Dr Melissa Harper

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
melissa.harper@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69454

Overview

Dr Melissa Harper’s research interests include Australian cultural history, representations of landscape, attachments to place, recreational use of land, environmental issues, national identity, food and dining out in Australia.

Her current research interests include a history of bushwalking and environmental politics, with a particular focus on the period from 1945 to the present. She is exploring the way bushwalkers have faced a number of challenges to their self-apointed position as custodians of the Australian 'wilderness'. Challenges have come from other recreational users, governments, developers and and from Indigenous Australians.

She is the author of:

  • 'Sensuality in Sandshoes: Representations of the bush in the walking and writing of John Le Gay Brereton and Percy Grainer'.
  • 'A Boy's Own Adventure: George Morrison on Foot Across Australia'.
  • 'A Battle for the Bush: Bushwalking versus Hiking between the Wars'.
  • 'The Ways of the Walker: Bushwalking in Australia, 1788-1940' (PhD thesis).

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Harper, Melissa (2014). Outdoor magazines. In Bridget Griffen-Foley (Ed.), A companion to the Australian media (pp. 326-327) Kew, VIC, Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

  • Harper, Melissa and White, Richard (2012). How national were the first national parks? Comparative perspectives from the British settler societies. In Bernhard Gissibl, Sabine Höhler and Patrick Kupper (Ed.), Civilizing nature: national parks in global historical perspective (pp. 50-67) New York, NY, United States: Berghahn Books.

  • Harper, Melissa (2010). Billy. In Melissa Harper and Richard White (Ed.), Symbols of Australia (pp. 83-92) Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: UNSW Press.

  • Harper, Melissa and White, Richard (2010). Land of symbols. In Melissa Harper and Richard White (Ed.), Symbols of Australia (pp. 1-11) Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: UNSW Press.

  • Harper, Melissa (2009). Saving the Franklin River: The environment takes centre stage. In Martin Crotty and David Andrew Roberts (Ed.), Turning points in Australian history (pp. 211-223) Sydney, NSW, Australia: University of New South Wales Press.

  • Harper, Melissa (1999). A boy's own adventure : George Morrison on foot across Australia. In Playing the man : New approaches to masculinity (pp. 110-122) Annandale, NSW, Australia: Pluto Press Australia.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Harper, Melissa and Hetherington, Michelle (2009) Symbols of Australia. Canberra, Australia, National Museum of Australia.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision