Dr. Mark Ryan, publishing as Mark David Ryan, is an expert on Australian genre cinema with research interests in Australian cinema, horror cinema, genre film studies, cultural policy, screen industry analysis and digital media. Mark is Research Leader, Creative Arts and a Senior Lecturer for Film, Screen, Animation. He was the President of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAAZ) from 2015 and 2018 and an Executive Member of Australian Screen Producers Education and Research Association (ASPERA) (2015-2016). He is the co-editor of the academic collections Australian Screen in the 2000s (Palgrave Macmillan) and the Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2 (Intellect). His research has been published in leading film and media studies journals, including New Review of Film & Television Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture and Policy, Journal of Australian Studies, and Studies in Australasian Cinema. His book chapters appear in collections published by leading international academic publishers such as Routledge, Sage, University of Toronto Press, University of Ottawa Press, and Bloomsbury Press.
Mark has edited various special issues in key film and media journals. He edited the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) conference special issue (10.2; 2016) for Studies in Australasian Cinema. In 2010, he was invited to edit ‘Australasian Horror’ (4:1; 2010), a special issue for Studies in Australasian Cinema and the first journal issue dedicated to Australian and New Zealand horror cinema research articles and in the same year he edited the special issue ‘Film, Cinema, Screen’ (no. 136; 2010) for Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture and Policy. In 2014, Mark was the chief investigator of an empirical study titled ‘How is Australian Cinema Studies Taught in Australian Universities’. He was a lead investigator for the second Australian Screen Producer (ASP) survey, a nation-wide study of the motivations and practices of screen producers in four key industry sectors: film, television, corporate production and digital media.
In 2015, he co-convened the XVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) which brought together researchers from Australia and New Zealand as well as China, Italy, and the US. Mark has supervised over five PHD theses and five Master’s theses – both traditional research theses and practice-led research projects – investigating a diverse range of subjects including horror studies, film and television studies, animation studies, and public diplomacy and cultural industries.
Projects (Chief investigator)
- ‘I’ll be back!’: screen genres as a foundation for engaging young men in help-seeking
- Existing systems, new languages: prototyping blockchain models for the book publishing industry to deliver rights management, royalties and audience engagement