About the project

Creative Arts practices are now accepted academic pursuits. With this form of research comes new challenges for masters and PhD students. The difficulty we face is how to merge these creative projects with the expectations of academia. With support from the Centre for Creative Arts (La Trobe), Paper Tigers as its postgraduate body, seeks together with postgraduates students, who participated in a workshop led by Professor Paul Carter (Deakin University) to further explore this. The aim of the Masterclass is to pinpoint issues relating to how we think through creative practices in a university environment.

Please note that this will be work-in-process and enjoy in the meantime what already has become visible here.

A note on Paul Carter
Paul is an internationally acclaimed artist and academic. He is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention at Deakin University. He has theorised creative research practice and mentors in this area. His research interests include: the poetics of place-making, public space design and the application of creative research to community renewal, strategic planning and policy formation. In 2004 he published “Material Thinking,” which became a seminal book on the theory and practice of creative research. In 2008 he followed this up with Dark Writing: performance, geography, design, which extends creative research theory and practice into the domain of planning.

Web references:
Deakin Creative
Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention at Deakin University

Organised by Paper Tigers (Emily Ashman, Jan H. Brueggemeier, Elois Ross) and Dr Terrie Waddell


jan bru

Jan Hendrik Brüggemeiers’ artistic interests lay in sound art and spaces for communication in the city. He holds an MFA in Media Arts & Design from the Bauhaus University Weimar, where he graduated from the chair for Experimental Radio. He relocated from London, where he worked for the AA School of Architecture, to Melbourne to take on his Creative PhD at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University where he now resides. Website:

Cathryn Perazzo

Eloise Ross

Emily Ashman

Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes is a PhD candidate in the Theatre and Drama Program at La Trobe University. Her research interests include maternal representation, female representation, female playwrights, female directors and Shakespearean adaptation.

John Snowdon

Karina Quinn

Karina Quinn is an emerging writer working in queer theory, fictocriticism, and post-structuralist and feminist theories of the body, subjectivity, and self. She writes fictocriticism, short fiction, and poetry, and is currently writing her PhD titled 'this body, written' at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her most recent publication is ‘the body that moves the hand that writes’ in TEXT Journal.

Kaya Barry

Kim Munro

Natalie Pirotta

Natalie is a painter and a scholar. She is interested in integrating traditional painting with contemporary video art, and her videos can be viewed on Vimeo. She recently completed her PhD thesis in which she wrote about the life and work of the nineteenth Century Australian landscape painter W.C. Piguenit through the prism of psychoanalytic theory, in particular Donald Winnicott’s theories of Transitional Space. As well as a work of scholarly research, her PhD explored the act of creating works of art in the private studio as well as in landscape settings through her own creative practice. Natalie’s artwork engages with popular culture, remixing themes from fairytales, myths, science fiction, and everyday life in her paintings. She has exhibited her work in various galleries in Melbourne, including the Fitzroy Gallery, 69 Smith Street, PerSquareMetre, and the Incinerator Gallery. She has also recently published a piece on the nineteenth century artist Harriet Halligan in Kannunah. You can view samples of Natalie's work on her website -

Pamela Salen

Paul Carter

Philipp Pahin

Stephen Abblitt

I am a literary philosopher and post-critic who recently received my PhD for a critical-creative thesis addressing some intellectual homologies between James Joyce and Jacques Derrida, presented as a sequence of frustrated correspondences, missed encounters and abortive dialogues. I have recently published on nuclear criticism and the time of the thesis in 'Text', and have a ficto-memoir forthcoming in the 'James Joyce Quarterly', on mourning, touching, responsibility and hauntology experienced through reading a first edition of 'Ulysses'. My current research project examines the relationship between matter, meaning and modernity in Finnegans Wake, theorising a strategy of ‘quantum reading’. I am presently the co-ordinator of the Centre for Creative Arts.