 93', September 11 and Popular Culture: A Guide, ABC-CLIO, Quay, S and Dimaco, A (ed), Santa-Barbara, California, pp. 271-273. (2010) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2010Williams KA, 'Re-reading the Trailer: The Production and Consumption of Recut' Trailers', Media, Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, 7-9 July, Canberra, pp. 1-7. ISBN 978-1-74088-319-1 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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(1 outputs)
2014Williams KA, 'The Recut Trailer as Networked Object: Anticipation and Nostalgia in the YouTube Era' (2014) [PhD]

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(1 outputs)
2014Crawford K, Williams KA, 'Social Media'', A Companion to the Australian Media, B. Griffen-Foley (ed), Australia, pp. 429-430 (2014) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2018Williams K, Nettlefold J, 'Can you tell fact from fiction in the news? Most students can't', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 10 September 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Nettlefold J


Research Supervision




PhDTransnational Environmental Campaigns: the Influence of Media and Communications on the Carmichael Coal Mine Proposal2016
PhDOut of the Digital Closet: Young Same-Sex Attracted Peoples Experience of Coming Out Online2016
PhDExploring the Significance of ICTs in Intimate Relationship Construction, Experience, and Dissolution2016
PhDAnalogue Memories: Identity and the Social life of Vinyl Records2017
PhDFraming the Future: Propositional journalism and the construction of leadership in New Tasmania2018
PhDSocial Media as a News Source: The Way Newspapers Use Social Media Texts to Report on Crisis Events2018