Associate Professor Robyn FERRELL

Robyn Ferrell portrait photgraph

Robyn Ferrell is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies.

Research interests

Philosophy of the Image; feminist philosophy; continental philosophy; contemporary art and aesthetics; technology and gender; genre and writing in the humanities; philosophical approaches to feminism; psychoanalytic theory.

Sacred Exchanges book cover

Author pages

Books of philosophy
Free Stuff: freedom in the time of the giveaway (under consideration) 2017.
Sacred Exchanges: images in global context. Columbia University Press (New York) 2012.
Copula: Sexual technologies, Reproductive Powers. SUNY Press (New York) 2006.
Genres of Philosophy. Ashgate (UK) 2002.
Passion In Theory. Routledge (UK) 1996.
Cartographies: Post-structuralism and the mapping of bodies and spaces, co-edited with Rosalyn Diprose. Allen & Unwin (Sydney) 1991.

Books of creative writing
Convention (novel) (under consideration) 2017.
The Real Desire (essays). Indra Press (Melbourne) 2004. Shortlisted for the 2005 NSW Premier's Awards.
The Weather and Other Gods (novel). Frances Allen (Sydney) 1990.

  • 2005-2007 Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 'Feminist Theory meets Indigenous Art' (collaboration with Dr Jennifer Biddle)
  • 2003-2005 Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 'Sexual Technologies, Reproductive Powers'
Journalism and essays

2016 ‘The Biennale Experience: The 20th Biennale of Sydney’ in Eyeline #85 Brisbane, December
2016 ‘Freedom’s Formula (The Strange Sameness of the Biennales)’ in Berfrois online journal (UK) June
2016 ‘The art of text’ review of ‘Go East Sherman galleries + AGNSW’ in Eyeline #84 Brisbane January
2015 ‘A Darkroom of Her Own’ review of Julia Margaret Cameron at Victoria + Albert & AGNSW in Berfrois online journal (UK) November
2015 ‘Democracy of the lens’ review of ‘The Photograph and Australia AGNSW’ in Real Time, June/July
2015 ‘feel the love’ review of ‘Pop to Popism AGNSW’ in Eyeline #83 Brisbane June
2015 ‘Sceptical in deed’ in Eyeline #82 Brisbane January
2015 ‘feral philosophy’ in inaugural issue, Unlikely: Journal for the Centre of Creative Arts, La Trobe University, Melbourne
2014 “To whom do you refer? Review of biography of Balthus’ in Berfrois online journal, UK, October
2014 ‘Joy Before the Object’ review in Eyeline #81 Brisbane June
2014 ‘Between Cliche and Rapture: “We Used To Talk About Love”: Balnaves Contemporary Photomedia’ review in Eyeline #80 Brisbane March
2014 ‘Skin in the Game: performance art in “13 Rooms”’ in Berfrois online journal, UK, January
2014 ‘Fair’s Fair: Readers, Writers and the Internet’ in Australian Author Online, June
2014 Review of Brook Andrews, ‘Taboo’ MCA in Eyeline #79 Brisbane January
2013 ‘Whitefella Worship’ in Text: journal of writing programs April
2012 ‘Market Sentiment’ review of Helen Grace exhibition, Articulate Project Space, Sydney Eyeline
2009 ‘Sor Peklam (“From the shell”)’ catalogue essay for exhibition of Ricardo Idago, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 ‘Nobody Knows Anything’ catalogue essay for exhibition of Helen Wright, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
2004 ‘Mental Interiors, Intimate landscapes: the painting of David Keeling’ catalogue essay in Academici exhibition of the Australia Council Visual Arts/Crafts Board Studio Residency (Rome), and solo exhibition at Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney
2004 ‘Bob le Bricoleur’ in ‘Atelier’ exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for Fine Arts University of Tasmania, catalogue Jonathan Holmes (ed)
2002 ‘The Kingdom of God’ Salt, v16 special issue Terri-Ann White (ed)
2001 'Paris Does Not Exist' in The Paris Studio, Victor Barker (ed) Halstead Press: Sydney

Exhibitions (visual arts)

2016 Five photo-etchings from ‘philosophy of the body’ series exhibited as part of the opening of the new pathology museum, University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Building, November
2015 ‘Philosophy of the Body’ solo exhibition of photo-etchings and artist’s books at Articulate Project Space (upstairs), Leichhardt, November
2013 ‘The Sea Captain’s Memoir’ artist’s book, in ‘Terravita’ group exhibition at Balmain Watch House, April
2010 Five etchings of ‘Salzburg’ series in group exhibition of works on paper, Brunswick Gallery, Fitzroy, October
2010 ‘Willow Point’ photographs Robyn Ferrell & Anne Lukis Room1, Oakhill Community Gallery, February
2009 ‘Etchings’ solo exhibition Room 2, Oakhill Community Gallery, Mornington October
2003 'Paris Does Not Exist' solo exhibition photography, Gallery of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania April
2002 ‘Phenomenology’ projected images & paper presented at College of Fine Arts, UNSW plenary with Jean Baudrillard ‘The Murder of the Image’ April
2001 'Paris Does Not Exist' in Casting New Shadows group exhibition, Vice Chancellor's Gallery, Macquarie University
1998 group exhibition etching, International Summer School, Salzburg August

Academic articles and chapters

2017 ‘Genealogy and the Sea’ forthcoming in Offshoot: Contemporary Lifewriting Methodologies and Practice in Australasia Donna O’Brien and Karin Quinn, eds, University of Western Australia Press
2014 ‘Pinjarra 1970: Shame & the Country Town’ with reflection, in History, Power, Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies Timothy Neale, Crystal McKinnon & Eve Vincent (eds), UTS ePress
2012 ‘Sally Is A Block of Ice: Revis(it)ing the figure of woman in philosophy’ in PhiloSophia: A Journal of Continental Feminism, Ohio University.
2011 ‘Income Outcome: Life in the Corporate University’ in Cultural Studies Review, vol. 17.2 September.
2009 ‘The Darkroom of the Soul’ in Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics & Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva. SUNY Press. Kelly Oliver & S.K. Keltner (eds).
2007 ‘Time Difference: the political philosophy of Teresa Brennan’ in Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan, Alice Jardine, Shannon Lundeen & Kelly Oliver Alice Jardine (eds) SUNY Press: New York.
2007 ‘Translating Worlds: Is Petyarre’s art abstract?’ in Cultural Studies Review, 13(1) May.
2004 ‘Desire & Horror: conceiving the future’ in Borderlands e-journal Vol3(1).
2004 ‘Desire & Horror’ earlier version in working papers of the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, November.
2003 ‘Freud reads Hume: empiricism as rhetorical event’ in Critical Horizons, v4(2) Spring.
2003 ‘Pinjarra 1970: Shame and the country town’ in Cultural Studies Review Vol 9(1) May.
2002 ‘Untitled: Art as Law’ in Studies in Practical Philosophy vol 3(1).
2001 ‘The Pleasure of the Slave’ in Between the Psyche and the Social, Kelly Oliver ed. Routledge (New York).
2000 ‘Copula: feminism and the sexual relation’ in Hypatia (15)2 special issue on ‘Going Australian’ conference, C. Battersby, R. Jones & C. Constable (eds).
2000 ‘Love & Writing: Phaedrus and the Symposium’, in Differential Aesthetics Ashgate (UK) P. Florence (ed).
2000 ’Two Figures of Feminism and Philosophy’, in Max Deutscher, ed. Michele le Doeuff: Operative Philosophy and Imaginary Practice, Humanities Press, New York.
1999 ‘The Time of Feminism’, in Hypatia (14)1.
1998 ’Kristeva’s Time’ in After the Revolution: On Kristeva J. Lechte & M. Zounazi (eds) Sydney: Artspace.
1997 'Time' in Australian Feminist Studies, (12)26.
1995 'Rival Reading: Deleuze on Hume', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, December Vol 73(4) pp 585-593.
1993 'Why Bother? Defending Derrida and the significance of writing' in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, June Vol 71(2) pp 121-131.
1991 'The Passion of the Signifier and the Body in Theory' Hypatia 6(3) Fall.
1991 'Life-threatening Life: Angela Carter and the Uncanny', in The Illusion of Life, Alan Cholodenko (ed.), Sydney: Power Institute of Fine Arts.
1991 'Xenophobia: at the border of philosophy and literature', in On Literary Theory and Philosophy, Richard Freadman and Lloyd Reinhardt (eds), London: Macmillan.