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Global Lives hosts Professor Anne Cranny-Francis


Global Lives is pleased to announce that Brunel University London will be hosting Professor Anne Cranny-Francis in July 2018.

Anne Cranny-Francis is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, and recently retired as Professor of Cultural Studies at UTS. She has a first class Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Queensland (1977) and a PhD in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. (1984) Her Ph.D. on the work of the political activist and multimedia artist, William Morris, created a life-long interest in the politics of cultural production and its transgressive potential in all media.

Though primarily teaching and research focused, she has occupied management roles of Head of Department and Associate Dean for Research (Macquarie University) and School Research Coordinator and Research Centre Director (UTS) and has worked on many university committees.  As a teacher, Anne has taken a leading role in curriculum development in all of her university positions, including the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII) at UTS and the Bachelor of Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in the mid-1990s.

Her research has focused broadly on the area of cultural literacy and more specifically on a range of interdisciplinary fields including gender studies, popular culture studies, media and multimedia research, technology and culture studies, body and sensory studies. Her books include the monographs, Feminist Fiction: Feminist Uses of Generic Fiction (1990), Engendered Fictions: Analysing gender in the production and reception of texts (1992), Popular Culture (1994), The Body in the Text (1995), Multimedia: Texts and Contexts (2005) and Technology and Touch: the Biopolitics of Emerging Technologies (2013), as well as the co-edited Feminine, Masculine and Representation (1990) and the co-written Gender Studies: Terms and Debates (2003).

Anne was a founding editor of the journal, Social Semiotics, is an editorial board member of a number of current journals, and reviews papers for a wide range of journals in Cultural Studies, Communication, Literature, Law, and Sociology. She also assesses grant applications for the Australian Research Council, the Canadian Humanities and Social Science Research Council, the Austrian Science Fund and the Irish Research Council.

Anne has also worked as a consultant in a range of areas including children’s television production, school literacy, workplace communication, web site analysis, and higher education.

Anne will be giving a number of activities for staff and students to attend during July:

Please check out the individual event pages for more information and to register for these events.