Dr. Natalie Krikowa is a media scholar and practice-led researcher at the University of Technology Sydney. She holds a Doctor of Creative Arts in media and cultural studies, a Masters of Creative Writing, and a Diploma of Secondary Education. Her work problematises and discusses issues surrounding media representation and identity politics in screen studies, popular culture, and transmedia, with a feminist, Queer, and gender studies focus. She currently researches and teaches in digital and social media. In addition to this, she works as the Creative Director of Zenowa Productions, writing and producing queer female focused works including The Newtown Girls (2012) and All Our Lesbians Are Dead! (2017).
- UTS Learning & Teaching Award for ‘Integration of Indigenous Professional Capabilities into Curriculum’, University of Technology Sydney (2019).
- Teaching & Learning Award for ‘Integration of Indigenous Professional Capabilities into Curriculum’, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney (2019).
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Mentoring Scheme placement at the University of Melbourne, funded by the Australian Research Council (2019).
- Teaching & Learning Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement by a Casual Academic’, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney (2017).
Professional Association and Industry Memberships:
- Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
- Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA)
- Australian Writers Guild (AWG)
- Women in Film and Television (WIFT, Australia)
- Screenwriting Research Network
Can supervise: YES
Natalie's research interests include:
- Media studies (screen, digital and transmedia),
- Audience engagement (participatory culture and fan culture),
- Genre studies (science fiction and fantasy), and
- Australian cultural histories of lesbian and queer media.
Natalie is a lecturer in Digital and Social Media in the School of Communication. She currently teaches Digital Experience Design, Digital Media: Marketing, Metrics and Data, and Digital Publishing for Apps in the DSM Major. She also teaches into the Communications core in Digital Literacies, as well as the Global Cinema and Online Documentary electives.
Natalie has also previously taught in the post-graduate program for Media Arts and Production in Sound and Interaction, and Digital and Multiplatform Storytelling.
Her other teaching areas include screen and new media business, screenwriting and storytelling, Queer and LGBT studies, cultural theory, and project management.
Krikowa, N 2019, 'Intervention as Activism: Advocating Queer Female Representation through Independent Film Production', Refractory: a journal of entertainment media, vol. 33.
Krikowa, N 2020, 'The Transmediated Lesbian Vampire: LGBTQ representation in contemporary adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla' in Coker, C (ed), The Global Vampire: Essays on the Undead in Popular Culture Around the World, McFarland, Jefferson NC, pp. 48-59.
Krikowa, N 2018, 'Experiencing the Cityscapes and Rural Landscapes as ‘Citizens’ of The Hunger Games Storyworld' in Maurer, Y & Koren-Kuik, M (eds), Cityscapes of the Future Urban Spaces in Science Fiction, BRILL, New York, pp. 151-167-151-167.
Cityscapes of the Future: Urban Spaces in Science Fiction examines the central role played by urban spaces in science fictional narratives in diverse media from the literary to the ludic to cinematic.
Krikowa, N 2018, 'STEM and Diversity on Primetime Television: The Representation of Gender and Race in The 100' in Women in STEM on Television Critical Essays, McFarland, Jefferson, NC., pp. 71-85.
This collection of new essays examines numerous popular series, from children’s programs to primetime shows, and discusses the ways in which these narratives inform cultural ideas about women in STEM.
Krikowa, N 2014, 'Designing and Constructing Storyworlds for Multiplatform Participatory Narratives' in Ravy, T (ed), Words, Worlds and Narratives Transmedia and Immersion, Brill, United Kingdom, pp. 165-185.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This volume critically engages with the field of transmedia studies and addresses the significance of media to narrative and authorship to immersion.
Krikowa, N 2014, 'Multi-Platform Storytelling and the ‘Niche’ Market: Producing Low-Budget Transmedia Projects' in Polson, D, Cook, A, Velikovsky, JT & Brackin, A (eds), Transmedia Practice: A Collective Approach, Brill, United Kingdom, pp. 35-45.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Film and television industries are utilising the multitude of alternative entry points (outside of traditional media) to capture and retain their audiences, however online digital storytelling has also impacted the way ‘niche’ audiences are accessing and engaging with their content. Multi-platform storytelling is not just another potential revenue stream to maximise financial return; it provides possibilities for forming communities for those who might feel marginalised or silenced. It is setting a new benchmark for participatory culture; giving audiences the power to navigate and negotiate their own media consumption. This chapter explores how transmedia and multi-platform narratives are providing a depth of immersion that ‘niche’ audiences (such as lesbian audiences) desire. These audiences actively seek out content to consume and communities to participate in outside of mainstream media due to the lack of representation in traditional media. For queer audiences, there is more content available on the Internet and content producers are able to distribute content using online and mobile technology to gain access to this instant global audience.