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 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)
Claire is past-Treasurer of the Japan Studies Association of Australia (2011-2013) and previously a member of the International Gender and Language Association's Advisory Committee (Past Conference organizer; IGALA6 Conference Chair). A graduate of UWA (BA) Claire was awarded a Monbusho Fellowship to research in Japan where she earned both her MA (1997) and PhD (2002) from the University of Tokyo.
Claire taught Japanese linguistics, multicultural studies and gender/sexuality studies (Toyo University 2001-2004, Tsuda-juku 2004-2010) before joining the University of Melbourne in January 2011.