Patron: Professor J. M. Coetzee (2011-)
A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, J. M. Coetzee has won many awards throughout his career. His novel Waiting for the Barbarians was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and he is three-times winner of the CNA Prize. Age of Iron was awarded the Sunday Express Book of the Year award, and The Master of Petersburg was awarded the Irish Times International Fiction Prize in 1995. He has also won the French Prix Femina Étranger, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the 1987 Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society. He was the first author to be awarded the Booker Prize twice: for Life & Times of Michael K (1983) and for Disgrace (1999).
In 2003 Coetzee received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe (gold class) by the South African government for his 'exceptional contribution in the field of literature and for putting South Africa on the world stage.' J.M. Coetzee is a Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide.
Chair: Professor Jennifer Clark (2017-)
Jennifer Clark is an historian of American and Australian cultural history. She is interested in American history of the Early National Period, particularly the rise of national identity and the Anglo-American relationship. Her work on Australian history focuses on the 1950s and 1960s including topics related to race, science education and automotive history including memorial culture. She also works on History pedagogy. Her most recent work explores four areas: the History of the Council for Aboriginal Rights, a Victorian organisation established in 1951; memorial culture and the motoring life; the social history of Holden; and History pedagogy especially related to the application of discipline standards and teaching for social justice. Jennifer is currently Head of the University of Adelaide's School of Humanities.
Director: Professor Jennifer Rutherford (2015-)
Jennifer Rutherford is an interdisciplinary scholar working broadly in the field of psycho-social poetics. Her works and research interests explore narrative, memory and place-making, the slowness of cultures and subjects in times of great change, the way individuals and communities dwell in and through the traumas that shape them, and the role that artists and writers play as conduits for change. Psychoanalysis informs much of what she does, as does the troubled history of colonial race-relations.
Jennifer holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and social anthropology from Newcastle and Macquarie Universities, a DEA in the Sciences of Language from the EHESS Paris, a PhD in Sociology from UNSW and she trained in psychoanalysis with the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne. She has held posts teaching literature, creative writing, cultural studies and social theory at universities including the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and Macquarie University. Jennifer has held research fellowships at the Universities of Sydney and Macquarie and most recently served as the foundation Director of the Hawke European Union Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations at the University of South Australia.
Key critical works include The Gauche Intruder: Freud, Lacan and the White Australian Fantasy (MUP), Zombies (Routledge), Ordinary People (Documentary: Film Australia), The Poetics of Australian Space (with Barbara Holloway, UWA Press). Curated events/exhibitions include The Poetics of Australian Space (with Lisa Slater, Art Gallery of NSW), Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World (Kerry Packer Civic Gallery) and The Future of the Book (with Daniel Chafee, SASA Gallery). Forthcoming works include Melancholy Migrations: Journeying with the Negative (with Brian Castro, Giramondo) and Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World; a mobile app (with Lisa Harms). Jennifer is currently working on an Encyclopedia of Lost Things.
Professor Brian Castro (2011-)
(Brian was Co-Director of the Centre in 2011-2012 and Director in 2013-2014)
Brian Castro was educated at the University of Sydney and has worked in Australian, French and Hong Kong universities as a teacher and writer. He is the author of ten novels and a volume of essays on writing and culture.
His novels have won a number of state and national prizes including the Patrick White Literary Award, the Australian/Vogel Literary Award, The Age Fiction Prize, the National Book Council Prize for Fiction, four Victorian Premier's awards, two NSW Premier's awards and the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction. He has delivered keynote addresses at major conferences in Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, Toulouse, Hong Kong and Kyoto. He has been a Literature Board member on the Australia Council.
For many years he was the literary reviewer for Asiaweek magazine. In 2006 he held the position of Macgeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In 2007-8 he was the Professorial Research Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. He is currently on the management committee of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.
Professor Jennie Shaw (2013-)
Professor Jennie Shaw is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide.
Jennie's research focuses on the Second Viennese School, music copyright and moral rights, and performance studies. Publications include "'The Republic of the Mind': Politics, the Arts, and Ideas in Schoenberg's Post-War Projects," in Music, Theatre and Politics in Germany, 1848 to the Third Reich, ed. Nikolaus Bacht (Ashgate, 2006) and two chapters in The Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg (2010), which she co-edited with Joseph Auner. Her PhD dissertation (Stony Brook, 2002) focused on the music and aesthetic of composer Arnold Schoenberg, 1914-1923. She has also written on 19th- and 20th-century opera and theatre in Australia and has lectured in the areas of music history (20th-century Western music history in general including Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Messiaen, Debussy, Boulez, Elliott Carter in particular), music theory (twelve-tone and atonal music history and theory, tonal theory, feminism and music theory, androgyny, gender studies and music theory), and law (contract law, music copyright and law, moral rights, performers' and composers' rights and law).
Shaw has given keynotes on Schoenberg, sketch studies, the state of creative research recognition and music funding in Australia, and performance art, music and other creative practices as research. She is currently a contributing co-editor of a book on music and philosophy being prepared by Dr Sally Macarthur (University of Western Sydney) in collaboration with Professor Judith Lochhead (Stony Brook University).
Associate Professor Meg Samuelson (2019-)
Meg Samuelson has recently joined the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide as an associate professor, and was previously associate professor at the University of Cape Town and, before that, Stellenbosch University, where she is now a research associate. She has published widely on southern and eastern African and Indian Ocean literatures, film and photography, including the book Remembering the Nation, Dismembering Women? Stories of the South African Transition. Her current book projects in progress include the provisionally titled South African Literatures: Land, Sea, City; Amphibian Aesthetics: Writing from the African Indian Ocean Littoral; and, with Pamila Gupta, Photographic Culture in Zanzibar, 1868-2018. Her other and related research interests include the beach, the “blue southern hemisphere”, debates on the praxis of literary scholarship and Anthropocene thought.
Dr Anna Goldsworthy (2011-)
Dr Anna Goldsworthy is an Australian classical pianist and writer. Described by The Australian as a ‘musical ambassador', her creative career straddles the fields of music and literature. Her memoir Piano Lessons was released in Australia [Black Inc, 2009], in the US (St Martin's Press: Macmillan,2010) and in Korea, and awarded Newcomer of the Year at the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards. Anna's acclaimed stage adaptation of Piano Lessons, commissioned for the Queensland Music Festival, was nominated for a Matilda Award. The CD of Piano Lessons is available on the ABC Classics label.
Anna has performed nationally and internationally as a piano soloist, and is a founding member of The Seraphim Trio. She is Artistic Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, and cultural critic for The Monthly. Anna records for the ABC Classics label, and her most recent CD is Trout, recorded with Seraphim Trio, and released in February 2012 by ABC Classics.
In 2013, she released a new memoir, Welcome to Your New Life, as well as a Quarterly Essay on Sex, Freedom and Misogyny; provided a libretto for Victorian Opera's new opera of The Magic Puddings; toured Australia with Seraphim Trio and as a soloist; toured Queensland with her stage adaptation of Piano Lessons; and directs the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
Dr Luke Harrald (2018-)
Luke Harrald is a composer, performer and media artist. He holds a PhD in Composition from Elder Conservatorium of Music, and he completed his undergraduate studies at Flinders Street School of Music.
Technology is central to Luke's research, which often explores and critiques the ways we interact with digital media and how we might both develop, and engage with technology that is able to exhibit aspects of free will. Through his PhD research, Luke developed an interactive Artificial Intelligence system called ENSEMBLE, which mimics some of the conscious and unconscious strategies of musical improvisers using Game Theory.
A specialist in interdisciplinary collaboration, Luke has most recently been in demand as an installation artist. He has a reputation for creating immersive site-specific works that combine activism, community engagement, heritage interpretation and sound-art. In recognition of this work, in 2013 he was part of a team that won two national APRA Art Music Awards for Excellence in Experimental Music and Excellence in a Regional Area.
Dr Aaron Humphrey (2019-)
Dr Aaron Humphrey is a researcher at the University of Adelaide and teaches in the department of media. His research combines critical analysis with creative practice to investigate the relationships between images and texts, and between media and society. He was recently awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence for his doctoral dissertation about comics and pedagogy.
His academic writing has been published in Media International Australia, Composition Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Comics Grid and The Conversation. As a cartoonist, his comics are currently used in digital rhetoric courses and for postgraduate medical education. As a filmmaker, his short films have screened in festivals in Australasia and North America.
His current research projects include the use of comics and “graphic medicine” for medical education, visual discourse about asylum seekers within Australia and the historical development of emoji.
He is a co-founder and co-organiser of ‘Inkers and Thinkers,’ Australasia’s annual academic conference devoted to comics and graphic narratives.
Ms Jill Jones (2011-)
Jill Jones is an Australian poet who has published seven full-length books of poetry including Breaking the Days, 2015; The Beautiful Anxiety, 2014; Ash is Here, So are Stars, 2012; Dark Bright Doors, 2010; Broken/Open, 2005; Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems, 2002; The Book of Possibilities, 1997; Flagging Down Time, 1993; and The Mask and the Jagged Star, 1992. She has also published a number of chapbooks including Senses Working Out, 2012, Speak Which, published in the US in 2007, and Struggle and Radiance: Ten Commentaries, published in Ireland in 2004.
She has been an invited guest at most of the major literary festivals in Australia as well as poetry festivals in Canada and the Czech Republic and has appeared as a featured reader in events in the US, UK and NZ. Her major awards include the Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2015, the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2003 for Screens Jets Heaven, and the Mary Gilmore Award 1993 for The Mask and the Jagged Star. She was also awarded the Booranga Prize for Poetry by Charles Sturt University in 2007. Her books have also been shortlisted in the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (twice), The Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards and the National Book Council ‘Banjo' Award. Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, and Over There - Poems from Singapore and Australia. Her poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech and Spanish. She edited, with Michael Farrell, Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets.
She has collaborated with photographer Annette Willis, artist Bruno Leti, artist and poet Angela Gardner, and other visual and sound artists on a number of multi-media projects, which have been presented at various festivals and events in Australia, NZ and the UK. She has been a film reviewer, journalist, book editor and arts administrator. For seven years she was Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.