Shannon Sandford
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Research Biography

Shannon is a PhD Candidate in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, researching in the fields of Life Narrative studies, comics/graphic memoir, and digital media. With research specialities in everyday and marginal forms of life writing across a range of media, she has published articles which explore the history of auto/biographical comics and illness narratives, and their relationship to the increasingly mobile platforms, contexts, and audiences of Web 2.0. As part of her doctorate work, she is currently investigating intersections between graphic representation and digital media through webcomics: an emerging, interdisciplinary sub-genre of comics that signals new contemporary practices of life writing.

Shannon is a Special Issues copyeditor for the Australasian Association of Writing Program’s (AAWP) flagship journal TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, co-founder and lead facilitator of the AAWP postgraduate student initiative, Shut Up and Write, and member of the Flinders Life Narrative Research Group. She is a strong advocate for recognising the impact and insight that researchers may offer industry and community organisations and was a co-collaborator on the “Foot in the Door” program between Flinders University and the State Government Department for Innovation and Skills (DIS) Creative Industries Team.

Research Interests

  • Life writing/narrative across various media
  • Comics/graphic memoir
  • Webcomics
  • Digital cultures
  • New media and self representation
  • Memory and trauma studies
  • Literary studies
  • Narratives of social action and marginalisation


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