Sydney Screen Studies Network (SSSN) is a research led group of scholars from Sydney and surrounds, working in all aspects of film, television, and screen-based media. The Network welcomes scholars from all universities across Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, and greater New South Wales, bringing together the diverse research activities and expertise of local scholars, researchers, and industry practitioners.

SSSN also has a dedicated higher degree research students and early career researchers group, running events and workshops focused on building a community among and developing the skills and careers of early career researchers and HDR students in Sydney and surrounds.

The network aims to provide a casual networking and collegial relationship-building space in screen studies in Sydney. The group aims at producing research outputs through collaborations including grants, publications, screenings, and other projects. We aim to bring together scholars and researchers in screen studies, specifically film, television and screen-based media studies.

The network objectives are:

  • Create an academic community of scholarly engagement on and around screen studies, specifically film, television, and screen-based media studies, in the greater Sydney area.
  • Create a collegial environment within which to cultivate ideas and develop research practice.
  • Provide a forum to create sustained engagement with the key concerns and themes on and around screen studies.
  • Advance discipline-specific discourses on and around screen studies through workshops, seminars, screenings and conferences.
  • Foster an environment and develop a program that caters to the needs of higher degree research students and early career researchers in screen studies.

We hold fortnightly talks, workshops, and screenings during semester and as well as informal social events such as drinks and get-togethers throughout the year. We are also currently working on a special issue with Fusion Journal based on our 2017 program: Intersections in Film and Media Studies.

Executive Committee

President: Phoebe Macrossan

Phoebe is a Ph.D. candidate and tutor at UNSW in the School of the Arts & Media. She is a co-founder of SSSN and the Postgraduate Executive Member for the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAANZ). Her research interests are musical film and television, popular music performance, and celebrity studies.

Vice-President: Melanie Robson

Melanie is a Ph.D. candidate and tutor at UNSW in the School of the Arts & Media. She is a co-founder of SSSN. Her thesis investigates the aesthetic, political and ethical role of the long take in contemporary European cinema.

Secretary: Jessica Ford

Jessica is a Ph.D. candidate at UNSW in the School of the Arts & Media and a co-founder of SSSN. She teaches in film, media and gender studies, and has published essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Community and Girls. Her research interests lie in contemporary American postnetwork television and television histories, with a focus on gender and feminism.

Treasurer: Luke Robinson

Luke is a Ph.D. candidate and tutor at UNSW in the School of the Arts & Media. He is also a tutor at UTS in Film and Media Studies and he creates video and photographic based artworks. His research interests lie in classical and post-classical film theory, the crime film (noir and serial killer films), theories of absence and spectatorship.

University Representative: Adam Daniel

Adam is a film studies Ph.D. candidate at Western Sydney University. He is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. His thesis investigates the modern evolution of the horror film form, with a focus on the intersection of embodied spectatorship, technology and new media, and Deleuzian philosophy. He is also interested in screenwriting practice and theory, and the potential of virtual reality as a location for cinematic works.

Postgraduate Representative: Ben Eldridge

Ben is a postgraduate student in the School of Literature, Art & Media at the University of Sydney.

Undergraduate Representative: Naomi Janes

Naomi is currently completing her Honours in Film Studies at UNSW. With a background in music journalism, her research interests include the history and development of the visual album, music films, and the contemporary culture of music production and distribution.


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