Tony Schirato

Full Professor

Administrative Role

  • Member, PhD Steering Committee
  • Member, Equipment & Technology Steering Committee
  • Member, Departmental Executive Committee

Academic Qualifications

  • BA (New South Wales)
  • Dip Ed (Sydney Teacher’s College)
  • MA, PhD (Sydney University)

Current Research

Sport & digital media; gender theory; the work of Pierre Bourdieu

Refereed Publications


  • 1996 Schirato T & S Yell Communication and Cultural Literacy Allen & Unwin Sydney
  • 1998 Ewart J Sedorkin G & Schirato T Get Your Message Across: an Introduction to Professional Communication Skills Allen & Unwin Sydney
  • 1999 Wallace A Schirato T & Bright P Beginning University Allen & Unwin Sydney
  • 2000 Schirato T & Yell S Communication and Culture Sage London
  • 2000 Danaher G Schirato T & Webb J Understanding Foucault Sage London
  • 2001 Birch D Schirato T & Srivastava S Asia: Cultural Politics in the Global Age Palgrave London
  • 2002 Webb J Schirato T & Danaher G Understanding Bourdieu Sage London
  • 2003 Schirato T & Webb J Understanding Globalization Sage London
  • 2004 Schirato T & Webb J Reading the Visual Allen & Unwin Sydney & Sage London
  • 2007 Schirato T Understanding Sports Culture Sage London
  • 2010 Schirato T et al Understanding Media Studies OUP Melbourne
  • 2010 Brady A & Schirato T Judith Butler: a Critical Evaluation Sage London
  • 2011 Schirato T et al J Understanding Foucault Revised Edition Sage London & Allen & Unwin Sydney
  • 2014 Schirato T Sports Discourse Continuum London
  • 2017 Schirato T & Roberts M Bourdieu: a Critical Analysis Allen & Unwin Sydney

Refereed Book Chapters & Journal Articles

  • 1990 Schirato T ‘Comic Politics and the Politics of the Comic: a Study of Walter Abish’s How German Is It’ Novel(USA) 24/1
  • 1991 Schirato T ‘The University and the Politics of Genteel Discourse’, Southern Review (Aust) 24/2
  • 1992 Schirato T ‘The Politics of Writing and Being Written: A Study of Walter Abish’s Alphabetical Africa’ Critique(USA) 33/2
  • 1992 Schirato T ‘The Politics of Forgetting: Freud’s Totem and Taboo and the Exclusion of Women’ Australian Feminist Studies (Aust) No 15
  • 1992 Schirato T ‘Symptoms of Anxiety: Fathers and Families in Contemporary American Film’ Social Semiotics(UK) 2/1
  • 1992 Schirato T ‘Scandal/Disaster: The Australian’s Reporting of the Dili Massacre’ Antithesis (Aust) 6/1
  • 1993 Schirato T ‘What Returns: The Politics of the Unconscious’ Social Semiotics (UK) 3/2
  • 1993 Schirato T ‘My Space or Yours? De Certeau, Frow and the Meanings of Popular Culture’ Cultural Studies(USA)
  • 1994 Schirato T ‘Narratives of Orientalism’ Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science (Singapore) Vol 22
  • 1994 Schirato T ‘Mabo and the Politics of Community’ Law/Text/Culture (Aust) 1/94
  • 1995 Schirato T ‘Relocating Colonialism: Bhabha’s The Location of Culture’ Southern Review (Aust) 28/3
  • 1995 Schirato T ‘Not What but Whose Value: A Response to Malcolm McLean’s Review of Cultural Studies and Cultural Value’ Social Semiotics (UK) 5/2
  • 1995 Schirato T ‘Postmodernism and New Age Culture’ in Voices of a Margin ed Rowan L CQU Press Rockhampton
  • 1995 Mules W Schirato T & Wigman B ‘Rural Identities Within the Symbolic Order’ in Communication and Culture in Rural Areas ed Share P CSU Press Wagga
  • 1995 Schirato T ‘Mabo and the Australian Media’ in Contemporary Racism ed Collins J UTS Press Sydney
  • 1996 Schirato T ‘Deconstruction’ in The Handbook of Pragmatics ed Blommart J et al John Benjamins Amsterdam
  • 1997 Schirato T ‘Lefort and the Adventure of Democracy’ Social Semiotics (UK) 7/3 pp 297-306
  • 1997 Schirato T ‘Between Practice and Structure: Cultural Literacy and Bourdieu’s Notion of Habitus’ Southern Review (Aust) 30/3
  • 1997 Schirato T ‘Bourdieu and the Field of Cultural Production’ in Re-Siting Theatre ed Webb J CQU Press Rockhampton
  • 1997 Schirato T ‘Foucault and Comic Writing’ in Foucault: the Legacy ed O’Farrell C QUT Press Brisbane
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘Gendering Orientalism’ Social Semiotics (UK)
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘Cultural Capital and Tertiary Education’ in Refereed Proceedings of the Visions of Mackay Conference ed Danaher G CQU Press Rockhampton
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘Commoditising Communication Skills’ Australian Journal of Communication (Aust) 25/1
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘Intentionality’ in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Semiotics ed Bouissac P OUP Oxford
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘Meaning’ in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Semiotics ed Bouissac P OUP Oxford
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘Fredric Jameson’ in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Semiotics ed Bouissac P OUP Oxford
  • 1998 Sedorkin G & Schirato T ‘Theory and Current Affairs Television’ in Journalism: Theory and Practice ed Breen M Macleay Press Sydney
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘Communication Skills in the Academic Field’ in Refereed Conference Proceedings of the Australian Communication Skills Conference eds Tapper J & Gruba P MUP Melbourne
  • 1998 Schirato T ‘The Comic Truth: All or Nothing at All’ in Southern Review (Aust) 31/2
  • 1999 Schirato T & Yell S ‘The New Men’s Magazines and the Performance of Masculinity’ Media International Australia (Aust) No. 92 August
  • 1999 Schirato T & S Yell ‘The Discourses and Politics of Childhood’ Southern Review (Aust)
  • 2000 Schirato T & Webb J ‘The Ethics and Economies of Inquiry: Certeau, Theory and the Art of Practice’Diacritics (USA)
  • 2000 Schirato T Yell S & Bright P ‘Communication Metaliteracies and Tertiary Graduates’ Australian Journal of Communication (Aust) 27/2
  • 2000 Webb J & Schirato T ‘The Asia-Pacific Triennial: Synthesis in the Making’ Continuum (Aust) 14/3
  • 2001 Schirato T ‘The Politics of Childhood’ in ‘Refereed Conference Proceedings of the Issues of Regional Youth Conference’ ed Danaher G CQU Press Mackay
  • 2002 Schirato T & Webb J ‘What’s in a Name: Globalisation and its Discourses’ Inter/Sections (UK) Vol 2 No 3/4 Summer
  • 2002 Schirato T & Webb J ‘Bourdieu’s Notion of Reflexivity’ Social Semiotics (UK) 12/3
  • 2003 Schirato T & Webb J Bourdieu’s Concept of Reflexivity as Metaliteracy’ Cultural Studies (USA) Vol 17 No 3/4 May/July
  • 2004 Schirato T & Webb J ‘Cultural Literacy and the Field of the Media’ Reconstruction (USA) Vol 4 No 2 Spring
  • 2004 Schirato T & Webb J ‘Capitalism and Disenchantment in The City of Lost Children’ Canadian Journal of Film Studies (Can) Vol 13, No 1 Spring
  • 2004 Schirato T & Webb J ‘The Media as Spectacle’ Journal for Cultural Research (USA) Vol 8 No 4 October
  • 2004 Schirato T & Webb J ‘Technology and the Reason of Globalisation’ Social Semiotics (UK) Vol 14 No 3
  • 2005 Schirato T ‘Cultural Literacy, the Media and the Public Sphere’ Current Issues in Media Research ed Kwansah-Aidoo K Nova Science New York
  • 2006 Webb J & Schirato T ‘Communication, Technology and Cultural Politics’ Convergence (UK) Vol 12 (3)
  • 2006 Schirato T ‘Australian Regional Universities and the Idea of the University’ Transformations (Aust) Volume 2 (2)
  • 2007 Schirato T ‘From Sport to Cultural Consumption: Media, Capitalism and the Transformation of Football’Football Studies (Aust/UK) 9 (2)
  • 2007 Schirato T ‘To Double Business Bound: Play and the Contemporary Field of Sport’ Junctures (NZ) 07 December
  • 2007 Schirato T ‘Sport, Spectacle and Spectatorship’ New Zealand Journal of Media Studies (NZ) 10 (1)
  • 2008 Jutel T & Schirato T (2008) ‘Fantasy Sport and the Media’ New Zealand Journal of Media Studies 11:1
  • 2010 Schirato T ‘Media and Sport’ in Zuberi N & Goode L (eds) Media Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand Pearson Auckland
  • 2010 Schirato T & Webb J ‘Visual Culture’ in Watson S (ed) Cultural Heritage and Representations Routledge London
  • 2010 Schirato T ‘Deconstruction’ in The Handbook of Pragmatics Ostman J & Verschueren J (eds) John Benjamins Amsterdam
  • 2011 Schirato T ‘The Disorder of Things: Foucault, Disclipinary Procedures and Enlightenment Discourse’ in Shaw J & Hemmingsen M (eds) Human Beings and Freedom Punti Pustak Kolkata
  • 2011 Schirato T ‘Television Formats and Contemporary Sport’ in Sharif S (ed) Global Television Routledge London
  • 2012 Schirato T ‘Fantasy Sport and Interactive Media’ in Sport in Society (UK) Vol 15 No 1
  • 2012 Schirato T ‘Certeau and Popular Culture’ Imaginaires (France) Number 15
  • 2014 Beatson A, Buettner A & Schirato T ‘Crisis Mapping and New Media’ MEDIANZ
  • 2014 Schirato T & Zhang N ‘Contemporary Sport as Media Spectacle’ IJJMC (USA)
  • 2016 Zhu R & Schirato T ‘Chinese Creative Industries’ Communication, Politics and Culture (Aust)
  • 2016 Schirato T (2016) ‘Digital Media, Fantasy Sport and the         Transformation of      the Contemporary Field of Sport’ Communication Research and Practice’ (UK)

Current Courses

  • COMM701 Theories of Mass Communication

Previous Courses

  • COMB213 Fundamentals of Visual Culture
  • COMB476 Special Topics in International Communication and Cultural Studies
  • COMM822 Paxis II: Practices of Academic Writing
  • FSSG804 Selected Topics in Critical Theory

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