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Associate Professor Maryanne Dever

Associate Professor

School of Humanities and Social Science (Film, Media and Cultural Studies)

The paper chase

Associate Professor Maryanne Dever explores the issues involved with delving into intimate archives.

divine inspiration

Where do the boundaries lie between private lives and public scrutiny? It is this question that underpins the research of Associate Professor Maryanne Dever, an internationally prominent scholar across the fields of gender studies, feminist literature and archival research.

Over the course of her accomplished academic career, Dever has developed a deep interest in the ways archived personal papers can be used in research and the issues of intimacy and propriety that are inevitably raised when such archives are accessed and brought to public view. The field of study opened to her as a doctoral student at the University of Sydney in the early 1990s, when she wrote a thesis on Marjorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw, two writers from Australia's inter-war years.

"I was always dogged by the feeling that I had left the good bits out. There was plenty of politics but no sex, and personal intrigue was left on the side," Dever says. "I was aware that Marjorie had had a relationship with [fellow writer] Frank Dalby Davison, but the people I had spoken to for my research were reluctant to discuss things like that. I decided I wanted to know a little more about what happened under the covers, rather than between them."

Dever's subsequent research has traversed major collections of Australian literary manuscripts, letters from screen goddess Greta Garbo, and most recently the papers of well-known Australian second-wave feminist activist Merle Thornton. The latter project, conducted with a collaborator from the University of Queensland and supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and the Office of the Queensland Premier, resulted in Thornton's extensive collection of papers from a lifetime of activism being secured for the National Library of Australia.

In 2009, Dever co-authored the book The Intimate Archive: journeys through personal papers, which explored some of the moral and ethical issues associated with researching private documents in public collections. It dealt with the authors' experiences in researching the romantic lives of three women writers, including Barnard, as detailed in their letters, diaries and notebooks.

Dever jokes that archives are 'hot' in scholarly circles at the moment, unlike when she began researching literary manuscripts.

"Where archival research and theorisation come together most productively in my work is around the question of method," she says. "What are we doing in and with archives? What can we do in and with archives? The Thornton project pushed me to ask what does it mean to 'archive feminism'?

"Right now I am especially interested in what happens to the stubborn materiality of archived documents in the face of new storage and distribution technologies. I am exploring this in a keynote address, The Pleasures of Paper, for the Memornet Summer School in Finland later this year and through a new international research network I am establishing."

Dever spent last summer researching at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal. While there, she led a workshop, titled archive + feminism, which attracted leading researchers in the field.

Before her appointment to the University of Newcastle in 2010, Dever held posts at the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong and at Monash University, where she was Director of the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research for nine years. Her work at Newcastle is aligned with the Film, Media and Cultural Studies program in the School of Humanities and Social Science.

the paper chase

The paper chase

Maryanne Dever explores the issues involved with delving into intimate archives.

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Career Summary

Biography

MARYANNE DEVER HAS TAKEN LEAVE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE. SHE IS CURRENTLY A VISITING PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITIES OF TAMPERE AND TURKU, FINLAND.

Maryanne Dever is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science. She holds degrees from the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Before coming to the University of Newcastle in 2010 she held positions at the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong and Monash University where she was an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research.

Maryanne Dever is joint Editor-in-Chief of Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

Maryanne Dever is recognised for her research in the areas of feminist literary and cultural studies and archive studies. Her current research focuses is on the status of archived paper with the advent of digital technologies.

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. 

Research Expertise
Maryanne Dever's research encompasses archive studies, feminist literary and cultural history and digital humanities. 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. She also 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 is particularly interested in everyday sexism and how it manifests itself in contemporary academe, the latter having developed as a key area of interest since her appointment at the University of Newcastle. She was awarded the Inaugural Humanities Research Centre/Gender Institute Fellowship at the ANU for 2014. She has previously held the following research fellowships: Visiting Scholar, Institute for Sexuality, Gender and Feminism at McGill University (Nov 2011 - Feb 2012); Manning Clark House/Copyright Agency of Australia Fellowship, Canberra (2009); Visiting Scholar, McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (MCRTW), McGill University, Montreal, Canada (April - June 2008 ); Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women's Studies, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada (Jan - March 2008); Visiting Scholar, School of Research Studies and Women's Studies Research Centre, University of Hong Kong (January 1997); Harold White Fellowship, National Library of Australia, Canberra, (1995). She has received funding from: the Australian Research Council and the Sidney Myer Fund.

Teaching Expertise
Maryanne Dever has extensive programme management, teaching and curriculum development 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. She is an experienced graduate supervisor and has supervised more than 16 higher degree theses to completion. She would be particularly interested to work with high-calibre students on the following: engagements with literary archives; key questions in gender and higher education; gender and cultural production.

Administrative Expertise
Maryanne Dever has substantial leadership and management experience. Her previous posts have included: Director of the Centre for Women's Studies & Gender Research (1999 - 2007); Research Coordinator in the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University (2005-2006); Chair of the Faculty of Arts OSP Committee, Monash University (2009-2010). She has completed a comprehensive programme of formal leadership and management training. She has experience and training in performance management and change management.

Collaborations
Maryanne Dever is the co-founder and co-convenor (with Linda Morra) of the 'Archive Futures' international research network. www.archivefutures.com. The network hosts innovative research events in a variety of locations internationally.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Archives
  • Digital Humanities
  • Feminism
  • Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Higher Education
  • Literary Studies
  • Literature
  • Popular Culture
  • Research Methods

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200205Culture, Gender, Sexuality30
210201Archival, Repository and Related Studies40
200599Literary Studies not elsewhere classified30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 30/06/2015Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - 1/06/2015Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Tampere
Finland
1/01/2015 - 1/06/2015Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Turku
Faculty of Arts
Finland
1/02/2014 - 1/04/2014Visiting ResearcherUniversity College London
United Kingdom
1/01/2014 - 1/12/2014Inaugural Gender Institute + HRC Visiting ScholarHumanities Research Centre, ANU
Australia
1/11/2011 - 1/02/2012Visiting ScholarMcGill University
Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
Canada
1/01/2009 - 1/11/2009FellowManning Clark House/Copyright Agency of Australia
Australia

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2012The Pleasures of Paper: Five Provocations
Organisation: Memornet Summer School, University of Tampere Description: Memornet Summer School
2011Archive, Memory, Materiality, Method
Organisation: Memornet Summer School, University of Tampere Description: Memornet Summer School

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2013Animate Archives
Organisation: Transforming Cultures Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney Description: Plenary.

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2014Public Lecture: 'Feminism's Archive'. Feminist Theory Now Series 2014
Organisation: Gender Institute, Australian National University Description: Public Lecture
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Dever ME, Newman S, Vickery A, The Intimate Archive: Journeys Through Private Papers, National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 198 (2009) [A1]
1997Dever M, Australia and Asia: Cultural Transactions, RoutledgeCurzon, Honolulu, 230 (1997)
1995Dever M, M. Barnard Eldershaw: Plaque with laurel, essays, reviews & correspondence, Univ of Queensland Pr, St Lucia, 283 (1995)
1994Dever M, Wallflowers and witches: Women and culture in Australia, 1910-1945, Univ of Queensland Pr, St Lucia, 175 (1994)
1991Dever ME, Travesty: Miscarriages of Justice, Pluto Press, Sydney (1991)
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Chapter (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Dever ME, 'The private in the public archive', Revealing Privacy: Debating the Understandings of Privacy, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main 19-30 (2012) [B1]
2008Dever ME, 'Students, Careers, and Employers: Findings from an International Study', Bologna and Beyond: New Perspectives on Gender and Gender Studies., Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany 63-74 (2008) [B1]
2002Dever M, Cuthbert D, Pollak L, '¿Life After Women¿s Studies: Graduates and the Labour Market¿.', Women¿s Studies On Its Own: A Next Wave Reader in Institutional Change., Duke University Press, Durham 312-338 (2002)
1999Dever ME, 'Wrestling with the Devil, or From Pedagogy to Profit and Back Again', Meeting the Challenge, Routledge, New York 49-62 (1999)
1994Dever ME, '"Conventional women of ability": M. Barnard Eldershaw and women's cultural authority'', Wallflowers and Witches: Women and Culture in Australia, 1910 to 1945., University of Queensland Press, St Lucia 133-146 (1994)
1994Dever M, 'Introduction', Wallflowers and Witches: Women and Culture in Australia, 1910 to 1945, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia ix-xvi (1994)
1994Dever ME, '"Conventional women of ability": M. Barnard Eldershaw and women's cultural authority'', Wallflowers and Witches: Women and Culture in Australia, 1910 to 1945., University of Queensland Press, St Lucia 133-146 (1994)
1994Dever M, 'Introduction', Wallflowers and Witches: Women and Culture in Australia, 1910 to 1945, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia ix-xvi (1994)
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Journal article (36 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Dever ME, ADKINS LISA, 'Feminism re-engaged', Australian Feminist Studies, 30 1-2 (2015)
DOI10.1080/08164649.2015.1011486
Co-authorsLisa Adkins
2014Dever M, Morra L, 'Literary archives, materiality and the digital', Archives and Manuscripts, 42 223-226 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.1080/01576895.2014.966731
2014Dever ME, Morra L, 'Journal Special Issue: Archives and Manuscripts', Archives and Manuscripts, 42 223-308 (2014) [C6]
2014Dever M, 'Photographs and manuscripts: working in the archive', Archives and Manuscripts, 42 282-294 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/01576895.2014.956322
2014Dever ME, 'Archiving Feminism: Papers, Politics, Posterity', Archivaria, 77 25-42 (2014) [C1]
2014Adkins L, Dever M, 'Gender and Labour in New Times: An Introduction', Australian Feminist Studies, 29 1-11 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/08164649.2014.913469
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsLisa Adkins
2014Adkins L, Dever M, 'Housework, Wages and Money: The Category of the Female Principal Breadwinner in Financial Capitalism', Australian Feminist Studies, 29 50-66 (2014) [C1]

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.

DOI10.1080/08164649.2014.913468
Co-authorsLisa Adkins
2014Brunner LK, Dever M, 'Work, Bodies and Boundaries: Talking Sexual Harassment in the New Economy', Gender, Work & Organization, 21 459-471 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/gwao.12048
2014Adkins L, Dever M, 'Journal Special Issue: Gender and Labour in New Times', Australian Feminist Studies, 29 1-105 (2014) [C6]
Co-authorsLisa Adkins
2014Dever ME, 'Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings [book review]', Archives and Manuscripts, 42 102-104 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.1080/01576895.2014.888033
2014Dever ME, 'The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order [Book Review]', Australian Feminist Studies, 28 445-446 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.1080/08164649.2013.876663
2014Dever ME, Morra L, 'Journal Special Issue: Archives and Manuscripts', Archives and Manuscripts, 42 223-308 (2014) [C6]
2014Adkins L, Dever M, 'Journal Special Issue: Gender and Labour in New Times', Australian Feminist Studies, 29 1-105 (2014) [C6]
Co-authorsLisa Adkins
2013Dever M, 'Provocations on the pleasures of archived paper', Archives and Manuscripts, 41 173-182 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/01576895.2013.841550
CitationsScopus - 3
2012Dever ME, Henderson M, 'The Activist's Archive - Merle Thornton', Australian Feminist Studies, 27 221-223 (2012) [C3]
2012Castan M, Paterson J, Richardson P, Watt H, Dever ME, 'Early optimism?: First-year law students' expectations and aspirations', Legal Education Review, 20 1-11 (2012) [C1]
2010Dever ME, Newman S, Vickery A, 'The Intimate Archive', Archives and Manuscripts, 38 94-137 (2010) [C1]
2010Dever ME, 'Greta Garbo's Foot or Sex, Socks and Letters', Australian Feminist Studies, 25 163-173 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1080/08164641003762461
CitationsScopus - 2
2009Dever ME, Morrison Z, 'Women, Research Performance and Work Context', Tertiary Education and Management, 13 49-62 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1080/13583880802700107
CitationsScopus - 8
2007Dever M, Curtin J, 'Bent babies and closed borders: Paid maternity leave, ideal families and the Australian population project', ASIAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES, 13 33-62 (2007)
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CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2007Dever ME, Curtin J, 'Bent Babies and Closed Borders: Paid Maternity Leave, Ideal Families and the Australian Population Project', Asian Journal of Women's Studies, 13 33-62 (2007)
2007Bartlett A, Dever ME, Henderson M, 'Notes Towards an Archive of Australian Feminist Activism', Outskirts: feminisms along the edge, 16 (2007) [C1]
2005Dever ME, 'Baby Talk: The Howard Government, Families and the Politics of Difference', Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women s liberation, 31 45-61 (2005) [C1]
2005Dever ME, '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, 19 13-19 (2005) [C1]
2004Dever M, 'Women's studies and the discourse of vocationalism: Some new perspectives', Women's Studies International Forum, 27 475-488 (2004)
DOI10.1016/j.wsif.2004.09.004
2004Dever ME, Maher JM, '¿What matters to women: Beyond reproductive stereotypes¿.', People and Place, 23 7-12 (2004)
2004Saugeres L, Dever M, '¿I forgot to have children!: Untangling links between feminism, careers and voluntary childlessness.¿', Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 6 116-126 (2004)
2003Dever ME, '¿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, 29 34-49 (2003)
2002Dever ME, Dever M, ''I don't know where this will take me': Rethinking study/work relationships for women's studies students', Women's Studies Quarterly, 30 256-270 (2002)
2001Dever ME, Day E, '¿Beyond the Campus: Some Initial Findings on Women¿s Studies, Careers, and Employers¿.', Journal of International Women¿s Studies, 2 (2001)
1999Dever ME, Cuthbert D, Dacre A, '¿Women¿s Studies Graduates and the Labour Market: New Thoughts and New Questions¿', Atlantis: a women's studies journal, 23 102-110 (1999)
1999Dever M, 'Notes on Feminist Pedagogy in the Brave New (Corporate) World', European Journal of Women's Studies, 6 219-225 (1999)
DOI10.1177/135050689900600208
1998Dever ME, 'Culture shocks: feminism and difference in the classroom', Asian Journal of Women's Studies, 4 130-152 (1998)
1997Dever ME, 'Exploring Feminist Research: a Student-Centered Model', Feminist Teacher: a journal of the practices, theories, and scholarship of feminist teaching, 11 91-103 (1997)
1996Dever ME, 'Reading other people's mail', Archives and Manuscripts, 24 116-129 (1996)
1995Dever ME, '¿No Mine and Thine but Ours¿: Finding ¿M. Barnard Eldershaw', Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 14 65-76 (1995)
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Review (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Dever M, 'Basements and attics, closets and cyberspace', Archives and Manuscripts (2013) [C3]
DOI10.1080/01576895.2013.799428
2012Dever ME, 'Reading by Numbers', Australian Literary Studies (2012) [C3]
2012Dever ME, 'The Censor's Library 2012 Review', Australian Literary Studies (2012) [C3]
2012Dever ME, 'Reading by Numbers', Australian Literary Studies (2012) [C3]
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Report (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Dever ME, Dever M, Boreham P, Weston M, Haynes M, Kubler M, et al., 'Gender Differences in Early Post-PhD Employment in Australian Universities: The influence of PhD Experience on Women¿s Academic Careers.', Universities Australia, 170 (2008)
2006Dever ME, Dever M, Morrison Z, Dalton B, Tayton S, 'When Research Works for Women', Monash University, 52 (2006)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$270,970

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $5,000

Paper$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamAssociate Professor Maryanne Dever
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500898
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20102 grants / $10,970

Archiving Feminism$5,700

A collaborative project with the National Library of Australia to preserve the papers of Merle Thornton, feminist activist.
Funding body: Sidney Myer Foundation

Funding bodySidney Myer Foundation
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Archiving Feminism$5,270

Collaborative project with the National LIbrary of Australia to facilitate the preserving of the papers of Merle Thornton, feminist activist.
Funding body: Office of the Premier of Queensland

Funding bodyOffice of the Premier of Queensland
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20071 grants / $30,000

Gender differences in early post-PhD employment and the influence of PhD context and family on women’s academic careers$30,000

Study of gender differences in post-PhD career outcomes for a cohort of Australian PhD graduates.
Funding body: Universities Australia

Funding bodyUniversities Australia
Project Team
SchemeUniversities Australia Executive Women
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20051 grants / $225,000

The Letters of Vance and Nettie Palmer$225,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015The Impact of Inequality: How Australian Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults in Same-Sex Parented Families Perceive Themselves to be Affected by Anti-Gay Laws
Law, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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News

Australian Feminist Studies journal launches mentoring scheme

Australian Feminist Studies launches innovative mentoring scheme for new academic writers

June 3, 2015

Faculty of Education and Arts scholars Professor Lisa Adkins and Associate Professor Maryanne Dever were recently appointed editors-in-chief of the journal Australian Feminist Studies.

Associate Professor Maryanne Dever

Position

Associate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Contact Details

Emailmaryanne.dever@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 49854279
Fax(02) 49216933

Office

RoomMCG36
BuildingMcMullin Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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