Dr Associate Professor Rosanne Kennedy

PhD Duke University
Associate Professor, Literary Studies and Gender Sexuality & Culture
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Law And Society 180119
  • Biography 210304
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Postcolonial Studies 200211
  • Human Rights And Justice Issues 220104
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation 180122
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Literary Theory 200525
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History 210301
  • Cultural Theory 200204
  • Literary Studies 2005

Research interests

Trauma, memory and witnessing in Australia and transnational contexts; Holocaust
studies; Stolen Generations; life-writing studies; feminist theory; cultural theory; literary
theory; 19th and 20th century novel; women writers; law and literature; gender and



2016  Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Supervision, ANU. 

2015   CASS Award for Excellence in Supervision, College of Arts and Social Sciences.

2011   Visiting Fellowship (with stipend), Excellence Cluster, Institute for Advanced Studies, Konstanz University.

2006    Visiting Fellowship (with stipend), Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities, Cambridge Univ.

2006     Visiting Fellowship (with stipend), Clare Hall, Cambridge.

1989-90   Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Instructor of Literature, Duke University.

1988-89   Fuller-Perdue Fellowship, Duke Law School.

1984-85   Fulbright Fellowship, Cambridge University.

Researcher's projects

Member, Network in Transnational Memory Studies (NiTMES), hosted by Utrecht University (see http://www.utrechtmemorystudies.nl/nitmes/)

Go8/DADD project with Konstanz University, "Memory and Its Media" (Team Leader)

ALTC Project, (2010-2012) Building Reading Resilience: Developing A Skills Based Approach to Literary Studies (Team Leader)

Current student projects

Tim Sargent, PhD candidate, Melancholia and Masculinity in Critical and Queer Theory

Tina Dixson, PhD candidate, ‘What does it mean to be a queer refugee woman? Collective discovery of lived experiences through trauma and agency’

Sally Zwartz, PhD candidate, The Role of story in the transmission of the survivor’s voice at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Siall Waterbright, PhD candidate, A Century of Childcare: history, policy and a graphic novel

Alison Wolfe, PhD candidate, Children in Queer Theory and Young Adult Fantasy Literature

Past student projects

PhDs Supervised and Awarded

Vihanga Perera, PhD (2021), The Role of Narratives of Protest against State-mediated Violence in Sri Lanka, with Reference to the Armed Insurgency of 1987-90

Bianca Williams, PhD (2021), From Redstockings to Reconciliation: A Transnational Feminist Study of Pregnancy Belly Casting Practices,

Jonathon Zapasnik, PhD (2019), Precarious Proximities: A Symptomological Reading of Intimacy in Anglophone HIV/AIDS Life Writing

Sulamith Graefenstein, PhD (2018), A Transnational Study of Human Rights Museums

Jo Pavianini, PhD (2017) The Poetics of Reconciliation - Seamus Heaney as Public Intellectual

Susan Thwaites (2017), Visualising the Internal: Cold Mountain from novel to film

Steph Kizimchuk PhD (2017), Mizrahi Memoir: Trauma, Belonging and National Identity

Linda Devereaux, PhD (2015) Narrating a congo missionary childhood (1958 - 1964): memory and meaning examined through a creative non-fiction text and exegesis (superivised 2009-2012).

Sara Lyons, PhD (2012) Cold Vision: A Novel and Exegesis Inspired by ‘The Snow Queen’

Adele Morey, PhD (2010) Celebrity: A Cultural Analysis of the Representation, Production and Consumption of Celebrity Stories

Kristen Davis, PhD (Dec 2009) The Gay Gang Murders in Sydney: A Discourse Analysis

Rebecca Devitt, PhD (Dec 2008) The Politics of the Stolen Generations – Changing Government Policy

Susan Andrews, PhD (April 2008) Holocaust Remembrance in Australia: Gender, Memory and Identity Between the Local and the Transnational

Jennifer McFarlane, PhD (May 2006) An Alternative Modernism: the Theosophical Society.

Melinda Mawson, PhD (May 2005) Speaking of Port Arthur: the Making of a Massacre.

Shady Cosgrove, PhD (2002) The Fictional Character as a Site of Agency: A Theoretical and Practical Exploration

Jan McKinley Wilson  PhD (2002) ‘You Took Our Children’: Aboriginal Narratives of Separation in New South Wales 1977-1997

Catherine Styles, PhD (2000) An Other Place: the Australian War Memorial in a Freirean Framework

Catriona Elder, PhD (1999) Dreams and Nightmares of a 'White Australia': the discourse of assimilation in selected works of fiction from the 1950s and 1960s

Christine Owen, PhD (1998) The Female Crusoe: feminine transformations of identity in the castaway narrative



Projects and Grants

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