Robert Payne

Associate Professor, Program Director MA Global Communications

  • Department: Global Communications
  • Graduate Program(s): 
    Global Communications
  • Office: 
    G-307
  • Office Hours: 
    Mondays 15:30-17:30

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Professor Payne joined The American University of Paris in 2008 after teaching for several years at the University of Western Sydney and at the University of Sydney in his home country, Australia. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2003, examining a mediascape of self-disclosure evident in examples of contemporary American literature, television and digital media. His more recent research crossed over three main areas: representation of gender and sexual identity in media and popular culture; digital cultures and practices; and queer theory. Payne has published many journal articles and book chapters within these fields, focusing on topics such as the construction of masculinity in media and digital spaces, including gay dating websites and Australian TV; the role of panic in the mediation of gender and sexuality; and how gender and queer theory can be used to rethink normative discourses guiding digital media use.

Payne's first book The Promiscuity of Network Culture: Queer Theory and Digital Media was published in 2015. Taking as a point of departure the resignification of "viral" circulation for a digital context, the book examines the multiple intimacies that characterise network culture, including the everyday practices of "sharing" on social media. In analysis of a wide range of examples, from Facebook to Hollywood film to viral celebrity to the Abu Ghraib photos, the book uncovers the queer and entrepreneurial logic governing what circulates in digital networks and how we talk about them.

Payne's current research takes up recent scholarship on the circulation of affect in social media as well as the turn towards studies of the materiality and infrastructures of media. His new project, entitled "Lossy Media", argues for the importance of turning critical attention to deterioration and disruption in both analogue and digital media experience.



Education/Degrees

  • PhD, University of Sydney, Australia
  • BA (Hons I), University of Sydney, Australia

News

  • Robert Payne's article "Je suis Charlie: Viral Circulation and the Ambivalence of Affective Citizenship" has just been published in the International Journal of Cultural Studies.

Publications

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Journal articles and book chapters
  • "Je suis Charlie": Viral Circulation and the Ambivalence of Affective Citizenship, International Journal of Cultural Studies (2016): doi:10.1177/1367877916675193
  • “Frictionless sharing and digital promiscuity”, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2014). DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2013.873942
  • “Virality 2.0: Networked promiscuity and the sharing subject”, Cultural Studies 27.4 (2013): 540-560.
  • "But what about the dinosaurs?: A Response to Damien Riggs", Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 14.1 (2013): 94-98.
  • "Introduction: Citizenship and Queer Critique", Sexualities 15.3-4 (2012): 251-256 (co-authored with Cristyn Davies).
  • "Grid Failure: Metaphors of Subcultural Time and Space" in Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries. Ed. Kerry Robinson and Cristyn Davies. Bentham e-books, 2012.
  • “Dancing with the ordinary: masculine celebrity performance on Australian TV”, Continuum 23.3 (2009): 295-306.
  • “Performing the Ethics of Conversation: a review of Judith Butler in Conversation: Analyzing the Texts and Talk of Everyday Life”, GLQ 15.1 (2009): 177-179.
  • “Virtual panic: children online and the transmission of harm” in Moral Panics over Contemporary Children and Youth. Ed. Charles Krinsky. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, 31-46.
  • “Skylarking: homosexual panic and the death of Private Kovco”, Cultural Studies Review 14.2 (2008): 34-48.
  • “Str8acting”, Social Semiotics 17.4 (2007): 525-538.
  • "Grid: On Being-as-Transmission and Normativity." M/C Journal 9.1 (2006). http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0603/06-payne.php
  • “Digital memories, analogues of affect”, SCAN: Journal of media arts culture 1.3 (2004). http://scan.net.au/scan/journal/display.php?journal_id=42
  • “Virtually: the refreshment of interface value”, Postmodern Culture 14.3 (2004). http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/pmc
  • “Confessing the Violent: Projected Deviance in American Psycho and Talk Show TV”, Anatomies of Violence: an Interdisciplinary Investigation. Ed. R. Walker, et al. Sydney: Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sydney, 2000, 169-79.
 
Edited journal issues
  • “Citizenship and queer critique”, special issue of Sexualities 15.3-4 (2012), co-edited with Cristyn Davies.
  • “Panic”, special issue of Cultural Studies Review 14.2 (2008), co- edited with Cristyn Davies