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Biography

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

Keywords

  • Cultural appropriation
  • Blasphemy
  • Civility
  • Politeness
  • Freedom of expression
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • Trolling
  • Hate speech
  • Religious communication
  • Social aesthetics

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Research Output 2001 2018

Cross cultural aesthetics and etiquette

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

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

Cross-cultural aesthetics

Coleman, E. B., 2017, (Accepted/In press) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Anthropology Beyond Text. Callan, H. (ed.). New York: Wiley-Blackwell

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

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

The facts and fictions of religion: make believe on Avatar Forums

Coleman, E. B., 2 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Contemporary Religion. 32, 3, p. 369-385 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Between philosophy and art: A collaboration at The Lock-Up, Newcastle

McMahon, J., Coleman, E. B., Macarthur, D., Phillips, J. & Von Sturmer, D. F., 2016, In : The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. 5, 2 & 3, p. 135-150 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2009 2018

Graffiti as mythology

Elizabeth Coleman (Contributor)
20 Nov 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (Journal)

Elizabeth Coleman (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Australian Journalism Review (Journal)

Elizabeth Coleman (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Conference:

Elizabeth Coleman (Speaker)
4 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Some artists and philosophers walked into a room

Elizabeth Coleman (Contributor), Jennifer McMahon (Contributor), Sean Lowry (Contributor), Claire Lambe (Contributor), Cate Consandine (Contributor), Robert Sinnerbrink (Contributor), Rowan McNaught (Contributor), Sophie Tackach (Contributor), Edward Colless (Contributor), Kate Just (Contributor), Raafat Ishak (Contributor), Lisa Radford (Contributor), David Macarthur (Contributor), Michael Newall (Contributor), Mohan Matthen (Contributor), Vanessa Godden (Contributor), Geoff Robinson (Contributor), Tessa Laird (Contributor), Andrew Goodman (Contributor), James Phillips (Contributor), Cynthia Freeland (Contributor), Paul Guyer (Contributor), Barb Bolt (Contributor), David Sequeira (Contributor), Kiron Robinson (Contributor), Daniel von Sturmer (Contributor), Justin Clemens (Contributor), Claire Healy (Contributor), Sean Cordeiro (Contributor)
11 Jul 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

Cultural appropriation - a boomerang by Chanel

Elizabeth Coleman

23/05/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Cultural appropriation - Disney's Moana

Elizabeth Coleman

26/09/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Freedom of expression, blasphemy and cultural appropriation

Elizabeth Coleman

24/11/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment