David Carlin is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication, co-founder of the non/fictionLab Research Group, co-director of the WriCE program and Deputy Dean, Communication.
David is a writer, creative artist, teacher and researcher. His books include The Near and the Far (Scribe 2016, co-edited with Francesca Rendle-Short), the prose memoir/biography The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP 2015) and the memoir Our father who wasn’t there (2010); his creative nonfiction, essays and articles have appeared in Griffith Review, Overland, TEXT, Newswrite, Victorian Writer, Continuum and other journals. With Kyla Brettle, David wrote and co-produced the radiophonic feature/essay Making Up: 11 Scenes from a Bangkok Hotel (2015), which won four Gold and Silver awards at the 2016 New York Festivals International Radio Awards.
David’s recent creative and research interests include literary nonfiction forms and genres (essay and memoir), memory studies, narrative and digital archives. His ongoing projects include:
- video/database art exhibition Vault; the Nonstop Performing History of Circus Oz (commissioned by and premiering at the 2014 Melbourne Festival),
- interactive digital archive, Circus Oz Living Archive (an ARC-Linkage funded research partnership with Circus Oz, Australia Council and Victorian Arts Centre, 2010-2014)
- cultural exchange/collaborative residency program, WrICE (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange), funded by Copyright Agency, 2014-17
David is Vice-President of the international NonfictioNOW conference, hosted at RMIT in November 2012 in partnership with the University of Iowa, in 2015 in Flagstaff, Arizona in partnership with Northern Arizona University, and in 2017 at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik.
David supervises creative practice-based PhD and Masters candidates: candidates include Sian Prior, Peta Murray, Gerald Mair, Liam Ward and Antonia Strakosch.
David has a professional background as a writer, director and producer in film, theatre and circus. From 2000 – 2005, David was a founding partner, with Nicolette Freeman, of independent production company, Cracker Night Films, where he worked as a Producer/Director. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2009. From 2011-13, David co-led, with Rachel Wilson and Bronwyn Clarke, the Belonging Project, a multi-faceted student engagement project based in the School of Media and Communication. BArts (Hons) Flinders, GradDip (Film&TV) VCAMelb, PhD Melb.