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Dr Victoria Duckett

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Screen and Design

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Dr. Victoria Duckett is Senior Lecturer in Screen and Design in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.

Victoria's areas of expertise are in film and digital archives, screen performance, and women in screen industries.

Within the SCCA, Victoria is a member of The Deakin Motion Lab, Global Digital Publics, Gender and Sexuality Studies Network, and Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network. 

Author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and professional publications, she has co-ordinated and convened international and national conferences, curated programs for major film festivals, and curated nationally significant art exhibitions. Her most recent book, Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2016. She is currently working on a monograph for the University of California Press entitled Media matriarchs: the French stage celebrity and the development of transnational film.

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Biography summary

Victoria works closely with international film festivals to restore, program, and promote public history. Most recently she has worked with Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (2019-2020) in collaboraiton with Prof. Richard Abel (U.Michigan), the EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam) and the Cinémathèque Française (Paris) on a program of films featuring the queen of the Paris musichalls, Mistinguett.. 

Career highlights

Career highlights since joining Deakin in 2014:

Service: 

2019: Acting Associate Head of School, Partnerships & International

2016-2018: Director, Entertainment Production

Awards:

2018: International Visiting Researcher Stipend (The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter), International scholar in residence, Cini foundation (Venice), Visitng Professor, Universita Cattolica, Milan.

2017: Visiting Professor, University of Pavia, Italy; Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin; Invited presentation, Columbia University Film and Media Studies Colloquium.

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

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

2015: Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy.

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

Research interests

  • Film
  • Gesture and performance,
  • Women and screen industry
  • Digital archives

Affiliations

Professional Memberships

AIRSC (Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di Storia del Cinema) (since 2015),
American Society of Theatre Research (since 2016)EADH: European Association for the Digital Humanities), Melbourne Screen Studies (since 2017), Society for Cinema and Media Studies (since 1992), Women and Film History International (since 2007)

Teaching interests

  • film
  • transmedia and performance
  • innovative pedagogy.

Knowledge areas

  • Film 
  • Public History and digital archives
  • Screen performance 

Expertise

I am a scholar who research and teaching stands at the nexus of screen studies, public history, theatre studies and the digital humanities. I am head of a team developing an online Omeka archive that seeks to give visibility to overlooked aspects of culture and society.
  • Film
  • Film/cinema

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
French Studies
Global Digital Humanities Conference Referee
Immagine (Journal of the Italian Association for Research in Film History)
Media Industries Journal
Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
Palgrave MacMillan (Victorian Studies)
Popular Entertainment Studies
Routledge, Gender Studies series
Senses of Cinema
Screening the Past

Media appearances

The Conversation, May 18, 2020, "International film archives are streaming up a storm during lockdown. Australia’s movie trove isn’t even online": https://theconversation.com/profiles/victoria-duckett-921158/articles

ABC Radio Adelaide: Jules Schiller, May 22, Drive. On film archives in the COVID-19 period.

2ser, Drive, May 18, 'Why you'll have trouble watching Aussie Archival Film',  https://2ser.com/australian-historical-films-where-are-they-and-why-cant-we-watch-them/

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.

Research groups

Deakin University:

  • Member, School of Communication and Creative Arts Executive Research Committee, 2016-
  • Member, Global digital publics
  • Member, Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network
  • Member Deakin Motion Lab
  • Participant, Persona, Celebrity, 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

2019:

Deakin University Community Bank, $6000 for Geelong Arts Centre,  REFLEX: The Future of our Creative Community

Greater Geelong City Council, Creative Communities (Arts) Grant, Geelong Arts Centre,  REFLEX

2018: International Visiting Researcher Stipend, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter, UK.

Invited international Scholar in Residence, Cini Foundation, San Giorgio, Venice 

Visiting Professor, Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage, Univeristy of Pavia, Italy.

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 Award

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

Projects

Current:

Media matriarchs: the French stage celebrity and the development of transnational 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 public history. 

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. In additional to an international conference and publicaitons, this project has developed an online Omeka digital archive.

In development:

Oral History Project: The Colonial Hong Kong Archive

Publications

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2020

The lecturer's legacy: In memory of Professor Peter Wollen

Victoria Duckett

(2020), Senses of Cinema, C1

journal article
2019

Performing art nouveau: Sarah Bernhardt and the development of industrial modernism

Victoria Duckett

(2019), Vol. 4, Modernism/modernity, Baltimore, Md., C1

journal article

Sarah Bernhardt's career as a movie star

Victoria Duckett

(2019), pp. 1-5, Screen Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The demimondaine as transmedia celebrity: remembering La Belle Ote?ro

Victoria Duckett

(2019), Vol. 7, pp. 115-127, Dianying yanjiu (film studies), China, C1

journal article
2018

Ingrid Bergman in Stromboli

V Duckett

(2018), Vol. 2, pp. 1-14, Close-up : Great cinematic performances Volume 2 : International, Edinburgh, Sco., B1

book chapter

Cinematizing Theatre: Sarah Bernhardt, Gabrielle Rejane, and the Early French Double Feature Film

Victoria Duckett

(2018), Vol. 58, pp. 23-40, L'Esprit createur, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

The actress-manager and the movies: resolving the double life of Sarah Bernhardt

V Duckett

(2018), Vol. 45, pp. 27-55, Nineteenth century theatre and film, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Localizing Sarah Bernhardt: exploring celebrity reception in the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum by Dr Victoria Duckett

Victoria Duckett

(2018), Exeter, Eng., A6

research report/technical paper

When fame precedes them: cinema and 'the most beautiful women in the world'

V Duckett

(2018), pp. 1-23, Histories, her-stories and methods : Proceedings of the 2017 International Film Conference - Women and Silent Screen International Conference IX, Shanghai, China, E1

conference

Guglielmo Giannini: a digital archive of theatre, film, entertainment and political activism

V Duckett

(2018), [Buwood, Vic.], J2

works
2016

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

book chapter

Celebrating transgressive celebrity: Sarah Bernhardt

V Duckett

(2016), pp. 1-6, Dangerous Women Project, Edinburgh, Scot., B1

book chapter

Sarah Bernhardt

V Duckett

(2016), Vol. 1.5.2.05 Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, pp. 1-1, Literary encyclopedia, [London, Eng.], B1

book chapter

Editors' introduction: archives and archivists

V Duckett, J Matthews

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

journal article

An introduction to the interviews

V Duckett

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

journal article
2015

Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film

V Duckett

(2015), Champaign, Ill., A1

book

The silent screen (1895-1928)

V Duckett

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

book chapter

Introduction: Women and the silent screen

V Duckett, S Potter

(2015), pp. 1-7, Screening the past, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article
2014

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

V Duckett

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

journal article

Letting Lolita laugh

V Duckett

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

journal article
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

book chapter

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

V Duckett

(2013), pp. 2-12, Researching women in silent cinema: new findings and perspectives, Bologna, Italy, B1-1

book chapter
2012

A dinner party: setting the table

C Phillips, V Duckett

(2012), Melbourne, Victoria, J1-1

works
2011

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

book chapter

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

V Duckett

(2011), pp. 161-182, Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Mlis's Trip to the Moon, B1-1

book chapter

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 article

Women and the silent screen VI

V Duckett

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

journal article

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 article
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

book 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

book chapter
2009

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

V Duckett

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

journal article
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 article
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

book 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

book 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 article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2019

Vejune Zemaityte

Thesis entitled: Global cinema distribution: a large-scale data-driven study of film screenings

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts