Dr Lindsay Kelley

2009: Ph.D, History of Consciousness, University of California Santa Cruz [UCSC]; 2009: MFA, Digital Art & New Media, UCSC; 2000: BA (Hons) magna cum laude, Art: Semiotics, Brown University.
Senior Lecturer, School of Art and Design, Convenor, Art, Politics, and Social Engagement Research Hub, Head of Sculpture and Spatial Practice; Adjunct Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney Art & Design, Faculty of Art, Design, and Architeture
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Art History, Theory And Criticism 3601
  • Performance Art 360603
  • Cultural Theory 470207
  • Feminist Theory 440503
  • Cultural Studies Of Agriculture, Food And Wine 470205
  • Visual Arts Not Elsewhere Classified 360699


Working in the kitchen, Lindsay Kelley’s art practice and scholarship explore how the experience of eating changes when technologies are being eaten. Her first book, Bioart Kitchen: Art, Feminism and Technoscience (London: IB Tauris, 2016, reissued 2022), considers the kitchen as a site of knowledge production for art and science. Her second book, After Eating: Metabolizing the Arts, is forthcoming from MIT Press, anticipated in print in December 2023. The recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2019-2022), she has exhibited and performed internationally, and her published work can be found in journals including parallax, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Angelaki, and Environmental Humanities.

Researcher's projects






Kelley, Lindsay. After Eating: Metabolizing the Arts. Cambridge: MIT Press. (In press, anticipated publication December 2023.) https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262545631/after-eating/ 

Kelley, Lindsay. “Digesting the Anthropocene: From the figure of the ‘Anthropos’ to multispecies technosocial futures.” Encyclopedia of New Media Art. London: Bloomsbury (accepted July 2022).

Kelley, Lindsay. “Bake Together: Kitchen power, soft power, and the battle for together” Australian Feminist Studies, special issue on Creating Feminist Futures ed. Rebecca Coleman and Katrina Jungnickel (submitted May 2023, reports returned, undertaking revisions now).


Scholarly books



Kelley, Lindsay. Bioart Kitchen: Art, Feminism, and Technoscience. London: IB Tauris. Reissued in paperback by Bloomsbury, 2022.


Refereed Journal Articles



Kelley, Lindsay. “Invert Syrup, Feminist Snap: Anzac Biscuits and Feminist Resistance to Imperial Logics.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (anticipated publication March 2023, accepted 29 November 2022).


Kelley, Lindsay. “Biscuit Production and Consumption as War Re-enactment.” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2022.2106357).


Kelley, Lindsay. ‘The Political Life of Cancer: Beatriz da Costa's Dying for the Other and Anti-Cancer Survival Kit.’ Environmental Humanities 9 (2): 230-254.


Kelley, Lindsay. 2017. Digesting Wetlands: Cooking and Eating Across Species.’ Leonardo Electronic Almanac 22 (1): 152-159. 


Kelley, Lindsay. 2017. ‘Menagerie a` Tranimals.’ Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities 22(2): 97-109.


Kelley, Lindsay. ‘Tranimals.’ TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1 (1-2): 226-228.


Kelley, Lindsay, and Eva Hayward. ‘Carnal Light.’ parallax 19 (1): 114-127.


Kelley, Lindsay. ‘Mail Away: War correspondence at home and online.’ media-N 5 (2).



Scholarly Book Chapters



Kelley, Lindsay. “Everyday militarisms in the kitchen: Baking strange with Anzac biscuits.” In Food in Memory and Imagination: Place, Space and Taste, edited by Beth Forrest and Greg de St Maurice. London: Bloomsbury.


Kelley, Lindsay. “Hard Tack.” In Feminist, Queer, Anticolonial Propositions for Hacking the Anthropocene: Archive,

edited by Jennifer Mae Hamilton, Susan Reid, Pia van Gelder and Astrida Neimanis. London: Open Humanities Press.


Kelley, Lindsay. 'Menagerie À Tranimals.' In Tranimacies Intimate Links Between Animal and Trans* Studies, edited by Eliza Steinbock; Marianna Szczygielska; Anthony Clair Wagner. London: Routledge.


Kelley, Lindsay. “Geophagiac: Art, Food, Dirt.” In Thinking with Soils: Material Politics and Social Theory, edited by Juan Francisco Salazar, Céline Granjou, Matthew Kearnes, Anna Krzywoszynska, and Manuel Tironi. London: Bloomsbury.


Kelley, Lindsay. ‘Food.’ In The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies, edited by Lynn Turner, Undine Sellbach and Ronald Broglio. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


Kelley, Lindsay. ‘Transanimality.’ In Gender: Animals, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, edited by Juno Parreñas, 37-52. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan.


Kelley, Lindsay. ‘Cooking and Eating Across Species with Natalie Jeremijenko’s Cross(x)Species Adventure Club.’ In The Taste of Art: Food as Counterculture in Contemporary Practices, edited by Silvia Botinelli and Margherita d'Ayala Valva, 279-292. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.


Kelley, Lindsay. ‘Plumpiñon.’ In The Multispecies Salon: Gleanings from a Para-Site, edited by Eben Kirksey, 122-134. Chapel Hill: Duke University Press.




Chief Investigator, Tasting History: Biscuits, Culture, and National Identity (ARC DECRA 2019-2022, DE190100080)

This sociocultural analysis of biscuits aims to prioritise the role of taste in history by mapping how edible expressions of cultural heritage drive nation building. Scholarly and practice-led research on the sense of taste is a significant area of inquiry. This project develops a novel methodological approach that utilises taste-led primary data collection in a comparative study of the significance of biscuit consumption. A postcolonial reading of links between biscuits, colonial expansion, and militarism will yield high level cultural, health, and environmental benefits. Research outcomes will be put to practical use by engaging the public through tasting laboratories and popular publication forums such as cookbooks and recipe archives.

This project is still in progress after field work delays due to COVID-19.

Affiliated researcher, Stomach Ache: Art and the Gastrointestinal System (CI Vanessa Bartlett)

Stomach Ache is a research-driven curatorial project exploring the felt experience of complex health issues that originate in the gastrointestinal tract, at a time when up to 40% of people worldwide experience digestive complaints that have no clear cause. It explores how art and creative practice can provoke new relationships with this complex part of our anatomy, enhancing and challenging medical investigation into the links between trauma, diet, environment, and digestion. 


Current student projects

Sophia Dacy-Cole, PhD candidate ANU School of Art & Design, On Country, what can a body do? The clinical effects of touching plants and soil on Country.

Melody Owen, PhD candidate UNSW School of Art & Design, The Volume of Language: Animal Voices in Social Virtual Worlds.

Lauren Kalman, PhD candidate ANU School of Art & Design, Embodied Subject: Performance, Craft, and the Body  

Hannah Quinlivan, PhD candidate ANU School of Art & Design, A practice-led investigation of the relationship between line and rhythm

Past student projects

From early 2025, I will be considering proposals for postgraduate supervision (research degrees only) from practitioners working at the nexus of art practice and/or theory and food, eating, metabolism & digestion. Proposals outside of this scope will not be considered. I have no capacity for additional supervision in 2023 or 2024.

Postgraduate Supervision completions include:






Debra Keenahan, PhD: Critical disability aesthetics: Relational dynamics and the embodied experience of a female dwarf. UNSW Arts, Design, and Architecture. Secondary supervision with ARC Laureate Jill Bennett.


Megan Fizell, PhD: Gastronomic Body: sensory and sociocultural dimensions of food art. UNSW Arts, Design, and Architecture. Joint supervision with David Eastwood.


Emily Parsons-Lord, PhD: AIR WORKS: Air as material in contemporary installation and performance art in a time of climate emergency. UNSW Art & Design. Joint supervisor with Kate Dunn.


Clare Nicholson, PhD: Speculative Obstetric Models: material remakings of historical anatomical models and contemporary epigenetic agency UNSW Art & Design (winner of 2020 Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses). Primary supervisor.


Jo Burzynska, PhD: Tuning Sensory Terroir: Mapping correspondences between sound and wine in a crossmodal art practice. UNSW Art & Design (winner of 2020 Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses). Secondary supervisor, primary supervisor Douglas Kahn.


Claudia Álvarez Arozqueta, PhD: Heartbeats in the Arts: The Pulse of History.  UNSW Art & Design. Secondary supervisor, primary supervisor Douglas Kahn.


Meng-Yu Yan, MFA: A Sensitive Surface: Exploring Queer Spectrality through Lens-based Paranormal Methods UNSW Art & Design. Primary supervisor.


Lisa Sammut, MFA: Cosmic Choreographies: tools, monuments, echoes (joint supervision with Clare Milledge) UNSW Art & Design. Joint supervisor with Clare Milledge.


Kassandra Bossell, MFA: Humans Inside Nature: Shared Agency in Multispecies Art UNSW Art & Design. Primary supervisor.


Diana Baker Smith, Ph.D: Re-doing the Histories of Performance: Re-enactment and the Historiographies of Live Art UNSW Art & Design (winner of the 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research). Primary supervisor.


Cecilia White, Ph.D: Performance Art and Irigarayan Renaissance: Anxiety, Wonder and a Poetics of Breath UNSW Art & Design. Primary supervisor.


Louise Zhang, MFA: Monstrous Masses: Horror and Slime in Art UNSW Art & Design. Joint supervisor with David Eastwood.


Robbie Karmel, MFA: The Drawing of Bodies and Things: Embodiment, observation, and representation UNSW Art & Design. Primary supervisor.


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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