Applications are now open for two ANU Gender Institute-funded internships with the Stella Prize. These week-long internships will involve travelling to Melbourne to collaborate on the annual Stella Count, a quantitative analysis of the representation of women writers in the book pages of Australian newspapers, magazines and online publications. The internships include: travel to and accommodation in Melbourne for one night, a per diem to cover living expenses, experience in researching the relationship between gender and literature and the opportunity to build networks with Melbourne writers, activists and academics in the field of women’s publishing and reviewing.
The past few years have seen a concerted attempt by feminists in the literary world to reveal and shift gender bias: in reviewing, awards and publishing. In 2010 a study by US literary women’s organization VIDA revealed a clear disparity in the representation of women and men in the reviews pages of newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. Their now-famous pie charts revealed a dramatic imbalance, with some of the most prestigious journals publishing a very low proportion of women's writing. In Australia, repeated all-male shortlists for the Miles Franklin Award prompted the establishment of the Stella Prize, an annual award for women's fiction and non-fiction that would seem to have had a significant impact on the gendering of all of Australia's literary prizes. Since 2013, Stella has carried out an Australian Count of the representation of women in literary periodicals and newspapers. These internships provide an opportunity for two ANU students to participate in this ongoing research project into the relationship between gender and literary culture in Australia.
The interns will need to be available for the week beginning Monday 29th February 2016 and be able to travel to Melbourne for one night and spend at least twenty hours over that week contributing to the Stella Count at the organisation’s offices in central Melbourne, at the State Library of Victoria and back in Canberra at the National Library of Australia. Whilst in Melbourne, they will work under the guidance of Melinda Harvey at the Centre for the Book at Monash University and in Canberra under the guidance of Dr Julieanne Lamond. Upon their return to Canberra, they will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences as part of a public seminar on the gendering of literature in Australia, alongside Aviva Tuffield (Stella Prize), Lisa Dempster (Melbourne Writer’s Festival) and Melinda Harvey (Monash).
How to apply
Successful applicants must be current ANU students and will be selected according to the following criteria:
- Research experience;
- Demonstrated scholarly interest in questions of gender and its relationship to literary culture; and/or
- Engagement with creative writing and/or publishing in Canberra.
Please send a current CV (maximum 2 pages) and application letter (max. one page) to Julieanne.Lamond@anu.edu.au by 15 December 2015.