Julienne van Loon is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication.
Julienne van Loon is the author of three novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Harmless (2013). Her first novel, Road Story (2005), won The Australian/Vogel's award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book) award and the WA Premier's Award for Fiction. She has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, the WA Department of Culture and the Arts, Copyright Agency Limited and Arts Victoria. In 2014 she was an Asialink Arts Resident at Peking University in Beijing, where she worked on a new novel; in 2016 she returned to Beijing as an International Artist in Residence at Red Gate Gallery. Julienne's essays and short stories have appeared in journals such as The Monthly and Griffith Review, and in anthologies published by Pan MacMillan, Fremantle Press, ABC Books and Black Inc.
Alongside her work as a writer of fiction and nonfiction, Julienne has made a significant contribution to teaching and research in the Creative Writing discipline as a Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervisor. She has been the principle supervisor for 7 PhD thesis completions and 5 Masters-by-Research thesis completions. Publications by her HDR graduates have garnered two TAG Hungerford Awards, a Calibre Essay Prize and a WA Premier's Book Award, and have been either short- or long-listed for the National Biography Award, the Miles Franklin Award and The Australian/Vogel's Award.
A complex research project in which Julienne is currently involved is "The Thinking Woman". This research will result in a major nonfiction book in the popular philosophy genre. The work has been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and engages with some of the most interesting contemporary women thinkers internationally, connecting their intellectual and philosophical concerns with everyday life and seeking to bring their work to a broader readership. The project involves interviews with the US novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt; socialist feminist philosopher Nancy Holmstrom; Cultural Studies Professor Laura Kipnis; Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of London, Marina Warner; and posthumanist feminist philosopher Rosi Braidotti.
A study for a new novel was published in short story form in Best Australian Stories 2014 (Black Inc.).
Julienne is active in scholarly debate in the Creative Writing discipline, particularly around questions of creative production as research. She is an Associate Editor at TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing programs.
Since 2011, Julienne has been researching scholarly approaches to play and playfulness and their implications for research practice. A recent journal article publication, 'The Play of Research: What Creative Writing Has to Teach the Academy" (published in TEXT journal in 2014), argues for the crucial role of play in improving our ability to create, innovate and contribute to the production of knowledge and understanding, and discusses how universities might enable, justify and benefit from playfulness vis-à-vis research.
Julienne is available by appointment.
Julienne is available to supervise Masters and PhD candidates in fields relevant to her research interests.
- PhD University of Queensland
- MA (Hons) by Research University of Wollongong
- Grad Dip Education (Higher and Further) Curtin University
- B. Creative Arts (Hons) University of Wollongong
- Director, Australian Society of Authors.
- Advisory Board Member, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators
- Member, Australasian Association of Writing Programs
- Van Loon, J. (2017). Let's play knowledge-makers: Lev Vygotsky, Joan Eardley and the rules of research and creative practice In: Axon: Creative Explorations, 7, 1 - 18
- Van Loon, J. (2017). Embodied subjectivity and the project of the contemporary literary essay In: Text, , 1 - 10
- Van Loon, J. (2015). A feminist approach to popular philosophy: Reclassifying work by Sarah Bakewell, Laura Kipnis and Siri Hustvedt In: New Writing: The International Journal for the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing, 12, 312 - 323
- Van Loon, J. (2015). The Fifth Story In: Creative Writing as Research IV Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2014). Bring closer what is left to come In: Best Australian Stories 2014 Collingwood, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2014). The play of research: What Creative Writing has to teach the academy In: Text: journal of writing and writing courses, 18, 1 - 12
- Van Loon, J. (2013). Harmless In: Fremantle Arts Press Fremantle, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2013). In broad daylight In: Just Between Us: Australian women writers tell the truth about female friendship Sydney, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2011). The play of days In: Griffith Review 31: Ways of Seeing Melbourne, Australia
2 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions
- Ideas for Living: Popular philosophy for the thinking woman. Funded by: Australia Council for the Arts- Arts Project for Individuals and Groups (CAT0) from (2016 to 2017)
- 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship (Van Loon). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship from (2015 to 2019)