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.
Image credit: National Archives and Records Administration.
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 (Western Sydney University)
Dr Moya McFadzean (Museum Victoria)
Mr Michael Reason (Museum Victoria)
Dr Susan Bye (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
Dr Kyle Harvey (University of Tasmania)
- Kyle Harvey and Sukhmani Khorana, eds, "Inclusion, exclusion and Australian television, past and present", special issue of Media International Australia, no. 174 (2020). Includes articles by Sukhmani Khorana, "Diverse Australians on television: from nostalgic whiteness to aspirational multiculturalism" (pp. 29-38), and by Kyle Harvey, "Casting, diversity and fluid identities in Australian television" (pp. 86-96).
- Kate Darian-Smith and Paula Hamilton, eds, Remembering Migration: Oral Histories and Heritage in Australia (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Chapters include Kate Darian-Smith and Kyle Harvey, "Memory, Migration and Television: National Stories of the Small Screen" (pp. 75-92); Moya McFadzean, "Purposeful Memory-Making: Personal Narratives of Migration at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum" (pp. 255-270); and Sukhmani Khorana, "Politicizing the Past: Memory in Australian Refugee Documentaries" (pp. 317-330).
- 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 (PDF)” 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 (PDF)," Media International Australia, no. 157 (2015): 144-152.
- Sue Turnbull, "The
Future(Past?) of Media Audience Research (PDF)", Participations 14, no. 2 (2017): 1-5.
- Sukhmani Khorana, "Labels can be useful for diversifying the arts," Eureka Street, 26 August 2019.
- Sue Turnbull interviewed on ABC Radio National's The Screen Show, 28 February 2019.
- 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
- Kyle Harvey, "Italian variety television shows, language, and community in Australia, 1967-1986", talk given at Disapore Italiane symposium, Melbourne, 6 April 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
- Sukhmani Khorana, "Ethnic diversity on Australian television", Kill Your Darlings, January 2012
- Sukhmani Khorana, "Finding My Culinary Home: Migration, Memory and Masterchef", Kill Your Darlings, October 2011