Doctor of Philosophy (English Philology) - Feb 2017, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany)
First State Examination in the Career of Teachers at the Secondary School (English + German) - Jun 2009, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany)
Dr Thurow is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses the fields of Performing Arts, Media Art, Digital Media, Literary-, Cultural-, as well as Indigenous Australian Studies, with a primary focus on contemporary theatre, narrative and interactive aesthetics. Her research spans the arts and humanities, as well as technology, undertaken in programmatic collaboration with iCinema’s key collaboration partners, such as for example the Institute for Visual Media at ZKM (Germany).
She is a named Investigator on the ARC Linkage Project LP170100471 (2017-20), exploring the capability of advanced interactive visualisation and AI to improve design processes in the theatre sector, with Sydney Theatre Company and NIDA as collaboration partners.
Her current work builds on her post-graduate studies exploring representations of contemporary Indigenous Australian identity in two acclaimed theatre productions, contextualising the plays in their culturally specific production contexts and evaluating the aesthetic configuration of Indigenous and Western theatrical languages in regards to their decolonising capabilities. The project was supervised by Prof Peter Eckersall (CUNY, New York, USA) and Prof A.-M. Horatschek (CAU Kiel, Germany).
In addition to her academic work at iCinema (since 2014), Dr Thurow also worked for UNSW’s Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Studies Program and Christian-Albrecht-Universität's English Department, as well as having conducted research into Indigenous petitions to the Government for the University of Sydney. Moreover, she supported the arts and social change company Big hART Inc. as Associated Arts Manager on their ‘Namatjira’ and ‘Yijala Yala’ projects from 2011 to 2013, with her professional background further consolidated by work in education, print media, public broadcasting and marketing, for –among others- the ABC, Goethe Institut and Hamburg-based Thalia Theater, where she assisted in the company’s 2009 rebranding and supported the curation of the 2017 Theater der Welt festival.