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Philip Mead

Professor Philip Mead

Chair of Australian Literature
English and Cultural Studies

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English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2434
+61 8 6488 1030

Westerly Centre

Contact details
Westerly Centre
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2434
+61 8 6488 1030
BA ANU, MA La Trobe, PhD DipEd Melb., FAHA
Philip Mead has been the inaugural Chair of Australian Literature and Director of the Westerly Centre. He taught units in Australian Literary Studies, at Honours level, and the English units in the Master of Curriculum Studies (English) course, a collaborative course between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education. He has also taught a MOOC, 'Australian literature: a rough guide' for the Coursera platform.

Philip’s research is at the intersections of national and transnational literary studies, cultural history and theory, poetics, literary education, literary regionalism, and digital humanities. He has led nationally competitive research and teaching grants, most recently the ALTC funded project, ‘Australian Literature Teaching Survey’ (2009), the ARC Discovery Project grant for 2010-2012, ‘Monumental Shakespeares: an investigation of transcultural commemoration in 20th-century Australia and England' (with Gordon McMullan, King's College London), and the OLT funded Extension project ‘Update and Expansion of the AustLit Resource Teaching with AustLit site’ (2013-2014). He is also CI on the ARC Discovery Project grant for 2016-19, 'Investigating literary knowledge in the education of English teachers' (with Larissa McLean Davies and Lyn Yates, University of Melbourne, Brenton Doecke, Deakin University, and Wayne Sawyer, Western Sydney University). He is on the board of management of the ARC LIEF funded AustLIt consortium.

Philip is also currently an Australasian team leader for the German BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)/DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)-funded, and University of Tübingen-led, International Thematic Network 'Literary Cultures of the Global South' (2015-18) which includes participants and partners in Germany, Africa, Latin America, India and Australasia.

Philip supports Westerly magazine and UWA's outreach to international sites of Australian Studies research and collaboration in the UK, Europe, the US, India and China. He is also Associate Editor of English in Australia.

In 2009-2010 Philip was Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Visiting Chair of Interdisciplinary Australian Studies at the Free University, Berlin, and for 2015-2016 he was Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University. In 2009 his book Networked Language: History & Culture in Australian Poetry was shortlisted for the Association for Australian Literature’s Walter McRae Russell Award, and in 2010 it won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Literary Scholarship.

From 2017 Philip is a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.
Key research
Australian literature and literary history
Indigenous writing
literary cultures of the global south
anglophone poetry and poetics
literature and human rights
literary education
Shakespearean institutions in Australia
digital humanities
literary regionalism
Select and recent publications:

Antipodal Shakespeare: Remembering and Forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916-2016. With Gordon McMullan. London: Arden/Bloomsbury, 2018.
The Social Work of Narrative: human rights and the cultural imaginary. Ed. with Gareth Griffiths. Hannover: Columbia University Press/Ibidem, 2018.
Literature of Tasmania: a digital monograph introduction to the Tasmanian literary Imagination. AustLit:
Teaching Australian Literature: from Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings. Ed. with Brenton Doecke and Larissa McLean Davies. Adelaide: AATE/Wakefield, 2011.
Networked Language: Culture & History in Australian Poetry. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009 (2nd ed. 2010).

Book Chapters
“Lest we Forget: Shakespeare Tercentenary Memorialisation in Sydney and London,” in Coppélia Kahn and Clara Calvo, eds Celebrating Shakespeare: Commemoration and Cultural Memory. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 225-44.
“Tableau effects: the prehistory of a Shakespeare memorial.” Sabine Schülting, ed. Shakespeare Jahrbuch. Band 151/2015. Bochum: Verlag und Druckkontor Kamp GMBH, 2015. 67-84.
"The Geopolitical Underground: Alexis Wright's Carpentaria, Mining and the Sacred." Beate Neumeier and Kay Schaffer, eds Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2014. 185-206.
"Hoax-Poetry and Inauthenticity." Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons and Brian McHale, eds The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. 338-50.
"Connectivity, Community and the Question of Literary Universality." Peter Kirkpatrick and Robert Dixon, eds Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia. Sydney: Sydney UP, 2012. 137-55.
“What we have to work with: teaching Australian literature in the contemporary context.” Brenton Doecke, Larissa McLean Davies and Philip Mead, eds Teaching Australian Literature: from Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings. Adelaide: AATE/Wakefield, 2011. 52-69.
“Unsettling Language: π.ο.’s 24 Hours.” Lucy Collins and Stephen Matterson, eds Aberration in Modern Poetry: Essays on Atypical Workds by Yeats, Auden, Moore, Heaney and Others. Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland, 2011. 161-77.
“A Place in Stories: a report on the Literature of Tasmania subset of the AustLit database.” With Tony Stagg. Katherine Bode and Robert Dixon, eds Resourceful Reading: the New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture. Sydney: Sydney UP, 2009. 315-24.
“How Poetry Became Posthuman: John Tranter’s Different Hands.” Rod Mengham, ed. The Salt Companion to John Tranter. Cambridge (UK): Salt Publishing, 2010. 158-96.
“Literature, Nation, Region.” Peter Pierce, ed. The Cambridge History of Australian Literature. Port Melbourne: Cambridge UP, 2009. 549-67.
“1944, Melbourne and Adelaide: the Ern Malley Hoax.” Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson, eds The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2006. 113-25.
“The American Model II.” Romana Huk, ed. Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan UP, 2003. 169-91.

Journal Articles
"The Injusticeable and the Imaginable." Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature 16.2 (2016):
“Kenneth Slessor and the Sound Cinema: The “Chief Film Critic whose Reviews are Accepted as the Most Reliable in Australia,” with Huw Walmsley-Evans and Tom O’Regan. Screening the Past 39 (2015):
“Kenneth Slessor, Selected Film Reviews, 1933-36,” with Huw Walmsley-Evans, Tom O’Regan. Screening the Past 39 (2015):
“The politics of indigeneity, identity and representation in north Australia’s Gulf Country,’ with Richard Martin and David Trigger. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 20.4-5 (2015): 330-45.
“Fifty Years of Australian Literary Studies.” Humanities Australia. 5 (2014): 89-93.
"Indigenous Literature and the Extractive Industries." Australian Literary Studies 28.4 (November 2013): 31-46.
"Proust at Caloundra." Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature 14.5 (2015):
"Reading the Local and Global: Teaching Literature in Secondary School in Australia." With Larissa McLean Davies and Brenton Doecke. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education 20.3 (2013): 224-40
“Veronica Brady’s Biography of Judith Wright.” AustLit Anthology of Australian Criticism, 2010.
“Death and Home-work: The Origins of Narrative in the Fortunes of Richard Mahony” AustLit Anthology of Australian Criticism, 2010.“
"A History of the Book in Australia.” Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature 9 (2009): 1-10.
“Antologias en mundo googlizado (Australia).” [“Anthologies in a Googled World.”] Nerter. Una revista dedicada a la Literatura, el Arte y el Conocimiento. 10 (Invierno 2006-2007): 71-76.
“Two Fires: Poetry and Local Government.” Overland 182 (Autumn 2006): 30-35.
“An Early David Campbell Poem” Southerly 62.1 (2002): 134-6.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
ARC College of Experts
AustLit Advisory Board
Associate Editor, English in Australia
Managing Co-editor, Journal of Poetics Research
Editorial Advisory Board, Australian Literary Studies
Editorial Board, Sydney University Press Studies in Australian Literature
Editorial Advisory Board, Cultural Studies Review
Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Editorial Advisor, Contemporary Foreign LIterature (China)
Advisory Board, International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
Academic Advisory Board, Cordite Poetry Review
Editorial Board, Australian Cultural Studies (Shanghai)
Australian Environmental Humanities Hub
Research Integrity Advisor
Funding received
ARC DP (Discovery Project) Grant, DP150100153, 2016-19, with Larissa McLean Davies, Brenton Doecke, Wayne Sawyer, Lyn Yates
[Investigating literary knowledge in the education of English teachers, $814,211]

DAAD & BMBF (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service & Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung/Federal Ministry of Education and Research), Strategic Partners and Thematic Networks scheme, 2015-18, with Prof. Russell West-Pavlov, University of Tübingen, et al.
[Literary Cultures of the Global South, €1.3m]

OLT Extension Grant, DS7625, 2013-2014
[Update and Expansion of the AustLit Resource Teaching with AustLit site, $30,000]

ARC LIEF (Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Funding) Grant, LE130100131, 2013
[The AustLit Resource: supporting research in studies of Australian literary and narrative cultures, $645,000]

ARC DP (Discovery Project) Grant, DP1094143, 2010-2012, with Gordon McMullan
[Monumental Shakespeare: a transcultural investigation of commemoration in 20th-century England and Australia, $214,000]
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (FAHA)
Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
Australian Asian Studies Research Network (AASRN)
Modern Languages Association of North America (MLA)
International Australian Studies Association (InASA)
American Association for Australian Literary Studies (AAALS)
Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA)
European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA)
Institute for World Literature
Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH)
Australian Modernist Studies Network
Australian Association of Teachers of English (AATE)
Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ)
South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SPACLALS)
International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education (IAIMTE)
Previous positions
Lockie Fellow in Creative Writing and Australian Literature, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor in English, University of Tasmania
ENGL3001 Poetry & Poetics
ENGL4107 Australian Literary Studies

Master of Curriculum Studies (English), Co-ordinator
ENGL5501 Australian Textual Cultures
ENGL5502 Contemporary Writing
ENGL5503 Critical Paradigms

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