Rosanne Kennedy

Rosanne Kennedy is Associate Professor of Literature and Gender, Sexuality and Culture at the Australian National University. Her research interests include cultural memory studies;  testimony and trauma; law, literature and human rights; feminist theory and cultural studies; and environmental humanities. One strand of her research focuses on Australian materials and case, drawn from literature, film, memoir, human rights reports and legal cases, which she brings into transnational dialogues on cultures of memory, law and human rights, with the aim identifying the distinctive iterations of an Australia memory culture as it interacts with Australia’s deep Indigenous history and global currents. Another strand focuses on the transnational movement and circulation of aesthetic and legal texts engaging with memory an human rights. She has published widely in these areas in journals such as Memory Studies, Signs, Comparative Literature Studies, Studies in the Novel, Biography, Australian Feminist Studies and many others. She is currently working on two books: one explores new forms of testimony and witnessing emerging from Australia’s detention camps for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. The other, with the working title Moving Testimony: art, activism, and human rights, develops an affective and performative approach to testimony and its transnational circulation.

Recent publications include:

Kennedy, R and McCann, Hannah, “Splitting from Halley: Doing Justice to Race, Unwantedness, and Testimony in Campus Sexual Assault”. Signs: Journal of  (forthcoming, 2020).

Kennedy, R and Graefenstein, S. “From the Transnational to the Intimate: Multidirectional Memory, the Holocaust and Colonial Violence in Australia and Beyond, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society”, (in press, 2019)

Kennedy, R. “Reparative transnationalism: The friction and fiction of remembering in Sierra Leone”, Memory Studies, 11.3 (2018): 342-354.

Kennedy, R. “Remembering the Indonesian Killings: The Act of Killing and the Global Memory Imperative”, in Lucy Bond, Stef Craps, and Pieter Vermeulen (ed.), Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017), pp. 47-64.

Kennedy, R “Multidirectional eco-memory in an era of extinction: colonial whaling and indigenous dispossession in Kim Scott’s: That Deadman Dance”, in Ursula K Heise, Jon Christensen and Michelle Niemann (ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities (London and New York: Routledge, 2017) pp. 268-277.

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