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 coordinatesWRIT3001

Current projects

American Blackface in Australia

What is influence of American blackface minstrelsy on representations of Aboriginality in Australian culture? In extending my doctoral research I argue that blackface entertainment in the nineteenth century united communities of white colonists in America and the British empire. In early Australian culture, blackface entertainment oppressed nonwhite people at the same time as it rebelled against the colonial administration and bourgeoisie.

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 Excellence in Teaching (Practice) Award, 2008.
  • International EduBlog Award for Best Educational Wiki, 3rd Place, 2009.

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. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Miller, B. (2009). Aboriginal Short Stories. In Amit Sarwal and Reema Sarwal (Eds.), Reading Down Under: An Australian Literary Studies Reader. New Delhi: Sports & Spiritual Science (SSS) Publications.

Journals

  • 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'. 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.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Miller, B. (2013). Grammar lessons not the solution to undergrad writing woes. The Conversation.
  • Thomas, S., Miller, B. (2011). Why writing skills are under threat. Australian Higher Education Supplement.

2013

  • Miller, B. (2013). Grammar lessons not the solution to undergrad writing woes. The Conversation.
  • 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.

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. Australian Higher Education Supplement.

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. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Miller, B. (2009). Aboriginal Short Stories. In Amit Sarwal and Reema Sarwal (Eds.), Reading Down Under: An Australian Literary Studies Reader. 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'. 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.

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