My research on life writing has two foci: I am interested in narratives of self and self-making in literary and popular forms, with a particular interest in the role of materiality and mediation in life writing (see the description under print culture). The second focus is on the use of life writing in youth cultures, particularly in cultural contexts where young people are the authors of, and main audience for, life writing.
Feminist and Queer Literary Theory
I am interested in feminist and queer theorising of the role of narrative in consciousness raising, the formation and maintenance of communities and publics.
An ongoing research interest is in the role of affect and materiality in the circulation of autobiographical narratives. My work theorises the increasing movement of narratives of self across mediums – from the handmade to the digital and the professionally published – drawing on feminist and queer literary theory and autobiography theory. I am an affiliated researcher on the Back to the Book project, led by Kiene Brillenburg Wurth at Utrecht University.
Workshops and Seminars
On Sunday 20 March 2016, I led a discussion of Social Media and Identity at the National Gallery of Victoria (International), as part of the public programming supporting the exhibition Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei.
In October 2014, I co-presented a workshop at the Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis on the topic of archiving ephemera. My contribution to the seminar was a focus on the methodologies and ethics of researchers archives to study contemporary zines and zine culture.
In 2013, I spoke at the Young and Emerging Writers symposium, at the University of Canberra about my experiences on the management committee of the not-for-profit arts organisation Sticky Institute, which is now financially self-sustaining.
In 2011, I presented a workshop on using zines in humanities research titled ‘Theory Meets History and Practice: Zine making workshop’ at the Centre for Gender/Race Studies, University of Chicago.
Building Reading Resilience: Developing A Skills-Based Approach to Literary Studies (2011-2012) Australian Learning and Teaching Council, with Gillian Whitlock (UQ), Rosanne Kennedy (ANU) and Kate Douglas (Flinders).