Dr Scott East

Dr Scott East

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

PhD (Culture and Society), BCA / BSc Hons. 

Dr Scott East is a Lecturer at Art & Design committed to engaged research with the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) and broader cultural sectors having presented his research in policy, academic and industry settings. 

Scott completed his PhD at the University of Western Sydney based on an ARC-Linkage Grant investigating the roles of museums in discussions of climate change. Scott’s broad interest in is how cultural and educational institutions figure in broader social networks of rapid change. 

Previously he has held leadership roles in the Faculty including Director, Student Experience and Director of Global Engagement at Art & Design. He has also worked as an Educational Developer providing professional development to academic staff as well as an Educational Officer focused on Science Communication. He has also worked for local government and policy organisations.  

Current projects include a gallery visitor study utilising eye-tracking (with Dr Michael Garbutt-awarded a Faculty Research Grant 2018), a community arts project with a disability arts group and a project investigating the construction of creativity in international cultural policy. 

Research interests include museums and institutions, culture, gender, sexuality, disability studies, queer theory, transnational feminisms, practice-led research, cultural policy and critical and creative pedagogies. 

At UNSW Art & Design, Scott teaches Museum Studies: Exhibitions, Collections and Material Culture (SAHT3213 DART2341); Arts & Cultural Policy (SAHT9124); Exhibiting Cultures (SAHT9310); Contexts for Art (SAHT1221 / DART1340) & Art & the Body: Identities and Orientations (SAHT2642 / DART2320). 

I supervise postgraduate projects, including both practice-led and thesis-only candidates.

Current Students include: 

Diogo Machado, 'International Cultural Heritage Law in Times of Insecurity' (Scientia PhD Scholarship, supervised with A/Prof Lucas Lixinski & Prof Sarah Williams UNSW Law)

Recently completed:

Dr Luise Guest ‘(In)visible Ink: Gender and National Identity in the Work of Four Contemporary Chinese Artists’ (PhD, Jointly supervised with Prof Paul Gladston)

Dr Wendy Osmond, ‘Is it Oil?: from live performance to exhibition’  (PhD, jointly supervised with Dr Michael Garbutt)

Dr Vicente Estrada Gonzalez, ‘Eye Tracking, Aesthetics, and the Cultural Innovation‘ (Scientia PhD Scholarship, Career Mentor Supervisor with Prof Branka Spehar Psychology & Michael Garbutt Design)

Dr Allison O’Sullivan, Claude Cahun’s objects of resistance (2018 with Dr Michael Garbutt)

Isabella Cornell, Reparative Curating: Towards an ethics and politics of queer listening, (2019, Art Theory Hons)

Alia Parker, Affective Materiality: A practice-based collaboration with fungi, (2019 MPhil jointly supervised with Prof Stephen Loo)

Carol Hudson, Intertidal Project, (2019 MFA jointly supervised with Peter Sharp)

Nicole McTaggart (Bachelor of Art Theory Honours) Re-arranged Skins: Contemporaty Australian Taxidermy art as critique (2017)

Alexandra Mitchell, Conspiring with the flowers of Asquith (BFA Hons 2015)

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F124A, UNSW Art & Design, Paddington Campus
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    East S, 2021, 'The (After) Life of the Archive', in Potts J (ed.), Use and Reuse of the Digital Archive, Springer Nature, pp. 73 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-79523-8
    Book Chapters | 2014
    East SA, 2014, 'Figuring Change: Visual Communication in Museums', in Rees V; Rourke A (ed.), Researching the Visual: Demystifying ‘the Picture That’s Worth a Thousand words’, Common Ground Publishing Pty, Limited
    Book Chapters | 2014
    East SA, 2014, 'Museum Affect: Crocheted Coral, Children’s Stories and Possibilities in Queer Time', in Climate Change and Museum Futures, edn. 1, Routledge, New York and Oxon, pp. 219 - 236, http://routledge-ny.com/books/details/9780415843911/
    Book Chapters | 2013
    East SA, 2013, 'Tracing the Future: Child’s play and the Free Fall of Imagination', in Shanghai Expo: An International Forum on the Future of Cities, edn. Culture, Economy and the Social, Routledge, London, pp. 170 - 186, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415524629/
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Estrada-Gonzalez V; East S; Garbutt M; Spehar B, 2020, 'Viewing Art in Different Contexts', Frontiers in Psychology, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00569
    Journal articles | 2020
    Garbutt M; East S; Spehar B; Estrada-Gonzalez V; Carson-Ewart B; Touma J, 2020, 'The Embodied Gaze: Exploring Applications for Mobile Eye Tracking in the Art Museum', Visitor Studies, 23, pp. 82 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10645578.2020.1750271
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hightower B; East S; Hunt S, 2019, 'Pranks in Contentious Politics', Contention, 7, pp. 81 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/cont.2019.070107
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hightower B; East S, 2019, 'More than Luck: Australian Protest in a Social Movement Society', Contention, 7, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/cont.2019.070102
    Journal articles | 2018
    East S; Hightower B, 2018, 'Protest in Progress/Progress in Protest', M/C Journal, 21, http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1454
    Journal articles | 2018
    White Bull F; Hightower B; East S, 2018, 'Floris White Bull Responds to the Editors on Protest and the Film AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock', M/C Journal, 21, http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1436
  • Creative Written Works | 2019
    East S, 2019, Dream States: A Cast of Thousands, Kriss K, (ed.), Bega Valley Regional Gallery
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Kriss K; East S, 2018, 'Nobody knows what a body can do: un/making the mediated body', in Nobody knows what a body can do: un/making the mediated body, TRANSnational STS, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Sydney Australia, presented at TRANSnational STS, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Sydney Australia, 29 August 2018 - 01 September 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Kriss K; East S, 2018, 'Nobody knows what a body can do: un/making the mediated body', presented at 4S SYDNEY TRANSnational STS, 29 August 2018 - 01 September 2018, http://4sonline.org/files/4SSydneyPreliminaryProgram080418.pdf
    Creative Written Works | 2017
    East S, 2017, Michael Kempson's Child's Play: A Master of Exactitude, Michael Kempson: Work and Play, Beijing Song Ya Feng Culture Media Company, China.
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    East SA; Hightower B, 2016, 'Investing in culture: Art and Social Justice', presented at Crossroads – International Association of Cultural Studies Conference, Sydney, 14 December 2016 - 17 December 2016, http://crossroads2016.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Crossroads-program-final-to-print-v2.pdf
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    East SA, 2016, 'Exhibiting the self: participatory culture and #museumselfie', presented at The Selfie and Social Activism: a Digital Methods Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 12 December 2016 - 12 December 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    East SA; Mendelssohn J, 2015, 'Community Engagement and the Curatorium', presented at Museums Australia, Sydney, Australia, 21 May 2015 - 24 May 2015, https://www.museumsaustralia.org.au/past-conferences
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    East SA, 2015, 'Surviving Curiosity: Museums and science in the Anthropocene', presented at Association of Art Historians, UK, Norwich, UK, 09 April 2015 - 11 April 2015, http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/2015-conference