Dr Kim Barbour
Kim Barbour is a qualitative new media scholar. As a lecturer in the Department of Media, Kim’s work focuses on digital and online media, and storytelling. Kim’s research looks at online persona, the strategic production of identity through digital media, and particularly focuses on the use of social media. Kim’s research often focuses on artists or other creative practitioners.
Kim is the co-founding editor of the Persona Studies journal, an online, open access journal based at Deakin University. She has published a chapter in the edited book Media, Margins and Popular Culture (Palgrave), articles in Celebrity Studies, M/C Journal, First Monday, and Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, and her paper ‘Performing Professionalism | Validating Artistness’ won the Grant Noble award for best post-graduate paper at ANZCA 2014. She is currently co-authoring a book on Persona Studies to be published in 2017 by Wiley.
Kim's Google Scholar profile is available here: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=4uWj5ukAAAAJ&hl=en
Kim completed her doctoral study Finding the Edge: Online Persona Creation by Fringe Artists in 2014, graduating with her doctorate in 2015. She is currently co-authoring a book titled Persona Studies: Celebrity, Identity, and the Transformation of the Public Self for Wiley (for publication in 2017), and co-editor of Making Publics, Making Places, in preparation for The University of Adelaide Press (for publication in 2016).
Current research projects:
- Audience engagement with fictional television characters and actors through Twitter
- The performance of #watchingtv on Instagram
- Professional academic persona
- Online persona, activism, and art
- Celebrity Studies Conference, Amsterdam, 28-30 June, Round table presentation "Professions and Celebrity: Online visibility, prestige, and contentious authenticity"
- Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies, Barcelona, 3-5 July, Presentation "Unexpected Celebrity: When activist art goes viral"
- Psi 22, 6-9 July, Melbourne, Presentation "The performance of community activist: networked persona and everyday change-making"
|2015||Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|2009 - 2015||Research Assistant||Deakin University|
|2009 - 2015||Sessional Tutor||Deakin University|
|2014||Grant Noble Prize for Best Paper submitted by a Postgraduate Student||Australian & New Zealand Communication Association|
|2011 - 2014||Deakin University||Australia||PhD|
|2006||University of Waikato||New Zealand||MA|
|2001 - 2005||The University of Waikato||New Zealand||Bachelor of Communication Studies, Honours (1st Class)|
|2016||Moore,C, Barbour,K, 2016, Performing the networks of domestic and public persona, Persona Studies, 2, 1, 1-11|
|2015||Barbour,K, 2015, Performing professionalism|validating artistness, Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 6, ANZCA Special Issue, 5-12|
|2015||Barbour,K, 2015, Performing professionalism π Validating artistness, Platform, 6, Specialissue, 5-12|
|2015||David Marshall,P, Moore,C, Barbour,K, 2015, Persona as method: exploring celebrity and the public self through persona studies, Celebrity Studies, 6, 3, 288-305 10.1080/19392397.2015.1062649|
|2015||Marshall,PD, Barbour,K, 2015, Making intellectual room for Persona Studies: a new consciousness and a shifted perspective, Persona Studies, 1, 1, 1-12|
|2014||Vincs,K, Barbour,K, 2014, Snapshots of complexity: using motion capture and principal component analysis to reconceptualize dance, Digital Creativity, 25, 1, 62-78 10.1080/14626268.2013.786732|
|2014||Barbour,K, Marshall,PD, Moore,C, 2014, Persona to persona studies, M/C Journal, 17, 3, 1-6|
|2013||Barbour,K, 2013, Hiding in plain sight: street artists online, Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 5, 1, 86-96|
|2012||Barbour,K, Marshall,PD, 2012, The Academic Online: Constructing Persona Through the World Wide Web, First Monday, 17, 9, - 10.5210/fm.v0i0.3969|
|2016||2016, Making publics, making places, Unversity of Adelaide Press, Adelaide 10.20851/publics|
|2016||Barbour,K, 2016, Public audiencing: Using Twitter to study audience engagement with characters and actors, University of Adelaide Press, pp. 179-192 10.20851/publics-11|
|2016||Griffiths,M, Barbour,K, 2016, Making publics, making places, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 1-7 10.20851/publics-01|
|2015||Barbour,K, 2015, Registers of performance: negotiating the professional, personal and intimate in online persona creation, Palgrave MacMillan, United Kingdom, pp. 57-69 10.1057/9781137512819_5|
|2014||Barbour,K, 2014, Registers of performance: negotiating the professional, personal, and intimate, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association ; Media and the Margins - Annual Conference (MeCCSA 2014), Bournemouth, UK|
|2014||Barbour,K, 2014, Vaginal knitting and disgusting the internet, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Conference 2014, University of Wollongong, NSW|
|2013||Barbour,K, 2013, "It can be quite difficult to have your creativity on tap" : balancing client expectations and artistic practice in the tattoo industry, VI World Congress on Communication and Arts, WCCA'13, Geelong, Vic.|
|2013||Barbour,K, 2013, Hiding in plain sight: street artists online, ANZCA Conference Proceedings 2013, Fremantle, WA|
|2012||Barbour,K, 2012, The online identity: towards a hermeneutic phenomenological approach (short paper), Digital Humanities Australasia 2012 Conference, Canberra, ACT|
|2012||Barbour,K, Marshall,PD, 2012, Academic identity and the PLE, Personal Learning Environment Conference, Melbourne, Vic.|
|2009||Vincs,K, Yip,WY, Mac,V, Barbour,K, 2009, Choreographer-mathematician collaboration: developing machine segmentation techniques for motion capture analysis of dance, HCSNet Workshop on Movement and Motion Capture, Sydney, N.S.W.|
|2016||Marshall,P, D'Cruz,G, Barbour,K, McDonald,S, 2016, Roundtable: Professions and Celebrity: Online Visibility, Prestige and Contentious Authenticity in the Professional Persona, Celebrity Studies Journal Conference, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|2016||Barbour,K, 2016, Unexpected celebrity: when activist art goes viral, Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling, Barcelona, Spain|
|2016||Barbour,K, 2016, Public sharing of private spaces: #watchingtv, Digital Intimacies, University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia|
|2016||Barbour,K, 2016, The performance of community activist: networked persona and everyday change-making, PSi22: Performance Climates, Melbourne, Australia|
|2012||Barbour,K, 2012, The artist in a networked society, 1st Celebrity Studies Conference, Melbourne, Vic.|
|2012||Ng,E, Barbour,K, Moore,C, Marshall,PD, 2012, Operationalising persona: the academic public identity, 1st Celebrity Studies Inaugural Conference, Melbourne, Vic.|
|2014||Barbour,K; 2014; Finding the edge: online persona creation by fringe artists|
|2006||Barbour,K; 2006; Constructing artistic integrity : an exploratory study|
|2012||Barbour,K; 2012; Phenomenology and the online: the importance of studying experience|
2016 - Faculty Research Active Grants Scheme (FRAGS) award of $2850
2011-2014 - Deakin University Postgraduate Award / Australian Postgraduate Award for doctoral study
Kim Barbour teaches on two core Bachelor of Media courses:
- Introduction to Media: Digital Revolutions (Course co-ordinator Sal Humphries)
- Story/Technology: Writing Techniques (Course co-ordinator Kim Barbour)
Kim's teaching practice aims to make use of the substantial opportunities offered by online learning when matched with appropriate pedagogical approaches, and is planning a blended learning flipped classroom model for 2017.
Kim is actively seeking co-supervision opportunities with new and continuing Masters and Doctorate level students interested in online persona, digital and social media, and identity performance. (Please note that Kim is currently unable to be a primary supervisor.)