Dr Sarah French

Project Manager

Melbourne CSHE

Sarah manages a broad range of projects related to the work of the Melbourne CSHE and provides support for Melbourne CSHE internal development projects and initiatives.

Sarah French joined the Melbourne CSHE as Project Manager in March 2015. She manages a broad range of projects related to the  work of the Melbourne CSHE and provides support for Melbourne CSHE internal development projects and initiatives.

Sarah brings to the Melbourne CSHE fifteen years of professional  and academic experience at the University of Melbourne. She has taught extensively in the areas of Theatre Studies and Cinema Studies and has undertaken a range of professional roles specialising in postgraduate and research administration. 

Sarah has research interests spanning the areas of contemporary theatre and performance, cinema and television studies, feminism, sexuality and gender, philosophy and higher education. From 2013-2014 she held a Melbourne Research  Fellowship for her project entitled 'Pleasure, Politics, Performance: Sexuality  & Gender in Contemporary Australian Theatre.' She is a member of the  Feminist Research Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre  Research and the Matters of the Body Research Cluster at the VCA/MCM.

Sarah has a PhD in Creative Arts (2006) and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), both from the University of Melbourne. 

Recent publications

Book

French, S. 2017. Staging Queer Feminisms: Sexuality and Gender in Australian Performance 2005-2015. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Book

James, R., S. French & P. Kelly. 2017. Visions for Australian Tertiary Education. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.

Book Chapters

French, S. 2017 (Forthcoming). ‘Neoliberal postfeminism, neo-burlesque, and the politics of affect in the performances of Moira Finucane,in Elin Diamond, Denise Varney and Candice Amich (eds.), Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

French, S. P. Kelly and R. James. 2017. ‘Futures for Australian Tertiary Education: Developing an integrated, coherent policy vision,’ in Richard James, Sarah French and Paula Kelly (eds.), Visions for Australian Tertiary Education. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.

French, S & James, R. 2016. ‘Chapter 38: Australian Higher Education,’ in Christopher S. Collins, Molly N.N. Lee, John N. Hawkins and Deane E. Neubauer (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Asia Pacific Higher Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.583-595.

Journal Articles

French, S & Kennedy, G. 2016. ‘Reassessing the Value of University Lectures.’ Teaching in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2016.1273213

French,  S. 2015. 'Radical Adaptation: Hypertextuality, Feminism and  Motherhood in The Rabble's Frankenstein (after Mary Shelley). Australasian Drama  Studies 65.

French, S. 2015. ‘The Feminist Performance Art of Brown Council: An Interview with Diana Smith.’ Double Dialogues 17.

French,  S & Shacklock, Z. 2014. 'The Affective Sublime in Lars von Trier's Melancholia and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.' New Review of Film and  Television Studies 12:4: 339-356.

French,  S., and Boucher, G. 2013. 'Viewing The  Burlesque Hour: The Pleasures of the Masochistic Gaze.' Australasian Drama Studies 61: 6-23.

French,  S. 2013. 'Creating Cultural Heat in The  Burlesque Hour: An interview with Moira Finucane.' Australasian Drama Studies 61: 121-127.

French,  S., and Boucher, G. 2011. 'Postfeminist Pleasure and Politics: Moira Finucane  and The Burlesque Hour.' Australasian Drama Studies 58: 193-211.

French,  S. 2010. '"If they don't see happiness in the picture at least they'll see the  black": Chris Marker's Sans Soleil and  the Lyotardian Sublime.' Image &  Narrative, 11 (1): 64 81.

Occasional Papers

French, S. & Kennedy, G. 2016. Reassessing the Value of University Lectures. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne. Available online at: http://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/resources/occasional-papers

French, S. & Kennedy, G. 2015. The Value of Campus in Contemporary Higher Education. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne. Available online at:http://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/resources/occasional-papers

French, S. 2015. The Benefits and Challenges of Modular Higher Education Curricula. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne. Available online at: http://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/resources/occasional-papers