Dr Camilla Nelson

Dr Camilla Nelson
BA (Sydney) MA (Sydney) DCA (UTS)
Senior Lecturer

Email: Camilla.Nelson@nd.edu.au

Biography
Camilla Nelson lectures in Communications and Media at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and specialises in creativity and creative practice, fiction and non-fiction writing, adaptation and history in popular culture. Previously she was a lecturer in the Creative Practices Group at UTS. In addition to a range of scholarly and other essays, she is also a published novelist. Her work includes, 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. 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. Camilla’s most recent book is a co-edited collection of essays On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century, forthcoming from UWA Press in 2015. She is currently working on a history of the creative idea.
Teaching Areas
Writing and media
Research Areas
Camilla is available to supervise in Media Studies, Literary Studies, and Practice Led Research in Creative and Professional Writing.

 

Research and engagement

Books
  • 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 [forthcoming June 2015]
  • Nelson, Camilla with Christine de Matos eds, Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions, a special issue of TEXT [forthcoming 1 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, ‘Discourses of Creativity’, in Rodney Jones ed., Handbook of Language and Creativity, Routledge, London [contracted on October 2013/forthcoming 2015]
  • Nelson, Camilla, with Ari Mattes, ‘Lego, Creative Accumulation and the Future of Play,’ in Sandra Lynch, Deborah Pike and Cynthia a Beckett eds, Reconfiguring Play, Springer, New York [contracted February 2014/forthcoming 2015]
  • 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 [contracted on June 2013/forthcoming 2015]
  • 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 [contracted on June 2013/forthcoming 2015]
Journal Articles and Proceedings
  • Nelson, Camilla 'Archival Poetics: History Writing From the Fragments' in Camilla Nelson and Christine de Matos eds, Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions, a special issue of TEXT [Date of Acceptance 25 November 2014/forthcoming 1 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 [forthcoming 1 April 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
  • '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
Professional Affiliations
Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Australian Society of Authors
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
Short-listed: Ned Kelly Awards, 2009

Walkley Award, Best All Media Online News, 2001

Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists, 1999