Professor Kate Douglas

Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Life narrative studies; childhood and youth; research methods; memory and trauma studies.

Research expertise

Life narrative studies; childhood and youth; research methods; memory and trauma studies.

place Humanities Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Kate's primary research interests are in life narrative studies: the ways in which people tell stories about their lives and the lives of others and the literatures and technologies they use to record these life stories. She is the author of Contesting Childhood: Autobiography, Trauma and Memory (Rutgers, 2010) and the co-author (with Anna Poletti) of Life Narratives and Youth Cultures: Representation, Agency and Participation (Palgrave, 2016) and co-editor (with Gillian Whitlock) of Trauma Texts (Routledge, 2009) and (with Kylie Cardell) Telling Tales: Autobiographies of Childhood and Youth (Routledge, 2015). With Dr Ashley Barnwell, she is the co-editor of the forthcoming Research Methods for Auto/Biography Studies (Routledge, 2019).

Kate's allied research interests include: studies in childhood and youth, memory and trauma studies. Kate is a strong advocate of research-led teaching and teaching-led research and was a co-colloborator in the OLT-funded project: "Building Reading Resilience: Developing a Skill-Based Approach to Literary Studies" (with Tully Barnett, Rosanne Kennedy, Anna Poletti and Jude Seaboyer).

Kate leads the Life Narrative Research Group at Flinders University.

Kate is the Head of the steering committee for the International Auto/Biography Association Asia-Pacific chapter, and is a member of the Executive Committee of IABA (World).

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) (Newcastle)
Bachelor of Social Work (Newcastle)
Graduate Certificate (Education) (UQ)
Ph.D. (UQ)
Honours, awards and grants

Ian Potter Foundation Grant (2015)

Australian Bicentennial Fellowship (2015)

Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Competitive Grant "Building Reading Resilience" (2010-2013)

ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2010)

Flinders College of Distinguished Educators (2010-)

Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Early Career Research (2009)

Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009)

Flinders Teaching Quality Network (2009-2010)

Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology Excellence in Teaching Award (2008)

Key responsibilities

Head of Department - English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

Chair of Faculty Research Higher Degree Committee (Faculty of EHL)

University Research Higher Degree Committee

Scholarships Committee

Research expertise
Biographical research
Biography
Creative Writing
Cultural studies
Curriculum and pedagogy
Literary studies 
Women’s life histories
Research interests
  • Life writing/narrative (across various media)
  • Narratives of childhood
  • The sociology of childhood/youth
  • Trauma studies
  • Memory studies
  • Literature and social justice
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Authorship
  • Readers
  • Literary/cultural theory
  • Creative writing
  • Graphic novels/memoirs
  • Australian literature/studies
  • Pedagogy
Teaching interests
  • Non-fiction (life writing/narrative, first-person media)
  • Literary theory
  • Memory and trauma studies
  • Studies in childhood and youth
  • Australian literature
  • Contemporary literature
  • Post-colonial literature
  • British literature
  • Literary history
  • The novel
Topic coordinator
ENGL2131 Twenty-First Century Literature
ENGL2141 Life Writing
ENGL7714 Advanced Literary Studies
ENGL3110 Canon to Contemporary
CREA2141 Life Writing
Topic lecturer
ENGL1101 Approaches to Literature
ENGL1102 Literary Interpretations
Supervisory interests
Childhood
Contemporary Australian literature
Creative writing
Cultural memory
Life writing/life narrative
Literary studies
Trauma studies
Trauma writing
Young women's life writing
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Life Writing (3), Creative Writing (1)
Associate supervisor: Creative Writing (8), Life Writing (4)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Life Writing (3)
Associate supervisor: Literary Studies (3)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Grace Chipperfield

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship - JAN 2018

Publications
Expert for media contact
Children/Youth
Ethics
Literature - Australian
Literature - English
Memory
Teaching
Testimony
Writing
Youth
Childhood and youth studies
Cultural Memory
Hoax
Life Writing/Life Narrative
Literature and Social Justice
Reality Television
Social media
Trauma studies
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Media expertise
  • Children/Youth
  • Ethics
  • Literature - Australian
  • Literature - English
  • Memory
  • Teaching
  • Testimony
  • Writing
  • Youth
Interests
  • Childhood and youth studies
  • Cultural Memory
  • Hoax
  • Life Writing/Life Narrative
  • Literature and Social Justice
  • Reality Television
  • Social media
  • Trauma studies
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