- Professor Dorothy Driver
Professor Dorothy Driver
Dorothy Driver was born in South Africa and now resides in Australia. She is Professor of English at University of Adelaide, and Emerita Professor at University of Cape Town, where she taught for twenty years, and where she retains an Honorary Research Associateship. She has also held visiting positions at University of Chicago and Stanford University.
Her research area covers the constructions and representations of gender and race in South African writing.
She is currently writing a book on Bessie Head for the Writers and their Work series (Northcote Press) and co-writing with Meg Samuelson of University of Cape Town a literary study entitled Land, Sea and City in South African Writing (Oxford University Press).Publications Staff Directory
- Professor Peter Goldsworthy
Professor Peter Goldsworthy
Peter Goldsworthy is an author, poet, short story writer and librettist who divides his time equally between writing and medicine. He has won many literary awards across various genres - for poetry, novels, short stories, in opera, and most recently in theatre. He wrote the libretti for the Richard Mills operas Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Batavia, and his novels have been translated into many languages, five of which have been adapted for stage and four are currently being adapted for film.
He was appointed Chair of the Australia Council's Literature Board in 2001 and has also chaired the Libraries Board of South Australia. In 2010 he was awarded a Medal of Australia.
His most recent book is the short story collection, Gravel, shortlisted for the 2011 ASA Gold Medal.Publications Website
- Professor Graeme Koehne
Professor Graeme Koehne
Graeme Koehne is Professor of Composition at the University of Adelaide. He was Chair of the Australia Council Music Board and a member of the Australia Council from 2002 to 2009.
His orchestral works Rainforest, Unchained Melody, Powerhouse and Elevator Music have been performed numerous times internationally, as have Inflight Entertainment (a concerto for amplified oboe or soprano saxophone) and High Art (for trumpet).
In recognition of his contribution to Australian music, Koehne was awarded the Australian Government's Centenary Medal in 2001 and the Sir Bernard Heinze Award from the University of Melbourne in 2004.Compositions & Media Staff Directory Website
- Associate Professor Carl Crossin
Carl Crossin is well known and respected throughout Australia as a choral conductor, educator and clinician. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide, he has also undertaken specialist choral conducting studies in the United States and Britain.
As an educator, Carl has taught music extensively at both secondary and tertiary levels of education. Following fourteen years at Brighton High School Special Music Centre and nine years at Flinders Street School of Music, he joined the staff of the Elder Conservatorium in 2002, where he has served as Head of Choral Music, Conductor of several choirs including the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, Head of Academic Studies, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Conservatorium. Carl served as Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music from 2010-2014.
Carl is Founder/Director of Adelaide Chamber Singers, with whom he has toured Britain, Europe, North America and South-East Asia, won several awards for performance and CD recordings, and represented Australia and major international choral and music education symposia and festivals. He has had extensive experience as a choral conductor and clinician throughout Australia and has been the conductor of a wide variety of choirs in Adelaide over the past 30 years, including the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, Voiceworks and the Adelaide Symphony Chorus. Carl has also guest conducted the National Youth Choir of Australia on several occasions (with whom he toured New Zealand), the Sydney Philharmonia and the Melbourne Chorale.
As a composer and arranger, Carl has written mostly for voices, and his choral works have been performed by a number of Adelaide based ensembles including, Eve Vocal Trio, Syntony, Adelaide Voices, Elder Conservatorium Chorale and Adelaide Chamber Singers. Many of his choral arrangements have found their way into the repertoire of a wide variety of local, interstate and overseas choirs. Requiem is his first work for orchestra, chorus and soloist.
Carl was awarded an OAM for his services to music in 2007.Publications Staff Directory
- Professor Jean Fornasiero
Professor Jean Fornasiero
Jean Fornasiero completed her Honours degree in French Language and Literature at the University of Adelaide before being awarded a French Government Scholarship to study at the Université de Grenoble III (France). After completing a Maîtrise (thesis on Romantic poet Gérard de Nerval) and a doctorate on the social thought of philosopher Pierre-Simon Ballanche, she returned to Australia, where she took up a lectureship at the University of New England in 1984. She returned to the University of Adelaide in 1991 and is currently Professor of French Studies and Head of the School of Humanities. She has published widely on nineteenth-century French literature and history. Her work includes an award-winning book, with John West-Sooby and Peter Monteath, entitled Encountering Terra Australis: The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, 1800-1803. This work is related to her interest in French-Australian cultural and creative connections, including translation. Current translation projects include the journals of the Baudin expedition and the poems and short stories of Existentialist writer Boris Vian. She was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Government in 2003 and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2012.
History of ideas in nineteenth-century France; Romanticism; French utopian socialism; Fourierism; the Baudin expedition to Australia, 1800-1804; Translation studies; French crime fiction; Biography.
Jean Fornasiero was a chief investigator on an ARC funded project on French explorer, Nicolas Baudin, and has published studies on the artwork, the historiography and the scientific results of his voyage to Australia. With John West-Sooby, she has just completed a book on a French plan to invade Australia in the wake of Baudin's voyage, 1803-1810, and is part of a team funded by the French government to prepare a series of events around this expedition in 2015. She has worked on many published translations associated with this project, including the biography of the expedition's artist, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur.
- Professor John West-Sooby
John West-Sooby has taught French language and literature at the University of Adelaide since 1991, having previously held posts at the University of New England and La Trobe University. He holds undergraduate degrees in Arts and Mathematics from the University of Newcastle (NSW) and a doctorate from the Université de Grenoble, in France, which he obtained with a thesis devoted to the exploration of the notions of chance and destiny in the novels of the nineteenth-century writer Stendhal.
The role of chance in the creative process has remained a cornerstone of his literary criticism, particularly with respect to nineteenth-century French fiction. One of his other interests is crime fiction – its mechanics, but also its evolution as a form, its connections with the literary traditon of social realism and the its role as a vehicle for national identity. This work has in more recent times extended to the study of translation, and in particular the ways in which the culturally specific characteristics exhibited in Australian crime novels are translated into French.
The French-Australian connection is also a feature of his research on French exploration in the Pacific. Together with Jean Fornasiero, he has published widely on the Baudin expedition to Australia. Their book, Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders (2004), which they co-authored with Peter Monteath, from the History Department at Flinders University, received much public attention and was awarded the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize in 2005. A revised edition was published in 2010.
The latest production from the Fornasiero/West-Sooby stable is a book entitled French Designs on Colonial New South Wales, published in 2013 by the Friends of the State Library of South Australia. In it, they present and analyse the confidential report on the British colony in Port Jackson compiled by one of the naturalists from the Baudin expedition, François Péron, following his visit there in 1802. This work in promoting awareness of the historical connections between France and Australia was recognised by the French Embassy in 2003 with the award of the Palmes académiques.Publications Staff Directory
- Dr Gabriella Smart
Dr Gabriella Smart
Pianist Dr. Gabriella Smart is a leading advocate of new music in Australia - through performance, improvisation, education, collaborative composition, commissioning and curation. In 2018, she is a recipient of the prestigious Prelude Composer Residency in Australia and a UNESCO City of Music residency in Katowice, Poland. Gabriella received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award in 2009. As an improviser she has collaborated and performed with such luminaries as Lisa Gerrard, Brian Ritchie, Alvin Curran, Cat Hope, and Derek Pascoe and Johannes Sistermanns (Blue Touch Trio). With a background as a multi-award winning pianist specialising in classical and new music, Gabriella has performed extensively in Australia and internationally, premiering over forty new works for solo piano by Australian and international composers in Australia, Europe and China. Her performance of Alvin Curran’s For Cornelius on 9/8/17 was described as ‘meltingly beautiful’ and ‘mesmerising’ (Graham Strahle from The Australian). She has performed widely as a soloist throughout Australia, and internationally, promoting the works of Australian composers. Gabriella has performed in the Melbourne and Adelaide International Festivals, MONA MOFO, TURA (Perth) and in Europe and China. In 2010 she represented Australia at the World Expo in Shanghai. Gabriella regularly gives numerous live and recorded broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.Website Staff Directory
- Professor Jennifer A. (Jenny) McMahon
Professor Jenny McMahon
Jennifer A. McMahon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She is the editor of Social Aesthetics and Moral Judgment: Pleasure, Reflection, and Accountability (Routledge 2018); and author of Art and Ethics in a Material World: Kant's Pragmatist Legacy (Routledge 2014) and Aesthetics and Material Beauty: Aesthetics Naturalized (Routledge 2007). She provided the entry on Beauty for the Oxford Bibliographies Online and wrote the entry on literary beauty for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory. She edited the inaugural issue of the Australasian Philosophical Review (March 2017) on “The Pleasure of Art”; and is currently editing a Focus Issue on The ancient quarrel between art and philosophy in contemporary visual art exhibitions currently under review with the highly regarded Curator: The Museum Journal.Publications Staff Directory
- Dr Claire Roberts
Dr Claire Roberts
Claire Roberts is an historian of Chinese art and a curator. She was a Coordinate Research Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (2011); Research Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study and Visiting Scholar, Fairbank Institute for Chinese Studies, Harvard University (2009-2010); Research Fellow with Geremie R. Barme’s Federation Fellowship project at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University (2006-2009); Senior Curator of Asian Arts at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (1988-2010; and Curator at the Museum of Chinese-Australian History, Melbourne (1986-1988).
Claire studied at the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute (1978-1979) and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (1979-1981). She has a Bachelor of Arts (1983) and a Master of Arts (1987) from the University of Melbourne. Her PhD (2006), undertaken in the Research School of Pacific and Asian History at ANU, focussed on the work of scholar, art historian and modern brush-and-ink painter Huang Binhong (1865-1955). Claire has published widely on Chinese visual and material culture, and curated numerous exhibitions including Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture (2012), The Great Wall of China (2006), a collaborative project with the National Museum of China, Beijing; Earth, Spirit, Fire: Korean Masterpieces of the Choson Dynasty, a collaborative project with the National Museum of Korea (2000); Evolution & Revolution: Chinese Dress 1700s to Now (1997); and Post Mao Product: New Art From China (1992) exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Queensland Art Gallery. She was curatorial adviser, Chinese art, for the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (1993, 1996, 1999).
Modern and contemporary Chinese art and visual culture, Chinese photography and the photography of China, The photographs of Hedda Hammer Morrison, The letters of Ian Fairweather, Artistic contact and dialogue between Australia and China.Publications Staff Directory
- Professor Catherine Speck
Professor Catherine Speck
Catherine Speck is Professor of Art History, and Coordinator of postgraduate programs in Art History and Curatorial & Museum Studies taught jointly with Art Gallery of South Australia. Prior to taking up her current post, she was coordinator of the Art History and Theory Department at the SA School of Art, University of South Australia, and Research Degrees Coordinator. She has published extensively on Australian art including Painting Ghosts: Australian Women Artists in Wartime (Craftsman House, 2004); Heysen to Heysen: Selected Letters of Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen (National Library of Australia, 2011) and Beyond the Battlefield: Women Artists of the Two World Wars (Reaktion, 2014). She is co-researcher on an ARC linkage Project, Australian Art Exhibitions 1960-2009, and joint author of Australian art exhibitions: A New Story; and she is a co-researcher on ARC LIEF Project: Design and Art Australia Online: Sustainable data sharing for Australian researchers and collections. She is on the Editorial Board of Design and Art in Australia Online; she serves on the National Executive of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ), and she is a member of the Adelaide Critics Circle.
Current research interests include cosmopolitanism and Australian artists in Paris and London 1880s-1960s; the representation of war and peace by women artists; the exhibitionary complex and Australian Art exhibitions from 1960; and performativity, the body and visual culture
Areas of academic expertise include modern and contemporary art, Australian art and feminist art, artists’ letters, the nexus between exhibitions and art history.Publications Staff Directory
- Professor Ian North
Professor Ian North
Ian North is an artist who is also a widely published writer on the visual arts. He employs photography and painting, sometimes combined, addressing considerations of place, identity and the post-conceptual. Has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide (thirteen solo exhibitions), and in group exhibitions in London, Asia and the United States. His work is represented in fifteen Australian public collections.
His writing includes books on the pioneer modernists Dorrit Black and Margaret Preston in the 1970s, a range of essays on the impact of the Indigenous art revolution in the 1980s, and, later, the intellectual relationship between art and neuro-aesthetics.
North was Director of the Manawatu Art Gallery, Aotearoa/New Zealand 1969-71, immigrating to Australia to become Curator of Paintings at the Art Gallery of South Australia 1971-80 and Foundation Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia 1980-84. He subsequently served on the National Gallery's Council, working with curators on a comprehensive acquisition policy for the gallery. His qualifications include MA and MFA degrees in photography from the University of New Mexico. He held a personal chair at the University of South Australia where he was Head of the South Australian School of Art (1984-1993).
He is currently Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Adelaide, since 2001 contributing to the postgraduate art history program offered by the University of Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 2014 he was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia and an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Adelaide.Publications Staff Directory
- Dr Lisa Mansfield
Dr Lisa Mansfield
Lisa Mansfield is an art historian who completed her studies in Melbourne. She is a specialist in Renaissance and Mannerist art, society and culture, especially Northern European, with a passion for portraiture. Her research on the communicative power of the face and body forms the basis for her forthcoming book on royal portraiture in sixteenth-century France, Representing Renaissance monarchy: Francis I and the image-makers, which will be published by Manchester University Press in 2015. In addition, Lisa's research interests extend beyond early modern Europe to the construction of image and identity in virtual environments (the making and meaning of avatars in Second Life), and issues and ideas concerning art censorship in past and present historical contexts from Renaissance to contemporary art and visual culture.
Lisa's research interests in early modern European art and visual culture include:
- Portraiture (representations of Renaissance masculinity and authority, especially of King Francis I, via the performative power of the face and body)
- Representations of charisma in early modern portraiture
- Virtual environments (experimental engagement with images and objects as a tool for teaching and research)
- Italian and Northern Renaissance art and visual culture
- Censorship and iconoclasm of art and visual culture (past and present)
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- Professor Mark Carroll
Prof Mark Carroll
Professor Mark Carroll is Associate Dean (International & Engagement) for the Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide. An active classical and pop music performer, his research activities range from music and politics (Music and Ideology in Cold War Europe [Cambridge: CUP, 2003]) to Percy Grainger (Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger, with Malcolm Gillies and David Pear [New York: OUP, 2006) and studies in contemporary popular music. Mark is a noted authority on Jean-Paul Sartre’s literary and political uses of music, which have appeared in OUP’s flagship journal Music & Letters. Mark is series editor of the Ashgate Library of Essays on Music, Politics and Society (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012).
Mark works closely with The Australian Ballet, and was Chief Investigator for a large Australian Research Council Linkage project that brought together the Elder Conservatorium, The Australian Ballet and the National Library, in order to trace the impact of tours to Australia by the Ballets Russes during the 1930s. More recently, Mark has secured ARC funding for Beyond the Stage Linkage project, which brings together the State Library of SA, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, State Theatre Company and Adelaide Festival Centre, for the purpose of interrogating the impact of World War One on the South Australian performing arts.Publications Staff Directory
- Associate Professor Mary Griffiths
Associate Professor Mary Griffiths
Mary Griffiths is Associate Professor, Media, at the University of Adelaide. She was head of Media at Adelaide (2006-2011) during its re-orientation to digital and participatory media; and head of Communications and Writing, Monash University (2000-2004), where she established the Writing program. Her Monash doctoral thesis explored the postcolonial formations and affiliations of two national literary imaginaries, and their political contexts, publishing and pedagogical arrangements. She has a University of Bristol postgraduate qualification in education (English, history of art, and drama).
Her research encompasses the social, governmental, civic, creative and political impact of digital technologies and aims to investigate the design thinking and technological means that empower citizens as active agents in democratic governance. An e-democracy and e-participation track chair at the European Conference in e-Government (2004-2012), she has published widely on uses of media technologies which enable progressive, egalitarian change, but may also support invasive surveillance and control. Current interdisciplinary research on mobile heritage informatics and civic uses of the Internet of Things is a collaboration between civil society and government partners, and digital and public historians in the US. This project combines the design of mobile, personalised, intercultural digital story-layering with a technical and user-focussed exploration of broader uses of publicly-owned assets.
Scholarly work in the past five years includes being Associate Editor on EJEG: The Electronic Journal of e-Government; and International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics; and being a regular guest editor for Communication, Politics and Culture (formerly Southern Review) including a special issue, 'China' (2012.) International visiting research professorships have included Napier University and the International Teledemocracy Centre, Edinburgh (2002), and the School of International Communications, University of Leeds, UK (2009). She is an inaugural member of the centre for Australia-China Transcultural Studies, Adelaide, with interests in collaborative research on China's heritage, arts and media sectors. She has served on committees for city creative hubs (SA and NZ), and as an external examiner and reviewer for creative program developments in the Faculty of Creative Arts, UTAR, Malaysia.Publications Staff Directory
- Professor Elleke Boehmer
Professor Elleke Boehmer
Elleke Boehmer is the Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. Her books include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), the biography Nelson Mandela (2008), Stories of Women (2005), Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire (2015), and Postcolonial Poetics: 21st century critical readings (2018). Indian Arrivals won the 2016 biennial ESSE Prize. She is the author of five novels, including The Shouting in the Dark (2015) and Screens again the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990). Her second short-story collection To the volcano, and other stories will appear in 2019, as will the Australian edition of The Shouting in the Dark and other southern writing (UWA Press). She edited the British best-seller Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys (2004), and the anthology Empire Writing (1998), and has co-edited several books, including J.M. Coetzee in Writing and Theory (2009). She is Director of the Oxford Centre for Life Writing at Wolfson College, and the General Editor of the Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures Series.Publications
- Dr Rossyln Prosser
Dr Rosslyn Prosser
Dr Rosslyn Prosser is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing, School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide. Between 1994 and 1998 she was Lecturer in Communications and Writing at Monash University, Victoria. Between February 2009 and February 2013, Ros served as Associate Dean Information Technology for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, representing the Faculty on the University of Adelaide Technology in Education Committee and the Associate Dean’s Information Technology committee convened by Technology Services.
Areas of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, teaching and prior education include Communications and Media, Creative Writing, English, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Memory, Gender and Sexuality and fictocriticism.She has also curated a number of exhibitions, including Transit Lounge (SASA Gallery, UniSA) and Showgirl: The Costumes of an Iconic Adelaide Diva for the South Australian History Festival in May 2016 .
- Associate Professor Meg Samuelson
Dr Meg Samuelson
Meg Samuelson has recently joined the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide as a lecturer, 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.
- Professor Nicholas Jose
Professor Nicholas Jose
Nicholas Jose is a novelist, essayist and playwright. After gaining his doctorate at Oxford University, he taught in the Department of English at the ANU 1978-1985. His monograph Ideas of the Restoration in English Literature was published in 1984.
Professor Jose taught in China 1986-87, and served as Cultural Counsellor in the Australian Embassy Beijing 1987-1990. A full-time writer from 1991, he resumed his academic career as Chair of Creative Writing at Adelaide University [2005-2008]. A past president of International PEN Sydney, he is general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (also published as The Literature of Australia).
He was Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University 2009-2010 and taught there again in 2011. He is Adjunct Professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney, and Professor of English and Creative Writing in the School of Humanities at The University of Adelaide.Publications Staff Directory Website
- Associate Professor Natalie Edwards
A/Prof Natalie Edwards
Natalie Edwards is Associate Professor/Reader in French. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University, USA, and specialises in contemporary French and Francophone literature. She focuses on the work of minority authors, including female, migrant, exiled and refugee writers, and on the genres of life writing and testimony. Her work engages with transnational, transcultural and translingual representations of identity. She has written two monographs: Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Francophone Women's Autobiography (2011) and Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in French (2016). She has edited 10 volumes on French and Francophone literature, including Textual and Visual Selves: Photography and Film in French Autobiography (2011) and Migration and Mobility in the French-speaking World (2018). She is currently completing her third monograph, Bilingual Writing by French Women Writers: Translingual Selves and is working on an ARC Discovery Project DP190102863, Transnational Selves: French Narratives of Migration to Australia.Staff Directory
- Dr Fran Bryson
Dr Fran Bryson
BiographyFrances (Fran) Bryson (PhD: University of Adelaide) is a travel/memoir writer whose primary research interests revolve around the uniqueness of people and place. In Brazil, her first book, was published by Scribe Publications in Australia & UK in 2016, translated into Turkish (pub. Siyah Kitap, 2018) and long-listed for the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer. Her current project is concerned with islands across the world examining difference, uniqueness and island-life. On Islands (working title) will explore the history and psychology of smallness, specialness and isolation. Fran continues to work part-time as a literary agent, having been Managing Director one of Australia’s best-known literary agencies for more than a decade before turning to writing. When not travelling, she lives on Flinders Island, largest of the Furneaux islands, in the treacherous waters of Bass Strait in South-eastern Australia. Fran Bryson was recently appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (University of Adelaide). Some of her writing can be found on her website.