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Joanne is an ARC Future Fellow in Cultural Studies, in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Literature, and Language (MCCALL). Her research investigates the ways in which representations of childhood circulate in Australian culture to manage anxieties about national identity and history; and, particularly, the specific meanings attributed to Aboriginal children as sites of mediation, intervention, and impasse between settler-colonial and First Nations peoples. Her most recent books are Young and Free: [post]colonial ontologies of childhood, memory, and history in Australia (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016) and The Importance of Being Innocent: why we worry about children (Cambridge UP, 2011), and co-edited Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity Disciplining the Child (Lexington Books, 2015). Currently she is working on a book manuscript provisionally titled Representing Aboriginal Childhood: The Politics of Memory and Forgetting in Australia, to be published by Routledge.

Research student supervision

I am available to supervise projects on the cultural significance of children and childhood and ontologies of childhood, and critical childhood studies more broadly; as well as social imaginaries of colonialism; critical race theory; feminist theory; and Nietzsche studies.

Current students

Ms Annie Sandrussi (as associate supervisor), PhD candidate, “Phenomenology and the Sexed Body” (Primary: Robert Sinnerbrink, Philosophy, MQ)

Sharri Lembryk (as associate supervisor), PhD candidate, “‘Anthropomorphic bias in animal ethics” (Joint primaries: Simon Lumsden and Karyn Lai, UNSW) 

Completed supervisions

Dr Chris Peers, PhD candidate, The Family Under Erasure (Associate supervisor: Professor Nicole Anderson), awarded 2022.

Dr Emily Hughes, PhD, "Heidegger, Affectedness, and the Temporality of Being" (Associate: Simon Lumsden), awarded 2017, winner of the Dean of Arts Best Thesis Award (UNSW)


Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, La Trobe University

Award Date: 16 Oct 2006

Philosophy, Master of Arts (research), Australian National University

Award Date: 21 Apr 1999


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