Sydney Environment Institute


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Dr Fiona Probyn Rapsley

Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

Educational Abbreviations
BA Monash PhD UNSW
SEI Role 1
Pillar 1
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Sydney
Interest areas
Human Animal Studies, Critical race studies, post-colonialism.
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Fiona’s research interests connect feminist postcolonial/ critical race studies and Animal studies (also known as human-animal studies), examining where, when and how gender, race and species intersect.

Her first book Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations (2013), examines how the white fathers of Indigenous children (many now part of the Stolen Generations) reacted to and were positioned by Australian assimilation policies. This book highlights a research interest in the reproductive and biopolitical nature of postcolonial societies, a common thread that extends into more recent research in animal studies, including 2 co-edited books, Animal Death (2013) and also Animals in the Anthropocene: Critical Perspectives on Non-human futures (2015).

Since 2011, Fiona has been Network leader (now Co-convenor) of HARN: Human Animal Research Network, here at the University of Sydney. In 2013, Fiona was CI on a successful SyReNs grant ($40,000) for HARN: Human Animal Research Network. This cross-disciplinary network runs regular seminars and symposia and has a Visiting Scholar program. Further information about HARN can be found here:

As well as currently working on a project about Dingoes and the cultural logic of eradication, Fiona is also Series Editor (with Melissa Boyde) of the Animal Publics book series through Sydney University Press,

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