Dr Megan Sharp

Dr Megan Sharp

Casual Academic

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Qualifications

  • Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Comm Welf&Human Serv), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Feminism
  • Femme/Butch Visibilities
  • Gender
  • Intersectionality
  • Punk
  • Queer Theory
  • Subcultures

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
169901 Gender Specific Studies 50
160403 Social and Cultural Geography 25
220306 Feminist Theory 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
27/5/2016 -  Casual Academic English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Open Foundation
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
24/11/2016 -  Research Assistant Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
Australia
1/7/2015 - 1/2/2016 Research Assistant Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
2/2/2016 -  Casual Teacher

Newstep is a one-year foundation studies program designed for 18-20 year olds who have completed the HSC but did not qualify for university entrance, have experienced adverse circumstances during their senior secondary schooling or did not complete the HSC.

Newstep is offered at both the Callaghan campus in Newcastle and the Ourimbah campus on the Central Coast. It is accepted as an entry qualification to many universities in Australia.

Newstep is designed as a pathway between school and undergraduate study, giving you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success in a university study environment.

English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Newstep
Australia

Awards

Honours

Year Award
2014 First Class
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle

Member

Year Award
2014 Excellence in Honours
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Prize

Year Award
2015 Co-Publication Award
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Recognition

Year Award
2016 UoN Sessional Academic Award - runner up
Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
2014 Faculty Medal
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2017 Gender Inclusive Teaching Practices

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EPHUMA310 Social Enquiry (Intensive)
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

Intensive Social Enquiry introduces students to the discipline of Sociology, which represents the study of people and cultures in industrial societies. This course provides an understanding of sociological concepts for examining social structures and interaction in everyday life. In teaching how to use the 'sociological imagination", the complex dynamics of social interaction will be uncovered. The course will examine the impact of social roles, social functions, social inequality and class, on people's lives as well as what people do when they are interacting on a face-to-face level. This viewpoint challenges the taken-for-granted, or commonsense, view of the world. It will also examine topic areas such as: 

- Gender (how construction of masculinity and femininity varies across time and culture)

- Race & Ethnicity (appreciation of cultural difference and how people are affected by stereotyping and racial discrimination) 

- Health (how health is not random but a culturally constructed experience impacted by class, ethnicity, age and gender)

- Education (how different theories provide different explanations for educational inequality)

- Media (how ownership and control influences content and how advertisements can be deconstructed)

- Social Research Methods (how social research is carried out in the social sciences)

Social Enquiry prepares students for tertiary study by teaching them to take a scientific approach to examining social life in contemporary society.

Course Coordinator 16/6/2015 - 28/11/2015
SOCA2081 New Media and Society
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
This course looks at 'new' and 'old' media within a sociological framework. It considers a wide variety of media forms, practices and cultures, assessing their influence on human interactions and experiences. Key topics include: social media and smart phones; the videogame industry and gaming cultures; online communities and participatory media; new and old journalism and its democratic influences and social functions; political communication and its consequences; advertising and the designing of desire; and popular narratives in TV and cinema and their social influences. This course covers central material in the sociological understanding of media texts. It helps students understand power relationships in society and the social construction of culture. It answers sociological questions such as: Does the new media democratize electronic communication? Do the media influence our actions? What are the positive and negative social consequences of new media technologies? Do the media reinforce social stereotypes?
Course Coordinator 22/2/2016 - 16/7/2016
EPHUMA310 Social Enquiry (Intensive)
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

Intensive Social Enquiry introduces students to the discipline of Sociology, which represents the study of people and cultures in industrial societies. This course provides an understanding of sociological concepts for examining social structures and interaction in everyday life. In teaching how to use the 'sociological imagination", the complex dynamics of social interaction will be uncovered. The course will examine the impact of social roles, social functions, social inequality and class, on people's lives as well as what people do when they are interacting on a face-to-face level. This viewpoint challenges the taken-for-granted, or commonsense, view of the world. It will also examine topic areas such as: 

- Gender (how construction of masculinity and femininity varies across time and culture)

- Race & Ethnicity (appreciation of cultural difference and how people are affected by stereotyping and racial discrimination) 

- Health (how health is not random but a culturally constructed experience impacted by class, ethnicity, age and gender)

- Education (how different theories provide different explanations for educational inequality)

- Media (how ownership and control influences content and how advertisements can be deconstructed)

- Social Research Methods (how social research is carried out in the social sciences)

Social Enquiry prepares students for tertiary study by teaching them to take a scientific approach to examining social life in contemporary society.

Course Coordinator 25/7/2016 - 30/11/2016
EPHUMA137 Australian Culture and Society
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

As a result of successfully undertaking EPHUMA137, students will become acquainted with the basic dimensions of Australian culture and:

a) Develop the ability to analyse characteristic features of society and draw connections between wider social issues and the student's own world.

b) Be introduced to a range of social theories that attempt to rationalise the wider workings of society.

c) Develop the ability to think critically about the causes and effects of discriminatory practices on individuals and groups within society.

d) Develop an understanding of how and why social practices, norms and government policies have altered over time and the impact these have had on Australian society.

e) Engage in wide reading, deep thinking, academic research, written composition and oral discussion skills in order to consolidate the learning process.

Course Coordinator 22/2/2016 - 15/7/2016
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Publications

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


Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Sharp M, Threadgold S, 'Defiance labour and reflexive complicity: Illusio and gendered marginalisation in DIY punk scenes', The Sociological Review, 68(3) 606-622 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0038026119875325
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Steven Threadgold
2019 Sharp M, 'Hypervisibility in Australian punk scenes: Queer experiences of spatial logics of gender and sexuality', Punk and Post-Punk, 8 363-378 (2019)

© 2019 Intellect Ltd Article. In this article, I draw on the knowledge and lived experience of queer people ¿ some of whom also identify as trans, gender diverse and/or non-binary... [more]

© 2019 Intellect Ltd Article. In this article, I draw on the knowledge and lived experience of queer people ¿ some of whom also identify as trans, gender diverse and/or non-binary ¿ who actively participate in Australian punk scenes. Using socio-geographical research of inter-sectionality, critical race theory and spatiality I find queer experiences of and in punk highlight a complication to claims of female and queer invisibility, one that takes into account spacial formations. Attending to queer, trans and gender-diverse people¿s experiences, hypervisibility presents a conceptual entanglement where genders, bodies and sexualities attract attention from a dominant, patriarchal group, rather than being rendered invisible by it. This hypervisibility appears steeped in unintelligibility where being visible but unknowable presents a range of issues such as standing out not only in physical punk spaces such as gigs, but on digital platforms and in everyday life. As such, this article builds on a feminist thesis of invisibility politics by aiming to elasticize knowledges of gender, resistance and subcultural participation among marginalized groups.

DOI 10.1386/punk_00004_1
2017 Sharp M, Nilan P, 'Floorgasm: Queer(s), solidarity and resilience in punk', EMOTION SPACE AND SOCIETY, 25 71-78 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.emospa.2017.06.005
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Pamela Nilan
2015 Sharp M, Nilan P, 'Queer punx: young women in the Newcastle hardcore space', Journal of Youth Studies, 18 451-467 (2015) [C1]

© 2014, Taylor & Francis. This article investigates the ¿becoming¿ of queer female punx in the contemporary hardcore scene in a regional Australian city. Twelve young women ... [more]

© 2014, Taylor & Francis. This article investigates the ¿becoming¿ of queer female punx in the contemporary hardcore scene in a regional Australian city. Twelve young women aged 20¿30 years were interviewed about their experiences of queer identity. They emphasized their involvement in the music scene as a key catalyst for the development of a queer punk identity even though the local hardcore scene is male-dominated and homosocial. We find that these young female queer punx assert their identity through collectively summoning and synthesizing the counternormative resources of both queer and punk Do It Yourself (DIY) to configure the space of hardcore differently. Our findings confirm the durability of a playful, subversive punk ethos in constituting challenges to the normative.

DOI 10.1080/13676261.2014.963540
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Pamela Nilan
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Sharp ML, Renaud E, 'Digital Queers: Exploring LGBTIQA+ online spaces and queer(ed) research methodologies', http://gendersandsexualities.tasa.org.au/digital-queers-exploring-lgbtiqa-online-spaces-and-queered-research-methodologies/ (2016)

Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Sharp ML, 'The Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire resonates with queers globally', (2016) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $75,000

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20141 grants / $75,000

Higher Degree by Research Scholarship$75,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme RTP Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Dr Megan Sharp

Positions

Casual Academic
Sociology and Anthropology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Research Assistant
Sociology and Anthropology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Research Assistant
Sociology and Anthropology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email megan.sharp@newcastle.edu.au
Links Research Networks
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Research Networks

Office

Room W321
Building Behavioural Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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