Karen Hall

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Karen Hall

BCA Coordinator
Inveresk Site Coordinator
School of Creative Arts and Media

Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4413 (phone)

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


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

  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)
  • Art Theory (190103)
  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts (190401)
  • Education Systems (130199)
  • Sociology of Education (160809)
  • Learning Sciences (130309)
  • 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)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • Pedagogy (930201)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2019Hall K, Sutczak P, 'Boots on the ground: site-based regionality and creative practice in the Tasmanian Midlands', M/C Journal, 22, (3) Article 1537. ISSN 1441-2616 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Sutczak P


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



Ross Female Factory Mixed Reality Experience: Telling Female Convict Stories (2018)$13,118
The built environments within which the 12,500 female convicts transported to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) in the nineteenth century were incarcerated have largely been destroyed, often leaving nothing more than barely discernible traces of foundations. The purpose of the app will be to reinscribe the stories of the 832 Ross Female Factory women back into this barren locale. Our app will link richly-detailed archival records with place, acting as a prototype for a new digital approach to the interpretation of Tasmanian convict sites and convict history more generally. This project will situate Tasmania at the cutting edge of historical interpretation while simultaneously creating the necessary pedagogical tools to enable the wider public to engage with our local and regional aspects of the global story of forced penal migration, punishment, reproduction and settlement.
University of Tasmania ($13,118)
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Thomas AA; Zarmati LFC; Harman KE; Clarke RGH; Hall KP; Keating MJ
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.






PhDIn Mint Condition: The adult desire to enshrine nostalgic childhood objects associated with the memory2015
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
PhDInterdisciplinary Practices of Art-Science, in Particular the Field of BioArt/NewMedia and STEAM2018
PhDLife After her Legacy: An investigation into the handmade collection of Marjorie Bligh and how craft promotes a sense of purpose, belonging, and community connection2018
PhDEnhancing Creativity: A Phenomenological Investigation of the Actors Imagination in Rehearsal and Performance2019
PhDUnderstanding and Communicating Cultural Outcomes: a practical investigation into the measurement of cultura loutcomes to determine the social impact of the Ten Days on the Island Festival2019
MastersReflective Surfaces: a studio inquiry into the body as reflected within everyday materials2020
PhDDark Nation: Decolonising Australia's cultural memory2020


PhDProductive Limitation: Painting emergent, abstract languages through serial form
Candidate: Antonia Elizabeth Sellbach
PhDPorosity and Poiesis Across Fragile Membranes: Patterning fluid arrangements in human biology
Candidate: Susan Quinn
MastersAffect and the Anthropocene: The art artefact and ecological grief
Candidate: Catherine Faye Phillips
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