Prof Deb Verhoeven

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Position

Visitor

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

D Verhoeven

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

journal

Crowdfunding academic researchers - the importance of academic social media profiles

S Palmer, D Verhoeven

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

conference

Visualising data in digital cinema studies: more than just going through the motions?

D Verhoeven

(2016), pp. 92-104, Alphaville : journal of film and screen media, Cork, Ireland, C1

journal

Show me the history! Big data goes to the movies

D Verhoeven

(2016), pp. 165-183, The arclight guidebook to media history and the digital humanities, Sussex, Eng., B1

chapter

Using big cultural data to understand diversity and reciprocity in the global flow of contemporary cinema

B Coate, D Verhoeven, S Palmer, C Arrowsmith

(2016), pp. 141-151, Proceedings of the international symposium on the measurement of digital cultural products, Montreal, Canada, E1

conference
2015

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

D Verhoeven, A Davidson, B Coate

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

journal

'Second city syndrome': media reportage of urban rankings

D Verhoeven, B Morris

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

chapter

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

D Verhoeven, S Palmer

(2015), Vol. 98, pp. 133-156, Crowdfunding the Future - Media Industries, Ethics, and Digital Society, New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, B1

chapter

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

D Verhoeven, T Burrows

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

conference

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

A Davidson, D Verhoeven, C Arrowsmith

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

journal

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

D Verhoeven, B Coate

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

journal
2014

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

S Owen, D Verhoeven, A Horn, S Robertson

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

conference

Exhibiting the exhibitors : spatial visualization for heterogeneous cinema venue data

Colin Arrowsmith, Deb Verhoeven, Alwyn Davidson

(2014), Vol. 51, pp. 301-312, The Cartographic Journal, London, UK, C1

journal

HuNI: Helping humanities researchers get lucky

D Verhoeven, V de Costa, J de Costa

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

works

Turning Gigabytes into Gigs: "Songification" and Live Music Data

D Verhoeven, A Davidson, A Gionfriddo, J Verhoeven, P Gravestock

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

journal

The Australian Screen Producer in Transition

M Ryan, B Goldsmith, S Cunningham, D 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

D 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?

M Avital, M Andersson, J Nickerson, A Sundararajan, M Van Alstyne, D Verhoeven

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

conference

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

D Verhoeven, T Burrows

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

conference
2013

What is a cinema? Death, closure and the database

D Verhoeven

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

chapter

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

D Verhoeven, C Arrowsmith

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

chapter

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D Verhoeven

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

journal
2012

New cinema history and the computational turn

D Verhoeven

(2012), 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

D Verhoeven, B Morris

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

conference
2011

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

D Verhoeven

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

chapter

A method for the visual representation of historic multivariate point data

A Davidson, C Arrowsmith, D Verhoeven

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

chapter

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

C Arrowsmith, D Verhoeven

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

conference
2010

Film, video, dvd and online delivery

D 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

D Verhoeven

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

journal

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

D Verhoeven

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

journal

Above the bottom line : understanding Australian screen content producers

A Cameron, D Verhoeven, D Court

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

journal
2009

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

D Verhoeven, K Bowles, C Arrowsmith

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

chapter

Jane Campion

D Verhoeven

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

book

Patrick White's the night the prowler

D Verhoeven

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

journal

Australian screen adaptations in the AFI Research Collection

D Verhoeven, A Gionfriddo

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

journal

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

D Verhoeven, B Morris

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

journal
2007

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

D Verhoeven

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

journal

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

K Bowles, R Maltby, D Verhoeven, M Walsh

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

journal
2006

Film and video

D Verhoeven

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

chapter

Sheep and the Australian cinema

D Verhoeven

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

book
2004

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

D Verhoeven, B Morris

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

conference
2002

Film and video

D 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

D 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

When familiarity breeds

D Verhoeven

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

chapter

A scenography of love

T Trinh, D Verhoeven

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

chapter
1997

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

D Verhoeven

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

chapter

Unphotogenus : daggy snaps

D Verhoeven

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

chapter
1996

Fragments : French sheep and early melodrama

D 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)

D Verhoeven

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

chapter

Sheep's clothing : a dress in some Australian films

D 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

Deb Verhoeven : Melbourne film critic, academic, footy fan

D Verhoeven

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

chapter
1993

Great moments in mutual mastication

D 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

D Verhoeven

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

chapter
1992

Anti-hero positive

D Verhoeven

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

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Only at the Movies? Mapping the Contemporary Australian Cinema Market

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Prof Richard Maltby, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Dr Kate Bowles, Dr Bronwyn Coate

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $9,565
  • 2014: $73,715
  • 2013: $82,147
  • 2012: $58,443

Mapping the movies: the changing nature of Australia's cinema circuits and their audiences 1956-1984

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

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2011: $25,604

Improved Uptake of Key eResearch Services and Capabilities

Prof Deb Verhoeven

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure, Education Investment Fund

  • 2015: $120,000
  • 2014: $50,000

Other Funding Sources

Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI)

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Alexander Hawker

  • 2016: $2,516
  • 2014: $245,800
  • 2012: $663,522

Virtual Laboratory and Research Tools User Support Enhancement Project (VLRT) - Humanaties Network Infrastructure (HuNI) Project

Prof Deb Verhoeven

  • 2015: $30,714

HuNI: Graph-based search facility for networked humanities and creative arts data

Prof Deb Verhoeven, Dr Christopher McAvaney, Dr Toby Burrows

  • 2017: $59,906
  • 2016: $154,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Dean Brandum

Thesis entitled: The ¿Viability¿ of British Films at the US Box Office: 1963¿1972

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2015

Trent Evan Griffiths

Thesis entitled: Documentary tensions and the Filmmaker in the Frame

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor
2015

Allison Maplesden

Thesis entitled: Toxic Celebrity

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Kim Barbour

Thesis entitled: Finding the Edge: Online persona creation in fringe art-forms

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2014

Grady Clare Hancock

Thesis entitled: Re-visioning Australian social realism through a feminine lens

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts