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Professor Maryanne Dever

Biography

Maryanne Dever holds degrees from the University of Queensland (BA Hons) and the University of Sydney (MA Hons, PhD). Before coming to the University of Technology Sydney she held positions at a number of universities, including the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong, and Monash University where she was an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research.

Professional

Maryanne Dever is joint Editor-in-Chief of Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

She is a former President of the Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association.

In 2016 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland. In 2015 was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Tampere and Turku,  Finland. In 2014 she was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University College London, and held the inaugural Gender Institute / Humanities Research Centre Visiting Fellowship at the ANU, Canberra. She has also held fellowships and visiting posts at: the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminism at McGill University, the Institute of Women's Studies at University of Ottawa, Manning Clark House, and the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

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Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning), ADMIN Dean's Unit
Literary studies
 
Phone
+61 2 9514 2104

Research Interests

Maryanne's research encompasses archive studies, feminist literary and cultural history and digital humanities. Her current research projects focus on issues of intimacy and materiality in relation to both research practice (methodology) and to the socio-cultural status of archived objects.

With Linda Morra she co-convenes, the 'archivefutures' research network, an international network of scholars and archivists engaged in speculative and theoretically informed considerations of archived manuscripts and personal papers. Together they also co-edited a special issue of the journal Archives and Manuscripts on 'Literary Archives, Materiality and the Digital' published in 2014.

In 2016 Maryanne is presenting at the Gerald Aylmer Seminar, The Experience of the Archive, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, in April, and presenting a keynote at Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive: Matter and Meaning at the University of Brighton in September. 

She has on-going research interests in the area of gender, work and higher education and has published widely on women's and gender studies. She co-edited (with Lisa Adkins) the volume The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency (Palgrave 2015). She has received funding from: the Australian Research Council and the Sidney Myer Fund.

Can supervise: Yes
Maryanne is an experienced graduate supervisor and has supervised more than 20 higher degree theses to completion. She would be particularly interested to work with potential research students on the following: engagements with literary archives; key questions in gender and higher education; feminist inquiries.

Maryanne Dever has extensive programme management, curriculum development and teaching experience across literary studies, women's and gender studies, and cultural studies. She has received a series of awards and citations for her teaching, including the Dean of Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching and Curriculum Development, Monash University (2008). She held a 2011 University of Newcastle Teaching and Learning Fellowship from which she produced the report, Smart Teaching (2012).

She is currently co-teaching Honours Research Methods (55993) in the School of Communications and contributing to Becoming Australia (54098) and the Honours Seminar in Communication and Society (55995). She is responsible for developing the Faculty's new internship-like subject The Future of Work  for introduction in 2017. 

Books

Dever, M. 2016, The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Dever, M., Vickery, A. & Newman, S. 2009, The Intimate Archive Journeys Through Private Papers, National Library of Australia, Canberra.
In this sense, the book is both an introverted contemplation of private affairs and an extroverted meditation on the right to acquire and assume intimate knowledge.
Dever, M. 1997, Australia and Asia: Cultural Transactions, University of Hawaii Press, Curzon Press, Honolulu, London.
Focuses on a series of interactions and exchanges - whether philosophical, political, aesthetic, or commercial - between Australia and the cultures of the Asia-Pacific region.
Dever, M. 1995, M. Barnard Eldershaw, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.
Dever, M. 1994, Wallflowers and witches women and culture in Australia, 1910-1945, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.
Studies of Australian women writers and artists from 1910-1945, with some new perspectives and conceptual models. Includes references and an index.
Dever, M. 1991, Travesty: Miscarriages of Justice, Pluto Press, Sydney.

Chapters

Dever, M. & Adkins, L. 2016, 'The Financialisation of Social Reproduction: Domestic Labour and Promissory Value' in Adkins, L. & Dever, M. (eds), The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Dever, M. 2015, 'Papered over, or some observations on materiality and method' in Stone, A.L. & Cantrell, J. (eds), Out of the Closet and Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories, SUNY Press, Albany.
Dever, M. 2012, 'The Private in the Public Archive' in Carucci, M. (ed), Revealing Privacy, Peter Lang, pp. 19-29.
Dever, M. 2008, 'Students, Careers, and Employers: Findings from an International Study' in Grenz, S., Jähnert, G. & Kortendiek, B. (eds), Bologna and Beyond: New Perspectives on Gender and Gender Studies, Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, pp. 63-74.
Dever, M., Cuthbert, D. & Pollak, L. 2002, 'Life After Women's Studies: Graduates and the Labour Market' in Wiegman, R. (ed), Women's Studies On Its Own: A Next Wave Reader in Institutional Change, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, pp. 312-38.
Dever, M. 1999, 'Wrestling with the Devil, or From Pedagogy to Profit and Back Again' in Rose, E.C. & Mayberry, M. (eds), Meeting the Challenge: Innovative Feminist Pedagogies in Action, Routledge, New York, London, pp. 49-62.
Dever, M. 1997, 'Introduction' in Dever, M. (ed), Australia and Asia: Cultural Transactions, University of Hawaii Press, Curzon Press, Honolulu, London, pp. 1-7.
Dever, M. 1997, 'Screening the Other woman: Pozzan and Bretherton's As the Mirror Burns' in Dever, M. (ed), Australia and Asia: Cultural Transactions, University of Hawaii Press, Curzon Press, Honolulu, London, pp. 70-82.
Dever, M. 1994, 'Introduction' in Dever, M. (ed), Wallflowers and Witches: Women and Culture in Australia, 1910-1945, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, pp. ix-xvi.
Dever, M. 1994, '"Conventional women of ability": M. Barnard Eldershaw and women's cultural authority' in Dever, M. (ed), Wallflowers and Witches: Women and Culture in Australia, 1910-1945, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, pp. 133-146.
Dever, M. 1994, 'Place, possession, power: The politics of space in David Malouf's Harland's Half Acre' in Nettelbeck, A. (ed), Provisional Maps: Critical Essays on David Malouf, CSAL, Perth, pp. 117-131.

Conferences

Dever, M. 2006, 'Fully Flexible: Research Performance, Professionalism and Performativity', Proceedings of ATN 2006 International Women's Executive Development Conference, ATN 2006 International Women's Executive Development Conference, Change in Climate: Prospects for Gender Equity in Universities, Adelaide.
Dever, M. & Dalton, B. 2006, 'When Research Works for Women: Strategic Discussion', Proceedings of ATN 2006 International Women's Executive Development Conference, ATN 2006 International Women's Executive Development Conference, Change in Climate: Prospects for Gender Equity in Universities, Adelaide.
Dever, M. 2004, '(Other) Feminisms: An International Women's and Gender Studies Conference, 12-16 July 2003, Brisbane, Australia', Australian Feminist Studies, pp. 121-123+141.

Journal articles

Dever, M., Taylor, A. & Adkins, L. 2016, 'Greer Now', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 31, no. 87, pp. 1-6.
Dever, M. & Adkins, L. 2015, 'It's not about the women: gender equality in research', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 30, no. 85, pp. 217-220.
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Dever, M. & Adkins, L. 2015, 'All Male Panel: Interview with Saara Särmä', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 30, no. 85, pp. 283-288.
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Dever, M. 2015, 'Material Feminism: Monique Wittig's Papers Acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 30, no. 85, pp. 299-303.
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The papers of radical feminist writer Monique Wittig (1935–2003) are now available for researchers to consult in Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. This article provides an account of the provenance of the collection, its holdings and its passage to the Beinecke. In particular, it explores what has and has not survived and highlights the timeliness of the opening of Wittig's papers in terms of current speculation around the history and archiving of feminism as a movement.
Dever, M. & Morra, L. 2014, 'Literary Manuscripts, Materiality and the Digital', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 223-226.
Adkins, L. & Dever, M. 2014, 'Gender and Labour in New Times: An Introduction', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 29, no. 79, pp. 1-11.
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Dever, M. 2014, 'Manuscripts and Photographs: Being in the Archive', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 282-294.
Adkins, L. & Dever, M. 2014, 'What can wages do? The category of the female breadwinner in financial capitalism', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 29, no. 79, pp. 50-66.
Dever, M. 2014, 'Archiving Feminism: Papers, Politics, Posterity', Archivaria, vol. 77, no. Spring, pp. 25-42.
Brunner, L.K. & Dever, M. 2014, 'Work, Bodies and Boundaries: Talking Sexual Harassment in the New Economy', Gender, Work & Organization, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 459-471.
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Dever, M. 2014, 'Photographs and manuscripts: working in the archive', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 282-294.
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© 2014, © 2014 Australian Society of Archivists. This essay opens out a series of questions concerning matter and materiality in the age of the digital via engagement with the literary papers of Australian writer Eve Langley (1904–74), held in the Mitchell Library in Sydney. Among those papers is a single black and white snapshot labelled 'The Manuscript Cupboard, 1970', which shows three shelves of a household cupboard filled with exercise books, folders and paper-wrapped parcels. The same collection also contains a series of colour snapshots showing Langley's manuscripts arranged in a variety of tableaux laid out across her untended lawn. That Langley should have first taken and then preserved such photos is perhaps not surprising given her deep attachment to material conditions of writing and, in particular, to manuscripts and paper. For Langley, to write was quite simply to inhabit paper and she framed the experience of writing as one of immersion, not just in ideas and words, but literally in paper. Framed by a consideration of the anxieties around materiality provoked by the emergence of digital technologies, this essay explores paper's presence as an integral dimension of the experience of being in the archive and working with original materials.
Adkins, L. & Dever, M. 2014, 'Housework, Wages and Money: The Category of the Female Principal Breadwinner in Financial Capitalism', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 29, no. 79, pp. 50-66.
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According to a range of authors and popular commentators, the post-Fordist socioeconomic order has produced a new category of female labourer, the 'female principal breadwinner'. This article opens out this category of worker to critical scrutiny. We suggest that while the very idea of the female principal breadwinner is open to all manner of existing lines of feminist critique, beyond this it forces a confrontation with a number of issues vital to feminist analyses of transformations to women's labour-both waged and unwaged-in contemporary financialised post-Fordism. We pursue two issues in particular. First, transformations to the labour of social reproduction-including transformations to the measurement and valuation of domestic labour-and second, the financialisation (and shifting capacities) of wages specifically and money more generally. We suggest that if transformations to women's labour are to be fully grasped and understood feminist theory must renew and rethink its analyses of domestic labour, wages and money. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Dever, M. 2013, 'Provocations on the pleasures of archived paper', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 173-182.
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Dever, M. & Henderson, M. 2012, 'The Activist's Archive: Merle Thornton', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 27, no. 72, pp. 221-223.
Dever, M. & Henderson, M. 2012, 'THE ACTIVIST'S ARCHIVE', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 27, no. 72, pp. 221-223.
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Dever, M., Newman, S. & Vickery, A. 2010, 'The Intimate Archive', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 94-137.
Dever, M. 2010, 'Greta Garbo's Foot or Sex, Socks and Letters', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 25, no. 64, pp. 163-174.
Dever, M., Castan, M., Paterson, J., Richardson, P. & Watt, H. 2010, 'Early Optimism? First-year Law Students' Expectations and Aspirations', Legal Education Review, vol. 20, no. 1/2, pp. 1-11.
Castan, M., Paterson, J.M., Richardson, P., Watt, H. & Dever, M. 2010, 'Early Optimism? First-Year Law Students' Work Expectations and Aspirations', Legal Education Review, vol. 20, no. 1.
Despite a burgeoning of law schools in Australia in the last 15 years, there has been very little exploration of the expectations and aspirations of students commencing a law degree in Australia. By contrast, a number of studies on features of professional life for practising lawyers are emerging. In particular, recent studies have shown high levels of stress, anxiety and depression among practising lawyers. In addition, there is evidence of high levels of attrition of women from private legal practice in the first few years following admission and a significant under-representation of women in the senior levels of the profession. Universities and their law schools have not traditionally focused on preparing students for the realities of the legal workplace, concentrating instead on technical legal knowledge and practical legal skills. We recently set out to ask commencing (that is, newly enrolled) students in their first few weeks of study what they thought legal practice would be like, and what sort of career and lifestyle they would have. In this paper, we set out the context for the 2009 study into first-year students' career expectations and analyse some of the key findings.
Dever, M. & Morrison, Z. 2009, 'Women, Research Performance and Work Context', Tertiary Education and Management, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 49-62.
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Bartlett, A., Dever, M. & Henderson, M. 2007, 'Notes Towards an Archive of Australian Feminist Activism', Outskirts, vol. 16.
Dever, M. & Curtin, J. 2007, 'Bent babies and closed borders: Paid maternity leave, ideal families and the Australian population project', Asian Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 33-62.
This article examines recent public debate in Australia around the question of paid maternity leave with specific reference to the way this policy has been mooted as a possible key to reversing or stabilizing Australia's declining birth-rate. The paid maternity leave debate is read against a set of debates that have unfolded concurrently but generally have been treated separately: those concerning access to assisted reproductive technologies, gay marriage, border protection, and mandatory detention. What unites these debates is tension over who constitutes "proper" families, "correct" mothers and the "right" (white) babies. We are interested in the way these debates not only give expression to shared anxieties about race, (reproductive) biology and nation, but in fact depend upon one another in their efforts to re-constitute familiar hierarchies of meaning and merit in the realms of motherhood and family, which are then materialised in the current Australian federal government's policies on family, welfare, work and immigration.
Dever, M. 2005, 'Baby Talk: The Howard Government, Families and the Politics of Difference', Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 45-61.
Dever, M. 2005, ''A friendship that is grown on paper: Reflections on editing Marjorie Barnard's letters to Nettie Palmer', Antipodes: a global journal of Australian/New Zealand literature, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 13-19.
Dever, M. 2004, 'The bonds of friendship: The demise of 'M. Barnard Eldershaw', Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 129-147.
Dever, M. & Saugeres, L. 2004, 'I forgot to have children!: Untangling links between feminism, careers and voluntary childlessness', Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 116-126.
Dever, M. & Maher, J.M. 2004, 'What matters to women: Beyond reproductive stereotypes', People and Place, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 7-12.
Dever, M. 2004, 'Women's Studies and the Discourse of Vocationalism: Some New Perspectives', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 27, no. 5 & 6, pp. 475-488.
Dever, M. 2004, 'How students characterised the vocational gains from women's studies (or why we need not be anxious)', Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 34-49.
Dever, M. 2004, 'Women's studies and the discourse of vocationalism: Some new perspectives', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 27, no. 5-6, pp. 475-488.
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The transformation of western higher education systems within a broadly consumerist logic has generated a new focus upon the post-graduation marketability of individual fields of study. Only those subjects perceived to have strong links to identifiable labor market openings are labeled "vocational" and these are deemed by institutions and students alike to be more "relevant" and "rewarding" with respect to their future working lives. Within these discussions, the Women's Studies major is frequently characterized as "useless" and "nonvocational", This paper explores the discourse of "vocationalism" as it circulates in and around the field of Women's Studies, arguing that the experiences of Women's Studies students and graduates, together with shifts in the contemporary labor market, suggest important ways of reconfiguring the meanings of the vocational with respect to Women's Studies. It represents findings from international surveys of more than 700 undergraduate Women's Studies students and from qualitative interviews with employers, careers advisors, and Women's Studies graduates. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Dever, M. 2002, 'I Don't Know Where This Will Take Me: Rethinking Study/Work Relationships for Women's Studies Students', Women's Studies Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 3 & 4, pp. 256-270.
Dever, M. & Day, E. 2001, 'Beyond the Campus: Some Initial Findings on Women's Studies, Careers, and Employers', Journal of International Women's Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 20-20.
Dever, M., Cuthbert, D. & Dacre, A. 1999, 'Women's Studies Graduates and the Labour Market: New Thoughts and New Questions', Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 102-110.
Dever, M. 1999, 'Notes on Feminist Pedagogy in the Brave New (Corporate) World', European Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 219-225.
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Dever, M. 1999, 'Open forum: Notes on feminist pedagogy in the brave new (corporate) world', European Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 219-225.
Dever, M. 1998, 'Culture Shocks: Feminism and Difference in the Classroom', Asian Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 130-152.
Dever, M. 1998, 'Culture shocks: Feminism and difference in the classroom', Asian Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 130-152.
Across the past two decades feminist movements world-wide have been responding to the question of cultural difference. Comfortable notions of universal sisterhood have increasingly given way to contingent alliances shaped by new understandings of difference; power, and pluralism. In extending some of the contemporary debates in cross-cultural feminism into the domain of teaching, this essay will explore how some of these debates are influencing the methods and ideals underpinning feminist pedagogy and will consider how responsive the "feminist classroom" has been to a range of cross-cultural dilemmas. As feminist pedagogic practice is inevitably informed by shifting cultural and power politics at play in individual contexts, the essay will seek to address some of the specific issues arising in different cultural contexts, including the politics of "political correctness" and multiculturalism in Australia and North America and the politics of colonialism and postcolonialism in Hong Kong. How do these issues affect the meaning(s) of feminism in the classroom? How do they redefine our understanding of "radical pedagogy"?
Dever, M. 1997, 'Exploring feminist research: A student-centred model', Feminist Teacher: a journal of the practices, theories, and scholarship of feminist teaching, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 91-103.
Dever, M. 1996, 'Reading other people's mail', Archives and Manuscripts: Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 116-129.
Dever, M. 1992, '"No mine and thine but ours": Finding "M. Barnard Eldershaw"', Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 65-74.
Dever, M. 1992, ''Courting the reader: Authors' Week 1935', The Australian Reader: Australian Cultural History, vol. 11, pp. 100-110.
Dever, M. 1991, '"No time is inopportune for a protest": Aspects of the political activities of Marjorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw', Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 9-21.
Dever, M. 1991, ''Billy Barlow' by Charles Alexander Dibdin', Australasian Drama Studies, vol. 14, pp. 9-21.
Dever, M. 1989, ''The case for Flora Eldershaw', Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 38-48.
Dever, M. 1989, 'Violence as lingua franca: Keri Hulme's The Bone People', World Literature Written in English, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 23-35.
Dever, M. & Ash, J. 1988, ''Robert Whyte's Manacles: The politics of publishing and postmodernism', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 212-223.
Dever, M. 1986, ''Secret companions: The continuity of David Malouf's fiction', World Literature Written in English, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 62-74.

Reports

Dever, M. University of Newcastle 2012, Smart Teaching: Report from a 2011 University of Newcastle Teaching & Learning Fellowship, Newcastle.
Dever, M., Boreham, P., Western, M., Haynes, M., Kübler, M., Laffan, W. & Behrens, K. The University of Queensland 2008, Gender Differences in Early Post-PhD Employment in Australian Universities: The influence of PhD Experience on Women's Academic Careers, Brisbane.
Dever, M., Morrison, Z., Dalton, B. & Tayton, S. Monash University 2006, When Research Works for Women: Report from the Project.
Maher, J.M., Dever, M. & Calder, R. Parliament of Australia, House of Representatives 2005, Diverse Families at Work: Findings from the Families, Fertility and the Future, Canberra.
Invited submission to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Inquiry into Balancing Work and Family, Standing Committee on Family and Human Services
Maher, J.M., Dever, M., Curtin, J. & Singleton, A. School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University 2004, What Women (and Men) Want: Births, Policies and Choices.
Dever, M. & Curtin, J. School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University 2004, The Politics of Reproduction: The Howard Government, Paid Maternity Leave and Family Friendly Policy, Fertility, Families and the Future Working Paper No 3, no. 3.
Dever, M. & Maher, J.M. School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University 2002, Families, Fertility and the Future: Preliminary Thoughts and Findings, Families and the Future Working Paper No 1, no. 1.
Dever, M. Centre for Women's Studies & Gender Research, Monash University 2002, Feminist Futures: Women's Studies, Vocational Aspirations, Career Outcomes, Working Papers in Women's Studies No 2, no. 2.
Dever, M. Centre for Women's Studies & Gender Research, Monash University 2001, Futures for Women's Studies: A Discussion Paper, Working Papers in Women's Studies No 1, no. 1.
Selected Peer-Assessed Projects