Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

2011    Honor list, James Tiptree Jr Award (for The Secret Feminist Cabal)

2010    Shortlisted for the Hugo (World Science Fiction) Award in ‘Best Related Work’ category (for The Secret Feminist Cabal)

2010    Peter McNamara Convener’s Award (for contributions to Science Fiction)

2010    Winner, William Atheling Jr award for SF criticism (for The Secret Feminist Cabal)

2010    Humanities Faculty book of the year award, Curtin University (for The Secret Feminist Cabal) (joint winner)

2000     Co-Winner, William Atheling Jr Award for criticism and review (for Women of Other Worlds)

Associated Professional Activities

2013     Convener, Judging Panel, Science Fiction Novel, Aurealis Awards

2012     Co-convener, Inaugural Elizabeth Jolley Conference:Reading and Writing Romance in the 21st Century

2012     Convener, Judging panel, Fantasy Novel, Aurealis Awards

2011-    Associate Editor, Twelfth Planet Press.

2009-    Chair, discussion panels, Perth Writer’s Festival

2011     Co-Convener, ‘Academic Program, 50th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Perth,

2010     Co-Convener, Academic Program, 68th World Science Fiction Convention, September, Melbourne

2008-     Editorial Board, ‘SF Storyworlds: Critical Studies in science fiction’, book series for Gylphi – arts and humantities publisher U.K.

2008 -    Editorial Board, Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres

2008 -    Editorial Board, Extrapolation

2008 -    Editorial Board, Journal of Transformative works and Culture

2008      Co-Convener, ‘SF Histories’ Academic symposium, 47th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Perth, March

2007-10  Judge, Australian Science Fiction (Aurealis) Awards

2002-03  Chair, AIT Course of Study Reference Group, Western Australian Curriculum Council

2002      Curtin Representative, Perth Writer’s Festival advisory committee

2000      Judge, James Tiptree Jr Award (International Literary award)

1999      Judge Australian Science Fiction (Aurealis) Awards.

1998-99  Member Women in Leadership Conference Committee; WIL Conference Proceedings Committee, International Review of Women and Leadership Editorial Board and acting Associate Editor;

1997-00  Editorial consultant for journal: Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature (Dr Van Ikin, Department of English, UWA)

1994-97  Founding co-editor, History Department postgraduate journal: Limina: A journal of historical and cultural studies.

Refereeing / Reviewing

  • Transformative Works and Culture
  • Extrapolation
  • Science Fiction Studies
  • Foundation: The international review of science fiction
  • Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres
  • Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
  • FemSpec
  • Digital Ats conference DAC 2007 (review abstracts and full papers)
  • AOIR 2004 conference
  • Curtin University Humanities Postgraduate Conference Proceedings (2002-2010)