Karen Hall

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Karen Hall

Karen Hall

Co-ordinator of Theory, Inveresk

Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4413 (phone)

Dr Karen Hall is a lecturer in Theory at the Tasmanian College of the Arts at the Inveresk campus, and deputy coordinator of the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts.

Career summary


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


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

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.


Professional practice

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


contemporary art, critical theory, visual art, performanc,e 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.

View more on Dr Karen Hall in WARP


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


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.

Research Fields

  • Art Theory (190103)
  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts (190401)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)

Research Impact

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Music (950101)
  • 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 2200-6931 (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

(1 outputs)
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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Research Supervision

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




MastersBetween the Lines: The Reading and Re-Imagination of Landscape as Text2013
PhDAdaptation of the Design Philosophy and Methods of Permaculture in Community Art Projects2014
MastersSuper Media World: Exploring shifts in viewer/media engagement through investigation of human relationships within the current technology environment2014
PhDConspicuous Craft2014
PhDIn Mint Condition: The adult desire to enshrine nostalgic childhood objects associated with the memory2015
PhDTranslation: Interpreting Embodiment: Locating the Sublime2015