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Personal profile


I completed my undergraduate education at Melbourne University before receiving a PhD from RMIT University, and have taught at RMIT and Monash University. My research focuses on technological embodiment, and the ways in which human action, perception and understanding are inflected by our relationships with technology. I have written and edited books including Digital Interfacing: Action and Perception through technology, Embodiment and mechanisation: reciprocal understandings of body and machine from the Renaissance to the present and Contemporary culture and media in Asia (edited with Olivia Khoo and Koichi Iwabuchi), as well as writing book chapters, and articles in journals including Body & Society and Theory, Culture & Society.

I am a member of the Monash University Institute of Graduate Research’s Film, Media, Communications and Journalism programme.

Supervision interests

  • Interfaces
  • Video games
  • Robotics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Embodiment
  • Japanese popular culture

Research area keywords

  • interfaces
  • Robotics
  • Video games
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Embodiment
  • Japan


Research Output

Digital interfacing: Action and perception through technology

Black, D. A., 2019, 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge. 204 p. (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Machines with Faces: Robot Bodies and the Problem of Cruelty

Black, D. A., 2019, In : Body & Society. 25, 2, p. 3-27 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Why can I see my avatar? Embodied visual engagement in the third-person video game

Black, D. A., 1 Mar 2017, In : Games and Culture: a journal of interactive media. 12, 2, p. 179-199 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)

Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia

Black, D. A. (ed.), Khoo, O. (ed.) & Iwabuchi, K. (ed.), 2016, London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 274 p. (Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Introduction: A Trans-Asia approach to contemporary culture and media studies

Black, D., Khoo, O. & Iwabuchi, K., 2016, Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia. Black, D., Khoo, O. & Iwabuchi, K. (eds.). 1 ed. London UK: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, p. 1-9 9 p. (Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review