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2013 Publications by DERC members


Media Methods Publications

Hinton, S. & L. Hjorth. Understanding Digital Media in the Age of Social Networking. London: Sage. Also a useful text for Emergent Media Practices.

Hjorth, L. & M. Arnold. Online@AsiaPacific: Mobile, Social and Locative in the Asia–Pacific region, Asia’s Transformation series. London: Routledge.

Hjorth, L. and H. Horst “Engaging practices: doing personalized media’, in S. Price, C. Jewitt & B. Brown (eds) The Sage Handbook of Digital Technology Research. London: Sage.

Miller, Daniel. “People that make machines the script people” in Anthropology of this Century 6.

Miller, Daniel, “Not Getting the Internet” in Fair Observer 6 Feb.

Miller, Daniel. “What is the relationship between identities that people construct, express and consume online and those offline?” Driver document for Future Identities: Changing identities in the UK – the next 10 years. London: Government Office for Science.

Miller, Daniel. “Denim: The modesty of clothing and the immodesty of religion” in R. Lewis (ed) Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith. London: I. B. Tauris.

Pink, S. Doing Visual Ethnography. Revised and expanded 3rd edition. London: Sage.

Pink, S., A, Dainty and D. Tutt (eds). Ethnographic Research in the Construction Industry. London: Taylor and Francis.

Pink, S. and J. Morgan. “Short term ethnography: intense routes to knowing” in Symbolic Interactionism. Also a useful Emergent Media Practices text.

Singh, S. Meredith Blake, and Jonathan O’Donnell. "Digitizing Pacific Cultural Collections: The Australian Experience" in International Journal of Cultural Property, 20. 77–107.

Singh, S. and Cabraal, A. "Remittances as a Currency of Care: Contested Representations of Money and the Idea of Family" in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 36:1. 50-64.

Design + Ethnography Publications

Akama, Y. and A. Prendiville. “Embodying, enacting and entangling design: a phenomenological view to co-designing services” in Design Research Journal

Leder Mackley, K., Mitchell, V., Pink, S., Escobar-Tello, C. and Bhamra, T. “Understanding Technology in the Home: Sensory Ethnography and HCI” in Proceedings of ACM CHI 2013 Workshop on Methods for Studying Technology in the Home, April 27, 2013, Paris, France. Also a useful Media Methods text.

Pink, S., D. Tutt and A. Dainty. Introduction to S. Pink, A, Dainty and D. Tutt (eds) Ethnographic Research in the Construction Industry. London: Taylor and Francis. 1-22.

Pink, S. K. Leder Mackley, V. Mitchell, C. Escobar-Tello, M. Hanratty, T. Bhamra and R. Morosanu. “Applying the Lens of Sensory Ethnography to Sustainable HCI” in Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 1-22.

Sharp, K. "Driving in the sonic city" in In K. Sharp and E. Grierson (eds) Re-imagining the City: art, globalization and urban spaces. Bristol: Intellect Books.

Sharp, K. and E. Grierson. "Art and the Global City" in K. Sharp and E. Grierson (eds) Re-imagining the City: art, globalization and urban spaces. Bristol: Intellect Books. 

Tutt, D, S. Pink, A, Dainty and A. Gibb. "'In the air' and below the horizon of notice: Migrant workers in UK construction and the practice based nature of learning and communicating OHS” in Construction Management and Economics. 1-13.

Emergent Media Practices Publications

Berry, Marsha. “Being There: Poetic Landscapes”, in Coolabah 11. 85- 96.

Berry, Marsha and O. Goodwin. “Poetry 4 U: Pinning poems under/over/through the streets” in New Media and Society. (University log on required)

Fors, V., A. Backstrom and S. Pink. “Multisensory emplaced learning: resituating situated learning in a moving world” in Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal, 20(2). 170-183.

Hjorth, L. “Games: Mobile, Locative and Social” in S. Cunningham & S. Turnbull (eds) The Media and Communications in Australia, 4th edition. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

Hjorth, L. “Frames of Discontent: Social media, Mobile Intimacy and the Boundaries of Media Practice”, in H. Koskela & J. Macgregor Wise (eds) The new ecstasy of communication: New visualities, new technologies. New York: Ashgate.

Hjorth, L. “The Art of Games: Machinima as Games, Art and New Media” in J. Barrett & J. Ng (eds) Understanding Machinima: essays on filmmaking in virtual worlds. London: Bloomsbury.

Hjorth, L. ‘The place of the emplaced mobile: A case study into gendered locative media practices’, Mobile Media & Communication 1(1). 110–115. (University log on required)

Horst, Heather A. “The Infrastructures of Mobile Media: Towards a Future Research Agenda” in Mobile Media and Communication 1(1). 147-52. (University log on required)

Keen, Seth. “The Grampians” in Adrian Miles (ed) Quickened: A Video iBook. iBook available for download at (creative work)

Keen, Seth. “Purrumbete Verandah, 2008” in Coolabah 11. 54–59.

Keen, Seth. “The Rumblings Ramblings of a Post-industrial Media Producer Maker” in Adrian Miles (ed) PIMP 01: Post-industrial Media: Education? Melbourne, Australia: School of Media and Communication, RMIT University. iBook available for download at (creative work)

Lewis, Tania. “Life coaches, makeover mavens, fashion doyens: everyday experts on reality programming’, in Laurie Ouellette (ed) A Companion to reality television. United States: Wiley-Blackwell.

Lewis, Tania, Fran Martin and John Sinclair. “Lifestyle media and social transformation in Asia” in Media International Australia 147. 51-61.

Lewis, Tania, Fran Martin and John Sinclair (eds). Lifestyle media and social transformation in Asia, special edition of Media International Australia 147.

Pink, S. and L. Servon. “Sensory Global Towns: an experiential approach to the growth of the Slow City movement” in Environment and Planning A, 45(2). 451 – 466.

Teusner, Paul. “Configuring the religious cyborg: technology and the future of religion” in Seyed Javad Miri (ed) Global Future of Religion: Probing into issues of religion and religiosity in the postmodern world. London: International Peace Studies Centre Press.