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Dr Rosemary Overell

Rosemary Overell_186

BA (Hons) PhD (The University of Melbourne)

Senior Lecturer

 

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Office: 3N10, 3rd floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel: 64 3 479 5723
Email: rosemary.overell@otago.ac.nz

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Background

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.

Research Interests

  • 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'.

In addition to her academic scholarship, Rosemary writes regularly for The Conversation and un projects has contributed to public debates on how gender and the media work in the contemporary moment.

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.

Teaching

Rosemary Overell has taught papers on digital media and identity, contemporary media studies, critical journalism studies and music cultures.

In 2020, Rosemary will be Honours (400) co-ordinator and teach 'Advanced Media, Film and Communication Theory'. She will also be teaching 'Documentary and Reality Media' - a second-year (200) level paper. In the second half of 2020, Rosemary will return to teaching the first-year paper 'Understanding Contemporary Media'. In 2021, Rosemary will be teaching the same papers.

Conferences organised

trans/forming feminisms: media, technology identity (2015)

Performance of the Real: Postgrad and Early Career Researcher Symposium (2016)

Mediating the Real (2016)

Mediating the Real 2: Mediations in a Post-truth Era (2017)

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.

Completed supervisions

Honours

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

MA

Alison Blair: Children of the Revolution: Bolan, Bowie and the Carnivalesque.

PhD

Massimiliana Urbano: Becoming-common: Affective Technologies and Grassroots Activism in Contemporary Italy.

Current supervisions

PhD

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

MA

Taylor Adams: Somatechnics: Machinic Flesh & Re-Writing the Gendered Body

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Publications

Overell, R. (2019). More than a hashtag: Excitement, anguish and the semblant of #MeToo. Theory & Event, 22(4), 792-819. Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/736563

Overell, R. (2018). Queer will: Hikkomorias willful subjects. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 19(2), 206-219. doi: 10.1080/14649373.2018.1463069

Overell, R. (2014). Affective intensities in extreme music scenes: Cases from Australia and Japan. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 211p.

Dale, C., & Overell, R. (Eds.). (2018). Orienting feminism: Media, activism and cultural representation. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 207p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-70660-3

Overell, R. (2019). ‘I think Sydney’s pretty shit’: Melbourne grindcore fans and their others. In C. Hoad (Ed.), Australaian metal music: Identities, scenes and culture. (pp. 71-90). Bingley, UK: Emerlad Publishing.

Authored Book - Research

Overell, R. (2014). Affective intensities in extreme music scenes: Cases from Australia and Japan. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 211p.

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Edited Book - Research

Overell, R., & Nicholls, B. (Eds.). (2019). Post-truth and the mediation of reality: New conjectures. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-25670-8

Dale, C., & Overell, R. (Eds.). (2018). Orienting feminism: Media, activism and cultural representation. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 207p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-70660-3

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Chapter in Book - Research

Overell, R. (2019). The reveal of the real: Fact-checking and ‘not-tags’ in the current conjuncture. In R. Overell & B. Nicholls (Eds.), Post-truth and the mediation of reality: New conjectures. (pp. 107-130). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-25670-8_6

Overell, R. (2019). ‘I think Sydney’s pretty shit’: Melbourne grindcore fans and their others. In C. Hoad (Ed.), Australaian metal music: Identities, scenes and culture. (pp. 71-90). Bingley, UK: Emerlad Publishing.

Overell, R., & Nicholls, B. (2019). Introduction: Post-truth and the mediation of reality. In R. Overell & B. Nicholls (Eds.), Post-truth and the mediation of reality: New conjectures. (pp. 1-12). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-25670-8_1

Overell, R. (2019). Gender and musical subcultures in Japan. In J. Coates, L. Fraser & M. Pendleton (Eds.), The Routledge companion to gender and Japanese culture. (pp. 231-239). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Overell, R. (2016). Brutal masculinity in Osaka's extreme-metal scene. In F. Heesch & N. Scott (Eds.), Heavy metal, gender and sexuality: Interdisciplinary approaches. (pp. 245-257). London, UK: Routledge.

Overell, R. (2015). Brutal belonging in other spaces: Grindcore touring in Melbourne and Osaka. In S. Baker, B. Robards & B. Buttigieg (Eds.), Youth cultures and subcultures: Australian perspectives. (pp. 89-102). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Overell, R. (2015). The Nikkeijin underground in Japanese extreme metal. In C. Feldman-Barrett (Ed.), Lost histories of youth culture. (pp. 179-197). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Overell, R. (2013). (I) hate girls and emo(tion)s: Negotiating masculinity in grindcore music. In T. Hjelm, K. Kahn-Harris & M. Levine (Eds.), Heavy metal: Controversies and countercultures. (pp. 201-227). Sheffield, UK: Equinox.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Dale, C., & Overell, R. (2018). Introduction: Orienting feminism: Media, activism, and cultural reprsentation. In C. Dale & R. Overell (Eds.), Orienting feminism: Media, activism and cultural representation. (pp. 1-5). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-70660-3

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Journal - Research Article

Overell, R. (2019). More than a hashtag: Excitement, anguish and the semblant of #MeToo. Theory & Event, 22(4), 792-819. Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/736563

Overell, R. (2018). Queer will: Hikkomorias willful subjects. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 19(2), 206-219. doi: 10.1080/14649373.2018.1463069

Overell, R. (2014). Intermediality and interventions: Applying intermediality frameworks to reality television and microblogs. Refractory, 24. Retrieved from http://refractory.unimelb.edu.au/2014/08/06/overell/

Overell, R. (2012). '[I] hate girls and emo[tion]s': Negotiating masculinity in grindcore music. Popular Music History, 6, 198-223. doi: 10.1558/pomh.v6i1/2.198

Overell, R. (2010). Brutal belonging in Melbourne's grindcore scene. Studies in Symbolic Interaction, 35, 79-99. doi: 10.1108/S0163-2396(2010)0000035009

Overell, R. (2010). Emo online: Networks of sociality/networks of exclusion. Perfect Beat, 11(2), 141-162. doi: 10.1558/prbt.v11i2.141

Overell, R. (2009). The Pink Palace, policy and power: Home-making practices and gentrification in Northcote. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 23(5), 681-695. doi: 10.1080/10304310903056328

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Journal - Research Other

Overell, R. (2019). [Review of the exhibition Louise Menzies: In An Orange My Mother Was Eating]. un Projects: un Extended. Retrieved from http://unprojects.org.au/un-extended/reviews/louise-menzies/

Overell, R. (2018). [Review of the exhibition Two Cups and a Jimmy's Mince and Cheese Pie Wrapper]. un Projects: un Extended. Retrieved from http://unprojects.org.au/un-extended/reviews/jay-hutchinson/

Overell, R. (2018). [Review of the exhibition What should I do, now with my hands?]. un Projects: un Extended. Retrieved from http://unprojects.org.au/un-extended/reviews/beth-caird/

Kavka, M., & Overell, R. (2016). Special issue: Mediating the real. MEDIANZ, 16(2), 1-5. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol17iss2id205

Overell, R. (2015). When women receive a “wife bonus” capitalism is winning. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/when-women-receive-a-wife-bonus-capitalism-is-winning-42891

Overell, R. (2015). I ain't afraid of no feminist killjoys: The Ghostbusters nostalgia 'crisis'. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/i-aint-afraid-of-no-feminist-killjoys-the-ghostbusters-nostalgia-crisis-36904

Overell, R., & Wilson, O. (2015). Special issue: music/media/politics. MEDIANZ, 15(1), 1-6. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id1

Overell, R. (2015). Boots Riley on music/media/politics for the 21st century [Interview]. MEDIANZ, 15(1), 7-16. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id2

Overell, R. (2014). Miranda Kerr goes geisha in Vogue … and that might be OK. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/miranda-kerr-goes-geisha-in-vogue-and-that-might-be-ok-32031

Overell, R. (2014). [Review of the book Japanoise: Music at the edge of circulation]. Perfect Beat, 15(1), 97-99. [Book Review].

Overell, R. (2014). Lorde vs Miley: Where young feminism meets old class bias. The Conversation. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/lorde-vs-miley-where-young-feminism-meets-old-class-bias-22531

Overell, R. (2014). Gwar is over? The subcultural politics of thrash metal. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/gwar-is-over-the-subcultural-politics-of-thrash-metal-24789

Overell, R. (2014). Australia's first cat cafe: Stroke of genius or needless fluff? The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/australias-first-cat-cafe-stroke-of-genius-or-needless-fluff-26811

Overell, R. (2013). Explainer: What is K-pop and J-pop? The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-k-pop-and-j-pop-20956

Overell, R. (2013). Change in packaging presents a fresh Miley Cyrus commodity. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/change-in-packaging-presents-a-fresh-miley-cyrus-commodity-17523

Overell, R. (2013). AKB48, headshaving and the sexual politics of J-Pop. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/akb48-headshaving-and-the-sexual-politics-of-j-pop-11995

Overell, R. T. (2012). [Review of the book Making music in Japan's underground: The Tokyo hardcore scene]. Japanese Studies, 32(2), 309-311. doi: 10.1080/10371397.2012.695177

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Overell, R. (2019). Scooting through toy town. un Projects: un Extended, 12(1). Retrieved from http://unprojects.org.au/un-extended/dear-un/toy-town/

Overell, R. (2019). Who said it? [Creative work]. un Magazine, 13(2), 8. Retrieved from http://unprojects.org.au/magazine/issues/issue-13-2/rosemary-overell/

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Overell, R. (2017). "I knew it was abnormal but I didn't want to change": Hikikomori as willful subjects. Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, Asian Conference on Asian Studies, and International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies: Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging. (pp. 62). Retrieved from https://accs.iafor.org/accs2017/#programme

Overell, R. (2016). Voicing the real in extreme metal: Horror, gender and the growl. Proceedings of the New Research on Horror Conference. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/horror2016/index.html

Overell, R. (2015). Noisy voices and gender in popular music. Proceedings of the Trans/forming Feminisms Conference: Media, Technology, Identity. Retrieved from http://transformingfeminisms.noblogs.org/

Overell, R. (2013). 'Brazilian / Japanese evil bastards': nikkeijin understandings of 'Japanese-ness' in Nagoya's grindcore scene. Proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia/New Zealand (IASPM-ANZ) Conference: Popular Music, Communities, Places, Ecologies. Retrieved from http://iaspm.org.au/iaspm-anz-2013-brisbane-program/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Overell, R. (2018, May). Exciting times? #metoo, Jouissance and the contemporary feminist subject. Verbal presentation at the Excitement Studies Symposium, Nagoya, Japan.

Overell, R., & Dale, C. (2018, May). Orienting feminism. Workshop presentation at the Excitement Studies Symposium, Nagoya, Japan.

Overell, R. (2018, February). Voice the real in extreme metal: Horror, gender and the growl. Verbal presentation at the Desire Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Overell, R. (2018, June). #metoo: Mediated feminisms in a new conjecture. Verbal presentation at the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies: Fearful Futures: Cultural Studies and the Question of Agency in the Twenty-First Century, Kobe, Japan.

Overell, R. (2016, August-September). Mediating the "real" politics on facebook. Verbal presentation at the Mediating the Real Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bennett, L., Dale, C., Overell, R., & Geoghegan, C. (2016, July). Feeling Asia-Pacifics: Tensions and torsions of art in Aotearoa New Zealand this century. Verbal presentation at the Cultural Typhoon: Can you Feel It? Cultural Intervention in the Globalising Cities, Tokyo, Japan.

Overell, R. (2015, May). Making sense of mess: Fieldwork gender and Japan. Verbal presentation at the 5th Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS), Kobe, Japan.

Overell, R. (2014, May-June). Nikkeijin metal and minoritarian belonging in Nagoya, Japan. Verbal presentation at the The 4th Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS) and the 4th Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS), Osaka, Japan.

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