Natalie Edwards

Professor Natalie Edwards

Professor

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Natalie Edwards is an award-winning teacher, researcher and supervisor in French and Francophone literature. She specialises in transnational and migrant literature, multilingual writing and women's writing.

She has published 3 monographs, 12 edited volumes and over 40 journal articles and book chapters on contemporary literature in French. She currently holds an ARC DP in transnational French-Australian literature. She has also published on pedagogical innovations in languages, in both undergraduate curricula and postgraduate research.

Natalie is currently Director of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide, overseeing approximately 350 PhD and MPhil students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Music. She won the Australian Council for Graduate Research's 2020 Graduate Research Leadership Award for her innovations in this area.

Natalie is currently President of the Australian Society for French Studies. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of PMLA.

She teaches all levels of French language and courses in Contemporary French and Francophone literature and culture. She is an expert in digital approaches to teaching, which was recognised by the Stephen Cole the Elder Award (the University of Adelaide's premier teaching award), a national-level Australian Award for University Teaching, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

My current projects include:

  • Transnational Selves: French Narratives of Migration to Australia (ARC DP 2019-2021)

This project investigates the history of French-language writing by migrants to Australia. It explores literature written by migrants from the 19th century to the present day in order to write the history of this significant body of literature. This project aims to generate new understandings of how migrant writers construct identity in a language different from the main language of their host nation, and to highlight the complexity and multiplicity of Australian identity. Click here to view the project website. Funded by the Australian Research Council. 

  • The Future of the Humanities PhD

This project examines the ways in which the PhD is being reimagined in the Humanities. As Judith Butler recently wrote in an article entitled 'The Future of Humanities PhDs,' "too many of us remain attached to an academic culture that reproduces the same graduate curriculum and training without regard for the shrinking academic market that awaits most of our students." This volume brings together scholars who have innovated graduate research pedagogy: creating opportunities for internships, public humanities projects and industry engagement, and developing innovative approaches to the PhD thesis and to components of research training.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Professor of French University of Adelaide
    2017 Associate Professor of French Studies University of Adelaide
    2014 Senior Lecturer in French Studies University of Adelaide
    2012 Lecturer in French Studies University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2012 Assistant-Associate Professor of French Wagner College
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Leadership Australian Council for Graduate Research Australia $3,000
    2018 Fellowship Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy Advance HE United Kingdom
    2018 Fellowship Society for French Studies UK Visiting International Fellowship Society for French Studies UK United Kingdom
    2016 Research Award Women's Research Excellence Award $5,000
    2016 Teaching Award Australian Award for University Teaching Office for Learning and Teaching Australia 10,000 AUD
    2015 Fellowship Visiting Fellow, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London United Kingdom
    2015 Teaching Award Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching $8,000
    2015 Teaching Award Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching
    2015 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 Northwestern University USA PhD
  • Research Interests

Date Project Number / Name Investigators Funding Body Amount
2019 - 2021 Transnational Selves: French Narratives of Migration to Australia
DP190102863 
A/Prof. Natalie Edwards & Dr. Christopher Hogarth Australian Research Council (ARC) $120,000

 

Date Course Title Course Level / Code
2021 Beginners' French IA & IB Level 1, FREN 1002 & 1003
2021 French for Grape Growers, Wine Makers & Wine Lovers FREN 3215OL
2021 French IIIB & IIISB Culture: L'écriture féminine Level 3, FREN 3213 & 3214

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Principal Supervisor Self-Deception and Wilful Ignorance. Self-induced, purported ignorance? Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Margaret Leila Penhall-Jones
    2020 Co-Supervisor Musllim Women's Identity in a Changing World: the Fiction of Leila Aboulela Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Najla Fahad Alyabis
    2019 Principal Supervisor Exploring Artistic Responses to Far-right Populism in Contemporary France Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Miss Lauren Madeleine Twine
    2019 Principal Supervisor Geographies of Francophone Pacific Literature - Mapping Place, Writers and Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Freya Anne Davies-Ardill
    2018 Principal Supervisor Feminist Poetics: writing neutrality in the works of Andree Chedid and Jeanne Benguigui Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Melanie Maillot
    2018 Principal Supervisor Collaboration in Photographic Art Works (Sophie Calle and Mathieu Briand) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Debra Anne Hoadley
    2017 Principal Supervisor Understanding History Through a Linguistic Analysis and Interpretation of Memoir Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Elise Westin
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Narratives of Child Abduction in Nazi-Occupied Eastern Europe
    Volume 1: Novella
    Volume 2: Exegesis
    Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Anj Foley
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Australian Alcohol Advertising, Gender Stereotypes, and Alcohol-Involved Sexual Assault Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Laurence Cobbaert
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Parole De Narrateurs: Figures De L'Enonciation Dans Le Recit Francais Moderne Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Marianne Braux
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Les Instants De Recueillement Et De Souvenir: La Deuxieme Guerre Mondiale Et Le Cinema Francais De 1995 A Nos Jours Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lisa Harper Campbell
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing President Australian Society for French Studies Executive Committee Australian Society for French Studies Australia
    2013 - ongoing Treasurer Australian Society for French Studies Australian Society for French Studies Australia
    2012 - 2013 Member Australian Society for French Studies- Postgraduate Officer Australian Society for French Studies Australia
    2009 - 2011 Board Member Women in French association Women in French association United States
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2020 - 2023 Member PMLA Advisory Committee Modern Language Association United States
    2018 - ongoing Member Editorial Board, University of Wales Press' French and Francophone Studies series University of Wales Press United Kingdom
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - 2021 Director Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - 2012 Director of Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Director of Graduate Studies Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83134920
  • Email: natalie.edwards@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Room: 8 06
  • Org Unit: French Studies

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