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Professor George Kouvaros

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Dr George Kouvaros is Professor of Film Studies in the School of the Arts and Media. Located at the intersection of film and media studies, Professor Kouvaros’ writings can be divided into two inter-related bodies of work. The first examines how the interactions between different media influenced the nature of artistic experimentation in the postwar period; the second and most recent body of work deals with the relationship between...view more

Dr George Kouvaros is Professor of Film Studies in the School of the Arts and Media. Located at the intersection of film and media studies, Professor Kouvaros’ writings can be divided into two inter-related bodies of work. The first examines how the interactions between different media influenced the nature of artistic experimentation in the postwar period; the second and most recent body of work deals with the relationship between photographic media and migration. The findings drawn from this work have been disseminated in five sole-authored monographs published by distinguished local and international publishers–University of Minnesota Press, University of Illinois Press and University of Western Australia Press–numerous refereed articles in leading journals such as New German Critique, Screen, Paragraph, Textual Practice and Screening the Past, as well as book chapters, review articles and interviews with leading international filmmakers.


My Grants

2016: UNSW Goldstar Award: ‘Reflections on the Journey in Greek Australian Film and Photography’ ($30,000) Sole CI.

2010-2014: ARC Discovery Grant Project: ‘Robert Frank: Experimentation Across Film and Photography in Postwar America.’ ($160,000) Sole CI. DP1095077

2005-2008: ARC Discovery Grant Project: ‘The Misfits and the Iconography of Postwar American Acting.’ ($118,000) Sole CI. DP0558729

2005: Faculty Research Grant: The Films of Paul Schrader: Production, Distribution and Exhibition Contexts. ($10,000)

2004: Faculty Research Committee Publishing Subvention: Where Does it Happen? John Cassavetes and Cinema at the Breaking Point (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004). ($1000)

2001: University Research Support Program Grant: ‘The interactions between theatrical, cinematic and television productions in the career of John Cassavetes’. ($9000)

1999: Humanities Research Program Publication Subvention: Falling for You: Essays on Cinema and Performance (Power Publications, 1999). ($800)

1998: Humanities Research Program Conference Support: ‘Cinema and the Senses’, UNSW, September 1998. ($6,000)

1998: Australian Film Commission: Industry and Cultural Development Grant: ‘Cinema and the Senses’, UNSW, September 1998. ($10,000)


My Qualifications

BA Newc. (N.S.W.), PhD Syd.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Dr Melanie Robson, PhD, Primary Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘The Long Take in Contemporary European Cinema.’

Dr Naadir Juniad, PhD, Primary Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘Bengali Political Cinema.’

Dr Louise Malcolm, PhD, Co-Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘The Filmic Bodies of Wong Kar-Wai.’

Lynne Broad, MA, Primary Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘Chris Marker: A Stylistic Analysis of His Film and Media Work.’

Dr Effie Rassos, PhD, Co-Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘Everyday Narratives: Reconsidering Filmic Temporality.’

Dan Edwards, MA, Primary Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘‘The Death’s Head Beneath’: Film’s Image of History.’

Dr Lisa Bode, PhD, Primary Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘From Shadow Citizens to Te on stars: Cultural Responses to the Digital Actor.’

Dr Hamish Ford, PhD, Primary Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘Negativity and Time in a Modernist Cinema.’

Dr Merryn Johns, PhD, Primary Supervisor. Thesis Title: ‘Embodied Text: Corporeality and the Contemporary Performance Monologist.’


My Engagement

2020 - present: Film Studies Program Convener

2016 - 2019: Deputy Head of School – Staff Development & Research Convener, School of the Arts and Media

2016 - 2019: Chair, School of the Arts and Media, Research Committee

2016 - 2019: Chair, School of the Arts and Media, Staff Development Committee 2016- present: Committee Member, Faculty Promotions Committee, Level D, ASS

2018 - present: Committee Member, Emeritus Professor Committee, UNSW

2013 - 2015: Committee Member, University Promotions Committee, Level D, UNSW

2014 - 2016: Committee Member, Faculty Promotions Committee, Level E, UNSW Art and Design

2010 - 2012: Research Convener, School of the Arts and Media

2009 - 2010: Committee Member, Faculty Promotions Committee, Level E, School of Medicine

2008: Acting Associate Dean, Research, ASS

2008 - 2009: Director of Postgraduate Research, ASS

2007 - 2009: Performance Review Team, School of the Arts and Media

2008: Committee Member, Faculty Promotions Committee, Level D, Australian School of Business

2007 - 2009: Committee Member, Faculty Promotions Committee, Level D, ASS 2007: Research Coordinator, School of English, Media and Performing Arts

2006 - 2007: Academic Advisor, School of Media, Film and Theatre

2006: BA Coordinator, School of Media, Film and Theatre

2003 - 2005: Co-Chair, Steering Committee, Disestablishment of the Schools of Media and Communications and Theatre, Film and Dance and the creation of the School of Media, Film and Theatre

2003 - 2004: Head of School, School of Theatre, Film and Dance

1999 - 2002: Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Theatre, Film and Dance


My Teaching

ARTS1060: Introduction to Film Studies. Co-convener and lecturer

ARTS3066: Documentary and Non-Fiction Cinemas. Convener and lecturer

ARTS3064: Film Styles and Aesthetics. Convener and lecturer

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Location

206, Level 2 Robert Webster

Contact

+61 2 9385 4861
+61 2 9385 6812

Research Activities

Robert Frank is one of the twentieth century's most important photographers. His book The Americans revolutionised postwar photography, offering a radically new approach to the nexus of photographic representation and national identity. Its depiction of alienation, deceptively casual compositional style and juxtaposition of images influenced generations of photographers, filmmakers and visual artists both within the US and abroad. Since then, Frank has produced a body of work that spans film, photography and writing. This study uses Frank's seminal cross-media experiments to rewrite the…