About Tanja

Dr Tanja Dreher is an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Wollongong, and a Senior Lecturer in media and communications in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at UOW. Tanja’s research focuses on the politics of listening in the context of media and multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignties, feminisms and anti-racism. Her current Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council (FT140100515, 2015 – 2018) analyses the political listening practices necessary to support the potential for voice in a changing media environment characterised by the proliferation of community and alternative media in the digital age. During 2008 – 2010 Tanja was a co-convenor of The Listening Project exploring the practices, technologies and politics of listening as political practice. Tanja’s particular interest lies in listening across difference and the politics of recognition in listening for media justice. Her previous research has focused on news and cultural diversity, community media interventions, experiences of racism and the development of community anti-racism strategies after September 11, 2001. Tanja has worked closely with diverse communities in western Sydney through collaborative research with Arab and Muslim communities and with media and community arts organisations.  Tanja has previously worked as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney and as the Research Manager at the UTS Shopfront community engagement program. Prior to her employment at UOW, Tanja taught media and cultural studies at UTS, the University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University.

Academic Qualifications

2006 PhD in Media Studies, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney
2001 Advanced Diploma in Applied Aboriginal Studies, Tranby Aboriginal College
1997 Master of Arts (Journalism), University of Technology Sydney
1993 Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

Areas of expertise

Media and Multiculturalism
Media Theory
Global Media, International Communications
Identity and Difference
Community, Indigenous and Alternative Media
Racism and anti-racism after September 11, 2001
Muslims and the Media
Intersectional analyses

For further information please see Tanja’s academia.edu site, visit her University of Wollongong staff page, or connect with her via Twitter @TanjaDreher