Dr Natalia Grincheva is a an internationally recognized scholar in cultural and digital diplomacy, soft power and contemporary museology. The author of “Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy,” she also has published more than 30 research articles, book chapters and reports in prominent academic outlets.
Jinhan Fan is currently completing a Masters of Marketing and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has also previously completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media and Communication at Monash University. The studies have equipped her with a strong knowledge of marketing and media. She has been always had an interest in strategic branding and digital marketing, previously she worked as an intern at a global advertising company to assist the IBM account team with campaign strategies and pitches. Currently, Jinhan has been volunteering as a social media coordinator at Moral FairGround to promote Australia's biggest ethical lifestyle festival at Federation Square. For this research, she is focusing on mapping the hosting countries. She is particularly interested in expanding knowledge of digital visualization and hone skills in data analysis.
Vivien is currently completing a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne. She has also previously completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Screen and Cultural Studies at the university. In this degree she studied film theory, with a focus on the relationship between film and gender theory. Her interests are primarily in film and cinema studies, particularly in the areas of film distribution and exhibition, and how these fields affect audience engagement. She is particularly interested in exploring how audience’s experiences are affected by changing formats of film exhibition and consumption. Vivien has been involved as a volunteer at several film festivals and cultural events in Melbourne such as, the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, MonsterFest, and the Japanese Film Festival.
Born in Anhui, China, Yerong is currently studying in the Master of Marketing Communication at the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. She holds a bachelor’s degree of Information Management and Information System from the Nanjing Forestry University. She has been working and volunteering in different exhibitions across visual arts and food industry, which is essential to build up her skills and knowledge in audience development as well as process management. She also has communication experiences in working in an international company for 6 months. Besides, she is passionate about exploring the exhibition object list and summarizing all the ACMI collections. Her research task is focus on tracking the development of institutional brand recognition across the world. She wishes to be a data analysis expert in the future.
Elle Liu holds a Bachelor degree in Film Studies with a major in Scriptwriting from the Communication University of China, Beijing. She is currently studying in the Masters of Global Media Communication at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. Her research interests include screen cultures, digital communications, media convergence, journalism practice and cinema studies. Recently, her research has focused on using close textual readings to analyze gender and sexual identities in contemporary queer representations. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Elle Liu was a freelance screenwriter with a primary focus on adolescence, fan subcultures, and cultural translation. She has worked in various media corporations including China Central Television and had artistic practice in the area of Film and Television Production as script coordinator, journalist, and editor.
James Cameron, Research Intern
James is a Master of Arts and Cultural Management student at the University of Melbourne. In addition to his studies, he is currently a producer for the Melbourne Shakespeare Company, the Producer for the University of Melbourne Law Revue and volunteer staff with the MIFF Industry 37 South Market.
He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Melbourne, with a double major in politics and international studies, and history. He has written academically and creatively; writing a number of short plays and films, as well as directing for stage and screen. He has past experience with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Vision Australia Radio, MIFF and Odeon Cinemas.
Born in Guangdong, China, Kehui currently is a graduate of the MA Arts and Cultural Management Program at the University of Melbourne. She has been working and volunteering in different arts organizations across visual art and theatre, which is essential to building up her skills and knowledge in audience development as well as program management. Lin is passionate about exploring the political and economic issues affecting the local art sector and wish to be an art researcher in the future.
Storytelling --International Tours
Kehui is focusing on tracing stories beyond the quantitative data of ACMI international blockbusters.
Kun Liu is a graduate student of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. As an art student, she has been studying painting for more than ten years. She studied new media and contemporary art at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 2015. Following this, she has worked for China Media Lab as a graphic designer, her job is responsible for media operation and graphic design. She has participated in various projects, including the premiere of a film named Crosscurrent and the promotion activities of film named Shadow Agency.
Maggie Thawley is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. In her Bachelor of Arts she majored in Creative Writing while also completing her Diploma in Music for classical voice. She also minored in Ancient World Studies where she pursued her interest in stories of ancient cultures. Maggie has experience writing across a broad range of genres and styles such as biography and poetry, and is keen to expand her writing skills. She has been studying writing and editing for five years and is interested in a career in the publishing industry and is especially concerned with transmedia and how digital factors have affected the book marketing landscape.
Phoebe Di Wang is currently a graduate student in the major of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. The main areas of her academic and professional training are museum studies. She has internship and volunteer experiences in the creative industry both in Melbourne and China, by engaging with different art institutions and organizations such as the Grainger Museum, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Snuff Puppets theatre company, and Nancy’s Gallery. With a profound interest in the research field about the cultural diversity and cross-cultural communications, she was one of the initiators of the publication project: International: Melbourne about international students’ lives in Melbourne. She is pursuing a professional future concerning audience engagement, exhibition management, and museum administration.