Professor Hart Cohen


Associate Professor Hart Cohen with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Dr Hart Cohen is Professor in Media Arts in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Institute for Cultural and Society and the Digital Humanities Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Cohen has led three Australian Research Council Projects related to the Strehlow Collection held at the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs and Digital archives, datadiversity and discoverability: the Strehlow Collection as knowledge resource for remote indigenous communities. He has published widely, the most recent a sole-authored book, titled, The Strehlow Archive: Explorations in new and old media (2017).

A second (co-edited) book is in preparation based on a SSHRC funded project, titled, “Patterns that connect: re-curating Edmund Carpenter's anthropological media studies” with (McGill-Queens Press).


  • PhD, 1989, McGill University, Canada
  • MA (Research), 1979, McGill University, Canada
  • BA (English), 1971, McGill University, Canada

Research Focus

  • Visual Communications
  • Indigenous Media
  • Digital Cultural Heritage

Selected Awards and Recognition

  • 2009: Screen Media Arts (OUP) Winner - Australian Publishers Association BEST TEXT (WHOLLY AUSTRALIAN)
  • 2009: 20 year service award, University of Western Sydney.
  • 2005: VC Community Partnership Award For work executed with the Strehlow Research Centre and the Arrernte community at Ntaria/Hermannsburg.
  • 2004: Royal Anthropological Institute Ethnographic Film Festival (Film Screened in Competition).

Selected Publications

Cohen, H (2020) Media Production in the age of Internet Media: Digitisation, Mediation, Co-Creation, in Reimagining Communication, Filmowicz & Tzankova eds., Routledge: NY.

Cohen, H (2019) Sight Un-seen: The Ethos of Hand -made Films in Process Cinema, Marchessault and Mackenzie eds., McGill – Queens: Montreal-Kingston.

Cohen, H (2018) The Strehlow Archive: Explorations in old and new media (Routledge), Routledge: NY.

Cohen, H Salazar, J & Barkat, I (2009) Screen Media Arts: An Introduction to Concepts and Practices, Oxford University Press: Melbourne Sydney.

Cohen, H (2016) The Strehlow - Hermannsburg/Ntaria Perplex: Translation in a Lutheran-Aboriginal Community in Cox and Possamai, Religion and Non-religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, London, Ashgate.

Cohen, H (2015) Film as Cultural Memory: The Struggle for Repatriation and Restitution of Cultural Property in Central Australia in Reading A., & Katriel, T., Powerful times: Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggle, London: Palgrave.

Cohen, H (2015) The Mirror Cracks: Reviving the Observational Documentary in Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home and Yung Chan’s Up the Yangtze in Global Media Worlds and China, International Journal of the M-League Symposium.

Cohen, H (2013) Culture, Nation and Technology: Immersive Media and the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, in Tim Winter, Ed., Shanghai Expo: An International Forum on the Future of Cities, London: Routledge.

Cohen, H & Cawthorn, M (2013), Digital archives and discoverability : innovating access to the Strehlow collection in Information Technology and Indigenous Communities, Ormond-Parker, Lyndon, Corn, Aaron, Fforde, Cressida, Obata, Kazuko, O'Sullivan, Sandy, Canberra, A.C.T., pp 185-196.

Cohen, H (2015), Research Creation: a scholarship of creativity?, NMC Media-N, vol 11, no 3, pp 48-61.

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