I’ve been teaching Cultural Studies at Southern Cross University
since 1999. I’m a member of the Association of Cultural Studies
(International) and the Cultural Studies Association of Australia.
In a nutshell, I regard Cultural Studies within the Academy as a crucial
space – intellectual, spiritual, emotional – to enquire
deeply into the human condition. As an intellectual project it often
gets lost in culs de sac of its own making, but of all the areas of
intellectual endeavour it has the most potential to better the human
condition. My use of Cultural Studies is focused on the theory and
practice of human rights and the question of what it means to be fully
human. Toni Morrison, the Nobel Laureate black America author, sums
up my appreciation of Cultural Studies like this: “I stood at
the border: I stood at the edge and claimed it as central and let the
rest of the world move over to where I was.”
Writing by Baden Offord
The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies
The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies is the only journal that publishes critical essays relating pedagogy to a wide variety of political, social, cultural, and economic issues.We are particularly concerned with issues regarding how pedagogy works within and across a variety of sites,how pedagogical practices emerge out of specific historical struggles,concrete projects,and particular relations of power.
Myth, History and Memory Conference 2008
Mapping the Rainbow Region
Set in the rainbow region of northern NSW, this essay explores feelings
of belonging considered in a self-reflexive journey through two
landscapes - one
It argues that through the quilting of memories, critical reflections,
anecdote, fictional readings, interviews and thick description,
belonging becomes articulated through a spatial prism and imvrication
fields and flows.
It's never too late to change the world
Article in Byron Shire Echo by Baden on the relevance of cultural studies.
Cultural Studies Prize
Media Release for the inaugural cultural studies prize.
Rights as Human Rights: Activism in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia
The Australian Public Intellectual site hosting a review and details
of Baden's 2003 book.
The Apartheid of Homosexuality
Media article about issues discussed in Baden Offord's meeting with
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation 2009
Carrick Citation 2006
Cultural Studies - a new field of inquiry
Cultural Studies is a relatively new and increasingly influential
field of scholarly inquiry, emerging in the second half of the twentieth
speaking, it takes as its purview the production and circulation
of meanings. Its objects of study include cultural practices of all
media representations, consumer culture, literary texts, objects
of industrial production, practices of performance and display, oppositional
and aspects of everyday life in both the present and the past.
Cultural Studies provides a space for scholarly dialogues that draw
on theory and methods from several disciplines—anthropology,
history, literary studies, philosophy, political economy, and sociology.
the traditional disciplines tend to produce stable objects of study,
research in cultural studies attempts to account for cultural objects
under conditions constrained by power and defined by contestation,
conflict, and change. That is, cultural studies grapples with the
cultural happenings. Cultural studies also emphasizes self-reflexivity:
an awareness that scholars and their scholarship are themselves caught
up in the social currents and in the global circulation of meanings
being studied. In taking up questions from this perspective, cultural
both draws on and develops key strands of contemporary cultural theory:
semiotics, deconstruction and poststructuralism, dialogics, subaltern
and postcolonial studies . . . . The field also draws on and develops
a number of innovative methodologies: autoethnography, blurred genres
of writing, and other new forms of critical research.
Studies at George Mason University
Cultural Studies Resources Online
Centre for Peace and Social Justice
Baden is the Co-Director of this research centre at Southern Cross University.
Journalism and Media Research Centr
This research centre at the University of NSW has scholars such as Gerard Goggin, Catherine Lumby, Kate Crawford and Clifton Evers.
Coolabah: Journal of Australian Studies at the University of Barcelona
COOLABAH is the official journal of the Observatori: Centre d' Estudis Australians - The Australian Studies Centre at the Universitat de Barcelona.
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
The Cultural Studies Association of Australasia represents cultural
studies practioners in Australia, New Zealand and the region. It publishes
this extensive website, organises an annual conference,
and advocates for the field of cultural Studies nationally and internationally. The
Resources section of the site offers a rich array of links to e-journals,
websites and other research resources.
Cultural Studies Central
Cultural Studies today is a simmering stew of the ideas, voices,
and lives of people all over the world. It's the things we use and
we talk about. It's life and life only. Cultural Studies Central
is a gathering spot and central clearinghouse where those of us who
breathe Cultural Studies can go to learn more and do more.
Lots of links to excellent cultural studies resources and discussion
CTHEORY is a US based, international peer-reviewed journal of
theory, technology, and culture, publishing articles, interviews,
and reviews of key books. Editors: Arthur and Marilouise Kroker
UK journal of theory for fans of popular culture and popular culture
for fans of social theory.
Voice of the Shuttle
Comprehensive index of humanities research online, including a cultural
studies section. Started in 1994 as a suite of static Web pages,
VoS has now been rebuilt as a database that serves content dynamically
on the Web. By this means, users gain greater flexibility in viewing
and searching, while editors are able to work more efficiently and
M/C - Media and Culture
M/C - Media and Culture was founded in 1998 as a place of public
intellectualism, analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and
culture. Its publications and other activities serve as a point of
crossover between the popular and the academic and its editors aim
"to move ideas outward, so that our debates may have some resonance
with wider political and cultural interests."
Its first publication was M/C
Journal, which was initiated and developed
(as "M/C — A Journal of Media and Culture") at the
Media and Cultural Studies Centre at the University of Queensland,
Brisbane, Australia in 1998. It
was closely followed by M/C
Reviews. Since mid-2004,
M/C is published with the support of the Creative Industries Faculty
at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
In November 2004, it launched its third publication, the M/Cyclopedia
of New Media.
A US based site, founded in 1990 as an experiment in scholarly
publishing on the Internet, Postmodern Culture has become a leading
thought on contemporary cultures. It aims to combine high scholarly
standards with broad appeal for non-academic readers. As an entirely
PMC can publish
still images, sound, animation, and full-motion video as well as text.
Counterblast: the e-journal of culture and communication
This is a new enterprise from the graduate students, faculty,
and friends of the Department of Culture and Communication at New
Some issues brings together articles and reviews exploring a variety
of cultural disciplines, including media analysis, history, art, architecture,
music, and other significant channels of communication. Others will
feature topic-specific themes as well as current events, and will
include web art projects.
This site, developed by the University of Iowa, explores the crossing
of various kinds of cultural borders.
The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies
The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies is an online, not-for-profit
organization whose purpose is to research, teach, support, and create
diverse and dynamic elements of cyberculture.
A global interdisciplinary cultural
POV Borders: a showcase for interactive storytelling
An ongoing series of interactive scenarios that explores the various
kinds of borders in our lives.
The Culture and Ecology Page
This site provides links to scholarly and informational resources
environmental/ecological thought & politics, cultural studies,
science & technology studies, cultural geography, and related areas,
focusing on the interaction between human cultural activities and the
blog on culture and literature
Centre for Australian Studies, University of Barcelona
Cultural Research Network
An Australian Research Council funded network
a journal of literature,history and ideas from the sea