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Shannon is a casual academic in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Her interdisciplinary research draws from Life Narrative studies, new media studies, and comics studies to consider the implications and effects of digital technologies on visual cultures. She is currently investigating these intersections through autobiographical webcomics: an exploratory and experimental medium that suggests ways that platform affordances and audiences are complicit in the practice and reception of digital-visual life storytelling. 

Shannon is special issues copy editor 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 Life Narrative Lab, a research group affiliated with Flinders University scholars and the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA). She is a strong advocate for recognising the impact and insight that researchers may offer industry, government, and community stakeholders 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 narratives
  • Webcomics
  • Digital and visual cultures
  • New media and self representation
  • Memory and trauma studies
  • Narratives of social action and marginalisation

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