I enjoy taking my SUP wherever I can: rivers, lakes, sea. I have two towering sons who recently established the fan base of the Bologna Football Club in Melbourne (serving as president and financial secretary). So in solidarity with games I do not watch, but with a city I indeed love: Forza Bologna.

Future me will learn to garden and to speak German and Cantonese. Current me is learning to podcast.

Get in touch

Email: vhduckett@gmail.com
Skype: vicduckett
Follow me: LinkedIn /Orcid

Current roles

I am Associate Professor of Film and Associate Dean,International and Engagement, in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. I facilitate partnerships between Deakin University and fellow Universities, Colleges and arts institutions/initiatives that align with our own values and aims, both as a education and arts institution, and as a place of inclusive learning that engages students at all levels (and from all backgrounds) in research and creative practice.

I am also Co- Director of the Deakin Motion Lab. In this capacity I lead an interdisciplinary research and knowledge community focused on digital screen experiences.

Active around the world

I am an Australian and UK passport holder who was born in Hong Kong and subsequently educated in Australia, Finland, the US and France. I have resided (chronologically) in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Espoo, Los Angeles, Bologna, Paris, Manchester and Milan. I am fluent in French and Italian and have a working knowledge of Finnish. My work has been translated into Chinese, French, and Italian. 

Current projects

  1. I am  developing a first-person experimental project focusing on experiences of living and working in Hong Kong (pre-1997). I love the research, reflection, community and conversations this involves.
  2. Yes, I continue to work on women and media industries. I have 2 article in press on this topic, and I am now developing creative outreach projects to build publics around histories they might not want to read. 
  3. I am co-editing a book (SUNY, 2024) with colleagues Matthew Solomon and Matthew Noble-Olson-from University of Michigan-entitled Peter Wollen: Beyond Auteurism. Contributors include Laura Mulvey, Ian Christie, Mark Francis, and Sarah Keller. And, wow, have I enjoyed visiting the BFI archives, interviewing Laura and Mark, as well as collaborating with friends on this. Thank you, Peter. 
  4. I am co-editing an issue of Continuum, on XR in Australia.

Professional Service

I am on the founding editorial board for Feminist Media Histories (University of California Press) and on the editorial board of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (SAGE, since 2014). 

In 2023, I was selected as international juror for the Premio Davide Turconi, the prize given to the best PhD thesis in film history by an Italian scholar.. In 2023, I was also a juror for the Melbourne Women in Film Festival Short Film Awards. Both forums gave me an encouraging intergenerational view so I can see and celebrate serious achievement in the screen and archive space.

I review book manuscripts for the University of Illinois Press and Routledge. I also review and write for Cinegrafie, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Histories, Journal of French Studies, Immagine (Journal of the Italian Association for Research in Film History), Media Industries Journal, Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, Palgrave MacMillan (Victorian Studies), Popular Entertainment Studies, Routledge (Gender Studies series; Routledge Handbook of Australian Cinema), Senses of Cinema, Screening the Past.

Curator and programmer

During my 30 year career as a media professional, I have curated film programs, art exhibitions, and organised and hosted internationally significant conferences. A selection of these include 

  • programming two XR workshops ("Extending Realities Forum") with Misha Myers and PhD student, Katy Morrison. This was hosted in July 2021 at Deakin University and joined makers, producers, academics, and curators from Australian XR, Film, and Performing Arts industries ( Australian Centre for Moving Image, Australian National Sound and Film Archive, Melbourne International Film Festival, VRTOV Studio, Phoria, League of Geeks, Sandpit and researchers from Monash University, University of Melbourne, RMIT and Swinburne University). A journal special issue is forthcoming, and Katy Morrison secured a research placement opportunity with Melbourne International Film Festival as part of their new XR Commission initiative in 2022.
  • programming for Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone, Italy). This is the world's leading international silent film festival. 
  • programming for Cinema RitrovatoBologna
  • I am leader of the archive initiative, Guglielmo Giannini: A digital archive of film, theatre, and political activism. This includes an archive, workshops, an international conference, a book (Guglielmo Giannini: Uomo di Spettacolo, ed, Edizione di Pagina, Bari, 2021) as well as a 2023 exhibition at Co.As.It and screenings at Cinema Nova. 

My speaking engagements include keynote lectures delivered at 

  • Petit Palais, keynote public lecture at the Sarah Bernhardt exhibition
  • Iuav University of Venice, keynote public lecture on VR
  • Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (on virtual production (2023) and microbudgets (2019)); held in Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Yogyakarta & Bandung, in partnership with DFAT
  • the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, in French)
  • the University of Bochum 
  • the University of Bologna (in Italian)
  • the Society for Theatre Research (Swedenborg Hall, London
  • Columbia University (USA)
  • the University of Otago (NZ) 
  • the Humanities Research Centre, ANU.

Posts in education 

I am currently Associate Professor, Film, at Deakin University, Melbourne. In 2014 and 2019 I was recognised with an Excellence in Teaching Award. 

  1. I obtained my first academic post in 1999 as a lecturer in French Cinema at the Centre Parisien d'Études Critiques, Paris
  2. I was the inaugural lecturer in Screen in the (4*) Drama Department at the University of Manchester, UK.
  3. I am the first non-native Italian speaker to teach film at the Università Cattolica, Milan (in the Department of Communication and Performing Arts under the direction of Francesco Casetti.
  4. In 2009, I re-located to Melbourne for family reasons, founding graduate classes across the creative arts at the Victorian College of the Arts. During this period, I was also the external assessor for creative work (NTRO) for the University of Sydney.

Early Years

  • I was the first Australian student ambassador to Finland, pioneering Youth For Understanding's exchange program in 1986. I attended Kaitaan Lukio in Espoo, learning Finnish, and bonding with a family and friends (who remain my chosen family). 
  • In 1992, I was awarded an Education Abroad Fellowship as well as a University of Melbourne Stipend to undertake my Honours Year at UCLA. 
  • In 1993, I was the first international student to be awarded a 2 year non-resident tuition scholarship from UCLA for my MA. I was subsequently awarded a 4 year non-resident tuition scholarship for my PhD from the School of Theater, Film, and Television, UCLA (1993-1995; 1995-1999). During these 6 years, I maintained a 4.0 GPA, and was  the recipient of UCLA's Graduate School Leonard Howard Fellowship, the Regents Fellowship and the Otis Ferguson Award for Critical Writing. My PhD wonUCLA's Center for the Study of Women's PhD Award.
  • I was UCLA's first international student to be awarded the Charles Boyer Award for doctoral study in France. This gifted me 2 years of research and study in Paris (Sorbonne, Paris III, including the Paris Critical Theory Program, under the direction of Sam Weber). 
  • My dissertation was completed with distinction under the supervision of Carlo Ginzburg, Vivian Sobchack, Peter Wollen, and Teshome Gabriel

Awards & Grants

Visiting Professorships, Invited Fellow and Academic in residence.

Professional Memberships