Shanti Sumartojo

Assoc Professor

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20132019
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Biography

My research explores how people experience their spatial surroundings, including both material and immaterial aspects, with a particular focus on the built environment, design and technology and using digital and visual ethnographic methodologies. My empirical interests include: public memorials and commemoration; spatial experience understood through the conceptual frame of ‘atmosphere’; and how data and digital technologies co-constitute our experience of our surroundings. I have collaborated on performance and installation artworks and am the author or editor of six books, most recently Commemorating Race and Empire in the Great War Centenary (2017) (co-edited with Ben Wellings) and Atmospheres in the Experiential World: Theory and Methods (2018) (co-authored with Sarah Pink). 

A focus in 2019 will be the completion of an international and interdisciplinary collaborative research project exploring how people in 12 countries experienced commemorative sites and events at the end of the First World War centenary. I am also developing this approach to investigate public commemorative responses to terrorist attacks in urban settings, in both the spatial and digital realms. Another ongoing stream of research addresses how people encounter and make sense of designed environments, particularly in instances of urban spatial transformation - these projects have been chiefly located in Melbourne. A third area is concerned with healthcare environments, and how their design can contribute to forms of wellbeing, particularly in public hospitals. All three areas are linked by methodologies that include sensory and design ethnography, and research projects are often funded by and conducted in collaboration with external industry partners.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Australian National University

Nationalism Studies, MSc, University of Edinburgh

Sociology/Anthropology, BA, Carleton College

Research area keywords

  • Atmospheres
  • Commemoration
  • Public Space
  • Design Ethnography

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Research Output 2013 2019

Cultural memory and identity in the context of war: Experiential, place-based and political concerns

Drozdzewski, D., Waterton, E. & Sumartojo, S., 2019, In : International Review of the Red Cross. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Feeling through the screen: memory sites, affective entanglements, and digital materialities

Sumartojo, S. & Graves, M., 2019, In : Social and Cultural Geography. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patient-Centered Care and the Design of a Psychiatric Care Facility

Vaughan, L., Sumartojo, S. & Pink, S., 2019, Designing Cultures of Care. Vaughan, L. (ed.). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 69-84 16 p.

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

Recycling traffic noise: transforming sonic automobilities for revalue and well being

Pink, S., Lacey, J., Harvey, L., Sumartojo, S., Duque, M. & Moore, S., 2019, In : Mobilities. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sensory Impact: Memory, Affect and Sensory Ethnography at Official Memory Sites

Sumartojo, S., 2019, Doing Memory Research: New Methods and Approaches. Drozdzewski, D. & Birdsall, C. (eds.). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 21-37 17 p.

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

Activities 2016 2018

  • 3 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Public outreach
  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Everyday Multiculturalism in Urban Australia

Shanti Sumartojo (Contributor), Tim Edensor (Contributor)
2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Digital commemoration: a new way to remember victims of terrorism

Martin Coward (Contributor), Angharad Closs Stephens (Contributor), Sam Merrill (Contributor), Shanti Sumartojo (Contributor)
22 May 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Design for Wellbeing Symposium

Shanti Sumartojo (Organiser)
7 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

City of Melbourne (External organisation)

Shanti Sumartojo (Member), Joanne Mihelcic (Member), Nicholas Walton Healey (Member), Bianca Vallentine (Member), Sarah Pink (Member)
2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Commemoration Reframed

Shanti Sumartojo (Organiser)
7 Sep 201628 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course