Keynote and Plenary Speaker

Keynote and Plenary Speaker

Professor Ien Ang

Professor Ien Ang

Distinguished Professor Ien Ang is a Professor of Cultural Studies and was the founding Director of the Institute for Culture and Society. She is one of the leaders in cultural studies worldwide, with interdisciplinary work spanning many areas of the humanities and social sciences. Her books, including Watching DallasDesperately seeking the audience and On not speaking Chinese, are recognised as classics in the field and her work has been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, German, Korean, and Spanish. Her most recent book, co-edited with E Lally and K Anderson, is The art of engagement: culture, collaboration, innovation (University of Western Australia Press, 2011).

Professor Ang’s innovative interdisciplinary work deals broadly with patterns of cultural flow and exchange in our globalised world, focusing on issues such as:

  • the formation of audiences and publics
  • the politics of identity and difference
  • migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism in Australia and Asia
  • issues of representation in contemporary cultural institutions.

Her current ARC research project is entitled Sydney’s Chinatown in the Asian Century: from Ethnic Enclave to Global Hub (with Donald McNeill and Kay Anderson in collaboration with the City of Sydney). She currently chairs an Expert Working Group on Asia Literacy: Language and Beyond, for the Australian Council of Learned Academies’ Securing Australia’s Future program.

As a prominent public speaker and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, she is frequently called on for keynote addresses in Australia and internationally. As an ARC Professorial Fellow, Professor Ang aims to explore the theoretical and practical implications of notions of ‘cultural complexity’, in a research program entitled ‘Cultural Research for the 21st Century: Building Cultural Intelligence for a Complex World’. She is a champion of collaborative cultural research and has worked extensively with partner organisations such as the NSW Migration Heritage Centre, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Special Broadcasting Service and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Professor Ang has had the title of Distinguished Professor conferred on her by Western Sydney University in recognition of her outstanding research record and eminence. She is the first person at the University to be conferred with this honour.


  • PhD, 1990, Social and Cultural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Doctorandus/Mphil, 1982, Mass Communication, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Kandidaats/BA, 1977, Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Panizza Allmark

Panizza Allmark Panizza Allmark is the Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia. She has a PhD in Media Studies and is an Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies, where she also heads the Media, Culture and Society research group. Alongside this, Panizza is the chief editor of Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, published by Taylor and Francis. She has worked with the journal for over ten years and contributes to leading are raising its international profile.  Panizza is the recipient of five awards for teaching and research supervision. She has coordinated and taught units such as Media and Transnational Asia, Global Communications and Power and the Pleasure in the Media. Panizza has also published in the field of visual culture, photography, gender, identity, transnationalism and urban space. Her fieldwork expands across twenty countries. Panizza has twelve publications, fourteen photographic solo exhibitions and numerous group art exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited in New York and London.