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Hannah Stark

Humanities Research Coordinator
Senior Lecturer, English
School of Humanities

Room 544, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2352 (phone)

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Hannah.Stark@utas.edu.au

Dr Hannah Stark is Humanities Research Coordinator and senior lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania. Her research interests include the work of Gilles Deleuze, feminist and queer theory, philosophies of love, the nonhuman, cultural representations of climate change, and the emergence of the Anthropocene as a key conceptual framework. Hannah is currently an Edinburgh University Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) Environmental Humanities visiting fellow.

Biography

Hannah received her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2011. That same year she joined the English program at the University of Tasmania.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDDeleuze's Differential Ontology and the Problem of EthicsUniversity of AdelaideAustralia2011
BA (Hons)EnglishUniversity of AdelaideAustralia2005

Administrative expertise

Hannah is the Humanities Research Coordinator and sits on the College of Arts and Law and University Research Committees. She is a co-director of the University Research Theme ‘Environment, Resources and Sustainability’ and of three College Strategic Theme Areas: ‘Environmental Change’; ‘Gender, Sexuality and Social Inclusion’; and ‘Experimental Histories’. Hannah is experienced in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level including course development. She has examined theses, provided internal and external research and teaching peer review, and organised research events.

Hannah is co-convening (with Timothy Laurie) the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference 2017.

Teaching

Literary and critical theory; Poststructuralism; Contemporary fiction, film and television; Feminist theory; Queer theory; Gender and sexuality; Posthumanism and the nonhuman; Animal studies; Critical plant studies; Utopian and dystopian literature; Climate fiction

Teaching expertise

At the University of Tasmania, Hannah teaches across all levels of the English Program.

Teaching responsibility

Hannah coordinates and teaches the following units:

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Expertise

Hannah's research is unified by her ongoing commitment to critiquing liberal humanism and the hierarchies of power on which it rests. This has manifested in a sustained interest in the politics of difference particularly in relation to the representation of gender, sexuality and family. More recently, her work has turned to interrogating the anthropocentrism inherent in liberal humanist frameworks. This has focused on the place of the nonhuman in theoretical and political debates, and on the emergence of neohumanism in the Anthropocene. She is particularly interested in the consolidation of the Anthropocene as a key conceptual framework for the twenty-first century, and her most recent work engages with debates about the human, nonhuman and posthumanism.

Research Themes

Hannah's research aligns with the University's research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. She is an affiliated researcher with the University's Institute for the Study of Social Change and a member of the Multidisciplinary Environment Research Group.

Collaboration

Hannah has a strong record of interdisciplinary collaborative research publications and grant success. She is committed to fostering interdisciplinary partnerships and producing work that sits at the forefront of debates in Humanities. She is currently involved in national and international collaborative projects with colleagues from the University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, and the University of Minnesota.

Current projects

How to Do Politics with Love (with Timothy Laurie)

  • Drawing on queer paradigms pioneered by Lauren Berlant, Eve Sedgwick, José Esteban Muñoz, and others, and building on feminist scholarship linking intimate practices to political processes, this project recuperates love as a resource for creating social bonds beyond heterosexual coupledom. Along the way, it gathers together novel philosophical genealogies to recast contemporary debates about intimate politics - from Baruch Spinoza’s affirmations of joy to revolutionary camaraderie in Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, and from Gilles Deleuze’s a-personal desire to the embodied sociality of Judith Butler. These critical touchstones provide the resources for a new, post-sentimental conception of love which foregrounds its vitality as a world-making political force. Committing to diversity, solidarity, and post-nuclear forms of kinship, this project points toward immanent utopian futures by reimagining the kinds of worlds that love is capable of making.

Love, Kinship, and Futurity in the Anthropocene

  • What does it mean to love and be loved in the Anthropocene? This project interrogates literary engagement with pressing environmental and social issues tied to intimacy such as extinction, fertility, overpopulation, and futurity. It examines how love is mobilised as a political resource for articulating new modes of diverse and multi-species sociality and new futures in the Anthropocene.

The Non/Human in the Anthropocene

  • This project examines the Anthropocene as a discursive emergence and interrogates representations of the human and the nonhuman in a range of philosophical frameworks and cultural texts. In taking a critical intersectional approach, this project explicitly addresses the specificity of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Simultaneously, the commitment to diversity extends beyond the human to consider species in the context of the broader diminishing of species diversity that climate change engenders. In this way, the project links questions about diversity in literature, which are already well established, with specific questions about environmental diversity, therefore enabling “diversity” to travel as an organising term across humanist and posthumanist political projects. An emerging interest is the place of regionalism in debates about literature and climate change.

Extinction Afterlives and the Global Thylacine Trade (with Penny Edmonds and Katrina Schlunke)

  • This project examines the ethical, political, and emotional questions that arise when we look at extinct animals in museums in an era of mass-extinction. It takes the Thylacine as a case study for exploring issues of extinction, specimen circulation, and museum display, that are both local and global in scope. Through examining the history of institutional swaps, and the economic relationships between museums, zoos, and international fairs, this project reveals the extinction economies in which the commodification and value of specimens occurs in inverse proportion to the diminishment of species diversity and the deterioration of mounts and wet specimens. Re-evaluating extinct animal displays as sites of emotional intensity rather than collections of commodified objects, this project offers new visions of precarity and resilience for the Anthropocene, and advances a more-than-human approach to the commemorative landscape of Australia.

Fields of Research

  • Literary Theory (200525)
  • Feminist Theory (220306)
  • Environmental Philosophy (220303)
  • Poststructuralism (220317)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Ethical Theory (220305)
  • Literary Studies (200599)
  • Cultural Studies (200299)
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • Curatorial and Related Studies (210299)
  • English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204)
  • Cultural Theory (200204)
  • Film and Television (190204)
  • Phenomenology (220310)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)

Publications

of Feminist Theory After Deleuze Deleuze and the Non_Human Deleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene Hannah is the author of Feminist Theory After Deleuze (Bloomsbury, 2016) and the co-editor of Deleuze and the Non/Human (Palgrave, 2015).

Most recently she co-edited a special issue of Deleuze Studies on ‘Deleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene’.

Total publications

22

Journal Article

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Laurie T, Stark H, 'Love's Lessons: intimacy, pedagogy, and political community', Angelaki, 22, (4) pp. 69-79. ISSN 0969-725X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2017.1406048 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Stark H, 'Deleuze, subjectivity and nonhuman becomings in the Anthropocene', Dialogues in Human Geography, 7, (2) pp. 151-155. ISSN 2043-8206 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1177/2043820617717857 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2017Milthorpe NE, Clarke RGH, Fletcher LM, Moore RA, Stark HL, 'Blended English: Technology-enhanced teaching and learning in English literary studies', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice pp. 1-21. ISSN 1474-0222 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1474022217722140 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Milthorpe NE; Clarke RGH; Fletcher LM; Moore RA

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2016Arun S, Stark H, 'Deleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene', 10, (4) ISSN 1750-2241 (2016) [Edited Journal]

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2016Fletcher L, Clarke R, Crane R, Gaby R, Milthorpe N, et al., 'The teaching of English in Tasmania: building links between Senior Secondary and Tertiary teachers', English in Australia, 51, (1) pp. 25-33. ISSN 0155-2147 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Fletcher L; Clarke R; Crane R; Gaby R; Milthorpe N

2016Saldanha A, Stark H, 'A New Earth: Deleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene', Deleuze Studies, 10, (4) pp. 427-439. ISSN 1750-2241 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3366/dls.2016.0237 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Narraway G, Stark HL, 'Re-animating the Thylacine: Narratives of Extinction in Tasmanian Cinema', Animal Studies Journal, 4, (1) Article 3. ISSN 2200-9140 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Narraway G

2015Stark HL, 'Discord, Monstrosity and Violence: Deleuze's Differential Ontology and its Consequences for Ethics', Angelaki: Journal of The Theoretical Humanities, 20, (4) pp. 211-223. ISSN 0969-725X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2015.1096648 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Stark HL, 'Judith Butler's post-Hegelian ethics and the problem with recognition', Feminist Theory: an international interdisciplinary journal, 15, (1) pp. 89-100. ISSN 1464-7001 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1464700113512738 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

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2013Stark H, ''All these things he saw and did not see': Witnessing the end of the world in Cormac McCarthy's The Road', Critical Survey, 25, (2) pp. 71-84. ISSN 0011-1570 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3167/cs.2013.250206 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2012Laurie T, Stark H, 'Reconsidering kinship: beyond the nuclear family with Deleuze and Guattari', Cultural Studies Review, 18, (1) pp. 19-39. ISSN 1837-8692 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Stark H, 'Deleuze and Love', Angelaki, 17, (1) pp. 99-113. ISSN 0969-725X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2012.671669 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Stark H, 'Feminist theory after Deleuze', Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 152. ISBN 9781472526854 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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2015Roffe J, Stark HL, 'Deleuze and the Non/Human', Palgrave McMillian, London and New York, pp. 235. ISBN 9781137453686 (2015) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Narraway G, Stark HL, 'Vital Plants and Despicable Weeds in Ray Lawrence's Lantana', The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World, Lexington Books, P Vieira, M Gagliano, and J Ryan (ed), Lanham, pp. 183-198. ISBN 9781498510592 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Hortle L, Stark HL, 'The Falling Man: A Classroom Activity Using Mad Men's Title Sequence', Lucky Strikes and a Three Martini Lunch: Thinking About Television's Mad Men, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Dunn JC, Manning J and Stern DM (ed), Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 304-307. ISBN 978-1443856256 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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2015Roffe J, Stark HL, 'Introduction: Deleuze and the Nonhuman Turn', Deleuze and the Non/Human, Palgrave Macmillan, Stark H and Roffe J (ed), London, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781137453686 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Roffe J, Stark HL, 'Deleuze and the Nonhuman Turn: Interview with Elizabeth Grosz', Deleuze and the Non/Human, Palgrave MacMillan, Stark H and Roffe J (ed), London, New York, pp. 17-24. ISBN 9781137453686 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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2015Stark HL, 'Deleuze and Critical Plant Studies', Deleuze and the Non/Human, Palgrave Macmillan, Stark H and Roffe J (ed), London, New York, pp. 180-196. ISBN 9781137453686 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Murrell J, Stark H, 'Allegories of Queer Love: Quality Television and the Re-imagining of the American Family', Queer Love in Film and Television, Palgrave Macmillan, Pamela Demory and Christopher Pullen (ed), New York, pp. 117-127. ISBN 9781137272966 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Stark H, 'A Critical Politics of the Human: Judith Butler and Gilles Deleuze', What is the Human? Australian Voices from the Humanities, Australian Scholarly Publishing, LE Semlar, B Hodge and P Kelly (ed), North Melbourne, pp. 35-46. ISBN 9781921875601 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Stark HL, ''But we always make love with worlds': Deleuze (and Guattari) and love', Sustaining Culture (CSAA), 6-8 December 2007, UniSA, Adelaide, Australia EJ (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Grants & Funding

Hannah has been the recipient or a range of internal and external grants.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$23,466

Projects

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy 2017 Conference (2017)$2,000
Description
The 2017 ASCP conference will enhance the ASCP's existing strengths in showcasing socially engaged and responsible philosophy. For the 2017 conference, we seek to challenge commonplace understandings of the boundaries of scholarship in continental philosophy, with a particular focus on the role of feminist, critical race, postcolonial and environmental thought in transforming the key questions that drive philosophical inquiry. The conference will link political philosophy to post‐colonial and de‐colonial studies, and will engage with contemporary research that foregrounds the political valences of philosophical research for diverse cultural stakeholders. Hosting a conference located on the country of the Mouheneener people ‐‐ country that bares a long history of European settler colonial violence and that continues to be contested ‐‐ the conference will provide opportunities to consider the myriad connections between violence, modernity and philosophy. The ASCP has a strong commitment to equity and diversity and this focus provides an opportunity to deepen and extend this commitment. Internationally significant critical race theorist and philosopher of education Lewis Gordon will deliver a keynote on the work of Frantz Fanon, and will invite the philosophical community to reconsider questions of diversity, inclusiveness and cross‐cultural communication (which will be open to the public).
Funding
Ian Potter Foundation ($2,000)
Scheme
Grant-Conference
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stark HL
Year
2017
Extinction Afterlives and the Global Thylacine Trade: Specular Commerce and Emotion in the Era of Species Extinction (2017)$7,126
Description
This scoping project uses the Thylacine as a case study in order to investigate the ethical, political and philosophical questions that arise when we look at extinct animals in museums in an era of mass-extinction.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,126)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stark HL; Edmonds P; Schlunke K
Year
2017
Deleuze and China (2012)$8,740
Funding
Australian National University ($8,740)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harrison M; Roberts JL; Stark HL
Year
2012
2012: The 5th International Deleuze Studies Conference (2012)$1,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stark HL
Year
2012
Deleuze's Differential Ontology and the Problem of Ethics (provisional) (2011)$4,100
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,100)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stark HL
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Hannah has supervised dissertations and theses at Honours and PhD level on a broad range of topics.

She welcomes expression of interest form potential Honours, MA and PhD candidates in the following areas:

  • Literary and critical theory (particularly Gilles Deleuze and Judith Butler)
  • Poststructuralism
  • Contemporary fiction, film and television
  • Feminist theory
  • Queer theory
  • Gender and sexuality
  • The human, nonhuman, and posthumanism
  • Animal studies
  • Critical plant studies
  • Utopian and dystopian literature
  • Climate fiction
  • The Anthropocene

Current

4

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Non/Human in the Anthropocene: A critical and creative approach2015
PhDTransgender Representation in Popular Romance Fiction2016
PhDLiterature and the Anthropocene2017
PhDQueer Ecology and Climate Change: an ethics of failure and futurelessness2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDPerverted by Language: Weird fiction and the semiotic anomalies of a genre
Candidate: Alessandro Sheedy
2017
PhDReading the Posthuman: Contemporary fiction and critical theory
Candidate: Luke John Hortle
2017