Staff profile - Victoria Duckett

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Dr Victoria Duckett

Position: Lecturer In Media Studies
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46961 +61 3 924 46961




University of California, Los Angeles

1995-1999 Ph.D. Critical Studies, School of Film, Theatre  & Television. 4.0 GPA. Thesis completed under the supervision of Carlo Ginzburg, Vivian Sobchack, Peter Wollen, Teshome Gabriel. 

1997-1999 Graduate exchange student. Centre d'Etudes Critiques. Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris III).

1993-1995  MA Critical Studies, School of Film, Theatre  & Television. 4.0 GPA.

University of Melbourne
1992  B.A. (First Class Hons.), Fine Arts, University of Melbourne. Honours Thesis completed under the supervision of Nick Browne, UCLA.


Professional Memberships

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Women and Film History International
American Society of Theatre Research

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 – present

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


Knowledge areas

Early film, performance, intermediality

Student supervision

Centre for Ideas, University of Melbourne, 2009- 2013:
Ian Dixon, PhD, John Cassavetes and the theatre of Michael Chekov, School of Film, supervised to completion 2010.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, 2003-2009:
Thesis supervisor, MA students, 150-250 pages. Supervisor for:
Marco Bellano, The score of the age: neo-baroque as a key for film music, 2006. 
Fabrizio Perrone, Il rapport fra cinema e teatro: l’opera di Ingmar Bergman, 2007.
Maria Alfano, Dal “prossimamente qui” al “precedentemente li”: prospettive e forme del trailer contemporaneo, 2006.
Breda Dibiasio, L’intreccio tra cinema, letteratura, e  teatro: la triologia di Harold Pinter e Joseph Losey, 2007.
Andrea Garnero, Il jazz come protagonist sofferto nel cinema, 2006.
Tommaso Lavizzari, L’influenza dell’Espressionismo nel cinema visionario di Tim Burton, 2006.

University of Manchester, 2000-2003
Timothy Hogbin, Ph. D, Viewing the Rushes: Representations of Drug Use in British Film, Department of Drama, supervised to completion.


Awards and prizes

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

Leonard Howard Fellowship, UCLA, 1995, 1997, 1998 & 1999

Full residential and non-residential tuition scholarship, UCLA, 1993-1999

Charles Boyer Award for Research in France. Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris III, classes also taken at The École pratique des hautes études), 1997-1999

George Eliot Centre for the Study of Women, Dissertation Award, UCLA, 1999

Film & TV candidate for UCLA’s Charles Luckman Distinguished Teacher Award of the Year Award, 1997

Jack K. Sauter Award for Critical Writing in Television, Honorable Mention, UCLA, 1996

Otis Ferguson Award for Critical Writing, UCLA, 1996

UCLA Regents Fellowship, 1995

Education Abroad Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 1992

Dean’s Honours Roll, College of Letters and Sciences, UCLA [4.0 GPA], 1992

University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts Stipend, 1992


Research projects

Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen. Conference co-convenor with Fincina Hopgood and Patricia di Risio. 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 with Jeanette Hoorn, University of Melbourne, 2013. Academic programmer. Film programmer. Films sponsored by the NFSA and the New Zealand Film Archive. Key note speakers: Richard Abel, Pam Cook, Mary Anne Doane, Shelley Stamp & Hilary Hallet.

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. Co-curator with Caroline Philips, West Space, Melbourne, 2012. Academic programmer of panels. Speakers included Stephanie Alexander, Catherine Deveny, Anne Marsh, & Virginia Fraser. Organized free public film programmes. Sponsored by the NFSA.

Paul Cox: Miracle Maker. Conference co-convenor with Elizabeth Presa and film programmer. VCA, 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 NFSA.

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.

Research interests

Silent Film, New Media, Performing Arts

Research grants

For the VIIth International Women and the Silent Screen Conference:

Victoria College of the Arts Dean’s Grant, 2013
Ian Potter Foundation Grant, 2013
University of Melbourne Macgeorge Fellowship for visiting Professor Shelley Stamp

For A Dinner Party: Setting the Table. Co-curator with Caroline Philips, West Space art gallery, Melbourne, 2012:

Melbourne Social Equity Grant, University of Melbourne

For Paul Cox: Miracle Maker conference, Victoria College of the Arts, Univeristy of Melbourne, 2009:

Film Victoria Grant

Research groups

A History of Cinema without Names. University of Udine. 2014-

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