Postdoctoral Research

If you are an outstanding recent PhD graduate (or about to complete your PhD) with demonstrable world class outcomes, interested in undertaking leading research (thesis or project based) in interactive documentary attached to RMIT’s non/fictionLab, then this might be for you. If interested, please:

  1. read the requirements and outline of the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships
  2. get in touch with me (Dr. Adrian Miles, co-director, non/fictionLab

  3. and note that your application must be submitted by September 4

[If you meet these criteria but this deadline is of concern please get in touch. These are annual.]

RMIT University is now inviting applications from emerging researchers who have the potential to become high performing researchers. Applications close: 4 September 2016.

These 3 year Fellowships are aimed at recent PhD graduates with up to 5 years’ experience post award of PhD (relative to opportunity) or those who will shortly satisfy the requirements for the award of PhD.

Fellowship recipients will be located in Schools and undertaking research which is aligned with at least one of RMIT’s 8 Enabling Capability Platforms.

The Research and Innovation Portfolio will fund 100% of salary and on-costs (up to Academic level B/2) for a period of three years, plus a research support allowance of $10,000 per annum for the three years.

The School will support the Fellow with:

  • a research only position, embedded in a high performing research team for at least the duration of their VC Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • any relocation and visa costs
  • workplanning which includes mentoring and research training and development planning
  • full support for the appointee as per any academic staff member, including but not limited to, space and infrastructure sufficient for the position

If you have any questions or queries regarding the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, or the VC Outstanding Researcher Scheme more generally, please visit the website or email


Very nice passage from The Age sports journalist Greg Baum on Jess Fox’s bronze medal paddle:

Fox has the proven skill to deal with the hazards better than any other, and the personality to handle profile and pressure, too. But there is also an element more usual in winter sports: caprice. It introduces an almost moral dimension, a test of character, to the sport, vividly illustrated this day. When in trouble, a runner can push harder, a swimmer or rower lift their rating. Even gymnasts get a chance to recover. But in kayaking, a missed gate is a closed door, and even nicking one is irredeemable. The merest slip – it might be you, it might be a rogue eddy – is death.

Storyspace: Storyspace

Mark Bernstein has dusted off Storyspace for osX. We can now call this software venerable. Already got my copy:

Storyspace – the pioneering hypertext environment – enters a new era with Storyspace 3.

Storyspace is a tool for complex, interlinked narrative, both fiction and nonfiction. Twenty years ago, the original Storyspace ushered in the era of serious interactive writing with works like Michael Joyce’s afternoon, a story (“a graceful and provocative work … utterly essential to an understanding of this new art form” – Robert Coover, NY Times Book Review) and Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl (“A cult hit” – The Village Voice). Now, Storyspace is updated, extended, and reconceived using fresh technology and design.

from Delicious:

MALware technical reports – media archaeology lab

From the Media Archeology Lab:

MALware technical reports document events, research, teaching, and artist residencies taking place in and through the lab. Rather than white papers which are typically authoritative statements about solutions or policies, our technical reports are intended to be more processual – they can describe the progress or process of teaching, research or artistic activity in the MAL, or they may simply outline a particular problem in or related to the MAL. Our hope is that these technical reports provide a media studies and humanities-oriented outlet for investigations into technology.

from Delicious:

(2) Processes, Modes and Methodologies for the Analysis and Design of Interactive Documentaries | Arnau Gifreu-Castells –

We believe that in this area there is more production than theoretical reflection today, so on the  basis of the construction of a complex, versatile model for categorisation and production of the format, we have developed an original conceptual framework to describe interactive documentaries as a specific audiovisual form, differentiating it from conventional forms of documentary and interactive non-fiction. In order to establish and define the conceptual framework precisely, we have developed two tools: a categorisation and production model.
from Delicious:

Between Film, Video, and the Digital: Hybrid Moving Images in the Post-Media Age | Jihoon Kim –

Encompassing experimental film and video, essay film, gallery-based installation art, and digital art, Jihoon Kim establishes theconcept of hybrid moving images as an array of impure images shaped by the encounters and negotiations between different media,while also using it to explore various theoretical issues, such as stillness and movement, indexicality, abstraction, materiality,afterlives of the celluloid cinema, archive, memory, apparatus, and the concept of medium as such.
from Delicious:

Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection: Grant Bollmer: Bloomsbury Academic

Social media’s connectivity is often thought to be a manifestation of human nature buried until now, revealed only through the diverse technologies of the participatory internet. Rather than embrace this view, Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection argues that the human nature revealed by social media imagines network technology and data as models for behavior online.
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