Deakin University

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I’m a literary studies academic and a novelist, currently working on a new manuscript (working title Sticks for Bones). This project combines research and creative practice in order to examine the bioethics of xenotransplantation and its associated forms of animal abuse and exploitation. Xenotransplantation is the practice of using living animal organs, tissues and cells as medical transplants in human recipients. The creative component of this research aims to uncover and disseminate, through a combination of research, creative writing and activism, concealed truths about the present and future abuses of non-human animals in biomedicine and other forms of consumption.


Conference presentation: ‘Chimera’, AASA Conference ‘Decolonizing Animals’, 2019

Symposium paper ‘Strange you never knew’, ‘Unbuilding Multispecies Violence in Storied Space’ – symposium co-hosted by Dr Kate Hall, on behalf of the Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network and Dr Hayley Singer, University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication

Public Lecture: ‘Chimera: animal ethics of xenotransplantation’, Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network, 16 August 2019