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DR Claire Maree


  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (Queer Studies)
  • Discourse Analysis (Language and Gender, Language and sexuality, queer studies)
  • Japanese Language Studies
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (In Japanese Language Education)
  • Sociolinguistics (Language and Gender, Language and Sexuality)



  • Claire Maree is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. Claire's key expertise lies in the linguistic analysis of identity and the mediatisation of language styles. The key themes of her current research are a) the reproduction, negotiation and contestation of identities in language, and b) the interconnection of gender and sexuality in everyday language practices. Claire's third monograph, queerqueen: Linguistic Excess in Japanese Media. (2020, Oxford University Press) examines the editing and writing of queer excess into Japanese popular culture through mediatization of queerqueen styles. The book illustrates how a diversity of gender identifications, sexual orientations, and discursive styles are packaged together as if to form a homogenous character—the queerqueen. In a range of genres from conversational dialogue books to lifestyle television and animations, queerqueen styles are configured as crossing into popular media via the body of the authentically “queer male” whose “authentic” speech is produced spontaneously without scripting. Claire also contributes to the area of language education. She has extensive experience in the study of contemporary Japanese culture/society. She is actively involved in Queer Studies and qualitative approaches to language, gender and sexuality. 

    Claire is currently collaborating on "Thirty Years of Talk: A Panel Study of Kobe Women's Interview Discourse", with Prof. Kaori Okano, Dr Ikuko Nakane, Dr Shimako Iwasaki, Dr Lidia Tanaka & Dr Chie Takagi. This project investigates women’s life transitions and language use over 30 years, and is funded by an ARC-DP.

    Claire is VP/President-Elect, International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) and Review Editor (Books) Culture, Gender and Sexuality for the Asian Studies Review .  She is on the Editorial Board of Gender and Language (Equinox) (2   


Member of

  • International Pragmatics Association. Member 2007 -
  • International Gender and Language Association. Member, International Advisory Board 2006, Chair of Conference Organizing Committee 2009-2010, Executive Advisory Board 2011 2004 -
  • Japan Studies Association of Australia. Member, Treasurer 2011-current 2004 -
  • Association for Japanese Language Education. Member 2002 -
  • Japan Womens Studies Association. Member, Editorial Committee 2006-2007 2002 -
  • Japanese Association for Sociolinguistic Sciences. Member 1998 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • External Grants

    January 2017-December 2019 Australian Research Council Discovery Project "Thirty Years of Talk: A Panel Study of Kobe Women's Interview Discourse" (ARC DP170102598)
    January 2015-July 2018 Australian Research Council Discovery Project "Writing Identity onto the Screen: Subtitles and captions in Japanese media’ (ARC DP150102964)
    April 2010-March 2012 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Grant-in-Aid “Developing Queer Studies in Japan”
    April 2008- March 2011 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Grant-in-Aid “Sexuality and Gender in Japanese”
    April 2007- March 2010 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Grant-in-Aid “Queer Studies in Japan”
    April 2007-March 2010 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture Funding for the enhancement and development of teaching methods and student assistance
    2007 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Research Findings
    April 1993 – March 2000 Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship   


Education and training

  • PHD, Tokyo University 2002
  • MA, Tokyo University 1997



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Claire welcomes applications from students wishing to pursue further studies in the following areas:
    • Language and gender
    • Language and sexuality
    • Language and identity
    • Language in the Media
    • Language and Japanese popular culture
    • Queer Theory and contemporary Japanese Culture/Society
    • Queer pedagogy (in language teaching)