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Joanne is an ARC Future Fellow in Cultural Studies, researching the ways in which representations of childhood circulate in Australia 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. Most recently she is the author of 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).

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

Dr Chistopher Peers, PhD candidate, The Family Under Erasure (Associate supervisor: Professor Nicole Anderson, Cultural Studies, MQ)

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 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

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


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