1986 …2018

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Research Biography

Jane Haggis researches in Cultural Studies, in the sub-fields of colonial studies and critical race studies. In 2018 she was appointed to the Board of Managing Editors, American Quarterly, Journal of American Studies Association (ASA). Her research interests cluster around the themes: cross-cultural encounters; and affect and power in imperial and post-imperial contexts. She publishes widely internationally in feminist historiography and gender and empire. She currently leads an ARC funded project [DP 170104310 2017-2019), €˜Beyond Empire transnational religious networks & liberal cosmopolitanisms' with Emerita Prof. M. Allen, Prof. F. Paisley and Prof. C. Midgley. Most recent project publications are: Cosmopolitan Lives on the Cusp of Empire: Interfaith, Cross-Cultural and Transnational Networks, 1860-1950, Palgrave Pivot, 2017; The politics of friendsip and cosmopolitan thought zones at the end of empire: Indian women's study tours to Europe 1934-38, History Australia, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2018.1485507. Her long engagement with critical race studies most recently saw the publication of €œSituated Knowledge or Ego (His)toire?: Memory, History and the She-Migrant in an Imaginary of €˜Terra Nullius' €� Ngapartji, Ngapartji. In turn, in turn: Ego-Histoire, Europe and Indigenous Australians (ANU Lives Series in Biography, 2014). It also led to an ARC project (with S Schech) From Stranger to Citizen: Migration, Modernisation and Racialisation in the Making of the New Australian €� (DP 0665782) results from which most recently published in €œWhite Australia and Otherness: The Limits to Hospitality €� in Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia (2016). The book (with S Schech) Culture and Development, (2000), pioneered a postcolonial feminist analysis of International Development and remains a seminal text.

Research Interests

Colonial Studies (Imperial emotion, internationalisms, humanitarianisms, gender, faith); Cosmopolitanisms: theory and practice, past and present; critical race studies, feminist historiography; feminist theory and methodology; postcolonial theory; decolonising curriiculums; post-human futures; digital pedagogies; migration and refugee studies;

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • 1608 (5)
  • 1699 (4)
Associate Supervisions:
  • 1899 (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Women's and gender studies

Supervisory Interests

  • History, British Empire
  • Life writing/life narrative
  • Critical race studies
  • Post-colonial writing and theory
  • Gender and colonialism
  • Emotions
  • Feminist theory and methodology
  • Digital histories


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