Staff Profile

Edit

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Keith Russell is a communication and design philosopher, a poet, and a new media artist. Over the last quarter of a century he has contributed to learning and teaching and research and practice in the areas of Visual Communication, Industrial Design, Design and Technology and Communication Studies.

Currently he is working on a theory of the Glimpse especially as it relates to Fanservice in Japanese new media formats, Manga and Anime. This work is an extension of his PhD theory: Kenosis, Katharsis, Kairosis: A Theory of Literary Affects.

Along with publishing five collections of his poetry, he has received international and national prizes in recognition of the quality of his work. Currently he writes verse that he very successfully gets published as letters to the editor in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Newcastle Herald.

His new media art is available on line and he has exhibited some of this work at Unitech in New Zealand. He is editor of the e-journal, New Media Poetics.

He has been a major player in recent research developments in fields of design, He is the co-owner and co-founder of the PhD Design email group which over a decade has grown to include over 2000 members. His work in this area has included refereeing conferences and thesis work, key-note speaking, international degree reviewing (Unitech, NZ) and general international collaborations with key researchers.

Ethics has become a major feature of his recent research and administrative service. His theory of the Glimpse involves aspects of Internet research that are novel. His teaching has extended in to the areas of communication law and ethics and combined with his own research concerns this has lead to a number of initiatives, including opening up the national debate, in relation to humanities in the age of the Internet. To back these activities up, he has been a long-standing member of the University of Newcastle’s Human Research Ethics committee.

Current Research

Abstracts and Papers  in process – 2013

"Moe and the Knowing Glimpse: Fanservice and Personal Seeing in Anime and Manga", 8th International Conference on the Arts in Society.

- Abstract accepted - paper submitted - paper under publication review.

“When I Pop the Top! The Sensibility of Things”, Sense and Sensibility - UNIDCOM/IADE 7th International Conference - Florianopolis, Brazil, 7-9 November, 2013.

- Abstract accepted - paper in preparation.

"Childish Transgressions in Doraemon: The Moral Voids of Nobita Nobi", Popcaanz,4th Annual International Conference, Brisbane, 24-26 June, 2013.

- Abstract accepted - paper presented - paper under publication review.

"Chocolate Bread, Scared Rice: Continental Ways of Looking at Things", Design Issues: A Journal of History, Theory and Criticism.

- Paper accepted 2013, - publication in process.

"Laws, technology and humanities research methods in the digital world". Australasian Ethics Network, 2013, Human Research Ethics: Emerging issues, controversies and innovating for change. Fremantle, 27-29 November.

- Abstract offered -

"Unboxing and the Ends of Design: A Psychology of Unpacking”. Design Principles and Practices, 7th International Conference, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan, 6-8 March, 2013.

- Abstract accepted, paper submitted, under review.

"Fanservice and the Glimpse in early Doraemon", SCMS: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Culture, 2013, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

- Abstract accepted.

"Rethinking  Curricula: Media Law and Ethics", Journalism Education Association of Australia, Annual Conference. Redrawing the Boundaries: Journalism Research, Education and Professional Culture in Times of Change. University of the Sunshine Coast, December 2-24, 2013.

- Abstract offered.

Book Review - 2013

Russell, Keith. 2013. [Book Review] Global Technological Change: From Hard Technology to Soft Technology, Zhouying Jin, 2011. 2nd ed. Bristol, UK: Intellect. In The Australian Journal of Popular Culture, 2: 3. 2013 pp. 500-502.

Newspaper Article - 2013

"Humanities lecturers need code of practice: A declaration of rights has become urgent", The Australian, Higher Education, 26 June, 2013,  p. 28.

Conference Publication Refereeing 2013

5th IASDR World Conference on Design Research, Tokyo, Japan, on August 26 - 30, 2013.

8th International Conference on the Arts in Society

PORTAL: Special edition on Stigma, 2013.

Craft Research, 5:1, 2013.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 04/05/1991
  • Master of Higher Education, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 05/05/1984

Research

Research keywords

  • Media practice
  • New humanities
  • New media poetics
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of communication
  • Philosophy of design

Research expertise

Dr Russell has extensive experience of traditional humanities research methods and new humanities research methods. His expertise has made him an ideal rescuer supervisor. He has taken many difficult thesis topics forward through the difficulties of experimental methods.

As the co-owner of the PhD Design email group, he participates in the larger methodological debates that are implicit in practice-base areas of research such as Design and Communication. This participation provides access to leading international scholars in these difficult areas.

His Masters of Higher Education focused specifically on the practices of Design in terms of both teaching and research. This has provided him with a firm theoretical grounding in the areas of phenomenology, constructivism, ethnography, and reception aesthetics.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120399Design Practice And Management Not Elsewhere Classified50
190199Art Theory And Criticism Not Elsewhere Classified25
080799Library And Information Studies Not Elsewhere Classified25

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Co-owner/moderator - PhD-Design email group (1200 members)

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - New Media Poetics

Appointments

Visiting Professor in Design
Unitec, Auckland (New Zealand)
01/02/2007

Invitations

New Media Regulation and Cultural Literacies - The Need for Evidence-Based Policy
Institute for Social Transformation Research, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2012
Unitec
School of Design, New Zealand (Research Masters Examiner.)
2007

Collaboration

Dr Russell is currently developing a collaboration with Dr Rhonda Breit of the University of Queensland to form a national reference group to develop ethics teaching strategies and scenarios, based on media production experiences of communication professions. This is developing area of his work that follows up on a research project (DIT moral maturity test) carried out in 2012. This work may be extended to include games-based teaching materials of national and international significance.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Dr Russell is currently a member of the Faculty Board (Science and IT), a member of the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, a Research Ethics Advisor for DCIT and Science and IT, and the coordinator of DCIT Research Seminars.

In addition, over his more that 25 years of employment with the University, he has been Head of Department (CAMA), Research and Post Graduates Studies Coordinator (DCIT), member of Faculty Boards (four), and a member of Senate.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Communication and media studies
  • Communication media law and ethics
  • Design concepts and methods
  • Media production
  • Professional writing - practice-based learning

Teaching expertise

Dr Russell has wide teaching experience which is backed up by his formal undertaking of a Masters of Higher Education. He has always been an innovative teacher and was awarded a teaching grant in the very birth-days of the Internet to engage Design students with the new media and communication technologies.

He has taught a wide range of courses including 2D and 3D CADD, and electronic media production. For many years he ran very successful gifted and talented workshops for children. This teaching provided him with many useful insights into the possibilities of learning and the various developmental psychology theories that inform current teaching of pre-university students.

He continues to challenge his students through student-centred and student-driven learning approaches. He continues to publish in areas of teaching research.

Edit

Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1999Russell K, 'The Problem of the Problem and Perplexity', Themes and Variation in PBL, Montreal, Canada (1999) [E1]

This article challenges the general misconception about most PBL teaching. It argues that philosophical features of Dewey's perplexity model of problem-based learning are not found in most so-called PBL teaching. Indeed, most so-called PBL teaching is project-driven where the psychological benefits of perplexity are muted if not absent.

2002Russell K, 'Design Philosophy and Difference', The Design Journal, 2 35-40 (2002) [C1]

This paper distinguishes key features of design, communication and IT as areas of academic concern. By doing so it provides each area with distinctive approaches to research.

2008Russell K, 'The glimpse and fan service: New media, new aesthetics', International Journal of the Humanities, 6 105-110 (2008) [C1]

This paper opens up a new theory of the glimpse as a special kind of seeing with special aesthetic and psychological features best made evident in the new media forms of anime and manga.

2004Russell K, 'Artefacts and affordance: the surface of meaning', Working Papers in Art & Design, 3 1-9 (2004) [C1]

This paper re-situates the object of study/performance/production in the creative research fields of art, design and communication.

2002Russell K, 'Why the Culture of Academic Rigour Matters to Design Research: or, Putting Your Foot into the Same Mouth Twice', Working Papers in Art and Design, 2 15 (2002) [C1]

This paper establishes key features of rigour that typify academic research. It takes the vantage of creative practices.

2001Russell K, 'Towards a Poetics of Design and Play', Designing in Context, Delft University Press, Delft, Netherlands 17-30 (2001) [B1]

This is a broad ranging paper that aims to inform the field of design studies from a broader literary perspective. It challenges the general simplicity of design studies by introducing the cognitive experiences and expectations of more elaborate cultures.

2005Russell K, 'The Existential Delights of the Designer: Towards a notion of works', Design Systems Evolution-The Application of Systemic and Evolutionary Approaches to Design Theory, Design Practice, Design Research and Design Education, University of the Arts, Bremen, Germany (2005) [E1]

This paper locates design studies within the historical tradition of American pragmatism. In doing so, it revives many of the urgencies that have been forgotten along the way as design has become mostly focused on production.

2003Russell K, 'New Media Poetics: The Manifesto Machine', New Media Poetics, 1-9 (2003) [C1]

Manifestoes offer to tell us what is at hand. This manifesto is an attempt to open up a new poetics.

2003Russell K, 'The Structure of Fake: Keeping Face in the Society of Designers?', New Media Poetics, 1-7 (2003) [C1]

Fakes are dynamic structures/concepts that allow for the cognitive transformation of practice. In the case of design, fakes offer dramatic insights into practice.

2006Russell K, 'From Economy to Ecology', The International journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Vol 2 No:2 67-72 (2006) [C1]

From small things big things grow; maybe they shouldn't be allowed to grow big? This paper offers a culture corrective to primitive satisfaction with expansion.

2000Russell K, 'Poetics and Practice: Studio Theoria', Working papers in Art and Design, one Website (2000) [C1]

Publications

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

Click on a category title below to expand the list of citations for that specific category.

Chapter (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Russell K, 'Why the culture of academic rigour matters to design research: or, putting your foot into the same mouth twice', Inclusive Practices, Inclusive Pedagogies: Learning from Widening Participation Research in Art and Design Higher Education, CPI Group, Croydon 198-204 (2011) [B2]
2010Russell K, 'On ducts and design', Questions, Hypotheses & Conjectures: Discussions on Projects by Early Stage and Senior Design Researchers, iUniverse, Bloomington, Indiana 294-302 (2010) [B1]
2010Russell K, 'Concepts of art and design: Tensions between domains', The Triumph of Design O Triunfo do Desenho: The Readers Design Magazine Volume #1, Livros Horizonte, Lisbon, Portugal 313-323 (2010) [B1]
2009Russell K, 'On the shine of things and the uses of gleaming', Objets & Communication, L'Harmattan, Paris, France 363-372 (2009) [B1]
2001Russell K, 'Towards a Poetics of Design and Play', Designing in Context, Delft University Press, Delft, Netherlands 17-30 (2001) [B1]

This is a broad ranging paper that aims to inform the field of design studies from a broader literary perspective. It challenges the general simplicity of design studies by introducing the cognitive experiences and expectations of more elaborate cultures.

2001Russell K, 'Design and Poetry:The Engineering of Sense', Complete with Instructions, Firebrand, Christchurch NZ 6-14 (2001) [B2]
Show 3 more

Journal article (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Russell K, 'The glimpse and fan service: New media, new aesthetics', International Journal of the Humanities, 6 105-110 (2008) [C1]

This paper opens up a new theory of the glimpse as a special kind of seeing with special aesthetic and psychological features best made evident in the new media forms of anime and manga.

2007Russell K, 'VRML techniques and the construction of cultural spaces', International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 2 41-44 (2007) [C1]
2006Russell K, 'From Economy to Ecology', The International journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Vol 2 No:2 67-72 (2006) [C1]

From small things big things grow; maybe they shouldn't be allowed to grow big? This paper offers a culture corrective to primitive satisfaction with expansion.

2004Russell K, 'Artefacts and affordance: the surface of meaning', Working Papers in Art & Design, 3 1-9 (2004) [C1]

This paper re-situates the object of study/performance/production in the creative research fields of art, design and communication.

2003Russell K, 'The Structure of Fake: Keeping Face in the Society of Designers?', New Media Poetics, 1-7 (2003) [C1]

Fakes are dynamic structures/concepts that allow for the cognitive transformation of practice. In the case of design, fakes offer dramatic insights into practice.

2003Russell K, 'New Media Poetics: The Manifesto Machine', New Media Poetics, 1-9 (2003) [C1]

Manifestoes offer to tell us what is at hand. This manifesto is an attempt to open up a new poetics.

2002Russell K, 'Time and Space in Hiruharama - James K Baxter's Vivid Culture of Images', Inter-Cultural Studies, 2 39-49 (2002) [C1]
2002Russell K, 'Loops and Fakes and Illusions', M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 5.4 (2002) 6 (2002) [C1]
2002Russell K, 'Why the Culture of Academic Rigour Matters to Design Research: or, Putting Your Foot into the Same Mouth Twice', Working Papers in Art and Design, 2 15 (2002) [C1]

This paper establishes key features of rigour that typify academic research. It takes the vantage of creative practices.

2002Russell K, 'Design Philosophy and Difference', The Design Journal, 2 35-40 (2002) [C1]

This paper distinguishes key features of design, communication and IT as areas of academic concern. By doing so it provides each area with distinctive approaches to research.

2001Russell K, 'Puppy Love: The Tongue of Design', Designjournalen, Vol 8 Nr 1/01 30-36 (2001) [C1]
2000Russell K, 'Poetics and Practice: Studio Theoria', Working papers in Art and Design, one Website (2000) [C1]
Show 9 more

Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Russell K, 'On Displacement, Blind Immediacy and the Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness', Design Issues (2001) [D1]

Conference (21 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Russell K, 'Childish transgressions in Doraemon: the moral voids of Nobita Nobi', Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ),, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Russell K, 'When I Pop the Top: The Sensibility of Things', Senses & Sensibility in Florianópolis: Advertising, Design, Fashion, Marketing, Photography and Visual Culture in the Right Place., Florianopolis, Brazil (2013) [E2]
2013Russell K, 'Moe and the Knowing Glimpse: Fanservice and Personal Seeing in Anime and Manga', Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary (2013) [E3]
2013Russell K, 'Rethinking Curricula: Media Law and Ethics', Journalism Education Association of Australia, Annual Conference, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia (2013) [E3]
2013Russell K, 'Unboxing and the Ends of Design: A Psychology of Unpacking', Design Principles and Practices, 7th International Conference, Chiba, Japan, (2013) [E3]
2013Russell K, 'Fanservice and the Glimpse in early Doraemon', SGMS: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures 2013, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis, Minnesota (2013) [E3]
2012Russell K, 'Media, law, ethics: The cuckoos come home to roost', Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2012Russell K, 'On making the affects of things', Book of Abstracts. Making: An International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, Notodden, Norway (2012) [E3]
2012Russell K, 'Moe: An affect of manga and anime', Third Annual International POPCAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2011Russell K, 'Adolescent identity, fanservice and the glimpse in manga and anime', POPCAANZ 2nd Annual International Conference, Auckland, NZ (2011) [E3]
2009Russell K, 'The glimpse and fanservice in anime and manga: Looking as a poetic', From Power 2 Empowerment: Critical Literacy in Visual Culture: Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on The Critical Examination of Visual Literacy, Dallas, TX (2009) [E1]
2008Russell K, 'Desire, lust and the glimpse of Manga and Anime', Proceedings from the 6th Conference on Design and Emotion 2008 (2008) [E3]
2005Russell K, 'The Existential Delights of the Designer: Towards a notion of works', Design Systems Evolution-The Application of Systemic and Evolutionary Approaches to Design Theory, Design Practice, Design Research and Design Education, University of the Arts, Bremen, Germany (2005) [E1]

This paper locates design studies within the historical tradition of American pragmatism. In doing so, it revives many of the urgencies that have been forgotten along the way as design has become mostly focused on production.

2003Russell K, 'Digital Humanities: reality and the agony of making real', Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities, The University of Sydney (2003) [E2]
2001Russell K, Meany MM, 'Merewether Baths will never look the same again', Computing Arts 2001, University of Sydney (2001) [E2]

Co-authors: Michael Meany

2001Meany MM, Russell K, 'The Cultural Spiral: Virtual Spaces as Records of Time:VRML Technologies', Computing Arts 2001: Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities, University of Sydney (2001) [E2]

Co-authors: Michael Meany

2000Russell K, 'Towards a poetics of designing', Foundations for the future: Doctoral Education in Design, La Clasaz France (2000) [E1]
2000Russell K, 'Getting on sartre's bike: teaching the object that essence does not precede existence', Design plus Research, Politecnixo di Milano (2000) [E1]
2000Russell K, 'From the not dog to nausea: Concepts that inform design', Re-inventing Design Education in the University, Curtin University, Perth, WA (2000) [E1]
1999Russell K, 'The Problem of the Problem and Perplexity', Themes and Variation in PBL, Montreal, Canada (1999) [E1]

This article challenges the general misconception about most PBL teaching. It argues that philosophical features of Dewey's perplexity model of problem-based learning are not found in most so-called PBL teaching. Indeed, most so-called PBL teaching is project-driven where the psychological benefits of perplexity are muted if not absent.

1999Russell K, 'Work, Works and Progress: Three Models of Spiritual Labour', Spirituality, Leadership and Management Conference 1999, Richmond, NSW (1999) [E2]
Show 18 more

Creative Work (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Russell K, The Tree and Fog and Death, Catchfire Press, Newcastle NSW (2001) [J2]
2001Russell K, There are Trees and Trees, Catchfire Press, Newcastle NSW (2001) [J2]
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$24,953

- Indicates that the researcher may be seeking students for this project.

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

2008 (1 grants)

Dare to Desire: 6th International Design & Emotion Conference, 6/10/2008 - 9/10/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189524

2005 (1 grants)

European Academy of Design 06 - Design - System - Evolution, 29-31 March 2005, Germany$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020052005
GNo:G0185100

2004 (1 grants)

Research into Practice, 2 July 2004, UK$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020042004
GNo:G0184146

2002 (1 grants)

The Basic Paradox [Design] - part of Profile Intermedia 5, Bremen, Germany 6 - 8 December 2002$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020022002
GNo:G0182630

2001 (1 grants)

Desire, Designium, Design: 4th European Academy of Design Conference, Portugal 10-12 April 2001$1,432
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,43220012001
GNo:G0180759

2000 (1 grants)

Doctoral Education in Design: Foundations for the Future, La Clusaz, France.$1,870
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,87020002000
GNo:G0180254

1997 (1 grants)

Design Education for the 21 Century, Gold Coast, QLD, 3-6 July 1997$311
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$31119971997
GNo:G0179558

1996 (1 grants)

An integrated electronic publishing strategy for learning$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Teaching Committee Teaching GrantsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00019961996
GNo:G0175997

1994 (1 grants)

Association of NZ Literature Conference on ames K Baxter, Poit and Prophet - Denedin - 26-28 August 1994$440
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$44019941994
GNo:G0175129

1993 (1 grants)

2D - 3D Real and virtual solids modelling$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Keith Russell
SchemeRole
Teaching Committee Teaching GrantsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00019931993
GNo:G0175911
Edit

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2005PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorThe Gap between Indonesian Media Training and the Profession: Factors Affecting Young Women in Communication Studies and Media Careers
2004PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorMASS MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY: a study of the roles of the mass media in the Indonesian transition period 1997-1999
Edit

Dr Keith Russell

Work Phone(02) 4985 4533
Fax(02) 4921 5896
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCommunication
Office
ICT3-54,
ICT Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/keith-russell
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/keith-russell