Associate Professor Jacqueline Dutton
Travel Research Network Coordinator & Conference Convenor
Jackie Dutton is Associate Professor in French Studies, Associate Dean (Engagement) in the Faculty of Arts and coordinator of the new travel subject Going Places – Travelling Smarter. She has published widely on contemporary French literature, including a monograph on 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature JMG Le Clézio and various articles on Michel Houellebecq, Jean-Paul Kauffmann, and Marie Darrieussecq, as well as travel writing, and comparative utopian studies. She has recently edited a special issue on Time & Travel (Nottingham French Studies) and Francophonie & its Futures (Australian Journal of French Studies) and is currently co-editing a volume with Lyman Tower Sargent on Utopias in Other Cultural Traditions (Utopian Studies). She is also Director of the Australian Festival of Travel Writing.
Prof Alfredo Martínez-Expósito FAHA
Alfredo Martínez-Expósito graduated from Oviedo University, Spain, with a doctorate in Hispanic Literatures in 1991. After completing a post-doctoral program in Columbia University he joined the University of Queensland in 1993 as a Lecturer in Spanish. He became Head of Department (French, German, Russian, Spanish and Applied Linguistics) in 2001 and Head of the UQ’s School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies in 2006. Alfredo Martínez-Expósito is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities since 2007. The Spanish Crown’s Order of Civil Merit was bestowed upon him in 2009 for his contribution to the promotion of Spanish language and culture. In 2010 he was appointed Honorary Consul for Spain. In February 2011 he joined the University of Melbourne as Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics.
Prof Alison Lewis
Alison completed her undergraduate studies and her PhD at the University of Adelaide and obtained an MA degree (Magister Artium) from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. She has worked at various universities in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane before coming to Melbourne in 1995. Alison is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Professor Andrew Dawson
BA (Hons) in Sociology & Government (Essex), PhD in Sociology (Essex)
Andrew Dawson is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that he was Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (1990-93) and Lecturer (1993-1998) and Senior Lecturer (1998-2002) at the University of Hull. He has held visting professorships at a range of universities in Europe, Africa and Australia.
He has conducted three major ethnographic projects in England, Ireland (north and south) and Bosnia & Herzegovina and amongst its diasporas. His work focusses largely on identity politics, particularly in post-industrial and post-conflict contexts. However, he has also conducted major theoretical work on postmodernism and migrancy. Much of his work also has an applied focus, and he has conducted research on migration and asylum-issues for a range of non-governmental and governmental bodies, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (U.K.).
Professor Deirdre Coleman
Deirdre Coleman completed Honours in English at the University of Melbourne before going to Oxford University where she graduated with a BPhil (1979) in Victorian literature and a DPhil (1986) on Coleridge’s journalism. Since returning to Australia she has taught at the Universities of Wollongong, Adelaide and Sydney. While at the University of Sydney she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision. In December 2006 she was appointed Robert Wallace Chair of English at the University of Melbourne and is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts. She is currently co-writing (with Starr Douglas) a biography of Henry Smeathman (1742-86) entitled The Flycatcher: Science, Slavery and Empire in the Age of Reason.
Professor Kee Pookong
KEE Pookong is Director of the Asia Insitute at the University of Melbourne. Previous to this, Kee was a professor in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and College of Asia Pacific Studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU; 2002-2010). He has a PhD degree in Psychology from the Australian National University, a First Class Honours BA degree in Psychology and a BA with triple majors in Economics, Politics and Psychology from the University of Adelaide. Kee’s current research interests include international migration, international education, multicultural policies, Chinese Overseas studies, and Asian-Pacific affairs generally.
Professor Kevin Brophy
Professor Kevin Brophy is a poet and novelist. He has had eleven books published. From 1980 to 1994 he edited the small press literary journal Going Down Swinging. His poems and essays have been anthologised in many major publications. His book, Creativity, was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Nonfiction Literary Award in 1999. He was awarded the Martha Richardson Medal for poetry in 2005. He was co-winner of the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay in 2009.
Kevin Brophy is a regular reviewer for Reading Time, the journal of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and has contributed Book Notes for the Council of Adult Education Reading Groups. He has been awarded Australia Council for the Arts grants in 1974, 1986 and 2005. He has been awarded Arts Victoria project grants in 1996 and 2003. In 2010 he co-edited Nth Degree (Arcade), an anthology of new writing from Australian creative-writing students. His latest publication is Patterns of Creativity (Rodopi Press 2009).
Kevin Brophy is a life member of Writing Victoria, patron the Melbourne Poets Union, a board member of Going Down Swinging, a member of the publishing executive of Five Islands Press, and co-editor of the on-line journal of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, TEXT. He was a member of the Executive of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs 2001-2008.
Dr Heather Benbow
Dr Benbow completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2003. In 2009 she was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University. She also undertook research in Berlin in 2009 with the assistance of an Ernst Keller European Travelling Fellowship from the Australian Academy of the Humanities and on a study visit with the German Academic Exchange Service. Currently she is working on a monograph on the portrayal of Turkish women in German popular culture.
Dr James Oliver
James is a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, and has a strong background in social science, ethnographic research, and arts practice/development.
Originally from Scotland, James has an undergraduate degree in history and politics, and completed his research masters in Social Science (its philosophy and research methods). He was then awarded a research council scholarship to undertake his PhD research, investigating Gaelic culture and identity, primarily in the Scottish Hebrides, where he is from. This work was at the intersection of anthropology/sociology – following this he received another research council award for post-doctoral study.
Since childhood James has been involved in traditional music and culture in the Hebrides. He has been working more broadly in the visual and performing arts since 2005, when he became an arts development officer (2005-2007) at the Scottish Arts Council. In 2008 he moved to Australia. James has a particular interest in participation and collaboration (including community-based art), and investigations of ‘practice-as-research’ in the creative arts. His research interests and experience relate to ethnography, culture and identity; space, place and representation; creativity and performativity.
Dr Lara Anderson
Dr Lara Anderson has holds a PhD from Auckland University. Her Research interests are in the areas of decadence and consumerism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Spanish novel, and gender studies. She is also interested in the minority languages and cultures of Spain.
Dr Anderson is the author of two books: Au Naturel: (Re)Reading Hispanic Naturalism, (with Spicer-Escalante) (2010), Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Allegories of Decadence in Fin-de-Siecle Spain: The Female Consumer in The Novels of Emilia Pardo Bazan and Benito Perez Galdos, (2006), Edwin Mellen Press (New York).
Dr Sara Wills
Dr Sara Wills is a Senior Lecturer in Australian Studies in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and currently the Associate Dean (Advancement) in the Faculty of Arts. She has been the Director of the Australian Centre (2009-2010) and, alongside her academic career, has worked in museums and publishing. With research interests in migration studies, history and memory, Sara teaches in an interdisciplinary context, and has a strong commitment to the value of both humanities and social science approaches in the Arts.
Associate Professor Tamara Kohn
Tamara (Tammy) received her first degree in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley followed by an MA at the University of Pennsylvania. After this she spent three years living on an island in the Inner Hebrides, culminating in a social anthropology DPhil thesis for Oxford University in 1988 entitled ‘Seasonality and identity in a changing Hebridean community’. Immediately after completing her thesis, she spent two years conducting post-doctoral research in the hills of East Nepal, focusing primarily on the linguistic and cultural identity of the Yakha and women who married into the community from other ethnic groups. Her two vastly different field experiences in Scotland and Nepal were linked by common interest in incomers and cultural change. After returning to the UK she taught at Oxford Polytechnic and Oxford University and the University of Durham before moving to the University of Melbourne. Recent research interests have included trans-cultural communities of practice (ranging from caring practices to embodied experiences in sports and arts), and the anthropology of the body, food, death, and migration.
Tammy is currently Acting Chair of Anthropology, Development Studies and Social Theory. She is also the book reviews editor for TAJA (The Australian Journal of Anthropology), and a member of the Executive committee of the OICD (Organization for Intra-cultural Development).