Researcher

Dr Michael Richardson

My Expertise

Drones, surveillance, militarisation of culture and society, algorithmic culture, literary trauma, emerging technologies, witnessing and testimony, political communication. 

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Biography

I am available for supervision in media, cultural and literary studies with a focus on political violence and emerging technology.

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW. My transdisciplinary research investigates the intersection of affect, power and violence in culture, media and politics with an emphasis on witnessing and testimony. I am currently working on a major project funded by an Australian Research...view more

I am available for supervision in media, cultural and literary studies with a focus on political violence and emerging technology.

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW. My transdisciplinary research investigates the intersection of affect, power and violence in culture, media and politics with an emphasis on witnessing and testimony. I am currently working on a major project funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2019-2021) on drone witnessing in war and culture. In addition to articles in Continuum, Cultural Studies, Environmental Humanities and other leading journals, I am the author of Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury 2016) and co-editor of Traumatic Affect (2013).  

My expertise extends across a range of topics at the nexus of media, technology and culture, including drone warfare, surveillance, algorithms, cultural trauma, affect and emotion, political violence and torture. With experience as both a practitioner and researcher, I am also well versed in political communication and campaigning.


My Grants

2019-2021: Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award,"Drone Witnessing: Technologies of Perception in War and Culture" ($363,182)

 


My Qualifications

BA Hons (University of New South Wales), MSc (London School of Economics), PhD (Western Sydney University)


My Awards

2018 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Teaching Award, Excellent Early Career Teacher

2017 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Research Award, Best Monograph by an Early Career Researcher

2014  Varuna Publishers Introduction Program Fellowship, awarded by Text Publishing for development of PhD novel

2011 Australasian Association of Writing Programs Co-op Bookshop Postgraduate Prize

2006 Heinz Harant Award for Outstanding Service & Leadership, UNSW


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am available for PhD supervision across literature, media and cultural studies. While I am always happy to be approached about related topics, my expertise best suits the following areas: 

  • Affect studies in media and literature
  • Literature and testimony
  • Violence and representation
  • Biopolitics and the war on terror
  • Affect and politics
  • Trauma studies
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Location

231C Robert Webster

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