Rosemary will be returning to Otago in second semester of 2023.
Office: Burns 3N10
Rosemary Overell completed a doctorate at the University of Melbourne in 2012. Her thesis, Brutal: Affect Belonging In, and Between, Australia and Japan's Grindcore Scenes, explored how fans of grindcore metal music feel 'at home' in scenic spaces and was based on ethnographic research in Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia. Before joining the department at Otago in 2013, Rosemary taught at the University of Melbourne in Cultural Studies.
- Psychoanalysis / Lacanian theory
- Gender Studies
- Japanese and Asian Studies
- Ethnographic methodologies
Rosemary Overell's most recent work considers how gendered subjectivities are co-constituted by and through mediation. She draws particularly on Lacanian psychoanalysis to explore a variety of mediated sites. In particular, she considers the intersections between affect and signification and how these produce gender. Rosemary has looked at media as varied as anime, extreme metal and reality television.
More broadly, Rosemary's research interests include gender studies, music subcultures and how affect can enable or curtail particular modes of gendered being and belonging for otherwise marginalised people. This was explored in her 2014 monograph, Affective Intensities in Extreme Music Scenes (Palgrave). She is also the co-editor, with Catherine Dale (Chuo University) of Orienting Feminism: Media, Activism and Cultural Representation (Palgrave, 2018), a collection which explores the meaning of feminisms in the contemporary moment as constituted by both action and uncertainity. Focusing on feminist media representations, the collection asks questions about how feminist subjectivity is articulated and intersects with media technologies and representation. In 2019, with colleague Brett Nicholls, she co-edited Post-Truth and the Mediation of Reality: New Conjunctures. This collection critically interrogates mediated experiences, subjects and technologies in the 'post-truth era'.
Rosemary was a founding member of the Performance of the Real research theme steering group and led the 'Mediating the Real' programme within the theme. She was also the co-editor, with Sarah Thomasson (University of Queensland) of the Performance of the Real: Working Papers series - a site for the circulation of dialogues, provocations and ideas arising from 'Real' events. She co-ran the Mediating the Real reading group with Brett Nicholls. This group primarily draws on Lacanian and Baudrillardian approaches to mediation of 'the Real'.
Rosemary is also on the editorial board of Continental Thought & Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom, Metal Music Studies and Puratoke: Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Creative Arts and Industries. She is also a Research Associate with the Cultural Research Centre (CRC); affiliated with National University of Singapore - the CRC's aim is to foster cross-disciplinary research informed by cultural studies methodologies for the fostering of diverse publics. It is led by Prof. Audrey Yue. She has also been a fellow in Nagoya University's Gender Studies programme, under the mentorship of Prof. Chika Tanimoto.
Rosemary Overell welcomes PhD theses on any topics related to her research, including subcultural media, gender studies and psychoanalysis.
For more details, please see her list of research publications below.
Rosemary Overell has taught papers on digital media and identity, contemporary media studies, critical journalism studies and music cultures.
Mediating the Real (2016)
Expertise and Public Engagement
Rosemary Overell is committed to pedagogy beyond the university and her role as a practitioner as a 'critic and conscience' in the public sphere. She has run short courses for the Dunedin Free University on feminism and gender; and surveillance and media cultures.
Rosemary collaborated with Melbourne-based artist Lisa Radford on Dear Masato, all at once (get a life, the only thing that cuts across the species is death at West Space in 2016. Rosemary has been an invited judge, and emcee, at the Dunedin Fringe Festival in 2016 and 2017. She ran a highly successful radio programme between 2013 and 2016 on 91FM Radio One called 'culture jamming'. This programme included interviews with academics, music practitioners and media workers on the intersections between music, culture and politics. Currently Rosemary podcasts here.
She is a regular contributor to un projects considering the intersections between art, culture and politics.
Taylor Adams: Navigating the 'In-Between': The Posthuman, Metamorphosis & Hopeful Becomings.
Oliver Dearnley-Smith: Madoka: Japanese anime from a Lacanian perspective
Julia Stewart: Bigger, Fatter, Gypsier: Biopower and My Big, Fat, Gypsy Wedding
Brianna Kirkham: The Business of Blogging
Sarah Rayner: Twitter and Television: New Interactions between Fans, Critics and Creators
Shelley Harding: Flourishing Under a Rose-Tine: Nostalgic Depictions of Misogyny in Mad Men
Alison Blair:Children of the Revolution: Bolan, Bowie and the Carnivalesque.
Massimiliana Urbano:Becoming-common: Affective Technologies and Grassroots Activism in Contemporary Italy.
Oliver Dearnley-Smith: Negative Affects: Critical Theory and Libidinal (dis)Economies - From Alienation to Misery.
Frankie Fei: Feel your Time: (Re)imagining History and Futurity in Retro-queer Narratives
Bethany Geckle: Actor-network theory and heteronormativity: Analyzing skateboarding and drag
Hannah Herchenbach: Cultural Politics of the Dunedin Sound.
Deniz Karahan Alp: Between Emancipation and Domination: Herbert Marcuse and Social Media.
Peter Stapleton:The Punkumentary: Embodying a punk sensibility within the music documentary?
T. Yousef: Telling gendered news stories of women and Islam in Malaysia: A narrative analysis of Malay women and controversy in Malaysian online news coverage, 2014 to 2017
Taylor Adams: Somatechnics: Machinic Flesh & Re-Writing the Gendered Body
Millar, I., Nicholls, B., Overell, R., & Tutt, D. (2024). Power and politics in Adam Curtis' Can't get you out of my head: An emotional history of the modern world. In C. Owens & S. Meehan O'Callaghan (Eds.), Psychoanalysis and the small screen: The year the cinemas closed. (pp. 163-189). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003272069-11
Overell, R. (2023, April). Don't worry darling: What do women want after #MeToo? Verbal presentation at the LACK iv: Psychoanalytic Theory Conference, Burlington, USA.
Overell, R. (2022) Methodological masturbation. LACK: Punctual musings. (26 August). Retrieved from https://lackorg.com/2022/08/26/methodological-masturbation/
Adams, T., & Overell, R. (2022). Flayed bodies and the re-turn of the flesh: Foucault and contemporary gendered bodies. Continental Thought & Theory, 3(4), 116-151. doi: 10.26021/13021
Overell, R. (co-editor) (2021). New models codex Y2K20. Germany: New Models, 368p.