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Biography

Hamish Ford has been a Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle (UoN) since 2008, and as of November 2012 is also FMCS discipline convenor. Before coming to UoN, he taught across four different universities in Sydney (UNSW, USyd, UWS, and UTS) while publishing as an independent researcher. Attaining his PhD at UNSW in 2005, Hamish has been publishing regularly in prominent local and international journals and contributing chapters to high-profile books for over a decade, culminating with the release of his first sole-authored book in late 2012, Post-War Modernist Cinema and Philosophy: Confronting Negativity and Time (Palgrave Macmillan). He is best known for work in the areas of post-war European modernist cinema, the relationship between film and European philosophy, and more recently contemporary world cinema and postcolonial film studies. When it comes to teaching, course creation and coordination, Hamish has consistently received excellent responses from students as indicated by Faculty, staff, and student originated feedback mechanisms, including being nominated in the 'best lecturer' awards every year since coming to Newcastle. 

Work due for publication in 2013-14 includes: an article on Jean-Luc Godard's film Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Senses of Cinema); a critical encyclopedia essay on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Whity (Director of World Cinema: Germany 2, University of Chicago Press); a book chapter on visual style in the 1970s films of Robert Altman (A Companion to Robert Altman, Wiley/Blackwell); a feature review essay on Alain Badiou's Cinema (Australian Book Review), and a book chapter on the relationship between the cinemas of Michelangelo Antonioni and Theodoros Angelopoulos. Following the publication of Post-War Modernist Cinema and Philosophy: Confronting Negativity and Time, Hamish is working on three book projects in various stages of preparation. The first is a collaborative work on film and architecture, based around the theme of different films' presentation of revolutionary moments in history, co-authored with Dr Michael Chapman (UoN, School of Architecture and Built Environment), due to be completed in late 2014/early 2015. The remaining projects both take in extensive completed international archive and library research (funded through UoN internal grants). These two monographs, to be completed over the next four years, respectively address in close-up the cinemas of Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni.

In addition to academic research in and around the area of film studies, Hamish is also the author of magazine, newspaper and online articles covering film, media, culture, and politics in local publications such as Australian Book Review, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Drum, Online Opinion and New Matilda, plus Spiked! (UK) and ZNet (USA). 

In late 2014, Hamish is due to co-convene with Michael Chapman and Sam Spurr (University of Adelaide) a symposium on film and architecture.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New South Wales, 08/04/2005
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Sydney, 02/05/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Cinema and postcolonialism
  • European cinema
  • Film and Philosophy
  • Iranian cinema
  • Post-war film modernism
  • World Cinema

Research expertise

  • Post-war modernist cinema (especially Antonioni, Bergman, Godard, Resnais)
  • Contemporary world cinema (especially European, Iranian, East Asian)
  • Cinematic time and negativity
  • Affect theory
  • Cinema and postcolonialism
  • European philosophy and film studies (especially Frankfurt School, phenomenology, Deleuze)
  • Cinema, the city and modernity

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190201Cinema Studies100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Cinematic Thinking Network

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Journal of Humanistics and Social Science

Appointments

Conference co-cordinator, 'Imagining Iran' symposium
School of Media, Film and Theatre, University of NSW, 18 November 2005. (Australia)
01/11/2005 - 01/11/2005
Invited chair, Second Annual Film and Philosophy Conference
University of Dundee, Scotland, July 16-18, 2009. (Australia)
01/07/2009 - 01/07/2009
Invited chair, Philosophy and Film/Film and Philosophy: A Multidisciplinary Conference
University of West England (in association with the Arnolfini Arts Centre), Bristol, 4-6 July 2008. (Australia)
01/07/2008 - 01/07/2008
Invited chair, The Art of the Real conference
University of Newcastle, 16-18 May 2008. (Australia)
01/05/2008 - 01/05/2008
Invited chair, 'Ta(l)king Pleasure in German Culture' symposium
University of NSW (in partnership with the Goethe Institut, Sydney), 20 October 2007. (Australia)
01/10/2007 - 01/10/2007
Invited chair, The XIIIth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association
RMIT/Monash University, Melbourne, 16-19 November, 2006. (Australia)
01/11/2006 - 01/11/2006
Invited chair (two panels), Rethinking the Past: Experimental Histories in the Arts conference
University of Technology, Sydney, 28-29 July 2006. (Australia)
01/07/2006 - 01/07/2006
Invited Chair, Cinema, Modernity, and Modernism: The XVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association
UNSW, November 30-3 december, 2010 (Australia)
01/11/2010 - 01/12/2010

Invitations

Michelangelo Antonioni forum
Sydney Film Festival, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2004
10 x 10 exhibition
Anode festival, Sydney, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2008
Jean-Pierre Melville forum
Sydney Film Festival, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2006
Dendy Short Film Awards
Sydney Film festival, Australia (Distinguished Visitor)
2006
Returning Negativity: The Striking Success of Michael Haneke and 'Hidden'
School of Humanities and Social Science, UoN, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2007
An Anxious Pause: Time and European Modernist Cinema of the 1960s
School of Film, Theatre and Dance seminar series, UNSW, Australia (Invited Presenter)
1999
Radio interview, 06/05/08
ABC Radio, Newcastle, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2008

Collaboration

My current primary collaborative project is a book on the relationship between film and architecture. This is being researched and co-written together with Dr Michael Chapman from the University of Newcastle's School of Architecture and Built Environment. This is due to publication in 2014.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

  • RhD and Honours supervision
  • Acting head of discipline (semester 2, 2009)
  • Member, indiginous working group

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Cinematic authorship
  • Cultural studies
  • Documentary cinema
  • European cinema
  • Film theory
  • World Cinema

Teaching expertise

  • Contemporary postcolonial and world cinema
  • Post-war European cinema
  • Cinema and authorship
  • Film and philosophy
  • Cinema, the city and modernity
  • Documentary film
  • Cultural studies
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Ford HC, 'Difficult relations: Film studies and continental European philosophy', The Sage Handbook of Film Studies, SAGE, Thousand Oaks 164-179 (2008) [B1]
2012Ford HC, Post-War Modernist Cinema and Philosophy: Confronting Negativity and Time, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 284 (2012) [A1]
2012Ford HC, 'Driving into the void: Kiarostami's 'Taste of Cherry'', Journal of Humanistics And Social Sciences, 1 1-27 (2012) [C1]
2012Ford HC, 'From otherness 'over there' to virtual presence: Camp de Thiaroye - The Battle of Algiers - Hidden', Postcolonial Cinema Studies, Routledge, Abingdon 63-77 (2012) [B1]
2011Ford HC, 'Broken glass by the road: Adorno and a cinema of negativity', New Takes in Film-Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 65-85 (2011) [B1]
2012Ford HC, 'Challenging realism in the early 1960s films', Cinemascope Independent Film Journal, (2012) [C2]
2011Ford HC, 'The return of 1960s modernist cinema', Studies in Australasian Cinema, 5 155-170 (2011) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ford HC, Post-War Modernist Cinema and Philosophy: Confronting Negativity and Time, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 284 (2012) [A1]

Chapter (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Ford HCM, ''The Porous Frame: Visual Style in Altman¿s 1970s Films'', The Robert Altman Companion, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey -- (2015)
2015Ford HCM, ''European Modernism¿s Non-Linear Trajectory, From Antonioni to Angelopoulos'', The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh -- (2015)
2012Ford HC, 'From otherness 'over there' to virtual presence: Camp de Thiaroye - The Battle of Algiers - Hidden', Postcolonial Cinema Studies, Routledge, Abingdon 63-77 (2012) [B1]
2011Ford HC, 'Broken glass by the road: Adorno and a cinema of negativity', New Takes in Film-Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 65-85 (2011) [B1]
2008Ford HC, 'Difficult relations: Film studies and continental European philosophy', The Sage Handbook of Film Studies, SAGE, Thousand Oaks 164-179 (2008) [B1]
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Journal article (30 outputs)

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2014Ford HCM, ''Shame'', Senses of Cinema, March 2014 Online (2014)
2013Ford HCM, 'Two or Three Things I Know About Her', Senses of Cinema, March 2013 (2013) [C1]
2013Ford HCM, ''Lessons of Hope From an Impure Art' - Alain Badiou, Cinema', Australian Book Review, - 38-39 (2013) [C3]
2012Ford HC, 'Driving into the void: Kiarostami's 'Taste of Cherry'', Journal of Humanistics And Social Sciences, 1 1-27 (2012) [C1]
2012Ford HC, 'Challenging realism in the early 1960s films', Cinemascope Independent Film Journal, (2012) [C2]
2012Ford HC, 'Three Crowns of the Sailor', Senses of Cinema, (2012) [C2]
2012Ford HC, 'The Lure of Antonioni: Italy's great film director remains as elusive as ever. Antonioni: Centenary Essays [Book Review]', Australian Book Review, 34-35 (2012) [C3]
2011Ford HC, 'The return of 1960s modernist cinema', Studies in Australasian Cinema, 5 155-170 (2011) [C1]
2010Ford HC, 'Rocco and his brothers', Senses of Cinema, (2010) [C2]
2009Ford HC, 'Andrei Roublev', Senses of Cinema, 53 (2009) [C2]
2009Ford HC, 'Screening the 'other' Deutschland', RealTime, - 23 (2009) [C2]
2009Ford HC, 'The Silence', Senses of Cinema, 50 (2009) [C2]
2008Ford HC, 'Consistent pickings but few difficult pleasures (55th Sydney Film Festival)', Senses of Cinema, 48 1-9 (2008) [C2]
2007Ford HC, 'A promising start to a rejuvenated festival: The 54th Sydney Film Festival 8-24 June 2007', Senses of Cinema, 1-4 (2007) [C2]
2007Ford HC, 'Paris nous appartient/Paris belongs to us', Senses of Cinema, 1-4 (2007) [C2]
2007Ford HC, 'Meditations and contradictions (Festival of German Films)', RealTime, 1-4 (2007) [C2]
2007Ford HC, 'A new gaze via remote control', RealTime, 1-3 (2007) [C2]
2007Ford HC, 'Sydney Film Festival's new face', RealTime, 1-3 (2007) [C2]
2006Ford HCM, Dawkins R, ''Film Theory'', The Year s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 14 323-335 (2006) [C1]
2006Ford HCM, 'Hidden: a Film for our Time', RealTime, October-November 2006 18-18 (2006) [C2]
2006Ford HCM, 'The Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami, by Aberto Elena', Senses of Cinema, January-March 2006 (2006) [C2]
2006Ford HCM, 'Disputed Models for Better Films', RealTime, April-May 2006 (2006) [C2]
2005Ford HCM, 'Some Gems in a Modest Program (52nd Sydney Film Festival)', Senses of Cinema, October-November 2005 (2005) [C2]
2005Ford HCM, 'A Diminishing Vision', RealTime, October-November 2005 (2005) [C2]
2005Ford HCM, 'The Ister: Search for the Source', RealTime, December 2004-January 2005 (2005) [C2]
2005Ford HCM, 'Face to Face with History: Downfall and Heimat 3', RealTime, April-May 2005 (2005) [C2]
2004Ford HCM, 'Antonioni's Radical Space-Time', RealTime, June-July 2004 (2004) [C2]
2003Ford HCM, 'Antonioni's L'avventura and Deleuze's Time-Image', Senses of Cinema, July-August 2003 (2003) [C1]
2003Ford HCM, 'Summer with Monika', Senses of Cinema, March-April 2003 (2003) [C2]
2002Ford HCM, 'The Radical Intimacy of Bergman', Senses of Cinema, November-December 2002 (2002) [C1]
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Review (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Ford HCM, 'Pop-Baroque: Neo-baroque Aesthetics & Contemporary Entertainment, by Angela Ndalianis', RealTime (2005) [D2]
2004Ford HCM, 'What Cinema Does: The Cinema Effect, by Sean Cubitt', RealTime (2004) [D2]
2003Ford HCM, 'Making Venus', Blitz (2003) [D2]
2003Ford HCM, 'The Magdalene Sisters', Blitz (2003) [D2]
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Conference (20 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ford HCM, ''Peter Watkins¿ Untimely Provocations'', Film-Philosophy Conference 2014: A World of Cinemas, University of Glasgow (2014) [E3]
2013Ford HCM, ''Cinema Meets Lefebvre: Staging Revolutionary Space'', Conference program, ASCA (Amsterdam) and EYE Film Institute Netherlands (2013) [E3]
2013Ford HCM, ''Kiarostami¿s Abstract Provocation'', Conference program, ASCA (Amsterdam) and EYE Film Institute Netherlands (2013) [E3]
2013Ford HCM, ''Ethical Dissatisfaction, Virtual Utopia and Despair: Imag(in)ing Revolution with Cinema and Lefebvre'', Conference Program, University of NSW, Sydney (2013) [E3]
2012Ford HCM, ''Staging Revolutionary Space'', Conference program, Victoria University, La Trobe University and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne (2012) [E3]
2011Ford HCM, ''World Cinema and "the World" at the Crossroads: The Case of Jia Zhangke'', Conference Program abstracts, Monash University, Melbourne (2011) [E3]
2010Ford HC, 'Untimely 'pastness': The return of 1960s film modernism', FHAANZ Conference Programme, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Ford HCM, ''Untimely "Pastness": The Return of 1960s Film Modernism'', Conference program, University of New South Wales (2010) [E3]
2010Ford HC, 'Driving into the void: Kiarostami's taste of cherry', Film Philosophy Conference 2010, Warwick, UK (2010) [E3]
2009Ford HC, 'Devastating temporality, 'becoming' and the post-human: Challenging Deleuze through Antonioni's L'eclisse', Second Annual Film and Philosophy Conference: Programme & Abstracts, Dundee, Scotland (2009) [E3]
2008Ford HC, 'Guilty Whiteness and its others - the impossibility of 'Liberation' in the Cinema of Rainer Werner Fassbinder', Re-Orienting Whiteness Conference, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
2008Ford HC, 'Confronting Negativity: Cinema and Adorno', Philosophy and Film/Film and Philosophy Conference, Bristol, UK (2008) [E3]
2008Ford HC, 'Untimely provocations, subjectivity and lived history in Peter Watkins' Reflexive Real', The Art of the Real: National Creative Non-Fiction Conference. Program, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2007Ford HC, 'History, intimate crisis, and possibility in Fassbinder's In a Year with 13 Moons', Ta(l)king Pleasure in German Culture - Conference Abstracts, Kensington, NSW (2007) [E3]
2006Ford HCM, 'Another Look: The Withering Gaze of Bergman's Modernism', The XIIIth Biennial Australian & New Zealand Film and History Association Conference: Programme & Abstracts, RMIT & Monash Universities, Melbourne, Australia (2006) [E1]
2005Ford HCM, 'Into the Void: the Dark Side of Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry', Imagining Iran: A Symposium on Iranian Cinema: Programme & Abstracts, University of New South Wales (2005) [E1]
2005Ford HCM, 'Challenging Time: Deleuze and Last Year at Marienbad', Sensorium: Philosophy and Aesthetics conference: Programme & Abstracts, University of Melbourne, Australia (2005) [E3]
2005Ford HMC, 'Imagining Iran: A Symposium on Iranian Cinema', Conference program and abstracts, University of NSW, Australia (2005)
2002Ford HCM, 'The Time-Image and Antonioni's L'avventura', Considering Deleuze Symposium: Programme & Abstracts, University of NSW, Australia (2002) [E1]
1999Ford HCM, 'Hitchcock and European Modernism', Hitchcock Centenary Conference: Programme & Abstracts, New York University, New York City (1999) [E3]
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Creative Work (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Ford HC, Terrible clarity: Women at the centre in Bergman's Brink of Life, Madman Entertainment, Collingwood, Vic (2009) [J2]
2008Ford HCM, 'Fox and His Friends' (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, W. Germany, 1975) DVD audio essay (2008)
2008Ford HCM, 'Sawdust and Tinsel' (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1953) DVD audio essay (2008)
2007Ford HCM, 'Funny Games' (Michael Haneke, Germany/France/Italy, 1997) DVD audio essay (2007)
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Other (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Ford HCM, 'The King's Speech: It Doesn't Speak for Me', . London, UK: Spiked online (2011) [O1]
2011Ford HCM, 'The Greens should hang tough to prosper at democracy crunch-time', . Sydney, NSW, Australia: On Line Opinion (2011) [O1]
2011Ford HCM, 'A Sorry Tale, this King's Speech', . Sydney, NSW, Australia: ABC Online, The Drum Unleashed (2011) [O1]
2011Ford HCM, 'Our Orgy of Vanity over Libya', . Sydney, NSW, Australia: ABC Drum Online (2011) [O1]
2010Ford HCM, 'Furious Agreement on Your ABC', . Melbourne (online), Victoria, Australia: The Age, Fairfax Media (2010) [O1]
2010Ford HCM, 'Avatar's left-wing agenda is a fallacy', . Melbourne (online), Victoria, Australia: The Age, Fairfax Media (2010) [O1]
2010Ford HCM, 'Questions Hillary wasn't asked on her date with Australia', . Melbourne (online), Victoria, Australia: The Age, Fairfax Media (2010) [O1]
2010Ford HCM, 'WikiLeaks gives old media a shot in the arm', . Melbourne (online), Victoria, Australia: The Age, Fairfax Media (2010) [O1]
2010Ford HCM, 'Labor attack on Greens reveals entitlement thinking', . Melbourne (online), Victoria, Australia: The Age, Fairfax Media (2010) [O1]
2003Ford HCM, 'A Fragmenting Western World: the Geo-Politics of the Iraq War (Blitz Magazine)', . Randwick, Sydney, NSW, Australia: University of New South Wales Student Union (2003) [O1]
2000Ford HCM, 'The Changing Bouquet of our Century's Favourite Visual Feast', . Sydney, NSW, Australia: Funnel (2000) [O1]
1999Ford HCM, 'Millennial Anxiety and the Event-film: Deep Impact and The X-Files Movie', . Saturn Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Abbadon, Issue 2 (1999) [O1]
1998Ford HCM, 'Ulysses is Computer: The Dialectics of Science-fiction', . Saturn Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Abaddon Magazine, Issue 1 (1998) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$22,700

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2014 (1 grants)

Film-Philosophy Conference 2014: a World of Cinemas, Glasgow United Kingdom, 2-4 July 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Hamish Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1400620

2013 (1 grants)

Film-Philosphy Conference 2013: Beyond Film, ASCA Amsterdam and EYE Film Institute Netherlands, 10-12 July 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Hamish Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300816

2010 (2 grants)

Temporality, Post-war Space and Insidious Affect: the Films of Michelangelo Antonioni$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Hamish Ford
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020102010
GNo:G1000589

Film Philosophy III, Warwick University, UK, 15 - 17 July 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Hamish Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000629

2009 (2 grants)

New Staff Grant 2009$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Hamish Ford
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0190263

Second Annual Conference of Film and Philosophy, Dundee, Scotland, 16-18 July 2009$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Hamish Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020092009
GNo:G0190432

2008 (1 grants)

Philosophy and Film/Film and Philosophy: a Multidisciplinary Conference, UWE in association with the Arnolfini Arts Centre, Bristol, 4/7/2008 - 6/7/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Hamish Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189019
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132016M Philosophy (Architecture)Co-SupervisorArchitecture and Future Noir: An Investigation of the Spatial Dimensions of Science Fiction Films From the 1970's
20132017PhD (Cultural Studies)Principal SupervisorThe Return of the 1920s
20122020PhD (Cultural Studies)Co-SupervisorContesting the 'Obsolete': An Investigation of Small-Scale Music Practitioners in Australia

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Cultural Studies)Principal SupervisorWhere in the World is Andy Lau? Putting the 'Popular' Back into Studies of Hong Kong Popular Entertainment
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Dr Hamish Ford

Work Phone(02) 4921 7821
Fax(02) 49821 6933
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaFilm, Media and Cultural Studies
Office
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General Purpose,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/hamish-ford