Professor Emerita Chilla Bulbeck

Professor Emerita Chilla Bulbeck
  • Biography/ Background

    Chilla Bulbeck held the chair of women's studies at Adelaide University until 2008. She has published widely on issues of gender and difference, including Re-Orienting Western Feminisms: Women's Diversity in a Post-Colonial World (1998), Living Feminism: The Impact of the Women's Movement on Three Generations of Australian Women (1997), Australian Women in Papua New Guinea: Colonial Passages 1920-1960 (1992) and Sex, Love and Feminism: the Attitudes of Young People in ten Asia-Pacific Nations (2009). The book is based on her Australian Research Council-funded research on young people's attitudes to gender issues and their imagined future intimate, family and citizenship engagements. She is currently completing a manuscript focussing on young Australians' imagined future intimacies, family, work and civic engagements.

    In her thirty year teaching career Chilla Bulbeck has taught at Murdoch University, Griffith University and the University of Adelaide. She holds or has held the following positions: Honorary Professorial Research Associate, University of Western Australia (2006-2010), Guest Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University (2007 to 2011) and Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Centre for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo(2002 to 2003).

  • Qualifications

    1991:Ll. B. (Hons First Class), University of Queensland
    1980:Ph.D. in Sociology, Australian National University
    1975:Master of Arts (Qualifying), Australian National University
    1972:Bachelor of Economics (Honours - 2A), University of Adelaide
  • Publications

    Imagining the Future: Young Australians on Sex, Love and Community
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    Based on the desires and dreams of 1000 young Australians and 230 of their parents from diverse backgrounds across Australia, the book examines young Australians’ (conflicted) attitudes to love, work and citizenship. Today’s young women are no less enthusiastic about marriage and motherhood than their mothers but they combine this with imagined careers in medicine, law and administration. Where young women imagined loving intimacy based on endless talk and negotiation, young men paid little attention to domestic relations in their life stories. Their imagined stories of the future, collected for the book, suggest that young men and women are bound for conflict.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2009) Sex, Love and Feminism in the Asia Pacific: A cross-cultural study of young people's attitudes, London: Routledge.



    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) Facing the Wild: Ecotourism, Conservation and Animal Encounters London: Earthscan

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1998) Re-orienting Western Feminisms: Women's Diversity in a Post-Colonial World Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.xi + 270 Featured in the International Feminist Journal of Politics "rethinking the canon" series: Anne Sisson Runyan 1999. "Rethinking the canon: reflections on a text that ought to be essential reading" International Feminist Journal of Politics 1(3):487-490 Extracted in Rothenberg, Paula S (ed) 2006. Beyond Borders: Thinking Critically About Global Issues, New York: Worth

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1997) Social Sciences in Australia: Second Edition Sydney: Harcourt Brace, pp.xi + 542

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1997) Living Feminism: The Impact of the Women"s Movement on Three Generations of Australian Women Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.xxii + 279

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1992) Australian Women in Papua New Guinea: Colonial Passages 1920-1960 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.xii + 327 Nominated by Cambridge University Press for Colin Roderick Award, including the H.T. Priestley Medal, for 1992 and the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award for women writers for 1994) Republished by Cambridge University Press in 2002

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1992) Social Sciences in Australia Sydney: Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, pp.xiv + 493

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1988) One World Women's Movement London: Pluto, pp.x + 182

    Bulbeck, Chilla and Heath, Colleen (1985) Shadow of the Hill Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, pp.114



    Bulbeck, Chilla (2009-10, forthcoming) "Respectful stewardship of a hybrid nature: the role of concrete encounters" in Ralph R. Acampora (ed.) Farewell to Noah: transforming animal encounter in the twilight of the zoo Lexington Books

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2009-10, forthcoming) "Fond of cooking, interested in cricket, crazy about clothes, interested in studies, a good daughter": the gendered identities of young Indians, Chinese, Japanese and Australians", in Nandini Sundar & Satish Deshpande (eds) Festshrift for Patricia Uberoi

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2009) "'Recognising' each other in conversations between Anglo feminists and Muslim women in Tanja Dreher and Christina Ho (eds) Beyond the hijab debates: new conversations on gender, race and religion Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp208-221

    Harris, Anita and Bulbeck, Chilla (2008) "Feminism, youth politics and generational change" in Anita Harris (ed.) Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism Routledge: New York and London, pp243-260

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2007) "Hailing the "authentic other": Constructing the Third World woman as aid recipient in donor NGO agendas" in Sonita Sarker (ed.) Sustainable Feminisms: Advances in Gender Research: Volume 11, Oxford: Elsevier, pp59-73

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2007) "Angry disloyalties: young South Australians discussing social and political issues", in Victoria Mason (ed.) Loyalties, Perth: Network Books, API Network, Australia Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, pp61-74

    Bulbeck Chilla (2006) "Young people's attitudes to gender issues: Asian perspectives" in Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos (eds) Gender and the Local/Global Nexus: Theory Research and Action: Advances in Gender Research: Volume 10, Elsevier, pp61-96

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) "Gender policies: hers to his" in Peter Saunders and James Walter (eds) Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, pp141-158

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) "Equality and difference feminism: A comparison of the attitudes of young Australians and Japanese" in Stephen Alomes (ed.) Islands in the Stream: Australia and Japan Face Globalisation Melbourne: Maribyrnong Press, pp43-60

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2004) "Issues for Australian Feminism: the end of "the universal woman"?" in Paul Boreham, Geoffrey Stokes and Richard Hall (eds) The Politics of Australian Society: Political Issues for the New Century. Addison, Wesley, Longman: Frenchs Forest, Sydney, pp.51-61 (revised chapter for second edition, first edition published 2000, pp.80-91

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2003), Western feminisms: through the eyes of the "other" in Delys Bird, Wendy Were and Terri-Ann White (eds) Future Imaginings: Sexualities and Genders in the New Millennium Crawley, Perth: University of Western Australia Press, pp.11-25

    Bulbeck, Chilla and Carter, David (eds) (2000) Exploring Australia Nathan: School of Humanities, Griffith University. My contribution was Introduction (pp.1-12), Histories of Australia (pp.59-79), Immigrants and multiculturalism: British past and Asian future? (pp.80-98), Aboriginal policy and identity (with Anna Haebich, pp.99-115), Australian men and women: gender relations in Australian institutions (pp.116-133), Citizenship and the welfare state (with Hyung Shik Kim, pp.256-272). The book was written as an Australian studies text for Korean university students, with funding support from the Australia-Korea Council and will be republished in October 2008 by Beiwai University Press, with notes in Chinese to assist Australian Studies teachers and students in China.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1999) "Asian" women respond to "Australian" culture in Yen-Fen Tseng, Chilla Bulbeck, Lan-Hung Nora Chiang and Jung-Ching Hsu (eds.) Asian Migration: Pacific Rim Dynamics Taipei: Interdisciplinary Group for Australian Studies, National Taiwan University, pp.233-257

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1998) Class, ethnicity, and generations in Barbara Caine et al (eds) Australian Feminism: A Companion Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp32-39

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1998) Women"s Movements in the Asia-Pacific in Richard Maidment and Colin Mackerras (eds) Culture and Society in the Asia-Pacific Routledge: London and New York, pp. 163-183

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1998) Treating Ourselves to a Republic in Moira Gatens and Alison Mackinnon (eds) Gender and Institutions: Welfare, Work and Citizenship Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.167-184

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1995) A Women"s Movement on the Periphery: the Australian Case, translated and published in Elzbieta Oleksy (ed.) Problematyka Kobiet na Swiecie Lodz, Poland: University of Lodz

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1993) Republicanism and Post-nationalism in David Carter and Wayne Hudson (eds) The Republicanism Debate Kensington: University of New South Wales Press, pp.88-96.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1989) Regionalism in James Walter (ed.) Australian Studies Handbook Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp.70-83.

    Bulbeck, Chilla and Whitlock, Gillian (1988) A Small and Often Still Voice: Women Intellectuals in Australia in Brian Head and James Walter (eds) Intellectual Movements in Australian Society Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp.145-169.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1983) State Structure and the Interests of Capital: A Case Study of the Industries Assistance Commission in Brian Head (ed.) State and Economy in Australia Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp.219-237.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1983) Explaining the Crisis: The Role of Institutional Economics in E.L. Wheelwright and Ken Buckley (eds) Essays in the Political Economy of Australian Capitalism Volume 5, Sydney: Australia and New Zealand Publishing Company, pp.101-118.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1980) Middle Class Workers: Schisms in the New Petty Bourgeoisie in Paul Boreham and Geoff Dow (eds) Work and Inequality: The Impact of Capitalist Crisis on the Australian Work Experience Melbourne: Macmillan, pp.127-142.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1980) A New Approach to Occupational Power: Poulantzas and Class Power in David Dunkerley and Graeme Salaman (eds) The 1979 International Yearbook of Organization Studies London and Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp.31-55.



    Balme, Jane and Bulbeck, Chilla (2008) The origins of gender in social theory and the gender of origins in human societies: the impact of theories of gender in sociology and archaeology Australian Archaeology, special festschrift issue for Sandra Bowdler

    Bulbeck, Chilla and Bowdler, Sandra (2008) The Faroes grindradrap or pilot whale hunt: the importance of its traditional status in debates with conservationists, Australian Archaeology, special festschrift issue for Sandra Bowdler

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2007) "'Our' whiteness and 'their' difference? The boundaries around humanity drawn by young Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians", Athanor: Semiotica, Filosofia, Arte, Letteratura, special issue White Matters/Il Bianco al Centro della Questione 17(10):326-331

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2006) Ageing gracefully: the figure and experience of the Asian-background woman, Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies: Alam-e-Niswan 13(2):21-38

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2006) Explaining the generation debate: Envy, history or feminism's victories? Lilith, number 15:35-47

    *Bulbeck, Chilla (2006) "'If most men are against us, can we call ourselves feminists?': Young people's views of feminism  east and west", e-journal Portal, 3(2),

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2006) From women's studies to gender studies: one history of teaching feminism in Australian universities, Feminism in China, number 6, pp124-134, translated into mandarin by Liu Zong Yan

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) "Schemes and dreams: young Australians imagine their future" Hecate 31(1):73-84

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) "Stifling freedom of thought in the information age?" Dialogue (Journal of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia), 24(1): 38-46,

    Bulbeck Chilla (2005) "Speaking Truth to Power: Why Won't They Listen?", The Australian Sociological Association Conference, December 2005, Hobart, Plenary Session, Professional Issues

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) Women are exploited way too often: Feminist rhetorics at the end of equality, Australian Feminist Studies 20(46):65-76

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) The mighty pillar of the family: Young people"s attitudes to household gender arrangements in the Asia-Pacific, Gender, Work and Organization 12(1):14-31

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2005) Identity and Difference: Australians Reflect on Social Issues, Les Cahiers du CPCLas, Universite Paris IX-Dauphine, Paris, ISSN 1637-7060, pp. 101-120

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2004) The "white worrier" in South Australia: Attitudes to multiculturalism, immigration and reconciliation, Journal of Sociology 40(4):341-361

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2004) Young people's narratives of the future: 1970 and 2000-2 compared, Cultures of the Commonwealth: Essays and Studies number 10, Spring: 99-115

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2004) Genda and Gender: how young Australians and Japanese think about the women"s movement and gender issues, Pacific and American Studies, Tokyo, Vol 4, Mar 2004: 39-77

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2003) "Mix and Match": Meanings and Uses of Complementary Medicine at Midlife, Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies: Alam-e-Niswan 10(1): 31-54

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2003) "I wish to become the leader of women and give them equal rights in society": how young Australians and Asians understand feminism and the women's movement, JIGS: Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 7(1/2): 4-25, also available on-line at

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2002) Asian Perspectives on Western Feminism: Interrogating the Assumptions, China Report 38(2): 179-191

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2002) South Australian Youth Identities and Political Beliefs: Between Colonial Heritage and Globalisation? Ouvertures, Les Cahiers du CICLaS, II, number one, September, Université Paris IX-Dauphine, Paris, ISSN 1637-7060, pp. 121-145.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2001) Histories of the Australian women's movement as represented in feminist journals, Lilith, number 10:18-40

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2001) Articulating Structure and Agency: How Women's Studies Students Express Their Relationships with Feminism Women"s Studies International Forum, 24(2): 141-156

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2001) Speaking Menopause: Intersections between Asian and Western Medical Discourses Intersections, Issue 5, May,

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2001) 'Feminism by Any Other Name?: skirting the generation debate' Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge 8 (May), (ISSN 1445-0445)

    Allen, Margaret and Bulbeck, Chilla (2000-1) Learning Our Shared Histories: Reconciliation and Aboriginal Galleries in the Western Australian and South Australian Museums, Cultures of the Commonwealth: Essays and Studies (Paris), number 7, Winter:133-146

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2000) The "space between" or why does the gap between "us" and "them" look like an unbridgeable chasm?, Asian Journal of Women's Studies 6(3):36-64

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1999) Simone de Beauvoir and Generations of Feminists, Hecate 25(2): 1-18

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1999) The Nature Dispositions of Visitors to Animal Encounter Sites in Australia and New Zealand, The Journal of Sociology 35:2:129-148

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1997) Republicanism in Australia: A Debate of Old and New Nationalisms, Cultures of the Commonwealth: Essays and Studies (Paris) Number 3: 115-133

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1996) The Dialogue Between White Feminism and Indigenous Women, Lila: Asia Pacific Women"s Studies Journal, Number 6: 35-50, (edited by Institute of Women's Studies, Manila)

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1996) "His and Hers Australias": National Genders, in Jeannette Hoorn and David Goodman (eds) Vox Reipublicae: Feminism and the Republic Special Edition of the Journal of Australian Studies, Number 47, Bundoora: La Trobe University Press: 43-56

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1996) Less than Overwhelmed by Beijing: Problems Concerning Women's Commonality and Diversity, Australian Feminist Law Journal 6:31-37

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1995) Women's Studies in Australia: Lacking an Asia-Pacific Perspective?, Pakistan Journal of Women"s Studies: Alam-e-Niswan 2(2):43-52 (published in 1997)

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1996) How the Beijing Platform of Action Addresses Women's Commonality and Diversity,Development Bulletin 36:12-15

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1995) The Republic You're Having When You're Not Having a Nation - and You're in Asia, Journal of Australian Studies (Chung-Ang University, Seoul) 2(2):69-74

    *Bulbeck, Chilla, (1994) Hybrid Feminisms: The Australian Case, Journal of Women's History 6(3):112-125, translated into Korean and reprinted in So-Young Lee (editor and translator) Australian Feminisms in Action: Women"s Movement and Cultural Politics of Practice ChungAng University, Australian Studies Series II, Seoul: Ji-Gu Publishing

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1994) 'Sexual Dangers: Chinese Women's Experiences in Three Cultures: Beijing, Taipei and Hong Kong' Women's Studies International Forum 17(1): 95-103.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1992) Women of Substance: The Depiction of Women in Australian Monuments, Hecate 18(2): 8-29.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1992) Third World Women: Dialogues with Western Feminism, Meanjin 51(2): 319-332.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1991) Hearing the Difference: First and Third World Feminisms, Asian Studies Review 15(1): 77-91.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1991) Remembering Ourselves, Meanjin 50 (2-3): 406-422.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1991) The Politics of Teaching Women's Studies, Australian Feminist Studies 13: 27-40.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1991) The New Histories of the Memsahib and Missus: The Case of Papua New Guinea, Journal of Women's History 3(2): 82-105.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1991) Aborigines, Memorials and the History of the Frontier, Historical Studies 25(96):168-178.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1991) Australian History Set in Concrete? The Influence of the New Histories on Australian Memorial Construction, Journal of Australian Studies, 28:3-16

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1990) Building the Nation: Silences and Marginalities Concerning the Representation of Workers in Monuments, Labour History, 59: 16-27.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1987) Colin Clark and the Greening of Queensland, Australian Journal of Politics and History 33(1): 7-18.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1987) 'Gender Studies at Griffith University' Women's Studies International Forum 10(5): 537-541.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1987) The Hegemony of Queensland's Difference, Journal of Australian Studies 21: 19-28.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1986) Manning the Machines: Women in the Victorian Furniture Industry 1930-1960, Labour History 51: 24-32.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1982) The Iron Ore Stockpile and Dispute Activity in the Pilbara, Journal of Industrial Relations 25(4): 431-444.

    Bulbeck, Chilla (1981) Some Uses of Historical Analysis in the Study of the State, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology 17(1): 77-82.

    Refereed conference proceeding


    Bulbeck, Chilla (2008) ‘Disgusted with what’s happening to my home – Planet Earth’: Young Australians’ attitudes to the environment’, Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference: Re-imagining Sociology 2008 (TASA 2008), Melbourne: Melbourne University,  13pp

    Chilla Bulbeck, Christine Beasley and Greg McCarthy (2006) Australians are always boring, overly religious and try to be American: vulnerable nationalism among young Australians, Proceedings of TASA 2006 Conference, Perth: University of Western Australia, 14pp

    Bulbeck, Chilla (2000) Young feminist voices on the future of feminism, in Susan Oakley, Jason Pudsey, Julie Henderson, Debra King and Ross Boyd (eds.) Proceedings of Sociological Sites/Sights TASA 2000 Conference Adelaide: Flinders University, 8pp.

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesSocial Issues & Public Policy
    Expertisewestern feminist issues in a cross-cultural perspective, generational debate in feminism and the women?s movement; young Australians' attitudes to gender and social issues, work and family
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Entry last updated: Sunday, 3 Oct 2021