Dr Kim Hajek

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

Kim Hajek

Phone: +61 02 6773 4339

Email: khajek@une.edu.au

Biography

Kim Hajek has an interdisciplinary background spanning French literature, the history of science and medicine, and experimental physics. She studied at The University of Queensland, where she completed a BA (Hons) and a BSc (Hons), both awarded the university medal, and later completed her PhD. Before coming to UNE, Kim worked at UQ undertaking teaching and research in physics, and teaching French. She continues to pursue her interest in teaching French literature, culture, and language at UNE.

Her research focuses on interactions between science and literature in 19th-century France, particularly in the area of the psychological/human sciences. Her current project examines case histories in French psychology c.a. 1870–1914, and explores the relations between textual practices in case-writing, fictional accounts of psychological cases, and knowledge construction in the human sciences. This continues her doctoral research, which investigated reciprocities between scientific and literary forms of enquiry in 19th-century efforts to make hypnotism a science.

Qualifications

PhD, UQ

BA Hons. (University Medal) (French Language and Literature), UQ

BSc Hons. (University Medal) (Physics), UQ

Teaching Areas

  • French language (beginners to advanced)
  • 19th-century French literature
  • Translation
  • Literature and science

Research Interests

  • Intersections between science and literature, particularly in the late 19th century
  • Representations of brain, mind, and altered psychological states
  • French literature of the late 19th century
  • History of the human sciences

Publications

Refereed journal articles:

Kim M. Hajek, “‘A Portion of Truth’: Demarcating the Boundaries of Scientific Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France.” Notes and Records (Special issue on the History of Hypnotism) 71, no. 2 (2017): 125–139.

Kim M. Hajek. “‘Je lis ça comme je lirais un roman’: Reading Scientific Works on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France.” Australian Journal of French Studies 53, no. 3 (2016): 232-45.

Awarded the Australian Society for French Studies/Australian Journal of French Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize, 2015.

Kim M. Hajek. “Imperceptible Signs: Remnants of magnétisme in Scientific Discourses on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 51, no. 4 (2015): 366–86.

Awarded the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences Early Career Award, 2014.

Kim M. Hajek. “The Fear of Simulation: Scientific Authority in Late Nineteenth-Century French Disputes over Hypnotism.” History of Science 53, no. 3 (2015): 237–63.

K. M. Hajek, B. Littleton, D. Turk, T. J. McIntyre, and H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop. “A Method for Achieving Super-Resolved Widefield Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) Microscopy.” Optics Express 18, no. 18 (2010): 19263–72.

L. Guyon, K. M. Hajek, F. Courvoisier, V. Boutou, R. Nuter, A. Vincotte, S. Champeaux, L. Bergé, and J.-P. Wolf. “Control of Lasing Filament Arrays in Nonlinear Liquid Media.” Applied Physics B 90, no. 3–4 (2007): 383–90.

Book chapters:

Kim M. Hajek. “En rapport avec le texte: La suggestion hypnotique entre fragment littéraire et objet scientifique à la fin du dix-neuvième siècle.” In Le Réel invisible: Le Magnétisme dans la littérature (1789–1914), edited by Emilie Pézard and Victoire Feuillebois. Paris: Minard/Classiques Garnier, (forthcoming).

Conference papers (selected, 2011–):

"Double personality and multiple media: Azam, Félida, and the circulation of psychological case histories in late nineteenth-century France." European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) Conference, Bari, Italy, 12-14 July 2017.

"The Case of Psychology: Generic Migrations in Early French Psychological Texts." Australian Society for French Studies Annual Conference, Adelaide, 6-9 December 2016.

“‘Toutes les allures d’un roman’: Literary Style and Scientific Analysis in 19th-Century Psychological Observations.” Joint Meeting of ESHHS & CHEIRON, Barcelona, 27 June–1 July 2016.

“Entangled Domains: Literary Contributions to Late Nineteenth-Century Scientific Hypnotism.” Australian Society for French Studies Conference, Newcastle, 8–11 December 2015.

“‘This Story, which has the Style of a Novel, […] is in Reality a Clinical Observation’: Representing Hypnotism between Science and Literature in Late Nineteenth-Century France.” History of Science Society Annual Meeting 2015, San Francisco, 19–22 November 2015.

“‘We “Lived” this Novel in Minute Detail’: Suggestion, Literature, and Scientific Representation in Late Nineteenth-Century French Discourses on Hypnotism.” Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, Exeter, UK, 20–21 July 2015.

“Wondrous Digressions and Undisputed Facts: Using History to Demarcate Hypnotism as Science in Late Nineteenth-Century France.” 34th European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) Conference, Angers, France, 7–10 July 2015.

“Performing Scientific Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France: Experiment or Spectacle?” Australian Society for French Studies Annual Conference, Melbourne, 3–6 December 2014.

“Textual rapport: Suggestion as a Literary Process in Late Nineteenth-Century French Discourses on Hypnotism.” 33rd European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) Conference, Oulu, Finland, 22–25 July 2014.

“Hyper-Perceptive somnambules and Unconscious Suggestion: Magnetic Remnants in Scientific Discourses on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France.32nd European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) Conference, Würzburg, Germany, 30 July–2 August 2013.

“The Power of Suggestion: Negative Experiments in Late Nineteenth-Century French Hypnotism.” Perspectives on Power: An Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers, Brisbane, 23–25 November 2011.

“The Tension between Scientific and Therapeutic Aspirations in the Nancy-Salpêtrière Disputes over Hypnotism.” Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine 12th Biennial Conference, Brisbane, 12–15 July 2011.

Memberships

  • Australian Society for French Studies (ASFS)
  • European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS)
  • History of Science Society (HSS)