Dr Eril Baily
Senior Lecturer, Theoretical Enquiry
N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney
Eril Baily was awarded her Doctorate in Contemporary Philosophy for her thesis Constucting the Speaking Subject, an investigation into the linguistic/semiotic and psychoanalytic accounts of the subject through the critical prism of contemporary French philosophy and feminism.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, Eril was a Creative Group Head at one of the top advertising agencies in Australia. This position entailed generating concepts and copy across all media and extensive production and analysis of visual material.
These two career paths merged when she was offered a position in Theoretical Enquiry at SCA. Her practical training in visual material and her theoretical training in critical argument and analysis found a meeting ground in developing units of study and delivering lectures on contemporary visual practices – particularly in terms of their philosophical and cultural context.
For rest and recreation, amongst other things, Eril engages in cryptic crosswords, sudoku and writing Baroque short stories.
Baily's research focus is on contemporary culture, particulary those aspects which impact on our understanding of the subject and the environment they inhabit. Politics, philosophy and visual practices are three fields of analysis through which we can gain an insight into the subtle changes brought about by new media and global technologies.
More recently, however, Baily has turned to writing extended fiction, still with a view to 'analysing' culture and counterculture, but now with the liberty of not adhering quite so strictly to the text.
Her combined interest in the academic text and the fictional creation are reflected in her postgraduate supervision practices, in which scholarship and critical rigour are encouraged to be framed within a literary conceit, where and when appropriate.