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Associate Professor Victoria Kuttainen

Inactive Fellow

  • Bio/Profile
  • Academic positions
    JCU Associate Professor in English, Senior Lecturer (2009- )
    Member of the Academic Board (2016- )
    Bond University Lecturer in Australian Literature (2008)
    University of the Sunshine Coast Lecturer in English and Sociology (2007-08)
    Dr Kuttainen researches in three key areas: settler colonialism and the literature of colonial modernity; scholarship of learning and teaching (especially the secondary-tertiary transition); and creative writing/life writing as a mode of engaging public audiences with complex issues in the humanities. 
    Unsettling Stories: Settler Postcolonialism and the Short Story Composite (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010)
    The Transported Imagination: Australian Interwar Magazines and the Geographical Imaginaries of Colonial Modernity (co-authored with Susann Liebich and Sarah Galletly, Cambria, 2018);
    75 other publications and presentations.


    She has a strong interest in the special circumstances of Humanities Research in the Regions and has coordinated a symposium – The Two Cultures: The Arts and The Sciences in Dangerous Times (held virtually, organised by the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) and JCU in 2020 to examine the common assumption that there are two broad, competitive cultures operating within our universities and our society, competing for students, competing for recognition, competing for funding, and competing for the right to ‘science’ (knowledge) itself.

    2020 – Creative Writing Residence, Varuna, The National Writers’ House ;
    2018 – Writer in Residence, Historic Joy Kogawa House, Vancouver
    2014 – JCU Rising Star Top-Up Award
    2013-18 – Margaret and Colin Roderick Scholar of Comparative Literature
    2013 – Visiting Scholar, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
    2013 – Visiting Scholar, Menzies Centre, Kings College London
    2012 – JCU Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
    2012 – Townsville Regional Arts Award for LiNQ Literature in North Queensland
    2011 – Rising Star Early Career Researcher Award, James Cook University
    Board Memberships
    Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, Executive Director (2017- )
    James Cook University, Member Academic Board (2017- )
    Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, Member Advisory Board (2019- ); Chair, Humanities in the Regions Portfolio (2020- )
    Palgrave Macmillan publishers, Member editorial board of Material Modernisms Series
    Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Overseas Representative (2013-17)
    ASAL Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Executive (2018- )
    Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre, Board member (2015-16)
    Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Member Text Advisory Panel for English and Languages (2020- )
    Colin Roderick Literary Award ($20,000 Annual National Literary Prize) 2015, 2016
    Canadian Literature Journal Best Annual Essay 2015
    Queensland Independent Education Union Annual Literary Competition 2018
    JASAL (Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature) (2021- )
    E-Tropic Literary editor (2017-19)
    LiNQ Literature in North Queensland (2009-17).