School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Prudence Black is a Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide and a Research Associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney.
Her current academic research includes an interview-based project with incarcerated women and their preparation for court appearances, and a study of intergenerational knowledge and the Australian wool industry. She is a Primary Investigator on the ARC Linkage project, Heritage of the Air: How Aviation Transformed Australia. Her research relating to aviation cultures has resulted in two books, The Flight Attendant’s Shoe, a design history of the flight attendants’ uniforms and her most recent book Smile, Particularly in Bad Weather: The Era of the Australian Airline Hostess which outlines the development and the history of the flight attendant profession in Australia.
As well as her academic roles, she has worked at the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian Museum undertaking curatorial work and research for exhibitions about fashion, design and Indigenous culture. Prudence also undertakes research consultancies for corporate histories.
Fields: Aviation Cultures, Fashion, Uniforms, Women and Workplace Culture
Smile, Particularly in Bad Weather: The Era of the Australian Airline Hostess, UWA Press, 2017
The Flight Attendant's Shoe, NewSouth Books, 2011
Year Citation 2021 van den Broek, D., Black, P., & Nicki. (2021). Doing Double Time: Women, Incarceration and Employment Discrimination. Work, Employment and Society, 35(5), 968-978.
2019 Black, P. (2019). Corrections. Cultural Studies Review, 25(2), 211-213.
2018 Healy, C., Schlunke, K., Black, P., Muecke, S., & Driscoll, C. (2018). Meaghan. Cultural Studies Review, 24(1), 1-4.
2014 Black, P., Carter, M., de Perthuis, K., & Gill, A. (2014). What lies beneath? Thoughts on men’s underpants. Critical Studies in Men???s Fashion, 1(2), 133-145.
2014 Black, P., & Van Den Broek, D. (2014). Tracksuit or business suit: What should a woman wear coming out of prison?. Continuum, 28(6), 787-796.
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2014 Black, P., & Driscoll, C. (2014). Editorial. Continuum, 28(6), 749-750.
2014 Black, P., & Allen Shera, P. (2014). S<scp>tained</scp> E<scp>vidence</scp>: B<scp>lood</scp>, S<scp>emen and</scp> M<scp>atter on the</scp> C<scp>lothes of</scp> K<scp>ennedy</scp>, L<scp>ewinsky, and</scp> M<scp>argiela</scp>. Australian Feminist Law Journal, 40(1), 135-146.
2013 Black, P., & Idle, J. (2013). ‘It was just something you did’: Mothers, daughters and sewing in the 1960s. Clothing Cultures, 1(1), 23-44.
2013 Black, P., Allon, F., Driscoll, C., Probyn, E., Race, K., & Redden, G. (2013). Editorial introduction. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 14(3), 427-431.
2013 Black, P. (2013). Lines of flight: The female flight attendant uniform. Fashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture, 17(2), 179-196.
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2013 Black, P. (2013). Designed to death: Tom Ford’s A Single Man. Film, Fashion & Consumption, 2(1), 105-114.
2011 Black, P., & Driscoll, C. (2011). Strapped to the drainpipe: Emma Peel and the vinyl catsuit. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 1(1), 67-76.
2009 Craik, J., & Black, P. (2009). Letter from the Editors. Fashion Theory, 13(4), 405-408.
Black, P., & Driscoll, C. (n.d.). Don, Betty and Jackie Kennedy: On Mad Men and Periodisation. Cultural Studies Review, 18(2).
Black, P. (n.d.). The Economy of Persistence: Mario the Tailor. Cultural Studies Review, 22(1).
Year Citation 2017 Black, P. (2017). Smile, Particularly in Bad Weather The Era of the Australian Airline Hostess (Vol. 41). Western Australia, Australia: UWA Publishing.
2011 Black, P. (2011). The Flight Attendant's Shoe. UNSW Press.
Year Citation 2019 Black, P. S. (2019). A Cast of Thousands: Martin Grant and the Qantas Uniform. In J. Tynan, & L. Godson (Eds.), Uniform: Clothing and Discipline in a Modern World (pp. 226-250). London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury.
2016 Black, P., & de Perthuis, K. (2016). Postwar hollywood, 1947-1967. In A. L. McLean (Ed.), Costume, Makeup, and Hair (pp. 75-98). USA: Rutgers University Press.
2014 Black, P. (2014). The discipline of appearance: Military style and Australian flight hostess uniforms 1930–1964. In D. N. Rall (Ed.), Fashion and War in Popular Culture (pp. 91-105). UK & USA: Intellect Ltd. 2012 Black, P., & Muecke, S. (2012). The power of a dress: The rhetoric of a moment in fashion. In Rebirth of Rhetoric (pp. 212-227). Routledge.
2010 Black, P., & Muecke, S. (2010). Antipodean Modernisms: Australia and New Zealand. In The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Oxford University Press.
Year Citation 2009 Black, P. (2009). The detail: Setting fashion systems in motion. In Fashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture Vol. 13 (pp. 499-510). BERG PUBL.
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Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor Detecting Dress: Mrs Annie Bowman's Walking Ensemble: A Cultural History of Dress in Colonial Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kathryn Needs
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Fancy Dress Practice in Australia University of Sydney Master Part Time Helen Walters 2012 - 2103 Principal Supervisor Trust and Digital Social Networks University of Sydney Honours Full Time Terresa Parish 2012 - 2103 Principal Supervisor “Tits or GTFO”: Hegemonic Masculinity and the Construction of the Gamer’ University of Syndey Honours Full Time Olivia Barlow 2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Obsession with Brilliance: Masculinities and Creativity in Transnational Advertising University of Sydney Doctorate Part Time Paul Priday 2012 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Fashion Blogging: Ethics and Aesthetic University of Sydney Master Full Time Rachel Cole 2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Making Community: Leichhardt Wanderers Junior Rugby League Club, 1918-1968 University of Sydney Master Part Time Julie Nebauer 2011 - 2016 Other The Maternal Body in Contemporary Culture Kings College, London Doctorate Full Time Sara de Benidictis
Date Role Membership Country 2016 - ongoing Member Hawke EU Centre: Aeromobilities Network, University of South Australia. Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Global Aviation Research Network (GARN), Macquarie University Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Gender and Modernity Group, Sydney University. Australia 2011 - ongoing Member Australian Fashion Studies Network. Australia 2008 - 2009 Board Member Academic Board, Global Campus Management Pty Ltd Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Board Member Cultures of the Commonwealth : essays and studies Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 France 2018 - ongoing Board Member Palgrave Series of Fashion and the Body Palgrave United Kingdom 2010 - ongoing Board Member The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture Intellect United Kingdom 2010 - ongoing Associate Editor Film, Fashion and Consumption Intellect United Kingdom
Date Office Name Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Deputy Director Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Australia
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