» Dr. Kelli L. Fuery
Assistant Professor

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Health and Strategic Communication
Department of Honors Program
Dr. Kelli L. Fuery
Office Location:
DeMille Hall 150B
Office Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays by appointment
University Honors Program
Macquarie University, Bachelor of Arts
Murdoch University, Ph.D. in Philosophy

I am interested in exploring why and how we choose to mediate the world around us in the ways that we do, specifically how our social and cultural contexts and environments influence our choices. The frame that dominates my consideration of these questions is visual culture, especially how we use it and how it positions us. In every project, I am interested in the positioning and mechanics of power and knowledge, the assembly and dismantling of structures, and the role ethics plays in the exchange of aesthetics. Visual Cultures and Critical Theory (2003) recognized the rapid influence of mediated images on emergent cultural identity. It argued that visual culture is a central part in understanding the interpersonal relations we construct, perform and change in our everyday lives. It also questioned the ways in which visual cultures could better address the key ideas of critical theory - taking up a range of issues such as spectatorship, pleasure, hallucination, the frame etc. My published doctoral dissertation, The Gift and Visual Culture: Doubles, Disruption and Exchange, (2008) continued this work, and investigated the relationship between the image and systems of exchange, specifically the construction of the gift and processes of giving in psychoanalysis, critical and cultural theory and philosophy. By using a wide range of visual examples (predominantly time-based but also painterly), I examined the associations and fluidities between the image and the self, positioning such exchanges as ‘gifts‘ - playing out uncertainties of everyday life. Key themes and concepts discussed included the double, exchange, spatial and temporal constructions, transference, the viral, and the spectral.

New Media: Culture and Image (2008) moved more toward questioning the cultural and political questions of an increasing digital visual culture and considered the interest in ethics of artistic possibilities of performative artworks, including bio art and transgenic art. In many ways, this way the project that marked a turn in my work and I grew more interested in the ways in which images and art affect us intentionally and unintentionally. What sorts of questions are being answered in visual culture and what questions are not? The failure of such questions might be the more interesting and informative ones about visual culture and our dependence on it.

My current research engages with the differences and disparities between affect, the self and representation, specifically exploring constructed visual representations of loss as cartographies and juxtaposing these against a secondary typology of representation - decalcomania. I am interested in building a critical approach that negotiates the differences and tensions between theories of affect and psychoanalysis; this research addresses how we might better understand issues such as loss, abandonment, and trauma through a hybridity of affect theory and a range of psychoanalytic approaches. This is work that has emerged from my previous research on the self and subjectivity, cultural theory, media theory & queer theory - emphasising political and historical contexts. In all my research, I aim to explore the trajectory towards the tangible and lived experiences.


HONS 339: Body, Flesh, Subject

HONS 342: Memory, Media and Image

HONS 329: Discontented Culture

COM 311: Gender and Communication

FFC100: Mediated Lives

FFC100: Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies




The Gift and Visual Culture: Doubles, Disruption and Exchange (VDM Verlag Mueller Publishing, 2009)

New Media: Culture and Image (Palgrave Macmillan 2008)

Visual Cultures and Critical Theory (co-author) (Arnold Publishers: London, 2003) translated into Korean. Published by Mijin Publisher, Seoul (2008) Released in the USA via Oxford University Press


(2010) “The Trace-Image: Identity and the Migrant Body” in Eve Rosenhaft, David Dolowitz et. Al (eds.) Traces: The Material Residue of Migration. Liverpool University Press (forthcoming)

(2008) “The Use of Arts in Indigenous Health: The Case of Young Mothers and Teenage Pregnancies” P. Fuery, R. Smith, K. Rae, R. Burgess and K. Fuery in Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice

(2006)  'The Pharmakon of the Apocalypse' in H. Schwartz and C. Gutierrez (eds.) The End That Does: Art, Science and Millennial Accomplishments New York: Equinox Press

Conference papers

(2012) ‘Liquid Traces: Memory as solution and Archive as Flow’ - Liquefactions: Aesthetic and semantic dimensions of a topos, Interdisciplinary conference, Department of Art History and Aesthetics, University of the Arts Berlin, November 23-25th

(2012) ‘Absence and Traces: Towards a Visual Migration’ - Social Science History Association, Vancouver, British Columbia November 1-4th 2012.

(2012) ‘Frames, Screens and the Incipient: Creative Writing, Narrative and the Digital’ - MIX: Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity 16th-18th July 2012, Bath Spa University

(2012) ‘The Double Bind and The Schizo-Comic Object’ - EASA2012: Uncertainty and disquiet, Nanterre, Paris, France 7/10-13/2012.

(2010) ‘The Utterable Word, The Invisible Image’ Dijon, France

(2008)  ‘Suffering as transitional object: Investigating creativity and the intermediate area of experience in the process of healing’ presented at Interrogating Trauma: Arts and Media Response to Collective Suffering, Perth, Western Australia in association with the National Academy of Screen & Sound, Murdoch University and the School of Media, Society and Culture, Curtin University.

(2008) Invited Speaker at ‘Media, Communication and Culture’ Conference, School of Communication and Culture, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Murdoch University Western Australia.

(2007) ‘The Tain of Transition: Cinema as Transitional Object’ presented at Literature and Psychoanalysis conference, Sydney, Australia

(2007) Invited Responder to Professor Jane Ussher’s ‘The Monstrous Feminine: Managing the Female Reproductive Body’ at Imaging Bodies Conference by the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia.

(2006) 'Uncanny Disturbance and the Punctum of Digital Memory' Invited paper presented at Technologies of Memory and the Arts Conference, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

(2006) 'Abandonment Narratives: Cartography, Decalcomania and the Coherency of Loss' paper presented at Indian/Pacific Crossings: Perspectives on Globalisation and History Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia.

(2006) Colloquium Address on New Media Communication at Birkbeck College Research Series, University of London

(2005) 'Turning Research into Publication' at ReSkIn - (Research Intercollegiate Network) Symposium with the University of London College network (Birkbeck, Queen Mary, SOAS, UCL, Slade School and the Courtauld Institute)

(2004) 'Digital Paranoia' Paper given at the Humanities Research Seminars, Monash University, Department of Communications and Media Studies, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

(2002) 'Generic Dimensions of Horror and Trauma in Cinema’ Paper given at the Curtin University

(2002)  ‘The Pharmakon of the Apocalypse’. Paper presented at the Centre for Millennial Studies Conference, Boston University, USA.


Professional Service

Member of the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions Member of the Editorial Committee of Fibreculture Journal. http://journal.fibreculture.org

    Editorial Board Member for Arts Future Book Series published by Gylphi Ltd, UK.

    Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at theUniversity of Sydney, Australia (2007-2010)

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
(2013) with P. Fuery, ‘Agitational Ethics’ in Conradiana (vol. 43. 2, 3) University of Texas Press