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Margie Borschke is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media and the Associate Head the Department of Media, Music Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University.She is the author of This is Not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).

Borschke's research addresses reproduction, circulation and distribution as cultural practices, with an emphasis on the aesthetics of circulation, the materiality of networked media, and the rhetorical dimensions of Internet culture. Recent work has focused on cloud-based computing, streaming technologies, and analog media revivals, using a media historical approach to address pressing contemporary questions about the social impact of network technologies and how we understand change and innovation. An interest in copies and copying underpins much of her work. Current and recent collaborations include projects on desire lines and imagining data in everyday life, network metaphors, new media gatekeeping practices and technologies, social media pedagogies, post-piracy practices, scholarly networks, the pleasures of the copy, and media histories of the environment and natural world.

Dr. Borschke teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units in media studies and journalism including units on network culture and data journalism.

Current research supervisions: Timothy Yee (Critiquing the Internal Innovation Imperative Through Arts Based Research in Australian Corporations).

Completed Supervisions:

Dr Borschke is interested in supervising research in the following areas: media and cultural studies, network metaphors, copying practices and copies, circulation as a cultural practice, media archaeology, media history, network aesthetics, sound studies, technology and software studies, underground and alternative media, collecting practices, enviromental humanities, innovation and media practice, smart cities, data aesthetics, data journalism, data literacies.

Borschke holds a PhD in Media (University of New South Wales), a Master of Arts in Politics (University of Toronto) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science (McGill University). As a journalist, she trained at Harper’s Magazine in New York City in the mid-90s and went on to contribute to both pioneering websites and respected international media titles including The New York Times Magazine, The Times, Harper’s Bazaar and many others.



This is Not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music

Borschke’s 2017 monograph, This is not a remix: piracy, authenticity and popular music (Bloomsbury Academic) focuses on questions about the materiality of media, its use and the aesthetic dimensions of reproduction and circulation in digital networks. This work uncovers the analog roots of digital practices and brings the long history of piracy into contact with contemporary controversies about the reproduction, use and circulation of recordings on the internet. Through a close look at sometimes illicit forms of composition--including remixes, edits, mashups, bootlegs, mp3 blogs and playlists--Borschke ponders how and why ideals of authenticity persist in networked cultures where copies and copying are ubiquitous and seemingly at odds with romantic constructions of authorship. By teasing out unspoken assumptions about media and culture, Borschke’s work offers fresh perspectives on the cultural politics of intellectual property in the digital era and poses questions about the promises, possibilities and challenges of network visibility and mobility.

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Toronto

1 Jul 201815 Nov 2018

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Research Outputs

Random Access Memory: personal collections and the poetics of discovery

Borschke, M., May 2020, (Accepted/In press) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Research output: Book/ReportExhibition Catalogue

  • Reimagining copies in digital networks

    Borschke, M., 13 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Reimagining communication: mediation. Filimowicz, M. & Tzankova, V. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 239-251 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Virtue, efficiency and the sharing economy

    Borschke, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Handbook of peer production. Pentzold, C., O'Neil, M. & Toupin, S. (eds.). John Wiley & Sons, (Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • This is Not a Remix: piracy, authenticity and popular music

    Borschke, M., 10 Aug 2017, New York ; London: Bloomsbury Academic. 192 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • The extended remix: rhetoric and history

    Borschke, M., 2015, The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies. Navas, E., Gallagher, O. & burrough, X. (eds.). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 104-115 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    2 Citations (Scopus)


    Future visions

    Margie Borschke (Speaker), Catharine Lumby (Speaker)
    Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (Journal)

    Margie Borschke (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    Poetics of Circulation

    Margie Borschke (Speaker)
    4 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Smart Cities: will they be smart for people?

    Margie Borschke (Speaker)
    6 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    An internet pastoral: Rethinking network metaphors (keynote address)

    Margie Borschke (Speaker)
    22 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk