Transferring Below-the-line Skillsets Across Creative Industries in Early Television​

Presented by Dr Alex Bevan

Date: Friday 24 May, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 


The article makes use of an, as yet, unpublished archive that documents the process of unionisation between the early television industry in the mid-1950s and the primary entertainment union at the time, the Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employees’ Association. The article uses this archive to explore intersections among the creative production industries of radio, film, and theatre, and how this network responded to the entrance of Australian television. Lastly, it uses these findings to argue for more pervasive historical patterns that involve the entrance of disruptive media technologies, industry standardisation and professionalisation, immigration, cultures of creative labour, and trade unions. These findings present a fruitful understanding of how new technology affects the nature of creative work and its organisation.


Alex Bevan is a Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. Her book, The Aesthetics of Nostalgic TV (Bloomsbury 2019) studies the aesthetic politics and creative process behind the television production design and art direction of shows that reference the American baby boomer period. Her areas of expertise are industry studies, design history, gender, ethnography, labour, and television history. She has published in Convergence, Cinema Journal, Television and New Media, Adaptation and Feminist Media Studies, among others.



About Research Seminar and Workshop Series


Writing and communicating about pandemics: 2020 School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Semester 1, 2020 Seminars & Workshops


Friday, 13 March

Literature as Media: Chinese Online Literature—Storytellers, platforms and transmedia literary world

(Part of the Platform Media: Algorithms, Accountability and Media Design EVENTS)

Dr Tony Xiang Ren, Western Sydney University, with A/Prof Kim Wilkins, Dr Helen Marshall & Emily Baulch

Friday, 27 March



Dr Cedric Courtois

Friday, 10 April


TBC Dr Beck Wise

Friday, 24 April



Dr Skye Doherty

Friday, 8 May


TBC Dr Andrea Bubenik

Friday, 22 May


TBC Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 5 June

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Imagining the End of the World: Writing the Apocalypse before Covid-19 Dr Helen Marshall

Friday, 3 July

Online via Zoom:

Research Seminar - Developing Disciplinary Literacies in Hybrid Classes

Dr Beck Wise



Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)