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John Ryan

Dr John Ryan

Honorary Research Fellow
English and Cultural Studies

Contact details
Address
English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M202)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Email
john.c.ryan@uwa.edu.au
Biography
I am a poet, literary theorist and ethnographer. My current appointments are Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Arts at the University of New England and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. In 2017, I became an assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC). From 2012 to 2015, I was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University. I served as Assistant Editor of the journal Landscapes (2009–16) and Communications Officer of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ) (2012–15). My areas of expertise include environmental narrative, creative nonfiction, methodologies and theories of poetry, performance poetry, collaborative writing and all aspects of publishing. In particular, I have contributed recently to the fields of Australian ecocriticism, critical plant studies, ecopoetics and Southeast Asian ecocriticism.

I am the author or editor of numerous research books, including Digital Arts: An Introduction to New Media (as co-author, 2014), The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (as co-editor, 2017) and Plants in Contemporary Poetry (as author, 2017). My other works comprise 18 book chapters, 64 refereed journal articles, 11 refereed conference papers, and 42 conference presentations. I have published in the journals ACCESS: Educational Theory and Philosophy, Australian Humanities Review, Continuum, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Philosophy, Global Media Journal, Oral History Australia Journal and Media International Australia; and with the international presses Bloomsbury, Brill, McGill-Queen’s University, Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books imprint) and the University of Minnesota.

I have published creative work with Fremantle Press and Margaret River Press and in the journals Arc Poetry Magazine, Australian Geographic, Axon, Cordite Poetry Review, Griffith Review and PAN. My work has been reviewed in Australian Poetry, Sydney Morning Herald and Weekend Australian.
Key research
-Australian Studies
-Creative Writing
-Cultural Studies
-Digital Humanities
-Ecocriticism (American and Australian)
-Ecopoetics
-English Literature
-Environmental Humanities
-Media Studies
-Professional Writing
-Science and Literature
Publications
Books:

An Introduction to the Environmental Humanities (co-authored with J. Andrew Hubbell, Routledge, London, contracted)

Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination (monograph, Routledge, New York, 2017) (245 pages)

Posthuman Plants: Rethinking the Vegetal (monograph, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL, 2015) (223 pages)

Being With: Essays in Poetics, Ecology and the Senses (monograph, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL, 2014) (147 pages)

Digital Arts: An Introduction to New Media (co-authored with Cat Hope, Bloomsbury, New York, 2014) (271 pages)

Unbraided Lines: Essays in Environmental Thinking and Writing (monograph, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL, 2013) (141 pages)

Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language (monograph, TrueHeart Academic Press, Oxford, England, 2012) (393 pages)


Edited Books

Two Canaries of Climate Change: Island and Polar Places (with Russell McDougall and Pauline Reynolds, in preparation)

In Wetlands Are Life and Death: Australian Wetland Cultures (with Rod Giblett, in review)

Forest Family: Australian Culture, Art, and Trees (with Rod Giblett, Brill, Leiden, in press, 2018)

Southeast Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2017) (13 chapters, 324 pages)

The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (with Monica Gagliano and Patrícia Vieira, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2017) (14 chapters, 313 pages)

The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World (with Patrícia Vieira and Monica Gagliano, Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2016) (14 chapters, 298 pages)
Funding received
2015 Australian Geographic Society Sponsorship Program, The Botanical Memory Project: Conserving the Cultural Heritage of Western Australian Plants

2014 ECU Industry Collaboration Grant, Re-imagining Perth’s Lost Wetlands with R. Giblett, D. Brady, & C. Kueh, in collaboration with City of Perth and Landgate

2013 ECU Early Career Researcher Award, FloraCultures: Conserving Perth’s Plant-Based Cultural Heritage Through a Digital Repository

2009–2015 ECU ASPIRE Research Awards

2009–2015 ECU CREATEC Research Funding
Industrial relevance
More than 10 years experience working with environmental conservation organisations in North America and Australia
Memberships
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Southeast Asian Media Studies Association (SEAMSA), 2018–

Secretary, South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SPACLALS), 2018–

Board Member, New England Writers’ Centre (NEWC), 2017–

Communications Officer and Newsletter Editor, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLEC-ANZ), 2012–16

Current Member, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

Current Member, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-US)

Current Member, Environmental Humanities Research Network, UNE, Australia

Member, Technical Program Committee, 2nd Conference on Ethnomedicine and Traditional Medicine, Nanjing, China, 2016
Previous positions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of New England (2017-2020)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University, School of Communications and Arts (2012-15)

Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, School of Communications and Arts (2011-15)
Teaching
-Creative Writing
-Cultural Theory
-Environmental Humanities
-Introduction to Humanities
-Literary Studies
Useful links
UNE Profile: www.une.edu.au/staff-profiles/arts/jryan63

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=Ajo5TPEAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate: www.researchgate.net/profile/John_Ryan47

Amazon: www.amazon.com/John-Charles-Ryan/e/B00E6GBG34
New and noteworthy
Review: The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (eds. M. Gagliano, J. Ryan, & P. Vieira) by J.W. Dauben. American Library Association: Choice Vol. 55, No. 3 (2017): 368–369

Review: The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (eds. M. Gagliano, J. Ryan, & P. Vieira) by D. Keetley. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment Vol. 24, No. 3 (2017): 599–601

Review: John Charles Ryan (ed.), Southeast Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects by A. Yeow. SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English Vol. 54, Iss. 2 (2017): 27–30, https://jice.um.edu.my/index.php/SARE/article/view/10241

‘What is the True Language of Plants’ by Nigel Chaffey. Botany One, 9 November 2017, www.botany.one/2017/11/if-we-could-talk-to-the-plants/

‘The Language of Plants Review: What We Can Learn from Our Vegetal Friends’ by F. Capp. The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 2017.
www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-language-of-plants-review-what-we-can-learn-from-our-vegetal-friends-20170928-gyqqdv.html

‘The Language of Plants Examines Nature’s Complexities’ by S. Caterson. The Weekend Australian, 16–17 September, 2017,
www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/the-language-of-plants-examines-natures-complexities/news-story/a7d1d37afa5acc42e9bcf29d40cfff12
Current projects
-Poetic Collaboration in the New England Tablelands of Australia (2017-2020)
-Literary Ethnobotany (2018-)
-Cognitive Phytocriticism (2018-)
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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