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Dr Sandra Phillips
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)


Sandra is a fulltime academic in the Creative Industries Faculty of QUT, lecturing in editing and publishing studies. Also Chair of the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Inc. (FNAWN) and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Indigenous Story, Sandra’s research interests are in Indigenous Story and communities of practice through literature and digital platforms. Sandra’s First Nations Australia status is Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng.

Sandra has also held leadership and representation roles in writing and arts and culture more broadly, and was former manager of Aboriginal Studies Press (Canberra) after working in-house as an editor with Magabala Books (Broome) and University of Queensland Press (St. Lucia).

Leadership/Representation Literary Judge, David Unaipon Award, UQP and QLA, 2012-current; Peer, Australia Council for the Arts, 2014-current; Female Delegate, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples; Inaugural 2011-2013 Literary Judge, Black and Write! Fellowships, State Library of Queensland; 2010, 2011 Deputy Chair, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts; 2000-02 Trustee, Queensland Performing Arts Trust Board;  2000-02 Board Member, Ideas Festival, Brisbane, 2000.

Awards & Commendations QUT Creative Industries Dean’s Commendation Doctoral Thesis Award; 2012 QUT Oodgeroo Noonuccal Research Scholarship (Postgraduate);  Inaugural 2007-10 Commonwealth Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA), 2007-9.

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Dr Sandra R. Phillips unit coordinates and teaches editing and publishing units in the undergraduate creative and professional writing study plans (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Creative Industries). Specifically, compulsory capstone units of KWB310 Editing and Developing the Manuscript and KWB303 Writing and Publishing Industry. KWB109 Writing Australia is another unit Sandra coordinates. Sandra also provides specialist guest lectures on invitation across the Creative Industries Faculty and other Faculty.

Sandra supervises Indigenous and non-Indigenous Honours and Higher Research Degree candidates, current supervisions include: Margaret Hair, PhD, “How can contemporary cross-cultural theatre in settler societies create localised rituals of well-being?” (working title). Anthony Duke, DCI, “Enterprising Culture: examining models for the creation and distribution of works produced by Indigenous and Regional cultures in a global marketplace” (working title). Marie Munkara, Master of Fine Arts (Research), “Memoir: A living landscape”.

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Dr Sandra R. Phillips regularly speaks on Indigenous Story and Indigenous discourse, below is a list of public presentations: Public Presentations Panelist, Indigenous Writing, Visiting International Publishers (VIP), 19 May, 2016 Moderator, NIRAKN Seminar, UQ S. W. Brooks Fellow, Dr Alice Te Punga Somerville Apr 18, 2016 Panelist, ‘Editing Blak’, Blak & Bright Festival, 19 February, 2016 ( Moderator, ‘Settling Day’, Brisbane Writers Festival Sept 6, 2015 Panelist, ‘Glittering Prizes—Gendered Awards’ Participating Chair, WOW Brisbane 2015, June 21, 2015 ‘Talk the Walk of Constitutional Recognition’, ADCQ and QUT Law, Nov 26, 2014 Participating Chair, ‘Gender Trouble’ Panel, Avid Reader & Griffith Review Series, Oct 14, 2014 In-Conversation with Melissa Lucashenko, QUT Kelvin Grove Library, September 18, 2014 Panelist, ‘Murri Ailan Way’, QUT Kelvin Grove Library, August 6, 2014 Participating Chair, UQ Yarn Blackfellas & Battlefields, Musgrave Park Family Fun Day, July 11, 2014 Contributor, ‘Beyond Unaipon’, 2-part docu by Rhianna Patrick, Awaye!, ABC RN, June 16 & 21, 2014 Panelist, ‘Indigenous Editing & Writing’, Residential Editors Program, Varuna House, May 7, 2014 Participating Chair, ‘Contested Stories – Forgotten War’, Clancestry, QPAC, February 19, 2014 Presenter, Australian Indigenous Studies Practitioners’ Forum, ‘Same but Different: Indigeneity and Diversity in the Corporate University’, University of Melbourne, November 15, 2013 Presenter, ‘Pedagogy, Protocols, Place and Positioning of Indigenous Studies’, Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network (AISLTN), National Workshop, UQ, October 25, 2013 Presenter, David Unaipon Award Ceremony, Queensland Literary Awards, September 4, 2013 Panelist, ‘YouMeUnity’ Recognise Forum, May 29, 2013 Keynote Dialogue, First Nations Australia Writers Workshop, May 9, 2013 Presenter, Association for the Study of Australian Literatures (ASAL) mini-conference, Dis/Located   Readings, Monash University February 21-22, 2013 Keynote Speaker, Yellamundie Indigenous Playwrights Festival, Sydney Festival, January 27, 2013 Speaker, Black Words Symposium, University of Queensland, October 20, 2012 Panelist, Brisbane Writers Festival, September 9, 2012 Keynote Speaker, Wordstorm, May 11, 2012 Speaker, Australian Theatre Forum, September 15, 2011 Speaker, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, December 8, 2010 Speaker, QUT International Women’s Day Q150, March 2009 Speaker, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Annual Conference, Georgia USA, July 2-4, 2008 Panelist, State Library of NSW, 2003 Panelist, Brisbane Writers Festival Panel, 2001 Participating Chair, Ideas Festival, Brisbane, 2000 Keynote Speaker, Children’s Book Council, 1995 Speaker, Aboriginal Publishers’ Conference, Vancouver, July, 1995

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