Liam Burke is a lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne), where he also serves as Discipline Leader of Media, and Coordinator of the Cinema and Screen Studies Major.
The leading comic scholars press, the University Press of Mississippi, will publish his book The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre in April 2015. This will be the first book-length study of a group of films that have dominated mainstream cinema for over a decade, with Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid commenting, “There is no better, smarter examination of the relationship between comics and film”. His edited collection Fan Phenomena Batman was published in 2013, while Oldcastle Books published his first first book, Superhero Movies, in 2008. Other academic publications include articles in the peer-reviewed journals Participations, Adaptation, SCAN, and Estudios Irlandeses as well as contributions to the collections International Westerns and Comics Through Time. Liam also regularly contributes to The Conversation, The Irish Times, and Empire, as well as national broadcasters in Australia and Ireland.
Liam was the lead researcher and programmer of the inaugural John Ford Ireland-Film Symposium, a major four-day event for which he organised gala screenings, workshops, and guest sessions with academics and filmmakers such as Joe McBride, Peter Bogdanovich, and John Boorman. He is the principal investigator on a new project, New Media, Aging, and Migration that examines how older Irish migrants in Melbourne make use of new media.