Deborah Nixon currently works with the Academic Language and Learning team at IML .
She has successfully completed her PhD degree. Her research focus is on the plight of domiciled communities up to and during the partition of India, taking into account studies of displacement, migration, memory and the construction of narratives about this experience. Her work is interdisciplinary, drawing on theory and research practices from history, anthropology and geography.
In addition, to her extensive teaching experience in Australia she worked as a teacher trainer in Indonesia and as an English language teacher and teacher trainer at the University of Foreign Studies Hanoi North Vietnam.
Landscapes of meaning: South Asia – Australia Connections environment and people, Conference Sydney UTS Oct.2006 ‘Railways, race and domiciled Europeans’,
‘Using Lives Conference, Sept 2007 Australian National University ‘Portal to the past: a visual narrative’,
Researching Anglo-Indians, Conference, Calcutta 18th-20th ,‘Inflections and innuendoes’, Dec, 2007
Oceans of Stories: University of Western Australia, Feb 2008 , 'Inflections and Innuendoes: family photographs, railways, partition and migration, India and Australia 1910-1951'
AALL: Adelaide 2014 ‘Responding to change’
International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher education 2015, The University of Hong Kong: 'Marx is Boring’
4th International Visual Methods Conference, The University of Brighton Sept 2015: ‘Getting off script’: using vernacular photographs to explore representations of the quotidian
International Oral History Association Conference Srishti Institute Bengalaru India , June 2016, Engaging with history : Foregrounding the background –history, memory and photo-elicitation
ABC Radio interview with Sarah Macdonald on Nightlife 13/08/2016
London School Of Economics, Ethnography and Family Research Oct 24th 2007 (seminar, invited speaker)
Delhi University Nov 7th 2007, Post Graduate Seminar Series, Domiciled Communities in India at the time of the late Raj (seminar, invited speaker)
I collaborate with staff from the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to embed academic literacies across their curricula. I also work with faculties to identify the best strategies needed for developing communication skills and English language proficiency to all students.
I work with course and subject teams to develop discipline specific approaches to teaching academic language and literacies. These approaches can include curriculum development, co-design of subjects and tutorials that focus on language and literacy, delivering guest lectures on discipline specific language and some team teaching. I also assist academics wishing to apply for grants.
I am a member of the Flipped Learning Action group.
Nixon, DA 2013, 'Movement and Stillness, Speaking and Silence', The International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies, vol. 13, no. 1.
Vanni, I, Nixon, D, Cody, O & Giovanangeli, A 2016, 'Neighbourhoods and Stories: Developing Literacies and Intercultural Competencies through Site-Specific Inquiry', UTS Teaching and Learning Forum, University of Technology Sydney.
Nixon, DA 2007, 'Inflections and Innuendoes', Researching Anglo Indians, Calcutta.
Nixon, DA 2007, 'Portal to the past:a visual narrative', Using Lives, Canberra.
Nixon, DA 2013, 'Track Changes', National geographic Traveller India, India.
Edwards, E, Goldsmith, R, Havery, C & Nixon, D 2019, 'How can we enhance commencing university students' L2 motivation through discipline-specific, embedded English language tutorials? Insights from a new initiative.'.