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CERG researchers and research associates

CERG researchers


Dr Anne Beggs Sunter

Dr Beggs-Sunter, from the Faculty of Education and Arts, is an historian. Her research interests are in Australian social, cultural and political history. She has a national reputation as an expert on the Eureka Stockade and its contribution to the development of national identity, especially in museum contexts. She is also deeply interested in the history of Ballarat and its heritage conservation. She has contributed articles relating to the Eureka Stockade to the International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (2009), and written exhibition catalogues and peer-reviewed articles on the same subject. She works closely with cultural institutions in the Ballarat area, bringing the world of art and museum collections into her study of the development of Australian culture and identity.

Dr Fred Cahir

Fred Cahir works as an Indigenous Studies Co-ordinator where his role involves the development of Undergraduate Courses / research projects in the field of Aboriginal Studies. His Masters thesis focused on the history of contact between the Wathawurrung (Aboriginal language group in the Ballarat-Geelong region) whilst my PhD thesis 'Black Gold: Aboriginal Peoples and Gold in Victoria, 1850-1870' was awarded the prestigious Alan Martin Award (2008) by the Australian Historical Association and Australian National University. Fred makes significant research contributions for a wide range of education, heritage, tourism and Aboriginal organisations in the shape of innovative smart phone/podcast activations, national history curriculum teacher training programs and ecotourism operations.

Mr Koji Hoashi

Koji Hoashi is a lecturer in International Studies and Japanese Language. He maintains research interests in audio and visual materials for LOTE Education, Japanese Aesthetics, Cultural Expressions and Cultural Education. Koji is also a practicing ceramic artist whose work is heavily influenced by Japanese Zen. After completing His BEd (Primary School, Fine Art and Music in Secondary School) at Oita University in Japan, Koji moved to Australia in 1985 to continue his research and cultural investigations as well as obtaining an MA (Fine Art). His current research interests also involve contemporary attitudes to Zen expression utilising ceramic art work.

Dr Xiaoli Jiang

Dr Xiaoli Jiang is a senior lecturer and program coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at the Faculty of Education and Arts. Her research interests are in the areas of Chinese culture, history and society, cross-culture self-esteem and children's self-esteem. Her recent publications and research projects are in the areas of historical changes in social justice for Chinese women, comparative education between China and Australia, and China's globalisation experiences and development.

Associate Prof Alice Mills

Alice Mills is adjunct professor of literature and children's literature. She has published widely as a scholar of fantasy, children's literature, myth, psychoanalytic and Jungian literary criticism. Her current research interests include Victorian songs of death and the Harry Potter series of novels. She has also published a number of poems and short stories and is working on her second novel.

Dr Jane Mummery

Dr Jane Mummery is a philosopher with research interests in contemporary and Enlightenment European philosophy, with specific focus on ethical and political issues and feminist philosophy. Her current research focuses on the fields of radical and deliberative democracy, and questions of cosmopolitanism and national identity. She has published two books - The Post to Come: An Outline of Post-Metaphysical Ethics (Peter Lang 2005) and Understanding Feminism (with Peta Bowden, Acumen 2009) - and is working on her third focused on radical democracy. She has also published a range of articles in international journals dealing both with the above issues, and with pedagogical issues in teaching philosophy.

Dr Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a Senior Lecturer at FedUni. He has a PhD (1996) in social theory and historical sociology from the Ashworth Program in Social Theory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is author of Europe and the Americas: State Formation, Capitalism and Civilizations in Atlantic Modernity (Leiden: Brill), and has co-edited (with Alice Mills) Utter Silence: Speaking the Unspeakable (New York: Peter Lang) and has co-edited (with John Rundell, Danielle Petherbridge, Jan Bryant and John Hewitt) Contemporary Perspectives in Critical and Social Philosophy (Leiden: Brill). In addition, he has published work in his areas of interest on civilisational sociology on Europe, the Americas and Japan and its key theorists and is currently continuing work on American modernities.

Dr Lesley Speed

Dr Speed's research expertise is primarily in Film Studies, while also having links to other disciplines within Cultural Studies. Her research interests centre on comedy, youth culture and popular culture. Her most recent research is about interwar and post-World War Two Australian comedy; young people and mental illness in screen media; and contemporary Hollywood youth film and independent cinema. Ideas that run through her work include the social contexts and socio-historical significance of popular culture; cultural value in relation to the popular; generational difference and popular culture; gender, ethnicity and youth in popular culture; and popular film genres.

Associate Prof Meg Tasker

Associate Professor Meg Tasker's research lies in the fields of Victorian (English) literature, biography, periodical publications and Australian literature; her most recent publications explore representations of Anglo-Australian cultural identity. Her publications have international standing, and she has been an invited contributor to international reference works such as the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature and the Oxford UP Dictionary of National Biography. She is well connected to national and international scholarly networks, having served on the executive committees and editorial boards of both the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA) and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL). Currently, she is developing a collaborative relationship with the AUSTLIT database at the University of Queensland, enabling the work on Australians Abroad to be published as a specialist dataset.

Dr David Waldron

Dr David Waldron is a Lecturer in History and Anthropology at FedUni. He specialises in the interconnection of history and anthropology in the development of myth, folklore and religious belief and their role in legitimating the practices of social and religious movements and communities. He is the author of Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival and Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay: A Case Study in Local Folklore. He has also written numerous articles and book chapters on religious movements, folklore and belief. Currently he is researching for a forthcoming book on the folklore surrounding the myth of big cats in the Australian Bush.

Dr Linda Wight

Dr Linda Wight is a Lecturer in Literature and Film for the Faculty of Education and Arts with research interests in science fiction and gender studies, including a particular interest in the literary construction of masculinities. Linda is a member of the international Science Fiction Research Association and is currently continuing her research into depictions of masculinities in science fiction and other popular genres, focusing specifically on literary constructions of physical disability and the significance of the inviolable male body to constructions of hegemonic masculinities. She has published papers in conference proceedings and in the refereed international journal Paradoxa.

Dr Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson is a graduate of La Trobe University in Sociology, where she was awarded the David Myer University Medal, and has a PhD in History from Monash University. She has publications in a number of international journals in the fields of History, Ethnography, and Anthropology. Jacqui is the author of Prison: Cultural Memory and Dark Tourism (Peter Lang: New York, 2008). Her current research focuses on historical sites of suffering and trauma, national memory and on graffiti as a hate crime. Jacqui is an executive board member for the International Australian Studies Association(InASA).

Postgraduate (current and recently completed)

Marian Chivers

Marian Chivers is currently undertaking her Master of Arts (Literature) on the topic Warrior Women - Hit or Myth? Through the close analysis of a set of texts drawn from popular culture, news media, government reports and first hand accounts, where possible, she will examine the relationship between representations of warrior women in popular culture and representations and the experiences of actual warrior women in contemporary times. Marian holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Graduate Diploma in Librarianship, Diploma/Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing and a BA Honours (Literature). She currently works part-time as an Information Librarian at the SMB Campus.

Terry Eyssens

Terry Eyssens teaches philosophy in the Faculty of Education and Arts. His research interests are in contemporary and Enlightenment philosophy with a focus on political philosophy. He is particularly interested in radical artistic groups and political movements and gatherings, and in how the ideas and practices that emerge from them happen to adulterate the societies of which they are a part. His Ph.D Thesis, Raw Politics: Politics without the State, is

Dr Zeb Leonard

Zeb Leonard has recently completed his PhD in history within BSSH, titled 'Atomic (Con)testing: Public Representations on British Atomic Testing in Australia'. He is interested in the cross-over between fictional and pop-cultural narratives with traditional historical information sources, and the way that fiction can shape public understanding of real-world issues.

Nicholas Moll

Nicholas Moll is currently undertaking his PhD. Nicholas first attended FedUni in 2003 where he earned a combined Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, followed closely with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). His interest in 1930s fiction has led to his current field of enquiry; the iconic continuation and transformation of popular characters. Part history, part media, part semiotic and post colonial analysis; this research examines factors in the character development of The Lone Ranger's Tonto from its initial 1933 incarnation to the characters current examples in regard to a range of factors. These include shifts in media, viewing practices, and the prevalence of representative tropes. Nicholas has recently published a chapter in the book edited by Kathleen McDonald entitled The Americanisation of History: Conflation of Time and Culture in Film and Television (2011, Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Paul Williams

Paul's field of study is trans-colonial/national history concentrating on British America, Canada and Australia. He has a particular interest in their interdependent constitutional development arising from their English/British legal origins. To the independent maturation of these colonies as well as their constitutional growth as nations Paul, in his recently completed PhD, has applied the Hartz theory of new societies to highlight not just their differences but their common aspirations for their collective futures. He has published works in the trans-Tasman field as well as minor contributions to the history of the Eureka Stockade.

Research associates

Dr Julie Fletcher

Dr Julie Fletcher's research interests include the culture and politics of human rights, post- and anti-colonialism, and rights-based social movements. Her academic background is multidisciplinary, and her current research is concerned with critical cultural analysis that draws together sociological, political and textual approaches to consider cultural production in situations of marginalisation, dispossession and displacement as decolonising and 'world building' social practice, and an important form of rights-based political action and advocacy. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at Deakin University with an interdisciplinary research project that utilised sociological, political, ethnographic and textual approaches, to examine Tibetan refugee cultural production, in the form of texts and practices of witnessing and testimony, as an increasingly important form of non-violent, human rights based, transnational political action for the community in exile.

Marnie Nolton

Marnie Nolton teaches in the philosophy programme for the Faculty of Education and Arts at FedUni, and is completing her PhD through Murdoch University. Although primarily engaged in philosophical and literary criticism of Biblical and ancient Near Eastern literature, her research interests extend to the history of interpretation and ideas, ideological criticism, politics and religion, archaeology, modern media and popular cultural expressions of the Bible and representations of violence, gender, text, tradition and identity. Marnie has published on Jean-Francois Lyotard's agonistics in Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant (Open Court, 2008).

Dr Janice Newton

Janice Newton is a Senior Teaching and Research Associate since her retirement as a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at FedUni in 2010. She has had a long term interest in Indigenous Studies and Aboriginality and has published papers linking Aboriginality to the counter-culture and to artists and musicians, as well as a paper commenting on Ballarat's response to the death of King Billy, the so-called 'last of his tribe'. Janice will run a Summer course on The Anthropology of Indigenous Art in February 2012.