Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 57183


Elizabeth Stephens is an an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Communication and Arts. She is author of three monographs: A Critical Genealogy of Normality (University of Chicago Press, 2017), co-authored with Peter Cryle; Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from 1700 to the Present (Liverpool University Press, 2011), and Queer Writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet's Fiction (Palgrave 2009). Her Future Fellowship examines practices of experimentation as a site of collaboration between the arts and sciences.

Research Interests

  • Collaboration between the arts and sciences
  • History of science, technology and medicine
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Science and technology studies


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


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2015) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2019). Automation and affect: a critical genealogy of the emotions. Emotions in late modernity. (pp. 176-189) edited by Roger Patulny, Alberto Bellocchi, Rebecca E. Olson, Sukhmani Khorana, Jordan McKenzie and Michelle Peterie. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351133319-13

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2018). 'Unhallowed arts': or, the science of making monsters. Unhallowed arts. (pp. 119-127) edited by Laetitia Wilson, Oron Catts and Eugenio Viola. Perth, Australia: UWA Publishing.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2018). Normality. Gender: Time. (pp. 155-168) edited by Karin Sellberg. Farmington Hills, United States: Macmillan.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2018). The normal body on display: public exhibitions of the Norma and Normman statues. The Routledge companion to media, sex and sexuality. (pp. 7-18) edited by Clarissa Smith, Feona Attwood and Brian McNair. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315168302-2

  • Stephens, Elizabeth and Heffernan, Tara (2016). We have always been robots: a brief history of robots and art. Robots and art: an unlikely symbiosis. (pp. 29-45) edited by Damith Herath, Christian Kroos and Stelarc. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0321-9_3

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2015). Making monsters: bio-engineering and visual arts practice. Corporeality and culture: bodies in movement. (pp. 53-66) edited by Karin Sellberg and Lena Wånggren. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2014). Homosexualité. Dictionnaire Jean Genet. (pp. 322-323) edited by Marie-Claude Hubert. Paris, France: Honore Champion.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2014). Réception Australienne. Dictionnaire Jean Genet. (pp. 551-551) edited by Marie-Claude Hubert. Paris, France: Honore Champion.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2014). Sex as a normalising technology: early-twentieth-century public sex education campaigns. Asexuality and sexual normativity: an anthology. (pp. 82-94) edited by Mark Carrigan, Kristina Gupta and Todd G. Morrison. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2012). Geeks and Gaffs: the queer legacy of the 1950s American Freak Show. Queer 1950s : rethinking sexuality in the postwar years. (pp. 183-195) edited by Heike Bauer and Matthew Cook. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137264718_12

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2012). Geeks and gaffs. Queer 1950s: rethinking sexuality in the postwar years. (pp. 183-195) edited by Heike Bauer and Matt Cook. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2012). The queer space of the freak show. Queer and subjugated knowledges: generating subversive imaginaries. (pp. 48-55) edited by Kerry H. Robinson and Cristyn Davies. Oak Park, IL, United States: Bentham Science Publishers.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth and Parkhill, Chad (2011). Heterosexuality: An unfettered capacity for degeneracy. A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire. (pp. 27-42) edited by Ivan Crozier and Chiara Beccalossi. Oxford, England: Berg Publishers.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2011). Inventing the healthy body: the use of popular medical discourses in public anatomical exhibitions. The body divided: human beings and human ‘material’ in modern medical history. (pp. 223-238) edited by Sarah Ferber and Sally Wilde. Farnham, Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2011). Touching bodies: Tact/ility in nineteenth-century medical photographs and models. Bodies, sex and desire from the renaissance to the present. (pp. 87-101) edited by Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9780230354128_5

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2009). Introduction. Queer Writing. (pp. 1-23) London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan . doi: 10.1057/9780230271739_1

  • Stephens, Elizabeth A. (2009). Queer monsters: Technologies of self-transformation in Bulwer's Anthropometamorphosis and Braidotti's Metamorphoses. Somatechnics: Queering the technologisation of bodies. (pp. 171-186) edited by Nikki Sullivan and Samantha Murray. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2009). Seminal Economies: the Homoerotics of Phallic Masculinity. Seminal Economies: the Homoerotics of Phallic Masculinity. (pp. 96-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE. doi: 10.1057/9780230271739_4

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2009). Towards an Ecriture Homosexuelle. Towards an Ecriture Homosexuelle. (pp. 138-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE. doi: 10.1057/9780230271739_5

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2009). Un Chant d'amour: Homoeroticism and the Closet of Language. Un Chant d'amour: Homoeroticism and the Closet of Language. (pp. 62-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE. doi: 10.1057/9780230271739_3

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2009). What Remains of the Author: The Subject in/of Writing. What Remains of the Author: The Subject in/of Writing. (pp. 24-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE. doi: 10.1057/9780230271739_2

  • Stephens, E. A. (2008). Anatomies of Desire: Photographic Exhibitions of Female Bodies in Fin-de-Siecle Anatomical Museums. Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Makings of a "Central Problem". (pp. 25-41) edited by P. M. Cryle and C. E. Forth. Newark, Delaware, USA: University of Delaware Press.

  • Stephens, E. A. (2008). Flesh machines: self-making and the postmodern body. Cultural Theory in Everyday Practice. (pp. 114-121) edited by Anderson, N. and Schlunke, K.. Melbourne: Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press.

  • Stephens, E. A. (2008). Redefining Sexual Excess as a Medical Disorder: Fin-de-Siecle Representations of Hysteria and Spermatorrhoea. Pleasure and Pain in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture. (pp. 201-212) edited by Evans, D. and Griffiths, K.. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (2007). Queer writing: homoeroticism in Jean Genet's fiction. Queer sexualities in French and Francophone literature and film. (pp. 129-144) edited by James Day. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Editions Rodopi. doi: 10.1163/9789401204903_011

  • Stephens, E. A. (2006). Corporeographies: The dancing body in 'adame Miroir and Un chant d'amour. Genet: Politics and Performance. (pp. 159-168) edited by C. Finburgh, C. Lavery and M. Shevtsova. London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9780230595439

  • Stephens, E. A. (2005). Je suis un mensonge qui dit toujours la verite: Genet's Queer Subjectivities. Soi-disant: Life-Writing in French. (pp. 41-52) edited by de Nooy, Juliana, Hardwick, Joe and Hanna, Barbara E.. Newark, USA: University of Delaware Press.

  • Stephens, E. A. (2005). Un mur qui ne serait jamais abattu: Le bagne du desir dans Un chant d'amour. Aimez-vous le queer?. (pp. 131-139) edited by Lawrence R Schehr. New York, U.S.A.: Rodopi. doi: 10.1163/9789004333024_010

  • Stephens, Elizabeth (1999). Watchdogs of desire: Homophobia in the novels of Jean Genet. Playing the man: New approaches to masculinity. (pp. 63-74) edited by Katherine Biber, Tom Sear and Dave Trudinger. Annandale, Australia: Pluto Press.

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Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision