Dr Frances Di Lauro

BA (Honours Class 1) Sydney, PhD (Religious Studies) Sydney, Graduate Certificate of Teaching (Higher Education) Sydney
Lecturer
Undergraduate Coursework Coordinator

A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5134

Biographical details

Frances has been teaching writing and rhetoric in blended modes since 2007 and joined the Writing Hub in 2011. She represents the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on the University’s eLearning Committee and is developing formative and summative assessment tasks for use in new high tech, collaborative learning spaces. She recently convened a symposium on the use of Wikimedia projects in higher education, and is currently developing the first Australian Wikipedia Education Program. She is particularly interested in the persuasive elements of all communicative acts from art, to performance, to song.

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

  • Academic Writing
  • Argumentation
  • Advanced Writing and Research

Current projects

  • Global Rhetoric: crisis and rebellion in the Arab Spring revolutions and the Occupy Movement
 My interest in this subject resulted from lectures I presented in WRIT1002 in first semester of 2011. The first of these lectures, on Global Rhetoric, evolved as the Arab Spring revolution erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, then spread to Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Syria. While students examined the viral potential of messages, images and videos shared over the internet, posters that were being disseminated online encouraging people to take part in the occupation of Wall Street on 17 September. I used these in a lecture on Visual Rhetoric to illustrate the communicative power of images, authoritative ascription, and the written word. Students who have been tracking the development of that movement across the world are working with me to evaluate the use of current events in writing and composition instruction.
  • The Rhetoric of Intercession in Neopolitan Popular Religion from the Post-Tridentine to the present 
Portraits of would-be saints still adorn the portals of residential buildings around the older neighbourhoods of the city of Naples. These less affluent quartiere still reflect a tradition of drawing indulgence from both canonised saints and those locally rooted individuals who were the subjects of failed campaigns for canonisation. Local priests turn a blind eye to the heterodox rites and practices negotiated by the popolino of inner city Naples, in the catacombs of certain Neopolitan Churches. This study looks at the persuasive elements that help to perpetuate and preserve these unorthodox beliefs and practices.
  • Medieval Penitential and Confessional Texts, and the Rhetoric of Redemption
 The emergence of redemption ideology in the middle-ages brought about a possibility of salvation for sinners that would eventually divide the Church. Penitential and confessional were developed by clergy as compendiums to catalogue and order sins. In this project I examine the way these texts, as well as the art and literature of the period cultivated a fervour for public punishment and repentance.
  • The Rhetoric of Food from Myth to Memoir 
In this research project I examine food narratives and their role in constructing myth and reflecting social mores, as well as their rhetorical power to bring about action or inaction. Texts analysed include mythologies, parietal art, statues, shopping lists, recipe books and advertisements.

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

Awards and honours

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

Conference Papers

  • Di Lauro, F. (2014). "Writing with Wikipedia in Multi-Campus and Multicultural Contexts,” CoCo Seminar Series, Centre for Research on Computer-supported Learning and Cognition, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2014). “Writing Across Boundaries in a Digital Age: Using Digital Writing Assignments in Writing Instruction”, Global Connections, Local Partnerships: Writing Across Boundaries in a Digital Age: Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, Centre for Manufacturing Excellence, The University of Mississippi, Oxford MS, USA.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2014). “Teaching Research and Writing at the University of Sydney", Global Connections, Local Partnerships: Writing Across Boundaries in a Digital Age: Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, Lamar, The University of Mississippi, Oxford MS, USA.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2014). "Responsivity on a Global Scale: Student Perceptions of Writing with Wikipedia in Multi-Campus and Multicultural Contexts”, Co-presented with Associate Professor Robert E. Cummings, Responsivity: Defining, Cultivating, Enacting, The Tenth Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Co-Sponsored by the University of Louisville English Department, The University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2013). Teaching Writing and Academic Integrity using Wikipedia. EduWiki Conference 2013, UK: Wikimedia, UK.
  • Di Lauro, F. (2012). A Little Treasure, A Worldly Man, and Shameful Love in Dante's 'Commedia'. A Love Supreme: The Aesthetics and Mythics of Love, University of Sydney: Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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". Saarbrücken, 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., 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

  • 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.
  • 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. (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.

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.
  • 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". Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Acdemic Publishing.

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). 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.
  • 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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