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Dr Rebecca Stringer

stringerBA (Hons) (W Syd) PhD (ANU)

Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies
Criminology Programme Co-ordinator

Contact Details

Room G06, 262 Leith Street
64 3 479 8759
Email rebecca.stringer@otago.ac.nz

Rebecca Stringer is Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies and Co-ordinator of the Minor in Criminology. She is the author of Knowing Victims: Feminism, Agency and Victim Politics in Neoliberal Times (Hove, East Sussex: Routledge, 2014) and co-editor, with Hilary Radner, of Feminism At the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema (New York: Routledge, 2011). Rebecca’s current research focuses on gender, feminism and the visual culture of victimhood. Rebecca gained her PhD in Political Science at the Australian National University, following undergraduate study in art theory and criticism at Western Sydney University, where she graduated with first class honors, the University Medal, and a Sydney Mechanics School of Art Award.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach:

GEND 201: Introduction to Feminist Theory
GEND 208/ 308: Governing Bodies
GEND 209/ 309: Critical Victimology

I teach sections of:

GEND 401 Debates in Gender and Sexuality

Postgraduate Supervision

Social construction of victimhood
Feminist theory and politics

Current and Recent Students

Bell Murphy PhD (primary supervisor)

Empowerment beyond the neoliberal self: An autoethnography of a feminist self defence teacher in Aotearoa

Kayla Stewart PhD (co-supervisor)

Sexual victimisation amongst students from the University of Otago

Sally Beale PhD (co-supervisor)

Perceptions of child sexual abuse (CSA) among social workers and social work educators: implications for social work education and practice

Anna McMartin PhD (co-supervisor)

Rational economic families: economic ideas meet social policy during New Zealand's reform era

Gabrielle Hine PhD (co-supervisor)

Shaping motherhood: representations of pregnancy in popular media

Dianne Smith PhD (co-supervisor)

Deci-belles: gender and power in sound engineering for popular music in New Zealand

Fiona Douglas PhD (co-supervisor)

Constructing professional identity: how career advice, guidance and counselling practitioners' construct their own sense of professional identity in relation to their work environment

Bell Murphy MA (primary supervisor)

Empowerment beyond the neoliberal self: an autoethnography of a self defence teacher in Aotearoa

Karl Leisky MA (primary supervisor)

Theorising ‘safe space’

Georgia Knowles MA (primary supervisor)

Looking at rape prevention: representations of sexuality, gender and rape myth in rape prevention poster campaigns

Marita Leask MA (primary supervisor)

Exceptional choices? A discursive examination of abortion discourses in New Zealand

Eliza Muirhead MA (primary supervisor)

Reconsidering the nonhuman animal: a multidisciplinary approach

Lynda Cullen MA (primary supervisor)

From Wonder Woman to Aeon Flux: women heroes, feminism and feminity in post-war New Zealand

Gabrielle Hine MA (co-supervisor)

Jailbait, eye candy and loli-pops: adolescent subjectivity, femininity and sexuality in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Thirteen (2003) and American Beauty (1996)

Rowan Arahia Easton MA (primary supervisor)

Gender and Colonisation in Aotearoa

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Publications

Stringer, R. (2014). Knowing Victims: Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times. Hove, UK: Routledge, 186p.

Stringer, R. (2013). Vulnerability after wounding: Feminism, rape law, and The Differend. SubStance, 42(3), 148-168. doi: 10.1353/sub.2013.0031

Stringer, R. (2012). Impractical reconciliation: Reading the intervention through the Huggins-Bell debate. Australian Feminist Studies, 27(71), 19-36. doi: 10.1080/08164649.2012.648257

Radner, H., & Stringer, R. (Eds.). (2011). Feminism at the movies: Understanding gender in contemporary popular cinema. New York: Routledge, 320p.

Stringer, R. (2011). From victim to vigilante: Gender, violence and revenge in The Brave One (2007) and Hard Candy (2005). In H. Radner & R. Stringer (Eds.), Feminism at the movies: Understanding gender in contemporary popular cinema. (pp. 267-282). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Authored Book - Research

Stringer, R. (2014). Knowing Victims: Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times. Hove, UK: Routledge, 186p.

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Edited Book - Research

Radner, H., & Stringer, R. (Eds.). (2011). Feminism at the movies: Understanding gender in contemporary popular cinema. New York: Routledge, 320p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Radner, H., & Stringer, R. (2011). Introduction: ″Re-Vision″? Feminist film criticism in the twenty-first century. In H. Radner & R. Stringer (Eds.), Feminism at the movies: Understanding gender in contemporary popular cinema. (pp. 1-9). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Stringer, R. (2011). From victim to vigilante: Gender, violence and revenge in The Brave One (2007) and Hard Candy (2005). In H. Radner & R. Stringer (Eds.), Feminism at the movies: Understanding gender in contemporary popular cinema. (pp. 267-282). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Stringer, R. (2009). Rethinking the critique of 'victim feminism'. In E. Faulkner & G. Macdonald (Eds.), Victim no more: Women's resistance to law, culture and power. (pp. 20-27). Halifax, Canada: Fernwood.

Stringer, R. (2006). Is New Zealand a post-feminist paradise? In M. Thompson-Fawcett & C. Freeman (Eds.), Living together: Towards inclusive communities in New Zealand. (pp. 77-91). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Stringer, R. (2000). ″A Nietzschean breed″: Feminism, victimology, ressentiment. In A. D. Schrift (Ed.), Why Nietzsche still? Reflections on drama, culture, and politics. (pp. 247-273). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Stringer, R. (2013). Vulnerability after wounding: Feminism, rape law, and The Differend. SubStance, 42(3), 148-168. doi: 10.1353/sub.2013.0031

Stringer, R. (2012). Impractical reconciliation: Reading the intervention through the Huggins-Bell debate. Australian Feminist Studies, 27(71), 19-36. doi: 10.1080/08164649.2012.648257

Stringer, R. (2007). A nightmare of the neocolonial kind: Politics of suffering in Howard's Northern Territory intervention. borderlands e-journal, 6(2). Retrieved from http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol6no2_2007/stringer_intervention.htm

Stringer, R. (2006). Fact, fiction and the foetus: Violence against pregnant women and the politics of abortion. Australian Feminist Law Journal, 25, 99-117.

Brook, H., & Stringer, R. (2005). Users, using, used: A beginner's guide to deconstructing drugs discourse. International Journal of Drug Policy, 16, 316-325.

Stringer, R. (2001). Blaming me blaming you: Victim identity in recent feminism. Outskirts, 8. Retrieved from http://www.chloe.uwa.edu.au/outskirts/archive/volume8/stringer

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Stringer, R. (2010, November). Vulnerability after wounding: Agency, rape law, and the differend. Keynote presentation at the University of Otago Postcolonial Studies Research Network Symposium: Vulnerability, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Baird, B., Hart, V., & Stringer, R. (2010, June). Distinguished Dissidents [Roundtable discussion]. Invited presentation at the Challenging Politics: New Critical Voices Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Stringer, R. (2010, June). Of rape, racism and rage: The politics of feminism and the Northern Territory intervention. Invited presentation at the Challenging Politics: New Critical Voices Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Stringer, R. (2009, June). Foucault and the Prison Information Group. Verbal presentation at the Department of Media, Film & Communication Foucault Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stringer, R. (2007, April). Disarming resentment: Reading feminism and anti-feminism through Nietzsche's On the genealogy of morals. Keynote presentation at the Feminist Studies Group Interdisciplinary Conference: Resentment in/of Women's Studies, New York.

Stringer, R. (2006, July). Fact, fiction and the foetus: Recent legislative responses to violence against pregnant women. Verbal presentation at the Australian Women's Studies Association Conference: Twenty-First Century Feminisms, Melbourne, Australia.

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Other Research Output

Stringer, R. (2008, April). Fact, fiction and the foetus: Violence against pregnant women and the politics of abortion. Feminist Research Speakers Series, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. [Public Lecture].

Stringer, R. (2008, May). From intervention to apology: Aboriginal sovereignty and the Australian State in the transition from Howard to Rudd. Interdisciplinary Political Theory Group Seminar, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. [Research Seminar].

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