Cultural Theory (new materialism, Deleuze and Guattari)
Gender and Sexuality (cultural politics of intimacy, corporeal feminism, queer theory)
Race, Ethnicity, Religion
cultural study of security
The guiding impetus behind my work is concerned with how the legacies of power shape everyday relations in contemporary cultural formations, by investing themselves in our bodies, subjectivities, discourses, materialities and institutions. My research primarily does this by focusing on the intersections of race and intimacy across multiple cultural sites. To date, I have explored these in three main sites:
1. Queer subcultures
: Here I studied anti-Asian racism in Australia’s queer subcultures, using a phenomenological and poststructural framework to highlight how sexual racism structures sexual subjectivities and imbues our desires with racial codes.
2. Cultures of security
: The second site of inquiry explores how the privatisation of security variously recodes race relations under neoliberalist societies as security problems, which enable racism to flourish under different logics. This is an ongoing enquiry spanning my PhD, postdoctoral research and current book project. It charts a path between, on the one side, cultures of security and cultures of fear research and, on the other hand, critical security studies to try to make evident the kind of emotional and intimate investments we make in everyday security and how this often relates to issues of nationhood, the state and justice.
3. Cultural citizenship
: This is based on my current DECRA project which explores the ways intimacy is used to manage Muslims in the West and abroad in relation to civic logics (civility, civilization and civil citizenship).
I situate my research within cultural studies, gender and queer studies and race/ethnic studies, although it regularly crosses into sociology, cultural geography, critical security studies and education. Theoretically it draws on critical race theory, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, queer theory and various other cultural theories.