Unexpected angles from UK thinkers

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:48:00 +1000

Students and staff connected with the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention are in for a treat in the coming weeks, with the arrival of two progressive UK visiting professors.

The Thinkers in Residence are audience research and hobbit expert Professor Martin Barker, and architect and designer Professor Lorraine Farrelly.

Professor Martin Barker, Emeritus Professor at the Welsh Aberystwyth University, is an expert in audience research and Director of the World Hobbit project. Here from 1 June–31 August, Professor Barker is a leading figure internationally in the rapidly-developing field of audience research.

His books and articles embrace theatre, film, and comic-book audiences, and in 2003 he founded Participations, the only journal devoted to audience and reception studies.

Professor Barker directed the international project on the reception of The Lord of the Rings films and is currently leading the follow-up, 44-country (30-language) project on the films of The Hobbit. He has led six funded projects on audience research, and has served on UK and international bodies focusing on teaching and research quality in the Higher Education sector.

You are warmly invited to the following presentations given by Professor Barker:

Kint, Söze, Spacey; Who’s Acting Who?

Professor Barker conducted a research project to explore what part acting plays in audiences’ responses to films, and how prior knowledge of an actor plays into their perceptions and judgements, using 'The Usual Suspects' as experimental material. In this presentation, Professor Barker explains the background to the research, its methods, and some of its key findings.

  • Thursday 12 June 2014
  • 1.00pm to 2.30pm
  • Richard Searby Room (HD2.006)
  • Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

Presented by CMII and the Persona, Celebrity, Publics Research Group

Workshop: Building your Research Team

Professor Barker has led large-scale international and interdisciplinary research projects on film audiences, including international research on audience responses to 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films. In this workshop, he will describe the highs and lows of these experiences and discuss strategies for building, participating in, and making the most of research teams.

  • Thursday 24 July 2014
  • 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • Blue Room (B2.20)
  • Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

RSVP to Katya Johanson (katya.johanson@deakin.edu.au) or Amy Nethery (amy.nethery@deakin.edu.au).

Professor Barker will also conduct workshops on additional topics selected by staff and students, and tutorials and discussion sessions for students with interests in cultural consumption research.

Scheduled to be at Deakin from 1 July - 13 August, Professor Lorraine Farrelly is Professor of Architecture and Design at The University of Portsmouth UK. Her research interests include a multi-disciplinary approach to art, design, and architecture at various scales, through understanding ideas of design details, to urban concepts.

Professor Farrelly leads the Portsmouth Masters in Architecture Urban design studio, which has proposed and promoted new paradigms in mixed use and housing proposals for European sites in Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Venice, Rotterdam and London.

Professor Farrelly’s own projects range from the design of bars, restaurants and retail, through to individual house design, school design and public spaces, and her books include "The Fundamentals of Architecture"; "Representational Techniques"; Construction and Materiality"; and "Drawing for Urban Design."

She is also part of the Portsmouth School of Architecture’s Project Office, which combines aspects of architectural practice, community engagement and associated research.


Professor Martin Barker and Professor Lorraine Farrelly.
Professor Martin Barker and Professor Lorraine Farrelly.
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  • The Director of the World Hobbit Project, Professor Martin Barker, and renowned UK architect Professor Lorraine Farrelly are coming to Deakin.
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