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Sophie Sunderland

Dr Sophie Sunderland

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 1289
+61 8 6488 1053
I completed my doctorate within the Discipline of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia in 2009. My dissertation was entitled, 'Representations of the Secular: Neutrality, spirituality and mourning in Australian and Canadian cultural politics.' I am now an Honorary Research Fellow within English and Cultural Studies.

Since 2006 I have tutored and guest lectured across UWA, Curtin University and Murdoch University in disciplines including cultural studies, English, anthropology and sociology, gender and sexualities, and media studies. I was also a Learning Skills Adviser with Student Services at UWA.

I currently work in the private sector as a social research and policy consultant. This includes projects focused on career education and development, transitions, lifelong learning, and vocational education and training.
Key research
Public policy
Workforce development
Sunderland, S. (2012) 'Grieving Secularism: Jane Campion's secular daughters in spiritual spaces.' Studies in Australasian Cinema, 'Imaging Religion and Spirituality', Anthony Lambert and Holly Randell-Moon (eds), 6.1. 73-85.

Sunderland, S. and Holly Randell-Moon (eds). (2012) 'Secular Discomforts: Religion and Cultural Studies.' Special issue, Cultural Studies Review, 18.2.

Sunderland, S. and Holly Randell-Moon. (2012). 'Introducing Discomforts.' Cultural Studies Review, 'Secular Discomforts: Religion and Cultural Studies,' Sophie Sunderland and Holly Randell-Moon (eds), 18.2. 3-15.

Sunderland, S. (2012). 'Trading the Happy Object: Coffee, colonialism and friendly feeling.' M/C Journal, 'coffee', Donna Brien and Jillian Adams (eds), 15.2,

Sunderland, S. (2010). 'The Roses.' Westerly. 55.2. 157-65.

Sunderland, S. (2009). “‘A Deeply Secular People’: Representations of ‘religion’ and nation in Canada and Australia.” Australasian Canadian Studies. 26.2. 87-123.

Sunderland, S. (2009). “Neutralizing Secularisms: Representations of the secular in John Safran versus God and God on my Side.” Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 31.2-3. 201-220.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Advisory Board, Religion and Globalisation Initiative, University of Western Australia.
Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

Canadian Association of Cultural Studies
Honours and awards
Humanities Travelling Fellowship. Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2011-12.

Nomination: Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award, University of Western Australia, 2011.

Nomination (STUDYSmarter). Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Category: 'Programs that enhance learning,' 2009.

Best Graduate Paper. Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand Biennial Conference, Brisbane, July 2008.

Postgraduate Travel Award. Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand, Canadian High Commission, Canberra, 2007.

Dean's Postgraduate Award. Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Australia, 2007.

University Postgraduate Award. University of Western Australia, 2005-08.

Peter Klemm Memorial Prize for Most Outstanding Student. Department of Communication and Cultural Studies, Curtin University of Technology, 2003.
Current external positions
Senior Consultant, Miles Morgan Australia
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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