Jennifer Mae Hamilton is a lecturer in literary studies at the University of New England, Armidale. From 2016 to early 2018 she was a postdoctoral researcher funded by The Seed Box at Linköping University in Sweden and housed in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in Australia. Her project is called Weathering the City. Her first book is This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear (2017). Prior to that she was adjunct tutor in environmental humanities at the University of New South Wales.


Together with Astrida Neimanis, she initiated the COMPOSTING Feminisms and Environmental Humanities Reading and Research Group at the University of Sydney in 2015 and co-convened Hacking the Anthropocene in 2017 and 2018.




PhD, English, University of New South Wales, Sydney (2013).

BA (Hons 1: English), University of New South Wales, Sydney (2006).

BATh, College of Fine Arts, Sydney (2005).

Other Publications



Peer Reviewed Monograph

2017                This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear (London: Bloomsbury Academic): Avail HERE Open Access.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

In Press            “Composting Feminisms and Environmental Humanities” with Astrida Neimanis. Environmental Humanities 10.1 (forthcoming 2018).

“Constructing dying and death as an eco-political concern in performances of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Sarah Kane’s Blasted”

for Shakespeare Bulletin (forthcoming 2019).

“Rewriting Redevelopment: The anti-proprietorial tone in Sydney place-writing” for Journal of the Study of Australian Literature (forthcoming 2019).

2018                “weathering” with Astrida Neimanis feminist review 118.1 (2018): 80-84.

2016                ‘“Labour against Wilderness” and the Trouble with Property beyond The Secret River’, Green Letters 20 (2): 140-155.

2015                “Bad Flowers: The Implications of a Phytocentric Deconstruction of the Western Philosophical Tradition for the Environmental Humanities”, Environmental Humanities 7: 191-202.

“Labour” Environmental Humanities 6: 183-186.

Edited collections

In Press            Feminist, Queer, Anticolonial Propositions for Hacking the Anthropocene with Astrida Neimanis and Susan Reid (London: Open Humanities Press, forthcoming 2018)

Book Chapters

2018                ‘Gardening after the Anthropocene: Creating different relations between humans and edible plants in Sydney’ for Prue Gibson and Baylee Britts (eds), The Covert Plant (New York: Punctum, 2018).

2015                ‘Lear in the Storm: Shakespeare’s Emotional Exploration of Sovereign Mortality’, Rob White and Katrina O’Loughlin (eds) Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).

2009                ‘Cold Desire: snow, ice and Hans Christian Andersen’ in Anthony Uhlmann, Helen Groth, Paul Sheehan and Stephen McClaren (eds) Literature and Sensation (Sydney: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2009).

Peer Reviewed Policy Contributions

2017                ‘Social and Gender Analysis’ for Pierre Boileau & Elaine Baker (eds) Guidelines for conducting Integrated Environmental Assessments, UNEP & Grid-Arendal.

Other Publications [Book and Theatre Reviews, Journalism, Opinion, Blogs]

In press            ‘A Field Guide for Weathering’ with Astrida Neimanis, The Goose

2017                ‘All the World’s A Drain: A Review of Bodies of Water’ Sydney Review of Books, https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/bodies-of-water-by-astrida-neimanis/

‘Explainer: solarpunk, or how to be an optimistic radical?’, The Conversation https://theconversation.com/explainer-solarpunk-or-how-to-be-an-optimistic-radical-80275

                        ‘The weather is now political’ (with Astrida Neimanis), The Conversation https://theconversation.com/the-weather-is-now-political-77791

                        ‘Climate Change and the Quest for Transformative Fictions’, Sydney Environment Institute Blog http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/blog/climate-change-and-the-quest-for-transformative-fictions/

‘The Trouble with Babies: Review of Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble’. Cultural Studies Review (March 2017).

‘Composting in the Mud Theory Walkshop (#changethedate)’, The Seed Box Blog https://theseedboxblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/composting-theory-in-the-mud-walkshop-changethedate/

2016                ‘Theatre Review: King Lear, dir. Neil Armfield’ Shakespeare Bulletin 34.3 (Fall 2016).

                        ‘Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Environmental Humanities Summit’, Sydney Environment Institute Blog http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/blog/reflections-on-an-interdisciplinary-environmental-humanities-summit/

‘Property, Weather and the Matter of Emotional Inheritance on Earth Day’, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Blog https://historiesofemotion.com/2016/04/22/property-weather-and-the-matter-of-emotional-inheritance-earth-day-2016/

‘What was ‘Hacking the Anthropocene’: Or, Why Environmental Humanities Needs More Feminisms’ (with Astrida Neimanis), The Seed Box Blog https://theseedboxblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/what-was-hacking-the-anthropocene-or-why-the-environmental-humanities-needs-more-feminism/

2015                ‘How Brandis Plans to Insulate the Arts Sector from Artists’, The Conversation https://theconversation.com/how-brandis-plans-to-insulate-the-arts-sector-from-the-artists-42305

2013                ‘Explainer: What are the environmental humanities?’, The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-are-the-environmental-humanities-20040

‘Gardening For Gardening’s Sake’, Seeing the Woods: A Blog by the Rachel Carson Centre. https://seeingthewoods.org/2013/06/12/gardening-for-gardenings-sake/

‘Three views of the Milky Way’ (with Astrid Lorange and Tom Lee), in Denise Thwaites (ed.) Critical Animalia: A Decade Between Disciplines (Newcastle: Critical Animals, 2013).

2012                ‘History of Cultural Responses to Disastrous Storms (1612-2012)’, Artlink 32 (4) Special Issue ‘Disaster and Fortitude’ https://www.artlink.com.au/articles/3946/history-of-cultural-responses-to-disastrous-storms/

                        ‘The Spokes in Sydney’s Cycle Policy’ co-authored with Craig Johnson, New Matilda, https://newmatilda.com/2012/03/29/spokes-sydneys-cycle-policy/

‘A Curatorial Introduction to Time Machine’ co-authored with Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Tom Smith and Pia van Gelder in Jennifer Hamilton (ed.) Time Capsule (Serial Space: Sydney, 2012).

2011                ‘A storm by any other name’, in Aden Rolfe (ed.) The Reader: Emerging Writer’s Festival Anthology of New Writing (Melbourne: Emerging Writers Festival, 2011).                        

‘Review of The King and I’, Southerly 71.1 (Long Paddock)

2010                ‘Queer and Monstrous Others: Review of Queering the Non/Human’, Australian Humanities Review 48.

‘Big Ideas on a Small Scale’, New Matilda https://newmatilda.com/2010/01/08/big-ideas-small-scale/

‘Where there’s a niche there’s a market?’, New Matilda https://newmatilda.com/2010/01/21/where-theres-niche-theres-market/


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