Dr Eleanor Sandry
Western Australia, 2014
elsan[@]cantab.net
e.sandry[@]curtin.edu.au

Educational Qualifications

PhD in English, Communication and Cultural Studies (2012)
University of Western Australia (UWA)
“Close encounters with robots: re-evaluating otherness in communication”.
This thesis explores a wide range of communication theory by analysing human-robot interactions from science, art and science fiction. Its central aim is to examine the ways in which otherness and difference can be valued as part of communication, as opposed to being regarded as a problem that must be overcome.

Masters in Communication Studies (2005)
UWA
Completion of this masters by coursework included a thesis, “Lectures as landscapes of temporary shared reality: interdisciplinary theories in support of positive educational effects”.
This research considered communication in the lecture theatre, providing a theoretical basis to argue that lectures can be an effective part of the tertiary education process.

BA Honours in Natural Sciences 2:1 (1991)
University of Cambridge, UK

Publications

Book in progress
Robots and Communication. Pivot Series. Palgrave Macmillan. Manuscript in preparation for publication in 2015.

Book Chapters
“Same … yet Other: Interpersonal Communication across Alternate Worlds” (2014). The Multiple Worlds of Fringe. Eds. Sherry Ginn, Tanya R. Cochran, and Paul Zinder. McFarland: North Carolina.

In progress:
“The Potential of Otherness in Robotic Art”. Art & Robotics – An Unlikely Symbiosis. Eds. Damith Herath, Christian Kroos, and Stelarc. Springer. Manuscript submitted for review.

“Rethinking Communication: Care Robots as Collaborative Assistants”. Re-Orientation — Translingual Transcultural Transmedia. Eds. Weiguo Qu, Wen Jin, John Hartley and Henry Li. Fudan University Press: Shanghai, China. Manuscript submitted for review.

Journal Articles
“‘Face to face’ learning from others in Facebook groups”. Digital Culture & Education 6, no. 1 (2014): 1-12. HTML/PDF

“Dancing around the subject with robots: ethical communication as a ‘triple audiovisual reality’”. PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication 4, no. 1 (2012): 79-90. (An extended version of the ANZCA paper shown below.) HTML (PDF within page)

In progress:
“Interruptions: reconsidering the immaterial in human engagements with technology”. Transformations. Accepted for publication in 2014.

“Re-evaluating the form and communication of social robots”. International Journal of Social Robotics. Manuscript accepted with minor revisions, now in final review for publication in 2015.

“Robots, Communication and Difference”. International Journal of Communication. Manuscript in preparation.

“Persona and ‘face’: Bringing Goffman and Levinas into ‘extreme eye contact’ with Amanda Palmer”. Manuscript in preparation.

Refereed Conference Publications
“Dancing around the subject with robots: ethical communication as a ‘triple audiovisual reality’”.
Published in the proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2011 Conference, “Communication on the edge: Shifting boundaries and identities”. Proceedings (Sandry PDF available from list)

“Are workshops a valuable way to engage the future student? Evaluating workshops and tutorials in Women’s Studies”.
Published in the proceedings of the 17th Annual Teaching and Learning Forum 2008, “Preparing for the graduate of 2015″. HTML

“Positively speaking – actively listening: interdisciplinary reflections on lecturing as valuable in higher education”.
Published in the proceedings of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2006 Conference, “Critical visions: thinking, learning and researching in higher education”. PDF

Conference and Seminar Presentations
Robo-philosophy 2014 conference, Aarhus, Denmark.
Remotely presented paper, “Re-evaluating the form and communication of social robots“. (Video and abstract linked from title.)

British Society for Literature and Science conference 2014, Guildford, UK.
Presented paper, “Minding the gap: creating new knowledge by respecting interdisciplinary difference”.

Teaching and Learning Forum 2014, Perth, Australia.
Presented paper, “Improving lecture engagement: Online’s relationship with Face-to-Face? ‘It’s complicated’”.

Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2013 Conference, “Global Networks – Global Divides”, Perth/Fremantle, Australia.
Presented paper, “Making ‘Extreme Eye Contact’ with Amanda Palmer in Offline and Online Encounters”.

International Communication Association (ICA) 2013 Preconference, “Conditions of Mediation”, London, UK.
Presented paper, “Mediation and the revelation of a ‘face’ in encounters between selves and others online”.

Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2012 Conference, “Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century”, Adelaide, Australia.
Presented paper, “Ethics in the Face of Asymmetry: Flexible Relationships between Changing Communicators“.

British Society for Literature and Science conference 2012, Oxford, UK.
Presented paper, “Analysing the science and art of communication by considering interactions between humans and machines in Iain M. Banks’ The Player of Games“.

Australia-Asia-Pacific-Institute (AAPI) Seminar series 2011, “We are not alone: understanding and explaining human’s relations with the nonhuman world”, Curtin University.
Presented paper, “Re-evaluating otherness in communication with non-humanoid robots“.

Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2011 Conference, “Communication on the edge: Shifting boundaries and identities”, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Presented refereed paper, “Dancing around the subject with robots: ethical communication as a ‘triple audiovisual reality’“.

School of Social and Cultural Studies, UWA
2010 Graduate Conference, “Grey Matters: Navigating the In-between in Social and Cultural Studies”.
Presented paper, “Emotion and Reason in Communication: Navigating a Course between Self and Other“, winning the prize for best 20-minute paper.

Attendance and presentation at:
STEP (Science, Technology and Economic Progress)
National Doctoral Program 2008.
Theme: “Technological Rhythms, Socio-Cultural Change”.
Hosted by hosted by the University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus

School of Social and Cultural Studies, UWA
2008 Graduate Conference, “Over the Threshold”.
Presented paper, “Communicating with radically different technological others as companion species”.

Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) conference 2008, Perth, Australia.
Presented paper, “Being with ‘it’: creating un-gendered others”.

British Society for Literature and Science conference 2008, Keele, UK.
Presented paper, “Beautiful machines: robotic technology and conceptions of a ‘machine aesthetic’”.

Teaching and Learning Forum 2008, Perth, Australia.
Presented refereed paper, “Are workshops a valuable way to engage the future student? Evaluating workshops and tutorials in Women’s Studies”.

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference 2007, “CODE”, Portland, Maine, USA.
Presented paper, “Machine codes in conversations with embodied emotional robots”.

Limina conference 2007, UWA.
Presented paper, “Relating to strange beings: exploring the alterity of embodied emotional robots”.

British Society for Literature and Science conference 2007, Birmingham, UK.
Presented paper, “Face and body in developing human-robot relations”.

School of Social and Cultural Studies, UWA
2006 Graduate Conference, “Off the Map: Charting New Cartographies in Social and Cultural Studies”.
Presented paper, “Using science fiction to map borderlands between the humanities and the sciences”.

HERDSA 2006 Conference, “Critical visions: Thinking, Learning and Researching in Higher Education”, Perth, WA.
Presented refereed paper, “Positively speaking – actively listening: interdisciplinary reflections on lecturing as valuable in higher education”.

School of Social and Cultural Studies, UWA
2005 Graduate Conference, “Intersections: Crossing Borders and Blurring Boundaries”.
Presented paper, “Lectures as temporary shared realities”.

Invited Talks
“Robots, Animals and Humans” presented at ZUMC Executive Staff Development Program, Curtin University, 23 July, 2014

“(In)dependent Robot-Assisted Living” presented at Culture+8 New times, new zones, Margaret River, 6 June, 2014

“Robots, Animals and Humans: from proposal to thesis and beyond” presented at ZUMC PhD Induction Program, Curtin University, 18 February, 2014

Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

Curtin RPI Grant 2014 (Rounds 1 and 2)
Curtin eScholar Award 2013
Curtin RPI Grant 2013
ANZCA Conference Travel Bursary 2011
UWA School of Social and Cultural Studies Conference Prize for Best Paper 2010
UWA Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Postgraduate Award in both 2008 and 2007
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference Travel Award 2007
UWA Teaching Internship 2007
Australian Postgraduate Award from 2006

Professional Memberships

International Communication Association (ICA) 2013
Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2011-2013
Society for Literature Science and the Arts (SLSA) ongoing from 2007
British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) ongoing from 2007

Other Appointments

Member of the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), Curtin University ongoing from 2013
Journal of Literature and Science (JLS) Advisory Board Member ongoing from 2013
Member of the Limina Journal Editorial Collective 2006/2007

Teaching and Research Employment

Lecturer, June 2014 – ongoing, Department of Internet Studies, Curtin University.
CCI Research Fellow, August 2013 – January 2014, Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University.
Early Career Development Fellowship, June 2012 – June 2014, Department of Internet Studies, Curtin University
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Honours Supervision.
Unit Coordinator, Web Media for Curtin and Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Unit Coordinator, Web Production, OUA.
Unit Coordinator, Web Publishing, Curtin.
Unit Coordinator, Web Communications, OUA.
Throughout this period: working on research publications and on-going research in communication theory, science fiction, art and science, and online communication.

Web Communications and Web Media, Curtin University, Semester one, 2012.
Tutor for these units in Internet Studies.

Web Communications, Curtin University, Semesters one and two, 2010.
Tutor and workshop facilitator for this introductory unit in Internet Studies.

Communication Studies 1101, Human Technology: Debating Communication, UWA, Semester two, 2009.
Tutor and guest lecturer for this introductory unit in Communication Studies.
Guest lecture, “The Net, Blogs and Interactivity”.

Communication Studies 3301, Case Studies in Communication, The Importance of Story, UWA, Semester one, 2009.
Tutor, guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for this upper level unit in Communication Studies.
Guest lecture, “Your ‘vocation’ stories: personal reflection as storying”.

Women’s Studies 2201, Sex, Bodies, Spaces: Gender & Pop Culture, UWA, Semester one, 2009.
Guest lecture, “Reproducing Technologies”.

Tutoring Services International, 2009 – 2010.
Individual tutoring for undergraduate and postgraduate students, including thesis structuring, formatting and editing advice for research students.

Communication Studies 1101, Human Technology: Debating Communication, UWA, Semester two, 2007.
Tutor and guest lecturer (two lectures) for this introductory unit in Communication Studies.  Also completed curriculum development for a module in this unit, developing a lecture, designing a tutorial activity and choosing readings.
Guest lectures, “Language and Code” and “Self and Other: Humans and Machines”.

Women’s Studies 2201, Sex, Bodies, Spaces: Gender & Pop Culture, UWA, Semester one, 2007.
Tutor, guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for this upper level unit in Women’s Studies.
Guest lecture, “Reproducing Technologies”.

October 1991 – June 1992
Supervisor in History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, UK.

General Employment

July 2004 – March 2006
Educational Technology Developer/Web Developer, Multimedia Centre, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UWA.
Worked on the development of tailored simulations and associated websites for use in the teaching of French Language and German Cinema Studies.  Also completed the custom build of online training modules in WebCT.

February 2004
Freelance Website Developer.
Freelance project developing the successful funding application website for the Network for Early European Research, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UWA.

January 2003 – January 2004
CygNET Web Coordinator, UWA Library.
Working on the Library website, and also providing technical training and support to the library staff who provided and formatted its content.

November 1992 – July 2002
Working as an IT consultant, systems analyst, designer and developer in the UK.
In many of these roles I was responsible for preparing training documents and running training for staff in bespoke IT systems.

Teaching-related IT Skills and Experience

  • Experienced in many aspects of maintaining a web presence, including writing content and the integration of many different Web 2.0 tools
  • Expert user of Blackboard including uploading content, discussion boards and uploading marks and marked work
  • Designer and developer of a variety of Web-based Learning Systems while at the Multimedia Centre in UWA

Academic Referees

Professor John Hartley
John Curtin Distinguished Professor
Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology
Curtin University

Associate Professor Michele Willson
Head of Department, Internet Studies
Curtin University

Asst/Prof Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Communication Studies/Women’s Studies
The University of Western Australia

Professor Tanya Dalziell
English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia

Dr Tama Leaver
Senior Lecturer, Internet Studies
Curtin University, Western Australia