Dr Benjamin Miller

BA (Honours Class 1) University of Wollongong, PhD (English) University of New South Wales
Lecturer
Degree Co-Director, Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (BLAS)

A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2542

Biographical details

Benjamin's teaching and research focus on the way preconceived notions of self and other shape cross-cultural communication. Rhetorical studies can illuminate who we are and how we see each other to reveal the intricate processes of cross-cultural communication. Benjamin's approach to rhetoric examines central concerns of postcolonial and whiteness theory using classical and modern rhetorical studies.

Teaching and supervision

Benjamin coordinates WRIT3001

Current projects

Legendary Tales of David Unaipon: Aboriginal Writing and Rhetoric

This project investigates the rhetorical practices of David Unaipon (1872-1967). Unaipon's arguments to improve the living conditions of Aboriginal people were crosscultural, drawing on traditional and modern styles of Aboriginal rhetoric as well as ancient and modern styles of western rhetoric. On a broader scale, this study investigates how Australian society and culture have been shaped by rhetorical traditions and innovations, both Aboriginal and western.

Associations

  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
  • Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA)

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching (Design and Practice) Award, 2014
  • International EduBlog Award for Best Educational Wiki, 3rd Place, 2009
  • Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching (Practice) Award, 2008

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Implementing Pebble Pad Portfolio System to support Writing Across the Curriculum and Research-Enriched Writing Pedagogies; Thomas S, Di Lauro F, Miller B; University of Sydney/Sydney Strategic e-Learning Development Grant.

2011

  • Embedding Collaborative Writing Pedagogy and Practices Through Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching; Thomas S, Miller B, Di Lauro F; University of Sydney/Strategic Teaching Enhancement Project Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Miller, B. (2010). Transnational Connectivities of Whiteness: American Blackface in Life in Sydney. In Robert Dixon and Nicholas Birns (Eds.), Reading Across the Pacific: Australia-United States Intellectual Histories, (pp. 151-166). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Miller, B. (2009). Aboriginal Short Stories: Performativity and Aboriginality in David Unaipon's Writing. In Amit Sarwal, Reema Sarwal (Eds.), Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader, (pp. 205-219). New Delhi: Sports & Spiritual Science (SSS) Publications.

Journals

  • Miller, B. (2015). "Come be off with you": White Spatial Control in the Representation of Aboriginality in Early Australian Drama. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Early View, 1-17. [More Information]
  • Miller, B. (2015). Twisting the Dandy: The Transformation of the Blackface Dandy in Early American Theatre. Journal of American Drama and Theatre, 27(3), 1-22. [More Information]
  • Shetler, A., Thomas, S., Di Lauro, F., Miller, B. (2013). Multimodal Writing Instruction in a Global World. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
  • Miller, B. (2011). Landscapes of Whiteness: Aboriginality in Chauvel's Early Cinema. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA).
  • Miller, B. (2008). Australians in a Vacuum: The Socio-political 'Stuff' in Rachel Perkins' Radiance. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 2(1), 61-71. [More Information]
  • Miller, B. (2008). David Unaipon's Style of Subversion: Performativity and Becoming in 'Gool Lun Naga (Green Frog)'. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Special Issue 2008, 77-93.
  • Miller, B. (2007). The Mirror of Whiteness: Blackface in Charles Chauvel's Jedda. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Special Issue: Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors, 140-156.
  • Miller, B. (2005). Confusing Epistemologies: Whiteness, Mimicry and Assimilation in David Unaipon's 'Confusion of Tongue'. Altitude: An e-journal of emerging humanities work, 6, 1-13. [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Miller, B. (2013). Grammar lessons not the solution to undergrad writing woes, 25 March 2013. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Miller, B., White, F. (2013). Why Arts and Science are Better Together, 25 June 2013. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Thomas, S., Miller, B. (2011). Why writing skills are under threat, 17 November 2011. Australian Higher Education Supplement. [More Information]

2015

  • Miller, B. (2015). "Come be off with you": White Spatial Control in the Representation of Aboriginality in Early Australian Drama. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Early View, 1-17. [More Information]
  • Miller, B. (2015). Twisting the Dandy: The Transformation of the Blackface Dandy in Early American Theatre. Journal of American Drama and Theatre, 27(3), 1-22. [More Information]

2013

  • Miller, B. (2013). Grammar lessons not the solution to undergrad writing woes, 25 March 2013. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Shetler, A., Thomas, S., Di Lauro, F., Miller, B. (2013). Multimodal Writing Instruction in a Global World. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
  • Miller, B., White, F. (2013). Why Arts and Science are Better Together, 25 June 2013. The Conversation. [More Information]

2011

  • Miller, B. (2011). Landscapes of Whiteness: Aboriginality in Chauvel's Early Cinema. Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (JEASA).
  • Thomas, S., Miller, B. (2011). Why writing skills are under threat, 17 November 2011. Australian Higher Education Supplement. [More Information]

2010

  • Miller, B. (2010). Transnational Connectivities of Whiteness: American Blackface in Life in Sydney. In Robert Dixon and Nicholas Birns (Eds.), Reading Across the Pacific: Australia-United States Intellectual Histories, (pp. 151-166). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Miller, B. (2009). Aboriginal Short Stories: Performativity and Aboriginality in David Unaipon's Writing. In Amit Sarwal, Reema Sarwal (Eds.), Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader, (pp. 205-219). New Delhi: Sports & Spiritual Science (SSS) Publications.

2008

  • Miller, B. (2008). Australians in a Vacuum: The Socio-political 'Stuff' in Rachel Perkins' Radiance. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 2(1), 61-71. [More Information]
  • Miller, B. (2008). David Unaipon's Style of Subversion: Performativity and Becoming in 'Gool Lun Naga (Green Frog)'. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Special Issue 2008, 77-93.

2007

  • Miller, B. (2007). The Mirror of Whiteness: Blackface in Charles Chauvel's Jedda. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Special Issue: Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors, 140-156.

2005

  • Miller, B. (2005). Confusing Epistemologies: Whiteness, Mimicry and Assimilation in David Unaipon's 'Confusion of Tongue'. Altitude: An e-journal of emerging humanities work, 6, 1-13. [More Information]

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