Professor Hart Cohen

Professor Hart Cohen

Communication, Creative Industries & Screen Media


Dr Hart Cohen is  Professor in Media Arts in the School of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He is  Dr Cohen is a member of the Institue for Culutre and Society and supervises a number of MA (research), DCA and PhD students. He has published widely in the field of visual anthropology, communications and film studies. Dr Cohen directed three Australian Research Council Projects related to the Strehlow Collection held at the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs. The current project is an online database documentary related to TGH Strehlow?s memoir, Journey to Horseshoe Bend. Two films have been made in relation to these projects: Mr. Strehlow?s Films (SBSi 2001) and Cantata Journey (ABC TV 2006). He co-edited a special issue of Media International Australia on the theme of Digital Anthropology (MIA 116 August 2005). Dr Cohen is co-author of Screen Media Arts: An Introduction to Concepts and Practices for Oxford University Press (2009) and founding editor of the Global Media Journal (Australian Edition).

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  • PhD McGill University (Canada)
  • MA McGill University (Canada)
  • BA McGill University (Canada)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Communication, Creative Industries & Screen Media


Phone: 5153
Mobile: 0418654434
Location: BB.G.32
Penrith (Werrington South)ED.G.40

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  • Cohen, H. (2017), 'The Strehlow Archive: Explorations in Old and New Media', : Routledge 9781472487094.
  • Cohen, H., Salazar, J. and Barkat, I. (2009), 'Screen Media Arts: An introduction to concepts and practices', : Oxford University Press 9780195562446.

Chapters in Books

  • Cohen, H. (2021), 'Media production in the age of internet media : digitisation, mediation, co-creation', Reimagining Communication: Action, Routledge 9781138499041.
  • Cohen, H., Gurney, M. and Castillo, A. (2021), 'What's he done now? : seeing the United States and Trump through the Australian media', Global Media Perceptions of the United States: The Trump Effect, Rowman & Littlefield 9781538142417.
  • Cohen, H., Sidoti, F., Gill, A., Mellick Lopes, A., Hatfield, M. and Allen, J. (2021), 'Sustainability, living labs and repair : approaches to climate change mitigation', Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene, Open Book Publishers 9781783749621.
  • Cohen, H. (2019), '"Sight unseen" : the ethos of handmade films', Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age, McGill-Queen's University Press 9780773556867.
  • Cohen, H. (2016), 'The Strehlow-Hermannsburg/Ntaria perplex : translation in a Lutheran-Aboriginal Community', Religion and Non-Religion Among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Routledge 9781472443830.
  • Cohen, H. (2015), 'Film as cultural memory : the struggle for repatriation and restitution of cultural property in central Australia', Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggles: Powerful Times, Palgrave 9781137032713.
  • Cohen, H. (2015), 'The mirror cracks : reviving the observational documentary in Lixin Fan's Last Train Home and Yung Chan's Up the Yangtze', Global Media Worlds and China, Communication University of China Press 9787565712616.
  • Cohen, H. (2014), 'Transmediated educational futures : case studies in the use of transmedia in educational contexts', Transmedia Practice: A Collective Approach, Inter-Disciplinary Press 9781848882614.
  • Cohen, H. (2013), 'Culture, nation and technology : immersive media and the Saudi Arabia pavilion', Shanghai Expo: An International Forum on the Future of Cities, Routledge 9780415524629.
  • Cawthorn, M. and Cohen, H. (2013), 'Digital archives and discoverability : innovating access to the Strehlow collection', Information Technology and Indigenous Communities, AIATSIS Research Publications 9781922102164.
  • Cohen, H., Morley, R., Dallow, P. and Kaufmann, L. (2010), 'Database Narratives: Conceptualising Digital Heitage Databases in Remote Aboriginal Communities', Information Visualization, IEEE computer society, Conference Publishing Services (CPS) 9780769541655.
  • Cohen, H. (2007), 'Early Ethnogaphic Film and Documentary: Points of Contact', Memories of the Origins of Ethnographic Film, Peter Lang Europaischer Verlag der Wissenschaften 9783631507353.
  • Cohen, H. (2006), 'Repertoire, Landscape and Memory: Schultz' and Williams Journey to Horsehsoe Bend Cantata', Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, Australian Music Centre 9780909168605.
  • Cohen, H. (2003), 'Moral Copyright: indigenous people and contemporary film', Image Ethics in the Digital Age, University of Minnesota Press 0816638241.
  • Cohen, H. (2002), 'Satellite television and new subjectivities : media consumption and the dynamics of social and political change', Mapping Globalisation, Southbound Press 9789839054248.
  • Cohen, H. (2001), 'The filmworks of TGh Strehlow: Commodities of the sacred', Compr(om)ising post/colonialism(s), Dangaroo Press 0864186460.

Journal Articles

  • Cohen, H. (2021), 'The "untranslatables" as symptoms of difference : from a network of languages to a language of networks', Asiatic, vol 15, no 1 , pp 14 - 35.
  • Kerrigan, S., Leahy, G. and Cohen, H. (2016), 'Still a burning issue : measuring screen production research', Studies in Australasian Cinema, vol 10, no 1 , pp 79 - 86.
  • Cohen, H. and Morley, R. (2015), 'The visual remediation of a complex narrative : reimagining the "small world" stories of Journey to Horseshoe Bend', Scholarly and Research Communication, vol 6, no 4 .
  • Cohen, H. (2015), 'Research creation : a scholarship of creativity?', NMC Media-N, vol 11, no 3 , pp 48 - 61.
  • Cohen, H. (2012), 'Database documentary : from authorship to authoring in remediated/remixed documentary', Culture Unbound, vol 4 , pp 327 - 346.
  • Cohen, H. (2012), 'From social media to social energy (evepyeia) : the idea of the 'social' in 'social media'', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol 6, no 1 .
  • Cohen, H. (2010), 'Knowledge and A Scholarship of Creativity', IM Interactive Media, vol 2010, no 5 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Cohen, H. (2005), 'The Visual Mediation of a Complex Narrative: TGH Strehlow's Journey to Horseshoe Bend', Media Interantional Australia, vol 116 , pp 36 - 51.
  • Cohen, H. (2004), 'Trust Me - I'm an Editor', Metro, vol 141 , pp 106 - 110.

Conference Papers

  • Porter, G., Cohen, H. and Whitfield, D. (2009), 'The Influence of Image Perspective on Facial Morphology Comparison and Photoanthropometric Analysis in Facial Identification from Photographs', 19th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, Melbourne.

Other Publications

  • 2006, 'Cantata Journey', Published Work
  • 2001, 'Mr Strehlow's Films', Recorded Work

Previous Projects

Title: The filmworks of THG Strehlow: Interpretation, documentation and re-organisation of the filmworks held at the Strehlow Research Centre
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen
Years: 1999-01-01 - 2001-12-31
ID: P0009634
Title: Re-Imagining TGH Strehlow's Memoir, Journey to Horseshoe Bend
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen
Years: 2003-05-20 - 2004-02-23
ID: P0013660
Title: Visiting Fellow - Adrian Herring - Media Production
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen
Years: 1999-09-13 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0013118
Title: Re-imagining TGH Strehlow's 'Journey to Horseshoe Bend'
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Northern Territory of Australia
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen
Years: 2004-06-22 - 2005-09-01
ID: P0010792
Title: The visual mediation of a complex narrative: TGH Strehlow's Journey to Horseshoe Bend
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Northern Territory of Australia
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen and Peter Dallow
Years: 2005-04-04 - 2008-06-30
ID: P0012624
Title: Mr Strehlow's Films
  • Australian Film Finance Corporation Limited
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen
Years: 2000-06-26 - 2001-04-30
ID: P0012746
Title: The ethnography of indigenous communication: The case of Carl Strehlow's Aranda and Loritja word lists
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen and Sidney Newton
Years: 2004-02-16 - 2006-05-31
ID: P0011630
Title: Digital Refuge: Urban Narrative Strategies and Sustainable Media in Western Sydney
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Information and Cultural Exchange
Western Researchers: Juan Francisco Salazar Sutil, Hart Cohen and Antonio Castillo
Years: 2007-11-02 - 2009-03-02
ID: P0015723
Title: Royalties Mr Strehlow's Films
  • Journocam Productions
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen
Years: 2002-01-01 - 2007-10-18
ID: P0014306
Title: Australian Canadian Studies Journal
  • Assoc for Canadian Studies in Aust and NZ
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen
Years: 1997-05-01 - 2002-12-31
ID: P0013308
Title: Digital Humanities in the Indian Rim
  • Ministry Of Human Resource Development, India
Western Researchers: Rachel Hendery, Hart Cohen and Helen Bones
Years: 2019-03-15 - 2021-03-15
ID: P00025596
Title: Residents' Voices: Advantage, Disadvantage, Community and Place
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Flinders University of South Australia
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Tenants' Union of NSW
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Hart Cohen
Years: 2010-12-01 - 2014-05-31
ID: P00017822
Title: The Passion, Power, and Politics of Aboriginal Art: Established Artists and Emerging NSW Women Artists' Perceptions and Representational Bias in Collections
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen and Michael Atherton Am
Years: 2011-01-01 - 2014-04-30
ID: P00018907
Title: Digital Archives, Datadiversity and Discoverability: The Strehlow Collection as Knowledge Resource for Remote Indigenous Communities
  • Northern Territory of Australia
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Northern Territory of Australia
Western Researchers: Hart Cohen, Rachel Morley and Juan Francisco Salazar Sutil
Years: 2012-01-24 - 2016-05-31
ID: P00019985


Professor Cohen is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Framing Terrorism in Indonesia: A Case Study of Islamic Magazines in Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Television without Frontiers: A Comparative Study of Television Downloading Practices in Australia and Brazil
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Early Sydney Punk: Methods in Visual Ethnography
Field of Research: Communication And Media Studies; Society And Culture; Anthropology

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