Jane Haggis researches in Cultural Studies, in the sub-fields of colonial studies and critical race studies. In 2018 she was appointed to the Board of Managing Editors, American Quarterly, Journal of American Studies Association (ASA). Her research interests cluster around the themes: cross-cultural encounters; and affect and power in imperial and post-imperial contexts. She publishes widely internationally in feminist historiography and gender and empire. She currently leads an ARC funded project [DP 170104310 2017-2019), ‘Beyond Empire transnational religious networks & liberal cosmopolitanisms’ with Emerita Prof. M. Allen, Prof. F. Paisley and Prof. C. Midgley. Most recent project publications are: Cosmopolitan Lives on the Cusp of Empire: Interfaith, Cross-Cultural and Transnational Networks, 1860-1950, Palgrave Pivot, 2017; The politics of friendsip and cosmopolitan thought zones at the end of empire: Indian women's study tours to Europe 1934-38, History Australia, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2018.1485507. Her long engagement with critical race studies most recently saw the publication of “Situated Knowledge or Ego (His)toire?: Memory, History and the She-Migrant in an Imaginary of ‘Terra Nullius’” Ngapartji, Ngapartji. In turn, in turn: Ego-Histoire, Europe and Indigenous Australians (ANU Lives Series in Biography, 2014). It also led to an ARC project (with S Schech) From Stranger to Citizen: Migration, Modernisation and Racialisation in the Making of the New Australian” (DP 0665782) results from which most recently published in “White Australia and Otherness: The Limits to Hospitality” in Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia (2016). The book (with S Schech) Culture and Development, (2000), pioneered a postcolonial feminist analysis of International Development and remains a seminal text.
I really love working with students in engaging and challenging but fun learning environments. I'm a great advocate for C21st. pedagogies that create flows between face to face and eLearning and offer personalised learning journeys for students. I am currently leading a team developing a transdisciplinary student/academic partnership laboratory where we work on wicked problems and real world projects using design thinking to develop real world solutions. My topics often surprise students initially, because they are based on a student centred, active learning partnership model of teaching but, once 'acclimatised' I get pretty good feedback from students about the 'deep learning' and life-long learning skills they have developed or deepened during the topic. The areas I enjoy teaching in are colonial studies, critical gender and race studies, global inequality and asylum seekers. A new passion of mine is how to understand, challenge and build a digital future that works for all species and the planet we live in. I am currently making opportunities to develop this curriculum. The big question that drives my teaching (and my research) is how can we all live together in difference in the C21st? Watch this space as I develop my teaching topics to reflect this interest!
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