Associate Professor Rosanne Kennedy

Associate Professor Rosanne Kennedy

Position: MemoryHub Convenor

School and/or Centres: Research School of Humanities and the Arts


Researcher profile:

Rosanne Kennedy is Associate Professor in Gender, Sexuality and Culture and Literary Studies in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University. Working at the intersection of memory studies, trauma studies, human rights and gender studies, her research explores the cultural forms through which writers, filmmakers and activists mediate past and present injustices to mobilise memory for change. One project explores the emergence and afterlives of the stolen generations in cultural memory in Australia and transnationally. Another project examines the global politics of testimony and the figure of the witness from the post-Holocaust era to Black Lives Matter. Rosanne is currently leading a transnational project on Feminism/ Memory/ Activism, is a member of the COST Action network, Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change and chair of the Memory Studies Forum of the MLA. Her research appears in Memory Studies, Signs, Biography, Comparative Literature Studies, Studies in the Novel, Australian Feminist Studies and in anthologies. She has co-edited several books and special issues including 'Memory Up Close: Memory Studies in Australia', Memory Studies, 6(3): 2013. Her most recent publication is “Domesticating Humanitarianism: Stephanie Land’s Maid, “This American Life”, and the Imaginative Politics of Need. a/b autobiography studies 37.1: 2022.

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