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Community service

Volunteering/community engagement

  • Invited to present papers at some of Australia's leading galleries and museums including Heide Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of NSW and the Centre for Contemporary Photography
  • Examined postgraduate research in Fine Arts and Art History and Theory
  • Referee for scholarly journals

Research interests

Key areas of expertise:

  • Photography history and theory, feminist art history and theory, contemporary visual culture
  • Student supervision - photography history and theory, fine arts, critical theory, feminist art history and theory, memory and archives

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education

Art History, PhD

Research area keywords

  • Contemporary Visual Culture
  • Critical theory
  • Feminist Art History and Theory
  • Fine Arts
  • Photography History and Theory

Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 2002 2019

Photography, Truth and Reconciliation

Miles, M., 2019, London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. 234 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Debi Cornwall, Welcome to Camp America

Miles, M., 2018, Arena Magazine, 153, p. 28-32 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationEssayResearch

Meg Hewitt: Tokyo is Yours

Miles, M., 2018, Eyeline, 89, p. 82-83 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationShort ReviewResearch

Open Access

Pacific Exposures: Photography and the Australia-Japan Relationship

Miles, M. & Gerster, R., 2018, Acton, ACT, Australia: The Australian National University. 266 p. (Asian Studies Series Monograph 11)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A Career of Japan: Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Early Yokohama Photography, by Luke Gartlan

Miles, M., 2017, In : Japan Forum. 29, 3, p. 433-435 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewResearchpeer-review


ARC Future Fellowship

Melissa Miles (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Competitive Fellowships


Melissa Miles (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2018

  • 5 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 3 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

History of Photography (Journal)

Melissa Miles (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Photography and Its Publics

Melissa Miles (Organiser)
14 Apr 201616 Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Photography, Presence and History: Argentina’s Disappeared’ (plenary address), Photography and Ontology conference

Melissa Miles (Contributor)
2 Jun 2016

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

‘Ichiro Kagiyama in Sydney: Rethinking Modern Australian Photography’, Centre for Modernism Studies

Melissa Miles (Contributor)
29 Jun 2016

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