Eddie Paterson is Head of the Creative Writing program at the University of Melbourne. He lectures in scriptwriting for theatre, contemporary performance, new media and games.
His research explores intersections between performance and everyday life - with a focus on radical writing practices, disability arts and climate politics. His books include The Contemporary American Monologue (Bloomsbury, 2015), Once Upon a Pixel: Storytelling and Worldbuilding in Videogames (co-authored with Tim Simpson-Williams and Will Cordner, CRC Press 2019), and Redactor (Whitmore Press, 2017 ), which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Awards and the John Bray Award.
His current ARC funded research is a Linkage project examining notions of aesthetic innovation in Australian arts and disability performance, known to collaborators as 'The Last Avant Garde', and a Discovery project with colleagues from Australia, the US and UK, 'Power and Politics: Revaluing Theatre in the 21st century'. Eddie is managing co-editor of Five Islands poetry press, and Development Officer for PSi (Performance Studies international).
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The last avant garde?
Sarah Austin, Kath Duncan, Gerard Goggin, Lachlan MacDowall, Veronica Pardo, Eddie Paterson, JJ Brown, M Collett, F Cook, B Hadley, K Hood, J Kapuscinski-Evans, D McDonald, J McNamara, G Mellis, E Sifis, K Sulan
Book Chapter | 2019
This chapter explores 'disability aesthetics' not as a set of specific techniques, themes, or politics, but in order to position d..
Compost and Air-conditioning: Beyond biospherical performance and towards the shimmer
Journal article | 2019 | Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts
Drawing on Bruno Latour‘s Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime (2018), this essay links compost, and the biological ..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Project title: Performances of Life: the social, political, and economic contexts of biomedicine in Singapore, China and Japan.
Project Title: Beyond Access - a collaborative project with Arts Access Victoria, Dr Lachlan Macdowell and Dr Winsome Roberts
Lecturer In Creative Writing-Scriptwriting
Culture And Communication
Member - Organising Committee Of 2016 Psi Conference
PSi: Performance Studies International, Development Officer - Board Member
ADSA: Australasian Drama Studies Association
University of Melbourne Theatre, Board Member
FIRT: International Federation for Theatre Research
Doctor of Philosophy: Creative Arts
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons)
University of Melbourne