Australasian Animal Studies Association

Singer, Dr Hayley

Lecturer in Creative Writing

University of Melbourne

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Research interests / activities

Hayley Singer is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. She teaches creative nonfiction and contemporary ecological fictions.

She writes essays on literature and ecologies, queer embodiment, strange weather, literary meat works, the contemporary Fleischgeist, ignored histories, and on reading and writing as worlds end and begin again. Her first book, Abandon Every Hope: Essays for the Dead was published by Upswell in 2023.


'Writing the Fleischgeist' in Animal Studies Journal Vol 5, No. 2. 'Singer, H. ‘Meat, Art and the Lives and Deaths of Animals.’ LitHub (2017). posted to: Singer, H. ‘Death Frames.’ The Lifted Brow 35 (2017). Singer, H. ‘The Pharmaco-carnist regime: some notes on an era’. The Lifted Brow 34 (2017).

Potential areas for collaboration
Examination of portrayals of women, non-human animals and plant life in contemporary literature. In particular, contemporary literature written by women. The imaginal ecologies of meat - exploring images of women and animals as meat in fiction. Writing 'beyond the human' - writing praxis that engages with poetics, politics and ethics that move beyond Western culture's dominant human centred narrative perspectives.
Reading group
HRAE Knowing Animals Reading Group, University of Melbourne