Zita Joyce

Senior LecturerZita Joyce

Undergraduate / Honours Co-ordinator
Elsie Locke Building 620
Internal Phone: 92061

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

I am currently working on research into the representation of regions in New Zealand television and web series, as well as media art and surveillance, media memory, and representations of wireless communication in film and television

I have completed a few strands of research relating to media practice in post-quake Christchurch:

With colleagues form Media and Communication, Digital Humanities, and the CEISMIC archive, I received a University of Canterbury Arts Research Challenge Grant in August 2014, which enabled us to purchase 963,000 tweets relating to the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks. From that dataset I am currently researching how people used and referred to radio in the periods after the earthquakes.

I have been studying the experiences of Christchurch radio stations after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, supported by the UC CEISMIC fund. This includes research into radio, space and memory in post-quake Christchurch.

I was co-director of 'Mesh Cities: Christchurch', a research project by the ADA Network into the role of media art in the transitional city, which was supported through 2013 and 2014 by Creative New Zealand.

My research interests focus on the intersections between media technologies and social and cultural practice, in areas such as broadcasting and social media. I am particularly interested in creative uses of technologies in visual and sound arts and experimental music; the conceptualisation and use of radio spectrum and wireless technologies; the use of online tools in creative collaborations and connections; and the creation, use and documentation of FLOSS (Free, libre, open source software).

Recent Publications

  • Ballard S., Benson T., Carter R., Corballis T., Joyce Z., Moore H., Priest J. and Smith V. (2015) A Transitional Imaginary: Space, Network and Memory in Christchurch. Christchurch: Harvest (in collaboration with Aotearoa Digital Arts). 132.
  • Joyce ZC. (2019) “We’re looking out through a window to a field of weeds and sand and stones”: The Stadium Broadcast, a Radio Memorial. Space and Culture 22(4): 357-368. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1206331217752620.
  • Joyce Z. (2018) Alternative Radio : exhibiting radio and music heritage after the Christchurch earthquakes. International Journal of Heritage Studies 24(3): 230-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2017.1378899.
  • Joyce ZC. (2016) 'Thank goodness for our little radio': Researching post-quake radio audiences. Participations: journal of audience and reception studies 13(2): 86-108.
  • Joyce Z. (2015) RadioQuake: Getting back 'on air' after the Christchurch earthquakes. Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 13(1-2): 57-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/rjao.13.1-2.57_1.