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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 writer, cultural theorist, ethnographer, and Honorary Research Fellow at UWA (as of January 2016). From 2012 to 2015, I served as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University. I am Assistant Editor of the journal Landscapes and Communications Officer of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ). My teaching and research activities cross between the Environmental and Digital Humanities, and I have contributed extensively to the fields of Australian Ecocriticism and Critical Plant Studies. I am the author, co-author, or co-editor of 7 interdisciplinary academic books, including the Bloomsbury title Digital Arts: An Introduction to New Media (2014) and The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). My other works include 8 book chapters, 48 refereed journal articles, 7 refereed conference papers, 29 conference presentations, and numerous creative writing publications, including the poetry and illustration book Two With Nature (2012).
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
Monographs:

Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination (monograph in development with Routledge, 2016–17)

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:

The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (with Patrícia Vieira and Monica Gagliano, University of Minnesota Press, 2016, forthcoming)

The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World (with Patrícia Vieira and Monica Gagliano, Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) (14 chapters, 298 pages)
Funding received
2015 Australian Geographic Society Sponsorship Program, The Botanical Memory Project: Conserving the Cultural Heritage of Western Australian Plants, $13,354

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, $76,334

2013 ECU Early Career Researcher Award, FloraCultures: Conserving Perth’s Plant-Based Cultural Heritage Through a Digital Repository, $23,365

2009–2015 ECU ASPIRE Research Awards, $16,154

2009–2015 ECU CREATEC Research Funding, $8,238
Industrial relevance
More than 10 years experience working with environmental conservation organisations in North America and Australia
Memberships
Communications Officer and Newsletter Editor, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLEC-ANZ), 2012–16

Vice-President, EARTH (Environmental Association Researching Transdisciplinary Humanities), Inc., 2015–present

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

Member, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA)

Member, Technical Program Committee, 2nd Conference on Ethnomedicine and Traditional Medicine, Nanjing, China, 2016

Member, International Centre for Landscape and Language (ICLL)
Previous positions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University, School of Communications and Arts (2012-15)

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
www.FloraCultures.org.au
Current projects
The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (2016)

Plants in Contemporary Poetry (2016-17)

Literary Ethnobotany (2016-17)

Thai Ecocriticism (2016-17)
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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