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Dr Victoria Duckett

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer In Screen and Design

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Dr. Victoria Duckett is the Director of Entertainment Production and Lecturer in Screen (Film and Media) in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.

Author of over 40 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and professional publications, she has co-ordinated and convened major national and international conferences, curated film programs for major film festivals, and curated nationally significant art exhibitions. Her most recent book,Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film, was published by the University of IllinoisPress in 2015 and in 2016 was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. She is currently working on a book about historical gesture and generational performance on screen.  

In 2016 Duckett was awarded a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin to develop this project. This project will be further devleoped with a Visiting Researcher Stipend awarded by the Bill Douglas Center (University of Exeter) for research to be conducted in December, 2017. Recent awards also include the Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy (2015) , a Visiting Fellowship to the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2014), an Ian Potter Foundation Grant, University of Melbourne (2013) as well as a University of Melbourne MacGeorge Fellowship (2013) and a Melbourne Social Equity Grant (2013).

In addition to the historical examination of performance, celebrity, and interdisciplinary media, Dr. Duckett's research focuses upon digital media archives. She recently co-editied an issue of Feminist Media Histories, entitled ‘Archives and Archivists’ (2016) where she interviewed six of the world's leading female archivists, programmers and curators of early film. In addition to her focus on film archives, she is also leading a project on Guglielmo Giannini. Giannini-an Italian journalist, playwright, scriptwriter, film director, and politician active in Italy between the 1920s and 1960-is a key figure in twentieth century European culture and politics. During the past 3 years in Milan, Italy, Dr Duckett has digitized family holdings. In 2017 Dr. Duckett and a team of international scholars inaugurated their research in 2017 with a seminar entitled "Guglielmo Giannini: A Digital Archive of Film, Theatre, TV and Political Activism" (Università Statale di Milano), forcoming as a mini-dossier in “Giallo all’italiana,”  Bianco & Nero, June 2017.  

From 2010–2015, Dr. Duckett served on the Women and Film History International Steering Committee, bringing the Women and Silent Screen conference to Melbourne in 2013.She is a member of the FAScinA (Studies of Cinema and Audiovisual Media, Edizioni ETS, Pisa) Book Series Board, is on the founding editorial board for Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal, and since 2010 has served on the editorial board of Journal of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film.

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Career highlights

Career highlughts since joining Deakin, 2014:

2017: Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities (supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment), University of Texas at Austin.

International Visiting Researcher Stipend, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter (December 2017).

Invited presentation, Columbia University Film and Media Studies Colloquium, Columbia University.

2016: Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film named a 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Invited keynote lectire, Society for Theatre Research, Swedenborg Hall, London.

Director of Entertiainment Production, Deakin University

2015: Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy.

2014: Visiting Fellowship, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra.

Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen. National conference co-convenor held at the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Dax Centre and the Australia Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe1100-1800).

Research interests

Early Film, New Media, Performing Arts, Digital Archives, Film and the other arts, intermediality, feminist historiography, transnational culture and celebrity, gesture.

Affiliations

Professional Memberships

AIRSC (Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di Storia del Cinema)
American Society of Theatre Research
Melbourne Screen Studies
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Women and Film History International

Teaching interests

Film, Performance, Historiography, Digital archives.

Knowledge areas

Performance, intermediality, film and the other arts, archives and archivists, early film, feminist historiography.

Expertise

I am a scholar whose is trained to research and teach interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. My work stands at the nexus of film studies, theatre studies, art history, gender studies, cultural studies, and the digital humanities. It is particularly focused on transnational cultures and questions of generational style and expression.

Conferences

A selection of recent presentations includes:

“Performing in pairs: Sarah Bernhardt and Gabrielle Réjane, c. 1911.”
Columbia University Film and Media Studies Colloquium, Columbia University, April 3, 2017.

“Guglielmo Giannini, un artigiano nel fabbrica del cinema”. La Fabbrica del giallo: Guglielmo Giannini, Università Statale di Milano, January 20, 2017.

“Screening Sarah Bernhardt: Reinterpreting Acting on Silent Film.”
Society for Theatre Research, Swedenborg Hall, London, January 19, 2016.

“A public precedent: Sarah Bernhardt, Gabrielle Réjane, and the early French double feature film”. Femmes Créa(c)tives: The Life and Work of Francophone Women in the Arts and Media, University of Exeter, June 13, 2016.

“Reinterpreting acting in Mothers of France (1917) online.” History, Cinema, Digital Archives Conference, Australian National University, 23 July, 2014

“Polyphony and performance: Integrating the theatre into cinema’s modernity.”
Humanities Research Seminar, Australian National University, 21 July, 2014.

“Medically Modern: Sarah Bernhardt, Queen Elizabeth, and the moving pictures.” Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen Conference, University of Melbourne and The Dax Center, 2014.

Professional activities

Feminisms, Medias, Histories Journal
University of California Press, Founding Editorial Board member, 2014–

Journal of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
University of Manchester press, Editorial Board, 2010–present

Women and Film History International Steering Committee, 2010 – 2015

External referee, Assessor of Creative Works and Other Non-Traditional Research Outputs for Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, 2012–2014.

International referee for the Italian National Agency ANVUR (National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes), 2011–present

Global Digital Humanities Program Committee Referee, 2014-2016

External Assessor, Research Foundation–Flanders (National Fund for Scientific Research: Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek– Vlaanderen, FWO), 2016.

ARTICLE/BOOK MANUSCRIPT REFEREE
Cinegrafie
Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
Feminist Media Histories
Immagine (Journal of the Italian Association for Research in Film History)
Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
Palgrave MacMillan (Victorian Studies)
Popular Entertainment Studies
Senses of Cinema
Screening the Past

Media appearances

For Seeing Sarah Bernhardt (book) 2016

Interview on “Film Buff’s Hour” with Paul Harris on national radio (3RRR, May 7, 2016), http://www.rrr.org.au/program/film-buff-s-forecast?an_page=2016-05-07.

For Women and Silent Screen VII, 2013

Interview. “On Screen”. 3CR with Melinda O’Connor. Sat. 21 September, 2013.

Interview. “Feminist Focus.” 3CR, Thursday 26 September, 2013.

For Setting the Table: A Dinner Party (201art exhibition, film program, seminars)

Interview. “Get Cereal.” Syn FM, 29 August, 2012.

Interview. “Spoke.” 3RRR, 5 September, 2012.

Megan Backhouse, “Festival of short and girlies to pique interest in feminism.” The Age, September 5, 2012.

Research groups

Deakin University:

Member, School of Communication and Creative Arts Executive Research Committee, 2016-

Participant, Persona, Celebrty, Publics research group.

Professional affiliations:

Women and Film History International

Chief Investigator: Guglielmo Giannini: film, theatre and political activism in twentieth century Italy

Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal, University of California Press, Founding Editorial Board member, 2014–

Journal of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
SAGE, Editorial Board, 2010–present

Awards

From 2013 onwards:

2017: International Visiting Researcher Stipend, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter, UK.
Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film named a 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

2016:  Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities (supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment), University of Texas at Austin.
Central Research Grant Scheme Award, Deakin Research, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.

2015: Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy.

2014: Visiting Fellowship, “History, Cinema, Digital Archives.” Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra. 

2013: Ian Potter Foundation Grant, University of Melbourne.
University of Melbourne MacGeorge Fellowship (to facilitate international scholar residencies).

Projects

Current:

A female peerage: The Nineteenth–century stage actress and silent film (monograph). This project explores a generation of celebrity actresses who overlapped with and performed in early twentieth century film but who have been ignored in histories of modernism and rarely, if ever, discussed in histories of film.

Guglielmo Giannini: film, theatre and political activism in twentieth century Italy (Chief Investigator). Guglielmo Giannini was an Italian journalist, playwright, scriptwriter, film director, and politician active in Italy between the 1920s and 1960. I have digitized and organized his archive (over 5000 pages of theatrical plays, film scripts, letters, and political manifestos). I have built a team of international scholars and together we are developing workshops, an international conference, a film program, as well as an edited book. Our first seminar was held at the Università Statale di Milano in January 2017 (“La fabbrica del giallo: Guglielmo Giannini tra cinema e teatro”[“The Thriller Factory: Guglielmo Giannini between cinema and theatre”]). Our first publication is a dossier in Bianco e Nero (June 2017).

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Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen. Conference co-convenor. University of Melbourne in partnership with the Dax Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe1100-1800), 2014.

Women and Silent Screen Conference (VII). Conference co-convenor, University of Melbourne, 2013. Academic  & Film programmer. Films sponsored by the National Film  and Sound Archive, Australia, and the New Zealand Film Archive. 

Screening Italy: Cinema and Change in Post-War Italian Film. Series of public lectures organized in collaboration with Co.As.It and the Museo Italiano. Convenor, 2013.

A Dinner Party: Setting the Table (exhibition, seminars, screenings). Co-curator and Academic programmer. West Space art gallery, Melbourne, 2012. Organized free public film programmes. Sponsored by the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Paul Cox: Miracle Maker. Conference co-convenor and film programmer. Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2009. Included: Asher Bilu, Paul Cox, Paul Grabowsky, Rodney Hall, Chris Haywood, David Wenham, Wendy Hughes. Event sposored by Film Victoria. Film programme sponsored by the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Performing Passions: Sarah Bernhardt and the Silent Screen. Film programmer. Introduction to public screenings. Bologna: Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, 2006.

Digital Madness. Curator and participant. With Vivian Sobchack and Fabiam Wagmister, School of Film & TV, UCLA, 1996.

Publications

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2016

Editors' introduction: archives and archivists

V Duckett, J Matthews

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 1-5, Feminist media histories, Oakland, Calif., C1

journal

An introduction to the interviews

V Duckett

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 87-92, Feminist media histories, Oakland, Calif., C1

journal

Her Majesty moves: Sarah Bernhardt, Queen Elizabeth and the development of motion pictures

V Duckett

(2016), pp. 111-131, British monarchy on screen, Manchester, Eng., B1

chapter
2015

The silent screen (1895-1928)

V Duckett

(2015), pp. 25-48, Acting, New Brunswick, N. J., B1

chapter

Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film

V Duckett

(2015), Champaign, Ill., A1

book

Introduction: Women and the silent screen

V Duckett, S Potter

(2015), pp. 1-1, Screening the past, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2014

Unwinding the film spool: Hugo, Méliès, and our return to early film

V Duckett

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 33-42, Studies in documentary film, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Letting Lolita laugh

V Duckett

(2014), Vol. 42, pp. 528-540, Literature-Film quarterly, Salisbury, U. S., C1-1

journal
2013

The "voix d'or" on silent film: the case of Sarah Bernhardt

V Duckett

(2013), pp. 318-333, Researching women in silent cinema: new findings and perspectives, Bologna, Italy, B1-1

chapter

Kaleidescope: women and cinematic change from the silent era to now

V Duckett

(2013), pp. 2-11, Researching women in silent cinema: new findings and perspectives, Bologna, Italy, B1-1

chapter
2012

A dinner party: setting the table

C Phillips, V Duckett

(2012), Melbourne, Victoria, J1-1

works
2011

La 'voix d'or' al cinema: l'eco di Sarah Bernhardt in Italia

V Duckett

(2011), Vol. 570, pp. 74-81, Bianco e Nero, Rome, Italy, C1-1

journal

Pictures and prizes: Le Grand Prix de Rome and Grand Prix

V Duckett

(2011), pp. 129-142, A little solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American film, New Brunswick, N.J., B1-1

chapter

The stars might be smiling : a feminist forage into a famous film

V Duckett

(2011), pp. 161-181, Fantastic voyages of the cinematic imagination : Georges Méliès's trip to the moon, Albany, N.Y., B1-1

chapter

Women and the silent screen VI

V Duckett

(2011), Vol. 50, pp. 102-105, Cinema journal, Austin, Texas, C1-1

journal

Who was Sarah Bernhardt? Negotiating fact and fiction

V Duckett

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 103-112, Journal of historical biography, [Abbotsford, British Columbia], C1-1

journal
2010

Investigating an interval: Sarah Bernhardt, Hamlet, and the Paris Exposition of 1900

V Duckett

(2010), pp. 193-212, Reclaiming the archive: feminism and film history, Detroit, Michigan, B1-1

chapter

The European actress, the Liberty style, and the diva on the silent screen

V Duckett

(2010), pp. 126-136, Not so silent : women in cinema before sound, Stockholm, Sweden, B1-1

chapter
2009

Reworking romanticism: Paul Cox's 'Man of flowers'

V Duckett

(2009), Senses of cinema, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
2007

Reflections on a feminist future: cooking cakes and baking biscuits in an early documentary film

V Duckett

(2007), Vol. 2, pp. 178-187, Comunicazioni sociali, Milan, Italy, C1-1

journal
2006

The moving pictures : Sarah Bernhardt and the theatrical film

V Duckett

(2006), pp. 314-326, Cinegrafie : the comic and the sublime, Bologna, Italy, B1-1

chapter
2000

Beyond the body: Orlan and the material morph

V Duckett

(2000), pp. 209-223, Metamorphing : visual transformation and the culture of quick-change, Minneapolis, Minn., B1-1

chapter
1998

Digitized dreamtime: the case of 'From Alice to Ocean'

V Duckett

(1998), Vol. 25, pp. 27-37, Iris: a journal of theory on image and sound, Des Moines, Iowa, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

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