Dr Rebecca Bishop

R.M.Bishop@massey.ac.nz

Rebecca Bishop holds an MA in Anthropology and a PhD from the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University. Strongly interdisciplinary in scope, her research interests lie in the fields of visual culture, embodiment and feminist epistemology, sexuality and gender. Rebecca is particularly interested in the relationship between an ontology of animality and embodied identity. She began exploring the human-animal connection in 2001, for her PhD dissertation titled ‘Animalia: liminal beings, monstrous transgressions and the embodiment of the human' – a work that examined representations of human/animal hybrids in EuroWestern social and scientific history.

She is currently looking at how animal bodies have served as visual/material objects that represent and symbolize sexuality and desire. This research focuses on the animal object as a point of translation, or materialization, of an intangible ‘animal' desire that has been central in historical EuroWestern discourses on sexuality. Her work has also explored the exhibition of apes in zoological gardens, human-animal xenotransplantation and artificial animal life.

Rebecca has taught at The Canberra School of Arts, Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney and is currently lecturing in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand.