Dr Jennifer Mae Hamilton

Lecturer in Literary Studies - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Jennifer Mae Hamilton

Phone: +61 6773 4375

Email: jennifer.hamilton@une.edu.au

Twitter: @bicycleuser


Jennifer Mae Hamilton is an interdisciplinary feminist environmental humanities scholar and ecocritic with formal training in literary studies.


BATh, College of Fine Arts
BA (Hons 1, English), UNSW
PhD (English), UNSW

Teaching Areas

Ecocriticism, Gender Studies, Feminist Environmental Humanities, Australian Literature, Shakespeare

Research Interests

Weather in drama, poetry and fiction; Material Ecocriticism; Environmental Humanities; Feminist Theory; Shakespeare; Shakespeare in Performance; Feminist, Queer & Anti-Colonial Adaptations of Shakespeare; Place Writing; Live Art; Infrastructure/Public Works; Urban Resilience; Weathering

Recent Grants and Creative Commissions

2018: Sydney Social Science and Humanities Advanced Research Centre for Writing retreat and Hacking the Anthropocene III Symposium (with Astrida Neimanis)

2017: Sydney University Planetary Health Initiative for Hacking the Anthropocene II

2017: Sydney Social Science and Humanities Advanced Research Centre for Hacking the Anthropocene II (with Astrida Neimanis)

2017: The Seed Box Seed Funding for research travel and visiting fellowship to New York, Stockholm and Linköping.

2017: University of Sydney ARC Linkage Incubator Scheme for developing a relationship with stormwater infrastructure managers

2017: ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions Associate Investigator Scheme funding for the symposium Hacking the Anthropocene II: Weathering

2016: University of Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre Reading Group Grant Scheme for COMPOSTING Feminisms and Environmental Humanities (with Astrida Neimanis).

2015: City of Sydney Creative Grant, to curate and produce the event “The Christmas Climate Change Variety Hour” (with Craig Johnson and Lisa Mumford).


Peer Reviewed Monograph

August 2017: This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear (London: Bloomsbury Academic).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Forthcoming 2018: ‘Constructing dying and death as an eco-political concern in performances of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Sarah Kane’s BlastedShakespeare Bulletin 36.3

Forthcoming 2018:Composting Feminisms and Environmental Humanities’ with Astrida Neimanis, Environmental Humanities

Forthcoming 2018: ‘weathering’ with Astrida Neimanis, feminist review special issue ‘Gender and Environment’ (in press)

2016: ‘“Labour against Wilderness” and the Trouble with Property beyond The Secret River’, Green Letters 20 (2): 140-155.

2015: ‘Labour’ for ‘Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities’ project, Environmental Humanities 6: 183-186.

Peer Reviewed Review Essays

2017: ‘All the World’s a Drain: Review of Bodies of WaterSydney Review of Books

2015: ‘Bad Flowers: The Implications of a Phytocentric Deconstruction of the Western Philosophical Tradition for the Environmental Humanities’, Environmental Humanities 7: 191-202.

Book Chapters

Forthcoming: ‘Gardening after the Anthropocene: Creating different relations between humans and edible plants in Sydney’ for Prue Gibson and Baylee Britts (eds), The Covert Plant (New York: Punctum, 2018).

2015: ‘Lear in the Storm: Shakespeare’s Emotional Exploration of Sovereign Mortality’, Rob White and Katrina O’Loughlin (eds) Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).

2009: ‘Cold Desire: snow, ice and Hans Christian Andersen’ in Anthony Uhlmann, Helen Groth, Paul Sheehan and Stephen McClaren (eds) Literature and Sensation (Sydney: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2009).

Peer Reviewed Policy Contributions

2017: ‘Social and Gender Analysis’ for Pierre Boileau and Elaine Baker (eds) Guidelines for conducting Integrated Environmental Assessments, UNEP and Grid-Arendal.

Other Publications (Theatre and Book Reviews, Blogs, Journalism, Opinion)

2018: ‘Malexander Walkshop’: No outputs, slow scholarship and lots of food’ (with Anna Kaijser), The Seed Box Blog https://theseedbox.se/blog/jennifer-hamilton-anna-kaijser-malexander-walkshop-no-outputs-slow-scholarship-and-lots-of-food/

2017: ‘Explainer: solarpunk, or how to be an optimistic radical?’, The Conversation https://theconversation.com/explainer-solarpunk-or-how-to-be-an-optimistic-radical-80275

2017: ‘The weather is now political’(with Astrida Neimanis), The Conversation https://theconversation.com/the-weather-is-now-political-77791

2017: ‘Climate Change and the Quest for Transformative Fictions’, Sydney Environment Institute Blog http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/blog/climate-change-and-the-quest-for-transformative-fictions/

2017: ‘The Trouble with Babies: Review of Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble’. Cultural Studies Review (March 2017).

2017: ‘Composting in the Mud Theory Walkshop (#changethedate)’, The Seed Box Blog https://theseedboxblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/composting-theory-in-the-mud-walkshop-changethedate/

2016: ‘Theatre Review: King Lear, dir. Neil Armfield’ Shakespeare Bulletin 34.3 (Fall 2016).

2016: ‘Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Environmental Humanities Summit’, Sydney Environment Institute Bloghttp://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/blog/reflections-on-an-interdisciplinary-environmental-humanities-summit/

2016: ‘Property, Weather and the Matter of Emotional Inheritance on Earth Day’,ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Blog https://historiesofemotion.com/2016/04/22/property-weather-and-the-matter-of-emotional-inheritance-earth-day-2016/

2016: ‘What was ‘Hacking the Anthropocene’: Or, Why Environmental Humanities Needs More Feminisms’ (with Astrida Neimanis), The Seed Box Blog https://theseedboxblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/what-was-hacking-the-anthropocene-or-why-the-environmental-humanities-needs-more-feminism/

2015: ‘How Brandis Plans to Insulate the Arts Sector from Artists’, The Conversation https://theconversation.com/how-brandis-plans-to-insulate-the-arts-sector-from-the-artists-42305

2013: ‘Explainer: What are the environmental humanities?’, The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-are-the-environmental-humanities-20040

2013: ‘Gardening For Gardening’s Sake’, Seeing the Woods: A Blog by the Rachel Carson Centre. https://seeingthewoods.org/2013/06/12/gardening-for-gardenings-sake/

2013: ‘Three views of the Milky Way’ (with Astrid Lorange and Tom Lee), in Denise Thwaites (ed.) Critical Animalia: A Decade Between Disciplines (Newcastle: Critical Animals, 2013).

2012: ‘History of Cultural Responses to Disastrous Storms (1612-2012)’, Artlink 32 (4) Special Issue ‘Disaster and Fortitude’ https://www.artlink.com.au/articles/3946/history-of-cultural-responses-to-disastrous-storms/

2012: ‘The Spokes in Sydney’s Cycle Policy’ co-authored with Craig Johnson, New Matilda, https://newmatilda.com/2012/03/29/spokes-sydneys-cycle-policy/

2012: ‘A Curatorial Introduction to Time Machine’ co-authored with Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Tom Smith and Pia van Gelder in Jennifer Hamilton (ed.) Time Capsule (Serial Space: Sydney, 2012

2011: ‘A storm by any other name’, in Aden Rolfe (ed.) The Reader: Emerging Writer’s Festival Anthology of New Writing (Melbourne: Emerging Writers Festival, 2011).

2011: ‘Review of The King and I’, Southerly 71.1 (Long Paddock)

2010 ‘Queer and Monstrous Others: Review of Queering the Non/Human’, Australian Humanities Review 48.

2010: ‘Big Ideas on a Small Scale’, New Matilda https://newmatilda.com/2010/01/08/big-ideas-small-scale/

2010: ‘Where there’s a niche there’s a market?’, New Matilda https://newmatilda.com/2010/01/21/where-theres-niche-theres-market/

Creative Works

2017: The Weathering Map for Chart Collective (drawn by Tessa Zettel, in consultation with myself, Rebecca Giggs, Astrida Neimanis, Kate Wright)

2013: A Panoramic Sketch from the Summit of Yurt Empire (drawn by Tessa Zettel, in consultation with myself and Alexandra Crosby)

2011: Walking in the Rain (devised by Jennifer Hamilton, with Nat Randall, Bruce Cherry, Teik Kim Pok and Emma Ramsay; commissioned by Performance Space)


Honorary Associate, Gender and Cultural Studies USYD
Member, Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture, Australian & New Zealand (ASLECANZ)
Co-founding Member, Composting Feminisms and Environmental Humanities