Active around the world
I am an Australian and UK passport holder who was born in Hong Kong and subsequently educated in Australia, Finland, the US and France. I have resided (chronologically) in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Espoo, Los Angeles, Bologna, Paris, Manchester and Milan. I am fluent in French and Italian and have a working knowledge of Finnish. My work has been translated into Chinese, French, and Italian
- I have completed a University of California Press monograph entitled Transnational Trailblazers: Sarah Bernhardt, Gabrielle Réjane, Mistinguett. This is now in press and will be available through the University of California's Luminos site, which is open access and free for all.
- I am developing an oral history project collecting memories of the End of British empire in Hong Kong (1960s-1997). This is provisionally entitled The End of Empire project. I will produce a VR archive as well as a documentary film.
- I am on the founding editorial board for Feminist Media Histories (University of California Press) and on the editorial board of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (SAGE).
Curator and programmer
During my 20 year career as a media professional, I have curated film programs, art exhibitions, and organised and hosted internationally significant conferences. A selection of these include
- programming for Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone, Italy, 2019 and forthcoming, 2021). This is the world's leading international silent film festival.
- programming for Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, 2006
- I am leader of the multidisiciplinary and international digital archive initiative, Guglielmo Giannini: A digital archive of film, theatre, and political activism. This includes an archive, workshops, an international conference, and now (in 2021) a concluding book publication (Guglielmo Giannini: Uomo di Spettacolo, ed, Edizione di Pagina, Bari, 2021).
- Women and the Silent Screen VII international conference, 2013
- Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen conference, University of Melbourne and the Dax Center (2014)
- Screening Italy, Co.As.It, Melbourne, 2013
- A Dinner Party, WestSpace art gallery and symposium, 2012;
- The Feminist Salon Residency: The Envelope, West Wing, West Space Gallery, 2010,
- Paul Cox: Miracle Maker, screenings and international conference, Victoria College of the Arts, 2009.
My speaking engagements include keynote lectures delivered at
- the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, in French)
- the University of Bochum (Germany)
- the University of Bologna (in Italian)
- the Society for Theatre Research (Swedenborg Hall, London)
- Columbia University (USA)
- the University of Otago (NZ)
- the Humanities Research Centre, ANU.
Posts in education
- I obtained my first academic post in 1999 as a lecturer in French Cinema at the Centre Parisien d'Études Critiques, Paris.
- I was the inaugural lecturer in Screen in the (4*) Drama Department at the University of Manchester, UK.
- I am the first non-native Italian speaker to teach film at the Università Cattolica, Milan (in the Department of Communication and Performing Arts under the direction of Francesco Casetti).
- In 2009, I re-located to Melbourne, teaching screen studies and establishing the first graduate research methods class at the Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of the Arts. During this period, I was also the external assessor for creative work (NTRO) for the University of Sydney's Fine Arts Department. .
- I was the first Australian student ambassador to Finland, pioneering Youth For Understanding's exchange program. I attended Kaitaan Lukio in Espoo, learning Finnish and bonding with a family and friends who remain central to my life today.
- In 1992, I was awarded an Education Abroad Fellowship as well as a University of Melbourne Stipend to undertake my Honours Year abroad.
- In 1993, I was the first international student to be awarded a 2 year non-resident tuition scholarship from UCLA for my MA. I was subsequently awarded a 4 year non-resident tuition scholarship for my PhD from the School of Theater, Film, and Television, UCLA (1993-1995; 1995-1999). During this time, I was also the recipient of UCLA's Graduate School Leonard Howard Fellowship, the Regents Fellowship and the Otis Ferguson Award for Critical Writing.
- I was UCLA's first international student to be awarded the Charles Boyer Award for doctoral study in France. This enabled 2 years of research and study in Paris (Sorbonne, Paris III, including the Paris Critical Theory Program, under the direction of Sam Weber).
- My dissertation was completed with distinction under the supervision of Carlo Ginzburg, Vivian Sobchack, Peter Wollen, and Teshome Gabriel. In 1999 I was the recipient of UCLA's Centre for the Study of Women's Dissertation Award.