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Alison Bartlett

Assoc/Prof Alison Bartlett

Associate Professor
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
BA(Hons) GradCertEd PhD James Cook
Alison Bartlett moved to UWA in 2005 to teach Gender Studies, English and Cultural Studies. Prior to this she taught literature at the University of Southern Queensland for ten years. She is a graduate of James Cook University of North Queensland with a BA (First Class Hons) majoring in literature and history; a PhD applying French psychoanalytic feminist theory to contemporary Australian literary practices; and a GradCertEd (Tertiary). Her teaching and research is mainly around gender and sexuality in popular culture, with a particular interest in Australian feminist events.

She has published books on contemporary maternity, and Australian women's writing, and edited books on Australian feminist objects, breastfeeding ethics, Australian literature, and postgraduate supervision, as well as editing special issues of journals on feminism and the museum, on feminist social memory, on breastfeeding culture, and women's writing. She has worked with the National Museum of Australia to propose a collection to represent the Australian women's movement, and is interested in how the recent feminist past is being remembered and mobilised. She has been Editor of the online journal Outskirts: feminisms along the edge since 2006.

Key research
Australian Literature
Activist Legacies
Australian Feminist Histories
Feminist Objects and Affect
Feminist Pedagogy
Maternal Bodies and Breastfeeding
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. She is the continuing General Editor of Outskirts online journal.


2005 Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding. Sydney: UNSW Press.

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


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.

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.


2016Journal of Australian Studies 40.2 issue on Feminism and the Museum, Ed. Alison Bartlett and Margaret Henderson.

2016 Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 30.3 issue on Social Memory and Feminist Cultural Histories, Ed. Alison Bartlett and Margaret Henderson.

2004 Australian Feminist Studies 19.45 issue on Meanings of Breastmilk: New Feminist Flavours, Ed. Alison Bartlett and Fiona Giles.

2001 Coppertales: Journal of Rural Arts 7 issue on Country Women’s Edition, Ed. Alison Bartlett.


2016 ‘Postmaternal Times and Radical Feminist Thinking.’ Australian Feminist Studies 31.90: 486-500.

2016 ‘Sites of Feminist Activism: ‘Remembering Pine Gap’.’ 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.
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
Senior Lecturer, English, Media and Communications, University of Western Australia
Lecturer in Literature, University of Southern Queensland
Tutor in Literature, James Cook University of North Queensland
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
GEND2902 Sex Bodies Spaces: Gender in Pop Culture
ENGL2801 Reading Popular Culture

SOCS5004 Doing Gendered Research

2016 Feminisms on film: feminist histories in postfeminist historical women’s films. Jessica Taylor.
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
International Australian Studies Association (InASA) 2016 John Barrett Award for Australian Studies (Open Category) for ‘What is a Feminist Object? Feminist Material Culture and the Making of the Activist Object', Journal of Australian Studies, 40.2(2016): 156-171, with Margaret Henderson.

Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor 2016, University of Bristol
Current projects
Activist Legacies - forthcoming work:

‘Thinking-feminism-place: situating the 1980s Australian women’s peace camps.’ Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene, ed. Lara Stevens, Peta Tait, Denise Varney. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017 in press

‘Grassroots protest in the 21st century’ with David Whish-Wilson, Kim Dravnieks, Andrea Gaynor. Never Again: Reflections on Environmental Responsibility After Roe 8, edited by Andrea Gaynor and Peter Newman. UWA Press. 2017 in press

'Keeping Watch' with Katy Evans, Megan Jaceglav. Never Again: Reflections on Environmental Responsibility After Roe 8, edited by Andrea Gaynor and Peter Newman. UWA Press. 2017 in press

‘Postmaternal times and radical feminist thinking.’ Refiguring the Maternal, Ed Maud Perrier, Maria Fannin, Paula Hamilton. Routledge. 2017. 2017 in press

'Highways, Activism, and Solastalgia: Poetic Responses to Roe 8', with Nandi Chinna, AAWP Conference, Flinders U. forthcoming.

‘In Search of Activism, Feminism, and Life in the Neoliberal University.’ Review Essay. Outskirts 37 online. forthcoming.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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