Dr Dee Michell
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Dee Michell is a feminist theologian and social researcher whose research interests pivot around the themes of lived experience, marginalisation and transformation.
Dee has a broad interest in gender, religion and spirituality, and a particular interest in the women dominated 19th century American traditions of Spiritualism, Theosophy, Christian Science and New Thought. You can hear Dee in conversation with writer James Boyce at Adelaide Writers' Week 2015 as they discuss his book, Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World.
Dee was made a Ward of the South Australian State in 1960 and remained in foster care for 15 years. She worked as an administrator for a multi-national corporation before going to university in her 40s, when she combined study with primary care for her three children.
From 2013-2016, Dee worked on a 3 year ARC funded project on the history of foster care in Australia (with Nell Musgrove, Australian Catholic University). You can hear Dee talk about this project on Housing Matters Radio and via Radio Adelaide's Searchlight program. A book based on the findings, The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia. Just Like A Family? was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.
You can read Dee's blog or view her Academia.edu and Research Gate profiles. Real Life Super Heroes is a de-stigmatisation campaign Dee is running on Facebook to boost the profile and status of those who've been displaced from birth families in childhood.
PhD, Theology & Women's Studies, Flinders University, 2008
Bachelor of Theology, First Class Honours, Flinders University, 2002
Bachelor of Theology, Flinders University, 2000
Bachelor of Arts (Women's Studies Major), University of Adelaide, 1998
- Social Justice, Higher Education and Transitions to University
- Gender Equity in Computer Science
- Preparation, Support & Encouragement for Care Leavers in Higher Education
- History of Foster Care in Australia
- Luce Irigaray, Divine Horizons, and prominent 20th century Christian Science women.
Research Funding2018 Consultancy, Uniting Communities
2015-2017 Industry Funding, Google Australia
- Research Team: N. Greenland (Uniting Communities), V. Wise (Uniting Communities), D. Michell (University of Adelaide
- Project: Jo's Evaluation - Evaluation of Therapeutic Residential Care. Final Report October 2018.
2015 University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund
- Research Team: K. Falkner, C. Szabo, D. Michell & A. Szorenyi
- Project: Pathways to Computer Science: Enabling Equity & Diversity
2013-2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant
- Research Team: Dr Katie Barclay (Humanities), Dr Dee Michell (Social Sciences) & Dr Clemence Due (Psychology)
- Project: Dis/Located Children: Children in/and Care
- Chief Investigators: Dr Nell Musgrove, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide
- Project: A Long history of foster care in Australia: hidden stories of growing up in foster care in the nineteenth and twenthieth centuries
2013 Flinders University Faculty Research Grant
- Chief Investigators: Dr Dee Michell, Universityof Adelaide; Mr Rob Martin, CREATE Foundation
- Project: Care Leavers in Higher Education: Aspirations, Pathways and Outcomes
2012 Fay Gale Research Centre Fellowship
- Chief Investigators: Dr Heather Fraser, Flinders University; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide, Ms Michele Jarldon, Flinders University; Dr Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland
- Project: What helps and hinders women from low socio-economic backgrounds complete social science degrees?
- Project: On The Edge: Kylie Tennant's Representation of Adolescent Girls in State Care
Musgrove N, & Michell, D. (2018) Just Like a Family? The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Michell, D. (2016). Florence Scovell Shinn (1871-1940) Playing The Game of Life. An Adaptation of 3 Books. (Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.
Michell, D. (2016). Emma Curtis Hopkins (1849-1925) 12 Lessons in Spiritual Healing. An Adaptation. (Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.
Michell, D, Wilson, JZ and Archer, V. (2015). Bread and Roses. Voices of Australian Working Class Academics. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing.
Michell, D, Jackson, D, Tonkin, D. (2015). Against the Odds. Care Leavers at University. Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.
Brook, H, Fergie, D, Maeorg, M and Michell, D (2014) Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.
Michell, D. (2012). Ways of The Wicked Witch. Elizabeth, South Australai: People's Voice Publishing.
Michell, D. & Taylor, P (Eds) (2011) Recipes for Survival: Stories of Hope & Healing by Survivors of the State 'Care' System in Australia. Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.
Michell, D. & Noble, J (Eds) (2010) Women Journeying with Spirit. Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide.
Michell, D. (2009) Christian Science: Women, Healing & the Church. University Press of America, Lanham, MD.
Michell, D. (2019) "Oral Histories and Enlightened Witnessing" In Children's Voices from the Past. New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Kristine Moruzi, Nell Musgrove & Carla Pascoe Leahy (Eds). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Jurczysyn, R & Michell, D. (forthcoming) "We can do it and so can our future care leavers". In Education in Out of Home care. Editors:McNamara, Monserrat and Wise, Springer.
Michell, D. (2018) "Academia as Therapy" In Women Activating Agency in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. (pp 89-99) Alison L. Black and Susanne Garvis (Eds). London: Routledge.
Michell, D. (2017) "Systemic Familial Alienation and the Australian Foster Care System." In Challenges to Living Together. Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation. Susan Petrilli (Ed), Mimesis International.
Michell, D. & Petrilli, P. (2017) "Similarities in Difficulties: Australians Raised in Out0of-Home-Care. In Challenges to Living Together. Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation. Susan Petrilli (Ed), Mimesis International.
Michell, D. & Fraser, H. (2017) Using Feminist Memory Work with Working-Class Women Trying to Complete Social Science Degrees. Sage Research Methods Cases, http://methods.sagepub.com/case/feminist-memory-working-class-women-trying-social-science-degrees
Michell, D. & Scalzi, C. (2016) I want to be Someone, I Want to Make a Difference: Young Care Leavers Preparing for the Ffuture in South Australia. In P. Mendes & P. Snow (Eds) Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care. London: Palgrave macmillian.
Michell, D, Wilson, JZ & Archer, V. (2015) Introduction: A Working-Class World-View in an Academic Environment. In Michell, D, Wilson, JZ and Archer, V. (2015). Bread & Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing.
Michell, D. (2015). Up from the lowest rung. In Michell, D, Jackson, D, Tonkin, D. (2015). Against the Odds. Care Leavers at University. Elizabeth, South Australia: People's Voice Publishing.
Michell, D, Tonkin, C & Eate, P. (2014) Kane & Edgar: Playing with Age in Film, in Harleys and Hormones: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism, Palgrave Macmillan
Michell, D. (2014) Traces of a Feminist Protest: Kylie Tennant's novel Tell Morning This. In Paul Ashton and Jacqueline Z Wilson (Eds), Silent System: Forgotten Australians and the Institionalisation of Women and Children, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
Brook, H, Fergie, D, Maeorg M, Michell, D. (2014). Introduction. Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.
Bletsas, A. and Michell, D. (2014) Classism on campus? Exploring and extending understandings of social class in the contemporary higher education debate. In Heather Brook, Deane Fergie, Michael Maeorg and Dee Michell (Eds), Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.
Brook, H. & Michell, D. (2014) Knowing students. In Heather Brook, Deane Fergie, Michael Maeorg and Dee Michell (Eds), Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. University of Adelaide Press.
Michell, D. (2012) "Divine Horizons: Religion and Social Class in the lives of Two Leading Australian Women, Betty Archdale and Kylie Tennant" In Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities, Rosemary Francis, Patricia Grimshaw and Ann Standish (eds), eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne.
Michell, D. (2010) "Apology Excepted: A Response to the SA Government's Apology to Former Kids in ‘Care'" In Surviving Care: Achieving justice and healing for the Forgotten Australians, Editors Richard Hil & Liz Branigan, Bond University Press, Salisbury, Qld.
Michell, D. (2010) "Putting Down Roots" In Women Journeying with Spirit, Editors Deidre Michell & Jude Noble, Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide.
Michell, D. (2011) "Woman Suffrage in Australia (1908): Vida Goldstein" in Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World. A Global Soucebook and History, Editor Tiffany K. Wayne, Greenwood, Santa Barbara.
Michell, D. (2011) "The Female Eunuch (1970): Germaine Greer" in Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World. A Global Soucebook and History, Editor Tiffany K. Wayne, Greenwood, Santa Barbara.
Michell, D. (2005) "Kicking and Screaming My Way Back to Life" In Emergence, Editor WEAP (Womens Expression Anthology Project), Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Adelaide, South Australia.
Michell, D. (Forthcoming) Blood doesn't define family: Eleanor Spence's stories of informal and formal foster care in Australia. In Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature.
Michell, D, Szabo, C, Falkner, K & Szorenyi, A (2018) Towards a Socio-Ecological Framework to address gender inequity in computer science, In Computers and Education, 126: 324-333.
Michell, D, Szorenyi, A, Falkner, K & Szabo, C. (2017) "Broadening participation not boarder protection: how universities can support women in Computer Science" In Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 39(4)
Michell, D. (2017) "From Hagiography to Personal Pain: Stories of Australian foster care from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century." In Adoption & Culture, 5, 89-105.
Michell, D, Beddoe, L, Fraser, H, Jarldorn, M (2016) "Solidarity and support: Feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, doi: 10.1080/09518398.2016.1242804
Fraser, H, Michell, D, Beddoe, E, Jarldorn, M. (2016) "Working-class women study social science degrees: remembering enablers and detractors." In Higher Education Research and Development, Published online January 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2015.1137885
Barcley, K, Michell, D, Due, C. (2016) "Providing Care for Children: How Service Providers Define and Apply "Care" in Contemporary South Australia." In Children Australia, 41(3), 178-189.Michell, D. (2015) "Dear Miss Spence: An Open Letter to Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1920)." In Life Writing, Published Online 18 December 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14484528.2015.1124358#.VnTSjBV96Uk
Beddoe, E, Jarldorn, M, Fraser, H, Michell, D. (2015) "Planting a seed: Encouraging services users towards educational goals." In Social Work Education.
Michell, D. (2015). "Foster care, stigma and the sturdy, unkillable children of the very poor". In Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 29(4), 663-676.
Philip Mendes, Dee Michell & Jacqueline Z Wilson (2014) "Young People Transitioning from Out-of-home Care and Access to Higher Education: A Critical Review of the Literature." In Children Australia, 39(4):1-10.
Papadelos, P, Michell, D. & Eate, P. (2014) "'Bending and Morphing': The Department of Women's Studies at the University of Adelaide Continues Past its Twenty Year Anniversary" In Outskirts, 2014.
Fraser, H & Michell, D. (2014) "Feminist Memory Work in Action," Qualitative Social Work, available online.
Michell, D. (2014) "Healing and Happiness in the Christian Science Tradition" In Feminist Theology, 22(2), 203-212.
Oakley, Susan & Michell, D. (2013) "Partnering Students in Practical Research" in ergo: the Journal of the Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide, 3(2), 23-30.
Brook, H. & Michell, D. (2012) "Learners, Learning, learned: class, higher education, and autobiographical essays from working-class academics" in Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 34(6), 587-599.
Michell, D. (2012) "A suddenly desirable demographic? Care leavers in Higher Education" In Developing Practice (33), Spring, 44-58.
Michell, D. (2011) "An Interrupted Pathway" In Australian Universities Review 53 (1), February, 89-93.
Tonkin, T. & Michell, D. (2010) "The Reverse Role Play - An Innovative Way of Confronting Men" In Australian Social Work 63(4), 460-465.
Brook, H. & Michell, D. (2010) "Working-Class Intellectuals: (Oxy) moronic Professors and Educational Equality (A Response to Ken Oldfield, A&S, 41, 1016-1038)." (With Heather Brook, PhD). Administration & Society May 2010 42: 368-372.
Michell, D; Boulton, S; Sinclair-Wood, L; Colsey, D. (2006) "A [local] response to Carol Christ" Women-Church. In An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol 38(Autumn):21-22
Michell, D. (2004) "A Tribute to Ongoing Life." In Eremos. Exploring Spirituality in Australia. 89 (November):32-33
Michell, D. (2004) "Surviving Guilt." In Vashti's Voices. A journal exploring theologies for a just future. 2(13 Spring): 44-45
Michell, D. (2002). "New Thinking, New Thought, New Age: The Theology and Influence of Emma Curtis Hopkins (1849-1925)." In Counterpoints. The Flinders University Online Journal of Interdisciplinary Conference Papers. 2(1).
Michell, D. (2002). "Two Mothers - Twice the blessing or was I cursed? Exploring the Motherhood of God in the context of neglect, abandonment and abuse by women." In Women-Church. An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 31(Spring): 11-16.
Michell, D. (2002). "The Persistence of Life." In Vashti's Voices. A journal exploring theologies for a just future. 2(9 Spring): 17-19.
Michell, D. (2001). "To belong or not to belong, that is the question." In Women-Church. An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 29(Spring): 23-26.
Michell, D. (2000). "Julian of Norwich and Mary Baker Eddy." In Colloquium 32(2): 201-220.
Michell, Dee (2019) Book Review: No One was Watching by Annie Horner, Orphans and Care Experience in Fiction
Michell, Dee (2018) Book Review: Oi You F*cker by Snowball, Orphans and Care Experience in Fiction
N. Musgrove & Michell, D. (2018). Why children in institutional care may be worse off now than they were in the 19th Century. The Conversation.
Michell, D.E. (2016) Beyond Ourselves: Dee Michell launches 'Prayers of a Secular World' edited by Jordie Albiston and Kevin Brophy. Rochford Street Review.
Michell, D. (2016) "Diversity in Leadership: Australian Women, Past and Present/Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia 1896-2006." In Journal of Australian Studies, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14443058.2016.1191414
Michell, D. (2014) "Cautionary Tales. Review of The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption" In History Australia, 11(2) August: 271-273
Michell, D. (2008) "Book Review: Unbroken Spirit: How a Young Muslim Refused to be Enslaved by Her Culture by Ferzanna Rily." In Feminist Theology 17(1):128-131
Michell, D. (2005) Book Review: "Mothering Overselves" Author: Evelyn S Bassoff for Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) Newsletter
Recent Conference Presentations
Golding, F; Michell, D; Landvogt, K; Swain, S; Musgrove (2019) Roundtable: Historians & Policy in Child Welfare, Australian Policy & History Conference, June 12-June 14, 2019.
Michell, D, A. Szorenyi, K. Falkner & C. Szabo, A social ecology approach to understanding the 'leaky pipeline' of Computer Science education in Australia. Gender, Work & Organization Conference, Sydney, 1416 June 2018.
Michell, D. "How to Ruin Your Reputation. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and The Woman's Bible. Feminist Theologies Day, Sophia Ecumenical Feminist Spirituality Centre, Adelaide 12th August 2017.
Michell, D. "Real Life Super Heroes". Create Foundation: Voices in Action. Empowering Young People for Positive Change. Sydney, 10th August 2017.
Michell, D. Plenary Rountable Discussion on Engagement and Impact in history of Childhood Research, Rexamining Australian Childhood Conference, Deakin Uni, Melbourne, 12-13th December 2016.
Michell, D. "Cruel Women: Findings from the Long History of Foster Care Project." AWGSA, Brisbane 28th June to 1st July 2016.
Michell, D. "From Hagiography to Personal Pain" Panel Presentation- Lost Tales from the Public Domain: Foster Care in Australia, with Nell Musgrove and Suzanne Mitchell, The Australian Historical Association 33rd Annual Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 7-11 July 2014.
Michell, D. "From Fiction to Non-Fiction: Stories about Foster Care in Australia," 5th International Conference on Adoption & Culture, Florida State university, 27-29 March 2014, http://english.fsu.edu/asac/schedule.html
Michell, D. "Traces of a Feminist Protest: Kylie Tennant's Novel Tell Morning This," Memory: Trace, Place, Identity - Public History Conference, University of Sydney (Broadway) & Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, 26-27 September 2013.
Oakley, S. & Michell, D. "Partnering students in practical research," ERGA Conference, University of Adelaide, 19-21 September 2012
Brook, H. & Michell, D. "Transforming Teaching" at ERGA Conference, University of Adelaide, 28-30 September 2011.
Michell, D. "Divine horizons: theology and social class in the lives of two Australian women, Betty Archdale (1907-2000) and Kylie Tennant (1912-1998)." Women in Leadership and Democracy Conference, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra, 1st-2nd December 2011
Michell, D. "Divine horizons: theology and social class in the lives of two Australian women, Betty Archdale (1907-2000) and Kylie Tennant (1912-1998)."AASR Annual Conference, Southern Cross University Tweed Gold Coast Riverside Campus, 1st-3rd July 2011.
Member, Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
Member, Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
Member, Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA)
Service to the Profession
Peer Reviewer: ACM Transactions on Computing Education; Australian Social Work; Colloquy Monash University; Depression Research & Treatment; Emotions: History, Culture, Society; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (USA); Life Writing; Outskirts Online Journal; International Journal of English and Literature; Journal of Gender Studies; Social Sciences; Studies in Higher Education (UK)
Member, Reference Group, Social Work Education Project: Curriculum Mapping for Content on Forgotten Australians
Invitations to Speak
Women in STEM Society, University of Adelaide, 3rd August, 2018. "Towards a Socio-Ecological Framework to adress gender inequity in Computer Science.
NTEU Universities & the Future of Workers & Work Panel Discussion, 2nd August, 2018.
Uniting Communities, Youth Workers Training Day, Friday 26th March, 2018, "Real Life Super Heroes"
Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) Netfest 2018, Friday 16th February, 2018. "Real Life Super Heroes".
Annual Sophia Feminist Theologies Day, Saturday, 12th August 2017. Paper title: "How to Ruin Your Reputation: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & The Woman's Bible"
Mary Lee Exchange, Theme: Home, Saturday 15th July 2017
Adelaide Festival Writers Week, in Conversation with 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Hisham Matar, 29th May 2017
Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, On Family, Caroline Baum & Catherine De Saint Phalle, Tuesday 7th March 2017
Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, War Correspondent, Janine di Giovanni, Wednesday 8th March 2017
SA Dept of Child Protection Residential Care Service Recognition Event, Adelaide Oval, Monday 20th February 2017
Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants 7th National Apology Anniversary, 16th November 2016
Plenary Rountable Discussion on Engagement and Impact in history of Childhood Research, Rexamining Australian Childhood Conference, Deakin Uni, Melbourne, 12-13th December 2016.
Adelaide Festival Writers Week, "Dedication Brenda Niall", Monday 29th February 2016.
Launch of Prayers for a Secular World at Dymocks Bookshop, 21st October 2015
Adelaide Festival Writers Week, In Conversation with James Boyce, author of Born Bad:Original Sin and the Making of the Western World, 4 March 2015.
Chair, 5th Annual SA Women's and Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture, 6 May 2014 - Lecture delivered by Professor Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University on the topic "Feminism and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse"
Academic Women's Promotion Forum, University of Adelaide, 25 March 2014
Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, Faith Based Session with Diarmaid MacCulloch & Francis Spufford, 6 March 2014
Keynote Address for IAP Forum, University of Adelaide, February 2012
"In Bed with Tracey Emin" Public Forum - Invitation to speak and participate in a panel discussion at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 16 October 2011.
Invitation to attend National Domestic Violence Conference for Mount Gambier - Weds 13 to Fri 15 July 2011- and conduct a workshop with Tony Tonkin (BSW) based on our 2010 article "The Reverse Role Play - An Innovative Way of Confronting Men" In Australian Social Work 63(4), 460-465.
Invitation to speak at the Creativity Forum, Sophia Ecumenical Feminist Spirituality Centre on May 7, 2011.
Invitation to facilitate a workshop at the 2008 Network of Women Students Australia (NOWSA) Conference, Flinders University, 8th July 2008.
- Social Issues, Radio Adelaide 101.5 25th October 2018, speaking about the plight of young people leaving state care.
- Afternoons with Alan Hickey, FIVEaa, 1.05pm on 7th June 2018, contributing to conversation on changes on the Miss America competition.
- Afternoons with Alan Hickey, FIVEaa, 1.05pm on 30th January 2018, contributing to conversation about whether society should stop calling women girls.
- Afternoons with Alan Hickey, FIVEaa, 12.00pm on 16th August 2017, referencing a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendation that Catholic priests become mandated reporters
- Jeremey Cordieux program, FIVEaa, 12.30pm on 20th July 2016, referencing the story about Cheltenham Girls School in Sydney requiring staff to cease saying ‘girls, ladies, women’
- June 2015 a number of radio interviews about foster care in Australia, including with 891ABC, Port Pirie ABC, Searchlight (Radio Adelaide) and National Radio News (Charles Sturt University Ballarat)
- Searchlight, Radio Adelaide, July 2015
- Housing Matters Radio February 2014
Since 2010, Member, Families Inclusion Network South Australia
Since 2005, SA Member Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)
Since 2002, Member, Sophia Ecumenical Spirituality Centre
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