All posts by Dallas Rogers

Dr Dallas Rogers is a member of the Institute for Culture and Society and lecturers into the Urban Research Program within the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, at Western Sydney University. His research investigates the intersections between global cities, technology networks and housing poverty and wealth. He has a Diploma in Digital Content Radio from the AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), with skills in location sound recording and radio documentary.

Hypermasculinity and Sports




  • Executive Producer: Dallas Rogers
  • Producer: Alejandra Villanueva
  • Hypermasculinity and Sports

We are used to seeing or playing sport without really thinking about the multiple sociocultural factors that take place in the game and on the field. Gina Krone delves into some of the most significant features of the most popular Australian sports. She analyses the concept of hypermasculinity looking at the physicality needed to practice AFL and Rugby, and how the body and minds of athletes have been portrayed and enacted according to different historical periods. In this episode we talk about the pedagogical strategies of the colonial project in Australia, and how globalised sports like Rugby are a useful case study to analyse issues such as masculinity, ethnicity and racism.


Alejandre Villanueva

SONY DSCAlejandra Villanueva is a Cultural Anthropologist, currently doing her PhD at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.  She’s interested in the significance of sporting practices in contemporary societies, and how by looking at sports we can understand the processes of gender identity construction, socioeconomic inequalities and the social structures that shape the ways in which we understand work and leisure.

Gina Krone

Gina KroneGina Krone is a social researcher currently undertaking her PhD at RMIT exploring sport as cultural practice for diasporic Pasifika communities living in multicultural urban centres in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.




Gentrification & The Green Bans




  • Producer: Dallas Rogers
  • Gentrification & The Green Bans

In this episode, we take to the streets of Sydney. We meet public housing resident Barney Gardner at his house in the suburb of Millers Point, which is just under Sydney Harbour Bridge.

I’ve spent a bit of time with Barney over the last couple of years, interviewing him for various research projects on inner city gentrification.

Barney was born in Millers Point and has lived there all his life. In 2014, he was told he had to move out of his house and the neighbourhood. The public housing he was living in was being sold off.

For most of the last two centuries Millers Point’s proximity to major wharves and maritime industries saw the place develop as a largely low-income, working class neighbourhood. In the early 1970s the ‘Green Bans’ saved the suburb from modernist redevelopment.

I talk to Nicole Cook, a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong, about urban development in Sydney, and what the Green Bans teach us about Global Sydney.


Dr Nicole Cook is a Lecturer in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at The University of Wollongong. Nicole is an urban geographer with research interests in urban governance, power and participation, social movement and resident activism, housing and home.

Barney Gardner was born in Millers Point and has lived there all his life.


Blue Dot Sessions, Outside the Terminal
The Kyoto Connection, Close to the Abyss
NSW Parliament, Life time resident Barney Gardner addresses crowd outside NSW Parliament House
Tanya Plibersek, Millers Point Public Housing
Blue Print for Living, Iconic Buildings: Sirius Building
SHFATheRocks, Jack Mundey and the Victory – Part 3 of 3

Superheroes and Fascism




  • Producer: Dallas Rogers
  • Superheroes and Fascism

Superhero films are big business. Avengers: Age of Ultron recently passed US$1 billion in box office sales. The first Avengers film is currently third in all-time box office rankings.

The popularity and success of Batman, Ironman and The Avengers have contributed to a revival of the American superhero on the big screen. And though the latest films may seem like modern superhero narratives, the themes that make them relevant today stretch back to the 1930s and 40s, and the environment that gave rise to the first superheroes: the great depression, an undercurrent of fascism in America, and the looming Second World War.

Dallas Rogers speaks with Jason Dittmer on the continued relevance of superheroes in both popular and political culture, and the influence of fascism and geopolitical forces on the superhero narrative.
Jason Dittmer is the author of Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics.


Podington Bear: Fathomless
Blue Dot Sessions: Modul Kalimba

Female Chinese Australians: A Feminist Tale of Multiculturalism




  • Producer: Dallas Rogers
  • Female Chinese Australians: A Feminist Tale of Multiculturalism

Stella Sun is a Chinese Australian woman who was born on Thursday Island in 1931. Stella travelled to mainland Australia when she was 17 years old. Dr Alanna Kamp has been interviewing women like Stella about their experiences of belonging and exclusion as female Chinese Australians during the White Australia Policy era.

The women Alanna is interviewing piece many memories together to tell rich stories about migration, settlement and family. In this episode, Dallas talks to Alanna about researching Chinese Australian women during the White Australia period. He learns she is putting these women front and centre of her research to produce a feminist reading of about the birth of Australian multiculturalism.


F1000007-Edit-2Alanna Kamp (BA BSc (UNSW); PhD (WSU)) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Urban Research Program/School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University (WSU). As an historical and cultural geographer, Alanna is interested in feminist and postcolonial understandings of the migrant experience and attitudes to immigration in Sydney. She is particularly interested in the ways in which historical geographies of migrant experience have contemporary relevance and shape current community experiences and identities. Alanna is also a member of the Challenging Racism Project at WSU.

Recent publications include:

The virtues and challenges of comparative analyses of immigration, migrant settlement and transnationalism (2015)

Chinese Australian women in White Australia: utilising available sources to overcome the challenge of “invisibility” (2013)

A failed political attempt to use global Islamophobia in Western Sydney: the ‘Lindsay leaflet scandal’ (2012)

Formative Geographies of Belonging in White Australia: Constructing the National Self and Other in Parliamentary Debate, 1901 (2010)

Indigenous Australians’ Attitudes Towards Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, ‘Race’ and Racism (2010)

The hopeful and exclusionary politics of Islam in Australia: looking for alternative geographies of ‘Western Islam’ (2009)

Super-Rich and Cities: Coming Soon To A Suburb Near You




  • Producer: Dallas Rogers
  • Super-Rich and Cities: Coming Soon To A Suburb Near You

We’re becoming increasingly fascinated with the super-rich. But how different are the super-rich from us? You might have seen the US television series Secret Lives of the Super Rich? It’s a voyeuristic exploration into the lives of wealthy people; shot against a backdrop of expensive mansions, luxury cars and private jets.

The emergence of new groups of super-rich is not just a local phenomenon. The Canadian online documentary series Ultra Rich Girls features the daughters of super-rich Chinese Canadians who are living in Vancouver. It’s broadcast in Mandarin and English, and it provides a pop-culture snapshot of the changing geopolitics and the global emergence of new groups of super-rich from Asia. But what do we mean we talk about “the super-rich”?

In this episode, Dallas talks to Ray Forrest and Ilan Wiesel about the super-rich in Australia, Asia and beyond. Ilan is interested in wealthy groups in Sydney and Melbourne. He’s been looking at the social and cultural networks that wealthy people create in Australian cities. Drawing on the work of the French philosopher Pierre Bourdieu – and two of his ideas in particular: Social Capital and Cultural Capital – he discusses the role elite people and places are playing in the politics of infrastructure provision in Australia.

Ray starts with Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century to take a more global look at the super-rich. He suggests the changing nationalities of the super-rich, and the changing forms and sources of their wealth, are creating new dilemmas for academics. Ray rethinks the super-rich and their wealth, and explores how and why countries like Australia, UK and Canada are making their countries super-rich friendly.


Ray ForrestProfessor Ray Forrest is Chair Professor of Housing and Urban Studies and Head of the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. He has worked at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of Bristol, where he was appointed to a Chair in Urban Studies in 1994. At Bristol he was Head of the School for Policy Studies (2001-2004), Associate Director/Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies (2004-2008) and co-director of the ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research (2001-2005).

Dr Ilan WieselDr Ilan Wiesel’s research investigates sustainable housing and urban policy through detailed analysis of the housing experiences, needs and aspirations of diverse social groups. He is also interested in the policies and practices of city builders and policy makers. Before joining University of Melbourne in May 2016 he was as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales (2009-2016).


Free Music Archive: Ars Sonor (1) Runsten and (2) The Spring Drone

Factory Farming and Urban Planning

factory farm




  • Executive Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • Producer : Elizabeth Taylor
  • Factory Farming and Urban Planning: Killing Two Million Birds With One Zone
Dr Liz Taylor

Australians consume over 600 million chickens each year. The vast majority are grown in intensive, vertically integrated factory farming operations called ‘broiler’ farms – some of which house over a million chickens at any one time. While many of us can barely imagine what a million chickens in a shed might look or smell like, peri-urban and rural communities often have firsthand experience. Australians consume a lot of cheap chicken, but planning conflicts show not everyone appreciates an intensive chicken factory as a neighbour. Factory farms are a frequently polarising form of agriculture.

In this episode, SoundMinds Radio producer Liz Taylor visits the Victorian town of Castlemaine near a growing cluster of contentious large-scale commercial chicken farms. One recent proposal has seen over two years of planning dispute and may result in Supreme Court action. Liz speak with La Trobe Bendigo researcher Dr Andrew Butt about his research into rural land use planning issues and the pressures of the increasing scale of agricultural systems. Liz also speaks to a local resident who leads a local group concerned about the local impacts intensive farms.

This is a story about how urban planning works in rural areas. As intensive agriculture increases in scale, it causes planning conflicts and places pressures on established practices and regulations. Urban planning comes from an urban tradition, and typically the theories used for thinking about the rural and the urban divide can be quite blunt. ‘Farms’ go in rural zones. But if 21st century farming looks like a million chickens in a shed, a ‘factory’ farm, certainty about what a farm is and where it belongs becomes clouded. Andrew discusses the challenges for planning systems and the risks of trying to close down political discussions about the ethics and impacts of factory farming.


Dr Elizabeth Taylor, RMIT University – Producer

Elizabeth is a Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. Her interests are in policy-focused research across urban planning, housing markets, property rights and locational conflict and her research often makes use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). An increasing research focus is car parking policy. Elizabeth’s publications have explored the housing market implications of urban containment policies; the contested role of research in planning practice; and the ‘Not in My Back Yard’ (NIMBY) phenomenon. The latter includes food, waste and animal-based land uses – like intensive chicken farms – that expose contradictions in the distribution of rights associated with production and consumption.

Dr Andrew Butt, La Trobe University

Dr Andrew ButtDr Andrew Butt is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University with over 20 years practical experience in planning practice, education and research. He has a strong teaching and research interest in rural landscape change and the interaction of planning systems and agricultural restructuring, particularly in peri-urban areas. His research and practice has involved analysis of farmland change, developing scenarios for land development in rural areas and work on the promotion of local food systems. He has also been involved in policy development and research in the areas of intensive farming and land use conflict with a focus on planning systems and practice.


The Taylor Project: Animals [courtesy of Liz Taylor, used with permission]



Berlin’s Stolpersteine – Remembering in the City




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  • Berlin’s Stolpersteine – Remembering in the City

Droz_image Oct 2014If you look down at the footpath in Berlin you might see one of over 600 STOLPERSTEINE – Stumbling Stones. Artist Gunter Demnig is placing these small brass plaques in the path of our everyday lives to force us to remember the victims of National Socialism. Demnig’s commemorative brass plaques are embedded in the footpath out the front of each victim’s last known address. Individual and collective memory is important to Deming, who cites the Talmud, saying: “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten”.

Dr Danielle Drozdzewski says large-scale public memorials, like the one at ground zero in New York, are important sites of collective remembrance. But Danielle asks us to think about the remembrance of these types of events in the everyday. For Danielle, being forced to step over and look down at a Stolpersteine in the street in Berlin is, perhaps, a more confronting form of remembrance. This is a story about Demnig’s ” Stumbling Stones”, each one starting with a chilling reminder of who “HIER WOHNTE” – who “HERE LIVED”.


Dr Danielle Drozdzewski is a Senor Lecturer at the University of NSW. Her research covers cultural memories and the links between memory and identity. She has explored this theme through research into Polish cultural memory as it has been articulated in public spaces through monuments and memorials, and in private spaces, and between and within generations of Poles in Poland and in diaspora communities in Australia. She is interested in how mobilities affect the transferal and maintenance of cultural memory, and how war and totalitarianism disrupts their transmission in public spheres. Danielle talks to SoundMinds Radio about her current research that is examining how the public interact with Deming’s vernacular memorials in Berlin.


Audio samples, AudioBlocks

What The Antarctic Teaches Us About The Science of Space Exploration




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  • What The Antarctic Teaches Us About The Science Of Space Exploration

It’s 2026 and you are on board the Ares. The largest interplanetary spacecraft ever built. You are on the first colonial voyage to Mars and your crew will be the first hundred Martian colonisers.

This is how Kim Stanley Robinson opens his award-winning science fiction Mars trilogy – a set of three books about the colonial settlement of Mars. For Associate Professor Juan Francisco Salazar, this science fiction series opens up some important philosophical questions about what we think were doing as we colonise Antarctica and beyond.

In 2015 he release a documentary film based on ethnographic research undertaken in the Antarctic. The documentary is a speculative piece that sits at the intersections between science and social science. In this episode, he talks about his research and film making.  Along the way, he raises questions about what we, as humans think we are doing in Antarctica. He says our actions in places like Antarctica tell us much about how we might act in the future when we set out to colonise other planets.


 Juan Francisco Salazar is an anthropologist and media scholar and practitioner. He currently holds an Associate Professor position in communication and media studies at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and has been a member of the Institute for Culture and Society since 2006. His research interests and expertise centre on media anthropology; visual/digital ethnographies; citizens’ media; Indigenous media and communication rights in Chile and Latin America; documentary cinemas; environmental communication; climate change; future studies; cultural studies of Antarctica.

He is a co-author of the book Screen media arts: introduction to concepts and practices (Oxford University Press), which was awarded the Australian Educational Publishing Award 2009 for best book in the Teaching and Learning Category. As a media artist, he has produced several documentary and experimental short films exhibited internationally and has been a digital storytelling trainer and producer in Australia, Chile and Antarctica. His 2015 documentary film is Nightfall on Gaia.


Audio Blocks


Photograph of Mars: Hubble Space Telescope 2003

Doing ethnographic research in the Himalayas when an earthquake strikes




  • Producer Dallas Rogers
  • Doing Ethnographic Research In The Himalayas When An Earthquake Strikes

Hayley Saul and Emma Waterton were doing ethnographic and anthropological fieldwork in the Langtang valley in Nepal when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit in 2015. The earthquake killed more than 9,000 people.

At the time of the quake, they were with several local guides from the village of Langtang, one of the worst affected areas in Nepal. Emma and Hayley were recording local oral histories. Their ethnographic research was recording how local stories are written into the Himalayan landscape.

Little do they know that their guides’ knowledge of the landscape would save their lives many times over, and enabled them to reach safety after the quake.

Saul and Waterton have been fundraising to assist the displaced villagers of Langtang in collaboration with Community Action Nepal. You can read about their story and find out more about their relief efforts here: Langtang Survivors.


Dr Emma Waterton is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney, where she is affiliated with both the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the Institute for Culture and Society. She holds a BA (anthropology) for UQ and an MA (Archaeological Heritage Management) and a PhD from the University of York. Her research explores the interface between heritage, identity, memory and affect at a range of heritage sites. She is author of Politics, Policy and the Discourses of Heritage in Britain (2010, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-author of the Semiotics of Heritage Tourism (with Steve Watson; 2014; Channel View Publications), and Heritage, Communities and Archaeology (with Laurajane Smith; 2009, Duckworth).

Dr Hayley Saul completed her PhD in 2011, on the Baltic Foragers and Early Farmers Ceramic Research project, specialising in the study of plant microfossils, particularly in pottery residues. Since then, she has completed a post-doctoral research position in Japan, looking at why some of the earliest pottery in the word was invented. Most recently, she has set up a fieldwork project in the Nepalese Himalayas called the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (HEART). Alongside fieldwork, HEART collaborates with local communities, NGOs and charities to stimulate the local economies of this developing region of the world using heritage-based initiatives.


ABC NEWS Nepal Earthquake
Free Music Archive Hiroshima by Galley Six
Free Music Archive 01 ocp–fds by OCP
Free Music Archive Himalaya by Edoardo Romani Capelo 

Dallas produced a longer version of this interview for The Conversation’s Speaking With podcast on 21/08/2015.

Poverty Porn : How Journalists, Audiences & Researchers Produce Stigma




  • Producer Dallas Rogers
  • Poverty Porn: How Journalists, Audiences And Researchers Produce Stigma

‘Poverty porn’ has recently been used to describe television programs that represent the lives of poor people for entertainment purposes, such as Housos (Aus), Struggle Street (Aus) and Benefit Street (UK).

Poverty porn is a term that emerged out of international development studies. It was initially developed to critique the use of media representations that exploit the lives of poor people in order to generate sympathy and donations. More recently it has been used to talk about television programs in Australia and the UK.

The producers of these ‘Poverty porn’ programs claim that by exposing the hardships of poor people, these programs and films might generate sympathy for these communities. Or alternatively, they claim that they are simply showcasing the reliance and resourcefulness of poor people.

SoundMinds Radio Producer Dallas Rogers talks to Associate Professor Deb Warr about the news stories, research and television programs that portray poverty in post-industrial cities. The polarizing debate about poverty porn – which pits exploiting the poor on one side and empowering the poor on the other – doesn’t capture the complex ways in which narratives about poverty and place are created. Dr Warr discusses the intersections between the three key ways in which narratives about poverty and place are created:

  • Poverty News
  • Poverty Stories
  • Poverty Research


Associate Professor Deb Warr is a VicHealth Research Fellow with the McCaughey Centre, at the University of Melbourne. Her work is primarily aimed at understanding socio-economic contexts for health inequalities in developed nations. Dr Warr has published widely and is recognised internationally for work that includes reports of empirical findings and articles exploring theoretical and methodological issues. She has long-standing commitment and expertise in collaborative, participatory and community based research methods and ensuring that the findings of research are accessible for implementation in policy and practice.


DOWNLOAD Dallas article “Poverty Porn and Housing:How we produce Housing and Neighbourhood Stigma” in Housing Works, published by the Australian Housing Institute.


ABC Four Corners Growing up poor
ABC NEWS SBS accused of ‘poverty porn’ documentary series
BBC Newsnight Is Channel 4’s Benefits Street ‘poverty porn’?
Channel 4 Welcome to James Turner Street | Benefits Street (S1-Ep1)
3NEWS Private apartments used as state houses
When by Stephen Siebert
Wisteria by Blue Dot Sessions
When the Guests have left by Blue Dot Sessions
Paper Napkin by Blue Dot Sessions