Professor Stephen Muecke

Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Stephen Muecke is Professor of Creative Writing and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Research expertise

Stephen Muecke is Professor of Creative Writing and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

place Humanities Building (253)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Stephen Muecke is a senior scholar in the Humanities. Forthcoming books are Latour and the Humanities, edited with Rita Felski, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020 and The Children’s Country: Creation of a Goolarabooloo Future in North-West Australia, co-authored with Paddy Roe, Rowman and Littlefield International 2020.

He has been a visiting professor at the Freie Universität, Berlin and at Paris XIII. He is a writer specialising in cross-generic work; a recent publication is The Mother’s Day Protest and Other Fictocritical Essays (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016). He also works on cultural theory, with a special edition of New Literary History (“Recomposing the Humanities—with Bruno Latour”), 2016. He has a long record of work with Indigenous people (a new edition of Paddy Roe’s Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley appeared with UWA Publishing, 2016), and current research involves ethnographic documentation of Goolarabooloo county north of Broome, Western Australia, using a ‘multirealist’ approach.

Qualifications

Ph.D, University of Western Australia

Mès.L, Paris VIII

BA(Hons), Monash University.

Honours, awards and grants

Joe in the Andamans and Other Fictocritical Stories,Shortlisted for
2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature in the Innovation Category.

Finalist, 2005 Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize.

Centenary Medal 2002, For Service to Australian Society and the Humanities in the Study of Aboriginal Philosophy.

Gularabulu, Short-listed for the National Book Council Awards, 1983.

Reading the Country, Non-fiction prize for the West Australian Week Literary Awards, 1985. Short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 1985.

Paperbark, Highly Commended in the 1990 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Awards.

“Australia, for example,” Commended in Island/North Broken Hill Peko Essay competition, 1993/4.

No Road  Short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 1997. Short-listed for the The Age Book of the Year, 1997. Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literature Awards, 1997.

About this little devil and this little fella, Shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, 1999.

Key responsibilities

Convenor, Posthumanities research theme, CHASS

Research expertise
Anthropology
Australian Studies
Autoethnography
Creative Writing
Cultural studies
Ecology
Literary Studies
Research interests

I am a cultural theorist and writer. Much of my ethnographic work has been in the West Kimberley with the Goolarabooloo community. My collaboration with Bruno Latour has resulted in a special edition of New Literary History (“Recomposing the Humanities—with Bruno Latour”), 2016. I have recently translated three books: Isabelle Stengers: Another Science is Possible (Polity, 2018); Isabelle Stengers and Tobie Nathan, Doctors and Healers (Polity, 2018); Tobie Nathan, Wandering Souls (Polity, 2019).

My most recent book is The Mother’s Day Protest and Other Fictocritical Essays (RLI, 2016), and a new edition of Paddy Roe’s Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley appeared with UWA Publishing, 2016). Current research and writing involves ethnographic documentation of Goolaraboolo country north of Broome, and The Children's Country is due out in 2020.

I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in fictocritical writing, cultural theory and Indigenous Australian studies.

Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Creative Arts (1)
Expert for media contact
Ecotourism
Aboriginal Australia
Australian culture
English language
French language
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  • Australian culture
  • English language
  • French language
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