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Associate Professor of Art History and Theory, Monash University

Associate Professor Melissa Miles is an ARC Future Fellow (2014-17) based in the Art History and Theory Program at MADA. Her research centres largely on the history and theory of photography. It capitalizaes on the medium's presence in diverse fields to shed new light on important social and historical issues, including relationships between public and private realms, the role of photography in creating a sense of place, and photography's operation as a medium of cultural exchange between Australia and Japan. Along with photography, Melissa's research interests include feminist art practice, intercultural relations, and studies of witness and testimony in contemporary culture.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, Monash University

Education

  • 2010 
    Monash University, Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
  • 2006 
    Monash University, PhD

Publications

  • 2015
    The Language of Light and Dark: Light and Place in Australian Photography, Power
  • 2015
    Photography, Privacy and the Public, Law, Culture and the Humanities
  • 2015
    The Culture of Photography in Public Space, Intellect
  • 2014
    Through Japanese Eyes: Ichiro Kagiyama and Australian-Japanese relations in the 1920s and 1930s, History of Photography
  • 2011
    Perverting Photography’, Arena
  • 2010
    The Drive to Archive: Conceptual Documentary and Photobook Design, Photographies
  • 2009
    Whose Art Counts?, Art Monthly
  • 2009
    Focus on the Sun: The Demand for New Myths of Light in Contemporary Australian Photography, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
  • 2009
    ARTEMIS: Reinvigorating History and Theory in Art and Design Education, International Journal of Art and Design Education
  • 2009
    Second Nature: Design and the Natural World’, Eyeline
  • 2008
    Catherine Bell: Cooking Up Crimes and Maternal Misdemeanors, Eyeline
  • 2008
    The Burning Mirror: Photography in an Ambivalent Light, ASP
  • 2008
    Sun-pictures and Shadow-play, Word and Image
  • 2007
    Lily Hibberd. Endless Summer: Sunglasses and the Spectacle of Vision, Eyeline
  • 2007
    Peter Booth and the Subtleties in the Epic’, Brought to Light II: Contemporary Australian Art 1966-2006
  • 2005
    The Burning Mirror: Photography in an Ambivalent Light, Journal of Visual Culture

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Light, Place and Presence in the History of Australian Photography
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2009
    Photography and Crime
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Art Theory And Criticism (1901)