Professor in Gender Studies
Much of my research focuses on the connections between sexuality, gender and identity and draws on sociological and historical approaches.
With Judith Collard I recently co-edited Queer Objects, an international collection that explores LGBT material culture. This book was published in late 2019 by Otago, Rutgers and Manchester University Presses. My new book project is an edition of James Courage's diaries. A wry observer of mid-twentieth century life in New Zealand and England, Courage was the author of A Way of Love, the first gay novel by a New Zealander. The affective qualities of landscapes, travels by ocean liner, life during the Blitz and psychiatric treatment are among his diaries' themes.
I am also researching the interconnections between male homosexuality, imprisonment and psychology in New Zealand during the twentieth century and I am writing a series of journal articles that explore the history, meaning and politics of same-sex marriage and its wider social context.
- Gay studies
- Histories of adolescence
- Affect, identities and space
- Visual sociology and visual history
Brickell, C. (2020). Josie and Florence: A same-sex marriage at the turn of the twentieth century. New Zealand Journal of History, 54(1), 29-48.
Brickell, C. (2020). A short history of same-sex marriage in New Zealand. Sexualities, 23(8), 1417-1433. doi: 10.1177/1363460720902713
Brickell, C., & Collard, J. (Eds.). (2019). Queer objects. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 416p.
Brickell, C., & Collard, J. (2019). The queerness of objects. In C. Brickell & J. Collard (Eds.), Queer objects. (pp. 11-21). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.
Brickell, C. (2019). Transport cultures and young people’s histories in New Zealand, 1880–1950. Journal of Historical Geography, 63, 2-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jhg.2018.08.002