Associate Professor Chris Healy
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Cultural theory, Cultural memory and cultural history, aboriginality and cultural studies, cultural tourism, cultural politics.
MA (Birm), PhD (Melb).
Appointed to University of Melbourne, 1992.
Australian television and popular memory: new approaches to the cultural history of the media in the project of nation-building.
An ARC-funded Discovery Project with John Hartley, Allan McKee and Sue Turnbull and Graeme Turner.
Despite its importance to our everyday lives since the 1950s, there is no history of television's role in Australian popular culture. This project will develop a series of collaborative histories that focus upon the popular experience of television and in particular its role in forming national culture.
The research will not only involve conventional academic sources, but also those connected with 'the people': memories, memorabilia, personal collections as well as the full range of popular and ephemeral publications which support the popular engagement with the medium. The project is the first to examine television's historical role in our national life.
Social Memory and Historical Justice: How Democratic Societies Remember and Forget the Victimisation of Minorities in the Past.
An ARC-funded Discovery Project with Klaus Neumann and Maria Tumarkin.
We will analyse how the victimisation of minorities is publicly and collectively remembered in a range of countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Peru, Chile and the USA. We will identify key factors that enable democratic societies to work towards historical justice. By exploring how memories are contested and how communities actively negotiate the legacies of the past, we will address issues of crucial contemporary concern. The project will provide research training and international experience for a ostdoctoral fellow and three doctoral students in an area at the cutting edge of the humanities and social sciences.
Recent research grants
ARC Discovery Project, DP034335: Four South Pacific Museums: New Museums and Public Culture, 2003-2005
- Healy, Chris. Forgetting Aborigines. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2008, 256pp. (pictured)
- Healy, Chris and Witcomb, Andrea (eds.). South Pacific Museums: Experiments in Culture. Monash ePress, Melbourne, Sydney, 2006
- Healy, Chris. From the Ruins of Colonialism: History as Social Memory. Cambridge, New York and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1997, 254pp.
- Ferber, Sarah, Healy, Chris and McAuliffe, Chris (eds.). Beasts of Suburbia: Reinterpreting Cultures in Australian Suburbs. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1994, 257pp.
- Healy, Chris (ed.). The Lifeblood of Footscray: Working Lives at the Angliss Meatworks. Melbourne: Living Museum of the West, 1986, 164pp
Healy, Chris. Forgetting Aborigines.
Sydney: UNSW Press, 2008, 256pp. (pictured)
Journals, edited13 including ten issues of Cultural Studies Review (2002-6)
Books chapters and journals articles
Over 35 including 2003-8 :
- Healy, Chris. "The Cultural Studies Fever in Australia," in Sarwal, Amit and Sarwal, Reema (eds.). Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies Reader. New Delhi, 2008
- Healy, Chris. "Alcheringa: Invisible Aborigines on TV," in Jacka, Liz (ed.). Australian Television History an issue of ACH: The Journal of the History of Culture in Australia, vol. 26, 2007, pp.68-90
- Healy, Chris. "Encountering Historian Carter," in Southerly, vol. 66, no. 2, 2006, pp.199-209
- Healy, Chris. "Very Special Black People: Indigenous People and the Museum," in Healy, Chris and Witcomb, Andrea (eds.). New South Pacific Museums. Monash ePress, Melbourne, Sydney, 2006
- Healy, Chris. "Crowd-or Community," in Meanjin, vol. 65, no. 2, 2006, pp.167-72
- Healy, Chris (with Karen Burns, Jon Cattapan and Tom Nicholson). "The Group Discusses," in The Drowned World: Jon Cattapan, works and collaborations. The Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2006, pp.12-18
- Healy, Chris. "Remembering Architecture: Robin Boyd," in Mongrel issue, 1, July 2005, pp.72-5
- Healy, Chris. "All Australian Graffiti and the Cultural Cringe," in Post Master Gallery, Australia Post, Melbourne. On-line exhibition catalogue (refereed), 2005
- Healy, Chris and Kylie Message, "A Symptomatic Museum: The New, the NMA and the Culture Wars," in Borderlands, November 2004. Published online.
- Healy, Chris. "The City," in Martin, Fran (ed.). Interpreting Everyday Life. London: Edward Arnold, 2003, pp.54-66
- Healy, Chris, Jagose, Annamarie and Martin, Fran. "At home in the suburb," in Martin, Fran (ed.). Interpreting Everyday Life. London: Edward Arnold, 2003, pp.67-86
- Healy, Chris. "Dead Man: film, colonialism and memory," in Radstone, Susannah and Hodgkin, Kate (eds.). Contested Pasts: The Politics of Memory, Routledge Studies in Memory and Narrative. London: Routledge, 2003, pp.221-36. Republished in Radstone, Susannah and Hodgkin, Kate (eds.). Memory, History, Nation: Contested Pasts. New Jersey: Transaction, 2005
Other positions (selected)
2006- Cultural Studies Review (Editorial Board)
2005- Member of the Committee of Management and Advisory Board, ARC-funded Cultural Research Network
2003-2006, Member of the Transforming Culture External Advisory Board, UTS
2002-2006 Co-editor, Cultural Studies Review
2002 Visiting Scholar, Memory, History and Cross-Cultural Research program, the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, ANU
2001- ARC Assessor (International Reader)