- 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 Ben McCann
Dr Ben McCann
Ben McCann completed his PhD in 1930s French Cinema at the University of Bristol in 2004. He taught French and Film at universities in Bristol, Liverpool, and London, before coming to Adelaide in 2006.
He has published widely in many areas of French cinema, and is particularly interested in 1930s French 'Poetic Realist' cinema, the films of Marcel Carné and Julien Duvivier, set design and film decor, and film adaptation. He has recently written an article on 'Carné for Senses of Cinema' and is a regular book reviewer for the online film journal Screening The Past. Ben McCann is currently writing a book for Manchester University Press on the French film director Julien Duvivier (1896-1967). Duvivier is one of the great 'forgotten' directors of the cinema, frequently overlooked in favour of his contemporaries Jean Vigo, Jean Renoir, and Marcel Carné.
His research focus is two-pronged: an chronological examination of Duvivier's work, exploring his early silent films, his 1930s contributions to 'Poetic Realism', his adaptations of classic literature (Zola, Tolstoy), and his work with the great comic actor Fernandel in the 'Don Camillo' film series; and an analysis of Duvivier's career in America, where he emigrated in the 1940s to work on a number of big-budget Hollywood films. Duvivier was a classic example of a director whose skill and adaptability made him perfectly suited to the American studio system, which allowed his to display his flair for genre, narrative, and mise en scene.Publications Staff Directory
- Ms Gabriella Smart
Ms Gabriella Smart
Gabriella Smart was the recipient of a Helpmann Award in 2009 for Best Chamber and Instrumental Music Concert, based on her performance and curation of Ecstatic Dances for the 2008 OzAsia Festival in presentation with Soundstream Ensemble and the Adelaide Festival Centre. She is a passionate exponent of music, particularly contemporary, and has given award-winning premieres of Australian compositions.
She has premiered works by composers Michael Nyman and Academy Award winner Tan Dun, Carl Vine, Roger Smalley and Andrew Ford. She has performed widely throughout Australia, including the International Melbourne Festival, International Adelaide Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, and the Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival, in Europe at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and in China at the Forbidden Palace in Beijing and in the Lanxin Theatre in Shanghai. Following her successful tour of China in 2005, Smart was invited back to Shanghai in 2006 to perform at M - The Glamour Bar and at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.
For many years, Gabriella studied with Eleonora Sivan, and is grateful for her continuing professional contact. In 2002 she was awarded a Fellowship from the South Australian Government. Together with her concert career, Gabriella is deeply involved in institutions aiming to bring the best musicians and composers, nationally and internationally, to Adelaide. She teaches part time at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Many of her students have been awarded various prizes and scholarships. Gabriella regularly records for ABC Classic fm.
Gabriella founded Soundstream Contemporary Music Ensemble in 1996, touring nationally and premiering works by international and Australian composers. She is artistic director of the Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival. In her role of curator she has been engaged by the 2007, 2008 and 2009 OzAsia Festivals (presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre) and the 2008 Adelaide International Festival.Website Staff Directory
- Professor Jennifer A. (Jenny) McMahon
Professor Jenny McMahon
Jenny McMahon has had a long association with the Arts, beginning her professional life as a visual artist, art critic, and arts educator in Melbourne before taking up philosophy at Melbourne and the ANU, Canberra. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the Australian National University in Canberra in 1997, lectured in Arts Education at the University of Canberra from 1996, before joining the Philosophy Department at the University of Adelaide in 2002.
McMahon provides an update of Immanuel Kant's aesthetic theory in her first monograph Aesthetics and Material Beauty: Aesthetics Naturalised (Routledge 2007). In her recent book, Art and Ethics in a Material World: Kant's Pragmatist Legacy (Routledge 2013) she argues that the aesthetic or imaginative component of value judgments is rationally grounded when constrained by community exchanges, that is, communicability. She demonstrates the point by discussing the creation and reception of contemporary art, in particular, installation and video works created by artists Olafur Eliasson (Berlin), Mischa Kuball (Dusseldorf), Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro (Sydney/Berlin), Doris Salcedo (Bogota) and Daniel von Sturmer (Melbourne).
Her present project involves the development of a concept of community grounded in processes of communication rather than shared ideals or ends. This involves showing the degree to which the terms of reference within community exchanges are indeterminate enough to allow a continual calibration and approximation of the values and norms embedded within them. The long-term project involves an edited collection, an exhibition of contemporary visual art (installations and video) and the development of computer software.
McMahon has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, since 2012.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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- Dr Luke Harrald
Dr Luke Harrald
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.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), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 (2002), and the biography Nelson Mandela (2008), as well as Stories of Women (2005). She is the author of four acclaimed novels, including Screens again the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby (2008), and of the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010). 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) and Terror and the Postcolonial (2009). In 2015 she will publish Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of Empire, a cultural history, and a novel, The Shouting in the Dark. She is a PI on the ARC funded ‘Transnational Coetzee’ project (Macquarie). She is the General Editor of the Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures Series, and was an International Man Booker judge 2015.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 .
- Dr 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 Stephen Muecke
Prof Stephen Muecke
Stephen Muecke is Jury Chair of English Language and Literature in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Recent publications include The Mother’s Day Protest and Other Fictocritical Essays (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016), a special edition of New Literary History (“Recomposing the Humanities—with Bruno Latour”), 2016, and a new edition of Paddy Roe’s Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley (UWA Publishing, 2016).