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Elizabeth Burns Coleman studied philosophy at the Australian National University. She was awarded two postdoctoral fellowships, one from the ANU's centre for Cross Cultural Research, and one at Monash across the Communications and Philosophy sections. She has taught legal philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of art at Australian National University, LaTrobe University, Wollongong University, and Monash. She currently teaches a first year unit, Media and Culture, and a third year unit, Communication Ethics, Policy and Law.

Research interests

Elizabeth Burns Coleman's research is informed by a cultural approach to communication and media studies. One of her areas of expertise is communication ethics and freedom of expression. Her research interests cover mediated communication and the public sphere, including communication practices such as trolling, shaming, gossip, as well as taboos and regulation of communication such as blasphemy, and obscenity and hate speech.  A second area of expertise relates to social and cross-cultural aesthetics, and popular culture. She has published on etiquette, fan forums and religion, cultural appropriation and graffiti. 

Supervision interests

  • Trolling, flaming and hate speech
  • Fake news and propaganda
  • Shaming
  • Freedom of expression
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Social aesthetics
  • Art and popular culture

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research area keywords

  • Cultural appropriation
  • Blasphemy
  • Civility
  • Politeness
  • Freedom of expression
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • Trolling
  • Hate speech
  • Religious communication
  • Social aesthetics
  • Cameron Hayes at Australian Galleries

    Coleman, E. B., 20 Apr 2021, Melbourne Vic Australia : The Review Board.

    Research output: Other contributionOther

    Open Access
  • Engaging with Indigenous art aesthetically

    Coleman, E. B., 2021, Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice. Vino, V. (ed.). 1st ed. Montreal QC Canada: Rebus Community, p. 125-146 22 p. (Introduction to Philosophy).

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

    Open Access
  • Cross-cultural aesthetics

    Coleman, E. B., 2018, International Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Anthropology Beyond Text. Callan, H. (ed.). Hoboken NJ USA: Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 3. p. 1267-1274 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

  • Cross-cultural aesthetics and etiquette

    Coleman, E. B., 2018, Social Aesthetics and Moral Judgment: Pleasure, Reflection and Accountability. McMahon, J. (ed.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 180-195 16 p.

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

    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Reading Fitzroy: Social aesthetics in a Melbourne suburb

    Coleman, E. B., 2017, Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre, Medialität. Beiträge aus der Ethnologie.: Social Aesthetics, Atmosphere, Mediality. Contributions from Anthropology. Zehmisch, P., Munster, U., Zickgraf, J. & Lang, C. (eds.). Berlin Germany: Lit Verlag, Vol. 66. p. 109-123 14 p.

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