Dr Shé Mackenzie Hawke

She Hawke is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies. Her PhD, ‘Aquamater: Towards a Genealogy of the Impossible’ was conferred in 2008 at the University of Sydney. In 2004 she received a First Class Honours degree from Southern Cross University. Her book, Depot Girl (a ficto-critical, queer theory novel in verse) appeared in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Colin Roderick Award (2009) and nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award (2009). It appears on several university reading lists in Australia.

Research and teaching interests

Minority discourses and social justice; Greek cosmogeny and philosophy; poetry and poetics; water and elemental literacy.


Depot Girl (2008) Picaro Press.
Tender Muse (2007) Picaro Press.
Living Peaceful Relationships: A resource manual for primary teachers. (1986) Fremantle Education Centre Press.

Invited papers
Invited to present to the Research School of Social Sciences Seminar Series, paper entitled: "Water Futures: Resilience Thinking, Biosociality and CAS Theory" on February 24th 2014

Refereed journal articles
“Water literacy: An ‘other wise’, active and cross-cultural approach to pedagogy, sustainability and human rights”, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 26:2 2012, pp 235-247

"Aquamater: A Genealogy of Water in Feminist Review; Special Edition on Water, Vol. 103, 2013 pp12-132

“Evolutionary Water: Wombs, Seas, Tears and their Utraquistic Relation” Altitude Journal, 2011 pp 1-25

“The Ship Goes Both Ways: Cross-cultural Writing from Joy Damousi, Eleni Nickas, Antigone Kefala and Beverley Farmer” Modern Greek Studies: A Journal for Greek Letters, Australia and New Zealand Vol.14, 2009/10, pp 41-56

“Refugees” in Activating Human Rights and Peace: Universal Responsibility, Conference Proceedings, Southern Cross University Press, Lismore NSW 2009 pp 11-12

“Sándor Ferenczi’s Thalassal Trend and the Role of Affect in the Psychosomatic Relation” (Anna Gibbs and Shé Hawke) Thalassa: Hungarian Journal of Psychoanalysis, Budapest February 19 (1), 2008 pp 37-57

“Infinity and Other Possibilities; Following the Footfall of Charmian Clift, Beverley Farmer and Sue Woolfe”, Literature and Aesthetics: the Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics. 17(2), 2007 pp 51-65

“Dancing With the Ghost of Charmian Clift: A Ficto-critical Requiem” Modern Greek Studies: A Journal for Greek Letters, Australia and New Zealand. 13, 2005 pp 106-121

Refereed Conference Papers and Proceedings International and National
2010 “Water: A scholarly, cross-cultural, canonical Approach” paper at A Scholarly Affair, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Byron Bay/ Southern Cross University, NSW 7-9 December

2010 “Water Literacy: A Missing Link in Darwinism Recovered in Eco-Criticism and Cross-Cultural Knowledge” paper at Literature and Science Conference, 4th annual conference of The Australasian Association for Literature, University of New South Wales 5-6 July

2008 “Literary & Cultural Odyssey’s” paper at (panel with Arnold Zable and Angela Costi) Multidisciplinary Approaches to Greek Studies Conference for the Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, 9th Biennial Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 11–13 December

2008 “The Displaced Heart in Translation: A Liminal Place” paper at (panel with Judy Singer [refugee health], Susan Andrews [children overboard], and Dave Corlett [climate change refugees]) Activating Human Rights Conference: Universal Responsibility, Southern Cross University, Byron Bay NSW, 1-4 July

2007 “The Ship Goes Both Ways: an appreciation of textual and cultural diversity in the narrative, memoir and history of Joy Damousi, Helen Nickas, Antigone Kefala and Beverley Farmer” –at ASAL Conference, The Colonial Present: Australian Writing for the 21st Century, The University of Queensland. 14 July

2006 “Infinity and Other Possibilities: Expatriate Australian Women Writing on Greece – Charmian Clift, Beverley Farmer and Sue Woolfe” paper at (panel with Beverley Farmer) Conference on Minorities and Minority Discourses in the Greek World. Sponsored by The Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, The University of Sydney, 14-16 December

2006 “The Epistemology of Tenderness: Attending to the Unattended” paper at Psychoanalysis and Psychosomatics: Mind, Body and the Bridge Between at the Clinical Sándor Ferenczi Conference, Baden Baden, Germany. Sponsored by The Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. 2-6 August

2004 “Re-Mapping Mateship” at The Politics of Friendship – A Symposium on Friendship, Gender and Nation in Australia, Britain and The Empire. Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London, 26-27 June

  • 2004-2007 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) with stipend
  • 2004-2007 Southern Cross University Inaugural Alumni Scholarship
  • 2004 University Medal, Southern Cross University
  • 2004 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival Poetry Prize
  • 1986 International Year of Peace Award for Peace Education, Aotearoa/New Zealand Ministry of Education