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Prof Deb Verhoeven

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Chair In Media And Communication

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Deb Verhoeven is Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University. Amongst her many accolades she was named Australia's Most innovative Academic in 2013.

From 2012-2014 she was Deputy Director of the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention (CMII). Until 2011 she held the role of Director of the AFI Research Collection at RMIT University. A writer, broadcaster, film critic and commentator, Verhoeven is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is Jane Campion published in 2009 by Routledge, a detailed case study of the commercial and cultural role of the auteur in the contemporary film industry. She is currently completing a manuscript on Serendipity in the Digital Humanities with Toby Burrows.

In 2008 Verhoeven was appointed inaugural Deputy Chair, National Film and Sound Archive (Aust.). In 2011 she was elected to the inaugural committee of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH). She serves on the Digital Futures Advisory Council for the government of Tasmania and is an Advisory Group member for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Find and Connect Web Resource.

Professor Verhoeven is one of Australia’s leading proponents of Digital Humanities research. Her work is internationally recognised and evident in her recent appointment as Chair of Digital Humanities 2015. Verhoeven’s research addresses the vast amounts of newly available ‘cultural data’ that has enabled unprecedented computational analysis in the humanities. In addition to scholarly publications and media appearances, she has focused on the development of national online research resources such as the Humanities Networked Infrastructure Project (HuNI); the Cinema and Audiences Research Project (CAARP) database; and The Ultimate Gig Guide (TUGG) an online archive of live music information. In 2010 this work was recognized with the Australian Teachers of Media Best Tertiary Education Resource Award for bonza: an online film and TV research resource. Verhoeven is a founding executive member of the Australasian Association of the Digital Humanities (aaDH) and the Tasmanian Government’s Digital Futures Advisory Council. She is currently the International Chair of Digital Humanities programming committe (ADHO).

She is the Director of the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) project, a national linked data initiative designed to unite and unlock Australia's cultural datasets. The project is funded by NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) and involves 13 universities and collecting instiutions.

In 2013 Professor Verhoeven initiated the Research My World collaboration between Deakin University and the crowdfunding platform pozible.com to pilot the micro-financing of university research.

A former CEO of the Australian Film Institute, Professor Verhoeven is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI), an Honorary Life Member of Women in Film and Television (WIFT), an executive member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG), and a founding member of the Screen Economics Research Group (SERG). As a film critic Verhoeven is a regular critical contributor to various programs on ABC Radio National and appeared fortnightly on the high rating Jon Faine program on ABC Local Radio for 7 years. She was film critic for The Melbourne Times for 6 years and ran film programs on various public radio stations around Melbourne for many years prior to this.

Deb Verhoeven has an active role in film publishing. Until 2012 she was Chair of the widely read film journal Senses of Cinema and was Editor for the journal Studies in Australasian Cinema (Intellect) in 2009/10.

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Research interests

Cinema Studies (particularly the exhibition and distribution of films); Media Geographies; Digital Humanities; Australian Cinema; Film Industries; Geovisualization; Digital Archives

Professional activities

Statutory Board Appointment

Inaugural Deputy Chair, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) (2008-2011)
Appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts. Specific responsibilities include: Audit Committee; Stakeholders and Research Committee; Legal Deposit Working Group (Chair)

Life

Honorary Life Member, Women in Film & Television (WIFT) (2004)

Executive

Inaugural Committee, Australasian Association of the Digital Humanities (aaDH) (2011-present)

Founding Executive Member, Research Fellow, Screen Economics Research Group (SERG) (2006-present)

Founding Executive Member, Archive Forum (2002-present)

Founding Executive Member, Open Spectrum Australia (2005-2008)

Elected, Board of Directors, Australian Film Institute (1998-2002)

Founding Executive Member, WIFT (Australia) (1990-93)

Executive member, WIFT (Victoria) (1988-93)

Appointments

Digital Futures Advisory Council Member, Department of Economic Development Tourism and the Arts, Tasmania

Advisory Group Member, Find and Connect Web Resource (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)

Editorial Board (2006-present), and Executive Editor (2009-2010), Studies in Australasian Cinema (UK)

Board of Management (2002-2012), and President (2009 to 2012), Senses of Cinema

Awards

Australia's Top 5 Innovative Academic, Campus Review (2013)

Winner, ATOM Awards (Best Tertiary Education Resource) Bonza: an online film and TV research resource (2010)


Finalist, Victorian Community History Awards for Parlato in Italiano (2010)


Honorary Creative Fellowship, State Library of Victoria (2009-2010)

Projects

2012-2014

NeCTAR Virtual Laboratory Grant
Humanities Networked Infrastructure Virtual Laboratory (HuNI). With13 institutional partners. $2.1m. Administering organization: Deakin University.

ARC Discovery Grant
Only at the movies: mapping the contemporary Australian cinema market. With Prof Richard Maltby, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Dr Kate Bowles, Dr Bronwyn Coate. Administering Organisation: Deakin University

Research My World: crowdfunding Australian research. A partnership with pozible.com

Publications

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2016

As luck would have it: serendipity and solace in digital research infrastructure

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 7-28, Feminist media histories, Berkeley, Calif., C1

journal

Crowdfunding academic researchers – the importance of academic social media profiles

A/Prof Stuart Palmer, Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2016), pp. 291-299, ECSM 2016: Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Social Media, Sonning Common, Eng., E1

conference
2015

Australian films at large: expanding the evidence about Australian cinema performance

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Alwyn Davidson, Dr Bronwyn Coate

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 7-20, Studies in Australasian Cinema, London, Eng., C1

journal

Because it takes a village to fund the answers: Crowdfunding University Research

Prof Deb Verhoeven, A/Prof Stuart Palmer

(2015), pp. 133-156, Crowdfunding the Future - Media Industries, Ethics, and Digital Society, New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, B1

chapter

'Second city syndrome': media reportage of urban rankings

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Brian Morris

(2015), pp. 177-192, La médiatisation de l¿évaluation/Evaluation in the Media, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Petal diagrams: a new technique for mapping historical change in the film industry

Dr Alwyn Davidson, Prof Deb Verhoeven, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 142-163, International journal of humanities and arts computing, Edinburgh, Scotland, C1

journal

Aggregating cultural heritage data for research use: The humanities networked infrastructure (HuNI)

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Toby Burrows

(2015), pp. 417-423, MSSR 2015 : Proceedings of the Metdata and Semantics Research 2015 Conference, Basel, Switzerland, E1

conference

Counting the cost: the impact of cinema ticket prices in Australia

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Bronwyn Coate

(2015), pp. 118-123, Metro, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2014

Collaboration success in the dataverse: libraries as digital humanities research partners

Ms Sue Owen, Prof Deb Verhoeven, Ms Anne Horn, Ms Sabina Robertson

(2014), pp. 1-9, IATUL 2014 : Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Conference, Düsseldorf, Germany, E1

conference

Exhibiting the exhibitors : spatial visualization for heterogeneous cinema venue data

A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Alwyn Davidson

(2014), Vol. 51, pp. 301-312, The cartographic journal, London, UK, C1

journal

Turning Gigabytes into Gigs: “Songification” and Live Music Data

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Alwyn Davidson, Alex Gionfriddo, James Verhoeven, Dr Peter Gravestock

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 151-163, Academic quarter, Aalborg, Denmark, C1

journal

The Australian screen producer in transition

Mark David Ryan, Ben Goldsmith, Prof Stuart Cunningham, Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2014), pp. 125-142, Beyond the bottom-line : The producer in film and television studies, New York, B1

chapter

Doing the sheep good : facilitating engagement in digital humanities and creative arts research

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2014), pp. 206-220, Advancing digital humanities: research, methods, theories, Basingstoke, Eng., B1

chapter

The collaborative economy: a disruptive innovation or much ado about nothing?

Michel Avital, Magnus Andersson, Jeffrey Nickerson, Arun Sundararajan, Marshall Van Alstyne, Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2014), pp. 1-7, Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems; ICIS 2014, Atlanta, GA, E1

conference

Linking and sharing data in the humanities and creative arts: building the HuNI Virtual Laboratory

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Toby Burrows

(2014), pp. 1-11, VALA 2010 : connections.content.conversations : conference programme and handbook, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference

HuNI: Helping humanities researchers get lucky

Prof Deb Verhoeven, V de Costa, Javed de Costa

(2014), Melbourne, Vic., J2-1

works

Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) research platform

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2014), Melbourne, Vic., J1-1

works
2013

What is a cinema? Death, closure and the database

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2013), pp. 33-51, Watching films : new perspectives on movie-going, exhibition and reception, Bristol, England, B1

chapter

Γεννημένος Δύο Φορές: η Dionysos Films και η Δημιουργία ενός Ελληνικού Κινηματογραφικού Κυκλώματος στην Αυστραλία

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2013), pp. 1-35, Film icon: journal of Greek film studies, Athens, Greece, C1

journal

Mapping the ill disciplined? Spatial analyses and historical change in the post-war film industry

Prof Deb Verhoeven, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith

(2013), pp. 106-129, Locating the moving image: new approaches to film and place, Bloomington, Ind., B1

chapter
2012

New cinema history and the computational turn

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2012), pp. -, WCCA 2012 : ¿Beyond Art, Beyond Humanities, Beyond Technology : A New Creativity¿, World Congress of Communication and the Arts Conference Proceedings, Guimarães, Portugal, E1

conference

Second city syndrome : media reportage of urban rankings

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Brian Morris

(2012), pp. -, Proceedings of the 2012 Evaluation in the Media conference, Paris, France, E1

conference
2011

A method for the visual representation of historic multivariate point data

Dr Alwyn Davidson, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2011), pp. 163-178, Advances in cartography and GIScience, volume 2 : selection from ICC 2011, Berlin, Germany, B1-1

chapter

Film distribution in the diaspora : temporality, community and national cinema

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2011), pp. 243-260, Explorations in new cinema history : approaches and case studies, Hoboken, N. J., B1-1

chapter

Visual methods for showing cinema circuits at varying temporal and spatial scales

A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2011), pp. 1-15, Proceedings of the 2011 Geospatial Science Research_1 Symposium, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2010

Above the bottom line : understanding Australian screen content producers

Allan Cameron, Prof Deb Verhoeven, David Court

(2010), Vol. 136, pp. 90-102, Media International Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1

journal

Coming soon (to a theatre near you) : the temporality of global film distribution to Australia

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2010), Vol. 136, pp. 146-161, Media International Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1

journal

Film, video, dvd and online delivery

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2010), pp. 133-154, The media & communications in Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter

It was an experience that totally blew up in my face : Steve Railsback and Turkey shoot

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 73-79, Studies in Australasian cinema, Bristol, England, C1-1

journal
2009

Jane Campion

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2009), New York, N. Y., A1-1

book

She would say that, he's from Melbourne : fun and games with Dame Edna and Barry Humphries

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Brian Morris

(2009), Vol. 33, pp. 317-333, Journal of Australian Studies, St. Lucia, Qld., C1-1

journal

Mapping the movies: reflections on the use of geospatial technologies for historical cinema audience research

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Kate Bowles, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith

(2009), pp. 69-81, Digital tools in media studies : analysis and research : an overview, Bielefeld, Germany, B1-1

chapter

Patrick White's the night the prowler

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2009), Vol. 163, pp. 74-87, Metro, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

Australian screen adaptations in the AFI Research Collection

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Alex Gionfriddo

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 325-343, Studies in Australasian cinema, Bristol, England, C1-1

journal
2007

More than Ballyhoo? : The importance of understanding film consumption in Australia

Dr Kate Bowles, Prof Richard Maltby, Prof Deb Verhoeven, Mike Walsh

(2007), Vol. 152, pp. 96-101, Metro, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

Twice born : Dionysos films and the establishment of Greek film circuit in Australia

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2007), Vol. 1, pp. 96-152, Studies in Australasian cinema, Bristol, England, C1-1

journal
2006

Sheep and the Australian cinema

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2006), Carlton, Vic., A1-1

book

Film and video

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2006), pp. 154-174, The media and communications in Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter
2004

Performing urban rivalry : the cultural politics of first and second cities

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Brian Morris

(2004), pp. 27-35, The passionate city : an international symposium, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2002

Film and video

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2002), pp. 154-174, The media & communications in Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter
2000

Australia : telling stories of the Australian cinema

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(2000), pp. 216-242, Film in South East Asia : views from the region : essays on film in ten South East Asian countries, Hanoi, Vietnam, B1-1

chapter
1999

A scenography of love

T. Minh-ha Trinh, Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1999), pp. 3-16, Cinema interval, New York, N.Y., B1-1

chapter

When familiarity breeds

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1999), pp. 51-68, Twin peeks : Australian and New Zealand feature films, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter
1997

The sexual terrain of the Australian feature film : Putting the Out:back into the ocker

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1997), pp. 25-32, Bent lens : a world guide to gay & lesbian film, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Unphotogenus : daggy snaps

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1997), pp. 68-70, A small history of photography, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter
1996

Fragments : French sheep and early melodrama

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1996), pp. 93-104, A century of cinema : Australian and French connections, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter
1995

The film I would like to make : in search of a cinema (1927-1970)

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1995), pp. 130-153, A century of Australian cinema, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Sheep's clothing : a dress in some Australian films

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1995), pp. 151-158, Screening the past : aspects of early Australian film : selected papers from the sixth Australian History and Film Conference and other sources, Canberra, A.C.T., B1-1

chapter
1994

Title 1

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1994), pp. 119-123, Boys and balls, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter
1993

Great moments in mutual mastication

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1993), pp. 272-280, Cultural studies : pluralism and theory, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Biting the hand that breeds : the trials of Tracey Wigginton

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1993), pp. 95-126, Moving targets : women, murder and representation, London, England, B1-1

chapter
1992

Anti-hero positive

Prof Deb Verhoeven

(1992), pp. 8-13, Metro, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal