Dr Fiona Giles

BA (Hons 1) UWA, MA (Hons 1) Melbourne, D.Phil Oxon
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications
MECO Honours Coordinator

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 6272

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Biographical details

Dr Giles was appointed to the Media and Communications Department in June 2005 and has held positions during this time as Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator, Degree Director of Media Practice, Publishing and Health Communication and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Coursework. She was Chair of Department throughout 2014 and 2015.

A well-known writer and editor, since graduating in English from Oxford University, she has worked in publishing and journalism, and has authored and edited books, book chapters, and academic journal articles in addition to features for magazines and newspapers. Fiona has appeared in two feature documentaries and a short film on breastfeeding, and has established an international reputation for her work on breast-feeding, feminism and embodiment. She is also building a profile for her research in literary journalism, and was awarded the 2015 prize for Best Article in Literary Journalism, by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. Fiona has been a member of the Ad Standards Community Panel since 2013.

Research interests

  • Literary Journalism, memoir and multimedia features
  • Feature Writing and the genres of journalism
  • The role of pleasure in health promotion
  • Breastfeeding, Somaesthetics and the Slow Food Movement
  • Breastfeeding in public, social media and feminism

Teaching and supervision

Doctoral Completions

  • Beth Spencer
  • Catherine Davies
  • Dominic O'Grady
  • William Roberts
  • Joseph Brennan
  • Nicholas Goodwin

Current research students

Project title Research student
Our Boy: Making Australian Men Rachael BOLTON
Voicing the silent audience: women�s interpretation of tobacco-related messages Rizanna ROSEMARY
Completing a Book Length Memoir and Critical Exegesis Ravi SHANKAR

Associations

  • Member, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
  • Member, Australian Association of Writing Programs
  • Member: The Australian Motherhood Initiative in Research and Community Involvement
  • Member, Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association
  • Editorial Consultant, Outskirts
  • International Health Humanities Network
  • CPC Health Humanities Node, Sydney University

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Network (SIBRN); Dhand N, Sorrell T, Bennett B, Booy R, Crawford J, Dwyer D, Gilbert G, Giles F, Holmes A, Hossain L, Iredell J, Jones C, Kesson A, Kerridge I, Marais B, Simpson S, Sintchenko V, Ward M, Werder O, Britton W, Hunter C, Kamradt-Scott A, Mor S, Salkeld G, Shaw T, Smith F, Wood N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2010

  • Alcohol use and harm minimisation among Australian university students; Schofield T, Germov J, Moore R, Lindsay J, Giles F, Hepworth J, Leontini R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2007

  • RIHSS research clusters; Giles F; RIHSS (Inter-disciplinary research networks and clusters)/RIHSS Internal Research Grant Allocations.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Giles, F. (2003). Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts. Crows Nest NSW, Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Giles, F. (1998). Too Far Everywhere. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.

Edited Books

  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2018). Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Giles, F. (2000). Chick For A Day: What Would You Do If You Were One?. New York, NY, USA: Simon & Schuster.
  • Giles, F. (1996). Dick for a Day: What would you do if you had one?. New York: Villard.
  • Giles, F. (1992). Melanie. Sydney: Picador.
  • Giles, F. (1987). From the Verandah. Ringwood: Penguin Books.

Book Chapters

  • Giles, F. (2018). "Mastering the Art of Being Powerless and Completely Stupid": Australian Gonzo as l'Ecriture Masculine. In Robert Alexander and Christine Isager (Eds.), Fear and Loathing Worldwide: Gonzo Journalism Beyond Hunter S. Thompson. New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2018). Introduction. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir, (pp. 1-10). London: Routledge.
  • Giles, F. (2018). The Other-Directed Memoir: Victim Impacts Statements and the Aesthetics of Change. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir, (pp. 77-90). London: Routledge.
  • Giles, F. (2017). Towards Social Maternity: Where's the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad as a Case Study of Human Milk Sharing. In Rhonda M. Shaw (Eds.), Bioethics Beyond Altruism: Donating and Transforming Human Biological Materials, (pp. 291-318). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Giles, F. (2016). Going with the Flow. In Trevor MacDonald (Eds.), Where's the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad, (pp. ix-xxviii). Winnipeg: Trans Canada Press.
  • Giles, F. (2015). What's the Point of a Profile? The Curious Cases of Mark Dapin on Gordon Ramsay and Jack Marx on Russell Crowe. In Sue Joseph, Richard Lance Keeble (Eds.), The Profiling Handbook, (pp. 124-139). Suffolk, UK: Abramis (imprint arima publishing).
  • Giles, F. (2012). Reinstating Pleasure in Reality - Promoting Breastfeeding through 'Ars Erotica'. In Paige Hall Smith, Bernice L. Hausman, and Miriam Labbok (Eds.), Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breast Feeding Constraints and Realities, (pp. 215-225). New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
  • Giles, F. (2010). From "Gift of Loss" to Self Care: The Significance of Induced Lactation in Takashi Miikes' 'Visitor Q'. In Rhonda Shaw and Alison Bartlett (Eds.), Giving Breastmilk: Body Ethics and Contemporary Breastfeeding Practice, (pp. 236-249). Bradford: Demeter Press.
  • Giles, F. (2008). The uses of pleasure: reconfiguring lactation, sexuality and mothering. In Marie Porter and Julie Kelso (Eds.), Theorising and representing maternal realities, (pp. 21-37). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Giles, F. (2005). The tears of lacteros: integrating the meanings of the human breast. In Christopher E. Forth; Ivan Crozier (Eds.), Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality, (pp. 123-141). Lanham, MD (USA): Lexington Books.
  • Giles, F. (2004). Fountains Of Love And Loveliness: In Praise Of The Dripping Wet Breast. In O'Reilly, Andrea (Eds.), Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice, (pp. 37-49). Toronto, Canada: Association for Research on Mothering/York University.
  • Giles, F. (2001). Preface to Belly: A Birthing Journal. In Sarah Nicholson (Eds.), Belly: A Birthing Journal, (pp. 2-3). Sydney, Australia: Sarah Nicholson.

Journals

  • Giles, F. (2018). Commentary on "'You Know if You Quit, That's Failure, Right?': Barriers to Professional Lactation Certification" by Erin V. Thomas. Journal of Human Lactation, 1(4). [More Information]
  • Giles, F., Hitch, G. (2017). Multimedia Features as "Narra-descriptive" Texts: Exploring the Relationship between Literary Journalism and Multimedia. Literary Journalism Studies, 9(2), 74-91.
  • Giles, F. (2014). 'The Magazine that isn't': The future of Features Online. Text, Special Issue 25, 1-16.
  • Giles, F., Roberts, W. (2014). Balancing Acts and Narrative Ethics in Anna Krien's Night Games' and Helen Garner's The First Stone'. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 11(4), 4-11.
  • Roberts, W., Giles, F. (2014). Mapping Nonfiction Narrative: A New Theoretical Approach to Analyzing Literary Journalism. Literary Journalism Studies, 6(2), 101-117. [More Information]
  • Giles, F. (2010). Mrs Robinson's Vindication: Hollywood Representations of the Sexually Active Mother. Outskirts (Online), 22(May), 1-14.
  • Giles, F. (2009). Mother's Milk: the pleasant panacea. Medical Forum W.A, April, 8-8.
  • Giles, F. (2007). Milkbrain: Writing the Cognitive Body. Australian Humanities Review, (43 (December 2007)), 1-8.
  • Giles, F. (2005). Review of: Juliet Flesch's "From Australia With Love: A History of Modern Australian Popular Romance Novels". Australian Women's Book Review, 17(1).
  • Giles, F. (2005). Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation. Cultural Studies Review, 11(1), 217-221.
  • Giles, F. (2005). The Well-tempered Breast: Fostering Fluidity in Breastly Meaning and Function. Women's Studies: An interdisciplinary journal, 34(3 & 4), 301-326.
  • Giles, F. (2004). 'Relational And Strange': A Preliminary Foray Into A Project To Queer Breastfeeding. Australian Feminist Studies, 19(45), 301-314. [More Information]
  • Giles, F. (2004). Getting Messy: Refusing Boundaries in Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts. Antithesis, 14, 178.
  • Giles, F. (2004). Introduction: Taking Our Breasts To Work. Australian Feminist Studies, 19(45), 269-271. [More Information]
  • Giles, F. (2004). Review of: Aaron Ben-Ze'ev's "Love Online: Emotions on the Internet". Australian Women's Book Review, 16(2).
  • Giles, F. (2002). Fountains of Love and Loveliness: In Praise of the Dripping Wet Breast. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 4(1), 7-18.

Edited Journals

  • Giles, F., Bertlett, A. (2004). Meanings of Breastmilk: New Feminist Flavours, Special Issue. Australian Feminist Studies, 19(45).

Conferences

  • Germov, J., McGee, T., Schofield, T., Lindsay, J., Giles, F., Hepworth, J., Leontini, R. (2011). Alcohol Consumption and Harm Minimisation Practices Among Australian University Students. Local Lives/ Global Networks, Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011.
  • McGee, T., Germov, J., Schofield, T., Lindsay, J., Giles, F., Hepworth, J., Leontini, R. (2011). Alcohol risks and harms: An analysis of university student's engagement in hazardous and delinquent behaviours and experiences of harm. Local Lives/ Global Networks, Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011.
  • Schofield, T., Giles, F., Leontini, R., Hepworth, J., Lindsay, J., Germov, J. (2011). Alcohol use and harm minimisation among university students: University college policy and management. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.

Textual Creative Works

  • Giles, F. (2013). A Kiss on Two Cheeks. Neverland: The Lost Continent of Australia, (pp. 280 - 281). Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia: Self Published.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Giles, F. (2005). Review: Standing Ovation. The Bulletin.
  • Giles, F. (2003). Inner Sanctum. The Bulletin.
  • Giles, F. (2001). Milk Watch. New South Wales Lactation College Newsletter.
  • Giles, F. (2001). The Nipple Effect. Sydney Morning Herald.

Research Reports

  • Giles, F., Whelan, J. (2009). Discrimination and Vilification in Advertising: A Report Produced by the Advertising Standards Bureau, March 2009, (pp. 4 - 118). Turner, ACT, Australia: Advertising Standards Bureau.

2018

  • Giles, F. (2018). "Mastering the Art of Being Powerless and Completely Stupid": Australian Gonzo as l'Ecriture Masculine. In Robert Alexander and Christine Isager (Eds.), Fear and Loathing Worldwide: Gonzo Journalism Beyond Hunter S. Thompson. New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Giles, F. (2018). Commentary on "'You Know if You Quit, That's Failure, Right?': Barriers to Professional Lactation Certification" by Erin V. Thomas. Journal of Human Lactation, 1(4). [More Information]
  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2018). Introduction. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir, (pp. 1-10). London: Routledge.
  • Avieson, B., Giles, F., Joseph, S. (2018). Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir. London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Giles, F. (2018). The Other-Directed Memoir: Victim Impacts Statements and the Aesthetics of Change. In Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph (Eds.), Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir, (pp. 77-90). London: Routledge.

2017

  • Giles, F., Hitch, G. (2017). Multimedia Features as "Narra-descriptive" Texts: Exploring the Relationship between Literary Journalism and Multimedia. Literary Journalism Studies, 9(2), 74-91.
  • Giles, F. (2017). Towards Social Maternity: Where's the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad as a Case Study of Human Milk Sharing. In Rhonda M. Shaw (Eds.), Bioethics Beyond Altruism: Donating and Transforming Human Biological Materials, (pp. 291-318). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2016

  • Giles, F. (2016). Going with the Flow. In Trevor MacDonald (Eds.), Where's the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad, (pp. ix-xxviii). Winnipeg: Trans Canada Press.

2015

  • Giles, F. (2015). What's the Point of a Profile? The Curious Cases of Mark Dapin on Gordon Ramsay and Jack Marx on Russell Crowe. In Sue Joseph, Richard Lance Keeble (Eds.), The Profiling Handbook, (pp. 124-139). Suffolk, UK: Abramis (imprint arima publishing).

2014

  • Giles, F. (2014). 'The Magazine that isn't': The future of Features Online. Text, Special Issue 25, 1-16.
  • Giles, F., Roberts, W. (2014). Balancing Acts and Narrative Ethics in Anna Krien's Night Games' and Helen Garner's The First Stone'. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 11(4), 4-11.
  • Roberts, W., Giles, F. (2014). Mapping Nonfiction Narrative: A New Theoretical Approach to Analyzing Literary Journalism. Literary Journalism Studies, 6(2), 101-117. [More Information]

2013

  • Giles, F. (2013). A Kiss on Two Cheeks. Neverland: The Lost Continent of Australia, (pp. 280 - 281). Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia: Self Published.

2012

  • Giles, F. (2012). Reinstating Pleasure in Reality - Promoting Breastfeeding through 'Ars Erotica'. In Paige Hall Smith, Bernice L. Hausman, and Miriam Labbok (Eds.), Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breast Feeding Constraints and Realities, (pp. 215-225). New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

2011

  • Germov, J., McGee, T., Schofield, T., Lindsay, J., Giles, F., Hepworth, J., Leontini, R. (2011). Alcohol Consumption and Harm Minimisation Practices Among Australian University Students. Local Lives/ Global Networks, Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011.
  • McGee, T., Germov, J., Schofield, T., Lindsay, J., Giles, F., Hepworth, J., Leontini, R. (2011). Alcohol risks and harms: An analysis of university student's engagement in hazardous and delinquent behaviours and experiences of harm. Local Lives/ Global Networks, Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011.
  • Schofield, T., Giles, F., Leontini, R., Hepworth, J., Lindsay, J., Germov, J. (2011). Alcohol use and harm minimisation among university students: University college policy and management. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.

2010

  • Giles, F. (2010). From "Gift of Loss" to Self Care: The Significance of Induced Lactation in Takashi Miikes' 'Visitor Q'. In Rhonda Shaw and Alison Bartlett (Eds.), Giving Breastmilk: Body Ethics and Contemporary Breastfeeding Practice, (pp. 236-249). Bradford: Demeter Press.
  • Giles, F. (2010). Mrs Robinson's Vindication: Hollywood Representations of the Sexually Active Mother. Outskirts (Online), 22(May), 1-14.

2009

  • Giles, F., Whelan, J. (2009). Discrimination and Vilification in Advertising: A Report Produced by the Advertising Standards Bureau, March 2009, (pp. 4 - 118). Turner, ACT, Australia: Advertising Standards Bureau.
  • Giles, F. (2009). Mother's Milk: the pleasant panacea. Medical Forum W.A, April, 8-8.

2008

  • Giles, F. (2008). The uses of pleasure: reconfiguring lactation, sexuality and mothering. In Marie Porter and Julie Kelso (Eds.), Theorising and representing maternal realities, (pp. 21-37). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2007

  • Giles, F. (2007). Milkbrain: Writing the Cognitive Body. Australian Humanities Review, (43 (December 2007)), 1-8.

2005

  • Giles, F. (2005). Review of: Juliet Flesch's "From Australia With Love: A History of Modern Australian Popular Romance Novels". Australian Women's Book Review, 17(1).
  • Giles, F. (2005). Review: Standing Ovation. The Bulletin.
  • Giles, F. (2005). Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation. Cultural Studies Review, 11(1), 217-221.
  • Giles, F. (2005). The tears of lacteros: integrating the meanings of the human breast. In Christopher E. Forth; Ivan Crozier (Eds.), Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality, (pp. 123-141). Lanham, MD (USA): Lexington Books.
  • Giles, F. (2005). The Well-tempered Breast: Fostering Fluidity in Breastly Meaning and Function. Women's Studies: An interdisciplinary journal, 34(3 & 4), 301-326.

2004

  • Giles, F. (2004). 'Relational And Strange': A Preliminary Foray Into A Project To Queer Breastfeeding. Australian Feminist Studies, 19(45), 301-314. [More Information]
  • Giles, F. (2004). Fountains Of Love And Loveliness: In Praise Of The Dripping Wet Breast. In O'Reilly, Andrea (Eds.), Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice, (pp. 37-49). Toronto, Canada: Association for Research on Mothering/York University.
  • Giles, F. (2004). Getting Messy: Refusing Boundaries in Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts. Antithesis, 14, 178.
  • Giles, F. (2004). Introduction: Taking Our Breasts To Work. Australian Feminist Studies, 19(45), 269-271. [More Information]
  • Giles, F., Bertlett, A. (2004). Meanings of Breastmilk: New Feminist Flavours, Special Issue. Australian Feminist Studies, 19(45).
  • Giles, F. (2004). Review of: Aaron Ben-Ze'ev's "Love Online: Emotions on the Internet". Australian Women's Book Review, 16(2).

2003

  • Giles, F. (2003). Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts. Crows Nest NSW, Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Giles, F. (2003). Inner Sanctum. The Bulletin.

2002

  • Giles, F. (2002). Fountains of Love and Loveliness: In Praise of the Dripping Wet Breast. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 4(1), 7-18.

2001

  • Giles, F. (2001). Milk Watch. New South Wales Lactation College Newsletter.
  • Giles, F. (2001). Preface to Belly: A Birthing Journal. In Sarah Nicholson (Eds.), Belly: A Birthing Journal, (pp. 2-3). Sydney, Australia: Sarah Nicholson.
  • Giles, F. (2001). The Nipple Effect. Sydney Morning Herald.

2000

  • Giles, F. (2000). Chick For A Day: What Would You Do If You Were One?. New York, NY, USA: Simon & Schuster.

1998

  • Giles, F. (1998). Too Far Everywhere. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.

1996

  • Giles, F. (1996). Dick for a Day: What would you do if you had one?. New York: Villard.

1992

  • Giles, F. (1992). Melanie. Sydney: Picador.

1987

  • Giles, F. (1987). From the Verandah. Ringwood: Penguin Books.

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