Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Dr Shirleene Robinson

MHPIR - Shirleene Robinson

Vice Chancellor's Innovation Fellow
Associate Professor
BA (Hons 1) University of Queensland
PhD University of Queensland

Office: W6A 413
Phone: +61 2 9850 7087
Email: shirleene.robinson@mq.edu.au

 

I gained my PhD in Australian History from the University of Queensland in 2003. I then held an Australian Studies Fellowship at the University of Wales in the UK, before taking up a teaching position at Bond University in 2005, reaching the level of Associate Professor in 2011. I have also spent time in Hohhot, China as a Visiting Professor of Australian Studies.

I came to Macquarie University in the second half of 2011, working on a major collaborative ARC Linkage, which was a national oral history project investigating the life stories of lesbian and gay Australians over the past sixty years. I have also pursued my broader research interests in HIV/AIDS histories, the history of childhood and broader LGBTIQ oral histories. In 2013, I was Rydon Fellow at King's College, London. From 2016, I will work on two newly funded ARC Discovery projects.

Research
Research Interests

I am an Australian historian with research interests relating to cultural and social history. My current research interests include:

  • The history of sexuality (including the construction of homosexual identities and homophobia)
  • Histories of HIV/AIDS (including volunteering)
  • The history of LGBTIQ people in the military
  • The history of childhood in national and transnational context (including the experiences of Aboriginal children)
  • Oral history as a method and practice.  


Current Research Projects

Volunteers in Crisis: Analysing Responses to Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Australia, ARC Discovery Project, 2016 Round, DP160103548, $214,131. (2016-2018)

I am the lead CI on this ARC Discovery Project (in collaboration with Associate Professor Robert Reynolds and Associate Professor Paul Sendziuk from the University of Adelaide) which investigates the way that volunteers and non-profit, community-based organisations in the 1980s played a central role in managing and containing what threatened to become Australia's biggest public health crisis of the twentieth century - the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This project aims to use empirical research and oral histories to investigate the motivations of these volunteers, the nature and significance of their contributions and the impact of volunteerism on these individuals and on non-profit community-based organisations. The intended outcome will generate original insight into the role volunteers play during public health crises and may provide strategies to inform the management of future epidemics.

Serving in Silence: Australian LGBTI Military Service, 1945-Present, ARC Discovery Project, 2016 Round, DP160103548, $199,937. (2016-2018)

I am the second CI on this collaborative ARC Discovery Project, which is being led by Dr Noah Riseman from the Australian Catholic University and with Dr Graham Willett from Melbourne University and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. This project aims to investigate how the Australian armed forces have grappled with changing social attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from the end of World War Two until the present. The project plans to analyse why in some eras the Australian military has been an international leader in facilitating social change, while at other times it has lagged behind civilian norms. It aims to reveal the untold experiences of LGBTI personnel, the processes of change to policies and practices, and wider cultural shifts around sexuality and gender. The expected project outcomes will inform current debates about Australian Defence Force culture and wider questions about how institutions respond to social change.

The Past in the Present: Australian Lesbian and Gay Life Stories", ARC Linkage 2011 Round, LP120200315, $148,963. (2012-2015)

I am the second CI on this collaborative oral history project (led by Associate Professor Robert Reynolds and with Dr Rebecca Jennings, Professor Clive Moore and Dr Graham Willett and the National Library of Australia). It has collected 60 oral histories with gay men and lesbians from five different generations across Australia. It considers what it has been like to live a gay or lesbian life at a time when broader social attitudes towards homosexuality have undergone a significant evolution. The oral histories from this project are held by the National Library of Australia, who pioneer digital innovation, and a range of other outcomes are now emerging from the project.

Research Supervision

I am happy to supervise projects in Australian history.

Professional Affiliations

Rydon Fellow, King's College, London (2013).
Honorary Research Consultant, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland (2010 - 2013).
Visiting Professor, Inner Mongolia University (Hohhot, China) (2008).
Member of Australian Historical Association (AHA) (2001 - Present).
Secretary of the International Australian Studies Association Executive (InASA) (2010).
Member of the Oral History Association of Australia (2009 - Present).

Research Funding and fellowships

  • Lead Chief Investigator (with Robert Reynolds and Paul Sendziuk), "Volunteers in Crisis: Analysing Responses to Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Australia", ARC Discovery (2016-2018), DP160103548, $214,131.
  • Chief Investigator (with Noah Riseman and Graham Willett), "Serving in Silence: Australian LGBTI Military Service, 1945-Present, ARC Discovery (2016-2018), DP160103548, $199,937.
  • Chief Investigator (with Robert Reynolds, Rebecca Jennings, Clive Moore and Graham Willett), "The Past in the Present: Australian Lesbian and Gay Life Stories", ARC Linkage (2012-2015), LP120200315, $148,963.
  • Chief Investigator with the Australian Studies Centre, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot (China), "Approaches to Australian Literature - Australia-China Council - (2010).
  • Chief Investigator with Dr Alan Berman, Griffith University, "Investigation into Police Responses to Homophobia" - Legal Practitioner's Fund, Queensland Government - (2008-2009).
  • Chief Investigator with Professor Kay Saunders and Dr Julie Ustinoff from the Brisbane Institute, Queensland's Fifty Firsts Exhibition, Queensland State Archives - (2008).
  • Accommodation subsidy from the University of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot, China - (2007).
  • Bond University Research Grant Australian and British humanitarians - (2005).
  • Research Fellowship University of Wales (Lampeter) -  (2004).
  • Denis J. Murphy Memorial Scholarship awarded annually by the University of Queensland Senate on the recommendation of a committee from the Department of History. Based on academic merit - (2002).

 

Selected Publications

Books

  • co-editor with Simon Sleight) Children, Childhood and Youth in the  British  World (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016)
  • (co-author with Robert Reynolds) Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Stories from an Australian Social Revolution (Melbourne: Black Inc, 2016)
  •   (co-editor with Julie Ustinoff) The 1960s in Australia: Power, People and Politics (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2012).
  •   (co-editor with Robyn Lincoln) Crime over Time: Temporal Perspectives on Crime and Punishment in Australia (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2010).
  •   (co-author with Alan Berman) Speaking Out: Stopping Homophobic and Transphobic Abuse in Queensland (Brisbane: Australian Academic Press, 2010).
  •   Something like slavery? Queensland's Aboriginal Child Workers (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008).
  •   (editor) Homophobia: An Australian History (Annandale, New South Wales: Federation Press, 2008).

 

Refereed Journal Articles

  • (with Robert Reynolds) "Research Note: Australian Lesbian and Gay Life Stories: A National Oral History Project", Australian Feminist Studies, Vol. 31, Issue. 89 (December 2016), pp.363-376.  
  • "Regulating the Race: Aboriginal Children in Private European Homes in Colonial Australia", Journal of Australian Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3 (2013), pp.302-315.
  •  (with Emily Wilson) "Working Together? Medical Professionals, Gay Community Organisations and the Response to HIV/AIDS in Australia, 1983-1985", Social History of Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 3 (August 2012), pp. 701-718.
  • "'Inventing Australia for Americans': The rise of the Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain in the United States", Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 44, Issue 3 (June 2011), pp.545-562
  • "Queensland Labor and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex and Queer Policy",Queensland Review, Vol. 11, Issue 2 (January 2011), pp. 207-215.
  • "Homophobia as Party Politics: The construction of the 'homosexual deviant'' in Joh Bjelke-Petersen's Queensland", Queensland Review (Vol. 17, No 1, (2010), pp.29-45.
  • "Responding to Homophobia: HIV/AIDS, homosexual community formation and identity in Queensland, HIV/AIDS, homosexual community formation and identity in Queensland, 1983-1990", Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 41, No 2 (June 2010), pp.181-197.
  • (with Emily Wilson) "Preserving the traditions of a 'great race': youth and national character in Queensland, 1859-1918",Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 94, Part 2 (December 2008), pp.166-185.
  • (with Jessica Paten) "The question of genocide and Indigenous child removal: The colonial Australian context", Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 10, Issue 4 (December 2008), pp.501-518.
  • "Queensland's Queer Press", Queensland Review, Vol. 14, No. 2 (August 2007), pp.59-78.
  • "'Full of passive resistance?' The employment of female state children in Queensland, 1865-1911", Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 90, Part 2 (December 2004), pp.175-183.
  • "'We do not want one who is too old...' Aboriginal child domestic servants in Queensland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries", Aboriginal History, Vol. 27 (2003), pp.162-182.
  • "Queensland settlers and the creation of the first 'stolen generations': The unofficial removal of Aboriginal children in Queensland, 1842-1897", Journal of Australian Colonial History, Vol. 4, No. 1 (April 2002), pp.1-16.
  • "'Keep them away from Brisbane.' A history of the Bribie Island Aboriginal Reserves, 1877-1879 and 1890-1891",Brisbane History Group Papers, Vol. 19 (2002), pp.49-55.
  • "The unregulated employment of Aboriginal children in Queensland, 1842-1902", Labour History, No. 82 (May 2002), pp.1-16.

 

Book Chapters

  • (with Robert Reynolds) "HIV/AIDS, Loss and the Australian  Gay Community" in Robert Mason, ed., Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia (New York: Berghahn, 2017), pp.162-182.
  • (with Simon Sleight), "Introduction: The World in Miniature" in Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight, eds., Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), pp.1-26.
  • "Resistance and Race: Aboriginal Child Workers in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Australia" in Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight, eds., Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), pp.129-143.
  • "'Always a Good Demand': Aboriginal Child Domestic Servants in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Australia" in Victoria Haskins and Claire Lowrie, eds., Colonization and Domestic Service: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2015), pp.97-112.
  •  "Beyond Tombstones and Grim Reapers: The Gay Community's Challenge to Official HIV/AIDS Campaigns in 1980s Australia and Britain"' in Lisa Featherstone and Robert Reynolds, eds., Acts of Love and Lust: Sexuality in Australia from 1945 to 2000 (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2014), pp. 95-111
  • "HIV/AIDS Campaigns in 1980s Australia and Britain"' in Lisa Featherstone and Robert Reynolds, eds., Acts of Love and Lust: Sexuality in Australia from 1945 to 2000 (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2014), pp. 95-111.   
  •  "HIV/AIDS Activism in Transnational Context: ACT UP in Australia" in Yorick Smaal and Graham Willett, eds., Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VII      (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2013), pp.177-192
  • (with Julie Ustinoff) "Introduction" in Shirleene Robinson and Julie Ustinoff, eds., The 1960s in Australia: Power, People and Politics (Newcastle Upon    Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2012), pp. xi-xvii.
  • "1960s Counterculture in Australia: The Search for Personal Freedom" in Shirleene Robinson and Julie Ustinoff, eds., The 1960s in Australia: Power, People and Politics (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2012), pp. 123-141.
  • "HIV/AIDS and Gay Community Print News Media in 1980s Australia" in Yorick Smaal and Graham Willett, eds., Australia's Homosexual Histories: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives 6 Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2011
  • (with Robyn Lincoln) "Introduction", in Robyn Lincoln and Shirleene Robinson, eds., Crime over Time: Temporal Perspectives on Crime and Punishment in Australia (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2010), pp. ix-xvii
  • (co-written with Robyn Lincoln) "When the Penalty was Death", in Robyn Lincoln and Shirleene Robinson, eds., Crime over Time: Temporal Perspectives on Crime and Punishment in Australia (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2010), pp.187-210.
  • "Race and Reformation: Treatment of Children in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Australia", in Robyn Lincoln and Shirleene Robinson, eds., Crime over Time: Temporal Perspectives on Crime and Punishment in Australia (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2010), pp.61-82
  • "Aboriginal child labour in colonial Australia" in Hugh D. Hindman, ed., The World of Child Labour: An Historical and Regional Survey (New York: ME Sharp, 2009), pp.953-955
  • "Introduction" in Shirleene Robinson, ed., Homophobia: An Australian History (Annandale, New South Wales: Federation Press, 2008), pp.1-15."On the frontline: The queer press and the fight against homophobia" in Shirleene Robinson, ed., Homophobia: An Australian History (Annandale, New South Wales: Federation Press,2008), pp.193-217.

Other Publications

  • Regular contributor to "the Conversation" website. Articles include "Give us better lesbians, please, and screens to watch them on" (25/03/2015), "Families we choose: An Australian gay and lesbian Christmas (17/12/2014), "Be a lesbian for a year if you want, but what about lesbians for life?" (17/09/2014), "Do openly gay figures like Ian Thorpe matter? They sure do" (14/07/2014) and with Robert Reynolds, "Learning from the lives of gay and lesbian Australians" (14/04/2015)
  • "Queensland Association for Healthy Communities: 25 Years History, 1984- 2009", (Brisbane: QAHC, 2009
  • "Gay Life in the Sunshine State", Brisbane Line, August 2008
  • Regular articles published in Queensland Pride, 2006 - 2009

 

Historical Consultancy

Exhibition

  • Co-writer (with Yorick Smaal), Exhibition Interpretive Panels, Prejudice and Pride: History of LGBT Brisbane, Exhibition for the Museum of Brisbane, 2010.
  • Writer, Exhibition Interpretive Panel, The Big Picture, Exhibition for the Museum of Brisbane, 2010.
  • Curator, 25th Anniversary of the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities, Exhibition for QAHC (formerly Queensland AIDS Council), 2009.
  • Co-curator (with Professor Kay Saunders and Dr Julie Ustinoff), Queensland's Fifty Firsts Exhibition for the Queensland Government (toured the state as part of the Sesqui-Centenary Celebrations in 2009).

 

Radio

  • Interviewed on Hack, Triple J, 2010. Interviewed by the BBC, 2014, 2015.

 

Other Professional Activities

  • Current President (2015-2016) of the Sydney Pride History Group.
  • Regular historical consulting for organisations, institutions and governments bodies such as the Museum of Brisbane, Queensland State Archives and the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities.
  • Secretary of In ASA (International Australian Studies Association), 2010 
  • Editor of Crossings (online bulletin of the International Australian Studies Association), 2007-2009.

For more information about research, teaching and other scholarly activities go to Shirleene Robinson's Research Hub profile at https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/shirleene-robinson

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