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A/Prof. Emily Potter

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Head of School, Research

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Comm & Creative Arts

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, 2003
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Adelaide, 1998
Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide, 1997

Contact

e.potter@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46842

Biography summary

Emily Potter is an Associate Professor in Literary Studies, and Associate Head of School (Research) for the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Her research sits in an interdisciplinary space, focusing on the intersections of cultural production and environments. Her areas of expertise include literature and climate change, literature and place-making, urban design and poetic practice, the biopolitics of water and consumption, contemporary Australian literature, and postcolonial texts and environments.

Emily is the author of Writing Belonging at the Millennium: Notes from the Field of Settler Colonial Place (Intellect) and co-author of Plastic Water: The Social and Political Life of Bottled Water (with Gay Hawkins and Kane Race, MIT Press). She is lead investigator of an ARC Special Research Initiative Project, ‘Reading in the Mallee: The Literary Past and Future of an Australian Region’ (with CIs Brigid Magner and Torika Bolatagici), and has held three other ARC grants, including as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Melbourne). She is co-convenor (with Fiona Miller and Eva Lovbrand) of international “The Shadow Places Network: A collaboration to re-imagine and co-produce connections for justice in an era of climate change”, funded by the Mistra Formas Seed Box Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, Sweden. She is co-editor of the Journal of Australian Studies, Executive Member of ASAL (Association for the Study of Australian Literature), Vice President of ASLEC-ANZ (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Australia-NZ) and a convenor of the Climate Change Communication and Narratives Network at Deakin University.

Research interests

Literature and climate change

Literary and cultural studies approaches to the environment, including cities and architectures;

The politics of place, place-making and belonging;

The efficacy of texts and writing - the question of what literature can do in the world.

Literary geographies and regional literary production

Reading cultures and reader studies

Extractivism and literary imaginaries

Teaching interests

Literature and the environment, especially climate change, literature and place, contemporary Australian literature, decolonising literary practice, reading cultures, regional literary history.

Units taught

T1 and T3 Unit Chair ALL381 'Reading the End of Nature'

Knowledge areas

Literary and cultural studies; literature and climate change; environmental humanities; post-colonial and Australian literature; architecture, design and place-making; regional literary history; reading cultures

Projects

ARC Special Research Initiative Project, 'Reading in the Mallee: The Literary Past and Future of an Australian Region', (with Dr Brigid Magner and Dr Torika Bolatagici).

The Shadow Places Network: a network of scholars, artists and activists who collaborate to document, co-produce and reimagine connections between places and peoples in an era of climate change (www.shadowplaces.net). A collaboration with CIs Dr Fiona Miller, Macquarie and Dr Eva Lovbrand, Linkoping University. 

Making more-than-literary place: urban place making and literary work. A collaboration with Dr Kirsten Seale, UNSW.

Publications

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2022

Uranium Legacies and Settler-Colonial Imaginaries: Nuclear Waste as History, Proximity and Colonial matter

Emily Potter

(2022), pp. 224-237, The Routledge Handbook of Waste Studies, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

A manifesto for shadow places: Re-imagining and co-producing connections for justice in an era of climate change

Emily Potter, Fiona Miller, Eva Lovbrand, Donna Houston, Jessica McLean, Emily O'Gorman, Clifton Evers, Gina Ziervogel

(2022), Vol. 5, pp. 272-292, ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING E-NATURE AND SPACE, C1

journal article
2021

Recognizing the Mallee : Reading Groups and the Making of Literary Knowledge in Regional Australia

Brigid Magner, Emily Potter

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 1-28, Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture, [Sherbrooke, Canada], C1

journal article

Assembling Australia: Histories, Materials and Labours

E Potter, B Magner

(2021), Vol. 45, pp. 289-291, Journal of Australian Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Settler Belonging in Crisis : Non-Indigenous Australian Literary Climate Fiction and the Challenge of "The New"

Jack Kirne, Emily Potter

(2021), pp. 1-20, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

'A Talented Daughter of the Mallee': Myra Morris Meets Regional Readers

Brigid Magner, Emily Potter

(2021), Vol. 36, pp. 1-32, Australian Literary Studies, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2020

Contesting imaginaries in the Australian city: urban planning, public storytelling and the implications for climate change

E Potter

(2020), Vol. 57, pp. 1536-1552, Urban studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The worldly text and the production of more-than-literary place: Helen Garner's Monkey Grip and Melbourne's 'inner north'

E Potter, K Seale

(2020), Vol. 27, pp. 367-378, Cultural Geographies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'Brothers and Sisters of the Mallee': book talk between isolated readers across time

Brigid Magner, Emily Potter

(2020), Vol. 65, pp. 18-35, Westerly, Nedlands, W.A., C1

journal article
2019

Writing belonging at the millennium : notes from the field on settler-colonial place

Emily Potter

(2019), Chicago, Ill., A1

book

Shared reading in the Victorian Mallee

Brigid Magner, Emily Potter

(2019), pp. 177-208, Book Publishing in Australia : a living legacy, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Wandering and placemaking in London: Iain Sinclair's Literary Methodology

Kirsten Seale, Emily Potter

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 1-1, M/C Journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Kurangk/Coorong atmospheres: Postcolonial stories and regional futures

Emily Potter, Brigid Magner

(2019), Vol. 23, pp. 1-21, TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, Gold Coast, Qld., C1

journal article
2018

Murray-Mallee imaginaries: towards a literary history of a region

E Potter, Brigid Magner

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 1-18, Journal of the Association for the study of Australian literature, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Expanding Australian literary history through geography: repression, recovery, re-writing

E Potter, Brigid Magner

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 29-33, Literary geographies, Crewe, Eng., C1

journal article

L'eau en bouteille: marchés, matérialité et bio politiques. Introduction

G Hawkins, E Potter, K Race

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 681-698, Revue d’anthropologie des connaissances, [Grenoble, France], C1

journal article

De l'eau mise en bouteille. Chapitre 1

G Hawkins, E Potter, K Race

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 699-725, Revue d'anthropologie des connaissances, [Grenoble, France], C1

journal article

Walking the Murray/Reading Mildura

Emily Potter

(2018), Mildura riverfront public space, J2

Non-Traditional Research Output
2017

The gathering storm: Adelaide's olive trees in a changing climate

E Potter

(2017), Vol. 55, pp. 225-232, Griffith review 55: state of hope, South Brisbane, Qld., B1

book chapter

'No nails new under the sun': creativity, climate change and the challenge to literary narrative in Thea Astley's drylands

E Potter

(2017), Vol. Special issue: prose poetry, pp. 1-7, TEXT: journal of writing and writing programs, Nathan, Qld., C1

journal article
2016

Teaching climate change at the end of nature: post-colonial Australia, Indigenous realism and Alexis Wright's The Swan Book

E Potter

(2016), pp. 225-232, Teaching climate change in the humanities, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter
2015

Plastic water the social and material life of bottled water

G Hawkins, E Potter, K Race

(2015), Cambridge, M.A., A1

book

Scarcity and the making of bottled water markets in Chennai, India

E Potter

(2015), pp. 105-114, Informal urban street markets : international perspectives, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter
2014

Programme: dreaming, timekeeping, becoming

E Potter

(2014), pp. 100-120, Assembling the Centre: Architecture for Indigenous Cultures Australia and Beyond, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Postcolonial atmospheres: recalling our shadow places

E Potter

(2014), pp. 75-86, By-Roads and Hidden Treasures Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia, Crawley, W. A., B1-1

book chapter
2013

Climate change and non-Indigenous belonging in postcolonial Australia

E Potter

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 30-40, Continuum, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article
2012

Introduction : making Indigenous place in the Australian city

E Potter

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 131-142, Postcolonial studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article
2011

Introducing ethical consumption

T Lewis, E Potter

(2011), pp. 3-23, Ethical consumption : a critical introduction, Oxon, U. K., B1

book chapter

Drinking to live : the work of ethically-branded bottled water

E Potter

(2011), pp. 116-130, Ethical consumption : a critical introduction, Oxon, England, B1

book chapter

Indigenous place-making in the city : dispossessions, occupations and implications for cultural architecture

J McGaw, A Pieris, E Potter

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 296-311, Architectural theory review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article
2010

The ethics of rural place-making : public space, poetics, and the ontologies of design

E Potter

(2010), Vol. 16, pp. 1-13, Cultural studies review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

The Ethics of Rural Place-Making Public Space, Poetics, and the Ontologies of Design

Emily Potter

(2010), Vol. 16, pp. 14-26, CULTURAL STUDIES REVIEW, C1-1

journal article
2009

Making water public

E Potter

(2009), pp. 159-169, Culture, politics, ethics: interdisciplinary reflections, Oxfordshire, England, B1

book chapter

Footprints in the Mallee

E Potter

(2009), pp. 65-74, Landscapes and learning : place studies for a global world, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Calculating interests : climate change and the politics of life

E Potter

(2009), Vol. 12, pp. 1-11, M/C journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Environmental art and the production of publics : responding to environmental change

E Potter

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 1-6, The international journal of the arts in society, Altona, Vic., C1

journal article

A new environmental design : sustainable place making in postcolonial Australia

E Potter

(2009), Vol. 23, pp. 697-707, Continuum : journal of media and cultural studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Climate Change and the Problem of Representation

Emily Potter

(2009), pp. 67-77, AUSTRALIAN HUMANITIES REVIEW, C1

journal article

Sustaining collaborations : creative research and cross-cultural engagement

E Potter, J McGaw

(2009), pp. 1-8, ANZAScA 2009 : Performative ecologies in the built environment / Sustainable research across disciplines : Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, E1

conference
2008

Communicating climate change: public responsiveness and matters of concern

E Potter, C Oster

(2008), pp. 116-126, Media international Australia, incorporating culture and policy, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Australia and the new geographies of climate change

E Potter, P Starr

(2008), pp. 127-138, Australian humanities review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

A sustainable practice: rethinking nature in cultural research

E Potter

(2008), Vol. 22, pp. 171-178, Continuum, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal article
2007

Reimagining place : the possibilities of Paul Carter's 'Nearamnew'

E Potter

(2007), pp. 246-258, Fresh water : new perspectives on water in Australia, Carlton, Vic., B1-1

book chapter

Introduction

E Potter, S McKenzie

(2007), pp. 1-7, Fresh water: new perspectives on water in Australia, Carlton, Vic., B1-1

book chapter

Beyond the Rabbit-Proof Fence : audience response and an ethic of care

K Schaffer, E Potter

(2007), pp. 187-202, Australia - who cares?, Perth, W.A., B1-1

book chapter
2006

The art of speaking at that place: Paul Carter's Golden Grove and mythopoeic practice.

E Potter

(2006), Vol. 66, pp. 181-196, Southerly : the magazine of the Australian English Association, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

Waste matter: potatoes, thing-power and biosociality

G Hawkins, E Potter

(2006), Vol. 12, pp. 104-115, Cultural studies review, Carlton, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Andrew McGahan's The White Earth and the ecological poetics of memory

E Potter

(2006), Vol. 20, pp. 177-182, Antipodes, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1-1

journal article
2005

Ecological crisis and Australian literary representation

E Potter

(2005), pp. 1-8, Australian humanities review, Bundoora, Vic., C1-1

journal article
2004

Ecological becoming and the marketplace of knowledge

E Potter

(2004), pp. 101-112, Innovation and tradition : the arts, humanities, and the knowledge economy, New York, N. Y., B1-1

book chapter

Disorienting horizons : encountering the past in Chloe Hooper's A Child's Book of True Crime

E Potter

(2004), Vol. 3, pp. 95-102, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Toowoomba, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Rabbit-Proof Fence , relational ecologies and the commodification of indigenous experience

E Potter, K Schaffer

(2004), pp. 1-9, Australian humanities review, Bundoora, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

From the Tap to the Bottle: an international study of the social and material life of bottled water

A/Prof Gay Hawkins, Dr Kane Race, A/Prof Emily Potter

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2010: $5,000
  • 2009: $20,000

Indigenous Placemaking in Central Melbourne: Representations, Practices and Creative Research (DU component)

Dr Janet McGaw, A/Prof Emily Potter

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1

  • 2012: $10,000

Reading in the Mallee: The Literary Past and Future of an Australian Region

A/Prof Emily Potter, Dr Brigid Magner, Dr Torika Bolatagici

ARC Special Research Initiatives

  • 2022: $47,889
  • 2021: $74,334
  • 2020: $21,874

Other Public Sector Funding

Landscaping to Manufacturing: The Wool Industry in Geelong

Prof Clare Bradford, Prof Hisham Elkadi, A/Prof Dirk De Bruyn, Prof Andrea Witcomb, A/Prof Emily Potter

City of Greater Geelong - Creative Communities Grants

  • 2013: $5,000

Walking the Murray, Reading Mildura

A/Prof Emily Potter, Dr Brigid Magner

Mildura Rural City Council

  • 2018: $2,000

Program Evaluation for Creative State Actions

Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Anne Kershaw, A/Prof Emily Potter

Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions

  • 2020: $35,627
  • 2019: $27,272
  • 2018: $72,727

Industry and Other Funding

The Shadow Places Network: collaboration to re-imagine and co-produce connections for justice in an era of climate change

A/Prof Emily Potter, Dr Fiona Miller, Dr Eva Lovbrand

The Seed Box

  • 2018: $19,942

Other Funding Sources

The Cultural Research Network

Prof Graeme Turner, A/Prof Emily Potter

ARC Grant - Research Networks

  • 2012: $2,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2022

Rachel Fetherston

Thesis entitled: Reading for Nature: Non-human Representation in Australian Ecofiction

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

2021

Samantha Phillips

Thesis entitled: False Gods and Faultlines: Reading Great Recession Fiction

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

2020

Simon Jeffrey Wilmot

Thesis entitled: Between Home and Away: Documentary Filmmaking as a Placemaking Practice

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

2017

David Sydney Harris

Thesis entitled: Contemporary Australian Novels and Crises of Ecologies

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

Executive Supervisor
2021

Linda Wells

Thesis entitled: THE BUNGALOW ALICE SPRINGS 1914-1929

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

2020

Jack Kirne

Thesis entitled: Stray Writing: Ecology, Geoengineering and Writing in the Climate Crisis

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor
2021

Samuel Cadman

Thesis entitled: Anthropocentrism and the Novel

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

2020

Caroline Tiffany

Thesis entitled: On The Nature Strip - an exegesis

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts