Associate Professor Camilla Nelson

Associate Professor in Media
BA (Sydney) MA (Sydney) DCA (UTS)

Email: Camilla.Nelson@nd.edu.au

  • Biography

    Camilla Nelson is an expert in writing, gender and media cultures. She is the author of a wide range of scholarly and journalistic essays, as well as two novels. She writes regularly for The Conversation and her most recent books are the co-edited essay collections On Happiness and Dangerous Ideas About Mothers. Camilla is currently working on a project in the field of writing and media studies, Single Women.

    Camilla's work has been recognised through the award of grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Australian Film Commission. She has twice served as a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Kathleen Mitchell Award, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award, and served on the governing board of the NSW Writers' Centre. Her creative works include Perverse Acts, for which she was named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year, and Crooked, which was shortlisted in the 2009 Ned Kelly Awards. Camilla is also a former journalist and has a Walkley Award, Best All Media: Online News, for her work at the Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Teaching areas

    Writing, Media and Literary Studies, and Journalism

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Research expertise

    Writing, Media and Literary Studies

    Current Supervisions of PhDs:

    • Sarah Ayoub, Nevertheless, she resisted: Negotiating otherness, longing and belonging in the young adult narratives of culturally and linguistically diverse Australian girls
    • Carmen Vallis, Lies we tell ourselves: designing the past, writing the future
    • Luke Beattie (with Dr Ari Mattes) Transgression and Its Practice: The Role of the Cultural Provocateur in the 21st Century
  • Books

    • Nelson, Camilla with Rachel Robertson eds, Dangerous Ideas About Mothers, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia, 2018
    • Nelson, Camilla, with Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka eds, On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia, 2015 [Reprinted in translation/Arabic, 2020]
    • Nelson, Camilla with Christine de Matos eds, Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions, TEXT, Special Issue 28, April 2015
    • Nelson, Camilla, Crooked [Novel], Random House, Sydney, 2008 [Shortlisted: Ned Kelly Awards]
    • Nelson, Camilla, Perverse Acts [Novel], Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1999 [Award: Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist of the Year]
  • Book chapters

    • Nelson, Camilla, 'The Trouble With Mary: Curtis Stiitenfeld's Eligible and the Single Woman', in Lisa Hopkins ed, After Austren: Reinventions, Rewritings, Revisitings, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, CH, 2018, pp.127-144
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'The Mumpreneur: Rasing Kids in Consumer Culture', in Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson eds, Dangerous Ideas About Mothers, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia, 2018, pp.59-74
    • Nelson, Camilla with Rachel Roberttson, 'Scrutiny: What's Behind the Rise of the Mummy Bullies?' in in Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson eds, Dangerous Ideas About Mothers, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia, 2018, pp.1-16
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Telling the Truth and Other Lies About Fiction and Life Writing' in Donna Lee Brien and Quinn Eades, eds, Offshoot: Contemporary Lifewriting Methodologies and Practice in Australasia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia (forthcoming 2017).
    • Nelson, Camilla, ‘Discourses of Creativity’, in Rodney Jones ed., Handbook of Language and Creativity, Routledge, London and New York, 2015, pp.170-189
    • Nelson, Camilla, with Ari Mattes, 'Lego, Creative Accumulation and the Future of Play,' in Sandra Lynch, Deborah Pike and Cynthia a Beckett eds, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play: Birth and Beyond, Springer, 2017, pp.265-279.
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Happy Housewives and Angry Feminists: The Myths of Modern Motherhood,' in Camilla, Nelson, Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka eds, On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia, pp.83-95
    • Nelson, Camilla, with Deborah Pike, 'This Book Won't Make You Happy,' in Camilla Nelson, Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka eds, On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia, 2015, pp.1-15
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • Nelson, Camilla, Miss Havisham's Rage: Imagining the 'Angry Woman' in Adaptations of Dickens' Famous Character, Adaptation: Journal of Literature on Screen, Volume 13, Issue 2, August 2020, pp. 224–239
    • Nelson, Camilla, The Mary Bennet Makeover: Postfeminist Media Culture and the Rewriting of Jane Austen's Neglected Female Character, Persuasions special issue, Jane Austen Upside Down, ed Susan Allen Ford and Lisa Hopkins, 40, 2, 2020
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Spooky Jane: Women, History and Horror in Death Comes to Pemberley', Adaptation: Journal of Literature on Screen, 9, 3, 2015, pp. 377-392
    • Nelson, Camilla ‘Archival Poetics: History Writing From the Fragments’ in Camilla Nelson and Christine de Matos eds, Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions, TEXT Special Issue, April 2015
    • Nelson, Camilla with Christine de Matos, 'Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions,' in Camilla Nelson and Christine de Matos eds, Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions, a special issue of TEXT, April 2015
    • Nelson, Camilla, ‘What You Don’t Know,’ TEXT, Special issue on Creative Writing as Research, October 2015
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'The Creative Child: Constructing Creativity through Early Childhood Education in Modern America,' Knowledge Cultures, 2, 3, 2014, pp.29-50.
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Into the Archive: History, Writing and Uncertainty,' Conference Proceedings, Minding the Gap, Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Massey University, November 2014
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Jane Austen … Now with Ultra Violent Zombie Mayhem' Adaptation, Vol. 6, Issue 3, 2013
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Life, Liberty Happiness and Jonathan Franzen's Freedom,' Australasian Journal of American Studies, Dec 2013, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp.1-12.
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'The Invention of Creativity: the Emergence of a Discourse,' Cultural Studies Review, Vol. 16, Issue 2, Sept 2010, pp. 43-68
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Ideas and Ideology [Major Review],' History Australia, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2010, pp.22.1- 22.3
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'All the Way with LBJ,' Rethinking History, Vol. 14, Issue 1, 2010, pp.141-147
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Creativity and Contemporary Value,' AAWP Conference, Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners, RMIT, Nov, 2010 [www.aawp.org.au/the_strange_bedfellows_or_perfect_partners]
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Best Practice? The Problem of Peer Reviewed Creative Practice' Text, Vol. 13, Issue 1, 2009
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Research Through Practice: A Reply to Paul Dawson', Text, Vol. 12, Issue 2, 2008
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'You Can't Write a Social Novel After September 11', New Writing, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2008, pp.50-64
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Faking it: History and Creative Writing', Text, Vol. 11, Issue 2, 2007
    • Nelson, Camilla, 'Speaking About Desire' [Major Review], UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, Vol. 3, Issue 2, 1997, pp.232-235
  • Conference papers

    • Camilla Nelson, 'The Ethics of Happiness', Ethics Centre, Sydney, 17 February 2016
    • 'The Novel in the Digital Age,' Narrative and the Novel/the Novel as Narrative, University of New South Wales, May 16, 2015
    • 'Writing, Biography and the Protagonists of History,' Minding the Gap, Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Massey University, November, 2014
    • 'The Monster Under the Bed: Transmedia Storytelling for Children,' Emotional Control, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research Annual Conference, Deakin University, July, 2014
    • 'Creativity, Genealogy, Capital', Creativity and Innovation, European Conference of Education Researchers, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, September, 2013
    • 'Sherlockology: Teaching Sherlock Holmes', Teaching Adaptations Conference, University of Tasmania, February, 2013
    • 'Creativity, Fragments of the History of an Idea', Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference, University of Sydney, December, 2012
    • 'The Scent of Cordite: Sydney's Gang Wars of the 1960s,' Crime Cameras Action, Department of History, University of Wollongong, March, 2012
    • 'On the Genealogy of Creativity', Knowledge/Culture/Social Change International Conference, Cultural Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, November, 2011
    • 'There is No Original Creative Power in the Place,' Antipodean Fields: Bourdieu and Southern Cultures, UWS, June, 2011
    • 'Creativity and Contemporary Value,' AAWP Conference, Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners, RMIT, November, 2010
    • 'The Invention of Creativity,' Writing and Society Research Group, UWS, March, 2010
    • 'On Literature … with Bob Carr and Camilla Nelson', UTS Special Event, 2009
    • 'Crooked', Sydney City Library, Kings Cross, 2009
    • 'Six Readers in Search of an Author: Reading/Writing Kate Grenville's The Secret River, Common Readers and Cultural Critics, ASAL Conference, ANU, 2009
    • 'Research Through Practice: a Model for Creative Practice Research,' AAWP Conference, Creativity and Uncertainty, UTS, November, 2008
  • In the media

    Camilla writes regularly for The Conversation. Her commentary on gender, writing and media has appeared in print, television and radio, including the ABC, SBS, the Guardian and most other metropolitan newspapers, as well as popular media outlets such as Mama Mia and Marie Claire.

  • Professional affiliations

    Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
    Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)

  • Community engagement

    • Judge: Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year, 2015
    • Judge: Kathleen Mitchell Award, 2008-2014
    • Judge: NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2011
    • Governing Board: NSW Writers’ Centre, 2008-2010
    • Judge: NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2008
  • Awards

    Awards

    • Short-listed: Ned Kelly Awards, 2009
    • Walkley Award, Best All Media Online News, 2001
    • Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists, 1999

    Grants

    • Camilla has received grant funding from the Australia Council, the Australian Film Commission, the Trust Company (former trustees of the Miles Franklin Literary Awards), as well as the Copyright Agency Ltd.