Brydie Kosmina

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

I am a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and a sessional tutor/lecturer/researcher in English and Cultural Studies at multiple universities, currently living in Tarndanya/Adelaide. I am an expert in feminist history, philosophy, and activism, popular culture studies, and have extensive experience teaching across a wide range of literary and cultural studies courses.

My PhD thesis “We are the granddaughters of the witches you couldn’t burn”: Feminist Afterlives of the Witch in Popular Culture is a genealogy of cultural memories and literary afterlives of the witch in twentieth- and twenty-first century Western popular culture and activism. Drawing on Derrida’s notion of hauntology, collective and cultural memory theory, and pop culture studies, my research expands feminist understandings of popular culture and the afterlives of political activism. My thesis was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

My first scholarly monograph is currently under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, due to be published in 2023. Developed from my doctoral research, this monograph will expand current discussions of the intersections of feminist activism, popular culture, and memory cultures, exploring these ideas through the figure of the witch and her status as a central commanding figure of feminist action.

Alongside my forthcoming monograph, I have a strong publication record for a sessional early career researcher, with articles either released or forthcoming in multiple international highly-ranked peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and with forthcoming book chapters in edited collections.

I have a strong and diverse teaching record, teaching at multiple universities in Australia, across both literary and cultural studies departments, and across a very broad range of course subjects and levels.

I am also involved in multiple scholarly organisations across Australia, including working on the Editorial Collective for Lilith, a peer-reviewed feminist history journal, and Postgraduate/Early Career Researcher for the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. I have also been on the Editorial Committee for arts-and-culture website Collage Adelaide since its inception. 


  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Kosmina, B. (2021). “It’s Not a Natural Thing”: Situating Twin Peaks: The Return within the Anthropocene. Journal of Popular Culture, 54(5), 966-986.
    2020 Kosmina, B. (2020). Feminist temporalities: memory, ghosts, and the collapse of time. Continuum, 34(6), 901-913.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Kosmina, B. (2021). Re-Remembering the Past: Hauntological Feminist Memories of Salem in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018). In A. K. H. Ho (Ed.), The New Witches: Critical Essays on 21st Century Television Portrayals. McFarland.

Dr. Brydie Kosmina has lectured, taught, and marked across a range of courses in the English and Creative Writing department at all levels since 2018.


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