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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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