The University of Western Australia

UWA Staff Profile

Ipsum Lorem

Jenna Mead

Dr Jenna Mead

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
English and Cultural Studies

Contact details
English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2128
BA ANU, MA PhD Melb.
Associate Professor Jenna Mead trained as a medievalist, specializing in English literature of the late fourteenth century. She has published research on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and on inquiry into the afterlives of medieval culture, known as medievalism. She has also published research on Australian women's fiction and feminist cultural studies. A long-term commitment to pedagogy has produced papers in the scholarship of teaching and learning. As Academic Co-ordinator, 2011-2013, she established the Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons), an undergraduate research degree, at the University of Western Australia.
Key research
Late medieval literary studies and codicology
Medieval science
Australian fiction
Scholarship of teaching and learning
Caroline Leakey [Oliné Keese], The Broad Arrow; Being Passages from the Life of Maida Gwynnham, a Lifer, edited with introduction Jenna Mead, notes Peter Pierce, Sydney University Press (in press Nov. 2015; 500 pp)

'Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) at UWA,’ Undergraduate Research News in Australia (URNA), 5 (2012): [archive]

Career Best Publications
bodyjamming: sexual harassment, feminism and public life, ed. with and introduction (41pp) Vintage/Random House, (296pp)

Book Chapters
‘Medievalism and Memory Work, Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture, ed. Stephanie Trigg, Making the Middle Ages, vol. 8 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005) 99-118; republished Melbourne University Publishing, 2006

‘Amanda Lohrey,’ Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 325 Australian Writers, 1975-2000, ed. Selina Samuels (Detroit, London: The Gale Group, 2006) 208-13

‘Caroline Leakey,’ Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 230 Australian Literature, 1788-1914, first series, ed. Selina Samuels (Detroit, London: The Gale Group, 2001) 245-53

Journal Articles
‘Geoffrey Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe,’ Literature Compass 3 (Jul 2006):

‘Chaucer and the Subject of Bureaucracy,’ festschrift for Sheila Delany, ed. Lynn Arner, Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 19.1 (May 2006):
republished Exemplari: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 19.1 (Jul 2007)

‘Reading by Said’s Lantern: Orientalism and Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe,’ Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Dialogues and Culture 5.3(2000) 350-57

‘” ... anti-imperialist approaches to Chaucer (are there those?)” An Essay in Identifying Strategies,’ Southern Review 27.4 (Dec 1994) 403-417

‘Caroline Leakey, Oliné Keese and Bio/discourse,’ Australian Feminist Studies 20 (Summer 1994) 53-76 C1

'Caroline Leakey: Body and Authorship' a/b Auto/Biography Studies (US) Special Issue: Feminist Biography 8.2 (Fall 1993) 198-216 C1

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Editorial Board, Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies
Referee, Screening the Past
Editorial Committee, Cultural Studies Review [formerly The UTS Review A Journal of Cultural Studies and New Writing]
Funding received
2015 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD], Forschungsaufenthalte für Hochschullehrer und Wissenschaftler, Juli-Sept, Universität Tübingen (€7,000)

2013 Office for Learning and Teaching, Ensuring the sustainability of an annual international conference of Australasian undergraduate research, Macquarie University (lead), UWA and ANU (partners) ($50 000)

2011 Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (FASSH) Investigator, Assessment and Feedback Project, University of Western Australia ($16 000)
Industrial relevance
Leadership Development for Women program, UTAS (2008, competitive entry)
Australian Company Directors’ Course (2001)
Middle English
Old English
Medieval Academy of America
New Chaucer Society
Modern Languages Association of North America
Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand
Honours and awards
2014-15 Visiting Fellow, College of Medicine, Biology & Environment and College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Australian National University, 2014-15

2011 FASSH Investigator, Assessment and Feedback Project, University of Western Australia ($16 000)

2008 Teaching Merit Certificate, University of Tasmania

2005 Academic Visitor, ARC NEER, University of Western Australia

2001 Senior Academic Visitor, Churchill College, Cambridge University

2001 Visiting Fellow, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney

1999 Teaching Merit Certificate, University of Tasmania

1998 - Honorary Member, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney

1992 La Trobe University Postdoctoral Fellowship (Humanities)
Previous positions
2011-2013 Academic Co-ordinator, Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons), University of Western Australia
Undergraduate and Honours Teaching
1983-2014 early-late Medieval English Literature, Medievalism, Critical Theory & Research Methodologies, Australian Literature and Film Studies

MA Supervisions
1999-02Emma Field, English MA, ‘Feminism and film’ (graduated)
1997-00Berenice Eastman, English MA, critical edition of unpublished novel by Nan Chauncy (graduated)
1996-97David Low, English, PhD, ‘The greenie genre’ (completed ANU)
1995-96Kirsten Dunlop, English, PhD, ‘Medieval cities and their rhetorics,’ (completed UEA)

PhD Supervisions
2005-09 Jane McGennisken PhD (co-supervisor) ‘Literary texts in the primary/secondary school curriculum-the cultural, social & educational implications’ (graduated)
2002-05Deane Blackler, PhD (associate), ‘Adventurous Travels of a Disobedient Reader- A Reading Practice for the Fiction of UTAS.G. Sebald (graduated)
2004-07Stuart Solman, Masters, (associate) ‘The Space of the Australian City- Representations and Contestation (1990-2005’) (graduated)
2001-05 Margaret Kilmartin, PhD (associate) ‘Women General Practitioners in Australia’ (graduated)
2001-03Suzanne Moss, Masters, (associate), Orlan/Deleuze- Corporeal/(In)Corporeal (graduated)
2000-05 Joanna Richardson, PhD (associate), ‘An Annotated Edition of the Journals of Mary Morton Allport’ (graduated)
2006-10 Eleni Pavlides, PhD (co-supervisor) ‘Multiculturalism Today-Texts, Contexts and Writing Practice’ (graduated)
Current external positions
Visiting Fellow (2014-15) College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences The Australian National University
Current projects
Geoffrey Chaucer's Transnational 'Treatise on the Astrolabe' funded by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst

Inquiry into the Evaluation of Undergraduate Research Degrees HREC2014/720 with Dr Paula Newitt (ANU), Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Findlay (Griffith), Assoc. Prof. David Nisbit (ANU), Mr Stephen Jones (ANU)

Relevant Conference Papers
2013 with Tracy Frayne, ‘The developing narrative of the BPhil (Hons) online Centre for Undergraduate Research and the design behind its unit,’ Teaching and Learning Forum, Murdoch University, 7-8 Feb,

2012 with Sally Sandover and Lee Partridge, The dilemma: embedding for sustainability and the compromise to the learning environment, Research on Teaching and Learning: Integrating Practices, ISSOLT, Hamilton, Canada, 24-27 Oct

2012 Foundations of University Teaching, invited panelist, 11 July,

2012 with Shannon Johnston, Moodle Innovation at UWA: A showcase suite of units for learning, community and profession MoodleMoot, Gold Coast, 2 July

2012 with Shannon Johnston, ‘BPhil (Hons) Powered by Moodle,’ eLearning Expo, 11 May,

2012 with Sally Sandover, ‘Mission Impossible: Equity and Select-Entry Degrees,’ Teaching and Learning Forum: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment, Murdoch University, 2 Feb;
Research profile
Research profile and publications

The University of Western Australia

This Page

Last updated:
Tuesday, 3 November, 2015 2:39 PM