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Professor Bill Ashcroft

My Expertise

Australian literature; post - colonial literature & theory; Australian studies; cultural studies

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Bill Ashcroft is an Emeritus Professor in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts. A founding exponent of post-colonial theory, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to examine systematically the field of post-colonial studies. He is author and co-author of twenty one books, variously translated into five languages, Including Post-Colonial Transformation (Routledge 2001), Post-Colonial Futures (Continuum 2001); Caliban's...view more

Bill Ashcroft is an Emeritus Professor in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts. A founding exponent of post-colonial theory, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to examine systematically the field of post-colonial studies. He is author and co-author of twenty one books, variously translated into five languages, Including Post-Colonial Transformation (Routledge 2001), Post-Colonial Futures (Continuum 2001); Caliban's Voice (Routledge 2008) Intimate Horizons (ATF 2009) and Utopianism in Postcolonial Literatures (Routledge 2016). He is the author of over 200 chapters and papers, and he is on the editorial boards of ten international journals.


My Qualifications

BA MA Syd, PhD ANU


My Awards

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Global Award of Academic Excellence

Australian Research Council – Australian Professorial Fellowship

2007: Distinguished researcher award University of Hong Kong       

First Year Experience Award UNSW                                           

Ed-Media 2002 International Conference, Outstanding Paper Award

Exemplary Web Course Award    

ITET Fellowship UNSW                                                                

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University            

Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, University of Adelaide

McRae Russell Prize for work of Australian criticism (Shortlist)

Crawford Prize (PhD Thesis).

Colin Roderick Prize for Australian Literature (MA Thesis)                                          


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Australian literature, postcolonial literatures, literary theory.


My Engagement

MembershipsAULLA (Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association); ASAL (Association for the Study of Australia Literature); EASA (European Australian Studies Association); IASA (Indian Australian Studies Association; AASA (Asian Association for the Study of Australasia); AAALS (American Association for Australian Literary Studies); ACLALS (Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies); EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies); IACLALS (Indian Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies); SPACLALS (South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies); USACLALS (United States Association for Commonwealth Literary and Language Studies)

Editorial Boards

Textual Practice; African Identities; New Literatures Review; JASAL; Lemuria; Colloquy; Prosopisia ; Textus; Anglistica. Postcolonial Text, Australian Journal of Popular Culture

Monograph Series: "Horizons in Post-colonial Studies," New York: Nova Press (Series editor)

2018            Professor Emeritus

2016-2018   Professor

2011-2015   Australian Professorial Fellow, School of the Arts and Media

2011             Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Cologne

2009 ->         Professor, School of English Media and Performing Arts UNSW

2006-2008    Chair Professor, School of English University of Hong Kong

2004-2006    Professor and Head of School, School of English UNSW

1999-2004:   Associate Professor, School of English UNSW

1990-98:        Senior Lecturer, School of English. UNSW

1989-92:        Convenor, Australian Studies Program. UNSW

1988-90:        Lecturer; School of English. UNSW

1986- 87:       Senior Lecturer and Head of Literature: Department of Language and Literature; University of Papua New Guinea.

1986:              Contracted research and writing. Regular critic: Books and Writing.

1984-5:          Research, policy development and  publication in Aboriginal issues: social policy international  law, Aborigines and human rights Aboriginal employment.

1984:              Visiting Fellow: Human Sciences, Australian National University: Research in Interdisciplinarity.

1984:              Research Consultant, National Aboriginal Conference

1984:              Co-ordinator of the establishment of the Pacific Region of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples

1982:              Visiting Fellow, Office for Research in Academic Methods: Aust. Studies.

1979-82:        Lecturer, McAuley Teachers' College, Brisbane.

1976-80:        Tutor, ANU.

1974:              Lecturer, Guild Teachers' College, Sydney:

1971/2:          Tutor, University of Sydney:

1970:              Teaching Fellow, University of Sydney   

 


My Teaching

Bill Ashcroft has taught in the Faculty since 1988. He was instrumental in developing the Australian Studies program in the Faculty, the teaching of post-colonial literary studies in the School, and has developed various forms of innovative, interdisciplinary and electronic educational initiatives. Most recently he spent three years from 2005-2008 as Chair Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong.

Innovative Teaching

• Selected in 2001 to be supported by the university to prepare and deliver a fully online General Education course, first taught in Session 2 2001.

• Selected in 2001 to be one of the inaugural ITET (Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology) Fellows. The ITET scheme was designed to prepare academics to take a leading role in the university's transformation of teaching.

• Received an Outstanding Paper Award for a paper with Iain McAlpine of EdTec delivered at the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications in 2002.

• Led a team in 2002 which received a grant in the First Year Experience scheme - developed two web-assisted, modular, collaborative first year courses, with an emphasis upon improving the First Year experience of university.

• Was nominated for a WebCt Exemplary Course Award in 2003.

Postgraduate Supervision:

• Supervised over twenty PhD graduates since 1988.

• Postgraduate coordinator in the School of English.

Undergraduate Teaching:

• Australian literature, Australian Studies, and Critical Theory, Post-colonial literatures and Theory, African, Indian and Caribbean Literatures.

• Convened the Australian Studies Program from 1988 to 1993, introducing an Australian Studies major and Australian Studies MA.

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Location

202, Level 2 Robert Webster

Contact

+61 2 9665 9937
+61 2 9385 6812