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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 & Ed

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.

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. In 2019 and with Prof. Richard Abel (U.Michigan) she organised the Mistinguett program at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone. This will be developed in 2020, along with a program on the French actress, Réjane.

Victoria's 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 that explores the importance of the French nineteenth century stage actress to the development of global celebrity and media industries. 

Victoria is also Chief Investigator of the international project 'Guglielmo Giannini: theatre, film, entertainment and political activism'. 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. Victoria has built an online bilingual Omeka archive of over 10 000 pages of playscripts, cinematic treatments, political papers, and personal ephemera and is co-convenor of the forthcoming conference 'Guglielmo Giannini: Entertainment and Political Activism' (with the Università Statale, Milan) in March 2020. This project is undertaken with collaboration with the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, BNCF (one of the most important libraries in Europe) and the Centro Studi del Teatro Stabile in Turin (a leading archive of theatre). 

In 2018 Dr Duckett was awarded a Visiting Researcher Stipend by the Bill Douglas Center (University of Exeter). She was also awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Cremona and the Università Cattolica (2018) and resident scholar at the Cini Foundation (Venice).

In 2017 Dr. Duckett was granted a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, to develop her work on women and media industries.

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 media and film studies, Dr. Duckett's research focuses upon theatre and archives. She recently co-editied an issue of Nineteenth Centry and Film on the 'Actress-manager' (2018), and an issue of Feminist Media Histories entitled ‘Archives and Archivists’ (2016). Here she interviewed six of the world's leading female archivists, programmers and curators of early film.

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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Biography summary

Dr. Duckett is an award winning scholar whose work has been published in Chinese, French and Italian. With 27 years in the higher education context, and well-developed internal and external relationship building skills, she has a proven track record of working with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to initiate and drive organisational development and pedagogic innovations.

Dr Duckett has previously taught in

  • the University of Manchester (Department of Drama)
  • Università Cattolica (Milan, Department of Media and Performing Arts)
  • the University of Melbourne (VCA, Centre for Ideas).

Born in Hong Kong, she received her Ph D (1995-1999) and MA (1993-1995) on scholarship from the School of Film, Theatre and Television at UCLA. During this time, she was also the recipient of the Charles Boyer Award (Sorbonne, Paris III, 1997-1999). She completed her PhD with Carlo Ginzburg, Vivian Sobchack, Peter Wollen and Teshome Gabriel.

Career highlights

Career highlights since joining Deakin, 2014:

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, Dipartimento di Musicologia e di Beni Culturali, University of Pavia, Italy.

2017: Invited keynote, University of Otago, New Zealand.

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

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 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.

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

Screen Studies, Performance, Feminism, 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

Cinema & screen studies, transmedia and performance studies, transnational cinemas, intervisual culture, innovative pedagogy.

Knowledge areas

Digital Humanities, Media & Cinema Studies, Archival Studies, Feminist Studies, Performance Studies, 

Expertise

I am a scholar who research and teaching stands at the nexus of media studies, cinema studies, 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

Conferences

A selection of recent presentations includes:

"Screening the Stage: Actresses and acting in France fomr theatre to silent cinema." Department of Media, Film and Communication Research Seminar, University of Otago, NZ, Oct. 24, 2017.

“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
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

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-

Member, Global digital publics

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

From 2013 onwards:

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

2017:

(Dec.) 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 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:

Women and Emerging Media Industries (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 media.

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 develops an online Giannini (Omeka) archive.

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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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2019

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

Victoria Duckett

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

journal

Sarah Bernhardt's career as a movie star

Victoria Duckett

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

journal

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
2018

Ingrid Bergman in Stromboli

V Duckett

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

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

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

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

V Duckett

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

works

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
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

Celebrating transgressive celebrity: Sarah Bernhardt

V Duckett

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

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

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. 1-7, Screening the past, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
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

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. 2-12, 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. 161-182, Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Mlis's Trip to the Moon, 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

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