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Biography

Melissa Wolfe is an educator with 20 years experience in the Australian public and private secondary education sector. She is also a practicing photographer and film-maker. Melissa is a senior lecturer in Creative Methods, Visual Art and Media education. She is a film-maker and photographer. She was awarded International Visual Sociology Association Prosser ECR award (2016) and the Australian Association for Research in Education ECR Award (2016). Her PhD entitled Girls Tales: experiences of schooling was awarded the Mollie Holman award for best education thesis (2016), Monash University, and a commendation award from the Australian Association of Educational Research (2017). Melissa’s feminist new materialist research in high schools utilizes a creative filmic research methodology, engaging with theories of affect, that takes account of race, gender, socio-economic status and public pedagogical practice. She is working towards greater equity and inclusivity in classrooms through promoting understanding of the aesthetic-affective within pedagogical practice. She draws on Karen Barad’s (2007) theory of agential realism and Rosi Braidotti’s (2019) posthuman thesis. Melissa’s feminist research interests in education encompass a filmic synthesis of aesthetics, affect, gender, and participatory creative methods.

Research area keywords

  • Affect
  • Aesthetics
  • Gender
  • New Materialisms
  • Art
  • Film
  • Creative Methodologies
  • Sexuality Education
  • participatory inquiry

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Research Output

Re/active documentary: an artefact of dynamic force

Wolfe, M. J., 2019, Video-Based Research in Education: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives. Xu, L., Aranda, G., Widjaja, W. & Clarke, D. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 194-208 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Response-ability: re-e-valuing shameful measuring processes within the Australian Academy

Wolfe, M. J. & Mayes, E., 13 Jun 2019, Time and Space in the Neoliberal University: Futures and Fractures in Higher Education. Breeze, M., Taylor, Y. & Costa, K. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 277-298 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Smart girls traversing assemblages of gender and class in Australian secondary mathematics classrooms

Wolfe, M. J., 2019, In : Gender and Education. 31, 2, p. 205-221 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Waving not drowning – The joyous feminist possibilities of single (un)becoming women

Wolfe, M. J. & Hook, G. A., Sep 2019, In : Women's Studies International Forum. 76, 6 p., 102269.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Affective violence: re/negotiating gendered-feminism within new materialism

Hook, G. A. & Wolfe, M. J., 17 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Gender Studies. 27, 8, p. 871-880 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Prizes

2016 PROSSER AWARD for visual methodology

Melissa Wolfe (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

AARE Early Career Researcher Award 2016

Melissa Wolfe (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

AARE Ray Debus Commendation Award

Melissa Wolfe (Recipient), 3 Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal 2016

Melissa Wolfe (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)