Dr Anna Szorenyi
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Anna Szorenyi is a writer and researcher whose work pushes at the limits of the colonial habits of humanitarian discourse, and seeks more equitable, relational and responsible ways of living together with others and with our shared vulnerability. In particular she aims to find ethical approaches to questions of responsibility and representation in relation to historical and contemporary humanitarian issues, dislocations and trauma. Most of her published work explores the ethical implications of artistic and visual representations of forced migration, particularly refugees/asylum seekers and human trafficking. Her most influential work is on refugee photography. She has also written on transgenerational responsibility in relation to the Holocaust and the invasion of Australia.
Anna has a PhD in Gender Studies, and a strong interest in the work of Judith Butler and other feminist theory. She has also completed a Masters in Creative Writing in the area of creative non-fiction.
Anna won the 2022 Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in HDR Supervision, and is Co-Convenor of the HDR Supervision Community of Practice, where she is pioneering research into neurodivergence in HDR study. She very occasionally has openings for new HDR students in the fields of feminist theory, decolonial theory and practice, visual studies, disability studies/crip theory, and/or creative writing.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
I am currently working on a number of publication projects on photography, theatre, and film related to refugees, trafficking and migration. Overall this work (a) investigates the ways in which contemporary international representations of migration crises are constructed in ways which implicitly naturalise and justify increasingly violent border control and exclusion, and (b) examines and proposes representations which challenge these framings.
Date Position Institution name 2007 - ongoing Lecturer University of Adelaide 2006 - 2006 Tutor Deakin University 2006 - 2007 Equity Administrative Officer La Trobe University 2004 - 2005 Lecturer/Tutor Monash University
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2022 Award Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice University of Adelaide Australia - 2020 Teaching Award Arts Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Supervision) University of Adelaide Australia $1500 2020 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Prize for Excellence in Teaching University of Adelaide Australia $1000 2016 Invitation Institute of Advanced Studies Benjamin Meaker Fast Track Visiting Professorhip University of Bristol United Kingdom £265 plus accommodation 2013 Invitation Invited Guest Speaker Migrant Health Centre, Relationships SA - - 2004 Award Monash Postgraduate Publications Award Monash University Australia $3900 2004 Award Honourable Mention, School of Political & Social Inquiry Postgraduate Publication Award Monash University Australia - 2000 Scholarship Monash Graduate School Scholarship Monash University Australia -
Date Institution name Country Title Monash University Australia PhD University of Adelaide Australia MA (Creative Writing) University of Melbourne Australia Grad Dip (Movement & Dance) La Trobe University Australia BA (Hons)
Date Title Institution name Country 2004 Certificate in Quality Teaching Monash University Australia
Year Citation 2023 Szorenyi, A. (2023). The Breath of Another: Mediated Testimony in the Play Manus. In S. Little, S. Suliman, & C. Wake (Eds.), Performance, Resistance and Refugees (1 ed., pp. 35-52). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.
2018 Szorenyi, A. (2018). Facing Vulnerability: Reading Refugee Child Photographs Through an Ethics of Proximity. In T. Dreher, & A. Mondal (Eds.), Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference (pp. 151-168). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
2013 Szorenyi, A. (2013). Poster. In A. Bartlett, & M. Henderson (Eds.), Things that liberate: an Australian feminist Wunderkammer (pp. 143-148). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
2009 Szorenyi, A. (2009). Distanced suffering: photographed suffering and the construction of white in/vulnerability. In The racial politics of bodies, nations and knowledges (pp. 95-115). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Year Citation 2022 Crotti, T., & Szorenyi, A. (2022). Setting up right is crucial for supervision success – here’s how. THE Campus. 2022 Szorenyi, A. (2022). Judith Butler: Their philosophy of gender explained. The Conversation. 2021 Szorenyi, A. (2021). Anti-colonial refugee stories. Comparative Network on Refuge Externalisation Policies/University of Melbourne.
2016-17 C. Szabo, K. Falkner, A. Szorenyi and D. Michell. Understanding Australia’s Teaching Culture with Respect to Gender Diversity, Google Research Contract, $26,764.
2015-16 K. Falker, C. Szabo, A. Szorenyi & D. Michell, Pathways to Computer Science: Enabling Equity and Diversity, Google Australia, $55,000
2014 A. Szorenyi, K. Falkner, Improving Gender Equity in Computer Science and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Faculty Research Centre Competitive Funding Scheme, $5000
2011 Book Fellowship at the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide, $5000
2010 Article Fellowship at the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide, $600
2007 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Small Research Grant, University of Adelaide, $1950
- Gender and Race in a Postcolonial World
- Encountering Human Rights: Global Citizenship
- Gender and Crime
- Gender, Work and Society
- Contemporary Theories in Gender Studies
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Co-Supervisor Comparative study of Rigoberta Menchú’s philosophy of development and Tsurumi Kazuko’s theory of development called ‘endogenous development’ Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Johanna Alana Kowalenko 2022 Principal Supervisor Fermenting the wave : Generative re-memberings with/in the feminist archive Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lily Atkinson 2021 Principal Supervisor Disability in the workplace Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Natalie Jane Thomas 2020 Principal Supervisor Embodying Autism: an exploration of the ways autistic adults describe their bodily experiences Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Cambrey Oliver Payne 2020 Principal Supervisor Writing a war from within a war: Explorations in traumatic Bosnian war memory Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Naida Roberts
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Our ‘Ideal’: Reconfigurations of Masculinities among Filipino Men Who Experienced Violent Conflict and Internal Displacement in Southern Philippines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jennefer Lyn Lagria Bagaporo 2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Australian Alcohol Advertising, Gender Stereotypes, and Alcohol-Involved Sexual Assault Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Laurence Cobbaert 2014 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Janus-Faced Mothering and a Cruel Story of Blame: The Representations and Lived Effects of Mothering an Autistic Child Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Karen Jane Williams 2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Social Production of Loneliness amongst Women of Refugee Background Living in Adelaide, Australia Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Jane Frances Rodeghiero 2012 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Utopian Encounters: Healing, Transformation and Paradox Amongst Women in Alternative Community Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Nadine Levy 2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Gender and Invested Agency: Cultural Expressions in the United Arab Emirates Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jillian Schedneck
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Gendered Disabilities: Silent Performatives in Cinema Flinders University - Doctorate - Tova Rozengarten
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Advisory Board, Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender University of Adelaide Australia 2008 - 2011 Treasurer Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association - -
Date Role Membership Country 2015 - ongoing Member Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) Australia 2007 - ongoing Member Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2006 - 2011 Board Member The Australian Feminist Law Journal - -
Date Office Name Institution Country 2022 - ongoing Co-convenor, HDR Supervision Community of Practice University of Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing School Postgraduate Coordinator University of Adelaide Australia 2014 - ongoing Postgraduate Coordinator University of Adelaide - 2008 - 2014 Honours Coordinator University of Adelaide -
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