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Allen Meek is the author of Trauma and Media: Theories, Histories and Images (Routledge 2010) which explained how the concept of trauma has been used to understand modern media in the writings of theorists such as Freud, Benjamin, Adorno, Barthes, Derrida and Zizek. He teaches a 300 level paper called Trauma and Media which explores the role of media images in shaping our understanding of war, genocide, atrocity, terrorism and other catastrophes. He is currently researching how natural history and biology have shaped modern conceptions of cultural memory, particularly the transmission of the past by media.
My current research is concerned with the nature of archival images in the digital era. This continues themes in my earlier research related to the complex relations between trauma and media and conceptions of the mediated transmission of extreme events such as the Holocaust and the bombing of Hiroshima. Recently these themes have taken a more regional orientation with research on nuclear testing in the Pacific. My current research also engages with the concept of natural history as a critical methodology developed in the writings of Walter Benjamin and W.G. Sebald. I also have current projects on media and biopolitics, memory research in the Pacific, and on migrant and indigenour media in Aotearoa New Zealand.
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Cultural Studies (200200): Cultural Theory (200204): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Literary Theory (200525): Media Studies (200104): Migrant Cultural Studies (200208): Pacific Cultural Studies (200210): Postcolonial Studies (200211): Screen and Media Culture (200212)
trauma, cultural memory biopolitics,,critical theory, media theory, film theory, literary theory, New Zealand media, indigenous media, film and television
Project Title: Transmission: Media, catastrophe and cultural memory
Date Range: 2012 - 2012
Funding Body: Massey University