Dr Paul Mountfort

Associate Professor

Email: paul.mountfort@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5676-147X

Academic appointments:

  • Associate Professorship, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - ongoing)
  • Editor, The Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, Pennsylvania State University (2016 - ongoing)
  • Chair, AUT Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology (2010 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • Master of Arts with 1st Class Hons in English, University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Arts (English and History), University of Canterbury
  • Certificate in RSA TEFLA, Royal Society of Arts

Overview:

Paul is Chair of the AUT Centre for Creative Writing and leader of the BA English and New Media Studies and BA Creative Writing. He is Vice-president of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), editor of the Journal of Asia-Pacific Popular Culture (Penn State U Press, US), and sits on the editorial boards of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect, UK) and formerly of The IAFOR Journal of Asian Studies (IAFOR: Nagoya, Japan).

Paul’s research interests are in popular culture studies, transmedia and fan practices. He has published widely in the areas of comics, sci-fi, fantasy and related storyworlds and franchises. His most recent book has been Planet Cosplay: Costume Play, Identity and Global Fandom (Intellect Books: UK, 2018) authored with Anne Peirson-Smith and Adma Geczy. He has also spoken widely at conferences internationally, including the 2017 opening keynote at the European Popular Culture Association annual conference at London University of Arts, College of Fashion.

In 2006 he was awarded the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for his approach to research led, student directed learning. He was one of three shortlisted for best lecturer (Applied Humanities) in 2007, and in 2010 he received the AUTSA/Awesome Best Post Graduate Supervisor at AUT award.

Research interests:

Popular Genres
Transmedia storytelling
Storyworld and franchises

Fields of research:

  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Media Studies
  • Screen and Media Culture
  • Literary Studies

Research outputs:

Books

Journal articles

  • Mountfort, P. (2020). ‘Tintin, gender and desire’. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. doi:10.1080/21504857.2020.1729829

  • Mountfort, P., Peirson-Smith, A., & Geczy, A. (2019). Cosplay at Armageddon Expo*. Journal of Geek Studies, 6(2), 91-110. Retrieved from https://jgeekstudies.files.wordpress.com/

  • Mountfort, P. (2018). Science fictional doubles: Technologization of the doppelgänger and sinister science in serial science fiction TV. Journal of Science & Popular Culture, 1(1). doi:10.1386/jspc.1.1.59_1

  • Mountfort, P. (2016). The I Ching and Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. Science Fiction Studies, 43(2). doi:10.5621/sciefictstud.43.2.0287

  • Mountfort, P. (2016). Tintin as spectacle: The backstory of a popular franchise and late capital. Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, 1(1). doi:10.5325/jasiapacipopcult.1.1.0037

  • Mountfort, P. (2016). Giardino Dei Tarocchi/The Tarot Garden: Niki de Saint Phalle (permanent installation), località Garavicchio, Capalbio, Italy. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5(1). Retrieved from https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=202/view,page=4/

  • Mountfort, P. (2015). Runecasting: Runic guidebooks as gothic literature and the other gothic revival. Aeternum: Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies, 2(2).

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2011). ‘Yellow skin, black hair … Careful, Tintin’: Hergé and Orientalism. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 1(1). doi:10.1386/ajpc.1.1.33_1

Book chapters

  • Mountfort, P. (2018). Tintin and the secrets of food. In L. Piatti-Farnell, & D. L. Brian (Eds.), The Routledge companion to literature and food: The body fantastic, cultural others and limits of language (pp. 101-110). London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781351216029-10

  • Mountfort, P. (2015). Lord of the franchise: The lord of the rings, IP rights and policing appropriation. In L. Piatti-Farnell (Ed.), The lord of the rings (pp. 84-94). Bristol, UK: Intellect Books. Retrieved from http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/F/bo22230364.html

  • Mountfort, P. (2015). Editor’s log: Startdate 2015 – An overview of proceedings. In Peer Reviewed Proceedings: 6th Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (pp. vi-ix). Wellington, New Zealand: PopCAANZ. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/

  • Mountfort, P. (2014). 'A five year mission renewed...': An overview of proceedings. In P. Mountfort (Ed.), Peer reviewed proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Hobart, Australia, 18-­‐20 June, 2014 (pp. vii-ix). Sydney, Australia: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings/conference-proceedings-2014/

  • Mountfort, P. (2014). Tarot guidebooks as a literary genre: Narratives of destiny. In E. E. Auger (Ed.), Tarot in culture. Ontario, Canada: Valleyhome Books.

  • Mountfor, P. (2011). Tarot guidebooks as a literary genre: Narratives of destiny. In E. Auger (Ed.), Tarot in Culture (pp. 183-230). London: ATS.

Conference contributions

  • Mountfort, P. (2016). Cosplay: Citation or détournement?. In EUPOP 2016: 5th International Conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) (pp. 32). Paris.

  • Mountfort, P. (2016). Tintin and the secret of food: the body fantastic, cultural others, and limits of language in
    Hergé’s Adventures (1929 ‐1983). In PopCAANZ Book of Abstracts (pp. 47-48). Sydney.

  • Mountfort, P. (2016). A Paradoxical Opposition? Transhumanism versus  Accelerationism in Serial SF TV. In Popular Culture Association National Conference. Seattle, Washington.

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2015). Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Hobart, Australia, 18-20 June, 2014, P. Mountfort (ed), Sydney: PopCAANZ.. Hobart: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings-2014/

  • Mountfort, P. (2015). Science-fictional doubles: The technologization of the doppelgänger and sinister science in serial sci-fi tv. In 4th Annual European Popular Culture Association Conference. Berlin. Retrieved from https://eupop2015.wordpress.com/programme/

  • Mountfort, P. (2015). Tintin as spectacle. In 6th Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference. Wellington. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Conference-Schedule-20151.pdf

  • Mountfort, P. (2014). iWrite: Digital Literacies in Learning Contexts. In 5th Annual Conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). Hobart, Tasmania.

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2014). Panel discussion on teaching creative writing. In Professing Creativity. Wellington.

  • Sullivan, R., Stachurski, C., Jansen, A., Mountfort, P., Brown, D., & Walpert, B. (2014). Teaching creative writing. In Professing creativity. Wellington.

  • Mountfort, P. (2014). Lords of the franchise: The Lord of the Rings, IP rights and policing appropriation. In European Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. London College of Fashion.

  • Cochrane, T., Antonczak, L., Guinibert, M., Withell, A., Mulrennan, D., Mountfort, P., & Narayan, V. (2013). Collaboration unplugged: Herding a flock of MOAs. In Electric Dreams: 30th ascilite Conference. Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/sydney13/program/handbookproceedings.php

  • Mountfort, P. (2013). Tintin as Metonym for the 20th Century: A Post-Situationist Reading. In EUPOP 2013: 2nd International Conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA). Turku.

  • Mountfort, P. (2013). Tintin as a metonym of the twentieth century. In Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Sofitel, Brisbane, 24-26 June, 2013 (pp. 178-187). Brisbane: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings-2013/

  • Mountfort, P. (2012). Tintin Goes to Hollywood. In Inaugural European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) Conference. London College of Fashion. Retrieved from http://eupop2012.tumblr.com/

  • Mountfort, P. (2012). "Oh heavens, I've barged in on a film company!" Spielberg's The Secret of the Unicorn as pixelated spectacle. In Third Annual POPCAANZ Conference. Melbourne.

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2011). Ninja Scrolls and the Nine Ryu: mythologies of ninjutsu as a modern martial art. In EAPCA (East Asian Popular Culture Association). Taipei. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/2011eapca/schedule

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2010). "Yellow skin, black hair….. Careful, Tintin": The Orient and Orientalism in Hergé's The Blue Lotus. In PopCAANZ (Popular Culture Association Australia / New Zealand). Sydney. Retrieved from http://popcanz.blogspot.co.nz/

  • Mountfort, P. (2010). "Yellow skin, black hair…Careful Tintin": The Orient and Orientalism in Hergé's The Blue Lotus. In Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Inaugural Conference. Sydney.

  • Mountfort, P. (2009). Tarot guidebooks as a literary genre. In 2009 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. New Orleans. Retrieved from http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/2009pcaacaprogram.pdf

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2008). A Scanner Darkly: Visualizing Philip K. Dick’s American Dystopias. In PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference. San Francisco. Retrieved from http://pcaaca.org/conference/past_programs.php

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2006). Oracle-text/Cybertext in The Man in the High Castle. In PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association) Annual Conference. Atlanta.

  • Mountfort, P. (2005). Tarot: a machine for constructing stories. In Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Annual Conference. San Diego, California.

Edited books/volumes

  • Mountfort, P. (2017). Peer reviewed proceedings of the 8th annual conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Wellington, New
    Zealand, 10-11 July, 2017
    . Wellington, New Zealand: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings-2017/

  • Mountfort, P. (2016). Peer reviewed proceedings of the 7th annual conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Sydney, Australia, 29 June–1 July, 2016. Wellington, New Zealand: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings-2016/

  • Mountfort, P. (2015). Peer reviewed proceedings of the 6th annual conference, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015. Wellington, New Zealand: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings-2015/

  • Mountfort, P. (2014). Peer reviewed proceedings of the 5th annual conference
    Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ)
    Hobart, Australia, 18–20 June, 2014
    . Sydney, NSW: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings/conference-proceedings-2014/

  • Mountfort, P. (2013). Peer reviewed proceedings of the 4th annual conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Brisbane, Australia, 24-26 June, 2013. Sydney, NSW: Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings/conference-proceedings-2013/

Theses

  • Mountfort, P. S. (2006). Oracle-texts: the Western Tradition. (University of Auckland, New Zealand).

Other outputs

  • Mountfort, P. (2020). Review: Costuming cosplay: Dressing the imagination,
    Therèsa Winge (Bloomsbury 2018). In Journal of Textile Science & Fashion Technology (Vol. 6, Iss. 4). Iris Publishers. doi:10.33552/JTSFT.2020.06.000641

  • Mountfort, P. (2013). "To boldly go...": an overview of proceedings. In Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Sofitel, Brisbane, 2013. Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Retrieved from http://popcaanz.com/conference-proceedings-2013/

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