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Dr Jocelyn McKinnon

Lecturer

School of Creative Arts

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
The three areas that constitute my main research interests are: Community/Political Theatre & Performance, Creative Arts pedagogy and Experimental Theatre & Performance. With a practice-based research focus, my work in politically driven community based performance has involved working with a range of socially marginalized groups over the past fifteen years. Covering a diverse range of social groups including youth, women, and Indigenous communities, the main medium of publication has been performance. Each research project has involved intensive time periods (up to 2 years per project) working 'with' the community at all stages of the process to develop a social voice for the specific community via the means of theatre and performance. Most projects have been supported by local government and university seeding grants, with one major research based performance "Listening: Indigenous stories from the Central Coast" receiving a major grant from the Theatre Board of the Australian Council of the Arts, The Gosford City Council and the University of Newcastle. This project was also selected as the Faculty of Education & Arts "Research project demonstrating innovation and excellence" for presentation to politicians in Canberra (2004). In addition to theatrical performance, the research outcomes for a range of these projects have been presented at local, national and international conferences. Pedagogy in the Creative Arts is a current research interest and is especially motivated by my work in pioneering and implementing the interdisciplinary BA major in Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah campus. With planning now underway to develop a dedicated degree in the Creative and Performing Arts (BCA) at this university, research based on contemporary and cutting edge issues in developing curricula for the Creative Arts is a primary focus. As a sole researcher in this area, I have a particular interest in the relationship between arts policy, industry, and creative arts curricula at national and international levels. I am also researching the role of the undergraduate student as researcher, and the preparation of students as social citizens and culture-makers as central to creative arts curriculum in the 21st century. As a collaborative researcher I am working closely with my colleague, Dr.Sean Lowry, to explore the relationship between theory and practice in the Creative Arts as well as the nature of interdiciplinarity in Creative Arts curricula (especially between Performance, Visual Arts & New Media). With national and international joint conference papers already presented and a key article published this ongoing research will largely be published in the form of journal articles and book chapters. Experimental Theatre and Performance has been a long term interest and has included research based practice outcomes generated from some of the projects that I led with two main experimental companies/laboratories at the University of Southern Queensland (La Salle) and the University of Newcastle (Imagined Arts). In pioneering these companies I have been researching the nature of experimental performance that combines undergraduate, postgraduate, staff and professional performing artists. With a particular focus on multi media and post-dramatic forms, the role of the university in the current professional climate that requires flexible arts makers, initiators and independent conceptual thinkers, is a major research focus. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Education, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), James Cook University
  • Diploma in Education, Toorak Teacher's College

Keywords

  • Curriculum Development
  • Experimental Theatre and Performance
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Pedagogy in the Creative Arts
  • Political and Community Performance
  • Student centered learning

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190499Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1996 - 1/12/1997Drama LecturerUniversity of Southern Queensland
Academic Division- Theatre
1/01/1988 - 1/12/1994Theatre LecturerJames Cook University
Academic Division- Theatre
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012McKinnon JE, Lowry SC, 'Embracing failure through performative pedagogy: A report from the margins', Performance Research, 17 47-50 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsSean Lowry

Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Lowry SC, McKinnon JE, 'The copulation of studio practice and theory: Toward the undergraduate student as practice based researcher', Studio Teaching Forum: Enriching Creative Arts Learning: Workshops and Concurrent Sessions, Hobart, TAS (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsSean Lowry

Creative Work (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012McKinnon JE, The Grotto Project: Performance and multimedia 2012, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2010McKinnon JE, The Grotto Project: performance and mulitmedia 2011, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia (2010) [J2]
2004McKinnon J, Listening: Indigenous Voices on the Central Coast, The Hangar Drama Theatre, Glen Road Ourimbah, N.S.W., Ourimbah, N.S.W (2004) [J2]
2002McKinnon J, The Drag king of the sandpit. Performed by ImaginedARTS, written by Sandy O''Sullivan. Central Coast, NSW., Newcastle, (2002) [J2]
2001McKinnon JE, Then Step Through, NA, Na (2001) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$89,376

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20152 grants / $78,811

Building Aspiration in the Creative and Performing Arts$63,811

This project aims to raise aspirations and build capacity in students from low SES backgrounds who are currently under-represented in Creative and Performing Arts programs at the University of Newcastle.The proposal aims at developing skills in creative thinking, project design and realisation in the areas of music, visual arts and/or performance through an innovative process that rests on three pillars of collaboration, empowerment and technology to deliver positive outcomes for children from low SES backgrounds
Funding body: Department of Education

Funding bodyDepartment of Education
Project Team
SchemeHigher Education Participation Program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Torres Strait Islander sacred music: protection, cultivation and revitalisation$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Philip Matthias, Doctor Jocelyn McKinnon, Doctor Catherine Grant
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500900
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20041 grants / $2,355

Diversity Conference, 6-9 July 2004, USA$2,355

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jocelyn McKinnon
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184297
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $8,000

'Listening to Indigenous Voices on the Central Coast': a seeding project towards exploring national reconciliation in regional community performance$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jocelyn McKinnon
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181846
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20001 grants / $210

Performance and Spectacle: Annual conference of Australasian Drama Studies Association, Newcastle 3-8 July 2000$210

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jocelyn McKinnon
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180211
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Testing the Western Scientific Framework of 'Genetic Memory' to Explore the Maintenance of a Connection to Country While Displaced in an Urban Environment Through Artistic Means
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013Identity, the Object and Spaces in Between: Locational Intervention and the Performative Nature of Throwaway Culture in Contemporary Interdisciplinary, Inter-Media and Live Arts Practice
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012What's the Point? Exploring the Productive Tension Between Meaning and Meaninglessness in Conceptually Based Artistic Practices.
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010Impossible Immediacies: Contemporary Painting 'After' Remediation
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010Marriage is Not a Natural State: Love, Truth, Fiction and the Photographic Image
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009"One Time Ago": An Urban Aboriginal Tribalography
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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Dr Jocelyn McKinnon

Position

Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Emailjocelyn.mckinnon@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4348 4051
Fax(02) 4348 4075

Office

RoomHO1.25
BuildingHumanities Office
LocationOurimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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