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Evans, Nicola J.

Faculty Member

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • Colloquium for Research into Texts, Identities and Cultures
  • School of the Arts, English and Media

Overview


After graduating from Oxford with a degree in English Literature, I became a research assistant in public health at the University of Sydney. I won a fellowship to the Annenberg School for Communication, California where I wrote a dissertation on cross-border identities in film and literature under the incomparable supervision of James R Beniger and Tanja Modleski.  After completing my PhD., I received a postdoctoral fellowship to study public space at the University of Pennsylvania. I then took a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington where I designed a range of courses on film, identity, literary theory and social and cultural movements. I moved to the University of Wollongong in 2002.

Research Overview


  • I am interested in how media emerge and how they die, tracking the beginnings of drone cinema on the one hand and the changes in the material book, on the other. An interest in the lifespan of media is the latest expression of a longstanding fascination with time in cinema and literature.  It has produced articles on ageing and action film, time and suffering in the work of Lars von Trier, and an edited collection of essays on the trajectories of the modern literary career.

    I am also researching in animal studies, a site where my experience working in science and in the humanities is useful.  A current project supported by a Faculty grant is designing a new cross-disciplinary subject entitled Interspecies Cooperation: Artists, Scientists and Animals.  The subject aims to give students in the humanities and students in science the opportunity to study each other’s approach to the environment and to collaborate on projects benefiting the lives of animals.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Animal Studies Journal
    Volume
    8
    Pages
    21 - 41
    ISSN
    2200-9140
    2018

    Published In
    Textual Practice
    Volume
    Online first
    Pages
    1 - 26
    ISSN
    0950-236X
    2015

    Published In
    Canadian Journal of Film Studies
    Volume
    24
    Pages
    25 - 44
    ISSN
    0847-5911
    2014

    Published In
    Culture, Theory and Critique
    Volume
    55
    Pages
    365 - 382
    ISSN
    1473-5784
    2011

    Published In
    Life Writing
    Volume
    8
    Pages
    399 - 409
    ISSN
    1448-4528
    2010

    Published In
    Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
    Volume
    24
    Pages
    587 - 600
    ISSN
    1030-4312
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2015

    Published In
    Literary Careers in the Modern Era
    Publisher
    Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
    Pages
    1 - 16
    ISBN
    9781137478504
    2007

    Published In
    Genre, Gender, Race, and World Cinema
    Publisher
    Blackwell Publishing
    Pages
    223 - 242

Potential Supervision Topics


  • I would be pleased to supervise projects in drone research, animal studies and cinema. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Actors and Networks : Mapping the Patterns of Disruption in New Media and Communication Technologies Vettoretto, Ren
    Doctor of Creative Arts The Horse-Human Bond in Literature: Healing Metaphors and Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Kroll, Jeri
    Master of Philosophy Spinsters, Sleuths and Snoops: Depictions of Culturally Invisible Older Women as Amateur Sleuths Wilder, Sandra
    Doctor of Philosophy Representation of Ageing Breitsameter, Alexandra

Research Overview


  • I am interested in how media emerge and how they die, tracking the beginnings of drone cinema on the one hand and the changes in the material book, on the other. An interest in the lifespan of media is the latest expression of a longstanding fascination with time in cinema and literature.  It has produced articles on ageing and action film, time and suffering in the work of Lars von Trier, and an edited collection of essays on the trajectories of the modern literary career.

    I am also researching in animal studies, a site where my experience working in science and in the humanities is useful.  A current project supported by a Faculty grant is designing a new cross-disciplinary subject entitled Interspecies Cooperation: Artists, Scientists and Animals.  The subject aims to give students in the humanities and students in science the opportunity to study each other’s approach to the environment and to collaborate on projects benefiting the lives of animals.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Animal Studies Journal
    Volume
    8
    Pages
    21 - 41
    ISSN
    2200-9140
    2018

    Published In
    Textual Practice
    Volume
    Online first
    Pages
    1 - 26
    ISSN
    0950-236X
    2015

    Published In
    Canadian Journal of Film Studies
    Volume
    24
    Pages
    25 - 44
    ISSN
    0847-5911
    2014

    Published In
    Culture, Theory and Critique
    Volume
    55
    Pages
    365 - 382
    ISSN
    1473-5784
    2011

    Published In
    Life Writing
    Volume
    8
    Pages
    399 - 409
    ISSN
    1448-4528
    2010

    Published In
    Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
    Volume
    24
    Pages
    587 - 600
    ISSN
    1030-4312
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2015

    Published In
    Literary Careers in the Modern Era
    Publisher
    Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
    Pages
    1 - 16
    ISBN
    9781137478504
    2007

    Published In
    Genre, Gender, Race, and World Cinema
    Publisher
    Blackwell Publishing
    Pages
    223 - 242

Potential Supervision Topics


  • I would be pleased to supervise projects in drone research, animal studies and cinema. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Actors and Networks : Mapping the Patterns of Disruption in New Media and Communication Technologies Vettoretto, Ren
    Doctor of Creative Arts The Horse-Human Bond in Literature: Healing Metaphors and Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Kroll, Jeri
    Master of Philosophy Spinsters, Sleuths and Snoops: Depictions of Culturally Invisible Older Women as Amateur Sleuths Wilder, Sandra
    Doctor of Philosophy Representation of Ageing Breitsameter, Alexandra
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