Djoymi Baker is a Lecturer in Screen and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research revolves around how concepts of genre and genre hybrids are used and received in screen media and visual culture, particularly across science fiction, the epic, children’s television, and documentary hybrids. Connecting this work is an interest in the way images of the past and the future are harnessed in popular culture texts and paratexts to reconceptualise the present. Dr Baker is the founder of the Youth and Media Cultures Research Group in the School of Culture and Communication. Current research projects examine Australian science-fiction film and television; lo-fi sci-fi in the early 21st century; children's screen media; and environmental films. Published works include the monograph To Boldly Go: Marketing the Myth of Star Trek (2018), and the co-authored Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014). Her research features in books such as Millennial Mythmaking (2010), Star Trek as Myth (2010), The Age of Netflix (2017), and The New Peplum (2018). She previously worked in television news and current affairs.
I welcome students with research projects around television studies (from early television through to contemporary streaming television); genre studies in film and television; fandom; myth in popular culture; environmental screen media; and children's media.