Professor Paul Arthur

Professor Paul Arthur

Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts

Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts


Paul Arthur is Professor and Chair in Digital Humanities at the University of Western Sydney. He leads the Digital Humanities Research Group and is an advisory board member of the Institute for Culture and Society and the Centre for Western Sydney.  A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he speaks and publishes widely on the global impacts of technology in society and culture. He has held visiting positions in Europe, Asia and North America and is Co–Chair of centerNet, the worldwide network of digital research centres. Paul Arthur was previously Deputy Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies, a joint–funded initiative of the European Commission and the Australian National University. From 2010–2013 he was Deputy Director of the National Centre of Biography, ANU, and Deputy General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. He serves on the executive boards and councils of the global Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, the International Auto/Biography Association, the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (founding President 2011–2015), Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, and the NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) Super Science initiative of the Australian Government.

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  • PhD University of Western Australia

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts
  • Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts



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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102299 Text, Media and Memory, 2015



  • Arthur, P. and Bolton, G. (2012), 'Voices from the West End : Stories, People and Events that Shaped Fremantle', : Western Australian Museum 9781920843663.
  • Arthur, P. (2011), 'Virtual Voyages : Travel Writing and the Antipodes 1605-1837', : Anthem Press 9781843318002.

Chapters in Books

  • Arthur, P. (2015), 'Death in social media : the digital afterlife', Memorialisation, Universitatsverlag Winter 9783825363963.
  • Arthur, P. (2014), 'Biographical dictionaries in the digital era ', Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137336996.
  • Bode, K. and Arthur, P. (2014), 'Collecting ourselves', Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137336996.
  • Arthur, P. (2014), 'Memory and commemoration in the digital present', Contemporary Approaches in Literary Trauma Theory, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137365934.
  • Arthur, P. (2013), 'Introduction', International Life Writing: Memory and Identity in Global Context, Routledge 9780415522540.
  • Arthur, P. (2013), 'Unearthing the past : Dwikozy revisited', International Life Writing: Memory and Identity in Global Context, Routledge 9780415522540.
  • Arthur, P. (2012), 'Connecting and enabling the humanities : e-research in the border zone', Collabrorative and Distributed E-Research: Innovations in Technologies, Strategies and Applications, Information Science Reference 9781466601253.
  • Arthur, P. and Bolton, G. (2012), 'Introduction', Voices from the West End: Stories, People and Events That Shaped Fremantle, Western Australian Museum 9781920843663.
  • Arthur, P. (2011), 'Toward a global digital history', Global Media,Culture, and Identity: Theory, Cases, and Approaches, Routledge 9780415877909.
  • Arthur, P. (2009), 'Saving lives : digital biography and life writing', Save As... Digital Memories, Palgrave 9780230542525.

Journal Articles

  • Arthur, P. (2015), 'Coda : data generation', Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol 38, no 2 , pp 312 - 320.
  • Arthur, P. (2015), 'Re-imagining a nation : the Australian dictionary of biography online', The European Journal of Life Writing, vol 4 , pp 108 - 124.
  • Arthur, P. (2015), 'Material memory and the digital', Life Writing, vol 12, no 2 , pp 189 - 200.
  • Arthur, P. (2015), 'Digital textuality, writing and new media', Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, vol 26, no 2 , pp 113 - 123.
  • Arthur, P. and Kurvet-Kaosaar, L. (2015), 'Private lives, intimate readings', Life Writing, vol 12, no 2 , pp 119 - 123.
  • Arthur, P. (2014), 'Reclaiming the past : Nadia's story', Life Writing, vol 11, no 4 , pp 459 - 476.
  • Arthur, P. (2014), 'Out of frame', Auto/Biography Studies, vol 29, no 1 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Arthur, P. (2012), 'Literary and cartographic projections', International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol 2, no 3 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Arthur, P. (2009), 'Digital biography : capturing lives online', Auto/Biography Studies, vol 24, no 1 , pp 74 - 92.
  • Arthur, P. (2009), 'Virtual strangers : e-research and the humanities', Australian Cultural History , vol 27, no 1 , pp 47 - 59.
  • Arthur, P. (2008), 'Digital fabric, narrative threads : patchwork designs on history', Interdisciplinary Humanities, vol 25, no 2 , pp 106 - 120.
  • Arthur, P. (2008), 'Participating in the past : recording lives in digital environments', Cultural Studies Review, vol 14, no 1 , pp 187 - 201.
  • Arthur, P. (2008), 'Pixelated memory : online commemoration of trauma and crisis', Interactive Media , vol 4 , pp 1 - 19.
  • Arthur, P. (2008), 'Fictions of encounter : eighteenth-century imaginary voyages to the antipodes', The Eighteenth Century, vol 49, no 3 , pp 197 - 210.
  • Arthur, P. (2008), 'Exhibiting history : the digital future', reCollections (National Museum of Australia), vol 3, no 1 .
  • Arthur, P. (2008), 'Digital lives : oral histories, community building, and experimental multimedia', Issues in Writing, vol 17, no 1/2 , pp 118 - 142.

Conference Papers

  • Arthur, P. (2014), 'Knowledge networks in the humanities', Digital Humanities Congress, Sheffield, U.K..


Paul Arthur's publications include: Virtual Voyages: Travel Writing and the Antipodes 16051837 (2010), and the edited volumes Private Lives, Intimate Readings (2015, with Leena Kurvet–Käosaar), Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories (2014, with Katherine Bode), Framing Lives (2014), International Life Writing: Memory and Identity in Global Context (2013), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 18 (2012, Deputy General Editor), the award–winning Voices from the West EndStories, People and Events That Shaped Fremantle (2012, with Geoffrey Bolton), and Recovering Lives (2011). Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity (ed.) and Border Crossings: Essays in Identity and Belonging (ed. with Leena Kurvet–Käosaar) are forthcoming in 2016. He is editor of the book series Scholarship in the Digital Age (Anthem Press, London and New York) and an advisory board member for the journal Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press). 

In 2016–2017 Paul Arthur is a Visiting Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He was one of thirteen Australian academics selected for the Indian Government Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN) Program for Distinguished International Faculty in 2015. Paul Arthur was Dr R. Marika Chair of Australian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany in 2013–2014, and he is an Adjunct Professor of the University of Canterbury. Over the past decade he has been a Visiting Fellow at: the ANU Centre for European Studies, Australian National University (2013–); the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2010–2011); HUMlab, the digital research centre at Umeå University, Sweden (2009–2010); the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, USA (2009); the Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia (2007); Manning Clark House, Canberra (2007); and the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2006), where he was also an Adjunct Research Fellow (2007–2009). In 2004 he was Helen and John S. Best Research Fellow at the American Geographical Society Library and an International Associate of the Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. In the same year he received an Australian Academy of the Humanities Fieldwork Fellowship. 

Paul Arthur has a PhD from the University of Western Australia (English, Communication and Cultural Studies), Bachelor of Arts double major in English and Comparative Literature and Communication Studies with First Class Honours (Murdoch University, Western Australia), and diplomas of Leadership and Management (University of Western Australia Business School) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (International Learning Centre, Edinburgh). Paul is also a violinist, with an Associate of Music (AMusA with High Distinction, Australian Music Examinations Board). Classically trained, he has performed and recorded with international artists including Yothu Yindi, Andrew Farriss, Tania Kernaghan, Billy Thorpe and José Padilla.

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Current Projects

Title: Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment
Years: 2016-06-13 - 2018-06-12
ID: P00022619
Western Researchers: Simon Burrows, Paul Arthur and Jason Ensor
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)

Previous Projects

Title: DomeLab: an ultra-high resolution experimental fulldome [via UNSW - no funding to UWS]
Years: 2015-02-23 - 2016-02-22
ID: P00022200
Western Researchers: Paul Arthur
  • Australian Research Council (non ACRG)
Title: Ageing Creatively: Creative Writing as a Tool for Healthy Ageing
Years: 2015-03-01 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022526
Western Researchers: Anthony Uhlmann, Paul Arthur, Christopher Davis, Denis Burnham, Esther Chang, Hazel Smith, Jason Ensor, Rachel Hendery, Rachel Morley and Melinda Jewell
  • University of Western Sydney


Current Supervision

Title: Perspectives and Experiences of young People of the Impacts of Cyber Life in Constructing Self-Identities, Wellbeing and Resilient Abilities: Risk Factors and Strategies
Field of Research:
Title: Colouring Outside the Lines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Digital Media Law
Field of Research:
Title: Impact of Digital Media in Academic Publishing: A Perspective
Field of Research:

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