I completed my PhD in the Centre for the Book in 2016. My doctorate was supervised by Dr Simone Murray and Prof Robin Gerster. My doctoral thesis, Audience in the Spotlight: Investigating Literary Festival Engagement, studies audience experience at literary festivals, and the relationships between literary festivals and the communities in which they are embedded. This research forms part of Dr Murray’s Australian Research Council Discovery project Performing Authorship in the Digital Literary Sphere.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at the University of Canberra in 2012. My Honours project, Preserving Manuscript Content in the Digital Age, combined heritage and archival principles with compositional manuscript studies to explore the implications of digital content creation for future archival research. This research was grounded in my professional experience in the Pictures and Manuscripts and Oral History and Folklore teams at the National Library of Australia.
My primary research interests include:
- The sociology of culture
- Digital literature
- Cultural policy and creative industries
- Book history
- Authorial practice
- Heritage and archival practices
Peer Reviewed Articles
Murray, S. & M. Weber (2017, upcoming) ‘Live and local: The significance of digital media for writers’ festivals’, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 23.1
Weber, M. (2016) ‘Retaining traces of composition in digital manuscript collections: A case for institutional proactivity’, Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media 27
Weber, M. (2015) ‘Conceptualizing Audience Experience at the Literary Festival’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 29.1, available http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2014.986058
Mannion, A. & M. Weber (eds) (2017, upcoming) Publishing: A Solitary and Social Enterprise [provisional title], published by Monash University Publishing, Melbourne
Lam, C., Rafael, J. & M. Weber (eds) (2017, in press) Credibility and the Incredible: Disassembling the Celebrity Figure, published by interdisciplinary.net press, UK
Weber (2016, November) ‘Scandal at the Festival: Literary Festivals as Sites of Field Negotiation’, presented at Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne
Weber (2016, July) ‘Live and Online Literary Culture: Intersections in Reader Engagement’, presented at Literature and Technology conference, Sydney, annual conference of AAL (Australasian Association for Literature)
Weber, M. (2015, November) ‘The Literary Festival as Economic and Cultural Project: A Creative Industries Perspective’, presented at Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne
Weber, M. (2015, July) ‘Literary Festivals and the Digital Revolution’, presented at The Generation and Regeneration of Books conference, Montreal, annual conference of SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)
Weber, M. (2014, September) ‘The Literary Festival as a Cosmopolitan Space’, presented at The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and Its Critics, Melbourne
Weber, M. (2014, July) ‘Encountering the ‘Literary’ Festival: Toward a Conceptual Framework for Audience Experience’, presented at Celebrity and Fandom, Oxford
Weber, M. (2014, June) ‘Retaining Traces of Composition in Digital Manuscript Collections: A Case for Institutional Proactivity’, presented at The Born Digital and Cultural Heritage conference, Melbourne
In 2015 and 2016 I tutored on the undergraduate units ATS1903 Introduction to Literature: Ways of Reading and ATS1904 Literary Genres: Reading the City.
I have also given guest lectures on cultural policy and libraries and archives in ATS2442 Print Cultures: Books as Media.