Dr Fiona Giles

BA (Hons 1) UWA, MA (Hons 1) Melbourne, D.Phil Oxon
Chair of Department (Media and Communications)
Senior Lecturer

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 6272

Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Dr Giles was appointed to the Media and Communications Department in June 2005 and is currently Chair of the Department. A well-known writer and editor, since graduating in English from Oxford University she has worked in publishing and journalism, and has published 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.

Research interests

  • Literary Journalism
  • 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

Consultation Times

Mondays 3-5pm


Current Research Students

  • Nicholas Goodwin Finding Effective Change Agents: How a sense of community moderates the success of social marketing programs
  • Jonathan Englert Australian Invention: An exploration through long-form,reported narrative non-fiction and exegesis

Doctoral Completions

  • Beth Spencer
  • Catherine Davies
  • Dominic O'Grady
  • William Robers
  • Joseph Brennan

Associations

  • Member, Australian Association of Social Marketing
  • Member, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
  • Member, Australian Association of Writing Programs
  • Member, Association for Research on Mothering, Toronto
  • 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); 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, Dhand N, Hunter C, Kamradt-Scott A, Mor S, Salkeld G, Shaw T, Smith F, Wood N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2011

  • The Genres of Journalism: News to Narrative; Giles F, Le Masurier M; School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney/ARC Assistance Scheme.

2010

  • International leadership in social marketing, alcohol use and young people: Australia, China, the US and the UK; Giles F, Leontini R, Goodwin N; International Program Development Fund (IPDF), University of Sydney/Research Grant.
  • 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.

Edited Books

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

Book Chapters

  • 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. (2014). 'The Magazine that isn't': The future of Features Online. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, Special Issue 25, 1-16.
  • Giles, F., Roberts, W. (2014). Balancing Acts and Narrative Ethics in Anna Krien's 'The 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): feminisms along the edge, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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). 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.

2014

  • Giles, F. (2014). 'The Magazine that isn't': The future of Features Online. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, Special Issue 25, 1-16.
  • Giles, F., Roberts, W. (2014). Balancing Acts and Narrative Ethics in Anna Krien's 'The 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). 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): feminisms along the edge, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?. Sydney: Simon & Schuster.

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