Professor Elizabeth Stephens

ARC Future Fellow

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Honorary Research Associate Prof.

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 57183


Elizabeth Stephens' research focuses on histories and philosophies of the body. Her two current major projects are a critical genealogy of normality and a study of representations of medical imaging technologies in the popular media.

Elizabeth Stephens completed her PhD in Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University , where she subsequently held a lectureship in critical and creative writing. She is currently an ARC Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses. Her research focuses on philosophies and histories of the body, informed especially by gender studies, queer theory, and French post-structuralism. She is the author of Queer Writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet’s Fiction and Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body From 1700 to the Present. Recent grants and fellowships include the University of Queensland Research Excellence Award, a British Academy Visiting Fellowship, a Huntington Foundation Fellowship, an Australian Academy of the Humanities Travel Fellowship and Network for Early European Research grant for the “Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality in the Archives” conference, held at the State Library of Queensland in 2007.


  • Bachelors of Arts, Curtin University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Studies, Macquarie University


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  • (2015) Doctor Philosophy

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