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.
Biles, B., Ghys, L., Gottschall, K., Gray, S., Locke, K., & Neal, P. (2014). Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award, The Faculty of Education, CSU.
Kristina's research interests centre around social subjectivities, popular culture and theories of learning. Some broad interests are:
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.