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 participants: sian supski
 Sian Supski
Adjunct Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Australia Research Institute
Curtin University of Technology

Current Research
Gendered spaces Architecture and design in the 1950s Australian cookbooks as a form of life-writing
Significant Contributions to this research
My doctoral thesis '“It was another skin': The kitchen in 1950s Western Australia'” explores the everyday lives of women and their kitchen practices in the 1950s. The analysis includes an examination of the design and architecture of 1950s kitchens and houses. My work confirms that the relationship between gender and design impacted significantly on the way women worked, decorated and cared for their families in the central space of the kitchen. The thesis adds to the discussion of the nexus between ethnicity, gender, age and design.
2004, Hartrick, E., Hogg, R., & Supski, S. (co-editors), Writing/Up, New Talents 21C, Special Issue of Journal of Australian Studies, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.

2001, 'What's So Special About the 1950s Woman?', On the edge - Refereed Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Curtin Humanities Postgraduate Research Conference, 2000, Black Swan Press, Perth WA.

2000, 'No Place for Blokes: Regendering the Kitchen', Third Annual Curtin Humanities Postgraduate Research Conference Proceedings (refereed), 1999, Black Swan Press, PerthWA.
Other Evidence of Impact and Contributions to the field
As an early career researcher I am establishing a publishing profile through submitting my thesis for publication (Curtin University Books, Fremantle Arts Centre Press).

I have demonstrated excellence in research through my conference presentations at the Division of Humanities Postgraduate conferences in 1997, 2000 and 2001 and two publications have resulted from these conference papers.

I Co-Edited the forthcoming issue of New Talents 21C (2004) an annual special issue of the Journal of Australian Studies published by the University of Queensland Press in association with the Australian Public Intellectual Network. My professional contribution includes a recent interview with Curtin Radio (16 November 2003) about my PhD research.

I have been invited to present at the 'Modernism and the Modernisation of Australian Life 1900-2000' Symposium, in September 2004, Curtin University.

The Division of Humanities, Curtin University has awarded me a $2000 publishing subsidy towards publication costs of my book, '“It was another skin”: The kitchen in 1950s Australia'.

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