Dr Kate Bowles

Position: Senior Lecturer, Communication and Media Studies
BA, PhD (University of Exeter)
+ 61 2 42214651


My primary research and research supervision focuses on the connections between emerging social media cultures and earlier social histories of media practice; the histories of rural cinema-going in New South Wales; cinema segregation practices; and the use of cultural mapping tools to help analyse consistencies in media experiences at specific locations over time.

In teaching, I am interested in the future prospects for Australian media content in the context of Australia’s free trade agreements and the global protection of cultural diversity; the impact of locality on media practices, including media-multitasking; and the cultural life of everyday objects.

Research Profile

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Selected Publications

  • Richard Maltby, Kate Bowles, Deb Verhoeven and Mike Walsh, 2010, The new cinema history: a guide for researchers, New York: Blackwell-Wiley (forthcoming)
  • Kate Bowles, 2009, ‘Representation’, in Graeme Turner and Stuart Cunningham (eds), Media and Communications in Australia, 4th ed. Sydney: Allen and Unwin (forthcoming)
  • Kate Bowles, 2009, ‘Limit of maps? Locality and cinema-going in Australia’, Media International Australia, pp 83-94
  • Deb Verhoeven, Kate Bowles and Colin Arrowsmith, 2009, ‘Mapping the movies’, in Michael Ross, Manfred Grauer, Bernd Freisleben (eds), Digital Tools in Media Studies, Verlag, Bielefeld, pp 69-81
  • Kate Bowles, 2008, 'Rural cultural research: notes from a small country town', Australian Humanities Review, no. 45, pp 83-96

Research Priority Areas


Current Research Projects

ARC Discovery team projects:

  • 2005-2007 Regional Markets and Local Audiences:  Case Studies in Australian Cinema Consumption, 1928-1980
  • 2008-2011 Mapping the movies: the changing nature of Australia’s cinema circuits and their audiences 1956-1984
  • 2009-2011 Cultural sustainability in Australian country towns: amenity, mobility, and everyday life

UOW ESDF funded team project:

  • 2008-2009 Engaging Differently? Developing an engagement framework for assessing the impact of eLearning on undergraduate students and staff at the University of Wollongong

Current Higher Degree Research and Honours Supervision

In 2009:

Higher Degree

  • Stephanie Hanson, ‘The spatial imperative of the manufacture of dissent: the historical cultural impact of poor media access in rural New South Wales’
  • Karen Crowe ‘Cinemas, nostalgia and community: a spatial analysis of contemporary (re)constructions of historic picture theatres in regional NSW’ 
  • Julia Hammett Jamart ‘Cultural Policy and Semiology: A Study of Franco-Australian Cinematic Co-production’ 
  • Ranjit Kumar ‘Bollywood and the new crossover film’ 


  • James Thomas ‘“Our Voices, Our Vision”: rural community radio in Australia’
Last reviewed: 28 November, 2017