Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Jane Simon

Lecturer in Media

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Office: Y3A 165K

Phone: (02) 9850 2102

Undergraduate Teaching: MAS105MAS205MMCS261



Dr Jane Simon researches and teaches in visual cultural studies, film studies and photography. Jane has published articles on amateur and experimental film, photography, artist's books and modes of writing about visual culture. Jane also specialises in photographic media and artists' books. Her artists' books are in international public collections including Manchester Metropolitan University's  Special Collections Library and University of West England's Centre for Fine Print Research. Jane completed her PhD in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney in 2007 and in 2010 Jane was a Visiting Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow in the European Centre for Photographic Research at the University of Wales, UK. From 2013-2016 Jane was Co-Editor of the journal Somatechnics, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Research Interests

Jane's key research interests include photography, artists' books, auto/biographical film, feminist film theory and feminist cultural theory. Jane is available to supervise postgraduate students in any of these or related areas.


Book Chapters

Simon, J., 'Domestic Things: Takashi Yasumura's Interiors', in Occupation: Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution, eds Lynn Churchill and Dianne Smith, Ashgate: Farnham, 2015, pp. 83-98.

Simon, J., 'Photographs, notebooks, interiority: Francesca Woodman's artist's books', in Photography and the Artist's Book, eds Teresa Wilkie et al, Edinburgh: Museums Etc Press, 2012, pp. 120-144.
This essay was republished in 10 Must Reads: Contemporary Photography, Edinburgh: Museums Etc Press, 2016, pp. 148-169.

Simon, J., 'Lolita', in Girl culture: An encyclopedia, eds Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Westport: Greenwood Press, 2007, pp. 405-407.

Journal Articles

Matthews, N., J. Simon & E. Kelly  'Diagnosing' academic literacy needs in higher education: deploying the ethical resources of disability studies to interrogate information sharing in educational transitions, Pedagogy, Culture & Society, vol. 24 no. 3, 2016, pp. 445-457, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2016.1193555

Sullivan N. & Simon, J. 'Academic work cultures: somatic crisis in the enterprise university', Somatechnics, vol. 4, no. 2, 2014, pp. 205-218

Simon, J., ' Domestic details in the artist's book', The Blue Notebook: Journal for artist's books, vol. 6, no. 2, 2012, pp. 6-14.

Simon, J., 'Critical Proximity', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 16, no. 2, 2010, pp. 4-23.     

Simon, J., 'An intimate mode of looking: Francesca Woodman's photographs', Emotion, Space and Society special Issue on Researching Intimate Spaces, vol. 3, no. 1, 2010, pp. 28-35.

Simon, J., 'Recycling Home Movies', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, 2006, pp. 189-99.

Simon, J., 'Reading in the Dark', M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, vol. 7, no. 1, 2004,

Major Creative Works

Simon, J., I develop an old roll of film (solo exhibition) Ffloc Research Gallery, University of Wales, Newport UK,  2010.

Simon, J., Shutter, sill, blind (solo exhibition) Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne, 2009.

Group Exhibitions

Photo Book Works (curated by Rupert Jenkins) Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA (February - April 2013)

Remoteness (curated by Elaine Miles & Matthew Perkins) Frankston Arts Centre (July - September 2010)

(Un)covering: art, writing & the book (curated by Anna Gibbs & Caroline Wales), Horus and Deloris Contemporary Art Space (September 2009)

Hand Made Books Exhibition, (curated by Arlene de Souza) Brunswick Bound Gallery, Melbourne (March 15- April 5 2008)

Refereed conference publications

Simon, J., 'Domestic things: Takashi Yasumura's interiors', in Interior: A State of Becoming: IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association) Symposium Proceedings, Curtin University, Perth (6-9 September, 2012).

Simon, J., Matthews, N., & Kelly, E., 'Doing  "diagnosis": using critical disability studies to inform academic literacy policy and practice',Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, University of South Australia, Adelaide (5-7 December 2011).