Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

BA Monash PhD UNSW
Senior Lecturer

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Fiona’s research interests connect feminist postcolonial/ critical race studies and Animal studies (also known as human-animal studies), examining where, when and how gender, race and species intersect.

Her first book Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations (2013), examines how the white fathers of Indigenous children (many now part of the Stolen Generations) reacted to and were positioned by Australian assimilation policies. This book highlights a research interest in the reproductive and biopolitical nature of postcolonial societies, a common thread that extends into more recent research in animal studies, including 2 co-edited books, Animal Death (2013) and also Animals in the Anthropocene: Critical Perspectives on Non-human futures (2015).

Since 2011, Fiona has been Network leader (now Co-convenor) of HARN: Human Animal Research Network, here at the University of Sydney. In 2013, Fiona was CI on a successful SyReNs grant ($40,000) for HARN: Human Animal Research Network. This cross-disciplinary network runs regular seminars and symposia and has a Visiting Scholar program. Further information about HARN can be found here:

As well as currently working on a project about Dingoes and the cultural logic of eradication, Fiona is also Series Editor (with Melissa Boyde) of the Animal Publics book series through Sydney University Press,

Research interests

In 2014, Fiona was awarded an ASI-WAS Visiting Fellowship at Wesleyan University, USA for scholars pursuing work in Human Animal Studies. During this time, she continued working on a project about dingoes – Dingo Stories: Animal Imaginaries, Animal Practices - examining the cultural beliefs that circulate during a period in which a species is threatened with extinction and eradication. Other research includes work on Animal Hoarding (with Anne Fawcett, Vet Science), linked with research on the pathologisation of certain human-animal relationships; the cultural politics of live export; the methodological implications of ‘morbid thinking’ for animal studies. Her research work brings together the following interests:

  • critical race studies, critical whiteness studies
  • feminist postcolonial studies
  • animal studies
  • Australian cultural history, literature and film

Teaching and supervision

Fiona is convenor of GCST1602 Introduction to Gender Studies and GCST2603 Animal/Human Cultures. Fiona supervises research at Honours, Masters, and PhD level. She is particularly interested in supervising projects that focus on one or more of the following areas: Australian cultural history, postcolonial theory and cultures, Animal studies, feminist animal studies, eco-feminism.

Associations

Fiona is Vice-Chair of the Australian Animal Studies Association, a leading network of scholars and writers working in the emergent field of animal studies. She is also co-convenor of HARN, with Dinesh Wadiwel. She is on the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Environmental Humanities, Animal Studies Journal and Australian Humanities Review. She is also part of 2 Editorial collectives within HARN, one of which has produced the collection, Animals in the Anthropocene (2015) and the other which is working a collection called More Than Human (forthcoming 2016).

Keynote Addresses, Invited Presentations and Conference Papers (2011-2015)

2015: ‘Blanking out and switching off: whiteness and unfeeling’, 6th AASG, University of Melbourne, Australia Centre and Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network.

“Morbid Thinking or Five ways to kill a dingo” – Minding Animals 3, Jawaharlal University, New Delhi, January 13-20

2014: Invited Lecture - “Dingo Politics” Annual Lecture for the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Network at the University of Melbourne, December 4th.

2013: Invited Speaker – Vulnerabilities Symposium, Macquarie University.

2013: Invited Speaker – “Encountering the Author”, University of Western Sydney.

2011: ‘Stunning Australia’, Animals, People: A Shared Environment, 4th AASG, Griffith University, Brisbane.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Visiting Fellowship ASI-WAS Visiting Fellow; Probyn-Rapsey F; Wesleyan University (USA)/Animals and Society Institute.
  • Dingo politics: the cultural logic of species eradication; Probyn-Rapsey F; School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney/Research Support Scheme.

2013

  • Human Animal Research Network; Probyn-Rapsey F, Belov K, Black C, Degeling C, Fawcett (Quain) A, Irvine R, Johnston J, Lea T, Kindt J, Michael M, McGreevy P, McManus P, Raubenheimer D, Schlosberg D, Spurr B, Shine R, Wadiwel D; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2011

  • Bad Blood: A Cultural Politics of Australian Whiteness; Probyn-Rapsey F; DVC Research/Brown Fellowships.

2006

  • Complicity: Coetzee and the critical double agency; Probyn-Rapsey F; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

2005

  • Whiteness: A genealogical study; Probyn-Rapsey F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2004

  • The disappeared fathers of the stolen generations; Probyn-Rapsey F; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Edited Books

  • Johnston, J., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Animal death. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Johnston, J., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Introduction. In Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Eds.), Animal death, (pp. xiii-xx). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Nothing to See - Something to See: White Animals and Exceptional life/death. In Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Eds.), Animal death, (pp. 239-252). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2010). Complicity, critique and methodology: Australian con/texts. In David Carter and Wang Guanglin (Eds.), Modern Australian Criticism and Theory, (pp. 218-228). Qingdao: China Ocean University Press.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2009). Putting Complicity to work for Accountability: An Australian Case Study. In Begum Ozden Firat, Sarah de Mul, Sonja van Wichelen (Eds.), Commitment and Complicity in Cultural Theory and Practice, (pp. 154-166). London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2008). Reconnaissance: The Role of the Feminine and Feminist Theory in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee. In Kailash Baral (Eds.), J M Coetzee: Critical Perspectives, (pp. 247-274). New Delhi: Pencraft International.

Journals

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2015). Dingo Maybe. Animal Studies Journal, 4(2).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2014). Review Article: Multispecies Mourning: Thom van Dooren's Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction by Thom van Dooren. Animal Studies Journal, 3(2).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Stunning Australia. Humanimalia, 4(2), 84-100.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2011). Furries and the Limits of Species Identity Disorder: A Response to Gerbasi et al. Society and Animals, 19(3), 294-301. [More Information]
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2011). White Closets, Jangling Nerves and the Biopolitics of the Public Secret. Australian Literary Studies, 26(2), 57-75.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2009). 'Uplifting' white men: marriage, maintenance and whiteness in Queensland 1900-1910. Postcolonial Studies, 12(1), 89-106. [More Information]
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2008). Country Matters: Sexing the Reconciled Republic of Australia. Feminist Review, 89, 73-86. [More Information]
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Black Sheep Nation. Australian Cultural History, 26, 173-193.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Complicity, Critique, Methodology. A R I E L, 38(2), 65-82.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Kin-fused Reconciliation: Bringing them Home, Bringing Us Home. Australian Humanities Review, (42), 1-18.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Paternalism and Complicity: Or How Not to Atone for the 'Sins of the Father'. Australian Literary Studies, 23(1), 92-103.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Some Whites Are Whiter Than Others: The Whitefella Skin Politics of Xavier Herbert and Cecil Cook. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Special Issue 2007, 157-173.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2006). Bitumen Films in Postcolonial Australia. Journal of Australian Studies, 88, 97-109.
  • Gall, A., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2006). Ivan Sen and the Art of the Road. Screen (Oxford), 47(4), 425-439.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2005). An Ethics of Following and the No Road Film: Trackers, Followers and Fanatics. Australian Humanities Review, 37, 1-19.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2004). Playing Chicken At The Intersection: The White Critic Of Whiteness. Borderlands E - Journal: new spaces in the humanities, 3(2), 1-42.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2004). Review: Stephen Kinnane's Shadowlines. Journal of Australian Studies, 81, 163-165.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F., Somerville, M. (2004). Towards 'a Postcolonial Practice of Writing'. Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 30(1), 56-71.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2003). The white father: denial paternalism and community. Cultural Studies Review, 9(1), 60-76.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). A Poetics of Failure is no bad thing: Stephen Muecke and Margaret Somerville's White Writing. Journal of Australian Studies, 26(75), 17-26.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). A Review of Lynne Hume's Ancestral Power: The Dreaming, Consciousness and Aboriginal Australians. Australian Humanities Review, June 2002(26).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). How does the Settler Belong? Westerly, 47, 74-94.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). J M Coetzee: Writing with/out Authority. Jouvert: a journal of postcolonial studies, 7(1).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). Review: The Australian FiancĂ©. Journal of Australian Studies, (4).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F., Simpson, C. (2002). This Land is Mine/This Land is Me: Reconciling Harmonies in 'One Night the Moon'. Senses of Cinema, (February).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2001). Adam Aitken: 'Second Degree Native Informant'. Meanjin, , 37-52.

Edited Journals

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F., Degeling, C. (2014). Animal Studies Journal. Animal Studies Journal, 3(1).
  • Brewster, A., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Issue 42 of Australian Humanities Review. Australian Humanities Review, 42(August-September 2007).

2015

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2015). Dingo Maybe. Animal Studies Journal, 4(2).

2014

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F., Degeling, C. (2014). Animal Studies Journal. Animal Studies Journal, 3(1).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2014). Review Article: Multispecies Mourning: Thom van Dooren's Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction by Thom van Dooren. Animal Studies Journal, 3(2).

2013

  • Johnston, J., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Animal death. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Johnston, J., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Introduction. In Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Eds.), Animal death, (pp. xiii-xx). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Nothing to See - Something to See: White Animals and Exceptional life/death. In Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Eds.), Animal death, (pp. 239-252). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2013). Stunning Australia. Humanimalia, 4(2), 84-100.

2011

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2011). Furries and the Limits of Species Identity Disorder: A Response to Gerbasi et al. Society and Animals, 19(3), 294-301. [More Information]
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2011). White Closets, Jangling Nerves and the Biopolitics of the Public Secret. Australian Literary Studies, 26(2), 57-75.

2010

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2010). Complicity, critique and methodology: Australian con/texts. In David Carter and Wang Guanglin (Eds.), Modern Australian Criticism and Theory, (pp. 218-228). Qingdao: China Ocean University Press.

2009

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2009). 'Uplifting' white men: marriage, maintenance and whiteness in Queensland 1900-1910. Postcolonial Studies, 12(1), 89-106. [More Information]
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2009). Putting Complicity to work for Accountability: An Australian Case Study. In Begum Ozden Firat, Sarah de Mul, Sonja van Wichelen (Eds.), Commitment and Complicity in Cultural Theory and Practice, (pp. 154-166). London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2008

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2008). Country Matters: Sexing the Reconciled Republic of Australia. Feminist Review, 89, 73-86. [More Information]
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2008). Reconnaissance: The Role of the Feminine and Feminist Theory in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee. In Kailash Baral (Eds.), J M Coetzee: Critical Perspectives, (pp. 247-274). New Delhi: Pencraft International.

2007

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Black Sheep Nation. Australian Cultural History, 26, 173-193.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Complicity, Critique, Methodology. A R I E L, 38(2), 65-82.
  • Brewster, A., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Issue 42 of Australian Humanities Review. Australian Humanities Review, 42(August-September 2007).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Kin-fused Reconciliation: Bringing them Home, Bringing Us Home. Australian Humanities Review, (42), 1-18.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Paternalism and Complicity: Or How Not to Atone for the 'Sins of the Father'. Australian Literary Studies, 23(1), 92-103.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2007). Some Whites Are Whiter Than Others: The Whitefella Skin Politics of Xavier Herbert and Cecil Cook. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Special Issue 2007, 157-173.

2006

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2006). Bitumen Films in Postcolonial Australia. Journal of Australian Studies, 88, 97-109.
  • Gall, A., Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2006). Ivan Sen and the Art of the Road. Screen (Oxford), 47(4), 425-439.

2005

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2005). An Ethics of Following and the No Road Film: Trackers, Followers and Fanatics. Australian Humanities Review, 37, 1-19.

2004

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2004). Playing Chicken At The Intersection: The White Critic Of Whiteness. Borderlands E - Journal: new spaces in the humanities, 3(2), 1-42.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2004). Review: Stephen Kinnane's Shadowlines. Journal of Australian Studies, 81, 163-165.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F., Somerville, M. (2004). Towards 'a Postcolonial Practice of Writing'. Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 30(1), 56-71.

2003

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2003). The white father: denial paternalism and community. Cultural Studies Review, 9(1), 60-76.

2002

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). A Poetics of Failure is no bad thing: Stephen Muecke and Margaret Somerville's White Writing. Journal of Australian Studies, 26(75), 17-26.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). A Review of Lynne Hume's Ancestral Power: The Dreaming, Consciousness and Aboriginal Australians. Australian Humanities Review, June 2002(26).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). How does the Settler Belong? Westerly, 47, 74-94.
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). J M Coetzee: Writing with/out Authority. Jouvert: a journal of postcolonial studies, 7(1).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2002). Review: The Australian FiancĂ©. Journal of Australian Studies, (4).
  • Probyn-Rapsey, F., Simpson, C. (2002). This Land is Mine/This Land is Me: Reconciling Harmonies in 'One Night the Moon'. Senses of Cinema, (February).

2001

  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2001). Adam Aitken: 'Second Degree Native Informant'. Meanjin, , 37-52.

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