People

Director

Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Discipline Leader for the Creative Industries. Her research interests include media education, media audiences and television studies with particular attention to both crime and comedy. Her current ARC Discovery project is entitled Border Crossings: The Transnational Career of the TV Crime Drama (DP160102510). With Kate Darian-Smith (Melbourne) and Sukhmani Khorana (UOW) Sue also holds a current ARC Linkage project (LP 150100202) with partners at the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. Her most recent publications include The Television Crime Drama (Edinburgh UP 2014) and The Media and Communications in Australia (2014) co-edited with Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham. Sue is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and for six years, editor of the academic journal Media International Australia. She is currently joint editor of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies. Sue is a frequent media commentator on television and radio in Australia who writes on crime fiction for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

CTC Executive

  • Anne Collett is an Associate Professor in the English Literatures & Creative Writing Program. She was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2014/15 and the University of Tokyo in 2011/12, and the editor of Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing & culture from 1999-2013 (free online access 1979-2012 at http://ro.uow.edu.au/kunapipi/) Her research interests lie primarily in the field of postcolonial women’s poetry, with expertise in the Caribbean, Canada and Australia. She is currently working on a collaborative project with Professors Sue Thomas (La Trobe University) and Russell McDougall (University of New England) on the compilation and analysis of a Literary History of the Representation of Cyclone, Hurricane and Typhoon. An edited book on The Literature of Tropical Weather: Typhoons, Cyclone and Hurricanes is forthcoming (Palgrave 2016 ) as part of their Literatures, Cultures and Environment series.
  • Shady Cosgrove is an Associate Profressor, a novelist and academic with research interests in prose fiction and narratology. Her most recent novel, What the Ground Can’t Hold (Picador Australia, 2013), chronicles the lives of nine people trapped in the Andes after an avalanche. Unbeknownst to them, all of the characters are linked by Argentina’s Dirty War. The work explores multiple point-of-view schemas and themes of hope, survival and forgiveness. Shady’s memoir She Played Elvis, published by Allen and Unwin in 2009, was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Prize. The work chronicles Shady’s pilgrimage across America to Graceland to honour the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and explores the themes of family, loss and belonging. Her short fiction has appeared in Southerly, Antipodes, Overland, Best Australian Short Stories as well as Spineless Wonders publications such as Flashing the Square, Small Wonder and Out of Place. She regularly presents at the Australasian Association of Writing Programs annual conference and is a member of academic honour society Phi Betta Kappa.
  • Nicola Evans is a lecturer in Media and Communications. Her current research interests focus on creative re-imaginings of the material book, the intersection of humanities and animal studies, and the emergence of drone cinema. She recently co-edited (with Guy Davidson, UOW) Literary Careers in the Modern Era (2015). Her research has appeared in many film, literary and cultural studies journals including ScreenCulture Theory and Critique,  the International Journal of Cultural Studies,Discourse, The Canadian Journal of Film StudiesLife WritingText and Performance Quarterly andContinuum.  She is a member of the Material Ecologies Research Network at UOW and researching new forms of teaching to enable students in arts and sciences to collaborate.
  • Travis Holland

Advisory members

  • Professor Cathy Cole
  • Professor Amanda Lawson
  • Professor Ian McLean
  • Professor Sarah Miller

Research members

  • Kate Bowles
  • Melissa Boyde is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts whose research is in the fields of modernist art and literature and Animal Studies. In modernism she has researched the genre of the roman à clef and sexuality, and in the visual arts she has undertaken biographical and curatorial research into Australian modernist artists Mary Alice Evatt and Moya Dyring. Her work in Animal Studies focuses on the lived experiences of animals, particularly in the cattle industries in Australia. She convened the interdisciplinary Animal Studies conference Global Animal at UOW in 2011, which gave rise to her edited volume Captured: the Animal within Culture, (Palgrave, 2013). In 2009, along with philosopher Denise Russell, she developed the Replace Animals in Australian Testing (RAAT) website. She is a recent Chairperson of the Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) and founder and editor of Animal Studies Journal, the peer-reviewed online journal of the AASG. She is series editor, with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Sydney), of the Animal Publics book series (Sydney University Press).
  • Leigh Dale teaches in the English Literatures program, in subjects that have ranged from Shakespeare to Postmodern American Fiction, Romanticism to first year. Her research is concerned with the configuration and operation of authority in scholarly institutions, leading to publications including Responses to Self Harm (McFarland, 2015), a history of conflicts within and between medical and social science disciplines about how to identify and control those who engage in self harm, and The Enchantment of English (Sydney UP, 2012), a history of the teaching of English in Australian universities. Her current projects are focused on the construction of specific practices of interpretation as ‘professional’ and ‘amateur’. They include a study of the television program Last Tango in Halifax as part of the ‘Amateur Knowledges’ project with Louise D’Arcens and Ika Willis, and, with Dr Jennifer McDonell of UNE (Armidale), the formation and circulation of new reading practices as the ‘discipline’ of English in the second half of the nineteenth century.
  • Guy Davidson is an Associate Professor in the English Literatures Program and Discipline Leader, English and Writing. His primary research interest is in the interrelations between sexuality, commodity culture, and literary form.  He has explored this interest in relation to a variety of specific fields—chiefly twentieth- and twenty-first-century US queer fiction, but also late nineteenth-century British and American literature, and contemporary Australian literature. He is the author of Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and co-editor, with Nicola Evans, of Literary Careers in the Modern Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Guy’s current research project, American Literary Celebrity and the Formation of Gay Identity, is funded by the Australia Research Council as a Discovery Project (DP150102562, 2015-2017).
  • Michael R. Griffiths is Lecturer in the English and Writing Discipline at the University of Wollongong. He received his PhD in English from Rice University in 2012 and was INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Comparative Litrature and Society at Columbia University from 2012 to 2014. He has published on topics ranging from settler colonial biopolitics to indigenous life writing to the critical theory of decolonizing poetics, and much besides. This work has appeared in such venues as Settler Colonial Studies, Discourse, Postcolonial Studies and Postmodern Culture amongst many others. He is the editor of the forthcoming collection Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture (Ashgate 2016).
  • Margaret Hamilton is Senior Lecturer in the Theatre and Performance program. Her primary research interest is in the aesthetics of contemporary Australian theatre and the question of the politics of modes of postdramatic and dramatic performance and the context in which they are presented. Her research has covered work by Australian artists such as The Hayloft Project, Jenny Kemp, The Sydney Front, William Yang and director Benedict Andrews, as well as international artists including Rimini Protokoll, Robert Wilson and Heiner Müller. She is the author of Transfigured Stages: Major Practitioners and Theatre Aesthetics in Australia (Rodopi, 2011) and her work has been published broadly in book collections and journals including Theatre Journal, Sexualities and Australasian Drama Studies. She is a Chief Investigator on AusStage, the ARC funded digital database for theatre and performance research and her current projects include a longitudinal study of live performance presented by the Australia International Cultural Council. She is a member of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies and the International Federation for Theatre Research.
  • Lucas Ihlein is an artist and lecturer in Contemporary Arts in the School of The Arts, English and Media. He uses a creative-practice based research methodology (including blogging, printmaking, public events, and scholarly publication) to explore complex environmental management issues, with a particular focus on Australian agriculture. His current research project: Sugar vs the Reef – Socially Engaged Art and Urgent Environmental Problems is the focus of an ARC DECRA Fellowship from 2016-18.
  • Sukhmani Khorana is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Wollongong. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. She is the editor of a Routledge anthology titled Crossover Cinema (2013). She has published extensively on news television, diasporic film, and the reception of multi-platform refugee narratives. With Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull, She holds a current ARC Linkage project (LP 150100202) with the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. Sukhmani is currently working on a new book project on food and mediated cosmopolitanism in Australia. She has also published creative non-fiction in magazines such as Overland, Kill Your Darlings, and Peril, and is co-founder and co-editor of a writing collective called ‘Southern Crossings’.
  • Joshua Lobb is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. His stories have appeared in The Bridport Anthology,Best Australian Stories, Animal Studies, Text and Social Alternatives. His plays have been performed at The Actor’s Centre and Belvoir St Theatre. His scholarly work focuses on narrative theory and on Creative Writing pedagogy, with a particular interest in the intersections between critical theory and creative practice. His current creative projects include a series of short stories on human/bird interactions, and a novel, Real Life. Real Life won the LitLink Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2014, as well as two residential fellowships at Varuna, the Writers’ House.
  • Siobhan McHugh is Senior Lecturer in Journalism in the discipline of Creative Industries. Her research examines transformations of voice in relation to marginalised groups and in the context of audio storytelling, drawing on the fields of oral history scholarship and radio journalism. An internationally recognised author (of four critically acclaimed social histories including Minefields and Miniskirts (Lothian 2005) and The Snowy: The People Behind the Power (Harper Collins 1995) and documentary-maker before transitioning into the academy, she combines traditional scholarship into the ways in which podcasting technologies and transnational storytelling are driving changes in formats and styles with high-impact practice-based research such as radio documentary. She is Founding Editor of the first journal of critical analysis of the audio documentary form, RadioDoc Review and is on the editorial board of the A-ranked The Radio Journal: international studies in audio & broadcast media. She holds a current ARC Discovery (DP150103082), examining relational agencies in the production of Aboriginal art, is CI on a pending Discovery, SBS Multiplatform Communities: Curating Diversity, and is lead CI of a pending ARC Linkage on the history of SBS’s multicultural radio. She has a forthcoming chapter, The Affective Power of Sound: oral history on radio” in the foremost anthology of oral history scholarship, The Oral History Reader (Routledge 2016).
  • Catherine McKinnon lectures into the Performance and Creative Writing Programs. She is a novelist, playwright, and director. Recent research and creative writing has examined unreliable narration, violence and violent energies, and the cultural, social, and ecological changes that have taken place in the Illawarra since 1796. Her current research and writing investigates narratives around atomic energies, specifically the making and dropping of the atomic bomb in the Second World War. Her plays have been produced by the Red Shed Theatre, State Theatre Company and the Adelaide Festival, while her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime and Narrative. In 2008 Penguin published her novel, The Nearly Happy Family. Her play Tilt was selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival and As I Lay Dreaming won the 2010 Mitch Matthews Award. In 2015, she, along with four others, won the Griffith Novella 111 Award. She is currently working with director, Chris Ryan, on a new play, Kin, scheduled for production in 2016 and is completing her novel Storyland, to be published by Harper Collins.
  • Christopher Moore is a researcher in the Digital Humanities, and his research interests include games studies, digital communication and media, intellectual property, affect, digital storytelling and his current focus on the visual analysis of online identity as persona. He teaches in Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong. @cl_moore
  • Wenche Ommundsen is Professor in English Literatures, and has published widely on Australian and comparative literature, as well as on cultural and literary theory. In recent years, her research has focussed on multiculturalism and multicultural writing, with special emphasis on Asian diasporas and on theories of transcultural literary formations. She has been a Chief Investigator on several ARC-funded projects: Australian literature and public culture, Building cultural citizenship: Multiculturalism and children’s literature, and Globalising Australian literature: Asian-Australian writing/Australian writing in Asia, and has had main responsibility for the multicultural subset of the major literary biographical database, AustLit. Her current work, supported through the ARC Discovery grant ‘New Transnationalisms: Australia’s multilingual literary heritage’ (with Michael Jacklin, Tuan Nguyen, Nijmeh Hajjar and Sneja Gunew) records and investigates Australian writing in languages other than English. She is author of many essays, the book Metafictions?  Reflexivity in Contemporary Texts (1993) and has co-edited four books including, most recently, Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalisation, with Michael Leach and Andrew Vandenberg (2010).
  • Paul Sharrad is Senior Fellow in the English Literatures program. He taught ‘Commonwealth’ or postcolonial writing for many years and helped establish Wollongong’s reputation as a centre for research in this area, running the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, being Secretary for the South Pacific branch of the Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies, organising conferences and editing the journal ‘New Literatures Review’. Paul’s writing has been published in over 50 journals and by more than 50 publishers across 19 countries. It has promoted literature from PNG, the Philippines, the Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia and India, originally in the context of opening up the traditional studies of canonical British-American works and inspecting the critical assumptions by which ‘postcolonial’ works had been excluded and by which new national canons were made. Two books are central to this project: ‘Raja Rao and Cultural Tradition’ (1987) and ‘Circling the Void: Albert Wendt and Pacific Literature’ (1993). This led to a broader interest in how literary history has been constructed and how postcolonial writing might generate alternative models, collected as ‘Postcolonial Literary History and Indian English Fiction’ (2008). A major Australian Research Council Discovery grant (2002-4) brought together scholars in literature and the creative arts to explore relationships between text and textiles. The main publication of several arising was ‘Reinventing Textiles, volume 3’ co-edited with Anne Collett (2004). More recently, research work has included editing the ‘New Literatures’ section of ‘The Year’s Work in English Studies’ across several volumes and editing with Coral Anne Howells and Gerry Turcotte volume 12 of ‘The Oxford History of the Novel in English’ (2016). Another ARC Discovery grant has supported the current work on how the literary career is assembled, focusing on Australian writer, Thomas Keneally.
  • Ika Willis is a Senior Lecturer in English Literatures. Her research in the field of reception theory extends across the disciplines of Classics, English, and Cultural Studies, and she has published on texts from Harry Potter fan fiction through Xena: Warrior Princess to the Latin epic poetry of Virgil and Lucan. She is the author of a monograph, Now and Rome, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles on reception as it intersects with philology, postcolonialism, feminism, queer theory, myth studies, fan studies, and media archaeology. Her current projects include ‘Amateur Knowledges’ with Louise D’Arcens and Leigh Dale (UOW) and a volume on Reception for the New Critical Idiom series. Ika is the co-convener of the Feminist Research Network at UOW; a member of the editorial board for the Journal of  Transformative Works and Cultures; and a member of the Reception Study Society, the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, and the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network.Professor Wenche Ommundsen in the English Literatures Program.

Research Student members:

  • Allison Bell
  • Shawn Burns
  • Ellie Crookes
  • Travis Holland
  • Leigh Redhead
  • Mark Rogers