Dr Kim Barbour

Kim Barbour
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts

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

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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

Upcoming presentations:

  • 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"

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Lecturer University of Adelaide
2009 - 2015 Research Assistant Deakin University
2009 - 2015 Sessional Tutor Deakin University

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2014 Grant Noble Prize for Best Paper submitted by a Postgraduate Student Australian & New Zealand Communication Association

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
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)

Keywords

Arts and Cultural Policy, Communication & Media Studies, Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies, Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy

Journals

Date Citation
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

Books

Date Citation
2016 2016, Making publics, making places, Unversity of Adelaide Press, Adelaide 10.20851/publics

Book Chapters

Date Citation
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

Conference Papers

Date Citation
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.

Conference Items

Date Citation
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.

Theses

Date Citation
2014 Barbour,K; 2014; Finding the edge: online persona creation by fringe artists
2006 Barbour,K; 2006; Constructing artistic integrity : an exploratory study

Working Paper

Date Citation
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:

2016

  • 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.)

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2014 Member Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Australia
2013 Member Australia New Zealand Communication Association Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2014 Editor-In-chief Persona Studies Australia
Phone
83133405
Fax
8313 4341
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building
Room Number
9 24
Org Unit
Media

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