Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Kristina Gottschall

Dr Kristina Gottschall

BA (Hist)(Hons) USYD PhD CSU

Dr Kristina Gottschall is a lecturer in Indigenous Studies for the School of Indigenous Australian Studies, joining the School in 2014.  Kristina researches across the areas of popular and public pedagogies, popular film culture, post-structural theories, social semiotics, subjectivities, gender, Indigeneity and discourses about youth-hood.

Kristina's doctoral study acknowledged popular film as pedagogy geared towards the formation of gendered and age-based subjects. Mobilising feminist, post-structuralist and cultural theory, a whole host of Australian films and film culture were analysed. Key concepts in terms of potential 'learning' about the mediated  youth subject were considered, including the 'larrikin' and youthful masculinities, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn, the 'psycho-sexual' girl coming-of-age, the 'bad' girl subject, and 'old' versus 'young' tropes.

In 2009, Kristina was the recipient of the The Mitchell Foundation Doctoral Student Award which enabled her to travel to the UK to present at the Gender & Education Conference at the University of London and London Centre for the Study of Children, Youth & Media, London Knowledge Lab.

Kristina has also worked on ARC Linkages relating to rural teaching, media literacies and young people and subjectivities.

Kristina is the current reviews editor of the journal Global Studies in Childhood, and has just concluded an Associate Editor internship with Critical Studies in Education. In the past, Kristina was the Post-Graduate Representative, the Early Career Researcher Representative and the Gender, Sexualities and Culture Studies SiG leaders for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), and the Australian-New Zealand representative for the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) Executive Board.

Recently the PhD project entitled: "Living the Label: Youth work, young people, being 'at-risk' and rural community-based projects", which Kristina was co-supervising, passed and her PhD student graduated with the Faculty Award. Kristina has also had experience with supervising and marking Honours and Masters theses. She welcomes students to make contact with her about their potential PhD projects and ideas with the view to her supervision.

Kristina has been awarded a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and has been a teacher educator over the last 7 years at both Charles Sturt University and the Australian Catholic University in areas which have included cultural & educational sociology, education research/methodologies and Indigenous studies.

In 2015, Kristina was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award, with her colleagues in SIAS by the Faculty of Education, CSU.

Kristina is also mad for a good binge-worthy TV series, playing the ukulele, fancy dress parties, cuddling her hyper Jack Russell and Foxie-X dogs, and road-tripping with her partner.

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  • Indigenous studies
  • Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities

Awards

Biles, B., Ghys, L., Gottschall, K., Gray, S., Locke, K., & Neal, P. (2014). Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award, The Faculty of Education, CSU.

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Kristina's research interests centre around social subjectivities, popular culture and theories of learning. Some broad interests are:

  • Australian cinema
  • Cultural studies
  • Educational inequalities & the social contexts of education subjectivities
  • Feminist and post-structuralist theories
  • Foucault
  • Butler
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Youth-hood
  • Girlhood
  • Masculinities
  • Indigeneity
  • Arts-based and alternative research methods
  • Deleuze
  • Collective biography
  • Public pedagogies
  • Popular culture
  • Social semiotics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Literary and textual analysis

Grants

Gottschall, K. (2012). Writing-Up Award, Faculty of Education, CSU. Funded Amount: $5,000.

Gottschall, K. & Charles, C. (2010). The Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE) annual Special Interest Group Grant ($3,000).

Gottschall, K. (2008). The Mitchell Foundation Doctoral Student International Travel Award, CSU. Funded Amount: $5,000.

Gottschall, K. Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, Australian Government (Federal). Funded Amount: $19,616p/a.

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  • Drew, C. & Gottschall, K. (submitted 2017). Co-optation of Diversity in Nationalist Advertising: A Case Study of an Australia Day Advertisement, Continnum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.
  • Hutchesson, R., Dionigi, R. & Gottschall, K. (In press). 'At-risk' youth sport programs: Another way of regulating boys, in R. Dionigi & M. Gard (eds.) Sport & Physical Activity Across the Lifespan: Critical perspectives. Palgrave.
  • Vass, G. & Gottschall, K. (2016). Editorial. Social justice and race critical education research, Critical Studies in Education, 15(3): 411-419.
  • Drew, C., Gottschall, K., Wardman, N. & Saltmarsh, S. (2016). The Joy of Privilege: Elite private school online promotions and the promise of happiness In A, Koh & J. Kenway (eds.), Elite Schools: Multiple Geographies of Privilege, Routledge. 87-100.
  • Gottschall, K.  & Saltmarsh, S. (2016).'You're not just learning it, you're living it!': Constructing the 'good life' in Australian university online promotional videos. Submitted to Discourse: The Cultural Politics of Education. DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2016.1158155.
  • Gottschall, K. (2015). Black kid burden: Cultural representations of Indigenous childhood and poverty in Australian cinema, in L. Hopkins & A. Sriprakash, The "poor Child': The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, Routledge.
  • Gottschall, K. (in press). Black kid burden: Cultural representations of Indigenous  childhood and poverty in Australian cinema, in L. Hopkins & A. Sriprakash, The "poor Child': The cultural politics  of education, development and childhood, Routledge.
  • Drew, C., Gottschall, K., Wardman, N.  & Saltmarsh, S. (in review). The Joy of Privilege: Elite private school  online promotions and the promise of happiness In A, Koh & J. Kenway  (eds.), Elite Schools: Multiple Geographies of Privilege, Routledge.
  • Gottschall, K. (2014). Always the larrikin: Ben Mendelsohn and young Aussie manhood in Australian Cinema, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2014.941332.
  • Gottschall, K. (2014). Black kid burden: Cultural representations of Indigenous childhood and poverty in Australian cinema, in L. Hopkins & A. Sriprakash, The "poor Child': The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, Routledge.
  • Gottschall, K. (2014). From the frozen wilderness to the moody sea: rural space, girlhood and popular pedagogy, Gender & Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2014.944486.
  • Davies, B., Gonick, M., Lampert, J. and Gottschall, K. (2014). Ruptures in the production of girlhood: Teenage flows and multiplicities, in M.Gonick & S. Gannon (eds.). Becoming Girl: Collective Biography and the Production of Girlhood, Canadian Scholars Press/ Women's Press: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Wardman, N., Gottschall, K., Hutchesson, R., Drew, C. & Saltmarsh, S. (2013). Picturing natural girlhoods: Nature, space and femininity in girls' school promotions', Gender and Education, 25(3): 284-294.
  • Gottschall, K., Gannon, S., Lampert, J., and McGraw, K. (2013). The Cyndi Lauper Affect: Bodies, girlhood and popular culture, Girlhood Studies, 6 (1): 30-45.
  • Davies, B., Gonick, M., Lampert, J. and Gottschall, K. (2013). Ruptures in the production of girlhood: Teenage flows and multiplicities, Girlhood Studies, 6 (1): 46-62.
  • Gannon, S. and Gottschall, K. (2013). 'A quick sideways look and wild grin': Joyful assemblages in moments of girlhood, Girlhood Studies, 6 (1): 13-29.
  • Gottschall, K. (2013). Review of Jane Mills' Australian Screen Classics: Jedda, Currency Press, 2012. Studies in Australasian Cinema. 7(1): 87.
  • Gottschall, K. (2012). Review of Langford, Michelle (ed.), Directory of World Cinema (Vol 9): Germany, Intellect Ltd., Bristol UK and Chicago USA, 2012, and Bingham, Adam (ed.), Directory of World Cinema (Vol 8): East Europe, Intellect Ltd., Bristol UK and Chicago USA, 2011, in Media International Australia, No. 14 (August): 167-169.
  • Gottschall, K. (2012). Monkey Grip/The Getting of Wisdom/Metal Skin entries in Neil Mitchell (Ed.). World Film Locations: Melbourne. Intellect Publishers, Bristol, UK/Chicago, USA: pgs.40-41, 56-57, 84-85.
  • Gottschall, K. (2011). "Trashing the Suburban Streets": Learning about 'bad' youth with/in Idiot Box and Suburban Mayhem. In Special Issue 5.3, Cities and Australasian Film and Television, Studies in Australasian Cinema: 293-306. 
  • Gottschall, K. (2011). "Jesus! A Geriatric - That's All I Need!": Learning to come of age with/in Australian film. In Special Issue: Childhood in Literature, Media & Popular Culture, Global Studies of Childhood, 1(4): 332-342. 
  • Gottschall, K. (2011). "May You Live Normally Ever After!" - Popular Film as Pedagogy: Youth, Subjectivity & Australian Cinema, Unpublished PhD thesis, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW.
  • Gottschall, K., Wardman, N., Edgeworth, K., Hutchesson, R. & Saltmarsh, S. (2010): 'Hard lines and soft scenes: Constituting masculinities in the prospectuses of all-boys elite private schools', The Australian Journal of Education, 54(1): 18-31.
  • Wardman, N., Hutchesson, R., Gottschall, K., Drew, C. & Saltmarsh, S. (2010). Starry eyes and subservient selves: Portraits of 'well-rounded' girlhood in the prospectuses of all-girl elite private schools', The Australian Journal of Education. 54(3): 249-261.
  • Gottschall, K. (2010). Coming-Of-Age, In (eds.) Ben Goldsmith and Geoff Lealand, Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand, Volume 3, Intellect Publishers, Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA; 176-188. 
  • Novak, M., Green, B. & Gottschall, K. (2009) Situated Leadership and Rural Schooling: Leading Learning Locally? In Green B. (ed.) Spaces and Places: The Rural (Teacher) Education Project, Centre for Information Studies Print, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
  • Gottschall, K. (2009). Review - Moral Spectatorship: Technologies of Voice and Affect in Postwar Representations of the Child (by Lisa Cartwright, Durham, NC and London, Duke University Press, 2008). Continuum, 23, 3, June: 409 – 422.

Conference Presentations

  • Gottschall, K. Coming-of-age through Country: Subjectivity, memory and place in Beneath Clouds in Kristina Gottschall et al., In and out of place: Indigenous childhoods, concepts of place and belonging, and cultural and research imaginaries through Australian popular culture symposium, AARE Conference 2013, Hilton Hotel, Adelaide SA.
  • Gottschall, K. From suburbia to the moody sea: Space, subjectivity & popular pedagogy with/in popular Australian films about youth in Sue Saltmarsh et al., Education, Representation and Spatial Practices symposium, AARE Conference 2012, Sydney University, Sydney NSW.
  • Davies, B., Gonick, M., Lampert, J., Camden Pratt, C. and Gottschall, K.Ruptures in the production of girlhood: teenage flows and multiplicities in Sue Gannon et al., Assembling girlhoods through collective biography symposium, AARE Conference 2012, Sydney University, Sydney NSW.
  • Gannon, S. Gottschall, K. and Gonick, M. 'A quick sideways look and wild grin': Joyful assemblages in moments of girlhood, In Sue Gannon et al., Assembling girlhoods through collective biography symposium, AARE Conference 2012, Sydney University, Sydney NSW.
  • Gottschall, K., Gannon, S., Lampert, J. and McGraw, K.The Cyndi Lauper Affect: Bodies, girlhood and popular culture In Sue Gannon et al., Assembling girlhoods through collective biography symposium, AARE Conference 2012, Sydney University, Sydney NSW.
  • Gottschall, K. 'Everyone round town knew him 'cause he was wild': Ben Mendelsohn as the quintessential youth(ful) larrikin, Inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne VIC.
  • Gottschall, K., Gannon, S., Lampert, J. and McGraw, K. The Cyndi Lauper Affect: Bodies, girlhood and popular culture though the collective biography process in Kristina Gottschall et al., Girlhood Imag(in)ings: Multiplicities, bodies and popular culture symposium, ACS Crossroads Conference, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris.
  • Gottschall, K. "Confessions of a Cultural Studies Junkie: Pedagogy, popular films and method" in Kristina Gottschall and Claire Charles et al., Researching Young People, identity and/in Education: The Challenges and possibilities of Cultural Studies approaches, The AARE Conference, November 27 - 1 December, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, TAS. 
  • Gottschall, K. "Jesus! A geriatric - that's all I need!": Constructing the generational divide. In Clare Britt el al. (Im)possible subjectivities for children and young people across imagined and enacted contexts, AARE International Conference, November 27-December 1, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, TAS.
  • Gottschall, K. (Invited Response) panel with Professors Rob Gilbert, Jill Blackmore, Marie Brennan, Lew Zipin and Jo-Anne Reid. Response to the Bob Lingard, Rob Gilbert, Peter Renshaw, Martin Mills & Amanda Keddie Equity and education research, policy and practice: A review in Amanda Keddie et al. SIG Panel Discussion, AARE International Conference, November 27-December 1, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, TAS. 
  • Gottschall, K. "Youth, Masculinity and Popular Film: Ben Mendelsohn as Spectacular Pedagogue?" in Catherine Driscoll et al, Youth & Media Symposium, 8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Hong Kong, China, June 17 – 21, 2010.
  • Wardman, N, and Gottschall, K. 'Picturing natural girlhoods: nature, space and femininity in girls' school promotions' in Sue Saltmarsh et al., Promoting education: what can we learn from websites, prospectuses and educational media promotions? Respondent: Professor Martin Mills, AARE Conference 2010, Melbourne University, Melbourne VIC.
  • Gottschall, K. ''But that's so you, Placid!': Pedagogy, Coming-of-Age, and the Serious Games of Selfhood in two Contemporary Australian films ', AARE 2009 International Education Research Conference. Sunday 29 November - Thursday 3 December, Canberra.
  • Gottschall, K. 'On the Brink': Learning Lessons about Becoming a Woman with/in Australian Film, The Gender & Education Association 7th International Conference - Gender: Regulation and Resistance in Education,  25–27 March 2009, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
  • Gottschall, K. The Wheels of the bus: coming to know the youth subject through film as pedagogy, The Centre for the Study of Children, Youth & Media, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, UK, 2nd April.
  • Gottschall, K. 'Journeys from the back of the bus: Coming to know the youth subject through film as pedagogy', The Australia and New Zealand/Aotearoa Postgraduate Conference CONTACT: An Interdisciplinary Challenge in Cultural Studies, 25th-26th, September 2008, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta.
  • Gottschall, K. ''You can't get clean water from a dirty tank': The female youth subject in/through film pedagogies' in Anna Hickey-Moody et al., Popular and Public Pedagogies Symposium, The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Queensland University of Technology, 30th November - 4th December.

View full publication list on the CSU Research Output database (CRO)

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