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Margie Borschke is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature.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.

Education/Academic qualification

Media, PhD, The University of New South Wales

… → 2012

Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), McGill University

Political Science, Master of Arts, University of Toronto

External positions

Board Member, Association for Cultural Studies

2020 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Toronto

1 Jul 201815 Nov 2018

Lecturer, Level B (Fixed Term), University of Sydney



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