Dr Shanti Sumartojo is a Research Fellow at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. She has held postdoctoral research fellowships in the School of Sociology at ANU (2011-2013) and the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT (2013-2015).
She has published in several areas: public memorials and war commemoration; the impact of creative practice on public space, including collaborating on performance and built installations; and collective spatial experience understood through the frame of ‘atmosphere’. In addition to ongoing work on global First World War commemoration and on atmospheres, current projects include a suite of ethnographic investigations into how people encounter and make sense of the digital aspects of their lives; the contribution of design to wellbeing; creative practice as a means to research urban public space; and the spatialities of Melbourne’s fashion industry.
‘Anzac atmospheres’ in Memories of War, Place and Identity (with Q. Stevens, 2016).
‘Empty-Nursery Blue: On atmosphere, meaning and methodology in Melbourne street art’ Public Art Dialogue 4:2 (with F. Hillary, 2014).
‘The fourth plinth: creating and contesting national identity in Trafalgar Square, 2005-2010’ Cultural Geographies 20:1 (2012).