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20122019
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Biography

Rachael is an interdisciplinary researcher across the areas of dance, performance, media, autoethnography, and post-structuralist and feminist theory.

She holds a PhD from Macquarie University titled ‘Deterritorializing Gender in Sydney’s Breakdancing Scene: A B-girl’s Experience of B-boying’ (2017) and a BA (Hons) (2009) at Macquarie University. Rachael’s doctoral thesis questioned why so few female participants engage in the creative domain of Sydney’s breakdancing scene, and how breakdancing might be a space to displace and transgress gendered norms. Rachael explored these questions through drawing on her own experiences as a female within the male-dominated breakdancing scene in Sydney, and used autoethnography, interviews with prominent scene members, and feminist and post-structural philosophers to analyse constructions of gender and the body in Sydney’s breakdancing scene.

Rachael is a practising dancer, and has competed in breakdancing competitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, and is also involved in a number of local, national, and international ‘street' dance competitions in Sydney. She has published in Continuum: Journal of Media and Culture, as well as The Journal of World Popular Music.

Rachael is interested in the methodological dynamics between theory and practice, the representation of the dancing gendered body in media, the nexus between local and online politics of gender and sexuality within hip-hop culture, as well as more broadly different styles of ‘street’ dance. Her research utilises the theoretical frameworks offered by Deleuze and Guattari, Butler, Bourdieu, and other feminist and post-structuralist philosophers.

Rachael has a range of teaching experience in the Department across Media, Music, and Cultural Studies units. She is currently convening and teaching MAS104: Australian Media, and MAS105: Media Cultures.

 

Research Interests:

Politics of gender and gender performance; ‘street’ dance and hip-hop culture; theorisations of ‘the body’; constructions of the dancing body in both local communities and online; the relationship between media representations and culture within and across local, national, and international assemblages; the methodological dynamics between theory and practice.

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Research Outputs 2012 2019

Dancing away distinction: queering hip hop culture through all style battles

Gunn, R., 1 Mar 2019, In : Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture. 4, 1, p. 13-26 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hip-hop
Dancing
Dance
Stylization
Music

Nocturnal paradox: how breakdancing reveals the potentials of the night

Gunn, R., 2019, Nocturnes: popular music and the night. Stahl, G. & Bottà, G. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 147-162 16 p. (Pop Music, Culture and Identity).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

lockout
economics
regulation
transaction
Law

Queer contexts in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

Hoad, C. & Gunn, R., 1 Mar 2019, In : Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture. 4, 1, p. 3-12 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

"Don't Worry, it's Just a Girl!": negotiating and challenging gendered assumptions in Sydney's breakdancing scene

Gunn, R., 2016, In : Journal of World Popular Music. 3, 1, p. 54-74 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Participation
Australian Culture
Gilles Deleuze
Lived Experience
Félix Guattari

The 'systems of relay' in doing cultural studies: Experimenting with the Body without Organs in b-girling practice

Gunn, R., 3 Mar 2016, In : Continuum. 30, 2, p. 183-194 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

cultural studies
gender
domination
politics
Cultural Studies