Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing

Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (English and Writing)

Career Summary

Biography

Brooke received her PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2002. She has taught in both Aboriginal Studies and Literature. Her  research interests are in children's literature, Indigenous literature and Australian literature and film.

Research Expertise
Brooke's doctorate examined non-Indigenous representations of Indigenality in Australian children's literature. Her first ARC Indigenous researchers grant looked at what young Murri youth liked to read. Her second ARC Indigenous researchers grant  examined what "reading" actually means for Indigenous tertiary students. Her third  ARC Discovery project with Professor Nancy Wright and Dr. Therese Davis was concerned with  Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaboration in film and literature.

Teaching Expertise
From 1999 til 2003 Collins-Gearing taught in both Aboriginal Studies and English at the University of Newcastle. From 2004-2006 she taught at the University of Southern Queensland until she returned to Newcastle in 2007. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Communications
  • Cultural Studies and Literature
  • Cultural studies
  • Indigenous Education
  • Representations of indigenality in literature

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
470531 Young adult literature 25
450109 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature, journalism and professional writing 50
470506 Children's literature 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/3/2006 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/1/2006 - 1/12/2007 Fellowship

ARC - Discovery - Indigenous Researchers' Development

ARC
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Collins-Gearing BM, Blair N, '"Reflective Practice: Ancient Wisdom and Practice Australian Indigenous Reflections in Teacher Education Through Shared Storying."', Reflective Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, Springer, Singapore 63-83 (2017) [B1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2013 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Narrating the "Classic" on Stolen Ground: Anne of Green Gables', Anne Around the World, McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Montreal & Kingston, London, Ithaca 164-178 (2013) [B1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2011 Collins-Gearing BM, Huijser H, 'Blood is thicker than water: Stains on the land in Bra Boys', Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London 26-30 (2011) [B2]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing

Journal article (21 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Britten A, Collins-Gearing B, 'Flourishing in country: An examination of well-being in Australian YA fiction', Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 12 15-39 (2020) [C1]

This article is the result of a collaboration between two academics-one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous-to investigate the representation of Indigeneity in two contemporary YA n... [more]

This article is the result of a collaboration between two academics-one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous-to investigate the representation of Indigeneity in two contemporary YA novels. Melissa Lucashenko's killing Darcy is narrated by multiple Indigenous and non-Indigenous characters, whereas Clare Atkins's Nona and Me is told from the perspective of a white character and explores her relationship with an Indigenous community. Cultural identity forms a significant part of well-being, and this article investigates versions of sufficient well-being. It explores how the novels represent flourishing subjects-both Indigenous and non-Indigenous-in the context of Australia as it struggles to come to terms with its colonial past and demonstrates how cognitive mapping replaces damaging colonial assumptions about Indigenous Peoples with a model of overcoming.

DOI 10.1353/JEU.2020.0018
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2020 Collins-Gearing B, ''Storying the World with the Voices of Children'', 'Spare the Rod': Convention on the Rights of the child Thirty Years On Papers and Proceedings NSW Chapter Sydney: Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc 2020, 51-56 (2020)
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2019 Collins-Gearing B, 'Listening to the Stories Woven Around Us', WESTERLY, 64 24-33 (2019) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2018 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Aboriginal Knowledge-Stories', In Other Words, 47-52 (2018)
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2017 Herb A, Collins-Gearing B, Huijser H, 'Of windows and mirrors Ambelin Kwaymullina's the tribe series, transformative fan cultures and aboriginal epistemologies', Westerly, 62 110-124 (2017)
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2017 Collins-Gearing BM, Herb A, Huijser H, 'Of Windows and Mirrors', WESTERLY, 62 110-124 (2017) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2016 Collins-Gearing B, Smith R, 'Burning Off: Indigenising the Discipline of English', Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45 159-169 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/jie.2016.6
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Ros Smith, Brooke Collins-Gearing
2015 Collins-Gearing BM, Cadungog V, Camilleri S, Comensoli E, Duncan D, Green L, et al., 'Listenin Up: Re-imagining Ourselves through Stories of and from Country', M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 18 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2014 Abbas H, Collins-Gearing BM, 'Dancing with an Illegitimate Feminism: A Female Buginese Scholar s Voice in Australian Academia', M/C Journal, 17 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2014 Huijser H, Collins-Gearing BM, 'Shades of Indigenous Belonging in Samson & Delilah', New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences, 3 69-83 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2012 Kwaymullina B, Collins-Gearing BM, Kwaymullina A, Pushman T, 'Growing up the future: Children's stories and Aboriginal ecology', M/C Journal, 15 1-7 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2010 Collins-Gearing BM, Osland DM, 'Who will save us from the rabbits?: Rewriting the past allegorically', Looking Glass, The, 14 1-9 (2010) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2010 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Reclaiming the wasteland: Samson and Delilah and the historical perception and construction of Indigenous knowledges in Australian cinema', M/C Journal, 13 1-4 (2010) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2008 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Not all sorrys are created equal, some are more equal than 'others'', M/C Journal, 11 1-12 (2008) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2007 Huijser H, Collins-Gearing BM, 'Representing Indigenous stories in the cinema: Between collaboration and appropriation', International Journal of Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7 1-9 (2007) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2007 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Making sense of 'their' sense of place: Australian children's literature landscape on Indigenous Land', Journal of Children's Literature, 33 27-37 (2007) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2006 Collins-Gearing BM, Firth A, 'Incommensuraility: A Blackfella-Non-Indigenous Non-Conversation', Social Alternatives, 25 54-58 (2006) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2006 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Re-Reading Representations of Indigenality in Australian Children's Literature: a History', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 35 61-67 (2006) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2005 Wright NE, Collins-Gearing BM, 'The Rhetoric of Benevolence as an Impediment to the Protection of Indigenous Cultural Rights: A Study of Australian Literature and Law', Journal of Australian Studies, 85 57-68 (2005) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2004 Wright NE, Collins-Gearing BM, 'Comparative Study of the Status of Women in Canada and Australia', Australian Canadian Studies, 22 1-7 (2004) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2003 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Imagining indigenality in romance and fantasy fiction for children', Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 13 32-42 (2003) [C1]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Collins-Gearing B, 'Warwick Thornton s The Beach is a delicate conversation with Country (2020)
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Collins-Gearing BM, Smith RL, 'Disciplining English: The challenge of Indigenising the discipline', A Scholarly Affair. Cultural Studies Association of Australasia National Conference. Program and Abstracts, Byron Bay, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing, Ros Smith
2008 Collins-Gearing BM, 'White women trippin over: Non-Indigenous women and their need to represent the 'real' Indigenous sista', The Art of the Real: National Creative Non-Fiction Conference. Program, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2004 Wright NE, Collins-Gearing BM, 'Editorial', The Australian Canadian Studies, The University of Newcastle (2004) [E4]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
2003 Collins-Gearing BM, 'Non-indigenous dreaming in historical writing for children', Voicing Dissent, New Talents 21C: Next Generation Australian Studies No 76, Queensland, Australia (2003) [E2]
Co-authors Brooke Collins-Gearing
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $236,986

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


20101 grants / $750

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Byron Bay NSW, 7 - 9 December 2010, Byron Bay 2010$750

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Brooke Collins-Gearing
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000888
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

The 2008 International L.M. Montgomery Conference, The Univeristy of Prince Edward Island, 25/6/2008 - 29/6/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Brooke Collins-Gearing
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188665
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $16,000

Aboriginal identities within architecture and the built environment: Perceptions of a sample of indigenous and non-indigenous architects.$16,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Ms Tara Mallie, Doctor Brooke Collins-Gearing, Professor Michael Ostwald
Scheme Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186723
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20062 grants / $204,536

Working Together: Indigenous and Non-indigenous Collaboration in Australian Film and Literature$184,140

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Brooke Collins-Gearing, Dr Nancy Wright, Dr Therese Davis
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0185275
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Reading as a cultural and historical practice$20,396

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Brooke Collins-Gearing
Scheme Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186618
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20031 grants / $7,000

Appropriation of Indigenous Cultural Property in Australian Children's Literature, 1860-2000$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Dr Nancy Wright, Doctor Brooke Collins-Gearing
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182361
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19991 grants / $7,000

A study of what rural koori youth want and need in contemporary literature$7,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Brooke Collins-Gearing
Scheme Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0177999
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed14
Current16

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD Experiments and Experiences of Narrative Cause and Effect PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2021 Masters The Experiences of Aboriginal Families Caring for Children with Disabilities M Philosophy(Speech Pathology), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Eco-psychospiritual Reclamation: Knowing, Being, Doing as Dreamer, Poet and Poetry PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2020 PhD Design and Development of Visual and Interactive Educational Resources for Local Indigenous Languages through Literature Reviews and Research to Investigate the Culture and Meaning of our Indigenous Languages. Through using Song, Storytelling and Visual Stimulation that will Encourage all Levels of Community to Embrace PhD (Aboriginal Studies), The Wollotuka Institute, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Place of Sea Ferns, River of Coal: An Eco-Memoir of Mulubinba Newcastle PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD Brushed PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 Masters Chasing Crocodiles: The Representation of a Child’s Imagination in Children’s Literature and How This Encourages Transformative Agency M Philosophy (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD Writing about Aboriginal Australian Detective Fiction PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 Masters The Representation of Social Justice in Middle-Grade Fiction M Philosophy (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD (Re)constructing Subjectivity in Contemporary Coming-of-Age Narratives PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD "Writing for Children is Usually Purposeful, its Intention Being to Foster in the Child Reader a Positive Apperception of Some Socio-Cultural Values Which, it is Assumed, are Shared by Author and Audience" (Stephens, 3) PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD The Stories Behind the Torres Strait Islander Migration Myth: the Journey of the Sap/Bethey PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Magic and Black Velvet - Parsing Traumatic Knowledge Through the Conspicuous Irony of Non-Realist Literary Forms PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Fragments of Us PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Luk-Khrueng Between Worlds: Place, Identity and Belonging from a Biracial World View PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD 'Australia' in Australian Children's Fantasy PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD “Beneath and within and between it all”: The Construction of Adolescent Female Subjectivity in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 PhD Negotiating Dark Matter: Trauma and Ecology in the Fiction of Contemporary Australian Women Writers PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 PhD A Theatre of Post/Colonial Redaction: Mapping the Terrains of an Aboriginal Self PhD (Aboriginal Studies), The Wollotuka Institute, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD The Critical Construction of Realistic Southern Gothic in the American Literary Canon PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD All the Voices in Our Head: Exploring Female Identity by Reimagining the Fairy Tale and the Young Adult Novel PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Halfway to Nowhere: Liminal Female Journeys as "Coming of Awareness" in Contemporary Australian Fiction PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Split River Novella and Essays: South Asia in Peri-Federation Australia (1890-1915) PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Female Victimhood and Suicide in the Naturalistic Novel PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Eatdirtzian Geosophy: Approaching Ethical Reading Practices PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Dancing with Australian Feminism: Helen Garner's Postcards from Surfers Viewed from a Buginese Perspective with a Partial Translation into Indonesian PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD State of Origin PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD Can Children's Literature Be Non-Colonising? A Dialogic Approach to Nonsense PhD (English), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2009 Masters Questioning "Authentic" Aboriginal Architecture: An Analysis of Recent Cultural Centre Designs M Philosophy (Architecture), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2008 PhD "Relating to Country": Listening, Reflecting and Relating to Contemporary Aboriginal Stories From Won:arua Country in the Hunter Valley PhD (Fine Art), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures

Focus area

English and Writing

Contact Details

Email brooke.collins-gearing@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5178
Fax (02) 4921 6985

Office

Room MC145
Building McMullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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