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Alison Bartlett

Assoc/Prof Alison Bartlett

Associate Professor (on leave until January 2017)
English and Cultural Studies

Contact details
English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M202)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2066
+61 8 6488 1030
Room G37, Arts Building, Perth campus

Discipline Chair (Semester 2) (on leave until January 2017)
Gender Studies

Contact details
Gender Studies
The University of Western Australia (M202)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2066
+61 8 6488 1030
Room G37, Arts Building, Perth campus
BA(Hons) GradCertEd PhD James Cook
Alison Bartlett studied at James Cook University of North Queensland for her BA (Hons), PhD and GradCertEd (Tertiary).
She majored in literature and history and her PhD applied French psychoanalytic feminist theory to contemporary Australian literary practices.
Alison spent ten years teaching literature at the University of Southern Queensland before moving to UWA in 2005 to teach Gender Studies.
Key research
Remembering Australian Feminist Activism
Feminist Objects and Affect
Maternal Bodies and Breastfeeding
Contemporary Australian Literature
Feminist Pedagogy
The author of 2 books and editor of another 4, Alison has published over 30 articles and a dozen chapters as well as guest editing special issues of journals.

2013 Things That Liberate: an Australian Feminist Wunderkammer. Ed. Alison Bartlett & Margaret Henderson. Newcastly-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.

2010 Giving Breast Milk: Body Ethics and Contemporary Breastfeeding Practice, Ed. Rhonda Shaw & Alison Bartlett. Toronto: Demeter Press.

2005 Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding Sydney: UNSW Press.

2001 Postgraduate Research Supervision: Transforming (R)Elations, Ed. Alison Bartlett & Gina Mercer. Eruptions ser. New York: Peter Lang.

1999 Australian Literature and the Public Sphere, Ed. Alison Bartlett, Robert Dixon, Christopher Lee. Toowoomba: Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

1998 Jamming the Machinery: Contemporary Australian Women’s Writing ASAL Literary Studies ser. Canberra: Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

Articles - last 5 years

2016 ‘‘Remembering Pine Gap’: a feminist activist exhibition’ Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies 34.3: 307-315.

2016 ‘What is a Feminist Object? Feminist Material Culture and the Making of the Activist Object.’ With Margaret Henderson. Journal of Australian Studies 40.2: 156-171.

2016 ‘Feminism and the Museum in Australia: an Introduction.’ With Margaret Henderson. Journal of Australian Studies 40.2: 129-139.

2016 ‘Business Suit, Briefcase, and Handkerchief: the Material Culture of Retro Masculinity in The Intern.’ M/C Journal 19.1 online

2015/16 ‘Remembering Feminist Dissent amid the Memorialising of War.’ Australasian Canadian Studies 32, 1-2: 7-22.

2014 ''Tell it slant--': Women's Studies in Western Australia.' Outskirts 31 online

2013 'Feminist Protest and Cultural Production at the 1983 Pine Gap Women’s Peace Camp, Australia.' Women: A Cultural Review 24.2. 179-195.

2013 'The Australian Women’s Movement goes to the Museum: the ‘Cultures of Australian Feminist Activism, 1970-1990’ Project.' with Margaret Henderson. Women’s Studies International Forum 37: 85-94.

2013 ‘Feminist Protest in the desert: researching the 1983 Pine Gap women’s peace camp'. Gender, Place and Culture. 20.7: 914-926.

Future research
Feminist Cultural Histories
Feminism and the Museum
Memorialising War and Women's Dissent (on 1980s women's protest events)

Funding received
2013 UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award: Social Memory and Feminist Cultural Histories
2009 National Museum of Australia consultancy with Dr Margaret Henderson (UQ): The Australian Feminist Memory Project
2006 University of Western Australia Research Award: Embodied Activism
2006 University of Western Australia Diversity Fund: Academic Women's Writing Retreat Pilot Project
The Beeliar Group: Professors for Environmental Responsibility
Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association, Past President,
Cultural Studies Association of Australia
Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Previous positions
Lecturer in Literature, University of Southern Queensland
Tutor in Literature, James Cook University
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
GEND2902 Sex Bodies Spaces
ENGL2801 Reading Popular Culture

SOCS5004 Doing Gendered Research

2015 Getting Messy: Intimate Pedagogical Moments in Film and Television. Kyra Clarke.
2015 Ficto/critical Strategies: Subverting textual practices of meaning, other, and self-formation. Gerit Haas.
2014 Through the eye of a needle: ethnographic engagements with textile creative practice and the meaning of making in contemporary Australia. Martien van Julien.
2010 Selling Alternative Masculinities: Representing Masculinity in Indonesian men’s Lifestyle Magazines. Suzie Handajani.
2009 Representations of the Secular: Neutrality, Spirituality, and Secular Mourning in Australian and Canadian Cultural Politics. Sophie Sunderland.
2007 The Shift in Helen Garner’s Feminist Perspective from 1970-2000. Xiaoqui Kang
2007 Contemporary Analyses of Women and Work in Australia. Jing Wang.
Useful links
Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge online journal
New and noteworthy
Alison recently spent 2 months at the University of Bristol as Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor
Current projects
Social Memory and Feminist Cultural Histories. Special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies Guest Edited with Margaret Henderson.Forthcoming 2016.

Feminism and the Musum. Special issue of Journal of Australian Studies, Guest edited with Margaret Henderson. Forthcoming 2016.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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