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Kilroy, Dr. Peter


Peter Kilroy 2British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Screening the Torres Strait: Remediation and Documentary Film (1989-)

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Peter joined King’s as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2014, based at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and the Department of Film Studies. He holds PhD and MA degrees in Cultural Studies from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, and a BA (hons.) in Anthropology and Cultural Studies from the Schools of Anthropology and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. Peter has taught extensively in Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies and the Anthropology of Art. He is also a former editor of parallax and Ex Plus Ultra journals.

Research Interests

Peter’s main research interests are in colonial, postcolonial and Indigenous media, with a particular emphasis on photography, phonography and film. His current research is focused on the postcolonial legacies of such media, examining how they have been inherited, appropriated or ‘remediated’ by Indigenous groups, museums and media outlets.

The Project

The project, titled Screening the Torres Strait: Remediation and Documentary Film (1989-), explores the proliferation of documentary films made by, about or in collaboration with Australia’s ‘other’ Indigenous minority, Torres Strait Islanders, after the Australian bicentenary of 1988. It focuses on these films’ politically charged re-use or ‘remediation’ of archive film and media within the wider context of Indigenous cultural politics and national refashioning. Aimed at readers across Australian Cultural Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies and Postcolonial Film and Media Theory, it traces the relationship between the rhetorical style of these films and their broader cultural, political and legal contexts, and between their use of archive film and media and the incorporation of both within new media. More broadly, it aims to raise the profile of:


  • Torres Strait film and media within Australian Film Studies;
  • Torres Strait culture within Australian Indigenous Studies;
  • Postcolonial Studies within Media Theory and vice versa.



Twitter: StraitOnScreen

Facebook: TorresStraitScreen

Selected Publications
  • Peter Kilroy. ‘The Afterlives of Photography: A Review Christopher Wright’s The Echo of Things’. Cultural Critique, 91, 2015, forthcoming.
  • Peter Kilroy. ‘Mediating Indigeneity, Indigenizing Media’. Review of The Fourth Eye: Māori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand, Brendan Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas, eds. parallax, 20(3), 2014, pp. 288-291.
  • Elizabeth Finn, Peter Kilroy & Maya Parmar, eds. The Postcolonial Human. Ex Plus Ultra, 2, 2010.
  • Peter Kilroy & Marcel Swiboda, eds. Technics and Chance. parallax, 13(4), 2007, pp. 1-122.
  • Peter Kilroy & Marcel Swiboda, ‘Dorsal Chances: An Interview with David Wills’. parallax, 13(4), 2007, pp. 4-15.
  • Nicholas Chare, Peter Kilroy, Marcel Swiboda & Liz Watkins, ‘Imaging Contingency: An Interview with Mary Ann Doane’. parallax, 13(4), 2007, pp. 16-25.
  • Rowan Bailey, Nicholas Chare & Peter Kilroy, eds. Auditing Culture. parallax, 10(2), 2004, pp. 1-116.
  • Rowan Bailey and Peter Kilroy. Review of Later Derrida: Reading the Recent Work, Herman Rapaport. Partial Answers, 2(2), 2004, pp. 207-212.
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