Maryanne Dever is Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is currently Deputy Chair of Academic Board and Deputy Chair of the University's Teaching and Learning Committee. She is Academic Lead on the University's move to a new learning management system and is currently chairing the working group to review the University's Academic Integrity framework. Within the Faculty she has focused on the future of work, a new WIL strategy and enhancing the digital learning experience for students.
She holds degrees from the University of Queensland (BA Hons) and the University of Sydney (MA Hons, PhD).
Before joining the University of Technology Sydney in 2015 she held positions at a number of universities, including the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong, and Monash University where she was Director of the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research.
She has held visiting posts or fellowships at: the Department of Information Studies, University College London; the Gender Institute + Humanities Research Centre, ANU; the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminism (IGSF) at McGill University; the Institute of Women's Studies at University of Ottawa; Manning Clark House, Canberra; and the National Library of Australia, Canberra. In 2016 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland and in 2015 was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Tampere and Turku, Finland.
She is a former President of the Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association.
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Maryanne's research encompasses critical archival studies, together with feminist literary and cultural history. 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. The work will appear shortly in her new book, Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page.
In 2017 Maryanne presented at 'Archival Afterlives': The John Rylands Research Institute Conference (Manchester) and 'From Dust to Dawn: Archival Studies After the Archival Turn' (Uppsala, Sweden). In November 2017 she co-presented a Big Ideas Seminar at the National Archives (UK) with UTS colleagues Kate Sweetapple and Jacqui Lorber Kasunic. She was also invited to present at the 2016 Royal Historical Society's annual Gerald Aylmer Seminar, The Experience of the Archive (Institute of Historical Research, University of London) and a keynote address at Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive: Matter and Meaning convened by ARLIS/UK and the University of Brighton in September of the same year.
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.
Maryanne 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 recently co-edited (with Lisa Adkins) The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency (Palgrave 2016) which was featured in the Times Higher Education Best Books of the Year 2016. She also co-edited (with Lisa Adkins) Gender and Labour in New Times (Routledge 2017).
She has received funding from: the Australian Research Council and the Sidney Myer Fund.
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).
Maryanne has regularly co-taught Honours Research Methods (55993) in the School of Communications. She was also responsible for developing the Faculty's new internship-like subject The Future of Work which was introduced in 2017.
Dever, M 2018, Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research, Routledge.
In an era when the metaphor of the archive is invoked to cover almost any kind of memory, collection or accumulation, it is important to re-examine what is entailed—politically and methodologically—in the practice of feminist archival research. This question is central not only to the renewed interest many disciplines are showing in empirical research in archives but also given the current explosion of online social and cultural data which has fundamentally transformed what we understand an archive to be. Contributors in this collection are keen to mark out what may be novel and what is enduring in the ways in which feminist thought and feminist practice frame archives. Importantly, they engage with archives in their historical and political complexity rather than treating them as simple repositories of source material. In this respect, contributors are keenly interested in what it means to archive particular materials, and not simply in what those materials may hold for feminist researchers. The collection features established and emerging feminist scholars and brings together interventions from across such disciplines as history, literature, modernist studies, cinema studies and law.
Dever, M, Taylor, A & Adkins, L 2018, Germaine Greer: Essays on a Feminist Figure, Routledge.
Germaine Greer is one of the most enduring and influential figures of the second wave of the women's movement. The Female Eunuch (1970) is one of second-wave feminism's most widely recognised publications and its author has come to embody and indeed expand our understanding of second-wave feminism in a way that few others have. Yet, while Greer's public visibility never seems to wane, her writings and her politics have failed to attract the kind of sustained critical engagement they warrant. This volume represents the first collection of essays to examine Greer, her politics, her writing, and her status as a feminist celebrity. The essays in this collection cover The Female Eunuch (1970), Greer's public rivalry with Arianna Stassinopoulos, her time in America, her ideas and politics, and her styling as feminist fashion icon. Many essays include new insights drawn from previously unseen material in the recently launched Germaine Greer Archive at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Adkins, L & Dever, M 2016, Gender and Labour in New Times.
This book is concerned with the gender order of post-Fordism, and especially the labour demanded from many women by post-Fordist capitalism. It maps and traces these demands as well their entanglement in complex processes of value creation.
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.
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.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
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.
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.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
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.
Brunner, LK & Dever, M 2014, 'Work, Bodies and Boundaries: Talking Sexual Harassment in the New Economy', Gender, Work and Organization, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 459-471.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This article examines sexual harassment in the context of the new economy and highlights the manner in which the changing nature of work — and in particular the acknowledged rise of sexualized 'body work' — troubles conventional understandings of what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and the means to address it. Using data from a small-scale qualitative study of service workers and professional employees, we explore the ways in which those definitions of sexual harassment now fail to match participants' accounts of their working lives. We examine sexual harassment in the context of the rise of service roles that require forms of increasingly sexualized 'body work' from employees, increased demands for workers to 'self-manage', and new flexible modes of employment that blur the boundaries between being 'on' and 'off' the job. We conclude that these 'new' modes of work may provide the conditions for the revival of 'old' stories which limit the capacity of individuals to recognize and label behaviours as 'sexual harassment'.
© 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.
Dever, M & Morra, L 2014, 'Literary Manuscripts, Materiality and the Digital', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 223-226.
Castan, M, Paterson, JM, Richardson, P, Watt, H & Dever, M 2010, 'Early Optimism? First-Year Law Students' Work Expectations and Aspirations', Legal Education Review, vol. 20, no. 1.
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.
Dever, M, Newman, S & Vickery, A 2010, 'The Intimate Archive', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 94-137.
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.View/Download from: Publisher's site
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, ''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 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 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, '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 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.
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 & Maher, JM 2004, 'What matters to women: Beyond reproductive stereotypes', People and Place, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 7-12.
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 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 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 1989, 'VIOLENCE AS LINGUA-FRANCA - HULME,KERI THE 'BONE PEOPLE'', WLWE-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 & ASH, J 1988, 'THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING AND POSTMODERNISM - WHYTE,ROBERT 'MANACLES'', SOUTHERLY, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 212-223.
DEVER, M 1986, 'SECRET COMPANIONS - THE CONTINUITY OF MALOUF,DAVID FICTION', WLWE-WORLD LITERATURE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 62-75.
Dever, M 1986, ''Secret companions: The continuity of David Malouf's fiction', World Literature Written in English, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 62-74.
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, AL & Cantrell, J (eds), Out of the Closet and Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories, SUNY Press, Albany.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Distinctions between public and private — however problematic and contested — turn on
notions of borders or boundaries and this essay examines approaches to collections of private
and, in some cases, highly personal papers that have found their way into public repositories.
These private/public papers possess different qualities and pose different challenges from
those associated with preserving and researching administrative or government records. I ask
what makes an archived document 'private'? What protocols govern scholarly access to these
particular elements of the archival record? Finally, and more significantly, what are the effects
of this categorization? I conclude by considering how the productivity of the 'private' may be
bound up with questions of value.
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, EC & Mayberry, M (eds), Meeting the Challenge: Innovative Feminist Pedagogies in Action, Routledge, New York, London, pp. 49-62.
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, '"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.
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.
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, JM, 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
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.
Maher, JM, 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 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 & Maher, JM 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 2001, Futures for Women's Studies: A Discussion Paper, Working Papers in Women's Studies No 1, no. 1.