Dr Rick De Vos
BA (Curtin), BLitCom, PhD (Murdoch)
|Position||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|School||Humanities Research and Graduate Studies|
|Department||Centre for Culture and Technology|
I conduct research in the area of anthropogenic extinction, particularly in terms of its cultural significance and the way that extinction is articulated and practiced.
Memberships, Awards and Training
- Extinction Studies Working Group: < extinctionstudies.org/people > ;
- Australasian Animal Studies Association (Executive Committee Member): http://animalstudies.org.au/ ;
- Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
- Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture – Australia & New Zealand
2016 - present: Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University;
2012 - 2015: Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University;
2005 – 2011: Senior Lecturer, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University;
2002 – 2005: Lecturer, Department of Communication and Cultural Studies, Curtin University;
2000 – 2001: Lecturer, School of Arts, Murdoch University;
1998 – 2000: Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.Back to top
Critical Theory; Cultural Studies; Postcolonial Literature; Australian Cinema; Australian Television; Indigenous Research Methodologies; Creative Research Methodologies; Performance StudiesBack to top
- Conservation and Biodiversity
Language, Communication and Culture
- Cultural Theory
- Postcolonial Studies
Extinction: its cultural significance, and how it functions discursively in dialogue with other aspects of cultural life.
Marine mammals in the Arctic and Southern Oceans: culture, ecology and conservation.
Environmental change and species extinction in Australia: historical analysis.Back to top
Animal Studies; Extinction Studies; Environmental Humanities; Species History
Recent conference presentations:
2015 'Narwhals, Sea-Ice and the Cost of a Late Departure' Presented at the 2015 Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference, University of Melbourne, Australia
2014 ‘”The greatest affection”: pleasure and sorrow on the frontier’ Presented at the 2014 Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture Conference (Affective Habitus), Australian National University
2013 ‘August 12, 1883: Fading stripes and a barking silence’ Presented at the 2013 Australian Animal Studies Group Conference, Sydney University, Australia
2012 ‘Huskies and Hunters: life and death in north-western Greenland’ Presented at the 2012 Animal Death Symposium, Sydney University, Australia
2011 ‘Thin Ice: Georg Steller and the Shape of Things to Come’ Presented at the 2011 Australian Animal Studies Group Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
2010 ‘Troubled Waters: Extinction and Cultural Studies’ Presented at the 2010 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference, Southern Cross University, Byron Bay, Australia
2009 ‘Imagining Extinction: Absent Parents, Hypothetical Species and the Lost Birds of Paradise’ Presented at the 2009 International Academic and Community Conference on Animals and Society, Newcastle, Australia
September 2011: 'Marine Extinctions: Sea Cows, Coelacanths and the Shock of the New'. Curtin Corner: http://business.curtin.edu.au/business/research/research-institutes/-centres-and-clusters/the-john-curtin-institute-of-public-policy/news-and-events/&event_name=/business/events/jcipp-curtin-corner-marine-extinctions-sea-cows-coelacanths-and-the-shock-of-the-new
November 2011: 'The Riddle of River Dolphins: Extinction and Evasion'. AAPI Seminar, Curtin University.Back to top
De Vos, R. 'Extinction in a Distant Land: The Question of Elliot's Bird of Paradise' in Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death and Generations, eds. D. B. Rose, T. van Dooren and M. Chrulew, 88-115. Columbia University Press, 2017.
De Vos, R. 'Provocations from the Field - Extinction, Encountering and the Exigencies of Forgetting', Animal Studies Journal, 6 (1), 2017, 1-11. http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol6/iss1/2
De Vos, R. 'Stripes Faded, Barking Silenced: Remembering Quagga', Animal Studies Journal 3 (1), 2014, 29-45. http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol3/iss1/4
De Vos, R. ‘Huskies and Hunters: Living and Dying in Arctic Greenland’ in Animal Death, eds. F. Probyn-Rapsey and J. Johnston, 277-292. Sydney University Press, 2013.
De Vos, R. and S. Forrest, ‘The Fringe Dwellers: Conversation, collaboration, assimilation’ in Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012, eds. P. Genoni and T. Dalziell, 225-232, Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2013.
De Vos, R. ‘Extinction Stories: Performing Absence(s)’ in Knowing Animals, eds. L. Simmons and P. Armstrong, 183-195. Leiden: Brill, 2007
De Vos, R. Imagination, Realisation and the Performing of Australia. Saarbrucken: Lambert, 2010
De Vos, R. 'Review: Carol Freeman, Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine'. Animal Studies Journal. 4 (2), 2015, 189-194. http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol4/iss2/15/
M. Chrulew and R. De Vos. (forthcoming) 'Extinction' in The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies, eds. L. Turner, U. Sellbach and R. Broglio. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.Back to top