DSC Intertext Symposium 2021

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The DSC Intertext Symposium is a unique Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student-led conference for the College of Design and Social Context (DSC) at RMIT University.

The Intertext Symposium aims to showcase postgraduate research across the 8 schools within the DSC, celebrating the significant contributions of postgraduate researchers towards the advancement of knowledge as well as bringing together the HDR community to provide a channel for the exchange of information and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Candidates who wish to present at the symposium will need to submit an abstract of 200-250 words to the committee by 9 August 2021. Please visit the Sharepoint site to download the abstract template. The organising committee will assess the abstracts based on quality and will notify the candidates of the outcome by 20 August 2021. Candidates at all stages of candidacy are welcome. Please email abstracts to dsc.intertext@rmit.edu.au

This year the symposium will be held online on the 4-5 October 2021. Presenters will pre-record their presentations and upload them to Canvas where all symposium attendees will be able to view and engage with the presentations. Live sessions will take place daily where an academic chair and referee will facilitate a Q&A with the presenters and wider audience.


Presenters and abstracts

To view the recordings, please email Alexandra Ciaffaglione (s3762721@student.rmit.edu.au) Intertex Symposium Organiser.

Monday 4 October, 10:00am – 11:30am


Anne Carson, ‘Visual evolution of an idea – the poet/scholar house’

Organising material for a PhD thesis is a hugely challenging task. In creative practice PhDs, this involves managing both creative and critical material, as well as ideas about the capacity of both parts to be ‘knowledge-generating’. How we choose to represent these elements in the final thesis has epistemological implications, manifesting attitudes to how ‘the creative’ contributes to knowledge generation. As creative practice research progresses within the academy, creative possibilities for the format of the PhD proliferate, including various methods of blended, braided, woven (Krauth, 2018) theses. 

In my own creative writing PhD, these reflections led me to conceive of my thesis as an architectural model, where I could present the creative on an equal footing with the critical, as well as representing the way each mode seeded and fed into the other in practice, in an iterative model of creative practice (Smith and Dean, 2009). My model commenced life as my own simple line drawing, (representing a primarily physical space). I then worked with two artists (René Carrasco and Bridget Nicholson) and my supervisors to formulate and finesse my ideas. As it progressed the model became more metaphoric and ephemeral, morphing into a representation of a reconfigured heart-space, grounded in affirmative philosophy (Rosi Braidotti, Jane Bennett, Corrine Pelluchon) and ‘love-of-life’. This presentation maps the visual evolution of an idea.

Belinda Glover,Media Representation of Female Politicians in the 2020 Elections in Ghana’

The representation of female politicians by the media in Ghana is noted to influence the political success of female politicians. Previous studies have shown that female politicians are being represented negatively by the media with a focus on their physical appearance. Similarly, female politicians who participated in the 2020 general elections were not an exception. The 2020 elections in Ghana saw female politicians being represented by the media negatively. This was seen in the cases of Professor Naana Opoku-Agymang who was nominated as the first female Vice-Presidential running mate, on the ticket of the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ghana. Her nomination as the first female Vice-Presidential running mate resulted in negative representation by the news media and political opponents.

Therefore, through a qualitative methodology using methods such as content analysis and digital ethnography, the paper examines how female politicians who participated in the 2020 general elections were represented by the news media and political opponents.

The findings suggest that the media including political opponents represent female politicians negatively. This was seen in the case of Professor Naana Opoku-Agymang who was nominated as the first female Vice-Presidential running mate on the ticket of the NDC during 2020 general elections in Ghana. The findings contribute to new knowledge on the current trend of how female politicians are represented by the media and political opponents in Ghana. It also extends on other studies with similar focus on Ghana.

Ekaterina Ostapets, ‘Nutritional Influence’

Delivering science-based nutritional health information to young adults is more important than ever. Public trust in nutritional science is steadily diminishing, as misinformation regarding nutrition is being shared by some popular social media influencers who hold no formal qualifications but have achieved high online engagement from their followers. Social media influencers know how to communicate with their followers powerfully and engagingly with studies showing that they can positively affect their followers’ food choices.

This thesis will investigate the social media communication approaches that food and nutrition social media influencers use to engage with their followers. The first aim of this research is to establish which aspects of this communication process have been previously studied. Then, building on existing knowledge, the second aim is to identify the communication tactics that successful social media influencers are using on Facebook. The final aim is to discover which tactics result in the strongest engagement, positive sentiment and response to the ‘call to action’ from their followers. The insights from this research will help health organisations be able to mimic social media influencers’ communication style to better disseminate science-based nutritional information to young adults, thereby improving their health, quality of life and potentially decreasing healthcare costs.

The presentation will focus on the current social media communication approaches of food and nutrition social media influencers, as established using a scoping review. The highlighted approaches include how social media influencers build source credibility, encourage parasocial relationships and find congruence with the products and services they promote.

Monday, 4 October, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Priyanka Jain, ‘Decolonising classical Sanskrit erotic poetry’

Erotic poetry celebrating the fertility of humans and Nature that can be found in the earliest Sanskrit verses of the Rig Veda (1000 BCE) continued to be enjoyed in the Indian subcontinent till the arrival of the British colonisers (1600’s), shifting from Sanskrit to vernacular languages and even into the cult of Krishna. British colonisation imposed Victorian morality, which cast the concept of Kama (pleasure, one of the goals of Hindu life) as obscene and Indians practiced self-censorship to mimic the colonisers. In the formation of a national identity for a new independent India (1947), ideas of India’s sensual past were further dropped to the effect that contemporary India has little safe space for sexual discussions.

My artistic studio practice seeks to decolonise, contemporize and make visible some classical forms of erotic poetry, using the theories proposed by Walter Mignolo. Using research from neuroscience, microbiology and phytochemistry, short verses seek to explore the theme of erotica. The source of passion, which was placed within the Divine in the classical past is now placed under the agency of the human microbiome, which researchers have found to be able to communicate with the brain and influence moods and behaviours. My research aims to focus on the role of practice in decolonisation.

Tal-El Rubner, ‘Sailor Moon’s Uniform: Peircean semiotics for beginners’

Prominent thinker and philosopher, Charles S. Peirce, , has boldly stated that 'we think only in signs'; in other words, signs are how people make sense of their world. In Peirce’s theory of the sign, the sign is not a single object but part of a triadic relationship between three different types of signs, that is, icons, indices, and symbols. Each sign type carries different information from which the thinking person can infer information and reach a conclusion. To materially demonstrate the principles of this theory, the uniform of the popular, Japanese Manga/Anime character, Sailor Moon is examined. Sailor Moon was written in the 1990s by Naoko Takeuchi, and the manga and subsequent show are aimed at middle-school girls (12-15 years old). Tsukino Usagi, is a 14-year-old, clumsy and romantic girl who is able by magic to transform into Sailor Moon, a soldier of justice, fighting evil along with her friends the all-girl, “Sailor Scouts” who compensate for her many deficiencies. This analysis reveals the layers of signs and significations existing within Sailor Moon’s uniform, which make the Sailor Moon character both authentic as a soldier of justice and relatable to its target audience.

Thuy Dam, ‘Language use and learning in sojourner families: Vietnamese parents’ perception and performance’

According to the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment (2021), in the financial year of 2020-2021, there were 89 Vietnamese dependants aged 5 to 9 who accompanied their student-parents in Australia (age based on the time at visa grant). This study investigates how Vietnamese student-parents perceived and performed family language policy and practices with their children during their temporary residence in Australia. Results of 10 in-depth semi-structured interviews (with parents of 7- to 9-year-old children who were or had been residing in Australia from 2 to 4 years at the time of data collection) reveal that parents switched languages in family settings throughout their stay for a variety of reasons. Yet, it was a challenge for them to systematically practise any particular language use rules within their family settings to assist their children’s maintenance of their mother tongue. Anxiety about future reintegration into formal schooling back in Vietnam was also a common theme. Almost all parents chose to self-tutor their children and resort to online learning instead of sending them to Vietnamese community language classes due to its alleged non-conformity with the modern Vietnamese language used domestically and worries about the political and religious content of the lessons. This, to some extent, reflects how family language policy and practices are shaped by parents’ language and cultural ideology and imagined communities and raises issues that stakeholders may need to consider about community language programs in Australia to accommodate sojourners’ language needs, too.

Tuesday 5 October, 10:30am – 12:00pm


D.A. Calf, ‘A Spectral Geology: Listening to the monument site through the flux of time’

Monuments exist as solidifications of national narratives. Just like the intended unimpeachability of these official histories, they are designed to be resilient and permanent. However, the world around them is in constant flux, calling into question their significance. Drawing on fieldwork (field recording and photography) undertaken at various monument (spomenik) sites in the former Yugoslav republics of the Balkans, together with archival research, this presentation investigates the role of listening in acknowledging and granting voice to the complex of agential flows that exist in any site but that are mostly ignored by top-down approaches to history. The presentation suggests the suitability of geologic paradigms as metaphors for thinking about the connections between sound, agency, site and history. By approaching sound as a medium subject to sedimentation and stratification and that has the potential to transmit and sequester memory, it considers the possibility of hearing, speculatively and however faint, the murmured traces of the past through its excavation. By examining recordings taken from sites of shifting significance and in seeking to uncover those sounds that were once present, the research questions whether there is any significant difference, pragmatically speaking, between the sounds we hear and the sounds we think, in turn entertaining a mode of listening which enables the audient to hear the past in new inaudible ways.

Lynette Spence, ‘Placing children in the Australian suburbs: reading representations of landscape and loss’

The Romantic gaze towards industrialised places reads landscape as loss and in/authenticity of experience, as the basis of a poetic and affective response for an idealised ‘elsewhere’. When this gaze is directed towards the child, tales of authentic childhood places are told as nature or the past, for example, as a ‘nature deficit disorder’. Such telling, within culture, gathers the child into a universal concept, securing ‘childhood’ as an historical and spatial imagination. This research seeks to untangle this Romanticism, told in narratives of authenticity of being and sadness for the lost places of childhood, from an understanding of philosophical nostalgia. Using approaches within representation and phenomenology, this paper explores how the politics and poetics of childhood place can be read in stories of everyday urban life, asking if situated lives of children can be understood as other than lost natures or ghosts of suburbs past.

Tuesday 5 October, 2:30pm-4:00pm


Alamgir Yousufzai,Khawaja Sara/Hijra’s parental houses: Contemporary panopticons in Pakistan ‘

This article emerges from my PhD research Khawaja Sara and Hijra: Gender and Sexual Identity Formation in Contemporary Pakistan. This project is empirically and theoretically designed, and seeks to address and explore the social, economic, cultural, religious, and political forces, which shape up the non-normative gender and sexual identities of Khawaja Sara or Hijra (in Western terminology trans* women) in contemporary Pakistan. In this article, I am using Foucauldian (1975) concepts of power, surveillance, and the panopticon where I unpack the role of the familial house as contemporary panopticon that regulates the behaviour of young Khawaja Sara and Hijra’s in Peshawar city. I use a qualitative research methodology and engage with participants in a face to face in-depth and photovoice interviews. The data demonstrates how parents and other family members are frequently observe, continuously question, and pressure Khawaja Sara and Hijra about their trans* identities and non-normative behaviour. This work further illustrates how, within Pashtoon culture, gender diversity is considered a violation of honour which could bring disrespect in the form of disgrace and defame to family name. In this way, there is a perceived moral obligation on individuals in Pashtoon societies to be loyal to family values. Failing to comply is considered a violation and has serious consequences that are, in some cases, life threatening as “honour killing” is a regular cultural practice in Pakistan where violators are sentenced to death who fail to keep the values and family honour. The paper shows that many young Khawaja Sara and Hijra’s leave their parental families because of the rigid behaviour and the extra pressure that they are getting from their parents. After leaving their parental families, many of them (participants) join the guru-cheela houses in Peshawar city where they can get a chance to live their life in a way as they understand and free from other fears.

Neginsadat Aalami,Phase Change Materials for Responsive Architectural Façade
A review Of Material and Design Strategies’

The climate environmental problem poses a significant threat to human well-being, the most pressing issue facing the world in the coming decades. In recent years, responsive architecture has gained the attention of building designers to change how the built environment contributes to climate environmental changes. From this point of view, it is possible to design the façade of the building in a way that responds to its local context and decreases the total energy consumption. However, a successful, responsive building façade has often recorded some through backs because of its high level of complexity and energy it has consumed rather it has saved. A systematic mapping review was undertaken to reviews the literature on Phase Change Materials (PCMs) and the design strategies when integrated with active façade systems without electricity. We also consider whether they evaluate the final proposed design concerning energy consumption and thermal comfort. The results show that SMA (Shape Memory Alloy) has been widely used for the moving function. In contrast, other phases-changing materials are used for the heat storage capacity of the system. The design strategies that have been identified are PCM as an actuator, PCM as heat storage capacity or the combination of both. It was found that there is considerable potential to comprehend the energy efficiency of the final designed façade. Further research needs to simplify the energy performance assessment of the responsive façade systems.

We are excited to announce that for this year’s DSC Intertext Symposium, the Keynote presentation will be a Panel session on the topic, ‘COVID Impact on Research'. Our panel guests are five speakers:

  • Dr Emily Gray, RMIT Researcher, Supervisor and DA for HDR Students in the School of Education.
  • Alexandra Ciaffaglione, PhD candidate and DSC HDR Student Representative
  • Associate Professor Catherine Gomes, RMIT Researcher and Academic, School of Media and Communication
  • Associate Professor Robyn Barnacle, Research and Innovation in the School of Graduate Research
  • Renee Peterson, PhD candidate and DSC HDR Student Representative

Many HDR students had to pivot their research or change their methodology due to COVID on the ability to conduct their research.

PhD Candidate panel guests are Alexandra Ciaffaglione and Renee Peterson

Portrait of Alexandra Ciaffaglione Portrait of Alexandra Ciaffaglione
Portrait of Alexandra Ciaffaglione Portrait of Renee Peterson

Alexandra Ciaffaglione will shed light on the experiences of domestic HDR candidates in the face of COVID on their research and mental wellbeing through discussing the changes she had to make to her entire research project in the face of COVID-19.

The RMIT Supervisor panel guest is Dr Emily Gray

Portrait of Emily Gray

Dr Emily Gray will provide her perspective as a supervisor to HDR candidates and how COVID affected her students, the supervisory relationship, and the transition to conducting her research entirely online. Dr Gray will also be speaking on her own research project, which explored the COVID impact on the academic level and the trends of sexism that appeared. Check out this video for some more information about Dr Gray's research. View her video on Vimeo.

RMIT Academic panel guest is Associate Professor Catherine Gomes

Portrait of Catherine Gomes

In this talk, I discuss some of the key points my recent book, Parallel Societies of International Students in Australia: Connections, Disconnections and a Global Pandemic (Routledge, 2022) and current research on HDR international students living in a COVID world raise regarding international student challenges and adaptability.

Here I discuss the parallel societies international students become part of as a necessary way of coping with being away from family, friends and the familiarity of the left-behind home nation. Drawing on a decade’s worth of research into the social, cultural, real and digital spaces occupied by international students, I reflect on how the COVID-19 global pandemic has not only disrupted lives and suspended aspirations for current and recently graduated HDR international students, but also on how they cope and adapt while lives and futures are in limbo.

RMIT University Staff panel guest is Robyn Barnacle

Portrait of Robyn Barnacle

Registration is free via EventBrite


Who should attend?

HDR candidates and supervisors

Location and Symposium format

This year the symposium will be held online on the 4 - 6 October 2021. Presenters will pre-record their presentations and upload them to Canvas where all symposium attendees will be able to view and engage with the presentations. Live sessions will take place daily, where an academic chair and referee will facilitate a Q&A with the presenters and wider audience.

Important dates

Submit your abstract

 9 August 2021

Notification of outcome

20 August 2021

Upload your pre-recorded presentation

15 September 2021

Live symposium panel discussions  

4 – 6 October 2021

Presentation information

The time limit per presenter is 5-7 minutes. Presentations can be recorded using either a mobile phone or Canvas Studio. Recordings done using a mobile phone will need to be uploaded to Canvas Studio. For those presenters who feel confident and would like to acquire new skills, Canvas Studio has editing functions where presentations can be further refined and improved. See the Useful links section for more information.


Good academic presentations can often be ruined when too much time is spent on theory at the outset. A conference presentation, unlike a thesis, does not require a long methodological introduction/theoretical contextualization of your case study. A short paragraph on theory/research method will suffice before moving on to analyse the material you want to discuss. Lengthy quotes from well-known (or even obscure) theorists only distract; delegates want to know what you think about your topic. If your presentation is aimed at engaging in a constructive dialogue with a previous theory, you will need to expound briefly on the theory you wish to discuss and then proceed as soon as possible to articulate your own ideas on the subject. Again, delegates want to know what you think about your topic, and you have only 7 minutes to do this. Following these guidelines will ensure that your presentation will impress, engage and make an impact on your audience.

Using slides

To keep the presentation engaging and coherent slides should be used as a complement to the verbal portion of the presentation.

  • Keep it simple, use 1 slide per topic
  • Use key words or sentences the audience need to take away from that slide
  • Keep to a consisten theme across your presentation
  • Stick to a maximum of 6 points per slide and ensure that it is not too text heavy. For example, each bullet point should be brief.
  • Avoid complicated models – if the model has no simpler version or cannot be simplified, do not use a title, have the image on its own in the slide so it is large enough for the audience to make it out clearly
  • Use images to help the audience make sense of the subject
  •  Keep the theme and graphics consistent.


The key to a successful presentation is having an interesting story to tell so presenters should consider how to formulate their presentation in a manner that will have a beginning, middle and an end. Consider the coherency and the flow of the transitions between the sections. Although the recording might be done sitting down, consider how to still use effective body language to keep the audience engaged with the presentation. Finally, practice delivering the presentation in front of a mirror, consider your facial expressions, voice, intonation and maybe even introducing silence for impact.

Often an abstract proposes to cover too much material for a 7-minute presentation. For the presentation itself, it is very important to concentrate on one idea/argument, illustrated by preferably one to two examples. Video or audio examples should be avoided or limited to under 1.5 minutes. Keep in mind that this is an interdisciplinary symposium and sessions will include presenters and audience members from a variety of subject backgrounds. You will need to clarify any content-specific technical terms and make sure that you explain key concepts in lay language.

Presenters need to keep in mind that although the presentation is pre-recorded, there is an audience behind the camera. Memorising the presentation and keeping eye contact with the audience by looking directly at the camera is a powerful way to keep an audience engaged. Canvas Studio has the capacity to record both through a webcam and screen capture at the same time, this is a great tool to give the presentation a more dynamic feel.

Useful links

Canvas studio

Giving presentations

Symposium organisers

This symposium is organised by Higher Degree by Research Candidates supported by the College of Design and Social Context. We have developed an FAQs page where more information about the symposium can be found.


Please direct all enquiries to dsc.intertext@rmit.edu.au

We look forward to seeing you at the DSC Intertext 2021 symposium!

Role of the Chairperson

  • Each presenter has uploaded a pre-recorded presentation of approximately 5-7 minutes, which will be available for viewing online prior to the event. The primary role of the Chairperson will be to facilitate the interactive online panel discussion, involving the presenters, referees and attendees.
  • Please start the session with an acknowledgement of country
  • Allow each presenter to introduce themselves to the audience with their name and the title of their presentation. 
  • Please introduce yourself and ask the referees of the session to do the same.
  • You might start by giving each presenter a few minutes to give a very brief overview of their presentation. This should be succinct and not more than 5 minutes. You may need to give a one minute warning sign to let the presenter know that their time is almost up (this can be in the form of a "hands up" function). 
  • After the presenter has given a brief overview of their presentation, you can invite the referee to ask a question/ provide some feedback. 
  • After all presenters have had an opportunity to give their overview and respond to the referee, you can open up for a Q&A with the wider audience. This could be in the final 10 minutes of your session. If necessary, encourage audience members to continue their discussion after the session has concluded. 
The following is an example running schedule for Monday 4 October, 10:00am-11:30am:
Time Action
10:00am Committee members welcomes audience. Host/referee makes an acknowledgement of country. Introduces the session, chair, the panel members and themselves (title of the panel session, presenter names, the name of the chair). Referee/s to then begin streaming the video presentations.

The Chair will then invite each presenter to introduce themselves, the name of their school and the title of their presentation.  


Chair asks presenters to give a brief overview of their presentation. The presenters are told that this is to take no more than five to ten minutes, and the Chair will give warning at five-minute mark via the "hands up" function. After each presenter has provided a brief overview, the Chair will provide feedback or ask a short question to the presenter. 


The final 20 minutes or so are for audience Q & A. The Chair can moderate this if required. If there are no audience questions, the Referee/s may pose another question to the presenter/s. If necessary, encourage audience members to continue their discussion after the session has concluded.  

End of session: 

Referee thanks presenters and invites audience to attend any further sessions of the symposium. 

Role of the Referee/s

  • The primary role of the referee is to  give feedback/ pose questions to the presenters. Given this is an interdisciplinary symposium, the presenters will come from a variety of subject backgrounds. We do not expect you to have a thorough understanding of their topic, but rather you might offer insight into their methodology, the framing of their research questions, the way they have communicated their research, or any insights that you might be able to offer from your own disciplinary background.
  • Abstracts for the presentations will be available before the event, and sent directly to you. We’ll also send you a link to be able to watch the pre-recorded presentations for your sessions before the online panel discussion. 
  • After each presenter has given a brief overview of their presentation, you can provide some feedback/ pose a question. Please make sure to allow enough time for each presenter in the session to get the opportunity to hear from you.
  • At the end of the session, there will be time for a Q&A with the wider audience, facilitated by the Chairperson. In the absence of audience questions, you may also ask the presenters some questions to help facilitate discussion.
Date and time Sessions Collab Ultra link Presenters


Panel Session One: Visual Representations and Media https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/d5483c9f55f943cd94ce4d20dfa1dc68
  • Belinda Glover
  • Anne Carson
  • Ekaterina Ostapets


Keynote Panel: COVID Impact on Research https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/6765c3dc3c144867a71da3af7b086b75
  • Dr Emily Gray
  • Associate Professor Catherine Gomes
  • Associate Professor Robyn Barnacle
  • Alexandra Ciaffaglione


Panel Session Two: Poetics, Language and Discourse

  • Tal-El Rubner
  • Priyanka Jain
  • Thuy Dam


Panel Session Three: The Trouble in Place https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/df3675793b294d40863ccbf54c556eb0
  • D.A. Calf
  • Lynette Spence


FigShare Seminar https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/9b8286dc2e22465aaae91bc15534ee49
  • Adam Rivett
  • Jess Wilkinson


Panel Session Four: Space, Design and Structure https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/f6b891d1f6fc48a7ad92a2190c44c5ed
  • Alharbi Marwah
  • Alamgir Yousufzai
  • Neginsadat Aalami
4:30pm-5:30pm Haiku Showcase and End of Symposium Celebration https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/d24cbf5e90a145ebaa2c5417a3c81805
  • Jess Wilkinson
  • DSC Intertext Committee

Library Research Services

The library provides services and resources to meet a range of research and writing support needs you may have through the different stages of your research candidature or career. The library offers individual consultations and online resources.  

HDR candidates and researchers intending to publish or present at a conference may find the following library services and resources of assistance:

The full range of Library Research Services are available from the Library website

School of Graduate Research

We lead RMIT’s commitment to enhancing research training and ensuring it embraces innovation and diversity for our postgraduate research candidates and supervisors.

What we do

The School of Graduate Research fosters a vibrant research-training culture that engages Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates and helps them produce new knowledge in their chosen field.

Our people

Led by Professor Denise Cuthbert, the School of Graduate Research supports high-quality research training at RMIT through teams:

  • Research Training Services
  •  HDR Strategy & Policy

We work collaboratively with Schools, Colleges, supervisors and representatives to ensure a high-quality research experience for HDR candidates and supervisors.

HDR students


D.A.Calf is a sound and installation artist, researcher, composer, field recordist, and producer. His research interests lie in explorations of memory, place, erasure and trace, especially in their relationship to sound, history and geography. These themes are explored through sonic cartography, performance, immersive installation, research and archival work. He is a current Doctoral Candidate in the RMIT School of Art and holds a B.A (Hons) Fine Art (Sound Art & Spatial Sculpture) from RMIT and a B.A. (Philosophy & Politics double major) from the University of Newcastle.

Anne M. Carson

Anne M Carson is a poet a, essayist and visual artist. Her poetry is published internationally and widely in Australia. Massaging Himmler: A Poetic Biography of Dr Felix Kersten and Two Green Parrots were published in 2019. She has initiated poetry-led social justice projects, performs with Muse Poetica and is a creative writing PhD candidate.

Alexandra Ciaffaglione

Alexandra Ciaffaglione is a PhD Candidate at RMIT University. Her current research thesis explores the intersection of gender, sexuality and religion in schools within Australia, with particular attention to the ways in which LGBTQIA+ teachers operate and negotiate their identities between the professional and private spheres. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major of History and Theology as well as an Honours degree in medieval history with a Master of Teaching (Secondary) in History and Religious Education. Her research interests include sexuality, gender, the history of sexuality, Catholic education in Australia and the sociology of education.

Emilie Collyer

Emilie Collyer lives on Wurundjeri land where she writes across and between poetry, plays and prose. She is recently published in Booth (USA), The Ekphrastic Review (USA), The Blue Nib (Ireland), TEXT, Rabbit, Witness Performance and Cordite. Award-winning plays include Contest, Dream Home and The Good Girl which has had multiple international productions. Emilie is a current PhD candidate at RMIT, researching feminist creative practice.

Melanie Evangelista

Melanie started her PhD(Education) in January 2020, having completed a Master of Education (Career Development) in 2019. Melanie undertakes research to determine the career influences of students pursuing STEM careers and is currently researching the support given to students pursuing STEM careers in schools by Career Development Practitioners. Melanie is a qualified and registered Career Development Practitioner and Trainer/Assessor. Melanie has over 20 years’ experience in the vocational education and training sector in Australia, from being an Office Administration and First Aid trainer, to managing Registered Training Organisations. Melanie is currently a Course Leader in Graduate Certificate in Careers Education and Development courses at RMIT University and also has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Australian Centre for Career Education Melanie maintains her vocational currency.

Terans Gunawardhana

Terans started his PhD (Built Environment) in October 2020, after graduating with a Master of Project Management in 2019, and a Master of Real Estate Management and Valuation in 2014. He is a senior lecturer in real estate management and valuation at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Since 2014, Terans has supervised more than 25 undergraduate research students and six postgraduate research students successfully. Recent publications consist of three co-authored textbooks and more than 20 journal and conference articles. He has attended conferences in France, Australia, Estonia, and Sri Lanka in the recent past. Terans is passionate about writing and public speaking on contemporary real estate market trends.

Khiem Le

Khiem's research interest lies in cross-cultural communication of popular phenomenon. As such, his Ph.D. aim is to explore the consumption of K-pop via social media among Vietnamese young adults. His research focuses on two aspects 1) how Vietnamese K-pop fans can establish a community among their fandom and 2) how certain members are able to rise above their status as fans and become demi-idols among their peers. Outside of academia, Khiem's professional objective is to work with university level and/or higher education students to help them navigate policies and achieve their academic endeavors. He is the current marketing manager for VicWise, a non-profit organization that focuses on championing employability and career development for international students in Victoria, where he helps promote the organization to industry partners as well as training new volunteers and recruits.

Renee Peterson

Renee Peterson is a PhD candidate at RMIT University in Melbourne, in the Faculty of Media and Communication. Renee’s research addresses how a traditional media personality/celebrity makes a professional transition from old to new media as a social media influencer whilst still maintaining their employment in old media. Renee is recognised as an attributed celebrity in the field of celebrity due to her employment in the media industry. Renee has worked as a traditional media personality, producer, social media content creator and writer in radio and television for Southern Cross Austereo in Australia and globally for over 10 years. Renee’s most recent assignment was in Hollywood, Los Angeles, an Entertainment Reporter for Australia. After this life and career-changing moment, Renee created her own company Renee Peterson Presents Pty Ltd specialising in new media and freelance writing.

Mustafijir Rahman

Mustafijur Rahman, currently pursuing his PhD in School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University. Mr Rahman has excellent track records in the areas of medical textiles, biomaterials and tissue engineering. His PhD research focused in the area of “Nanocomposite Scaffold for Medical Application (Nerve Conduit)”. He has completed his Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Textile Technology from the University of Manchester, UK, under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan. Mr Rahman has a dedicated interest in academia and research. He has more than ten years of professional experience as a University Faculty Member. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX), the oldest, most prestigious institution for textile education and the center for research and innovation in Bangladesh.

Stephanie Roland

Stephanie Roland is a PhD candidate at RMIT’s school of architecture and urban design. Stephanie has 15 years’ experience working as an architect and urban designer across spatial disciplines in London, Cape Town and Hong Kong. Her research focuses on people’s perceptions and behaviour in cities, especially how these are linked to notions of identity and belonging, with the aim of fostering decolonial and participative ways of thinking about and knowing place.


Carolina Quintero Rodriguez

Carolina is a lecturer in the Fashion (Enterprise) program, with qualifications and practice experience in the field of product design and development. Her research and practice are concerned with the key design considerations relevant to the engineering of functional clothing designed to fulfil the specific functional and comfort requirements of wearers through the understanding of the properties of the materials for the specific end-use.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.