Bianca Hennessy

Bianca Hennessy

PhD Candidate
Gender, Media and Cultural Studies


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Bianca Hennessy

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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