Elodie Silberstein

PhD Candidate in Film, Media and Communications, Monash University

Elodie Silberstein is an artist and an independent scholar based in New York City. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (Pratiques Plastiques Contemporaines) from the University Paul-Valery (Montpellier, France). Her research focuses on the representations of femininity in the visual landscape – from fine art to mass media. She investigates the way these transnational depictions reflect dominant ideologies on the axes of gender, race, and class.

Elodie has chaired panel discussions and written for the media on subjects ranging from the sexualization of girlhood in 19th European postcard industry (The Conversation, Notches) to the depiction of black femininity in the Barbie Fashionistas dolls (Ramona Magazine). Her work has been supported by the Australian Postgraduate Award and the Postgraduate Travel Grant Award. She recently completed her four-year membership of the Darebin Women’s Advisory Committee (DWAC) which provides guidance to the City of Darebin (Melbourne) on gender policies. Elodie is currently drafting a monograph based on her PhD dissertation. She is also in the research process of a new body of work focusing on the depictions of black femininity in the French sexual and national imaginary from the 20th century onwards.


  • 2015–2018
    Ph.D. Candidate, Monash University


  • 2018 
    Monash University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2012 
    University Paul-Valery, Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Postgraduate Travel Grant Award
    Funding Source:
    Monash Faculty of Arts
  • 2016
    Australian Postgraduate Award
    Funding Source:
    Australian Federal Government