I am a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne. I teach and research media alongside gender, sexualities, queer, critical diversity theories. I am interested in destruction, archival imperfection, material volatility, resistance and ambiguity in digital cultures and media. I completed my PhD with the London Graduate School at Kingston University, London in 2014, and my other qualifications at the University of Melbourne.
My first book, The Intoxication of Destruction in Theory, Culture and Media: A Philosophy of Expenditure After Georges Bataille will be published in March 2022 by Amsterdam University Press, and is available to pre-order. In it, I take destruction as the founding operation of culture and trace it through philosophy, the media of September 11 and disaster films, end-of-the-world narratives, execution and eroticism, before addressing the effects of the displacement of linear destruction on the culture and media produced in digital systems. In other words, it’s got sex, death, explosions… and computers. And an unexpected amount of Walter Benjamin for some reason. And a joke that will only be funny to people who are intimately familiar with both Australian slang and Georges Bataille. I hope both of those people enjoy it.
My research is currently focussed on understanding how colonial logics have informed the digital practices that have produced rigid boundaries of social and individual identities, and the implications this has for those of us whose experience is often contradictory, disruptive and liminal.