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Sally May Gardner

Research Fellow, Deakin University

I am an Honorary Research Fellow at Deakin University. I have been a performing artist (dance) and have a BA in Asian Studies from the ANU, a Master's Degree in Critical Theory and PhD in Cultural Studies (Monash University 2004).
I was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin (2004-2017) and have published widely in Arts and Humanities journals and other forums. I translated a major dance reference work from French published as 'Poetics of Contemporary Dance' (Dance Books 2010), and have co-curated numerous conferences and other events including Dance Remains, a monthly foyer series of presentations at MUMA, 2017.
I was co-editor of Writings on Dance journal (1985-2012) and am currently co-editor of Palaver books and have co-edited 'Continent Aflame: reflections on an Australian catastrophe' and 'The Voice, A Question for the People'.
I am also active in the field of landcare and have recently been involved with Djarra women in the North Central Region of Victoria on a Victorian Government funded cultural burning and women's digging stick farming project, to be continued.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Deakin University