School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts Staff
Dr Tama Leaver
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|School||School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts|
|Department||Department of Internet Studies|
|Phone||+618 9266 1258|
PhD 2006 - The University of Western Australia
BA(Hons) 2000 - First Class Honours in English, Communcation and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia
Tama Leaver is a lecturer in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University. He teaches and researches a range of issues in the broad area of internet communications, including online identities, social media, convergence, the changing landscapes of commercial media in the face of participatory culture, and to the role of social software in education and everyday life. He received his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2006. In 2011 he was awarded a Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award. His research record and other information is available in his online Curriculum Vitae, and for more detailed information about Tama's research, click here.
Memberships, Awards and Training
The Association of Internet Researchers <http://aoir.org/>
The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association <http://www.anzca.net/>
- 2012: Australian Award for University Teaching in the Humanities and Arts.
Awarded by the (National) Office of Teaching and Learning.
- 2011: Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award.
Awarded by Curtin University.
- 2005: Excellence in Teaching Award: Early Career Teacher.
Awarded by the University of Western Australia.
Teaching - Undergraduate
In 2012 I taught:
- Web Communications 101 (and 501)
- Web Media 207 (and 507)
- social media;
- copyright (in particular the Creative Commons and other alternative copyright arrangements)
- cultural studies;
- participatory culture;
- citizen journalism;
- film studies;
- science fiction;
- flexible delivery;
- open educational resources (OERs);
- social software (including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace);
- teaching & learning in higher education.
Full details of my current research are available here.Back to top
- Leaver, T. 2012. Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology, and Bodies. London and New York: Routledge.
Book Chapters (Research)
- Leaver, T. 2013. “Selling an Australian Cinderella? YouTube Stories.” In Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012, ed. T. Dalziell and P. Genoni, 573-578. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing.
- Leaver, T. 2008. “'Humanity’s Children:' Constructing and Confronting the Cylons.” In Cylons in America: Critical Studies of Battlestar Galactica, ed. Potter and C.W. Marshall, 132-142. New York: Continuum.
Journal Articles (Research)
- Leaver, T. 2013. “The Social Media Contradiction: Data Mining and Digital Death.” M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture 16 (2).
- Leaver, T. 2013. “Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible, and the Future of Web Media.” Popular Communication 11 (2): 160-173.
- Leaver, T., M. Willson, and M. Balnaves. 2012. “Transparency and the Ubiquity of Information Filtration?.” Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy 1 (2).
- Leaver, T. 2008. “Watching Battlestar Galactica in Australia and the Tyranny of Digital Distance.” Media International Australia 1 (126): 145-154.
- Leaver, T. 2006. “The Blogging of Everyday Life.” Reconstruction: studies in contemporary culture. 6 (4).
- Leaver, T. 2004. “Iatrogenic Permutations: From Digital Genesis to the Artificial Other.” Comparative Literature Studies 41 (3): 424-435.
- Leaver, T. 2004. “Rationality, Representation and the Holocaust in Life is Beautiful.” Limina 10: 70-80.
- Leaver, T. 2004. “‘The Infinite Plasticity of the Digital’: Posthuman Possibilities, Embodiment and Technology in William Gibson’s Interstitial Trilogy.” Reconstruction: studies in contemporary culture 4 (3).
- Leaver, T. 2003. “WebCT: Will the future of online education be user friendly?.” Fibreculture Journal 2.
- Leaver, T. 2003. “Interstitial Spaces and Multiple Histories in William Gibson's Virtual Light, Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties.” Limina 9: 118-130.
Conference Articles (Research)
- Balnaves, M., M. Willson, and T. Leaver. 2012. “Entering Farmville: Finding Value in Social Games.” In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference 2012, Jun 4, 2012, Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
- Leaver, T., M. Balnaves, and M. Willson. 2011. “The Ubiquity of Information Filtration.” In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Communication on the edge 2011, Jul 6, 2011, Hamilton, New Zealand: ANZCA.
- Herrington, A., J. A. Schrape, K. S. Flintoff, T. Leaver, M. Molineux, and S. O'Hare. 2010. “A scholarship program for academic staff to develop exemplary online learning tasks.” In ascilite 2010, Dec 5, 2010, Sydney: ascilite.
- Balnaves, M., T. Leaver, and M. Willson. 2010. “Habermas and the Net.” In 60th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Jun 23, 2010, Singapore: All Academic, Inc.
Additional publication categories
Book Chapters - Other
- Leaver, T. 2012. “Twittering informal learning and student engagement in first-year units.” In Engaging students with learning technologies, ed. A. Herrington, J. Schrape, and K. Singh, 97-110. Australia: Curtin University.
Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)
- Leaver, T. 2011. “Angry Birds: The Remix.” Flow TV 13 (13).
- Leaver, T. 2011. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.” Flow TV 13 (10).
- Leaver, T. 2010. “FlashForward or FlashBack: Television Distribution in 2010?.” Flow TV 11 (5).
- Leaver, T. 2010. “How Chatroulette Taught Me Everything I Need to Know About the Internet.” Flow TV 11 (10).
- Leaver, T. 2010. “The Anti-Social Network.” Flow TV 13 (4).