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Professor of Creative Arts and Social Aesthetics, James Cook University

Peter Murphy is Professor of Creative Arts and Social Aesthetics and the Head of the School of Creative Arts at James Cook University. He completed his PhD at La Trobe University under the direction of the philosopher Agnes Heller. Before coming to James Cook University, he held continuing appointments in Political Science at the University of Ballarat, in the Master of Communication Program at Victoria University, Wellington, and in Communications and Media at Monash University where he was Director of the Social Aesthetics Research Unit. He has also been a visiting academic in Philosophy at the New School For Social Research in New York City, in the Hellenic Language and Literatures Program at Ohio State University, in Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University, Athens, in Political Science at Baylor University, Texas, in Philosophy at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, in Communications and Media Studies at Seoul National University, in Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He also spent a number years at the pioneering Australian Internet search company Looksmart in editorial and analytic roles. His major research interests concern the nature of creativity and the imagination. He is the author of The Collective Imagination (2012) and Civic Justice (2001), the co-author of Dialectic of Romanticism: A Critique of Modernism (2004), Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (2009), Global Creation (2010), and Imagination (2010), and the co-editor of Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music (2010). The Collective Imagination was a Baker and Taylor YBP Library Services UK Core Title and US Core Title in 2012. Murphy, Marginson and Peter’s Imagination: Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge was awarded an American Education Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award in 2010. Murphy is Coordinating Editor of the social theory journal Thesis Eleven (Sage Publications) and is Chief Investigator with Professor Simon Marginson of the University of Melbourne on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2012-2014) Crucibles of creativity? Australian universities and path-breaking intellectual work.


  • –present
    Head of School of Creative Arts, James Cook University