Dr Frances Di Lauro

BA (Honours Class 1) Sydney, PhD (Religious Studies) Sydney, Graduate Certificate of Teaching (Higher Education) Sydney
Lecturer
Director of the Writing Hub

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5134

Website Academia.edu.au Profile

Biographical details

Frances Di Lauro is an inter-disciplinary scholar formally trained in archaeology and religious studies. Her undergraduate and postgraduate studies focused on the analysis of communicative cultural artifacts ontological texts, cosmogonies, apocalyptic and otherworld literature. She teaches writing, argumentation and workplace communications. She is an early adapter of blended learning, flipped lectures, and emerging teaching technologies and, since 2012 has been developing innovative ways to use Wikipedia as a collaborative writing platform and a vehicle for formative assessment that can be implemented across all teaching units at the University.

Research interests

  • The rhetoric of food: from Emancipation Proclamation to food tourism
  • The rhetoric of protest: Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement
  • Iconoclasm in Horror Films
  • Propaganda
  • The rhetoric of redemption
  • Persuasion in Dante’s Commedia

Teaching and supervision

WRIT1002 and WRIT2002 and contributes to teaching across all WRIT units of study

Current research students

Project title Research student
A Survey of Religious and Secular Apocalyptic Literary and Narrative Relationships Antoni LEE

Current projects

  • Wiki’d Writing: Developing pedagogy around the use of online technologies and platforms for use in teaching. I have developed assessments (both formative and summative) using Wikipedia as a platform for cooperative writing.
  • Global Rhetoric: crisis and rebellion in the Arab Spring revolutions and the Occupy Movement Communicating dissent in a highly technologised world.
  • The Rhetoric of Intercession in Neapolitan Popular Religion from the Post-Tridentine to the present: This study looks at the persuasive elements that help to perpetuate and preserve the beliefs and practices of the Neapolitan popolino.
  • Confessional Texts, intercession and the Rhetoric of Redemption:
 This project examines the implicit and explicit promotion of redemption ideology from the middle ages to the 20th Century.
  • The Rhetoric of Food from Myth to Memoir: This research project evaluates food narratives and the role they play in constructing myth, reflecting social mores, and their rhetorical power to bring about action or inaction.

Associations

  • SMRG (Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group)
  • ascilite (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education)
  • American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR)
  • E-Learning 2.0
  • SYLLABUS
  • The Critical Thinking Community
  • National Council of Teachers of English

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching (Practice) Award, 2009.
  • Faculty of Arts Excellence in Tutoring Award, 2005.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Wikipedia Education Program for Academics and Students; Di Lauro F; The Australian-American Fulbright Commission/US Fulbright Senior Specialist Award.

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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Books

  • Di Lauro, F. (2012). Between Heaven and Hell: Faces of Iniquity and Surrender in Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia". Saarbr├╝cken, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Acdemic Publishing.

Edited Books

  • Barker, V., Di Lauro, F. (2007). On a Panegyrical Note: Studies in Honour of Garry W Trompf. Sydney: Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2006). Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Cusack, C., Di Lauro, F., Hartney, C. (2005). The buddha of suburbia : proceedings of the eighth Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference 2004. Sydney: RLA Press.

Book Chapters

  • Di Lauro, F. (2015). Virtually Sound: Flipped Classrooms and Other Learning Spaces. In Abigail G Scheg (Eds.), Implementation and Critical Assessment of the Flipped Classroom Experience, (pp. 218-245). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. [More Information]
  • Di Lauro, F., Shetler, A. (2013). Writing with Wikipedia: Building ethos through collaborative academic research. In Kristine E Pytash, Richard E Ferdig, Timothy V Rasinski (Eds.), Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology, (pp. 209-223). Pittsburgh: ETC Press.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2007). 'The Gracious and Favouring Interposition of God': Eusebius and Divine Providence. In Victoria Barker and Frances di Lauro (Eds.), On a Panegyrical Note: Studies in Honour of Garry W Trompf, (pp. 205-224). Sydney: Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2006). Moctezuma's Revenge: Iconoclasm, religion and film. In Frances Di Lauro (Eds.), Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred, (pp. 27-42). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2005). Living in the End Times: the Prophetic Language of Bob Dylan. In Carole M. Cusack, Frances Di Lauro and Christopher Hartney. (Eds.), The buddha of suburbia : proceedings of the eighth Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference 2004, (pp. 186-202). Sydney: RLA Press.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2002). Keeping to the Centre: Ru and Daoist Ideals. (pp. 241-254).

Journals

  • Di Lauro, F., Johinke, R. (2016). Employing Wikipedia for Good not Evil: Innovative Approaches to Collaborative Writing Assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, , 1-14. [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, 17(3).
  • Di Lauro, F. (2011). James Treat: Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era. Journal of Religious History, 35(3), 430-431. [More Information]
  • Di Lauro, F. (2009). Douglas J. Davies: A Brief History of Death. Journal of Religious History, 33(4), 506-508. [More Information]
  • Di Lauro, F. (2000). Through Christian Hands: Evidence for Elements of pre-Christian Tradition in the Mongan Myths. Australian Celtic Journal, 7, 37-47.

Conferences

  • Di Lauro, F. (2013). Teaching Writing and Academic Integrity using Wikipedia. EduWiki Conference 2013, UK: Wikimedia, UK.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2012). Inspiration born of crisis: The role of exile in Dante's 'Commedia'. Inspired Voices Research Cluster, University of Sydney: Inspired Voices Research Cluster.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2006). Redeeming Dante: Evidence for non-Islamic Precursors in the Commedia. Third Dante Conference, Not published.: Not Published.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2005). Religion, Iconoclasm and Subversion. Ways and Means: Reinventing Studies in Religion for the Third Millennium. The 29th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, Sydney: Australian Association for the Study of Religions.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2004). Falling Into The Dark Side: Ominous Motifs In The "Fall Of Icarus" Myth. 2002 Conference of the Religion, Literature and the Arts Society, Sydney: RLA Press.

2016

  • Di Lauro, F., Johinke, R. (2016). Employing Wikipedia for Good not Evil: Innovative Approaches to Collaborative Writing Assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, , 1-14. [More Information]

2015

  • Di Lauro, F. (2015). Virtually Sound: Flipped Classrooms and Other Learning Spaces. In Abigail G Scheg (Eds.), Implementation and Critical Assessment of the Flipped Classroom Experience, (pp. 218-245). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. [More Information]

2013

  • 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, 17(3).
  • Di Lauro, F. (2013). Teaching Writing and Academic Integrity using Wikipedia. EduWiki Conference 2013, UK: Wikimedia, UK.
  • Di Lauro, F., Shetler, A. (2013). Writing with Wikipedia: Building ethos through collaborative academic research. In Kristine E Pytash, Richard E Ferdig, Timothy V Rasinski (Eds.), Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology, (pp. 209-223). Pittsburgh: ETC Press.

2012

  • Di Lauro, F. (2012). Between Heaven and Hell: Faces of Iniquity and Surrender in Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia". Saarbr├╝cken, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Acdemic Publishing.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2012). Inspiration born of crisis: The role of exile in Dante's 'Commedia'. Inspired Voices Research Cluster, University of Sydney: Inspired Voices Research Cluster.

2011

  • Di Lauro, F. (2011). James Treat: Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era. Journal of Religious History, 35(3), 430-431. [More Information]

2009

  • Di Lauro, F. (2009). Douglas J. Davies: A Brief History of Death. Journal of Religious History, 33(4), 506-508. [More Information]

2007

  • Di Lauro, F. (2007). 'The Gracious and Favouring Interposition of God': Eusebius and Divine Providence. In Victoria Barker and Frances di Lauro (Eds.), On a Panegyrical Note: Studies in Honour of Garry W Trompf, (pp. 205-224). Sydney: Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney.
  • Barker, V., Di Lauro, F. (2007). On a Panegyrical Note: Studies in Honour of Garry W Trompf. Sydney: Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney.

2006

  • Di Lauro, F. (2006). Moctezuma's Revenge: Iconoclasm, religion and film. In Frances Di Lauro (Eds.), Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred, (pp. 27-42). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2006). Redeeming Dante: Evidence for non-Islamic Precursors in the Commedia. Third Dante Conference, Not published.: Not Published.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2006). Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2005

  • Di Lauro, F. (2005). Living in the End Times: the Prophetic Language of Bob Dylan. In Carole M. Cusack, Frances Di Lauro and Christopher Hartney. (Eds.), The buddha of suburbia : proceedings of the eighth Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference 2004, (pp. 186-202). Sydney: RLA Press.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2005). Religion, Iconoclasm and Subversion. Ways and Means: Reinventing Studies in Religion for the Third Millennium. The 29th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, Sydney: Australian Association for the Study of Religions.
  • Cusack, C., Di Lauro, F., Hartney, C. (2005). The buddha of suburbia : proceedings of the eighth Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference 2004. Sydney: RLA Press.

2004

  • Di Lauro, F. (2004). Falling Into The Dark Side: Ominous Motifs In The "Fall Of Icarus" Myth. 2002 Conference of the Religion, Literature and the Arts Society, Sydney: RLA Press.

2002

  • Di Lauro, F. (2002). Keeping to the Centre: Ru and Daoist Ideals. (pp. 241-254).

2000

  • Di Lauro, F. (2000). Through Christian Hands: Evidence for Elements of pre-Christian Tradition in the Mongan Myths. Australian Celtic Journal, 7, 37-47.

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