Dr Camilla Nelson

Dr Camilla Nelson
BA (Sydney) MA (Sydney) DCA (UTS)
Lecturer, Literature and Communications

Email: Camilla.Nelson@nd.edu.au

Biography
Camilla Nelson lectures in writing and researches in the related fields of creative practice and cultural history. She is also the author of two novels, including, 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'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 been invited to be a judge of the prestigious NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2008 and 2012), the Kathleen Mitchell Award, conducted by the Trust Company, who run the Miles Franklin Literary Awards (2008 and 2010), and served on the governing board of the NSW Writers' Centre (2008-2011). She is also a former journalist, and has a Walkley Award (2001) for her work at the Sydney Morning Herald online. Her essays and reviews have been published in Australia and internationally.
Teaching Areas
Writing, Media and Literary Studies
Research Areas
Creativity, Cultural History, Creative Writing (Fiction and Non Fiction), Popular Culture, Narrative in Fiction and Film, Adaptation, Historical Representation

 

Research and engagement

Books/Original Creative Works
Nelson, Camilla, Crooked, Random House, Sydney, 2008

Nelson, Camilla, Perverse Acts, Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1999
Books/Edited Collections
Nelson, Camilla, Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka eds, On Happiness, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia [forthcoming June 2015]

Nelson, Camilla and Christine de Matos eds, Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions, a special issue of TEXT [forthcoming March 2015]
Book Chapters
Nelson, Camilla, 'Discourses of Creativity', in Rodney Jones ed., Handbook of Language and Creativity, Routledge, London [contracted on 1 October 2013]

Nelson, Camilla, 'Happy Housewives and Angry Feminists,' in Camilla, Nelson, Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka eds, Happiness, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia [contracted on 30 June 2013]

Nelson, Camilla, with Deborah Pike, 'This Book Won't Make You Happy,' in Camilla Nelson, Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka eds, Happiness, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia [contracted on 30 June 2013]
Journal Articles
Nelson, Camilla, 'Into the Archive: History, Writing and Uncertainty,' in Camilla Nelson and Christine de Matos eds, Fictional Histories and Historical Fictions, a special issue of TEXT [forthcoming March 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 March 2015]

Nelson, Camilla, 'The Creative Child: Constructing Creativity through Early Childhood Education in Modern America', Knowledge Cultures, 2, 3, pp.29-50.

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, 'Jane Austen … Now with Ultra Violent Zombie Mayhem' Adaptation, Vol. 6, Issue 3, 2013

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, 'Creativity and Contemporary Value', AAWP Conference, Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners, RMIT, Nov, 2010

Nelson, Camilla, 'All the Way with LBJ', Rethinking History, Vol. 14, Issue 1, 2010, pp.141-147

Nelson, Camilla, 'Ideas and Ideology [Major Review],' History Australia, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2010, pp.22.1- 22.3

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
Recent Selected Other Publications
Camilla Nelson, 'Kids and Media … Not Such a Bad Thing,' The Conversation, 9 July, 2014

Camilla Nelson, 'Images of Australian Youth: from Symbols of Hope to Disposable Lives', The Conversation, 16 June, 2014

Camilla Nelson, 'Here be more movie monsters: Frankenstein, Godzilla, whatevs', The Conversation, 26 March, 2014

Camilla Nelson, 'Here be more movie monsters: Frankenstein, Godzilla, whatevs', SBS Movie News, 26 March [Reprint]

Camilla Nelson, 'A society yearning for security divides along lines of liquid fear' article for special issue of The Conversation on Class in Australia, 12 March 2014

Camilla Nelson, 'Is mummy blogs' liberating power being subverted?' The Conversation, 5 February, 2014

Camilla Nelson, 'Is mummy blogs' liberating power being subverted?' Mumbrella, 6 February 2014 [Reprint]

Camilla Nelson, 'Toy catalogues put a Nerf gun to a mother's head', The Conversation, 20 December, 2013

Camilla Nelson, 'It's No Wonder Toy Catalogue Induce Anxiety in Mothers', Women's Agenda, December 20 [Reprint]

Camilla Nelson, 'Is creativity eternal? No, we made it up ourselves', The Conversation, 11 November 2013

Portfolio of other publications available on request
Refereed Papers
Nelson, Camilla, 'The Monster Under the Bed: Transmedia Storytelling for Children,' Emotional Control, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research Annual Conference, Deakin University, July, 2014

Nelson, Camilla, 'Creativity, Genealogy, Capital', Creativity and Innovation, European Conference of Education Researchers, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, September, 2013

Nelson, Camilla,'Sherlockology: Teaching Sherlock Holmes', Teaching Adaptations Conference, University of Tasmania, February, 2013

Nelson, Camilla,'Creativity, Fragments of the History of an Idea', Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference, University of Sydney, December, 2012

Nelson, Camilla, 'The Scent of Cordite: Sydney's Gang Wars of the 1960s,' Crime Cameras Action, Department of History, University of Wollongong, March, 2012

Nelson, Camilla, 'On the Genealogy of Creativity', Knowledge/Culture/Social Change International Conference, Cultural Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, November, 2011

Nelson, Camilla, 'There is No Original Creative Power in the Place,' Antipodean Fields: Bourdieu and Southern Cultures, UWS, June, 2011

Nelson, Camilla, 'Creativity and Contemporary Value,' AAWP Conference, Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners, RMIT, November, 2010

Nelson, Camilla, 'The Invention of Creativity,' Writing and Society Research Group, UWS, March, 2010

Nelson, Camilla, 'Six Readers in Search of an Author: Reading/Writing Kate Grenville's The Secret River, Common Readers and Cultural Critics, ASAL Conference, ANU, 2009

Nelson, Camilla, 'Research Through Practice: a Model for Creative Practice Research,' AAWP Conference, Creativity and Uncertainty, UTS, November, 2008

Nelson, Camilla, 'Rethinking Creativity' Rethinking Creativity, UTS, June, 2007

Nelson, Camilla, 'Politics of Postfeminism', Difficult Territory, Artspace, 1997
Selected Literary Festivals
History Festival, NSW Writers' Centre, Crime and Politics, 2010
UTS Special Event, 'On Literature … with Bob Carr and Camilla Nelson', 2009
UTS/Seymour Lecture on Biography with David Day, Chair, 2009
Sydney City Library, Public Lecture, Crooked, 2009
Sydney Writers' Festival, Chair, Sydney's Underbelly, 2008
Sydney Writers' Festival, Heroes and Criminals, 2008
Contemporary Fiction Festival, NSW Writers Centre, The Novel, 2008
Contemporary Fiction Festival, NSW Writers Centre, Text Panel, 2000
Sydney Writers' Week, Writers in the Park, 2000
Sydney Writers' Festival, Best Young Australian Novelists, 1999
National Young Writers' Festival, Writing and Politics, 1999
Selected Awards, Grants and Fellowships
Judge: NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2011
UTS Creative Connections, Trust Company Grant, 2009
Short-listed: Ned Kelly Awards, 2009
Judge: NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2008
Judge: Kathleen Mitchell Award, 2008-2010