Dr Michael Richardson

Lecturer
BA Hons (University of New South Wales), MSc (London School of Economics), PhD (Western Sydney University)
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

9385 8531
Room 231C, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus

Consultation

S1, 2017: Tues 10am-12pm
Fields: Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies

My research focuses on affect and emotion and their impact on literature, media, culture and politics. I am particurly interested in the interseciton of power, politics and aesthetics, a subject I explored in relation to US torture and the war on terror in my book Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury 2016). At present I am working on a project about crisis, catastrophic futures and affective realities. 

I am available for Honours, Masters and PhD supervision across literature, media and cultural studies. While I am always happy to be approached about related topics, my expertise best suits the following areas: 

  • Affect studies in media and literature
  • Trauma studies
  • Literature and testimony
  • Violence and representation
  • Biopolitics and the war on terror
  • Affect and politics

Research

My interdisciplinary research examines literary, cultural and media affect, with a particular interst in in torture, trauma, secrecy and power. I am the author of Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma, and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury 2016) and co-editor of Traumatic Affect (Cambridge Scholars 2013). In addition, my work on affect, trauma, writing and state power has appeared in a range of anthologies and international journals. I also review books, write commentary, and was awarded a 2014 Varuna PIP Fellowship for my in-progress first novel.

Before entering academia, I was speechwriter to The Hon. Jack Layton, former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada. 

Publications

    Books

    • Richardson M, 2016, Gestures of Testimony Torture, Trauma, and Affect in Literature, Bloomsbury Academic

    Book Chapters

    • Richardson MA, 2016, 'Surveillance Publics After Edward Snowden', in Lee K; Marshall DP; D'Cruz G; Macdonald S (ed.), Contemporary Publics : Shifting Boundaries in New Media, Technology and Culture, Palsgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 163 - 180
    • Richardson MA, 2013, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants', in Collins CA; Clark JE (ed.), Speaking the Unspeakable, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Freeland, UK
    • Richardson MA;Atkinson M, 2013, 'Introduction: At the Nexus', in Richardson M; Atkinson M (ed.), Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 1 - 19
    • Richardson MA, 2013, 'Torturous Affect: Writing and the Problem of Pain', in Richardson MA; Atkinson M (ed.), Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 148 - 170

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Richardson MA, 2011, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants: Sovereign Power, Affect and the War on Terror', in Barrette C; Haylock B; Mortimer D (eds.), Trauma Imprints: Performance, Art, Literature and Theoretical Practice, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Prague, presented at Trauma: Theory & Practice, Prague, 14 - 16 March 2011

    Conference Presentations

    • Richardson MA, 2015, 'Finding Your Academic Voice', presented at Creative Ecologies, Western Sydney University, 16 - 18 September 2015
    • Richardson MA, 2015, 'Ghosts in the Political Machine: Speechwriters, Leaders and the (Re)crafting of Identity', presented at Australasian Association of Writing Programs 20th Annual Conference, Swinbourne University, 29 November - 01 December 2015
    • Richardson MA, 2015, 'Guantánamo’s Poets: Minor Writings from the State of Exception', presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australia, Melbourne University, 30 November - 03 December 2015
    • Richardson MA, 2015, 'Encountering Radical Absence: Traumatic Affect and Digitally Mediated Disappearance', presented at Affect Theory Conference, Millersville University, PA, 14 - 17 October 2015
    • Richardson MA, 2015, 'Criticism Beyond Judgment: Reading, Writing and the Affective Turn', presented at Writing & Society Research Centre Seminar Series, Western Sydney University, 11 - 11 September 2015
    • Richardson MA, 2015, 'Literary Hacks: Secrets, Networks and Abstractions in Thomas Pynchon and Haruki Murakami', presented at Literary Studies Convention, University of Wollongong, 07 - 11 July 2015
    • Richardson MA, 2015, 'Moving Secrets: Edward Snowden and the Fluid Hidden', presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australia, University of Wollongong, 03 - 05 December 2015
    • Richardson MA, 2014, 'The Indeterminacy of Affect', presented at Literature and Affect: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, Melbourne University, 01 - 04 July 2014
    • Richardson MA, 2014, 'Affect, Critical Reading and the Embodied Self', presented at Literature & Affect: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, Melbourne University, 01 - 04 July 2014
    • Richardson MA, 2014, 'Theorizing Surveillance Publics', presented at Contemporary Publics International Symposium, Deakin University, 24 - 25 February 2014
    • Richardson MA, 2013, 'Genre, Form & Tradition in the Creative Arts Exegesis (Panel Discussion)', presented at Creative Ecologies 2013, Western Sydney University, 23 - 26 September 2013
    • Richardson MA, 2013, 'Getting Published (Panel Discussion)', presented at Interventions & Intersections, Western Sydney University, 26 - 28 June 2013
    • Richardson MA, 2013, 'Paranoid City: Fear, Frenzy and Sacrifice in Richard Flanagan’s The Unknown Terrorist', presented at Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Charles Sturt University, Wagga, 03 - 05 July 2013
    • Richardson MA, 2013, 'Reading Torture’s Pain, Writing the State of Exception', presented at Interventions & Intersections, Western Sydney University, 26 - 28 June 2013
    • Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writing Torture: Notes from Creative Practice', presented at Torture & Sovereignty Symposium, Western Sydney University, 07 - 08 September 2012
    • Richardson MA, 2012, 'Facing the Aesthetics of Affective Violence in Incendies', presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australia, Sydney University, 04 - 06 December 2012
    • Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writings from the State of Exception', presented at Australasian Association of Writing Programs 17th Annual Conference, Deakin University, Geelong, 26 - 27 November 2012
    • Richardson MA, 2012, 'Torturous Affect: Writing and the Problem of Pain', presented at Violence Studies Conference, University of Newcastle, 21 - 23 August 2012
    • Richardson MA, 2012, 'Who Speaks? Torture and the Ethics of Voice', presented at Writing & Society Research Centre Seminar Series, Western Sydney University, 23 - 23 March 2012
    • Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writing Trauma: Affected in the Act', presented at Great Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, 16 - 17 June 2012
    • Richardson MA, 2011, 'Who Speaks? Torture and the Ethics of Voice', presented at Australasian Association of Writing Programs 16th Annual Conference, Byron Bay, 23 - 25 November 2011
    • Richardson MA, 2011, 'Torturous Affect: Writing and the Problem of Pain', presented at Trauma: Writing, Art & Affect, Western Sydney University, 27 - 27 April 2011
    • Richardson MA, 2011, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants: Sovereign Power, Affect and the War on Terror', presented at Trauma: Theory & Practice, Prague, 14 - 16 March 2011
    • Richardson MA, 2010, 'Torture, Bodies and Narratives in the War on Terror', presented at Writing & Society Research Centre Seminar Series, Western Sydney University, 29 - 29 October 2010

    Edited Books

    • Atkinson M;Richardson M, 2013, Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Teaching

I currently convene the undergraduate courses ARTS2093 Social MediaMDIA1003 Principles of Public Relations and Advertising and MDIA2007 Political Public Relations.

Honours and prizes

2014  Varuna Publishers Introduction Program Fellowship, awarded by Text Publishing for development of PhD novel

2011 Australasian Association of Writing Programs Co-op Bookshop Postgraduate Prize

2006 Heinz Harant Award for Outstanding Service & Leadership, UNSW

Related links

Access to selected publications is available via https://unsw.academia.edu/MichaelRichardson.

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