Alison Bartlett

Associate Professor, BA(Hons) GradCertEd PhD James Cook

  • The University of Western Australia (M202), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G37, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Crawley


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Personal profile


Alison Bartlett has been teaching English & Cultural Studies and also Gender Studies at UWA since 2005. Previously she taught literature at the University of Southern Queensland for ten years. She is a graduate of James Cook University of North Queensland with a BA Hons majoring in literature and history; a PhD applying French psychoanalytic feminist theory to contemporary Australian literary practices; and a GradCertEd (Tertiary). 

She has published books on Australian women's writing, and contemporary maternity, and edited books on Australian feminist objects, breastfeeding ethics, Australian literature, and postgraduate supervision, as well as editing special issues of journals on feminism and the museum, on feminist social memory, on breastfeeding culture, and women's writing. She has worked with the National Museum of Australia to propose a collection to represent the Australian women's movement, and has been Editor of Outskirts online journal since 2006.

Funding overview

2018 Edinburgh University Environmental Humanities Centre, Visiting Research Scholar

2018 World Universities Network Research Development Fund

2016 University of Bristol, Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor 

2013 UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award

2009 National Museum of Australia

2006 University of Western Australia Research Award

2006 University of Western Australia Diversity Fund

Previous positions

Senior Lecturer, English, Media and Communications, University of Western Australia
Lecturer in Literature, University of Southern Queensland
Tutor in Literature, James Cook University of North Queensland

Current projects

1. Activist Legacies
Current work on feminist, environmental, and scholarly activism appearing in:
Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene, ed. Stevens, Tait, Varney. Palgrave 2018  
Never Again: Reflections on Environmental Responsibility After Roe 8, ed.  Gaynor, Newman, Jennings. UWAP 2017
Refiguring the Maternal, Ed Perrier, Fannin, Hamilton, Routledge 2018
TEXT Journal 22.1 2018
Outskirts Journal 37 2017

2. Place and Music in OzLit
New work on literary relations of music and place in Australia is being presented at:
The Literary Interface conference, ANU July 2018 on Thea Astley's book The Acolyte
The Musicological Society of Australia's conference WAAPA Dec 2018 on representing Percy Grainger in poetry, novel, and film.

3. Flirting
A book coauthored with Rob Cover, Christine Beasley and Kyra Clarke will be published by Palgrave in 2019, giving some serious thought to the social relations and practices of flirting after #MeToo.

Teaching overview

ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
GEND2902 Sex Bodies Spaces: Gender in Pop Culture
ENGL2801 Reading Popular Culture

SOCS5004 Doing Gendered Research

Jessica Taylor PhD 2016; Kyra Clarke PhD 2015; Gerit Haas PhD 2015; Gabrielle Everall PhD 2015;Martien van Julien PhD 2014; Angelika Riyandari PhD 2013; Claire Stubber PhD 2013; Suzie Handajani PhD 2010; Sophie Sunderland PhD 2009; Xiaoqui Kang DA 2007; Jing Wang DA 2007.


Australian Literature
Activist Legacies
Australian Feminist Histories
Feminist Objects and Affect
Feminist Pedagogy
Maternal Bodies and Breastfeeding


  • Australian Literature
  • Australian Feminism
  • Gender And Society
  • Pedagogy
  • Australian Studies
  • Feminism
  • Australian literature—contemporary
  • Breastfeeding practices
  • Maternity and motherhood studies
  • Gender and cultural studies
  • Feminist activism
  • Australian feminist histories
  • Women's issues
  • Feminist philosophy

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Projects 2007 2018

Research Output 1993 2018

Highways, activism, and solastalgia: Poetic responses to Roe 8

Bartlett, A. J. & Chinna, N. 30 Apr 2018 In : TEXT. 22, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Thinking - Feminism - Place: Situating the 1980s Australian Women's Peace Camps

Bartlett, A. J. 2018 Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene. Stevens, L., Tait, P. & Varney, D. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 155-174 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

peace movement

A twenty-first century grassroots protest

Whish-Wilson, D., Dravnieks, K., Bartlett, A. & Gaynor, A. 2017 Never again: reflections on environmental responsibility after Roe 8. Gaynor, A., Newman, P. & Jennings, P. (eds.). Crawley, WA: UWA Publishing, p. 80-106 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

In Search of Activism, Feminism, and Life in the Neoliberal University.

Bartlett, A. 15 Nov 2017 In : Outskirts: feminisms along the edge. 37, p. 1-8 8 p., 3

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
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'Keeping watch': environmental custodianship and citizen science

Evans, K. A., Jaceglav, M. & Bartlett, A. 2017 Never Again: Reflections on Environmental Responsibility After Roe 8. Gaynor, A., Newman, P. & Jennings, P. (eds.). Crawley, WA: UWA Publishing, p. 117-130

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


John Barrett Award for Australian Studies (Open Category)

Alison Bartlett (Recipient) & Margaret Henderson (Recipient), 10 Jul 2017

Prize/award: Prize