Melissa BoydDr Melissa Boyde

PhD (Macq); MA (UWS); BA Hons (UOW)

Office: 19:1073
Phone: +61 (02) 4221 3746

Research Profile

Searchable RIS publications from 2000 to date.

My research is in the fields of modernist art and literature and Animal Studies. In modernism I have researched the genre of the roman à clef and sexuality in the work of writers such as Hope Mirrlees, Renee Vivien, H.D., Gertrude Stein and Djuna Barnes. In the visual arts I have undertaken biographical and curatorial research into Australian modernist artists Mary Alice Evatt and Moya Dyring.

My work in Animal Studies is based in cultural theory and research with a focus on the lived experiences of animals – particularly in the cattle industries in Australia. Recent publications include discussion of the films Australia, Red Dog and Wake in Fright.

I convened the interdisciplinary Animal Studies conference Global Animal at UOW in 2011. In 2009 philosopher Denise Russell and I developed the Replace Animals in Australian Testing (RAAT) website which provides information on alternatives to the use of animals in scientific experiments and medical research in Australia.

I am the current Chairperson of the Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) and founder and editor of Animal Studies Journal, the fully peer reviewed online journal of the AASG.

I am series editor, with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey of the Animal Publics book series published by Sydney University Press.

Recent Publications

Edited Books

Editor, Captured: the Animal within Culture, (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2013). 

Editor and Introduction, A Kingdom and a Place of Exile: Critical Essays on Postcolonial women’s writing by Dorothy Jones, University of Wollongong Press, 2010.

Referred articles and chapters in books

  • "'Mrs Boss! We gotta get those fat cheeky bullocks into that big bloody metal ship!': Live export as romantic backdrop in Baz Luhrmann's Australia." Captured: The Animal Within Culture. Ed.M. J. Boyde. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 60-74.
  • 'Christian the lion: an interview with Ace Bourke.’ Captured: The Animal Within Culture. Ed.M. J. Boyde. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 43-59.
  • ‘The poet and the ghosts are walking the streets: Hope Mirrlees - life and poetry’ in Poetry and the Trace, Puncher & Wattmann, 2013, 220-232
  • ‘Cultural Myths and Open Secrets: the cattle industries in Australia’, Southerly 73.2, 2013 
  • 'Mining animal death for all its worth' in Animal Death, Ed. J. Johnston & F. Probyn-Rapsey. Sydney: University of Sydney, 2013, 119-136:
  • 'You for Whom I Wrote': Renee Vivien, H.D. and the Roman a Clef. Chapter in The Unsocial Sociability of Women’s Life Writing, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2010. 
  • ‘The RAAT Project: Alternatives to using animals in research’ with D. Russell, The SInet 2010 eBook, pp. 25-35:
  • ‘The Modernist roman à clef and Cultural Secrets, or, I Know that You Know that I Know that You Know’, Australian Literary Studies, 24(3-4), 2009, 155-166:   
  • ‘The poet and the ghosts are walking the streets: Hope Mirrless - life and poetry’, Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 35(1/2), 2009, 29-41:  
  • ‘Making it Accessible: Mary Alice Evatt and Australian Modernist Art’, in Dixon, R & Kelly, V (eds), Impact of the Modern: Vernacular Modernities in Australia 1870s-1960s, Sydney, Sydney University Press, 2008, 125-136:  
  • ‘Art and Politics: Mas Evatt and the Evatt Collection’, catalogue, exhibition and paper, Flinders University Art Gallery, August- September, 2006:  
  • ‘Art and Advocacy: Mary Alice Evatt in the 1930s and 40s’, Kunapipi, vol. XXVI, 2005:
  • Mary Alice Evatt ‘MAS’ 1898-1973. Curator of exhibition of the work of Mary Alice Evatt. The exhibition toured from 2002–2006 commencing at Bathurst Regional Gallery followed by Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne, S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Canberra Museum and Gallery. 
  • ‘A fresh point of view – the life and work of Mary Alice Evatt’:

Selected Presentations

  • 'Peace and Quiet and Open Air': The Old Cow Project, AASG@Sydney: Life in the Anthropocene, University of Sydney, July 2013
  • ‘Mining animal death for all its worth’, Animal Death Symposium, Human/Animal Studies Research Centre, University of Sydney, June 2012.
  • Out of her emotional depth’: Gertrude Stein’s Queer Demonstration, Modernism Intimacy and Emotion conference, the Australian Modernist Studies Network and the Writing and Society Research Group University of Western Sydney. 
  • ‘Cultural myths and open secrets: the cattle industries in Australia’, Animals, People, a shared environment, Australian Animal Studies Group and Environmental Futures Centre, Griffith University Brisbane, 2011 
  • ‘The RAAT project’, Social Innovation Network conference, University of Wollongong, September 2009. 
  • ‘Travels With My Art: The Transnational Work of Artist Moya Dyring’, Women Writers/Artists and Travelling Modernisms conference, University of Queensland, May 2009.  
  • ‘"Mrs Boss! We gotta get those fat cheeky bullocks into that big bloody metal ship!": Live export as romantic backdrop in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia’: Minding Animals Conference, Newcastle, June 2009 and the  Baz Luhrmann’s Australia Reviewed conference, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, December 2009. 
  • ‘Cultural representations of the Live Export industry’, Theatre and Drama Program and the Institute for Human Security, La Trobe University, August 2009. 
  • ‘The Life and Work of Artist Moya Dyring’, Modernist Women and the Scene of Displacement: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Monash University, August 2009. 
  • ‘Replace Animals in Australian Testing’, Minding Animals Conference, Newcastle, 2009 
  • ‘Chez Moya: An Australian Salon in Paris’, AAANZ Conference, ANU, 2009. 
  • ‘The poet and the ghosts are walking the streets: Hope Mirrlees’s Paris – A Poem’, Poetry and the Trace: an international poetry conference, Monash University, 2008. 
  • ‘Making it accessible:  Mary Alice Evatt and Australian modernist art’,  Australian Modernities Vernacular Performers and Consumers International Conference, Universityy

Professional Affiliations


  • NSW Premier’s History Fellowship, 2003
  • Mary Alice Evatt Art Prize, University of Western Sydney and Evatt Foundation, 2002


Last reviewed: 18 August, 2014