Dr. Liam Burke, Senior Lecturer
Dr Liam Burke is the coordinator of the Cinema and Screen Studies Major at Swinburne University of Technology. Liam has written and edited a number of books including Superhero Movies, Fan Phenomena Batman, and The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre. His next book, the edited collection The Superhero Symbol (with Ian Gordon and Angela Ndalianis), will be published by Rutgers University Press in early 2019. Other academic publications include contributions to the collections International Westerns, Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Comics through Time and peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Participations, Adaptation, and Transnational Social Review. In 2015 Liam received the Dean’s Award for Emerging Researcher.
Liam is a chief investigator on the ARC Linkage grant project Superheroes & Me with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). This project includes two international conferences, a large scale exhibition, video archive, and VR experience designed to better understand why the superhero has such purchase in popular culture.
Liam directed the documentary short film @HOME as part of the New Media, Ageing, and Migration research team, which he leads. The film was screened in competition at a number of international film festivals and was broadcast on Irish television.
Liam has a number of student and research projects with the Australian media company Village Roadshow. For example, Cinema and Screen Studies students gain industry experience as the content creation team for Village Digital’s film tourism app Scene Hunter, which allows users to discover key film and TV locations. Liam also leads the Genre in the Digital Age research project with Village Roadshow. The goal of the large-scale audience research project is to develop a better understanding of contemporary film consumption and categorisation. Liam has also established partnerships with the Australian International Documentary Conference, MonsterFest, Irish Film Festival, Supanova, and Oz Comic-Con.
Liam has also presented at more than 30 international conferences and regularly contributes to The Conversation, The Irish Times, and Film Ireland, as well as national broadcasters in Australia and Ireland. Before entering academia, Liam worked for a number of arts organisations including the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival, and the Irish Film and Television Academy.
Liam has designed a number of units and courses at Swinburne. The cornerstones of his teaching philosophy are research-based learning, industry links, and treating students as partners in learning. In 2013 he expanded Swinburne’s sole Cinema Studies unit into a dedicated Cinema and Screen Studies Major. In designing the curriculum Liam differentiated the major from similar offerings a by focusing on screen convergence and transmedia paradigms. In 2014 Liam received the Faculty Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Assessment for “developing a participatory approach to Screen Studies curriculum design”. Liam currently teaches Screen Franchising and Innovation and Graphic Narratives: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga. Liam is currently supervising seven PhD students. Topics include transmedia film marketing, fight choreography and cinema, shared universes in popular culture, and authorship in videogames. Liam welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in comics, adaptation, and screen studies.