Associate Professor Peter Pugsley

Associate Professor Peter Pugsley
 Position Associate Professor - Reader in Media
 Org Unit Media
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5620
 Location Floor/Room 9 04 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Peter is a former Head of the Department of Media. He conducts research in the area of Asian cinema and other popular media. He completed his PhD in 2002 at the University of Melbourne in the Department of English (Cultural Studies) and the Asia Institute (Chinese Studies). He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne, with teaching methods of LOTE (Chinese) and English as a Second Language (ESL), and a BA (Hons) from Deakin University majoring in Chinese and Australian Studies. Peter has extensive teaching experience in the Media and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne and in the MA Communications program at RMIT University. Now at the University of Adelaide, he currently teaches Asian Screen Media, Advanced Media Theory, Japanese Media Cultures (Study Abroad course with Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto) and Exploring TV & Radio. He supervises a number of PhD and Masters candidates. In Semester 2, 2011 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC), Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. 

  • Research Interests

    Film and television studies; Cross-cultural communications; Asian media systems; Cultural and media policy formulation; Studies of contemporary Asia; Globalisation and national identity; Australia-Asia relations; Magazine publishing in Asia; Literary translations. Further profile on


    Postgraduate Supervisions:


    Mariane Umali: Online Representations of Philippine Indigenous Groups

    Dhamu Pongiyannan: Cinematic Gateways to Political Power in South India: The Case of Tamilnadu

    Wu Minghua: Journalism Discourse Analysis in Chinese Media

    Jay Reid: Hollywood Representations of Terrorism

    Lalitha Velautham: Engagement in Australian Higher Education Promotional Media: Asian Perspectives

    Zhang Weimin: News Reporting in China 

    Bei Guo: Seeking Channels for a Public Sphere: New Media and Subcultures in China

    Zou Hongyan: Cities, Space and Film: The City in Film in Mainland China

    Current Supervisions

    Nazia Hussain: Representations of Women in Pakistani Cinema

    Guillaume Vetu: A Rhizomatic Study of the Japanese Cinematic Zombie

    Sami Dannaoui: A Study of Graphical User Interface Applications on Mobile Devices

    Ruby Ngoc Nguyen (co-supervisor): 'The Mentalist': Rethinking Memory as an Educational Mediator

    Ellie Hawke-Nesbitt: Transnational Media



  • Publications

    2019 'Genre Conventions in K-Pop: BTS's 'Dope' Music Video', [co-authored with Philippa Dore] Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Online 20/07/2019. 

    2017 [Book Chapter] 'Taming the Paradox Between Facts and Control: Media Discourse of Natural Disasters in Chinese Media', [co-authored with Zhang Weimin] in Transcultural Encounters in Knowledge Production and Consumption, Xianlin Song and Y. Sun (eds), Singapore: Springer, pp. 23-41. 

    2016 [Book Chapter] ' Chinese Films and the Sense of Place: Beijing as "Thirdspace" from In the Heat of the Sun to Mr Six', [co-authored with Zou Hongyan] in Making Publics,Making Places, Mary Griffiths and Kim Barbour (eds), Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 111-128.

    2016 [Book Chapter] 'Asia: The Nationalist Geopolitics of India's Hindi Cinema', in The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics, Yannis Tzoumakis and Claire Molloy (eds), New York and London: Routledge, pp. 398-408.  

    2016 – ‘Female Protagonists and the Role of Smoking in Chinese and French Cinema’, [co-authored with A/P Ben McCann] Asian Cinema 27(1): 59-83.

    2016 - ‘Tamil Talk Shows: Maintaining Tradition in the New Public Sphere’, [co-authored with Dr Dhamu Pongiyannan] Global Media and Communication 12(3): 1-14.

    2016 - 'Rajinikanth and Brando: Carnivalesque Performances of Two Ageing Superstars', [co-authored with D. Pongiyannan and B. McCann] Studies in South Asian Film and Media 8(1): 27-45.

    2015 - Exploring Morality and Sexuality in Asian Cinema: Crossing Boundaries (sole-authored book). Routledge Publishing, UK. Details at: Peter C. Pugsley

    2013 - [Book Chapter] Peter C. Pugsley, 'Hong Kong Film as Crossover Cinema: Maintaining the HK Aesthetic', in Crossover Cinema: Cross-Cultural Film from Production to Reception, Sukhmani Khorana (ed.), New York and London: Routledge, 80-103. 

    2013 - Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema (sole-authored book). Routledge Publishing, UK. Details at: Peter C. Pugsley 

    2013 - 'The Female Protagonist and Tobacco Imagery in Spinning Gasing: A New Aesthetic in Asian Cinema', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 27: 6, 799-811.

    2011 - 'Asserting Nationalism in a Cosmopolitan World: Globalised Indian Cultures in Yash Raj Films', [co-authored with Sukhmani Khorana] Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 25: 3, 359-373.

    2010 - 'Singapore FHM: State Values and the Construction of Singaporean Masculinity in a Syndicated Men's Magazine', Asian Studies Review 34: 2, pp. 171-90.

    2010 - 'The Rise of "Me Culture" in Postsocialist China: Youth Individualism and Identity Creation in the Chinese Blogosphere', [Co-authored with Yangzi Sima] International Communication Gazette 72: 3, pp. 287-306.

    2010 - 'Transnational Media Showdowns in China's Olympic Year', in Crises and Opportunities: Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2010, Adelaide, Australia. Peer reviewed. 

    2009 - [Book Chapter] Peter C. Pugsley & Gao Jia, 'Invisible Women: Chinese Media Responses to the "Japanese Orgy"', in Local Violence: Global Media, S. Moorti and L. Cuklanz (eds.), Peter Lang Publishing: New York.

    2008 - 'Utilizing Satire in Post-Deng Chinese Politics: Zhao Benshan Xiaopin vs the Falun Gong', [Co-authored with Gao Jia] China Information: A Journal on Contemporary China Studies 22:3, pp. 451-476.

    2007 - 'Sex and the City-State: A Study of Sexual Discourse in Singaporean Women's Magazines', Asian Journal of Communication 17:3, pp. 231-245.

    2007 - 'Emerging Powers of Influence: The Rise of the Anchor in Chinese Television', [Co-authored with Dr Gao Jia] International Communication Gazette 69:5, 451-466.

    2007 - 'At Home in Singaporean Sitcoms: Under One Roof, Living with Lydia and Phua Chu Kang', M/C Journal 10:4, online.

    2006 - 'Constructing the Hero: Nationalistic News Narratives in Contemporary China', Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 3:1, pp. 78-93.

    2005 - 'Literary Text as Cross-Cultural Exchange: The Selection of Australian Literature for the Chinese Book Market', Asian Studies Review 29, pp. 383-393.

    2004 - 'Manufacturing the Canon: Australia in the Chinese Literary Imagination', Journal of Australian Studies 83, pp. 89-103.



    CD, book, film and live music/theatre reviews for (formerly The Independent Weekly) newspaper, Adelaide, 2008-present.

    'This (Rapid) Life' The Weekend Australian, Review section article, 21-22 July 2007, p. 2.

    'Food, culture, life' (p. 25) and 'Passion for food' (p. 33), Food Glorious Food magazine supplement, Latrobe Valley Express (circulation 34,128), November 2006.

    'Access and Availability of Contemporary Australian Literature in the People's Republic of China: Beyond The Thorn Birds ' in Hu Zhuanglin (ed.) 2000. A Bright Prospect of Sino-Australian Cooperation. Beijing: Beijing University Press.

    'Australian Literature in China.' Generation Asia 14, Asialink, 2000.


    Feature Film Screenplay: 'Largesse' (Unproduced) 2005, Shortlisted for the 2006 Monte Miller Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay, Australian Writer's Guild AWGIE Awards

    Feature Film Screenplay: 'The Letter' (Unproduced) 2006

    Television Action/Drama: 'Jackson' (Unproduced) 2008

    Television Sitcom: 'The Last Resort' (Unproduced) 2015



    2010 - Webber, A. & E. Wilson (eds) (2008) Cities In Transition: The Moving Image and the Modern Metropolis; Fish, R. (ed.) (2007) Cinematic Countrysides (Inside Popular Film) 2007 and; Matthews, J.J. (2005) Dance Hall and Picture Palace: Sydney's Romance with Modernity, in SCOPE: Online Journal of Film Studies 18, (forthcoming November 2010).

    2010 - McGrath, Jason (2008) Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature and Criticism in the Market Age, Stanford University Press, in Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 24:2, 2010, pp. 325-327.

    2008 - Zhen, Zhang (ed) (2007) The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, Duke University Press, in SCOPE: Online Journal of Film Studies 12, October 2008.


    2014 - Liu, Jin (2013) Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China, Brill, in The China Journal 72, 2014: 170-172.

    2013 - Voci, Paola (2010) China on Video: Smaller-Screen Realities, Routledge, in The China Journal 70, 2013: 268-270.

    2013 - Sinha, Amresh and Terence McSweeney (eds) (2011) Millenial Cinema: Memory in Global Film, Wallflower Press, in Media International Australia 146, 2013.

    2011 - Aronson, Linda (2010) The 21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films, Allen & Unwin, in Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture & Policy 139, 2011.

    2010 - Tan, Kenneth Paul (ed.) (2007) Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture and Politics, National University of Singapore, in Asian Journal of Social Science 38, 2010, pp. 659-60.

    2009 - Beckman, Karen & Jean Ma (eds) (2008) Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography, Duke University Press, in MIA incorporating Culture and Policy 133, November 2009.

    2009 - Chu, Yingchi (2007) Chinese Documentaries: From Dogma to Polyphony, Routledge, in MIA inc. Culture and Policy 130, February 2009.

    2008 - Shimizu, Celine, P. (2007) The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene, Duke University Press, in MIA inc. Culture and Policy 128, October 2008.

    2008 - Seneviratne, Kalinga (ed) (2007) Media Pluralism in Asia: The Role and Impact of Alternative Media, AMIC, Singapore, in MIA inc. Culture & Policy 126, March 2008.

    2008 - Tolentino, R. B et al. (2004) Transglobal Economies and Cultures: Contemporary Japan and Southeast Asia, in Asian Journal of Social Science 36, March 2008.

    2008 - Curtin, Michael (2007) Playing to the World's Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV, in The China Journal 59, January 2008.

    2006 - Tao Dongfeng and Jin Yuanpu (eds) (2005) Cultural Studies in China: Volume 2 of Materialising China Series, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish in The China Journal 56, July 2006.

  • Professional Associations

    Vice-President (Australia): SSAAANZ (Screen Studies Association of Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand) 2018 - present.

    External Examiner: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rhaman (UTAR) Malaysia. Faculty of Creative Industries - Bachelor of Communications (Hons) Broadcasting. 2019 - present.

    Editorial Board Member (2014-present): Journal of Magazine & New Media Research (the official journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, USA). 

    Committee Member (2009 - 2012): SA Branch of the Australian Writers Guild. AWG Associate Member 2005 - 2016. 

    Member/On-air presenter: Four Course Breakfast (Saturdays) and The Hillbilly Hoot (Mondays). Three D Community Radio (Adelaide) 2009 - present.

    Committee Member (2006-07): Trocadero Projects Inc. An artist-run exhibition space in Footscray, Victoria.

  • Community Engagement


    [Guest Presentation] 'Studying Japanese Film: The Rising Popularity of the High School Genre' at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rhaman (UTAR), Faculty of Creative Industries. Malaysia. July 2019.

    'The Use of the School Setting in Japanese Cinema' at the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (SSAAANZ) Conference, Monash University, Victoria, Novemebr 2018.

    'Dai Nipponjin [Big Man Japan] and the Phenomena of the Masked Hero' at the Screen Studies Association of Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, November 2016.

    [Seminar Presentation] 'Moral Codes and Sexual Aesthetics in Asian Cinema' at the Media Seminar Series, University of Adelaide, June 2014.

    [Guest Lecture] 'Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema' at the Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, September 2011

    'Transnational Media Showdowns in China's Olympic Year' at the 18th Biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference, University of Adelaide, July 2010

    'National Cultures and the Aesthetics of Smoking: Female Protagonists in Contemporary Asian Cinema' at the Inter-Asia Cultural Typhoon in Tokyo, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, July 2009

    'The Postsocialist Malaise: Contemporary China in the Eyes of the 6th Generation Filmmakers' at the 60 of the People's Republic, 2009 Melbourne Conference on China, The University of Melbourne, July 2009

    'Globalising Indian Culture: Assertive Nationalism in Yash Raj Films' at the 2008 ARC-Pacific Futures Research Network Signature Event Conference - Globalising Religions and Cultures in the Asia-Pacific, The University of Adelaide, December 2008

    'Immaculate Consumption: Singapore's Her World magazine and the economic imperative of sophisticated consumerism' at the Singapore Symposium - Sex And The City: Remembering And Forgetting Representations Of Singapore, RMIT University, September 2007

    'At Home in Singapore's Sitcoms: The Nation and Everyday Life in Under One Roof, Living with Lydia and Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd' at the Australian New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2007 Conference, The University of Melbourne, July 2007

    'Immaculate Consumption: Her World Magazine and the Economic Imperative of Sophisticated Consumerism in South East Asia' at the Media and Identity in Asia Conference, Curtin University, Miri, Malaysia, February 2006

    'Constructing the Hero: The Nationalistic Function of the Chinese Media' at the inaugural conference of the Media and Communications Program, "New(s) Times" Journalism Production and Practice, The University of Melbourne, 1 - 2 December 2003

    'Exporting the Nation: Contemporary Australian Literature in China' at the 23rd ASAL Conference, (Association for the Studies of Australian Literature), Melbourne, July 2001, and a revised version of this paper as part of the Australian Centre's Lunchtime Seminar series at the University of Melbourne in April 2002

    'Neither Here Nor There: Chinese Modernity and a Cultural Vacuum' at the 13th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia , University of Melbourne, July 2000

    'Access and Availability of Contemporary Australian Literature in the People's Republic of China: Beyond The Thorn Birds' at the Sixth International Conference on Australian Studies in China, at Peking University, Beijing, October 1998.

    Adelaide - Hardboiled at La Boheme, Wordfire at the Crown & Sceptre, The Lee Marvin Readings at Gallery de la Catessen.

    Writers Radio with Cath Keneally - Radio Adelaide, 3 November 2008.

    Melbourne - The Greyhound Hotel, The HiFi Bar, The Evelyn Hotel, Joy Cafe Gallery, The Dancing Dog Cafe and other venues.


    Host Q&A sessions AWG Screenwriters Fringe 2009, Mercury Cinema, February 2009; Disgrace Film Premiere, Palace Nova Cinema, June 2009.

    Regular announcer and performer on Community Radio 3D Adelaide 93.7FM: Hillbilly Hoot and Four Course Breakfast.

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesEntertainment & Media, Media & Journalism
    ExpertiseAsian film; Asian media; popular culture; cinema; Asian magazines; Bollywood;
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