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 Wenche Ommundsen
Associate Professor
School of Communication and Creative Arts
Deakin University

Research Projects
1999 Australian Research Council (Small Grants) $15,000

Project: Literary festivals

2000 Deakin University Bridging Grant $10,000

Project: Literature and the public sphere

2000 Faculty of Arts Research Priority Area Grant $7,500

Project: Cultural citizenship

2001 Deakin University Research Grant $10 000

Project: Cultural citizenship

2002 Deakin University Bridging Grant $10,000

Literature and public culture

2003 -2005 Australian Research Council (Discovery Grant) $80,000

Literature and public culture

2003 Deakin University Central Research Grants $15,000

Xenophobia/Xenophilia: the multicultural conundrum

1999 Australian Research Council (RIEF Grant, joint application) $148,000

2000 Australian Research Council (RIEF Grant, joint application) $ 300,000

2001 Australian Research Council (RIEF Grant, joint application) $ 350,000

2002 Australian Research Council (LIEF Grant, joint application) $ 350,000

2003 Australian Research Council (LIEF Grant, joint application) $ 403,000

Project: AustLit - Australian Literature Gateway
A statement on your most significant contribution to this research field
A/Prof Ommundsen has worked in the field of multicultural literature, postcolonialism and diaspora studies since 1995. She has edited and co-edited four books of essays on these topics, as well as publishing numerous refereed articles and book chapters, both in Australia and overseas. She is frequently invited to contribute articles, present conference papers and to supervise and examine higher degree theses in this area. In October 2003 she presented a keynote address on writing from the Chinese diaspora to an international conference ('Transcultural Identities and Masks') at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is a member of the executive board of the AustLit (Australian Literature Gateway) project, with particular responsibility for Australian multicultural literature. Her introductory essay to the multicultural literature subset of the gateway will be published on the AustLit site in 2004. At Deakin University she is the leader of the multicultural literature project team which, in addition to their contribution to AustLit, is responsible for the Australian Multicultural Literature Collection. She is also a member of the executive committee of EASA (European Association for Studies on Australia). She has won several research grants for work on multicultural and diasporic literatures, one of which (Office of Multicultural Affairs, 1995, $40,000) specifically addressed writing for young people.

A/Prof Ommundsen is Deputy Chair of the Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She has written several papers on the concept of cultural citizenship and is currently co-editing (with Prof Geoffrey Stokes and Dr Michael Leach) a book entitled Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalisation. Her current ARC Discovery project 'The role of public culture in the construction of contemporary Australian literature' (2003-5) takes as one of its central concerns the construction of cultural values and identities through literature.
All refereed publications in the past five years

Bastard Moons: Writing the Chinese Diaspora in Australia, edited by Wenche Ommundsen, Melbourne: Otherland Publications, 2001.

Chapters in books 'Sleep no more: Ouyang Yu's wake-up call to multicultural Australia', in Kam Louie and Tseen Khoo, eds, Culture, Identity, Commodity: Diasporic Chinese Literatures in English, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, in press (commissioned, accepted July 2003)

'Behind the mirror: Searching for the Chinese-Australian self', in Charles Ferrall and Paul Millar, eds, East by South: The Australasian Imagination of China, Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University Press, in press (commissioned, accepted April 2003)

'Cultural citizenship in diaspora: A study of Chinese Australia', in Shawn Wong and Robbie Goh, eds. Asian Diasporas: Cultures, Identities, Representation, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp. 75-92, in press (accepted March 2002).

'From "Hello freedom" to "Fuck you Australia": Recent Chinese-Australian writing', in Xavier Pons, ed., Departures: How Australia Reinvents Itself, Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 2002, 61-69.

'Fang Xiangshu and Trevor Hay's stories of modern China' in Wenche Ommundsen, ed, Bastard Moon: Writing the Chinese Diaspora in Australia, Melbourne: Otherland Publications, 2001, 169-81.

'The circus is in town: Literary festivals and the mapping of cultural heritage', in Fran de Groen and Ken Stewart, eds, Australian Writing and the City, Sydney: ASAL, 2000, 173-9.

'Birds of passage? The new generation of Chinese-Australian writers' in Ien Ang, Sharon Chalmers, Lisa Law and Mandy Thomas, eds, Alter/Asians: Asian/Australian Identities in Art, Media and Popular Culture, Sydney: Pluto Press, 2000, 89-106.

'In backlash country: Revisiting the multicultural literature debate in the wake of Pauline Hanson', in Adi Wimmer, ed, Australian Nationalism Reconsidered: Maintaining a Monocultural Tradition in a Multicultural Society, Tubingen: Stauffenberg, 1999, 223-33. Articles 'Too close to home: Evelyn Lau, Ouyang Yu and the performing self', in New Literatures Review, vol. 40, Winter 2003, 42-56.

'Tough ghosts: Modes of cultural belonging in diaspora', Asian Studies Review, vol. 27, no.2, 2003, 181-204. 'Of dragons and devils: Chinese-Australian life stories', JASAL (Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature), 1(1) 2002, 67-80.

'Not the m-word again: Rhetoric and silence in recent multiculturalism debates', Overland, 159, Winter 2000, 5-11.

'Strictly Australian: Tourism and ethnic diversity', Social Semiotics, vol. 9, no. 1, 1999, 39-48.

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