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Tony Simoes da Silva

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor
College of Arts, Law and Education
Head of School, School of Humanities
Acting Head of Global Cultures & Languages

Room 357, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 1525 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7847 (fax)

Tony.simoesdasilva@utas.edu.au

Professor Tony Simoes da Silva is Head of the School of Humanities, in the College of Arts, Law and Education. He has held positions as Pro Vice-Chancellor at the international campus of an Australian university, Dean of Programs, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Chair of a Faculty Education Committee amongst others.

Tony researches in the areas of postcolonial writing and theory; contemporary Anglophone writing, including life writing and critical theory; and on aspects of Australia literature. His research and publications reflect a particular focus on the African diaspora, notably on African literature and culture (South and West Africa). His work also spans Lusophone African, notably Angola, Mozambique and the Cape Verde Islands.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDEnglishUniversity of Western AustraliaAustralia1997
MA (Hons)EnglishEdith Cowan UniversityAustralia1992

Languages (other than English)

  • Portuguese (Fluent written and spoken)
  • French, Italian and Spanish (good working command)

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Tony spent almost 8 years with the University of Wollongong. At UOW Tony was recently Pro Vice-Chancellor (South East Asia), based in Kuala Lumpur (2014-2015) and previously held the roles of Chair of the Faculty Education Committee and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in Arts (2009-2013), Standing Acting Dean (2009-13); Chair of the Education Committee for the Faculty of Creative Arts (2013), as well as membership of all the University main committees. He has also worked at James Cook University (2005-07), where he was for a time Deputy Head of School and at the University of Exeter (2000-05), in the UK, where he was Director of the Master of English Studies. Tony became an Australian resident in 1988, completing a BA Hons English (First Class), with a second major in French, at Edith Cowan University (1992), in Perth and a PhD in English at the University of Western Australia (1997). Born and brought up in Mozambique, he has lived in South Africa (where he trained as a Fitter and Turner), Portugal, the USA, Canada, Malaysia and the UK. He has travelled extensively and held a range of jobs before taking his first academic post at the University of Exeter, UK.

Research Themes

Tony's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.

Tony's research focuses primarily on contemporary world literature in English, notably Afro-diasporic, southern African and Nigerian literature and life writing, but encompasses also African writing in Portuguese. He has also written on Asian Australian literature. This work traces migration flows ranging from the slave trade to the mass displacement of peoples in the present, and their impact on cultural production. It deals with issues of self, place and belonging against a background of the haunting presence of history in the individual psyche. It examines literature and culture in the context of nationalism, civil conflict, regime change, physical and cultural displacement and violence.

Current work-in-progress examines representations of refugees in literary fiction and considers the role such works play in creating and redefining a 'refugee identity', the 'refugee experience', and the figure of the refugee as a key agent in global discourses of displacement, nationalism, belonging and hospitality. This work considers also the impact of literature in the development of public policy through its deployment of affect and empathy.

Research and supervision interests:

  • Anglophone Postcolonial Writing and Postcolonial Theory 
  • Contemporary literature (Africa, Australian, British, US)
  • Trauma, Politics and Literature
  • Displacement, emotion and literature, especially refugees and writing
  • 'Regime change fiction', trauma and civil conflict

Memberships

Professional practice

  • External Assessor, BA Hons and Dean's Scholars Planning Committee, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTAS 2012.
  • External Assessor, Qatar National Research Fund 2012-present
  • External member of curriculum reviews for Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and MA Coursework degrees, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), UTAS 2012-present.
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the BA at Avondale College and External Examiner for English Major 2010
  • Academic consultant to the Terminological Dictionary of Postcolonial Literary Theory (U. de Aveiro, Portugal & U. of Roskilde, Norway) 2010 
  • Member of the Advisory Boards of Partial Answers: A Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas (Israel); The Icfai University Journal of Commonwealth Literature (India) and LiNQ: Literature in North Queensland (Australia) 2010-present.

Committee associations

  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
  • Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia (ASAA)
  • African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)

Other

  • Academic Senate at UTAS
  • College Board, College of Arts, Law and Education
  • College Executive, College of Arts, Law and Education

Administrative expertise

Tony has extensive experience as a University administrator:

  • Held the post of Chair of two Faculty Education Committees (Arts and Creative Arts) at the University of Wollongong,;
  • Has been Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies (Learning and Teaching, Arts); acted variously as Dean; Head of School (History and Politics; English Literatures, Philosophy and Languages; and the Arts Language Centre) and held the post of Deputy HOS of Arts and Social Sciences at James Cook University; and
  • Administered a successful Master of English Studies at the University of Exeter.

Teaching

Postcolonial writing and theory; Australian literature; Critical theory; African writing; US writing

Teaching expertise

Tony has extensive teaching experience at all levels, including coursework Masters; extensive experience in curriculum design, working across disciplines such as Humanities (English, History, Philosophy and Languages), Law, Education and Creative Arts, as well as the development of cross-disciplinary MA by coursework.

Teaching responsibility

Although his teaching in his current position is limited, Tony contributes to disciplines in English, Asian Languages and Family History.

Research Invitations

  • Assessor, Office for Learning and Teaching, Australia 2013.
  • Assessor, Australian Research Council, Australia 2013

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Expertise

  • Afro-diaspora
  • Postcolonial writing and theory
  • Life writing, especially postcolonial and contemporary
  • Contemporary American writing
  • African women's writing, with a special emphasis on South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria
  • Lusophone writing 
  • Contemporary Australian writing

Current projects

Tony's current work-in-progress examines representations of refugees in literary fiction and considers the role such works play in creating and redefining a 'refugee identity', the 'refugee experience', and the figure of the refugee as a key agent in global discourses of displacement, nationalism, belonging and hospitality. This work considers also the impact of literature in the development of public policy through its deployment of affect and empathy.

Research interests:

  • Anglophone Postcolonial Writing and Postcolonial Theory
  • Contemporary literature (Africa, Australian; British; US)
  • Trauma, Politics and Literature
  • Displacement, emotion and literature, especially refugees and writing
  • 'Regime change fiction', trauma and civil conflict

Fields of Research

  • Postcolonial Studies (200211)
  • Cultural Studies (200299)
  • Social Work (160799)
  • British and Irish Literature (200503)
  • British History (210305)
  • Biography (210304)

Research Objectives

  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Gender and Sexualities (940113)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Understanding Europe's Past (950504)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)

Publications

Tony has been Co-editor, with Brigitta Olubas, of the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL) various issues in 2010 - 2014; and Co-editor, with Gaetano Rando, Lidia Bilbatua and Henri JeanJean of the multilingual (English, Italian, French, Spanish), multi-disciplinary journal, Questione Meridionale / Southern Question various issues in 2010 - 2012.

He has been a Guest Editor:

  • 2011 Life Writing, Vol. 8.4, 'Dissenting Voices: Postcolonial LifeWriting', Co-edited with Anne Collett.
  • 2009 Special Issue: Australian Literature in a Global World', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Vol. XX. Co-edited with Wenche Ommundsen.

He is a regular referee for monographs for Routledge UK; OUP, UK and Cambria Press, USA; essays for Life Writing (Aust), Kunapipi (Aust), Partial Answers (Israel), Traffic (Aust) African Identities (UK), Critical Inquiry (UK), (Auto/Biography (UK), Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Journal, Colloquy (Australia) and Wadabagei: Caribbean Studies and Its Diaspora (US). Other referee work includes manuscripts for Hodder and Stoughton, UK.

Total publications

36

Journal Article

(26 outputs)
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2017Simoes da Silva T, 'From lived spaces to literary spaces: the figure of the child soldier in contemporary African literature', African Geographical Review pp. 1-11. ISSN 1937-6812 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2017.1351881 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Veni, Vidi, Vici: Postcolonial Studies Comes of Age', Canadian Journal of African Studies, 48, (3) pp. 463-471. ISSN 1923-3051 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00083968.2014.952152 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Displaced selves in contemporary fiction, or the Art of Literary Activism', Australian Literary Studies, 28, (4) pp. 65-78. ISSN 0004-9697 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.20314/als.63b6986ff9 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Daymond M, Simoes da Silva AJ, 'New Literatures XVII - Africa', The Year's Work in English Studies, 93, (1) pp. 1046-1100. ISSN 1471-6801 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/ywes/mau015 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Embodied genealogies and gendered violence in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's writing', African Identities, 10, (4) pp. 455-470. ISSN 1472-5851 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14725843.2012.731881 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

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2011Collett A, Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Dissenting Lives: Life Writing', Life Writing, 8, (4) ISSN 1448-4528 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Collett A, Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Editorial: Dissenting Lives', 8, (4) ISSN 1448-4528 (2011) [Edited Journal]

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2011Henri J, Bilbatua L, Rando G, Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Linguistic minorities, migration and the nation state', La Questione Meridionale (Online), (2) pp. 11-26. ISSN 2037-6049 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Longing, belonging and self-making in white Zimbabwean life writing: Peter Godwin''s When a Crocodile Eats the Sun', L I N Q: (Literature in North Queensland), 38 pp. 146-160. ISSN 0817-458X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Simoes da Silva AJ, 'The chief taxidermist has left the museum', Wasafiri, 26, (3) pp. 63-68. ISSN 0269-0055 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/02690055.2011.583767 [eCite] [Details]

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2011Devlin-Glass F, Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Undead ghosts: spectrality and the transgression of cultural norms', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature,, 11, (2) pp. 1-2. ISSN 1833-6027 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2009Simoes da Silva AJ, 'We're one and many: remembering auto/biographically: the year's work in non-fiction 2008-2009', Westerly, 54, (1) pp. 148-157. ISSN 0043-342X (2009) [Non Refereed Article]

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2008Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Narrating redemption: life writing and whiteness in the new South Africa: Gillian Slovo's Every Secret Thing', ARIEL, 39, (4) pp. 91-107. ISSN 1920-1222 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Paper(less) selves: the refugee in contemporary textual culture', Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing, 30, (1) pp. 58-72. ISSN 0106-5734 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2007Simoes da Silva AJ, 'On your knees, white man'': African (un)belongings in Rian Malan''s ''My traitor's heart'', Partial Answers: journal of literature and the history of ideas, 5, (2) pp. 289-307. ISSN 1565-3668 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1353/pan.2007.0009 [eCite] [Details]

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2005Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Narrating a White Africa: autobiography, race and history', Third World Quarterly, 26, (3) pp. 471-478. ISSN 0143-6597 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01436590500033784 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6

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2005Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Myths, Traditions and Mothers of the Nation: Some Thoughts on Efua Sutherland''s Writing', EnterText, 4, (2) pp. 254-270. ISSN 1472-3085 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2004Simoes da Silva AJ, '''Playing with words'': Politics, Poetry and Colonialism in Jose Craveirinha's work. Moving Worlds: a journal for transcultural writings', Moving Worlds: a journal for transcultural writings, 4, (2) pp. 4-21. ISSN 1474-4600 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2004Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Rethinking Marginality: Class, Identity and Desire in Contemporary Australian Writing', Life Writing, 1, (1) pp. 45-68. ISSN 1448-4528 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2002Simoes da Silva AJ, 'African Childhoods: Identity, Race and Autobiography', Mots Pluriels, 22 ISSN 1327-6220 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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2002Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Raced Encounters, Sexed Transactions: ''Luso-tropicalism'' and the Portuguese Colonial Empire', Pretexts: Literacy and Cultural Studies, 11 pp. 27-39. ISSN 1015-549X (2002) [Refereed Article]

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2001Simoes da Silva AJ, 'De/colonizing Tales', Jourvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 6, (1-2) ISSN 1098-6944 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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1999Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Geographies of sorrow and renewal: Basali! Stories by and about women in Lesotho', Mots Pluriels, 9 ISSN 1327-6220 (1999) [Refereed Article]

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1998Simoes da Silva AJ, '''Desire, mateship and the ''national type'': Vance Palmer''s Legend for Sanderson', Australian Studies, 13, (2) pp. 70-81. ISSN 1327-0087 (1998) [Refereed Article]

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1996Simoes da Silva AJ, 'evising the past/Revisioning the future: A postcolonial reading of Eleanor Dark''s ''The Timeless Land'' trilogy'', Australian Studies, 10 pp. 42-49. ISSN 1327-0087 (1996) [Refereed Article]

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1995Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Half-Home: A Reading of Sneja Gunew's Framing Marginality', Meridian: the La Trobe University English review, 14, (1) pp. 75-82. ISSN 0728-5914 (1995) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
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2015Collett A, Simoes da Silva T, 'Dissenting Lives', Routledge, New York, pp. 106. ISBN 9781138810112 (2015) [Edited Book]

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2000Simoes da Silva AJ, 'THE LUXURY OF NATIONALIST DESPAIR. George Lamming's Fiction as Decolonizing Project', Rodopi Bv Editions (Brill), Netherlands, pp. 219. ISBN 978-9042014213 (2000) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2016Simoes da Silva T, 'Securing the Nation, Settling Selves: Telling Stories of Refugees and Asylum Seekers', Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture, Routledge, Clapp J and Ridge E (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 111-126. ISBN 9781138915848 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016Simoes da Silva T, 'Haunted imaginaries: the anxiety of influence in Nadine Gordimer's fiction', Post-Conflict Literature: Human Rights, Peace, Justice, Routledge, Andrews C and McGuire M (ed), United States, pp. 107-118. ISBN 9781138916302 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Collett A, Simoes da Silva T, 'Introduction: Dissenting Lives', Dissenting Lives, New York, Collett, A and Simoes da Silva, T (ed), Taylor and Francis, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9781138810112 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Simoes da Silva AJ, ''Representational Waste': Refugees, Writing and Affect in this Restless Epoch'', Globalisation: Australian-Asian Perspectives, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, Vanden Driesen, C. and Vijay Kumar (ed), New Delhi, pp. 321-338. ISBN 9788126918577 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Globalised cartographies of being: literature, refugees and the Australian nation', Rethinking Displacement: Asia Pacific Perspectives, Ashgate, Ganguly-Scrase, R and Lahiri-Dutt K (ed), UK, pp. 239-250. ISBN 978-1-4094-5348-2 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Under new management: whiteness in post-apartheid South African life writing', Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (auto)biographical Studies, University of Hawai'i Press, Perkins, M (ed), Honolulu, pp. 83-96. ISBN 9780824837303 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Simoes da Silva AJ, 'The Language of Recognition: Carolyn Slaughter and Alexandra Fuller', The Unsociable Sociability of Women's Lifewriting, Palgrave Macmillan, Collett A and D'Arcens L (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 204-220. ISBN 9780230246478 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Simoes da Silva AJ, 'Narrating a White Africa: Autobiography, Race and History', Connecting Cultures, Routledge, Bainbridge E (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 85-92. ISBN 9780415494977 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Research Supervision

Tony has supervised many successful MA and PhD theses. Some examples include:

  • 2014 Daniel Swinton, Innocence and Experience in Graeme Greene
  • 2013 Mustafa Ali, on Thomas Hardy and religion. Currently a lecturer at Iraq National University
  • 2012 Ida Puspita (Indonesian academic on AusAid scholarship), comparative study of Pramoedya Ananta Toer and Katherine Susannah Prichard. Currently a lecturer at the Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Indonesia
  • 2011 Hujuala Riku Ayu (Indonesian academic on AusAid scholarship), on Indian women's writing in English (primarily Bharati Mukherjee) Currently a lecturer at the Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Indonesia

In addition to topics in postcolonial writing and theory, Tony has supervised projects on postcolonial and transnational narratives; cultural identity; cosmopolitanism; place and gender in literature. He welcomes expressions of interest from new MA or PhD students in any of these areas.

Current

2

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Littoral: Applying a Philosophy of Place2015
PhDThe role of arts and entertainment and North American culture2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMoving Forward, Looking Back: Middlebrow women writers in mid twentieth-century Australia
Candidate: Robyn Jess Greaves
2016