Early Career Researchers

  • Dr Aidan Coleman

    Dr Aidan Coleman

    Dr Aidan Coleman

    Aidan Coleman has published two collections of poetry with Brandl & Schlesinger, Avenues & Runways, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, and Asymmetry, which was shortlisted for the John Bray Poetry Prize and the WA Premier’s Book Awards. A third collection, Mount Sumptuous, will be published by Wakefield Press in 2019.

    His PhD on John Forbes’ early poetics was awarded the University of Adelaide Medal for Doctoral Research and he is currently writing Thin Ice: A Life of John Forbes with the assistance of the Australia Council for Literature and Arts South Australia.

    He has also co-authored a series of Shakespeare textbooks, which are widely used in schools and colleges in Australia and New Zealand. He reviews regularly for publications such as Cordite and The Australian.

  • Dr Aaron Humphrey

    Dr Aaron Humphrey

    Dr Aaron Humphrey


    Dr Aaron Humphrey is a researcher at the University of Adelaide and teaches in the department of media. His research combines critical analysis with creative practice to investigate the relationships between images and texts, and between media and society. He was recently awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence for his doctoral dissertation about comics and pedagogy.

    His academic writing has been published in Media International Australia, Composition Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Comics Grid and The Conversation. As a cartoonist, his comics are currently used in digital rhetoric courses and for postgraduate medical education. As a filmmaker, his short films have screened in festivals in Australasia and North America.

    His current research projects include the use of comics and “graphic medicine” for medical education, visual discourse about asylum seekers within Australia and the historical development of emoji.

    He is a co-founder and co-organiser of ‘Inkers and Thinkers,’ Australasia’s annual academic conference devoted to comics and graphic narratives.