Professor Elspeth Probyn
BA BrCol GradDip MA PhD Concordia FAHA FASSA
Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies
A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
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Elspeth Probyn (Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia) is Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, as well as adjunct Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Western Australia, and adjunct Research Professor at the University of South Australia. She has taught media, cultural studies and sociology at universities in Canada and the USA, and has held several prestigious visiting appointments around the world. Her work has helped to establish several new areas of scholarship – from embodied research methods to cultural studies of food. Professor Probyn is the author of several groundbreaking monographs and over a hundred articles and chapters across the fields of gender, media, and cultural studies, philosophy, cultural geography, anthropology and critical psychology. Her research (funded by an ARC Discovery Project) analyses the role of place and community within the transglobal food system. She is particularly interested in the sustainability of the production and consumption of fish, or what she calls ‘more-than-human” sustainable fish communities, the results of which will be published in a new book, Oceanic Entanglements (Duke University Press, 2014).
Research areas include spatial theory and hybrid geographies, gender, sexuality and cultural studies, food consumption and production, theories of embodiment, social science methodologies.
Teaching and supervision
Production and consumption; bio-cultural sustainability; food cultures; gender and ‘the more-than-human’; new ethnographies & writing; theories and methodologies of embodiment...
Kate Johnson, Following Tuna: sustainability, regulations, and community
Rany Pen, Inclusive governance and development from gender perspective - Cambodia beyond 2015 Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs)
Other appointments and distinctions
2011 Adjunct Research Professor, the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia
Adjunct Professor of Cultural Geography, School of Earth & Environment, University of Western Australia.
2011 Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences
2010-2011 Director of the Hawke Research Institute, The University of South Australia
2010 Distinguished Researcher Award, The University of South Australia
2009 - Research SA Chair Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies, Director of the Hawke Research Institute, and co-Director of the Centre for Postcolonial and Globalization Studies, The University of South Australia.
2010 Resident Scholar, The Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio, Italy.
2010 Distinguished Scholar, The University of South Australia.
From 2008: Board member, Food Standards Agency Australia and New Zealand.
2007 Visiting Professor, The Institute of Geography, The University of Edinburgh.
2005 Mellon Distinguished Scholar, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
From 2005: Council member, Australian Academy of Humanities
From 2005: Management Committee, Cultural Research Network (ARC funded)
From 2002: Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
From 2002: Honorary Professor, Albert Schweitzer International University, Geneva.
From 2000: Columnist, The Australian. News Corp Ltd.
2002 Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, The London School of Economics, UK.
2001 ‘Noted Scholar’, The Department of English, The University of British Columbia.
2000 Research Fellow, Research Institute in Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney.
1998 Visiting Fellow, Sociology, Goldsmiths College, The University of London.
Keynote and plenary presentations at refereed conferences
2011 Keynote, ‘Pathways from Production to Consumption’, Food Regimes and Food Security. Australian Academy of Social Sciences Symposium, Canberra.
2011 Keynote, ‘Re-orienting the material in cultural studies’, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, University of South Australia.
2011 Keynote, ‘What’s the next local?”, Australasian Regional Food Cultures Conference, Southern Cross University.
2010 Keynote, New Methods in Ethnography, University of Waikato, New Zealand.
2010 Swimming with Tuna. 3rd International & Interdisciplinary Conference, Adelaide.
2010 ‘Alimentary Cultural Studies: Human-fish entanglements’, EAS HDR Annual Conference, Adelaide.
2009 Keynote, Queer Diasporas. Taiwan.
2008 International Speaker. ‘Taste and Place: The global transformations of production and consumption of food and their implications for China.’ International Conference on Chinese Society and China Study’, Nanjing University, China.
2008 Plenary. ‘Emotions and Leadership’, USB Women and Leadership, Sydney.
2008 Keynote. ‘Taste and Place’, New Zealand Sociology Assocaiton Annual Conference. Otago, NZ.
2007 Inaugural. ‘Is Fat Still a Feminist Issue?’. Launch of WUN Gender Consortium, Leeds University.
2007 Inaugural. ‘Youth Cultures of Eating’. Launch of MA in Gender & Society, Goldsmiths College, The University of London.
2007 Plenary. ‘Fat Kids: rethinking obesity’, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of East London.
2007 Keynote, Queer Space’, University of Technology, Sydney.
2007 Plenary, ‘Bodies and Urban Space’, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
2007 ‘Gender & Equality: Universality & Particularity’, Keynote. International Perspectives on Gender Equality and Social Diversity’, Sendai International Centre, Japan.
2006 ‘Feeling like a Girl’, City University, Hong Kong.
2006 Invited Speaker, Brisbane Festival of Ideas. Brisbane QLD
2005 ‘Blush’, Keynote Speaker. State of the Art Mellon Conference on Shame and other Affects. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
2004 ‘Shame Out-of-Place’, Migration, Affect and the Senses. Australian National University.
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