Bianca Hennessy

Bianca Hennessy

PhD Candidate and ARC Laureate Administrator
Gender, Media and Cultural Studies


Contact details
Room: 4207
Building: HC Coombs Building

Bianca is a PhD Candidate and ARC Laureate Administrator in the School of Culture, History and Language.

PhD Research

Bianca is conducting an ethnography of a research community: the transnational network of Pacific Studies. Her project is titled "Decolonising Epistemology: Pacific Studies as a Va'a in the Va", and it aims to show how academics (and students, artists, activists) use decolonial discourse and methods to produce and disseminate knowledge in universities. This PhD research serves as a methodological model for how academic communities can build reflexive 'maps' of practice, to critically analyse their own practices and evaluate the social and political impacts of their work - be it in research, teaching or outreach.

Research interests

Pacific Studies, research ethics, critical pedagogy, collaborative ethnography, academic activism, decolonisation, indigenous knowledges, the university

Laureate Administrator

Bianca also works part time as an administrative officer for The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity, an ARC Laureate project. You can find out more about this project here.

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