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Dr Melissa Boyde

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Qualifications: PhD Macquarie University; MA (with Distinction) University of Western Sydney; BA Hons (Class 1) University of Wollongong.
Location: 19.1074
Phone: +61 (02) 4221 3746


I am a researcher in the fields of modernist art and literature and the interdisciplinary field of Animal Studies.

In the visual arts my research and curatorial work is on Australian artists, including Mary Alice Evatt, Moya Dyring and Margaret Olley. In 2014-18 I curated exhibitions of their work for Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

My work in literary modernism includes research on the history of the roman à clef developed by the seventeenth century French writer Madeleine de Scudéry and taken up in the early twentieth century by writers such as Hope Mirrlees, Renée Vivien, H.D., Gertrude Stein and Djuna Barnes.

My research in Animal Studies is based in critical and cultural theory with a focus on the lived experiences of non-human animals – particularly those in the cattle industries in Australia. I was Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA) (2011-15) and the founder and chief editor of their fully peer reviewed, open access online journal: Animal Studies Journal. I am co-editor, with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, of the Animal Publics book series published by Sydney University Press. 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.

Recent Exhibitions

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.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Peace and Quiet and Open Air”: The Old Cow Project’, in Meat Culture, Ed. Annie Potts, Brill, 2016, pp.129-148.
  • ‘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
  • '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, ed. Ann Vickery and John Hawke, Puncher & Wattmann, 2013, 220-232.
  • ‘“You for Whom I Wrote”: Renee Vivien, H.D. and the roman à clef’, 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 Mirrlees - life and poetry’, Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 35(1/2), 2009, 29-41:
  • ‘A fresh point of view – the life and work of Mary Alice Evatt’:
  • ''Antipodean wanderer in the Mediterranean'', Art Monthly Australia, vol. 184, pp. 21-22
  • ‘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 Advocacy: Mary Alice Evatt in the 1930s and 40s’, Kunapipi, vol. XXVI, 2005.

Professional Associations and Research Affiliations

  • Advisory Board, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
  • Advisory Committee, Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network, University of Melbourne
  • Associate, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury
  • Co-convenor, Animal Studies Research Network (ASRN), UOW
  • Member, Australian Modernist Studies Network
  • Member, Feminist Research Network, UOW
  • Board member, Australasian Animal Studies Association
Last reviewed: 3 August, 2018