Dr Keith Russell

Senior Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Communication)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Higher Education, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Communication and media studies
  • Communication media law and ethics
  • Design concepts and methods
  • Media practice
  • Media production
  • New humanities
  • New media poetics
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of communication
  • Philosophy of design
  • Professional writing - practice-based learning

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080799Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified25
120399Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified50
190199Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2011 - Membership - Popular Culture Association of Australia and New ZealandPopular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand
Australia
1/02/2007 - Visiting Professor Unitec, Auckland
New Zealand
1/01/2003 - Editorial Board - New Media PoeticsNew Media Poetics
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Co-owner/moderator - PhD-Design email group (1200 members)PhD-Design email group
Australia

Invitations

Research Masters Examiner

YearTitle / Rationale
2007Unitec
Organisation: School of Design Description: In 2007, as part of my role as Visiting Professor, I have been invited to review an MA Design Management thesis.

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2012New Media Regulation and Cultural Literacies - The Need for Evidence-Based Policy
Organisation: Institute for Social Transformation Research
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


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, 'Design and Poetry:The Engineering of Sense', Complete with Instructions, Firebrand, Christchurch NZ 6-14 (2001) [B2]
2001Russell K, 'Towards a Poetics of Design and Play', Designing in Context, Delft University Press, Delft, Netherlands 17-30 (2001) [B1]
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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]
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]
2004Russell K, 'Artefacts and affordance: the surface of meaning', Working Papers in Art & Design, 3 1-9 (2004) [C1]
2003Russell K, 'The Structure of Fake: Keeping Face in the Society of Designers?', New Media Poetics, 1-7 (2003) [C1]
2003Russell K, 'New Media Poetics: The Manifesto Machine', New Media Poetics, 1-9 (2003) [C1]
2002Russell K, 'Loops and Fakes and Illusions', M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 5.4 (2002) 6 (2002) [C1]
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, 'Design Philosophy and Difference', The Design Journal, 2 35-40 (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]
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]
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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, 'Unboxing and the Ends of Design: A Psychology of Unpacking', Design Principles and Practices, 7th International Conference, Chiba, Japan, (2013) [E3]
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, '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]
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, '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]
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, 'Media, law, ethics: The cuckoos come home to roost', Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century, Adelaide, SA (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]

Fanservice is the random and gratuitous display of a series of anticipated gestures common in Japanese comics (Manga) and animated cartoons (Anime). Fanservice gestures include such things as panty shots, and glimpses of breast. These vagrant moments of libidinous possibility underwrite the anticipation of sensual fulfilment; they indicate the genuine access of the personal aesthetic experience to a realm and/or moment of reality in which the physical and the imaginative are co-extensive. The connection between the eye and desire is re-established in defiance of the general requirement in society to deny the glimpse. This paper will explore ways of looking revealed in Anime and Manga, in relation to the desire and lust for objects. How much of this special seeing can be universalized in terms of design? How might this way of seeing be used to extend our understanding of personal aesthetic engagement with objects?

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]
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-authorsMichael 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-authorsMichael Meany
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, 'Towards a poetics of designing', Foundations for the future: Doctoral Education in Design, La Clasaz France (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, 'Work, Works and Progress: Three Models of Spiritual Labour', Spirituality, Leadership and Management Conference 1999, Richmond, NSW (1999) [E2]
1999Russell K, 'The Problem of the Problem and Perplexity', Themes and Variation in PBL, Montreal, Canada (1999) [E1]
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Creative Work (2 outputs)

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

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$24,953

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


20081 grants / $1,700

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189524
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20051 grants / $2,400

European Academy of Design 06 - Design - System - Evolution, 29-31 March 2005, Germany$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185100
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20041 grants / $2,400

Research into Practice, 2 July 2004, UK$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184146
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $2,400

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182630
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20011 grants / $1,432

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180759
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20001 grants / $1,870

Doctoral Education in Design: Foundations for the Future, La Clusaz, France.$1,870

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180254
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19971 grants / $311

Design Education for the 21 Century, Gold Coast, QLD, 3-6 July 1997$311

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0179558
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19961 grants / $6,000

An integrated electronic publishing strategy for learning$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTeaching Committee Teaching Grants
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0175997
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19941 grants / $440

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0175129
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19931 grants / $6,000

2D - 3D Real and virtual solids modelling$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Keith Russell
SchemeTeaching Committee Teaching Grants
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1993
GNoG0175911
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2005The Gap between Indonesian Media Training and the Profession: Factors Affecting Young Women in Communication Studies and Media Careers
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2004MASS MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY: a study of the roles of the mass media in the Indonesian transition period 1997-1999
Communication & Media Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Keith Russell

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Communication

Contact Details

Emailkeith.russell@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4985 4533
Fax(02) 4921 5896

Office

RoomICT3-54
BuildingICT Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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