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Joanne is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Literature, and Language (MCCALL), and was an ARC Future Fellow from 2018 - 2022. 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 book is Representing Aboriginal Childhood: The Politics of Memory and Forgetting in Australia (Routledge, 2023) and other books include 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). She co-edited (with A/Prof Magdalena Zolkos) Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity Disciplining the Child (Lexington Books, 2015). 

Joanne is a settler coloniser living on lands to which Gadigal and Wangal peoples belong, and working on Dharug country. These peoples' cultures and knowledges have nurtured country since the beginning of time and sovereignty was never ceded.


Research student supervision

I am available to supervise projects in critical child studies and cultural studies more broadly; as well as projects drawing on critical race theory, feminist theory and philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, media representations, settler colonial studies, and Nietzsche studies.

Current students

Zain Swaleh (as associate supervisor), PhD candidate, "Indigenous children in Australia and Occupied Palestine" (Primary: Professor Joseph Pugliese)

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

Completed supervisions

Annie Sandrussi (as associate supervisor), PhD candidate, “Phenomenology and the Sexed Body” (Primary: Associate Prof. Robert Sinnerbrink, Philosophy, MQ) – to be conferred in 2023.

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, Interpreting (and being interpellated) by Nietzsche, La Trobe University

Award Date: 16 Oct 2006

Philosophy, Master of Arts (research), Voices from the Depths: Irigaray Encountering Nietzsche, Australian National University

Award Date: 21 Apr 1999


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