Dr Lauren O'Mahony
BA (Hons), Ph.D, FHEA

Lecturer

About me

After completing my undergraduate studies in English and Comparative Literature and Sociology (Criminology Stream) and Honours in Literature at Murdoch, I enrolled in a PhD in Communications Studies. In 2008, I was appointed Lecturer in Communications Studies at the Murdoch University International Study Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There I taught the inaugural group of students in Communications and Journalism. In 2010, I returned to Perth and Murdoch’s School of Media, Communication and Culture as a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies (now Global Media and Communication).

 

 

Teaching area

I currently coordinate two exciting units in the Global Media and Communication major: COM204 Global Media and Culture and COM303 Media Audiences. COM303 Media Audiences is unique in that students undertake original research into a media audience they are interested in. For students studying Communications or Creative Media, COM303 is a fantastic way to gain insight into how media audiences can be approached, understood and engaged (this is especially useful for budding film-makers, writers, journalists, marketers, public relations practitioners, game developers, radio announcers or audio engineers).

I also provide guest lectures in AIS110 Introduction to Indigenous Popular Culture on “’Koori’ Chick Lit”, BRD206 Transitions to a Post-Carbon Society on “Environmental Advocacy and Public Awareness Campaigns”, “The Rural Romance Novel” in EGL235 Australian Literature and Film and CMS304 People and Globalisation on “Globalisation and the Environment”.

Research areas

My research interests include contemporary women’s fiction (particularly chick lit, Australian rural romance and red dirt romance novels), feminist literary theory, cultural representations of romance and love in popular culture forms as well as audience engagement with televisual texts. I am also interested in pedagogical issues around creativity in a university context.

Current projects

I currently have a  number of projects underway including:

  • A book chapter on Anita Heiss’s Koori Chick Lit
  • A book chapter on the narrative conventions used in Rachel Carson’s three books about the sea (Under Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951) and The Edge of the Sea (1956))
  • A study of AMC’s The Walking Dead in relation to the zombie genre.

Awards and grants

  • Murdoch University Teaching Excellence Nominee (Top 10% of Teaching Staff), 2014
  • Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award Recipient in the category of Early Career Teaching, 2013
  • Elizabeth Jolley Conference Bursary Winner, 2013
  • Murdoch University Teaching Excellence Nominee, 2013
  • Murdoch University Teaching Excellence Nominee, 2012

Events and speaking engagements

  • O’Mahony, Lauren and Olivia Murphy. 2017. “From Polite Society to the Pilbara: The Ingenue Abroad in Evelina and The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots”. Presented at the “Gender and the Everyday” conference, hosted by WACCM, Murdoch University 29th September.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2016. “Metafiction, Book Clubs and Aboriginal Identity in Anita Heiss’s ‘Koori Lit’ Novel Tiddas”. Presented at the INASA “Reimagining Australia” Conference, December 7th, Fremantle, WA.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2016. “Death and the Australian Rural Romance Novel”. Presented at the Second Australasian Death Studies Conference, CQ University, September 2nd, Noosa, QLD.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2016. “Narrative Structure and the Production of Reader Well-being: Chick Lit’s Response to the Cult of Thinness and the Fear of Fat”. Presented at the Narrative, Health and Well-Being Research Conference, CQ University, February 8th, Noosa, QLD.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren and Kathryn Trees. 2016. “Narrating domestic violence in Marian Keyes’ This Charming Man“. Presented at the Narrative, Health and Well-Being Research Conference, CQ University, February 8th, Noosa, QLD.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2015. “A World Not Fit For Children: Protection, Trauma and Survival in AMC’s The Walking Dead“. Presented at the Death, Dying and Undead Conference, October 12th, Noosa, QLD.
  • Order, Simon and Lauren O’Mahony. 2015. “Building a Purposeful Identity in the Older Adult Volunteer Space: A Case Study of Community Radio Station 6RPH (Radio Print-Handicapped)”. Presented at ANZCA July 9th, Queenstown, NZ.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2015. “‘More Than Sex, Shopping and Shoes’: Cosmopolitan Indigeneity and Cultural Politics in Anita Heiss’s Koori Chick Lit”. Presented at POPCAANZ July1st, Wellington, NZ.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2015. “In Search of a Feminist Romance in Australian Chick Lit”. Presented at POPCAANZ June 30th, Wellington, NZ.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2013. “Rural Romance as Feminist Romance?” Presented at the Inaugural Elizabeth Jolley Conference, August 16th, Fremantle.
  • Delmege, Sharon and Lauren O’Mahony. 2013. “Teaching Creative Capacity in Communication Studies”. Presented at ANZCA, July 4th, Fremantle.
  • Delmege, Sharon and Lauren O’Mahony. 2013. “Creativity and Curriculum Design.” Presented at The Teaching and Learning Forum, February 7th, Murdoch.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2012. “Teaching Audience Research in an Age of Fragmentation.” Presented at ANZCA, July 5th, Adelaide.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2012. “In Search of a Feminist Romance in Australian Chick Lit”. Presented at POPCAANZ June 28th, Melbourne.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2011. “An Antipodean Reorientation of Australian Chick Lit.” Presented at CSAA. November 24th, Adelaide.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2009. “Journalistic Writing.” Seminar Presentation for EMDI, Knowledge Village Dubai, 30th September, Dubai.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren and Sasha Wasley. 2007. “Puberty Blues: Young Women, Sexual Freedom and the Rhetoric of Female Empowerment.” Presented for the Gender Seminar Series at Edith Cowan University, 6th July, Joondalup.
  • Rodan, Debbie; Kathryn Trees, Lauren O’Mahony, Pia Lebeck and Christine Brewer. 2006. “‘Conversion to the Self’: Turning to Philosophy as an Activity to Think the Self”. Presented at the Murdoch Philosophy Colloquium, 28th November, Murdoch University.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2005. “The Contemporary Urban Romance Down Under: Comparative Perspectives on Australian Chick Lit”. Presented at La Trobe University, 27th September, Melbourne.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren and Pia Lebeck. 2003. “Reading Between the Lines: Cross Generational Perspectives on Post-feminism and Ageing in the Popular Fiction of Kathy Lette”. Presented at The Art of Ageing International Conference, 7th November, Lleida, Spain.

Professional and community service

Professional Memberships
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPRS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA)
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE-ANZ)
University Service
  • Academic Quality Committee (2017-2020)
  • Human Research Ethics Committee Member (2016-2019)
  • School of Arts Teaching and Learning Committee Member (2014-2017, 2018-2021), Deputy Chair
  • University Student Appeals Committee Member (2014-2017)
  • Transnational Working Party: Unit Coordinator/Local Teacher Interaction Member. March – June 2010
  • Working Party: Addressing Cultural Sensitivities in a Transnational Environment Member. May—August 2010
Professional Service
  • WACCM “Gender and the Everyday” Conference. Co-convenor with Kyra Clarke, Debbie Rodan, Michele Willson and Rob Cover. Murdoch University, 28th September, 2017.
  • WACCM (Western Australian Communication, Culture and Media group) 4th Symposium on “The Future Academic”. Co-convenor with Terence Lee, Murdoch University, February 12th, 2016.
  • Panelist, ECR session, Pre-ANZCA Conference Workshop. Rydges Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand, July 7, 2015.
  • Australian New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA) Conference Organising Committee Member, Fremantle July 3-5, 2013.
    Australian New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA) Postgraduate pre-conference event organiser (with Kai-Ti Kao), Fremantle, July 2, 2013.

Publications

  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2018. “‘More than Sex, Shopping and Shoes’: Cosmopolitan Indigeneity and Cultural Politics in Anita Heiss’s Koori Lit” in Theorizing Ethnicity and Nationality in the Chick Lit Genre, edited by Erin Hurt. Routledge. (In Press)
  • O’Mahony, Lauren and Olivia Murphy. 2018. “From Polite Society to the Pilbara: The Ingenue Abroad in Evelina and The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots”. Outskirts 38 May, pp. 1-23. http://www.outskirts.arts.uwa.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/3108127/OMahony-and-Murphy.pdf
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2017. “Death and the Australian Rural Romance Novel”. Text Journal, 45, pp. 1-14. http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue45/OMahony.pdf
  • O’Mahony, Lauren and Kathryn Trees. 2017. “Writing Domestic Violence in Marian Keyes’ This Charming Man“. Text Journal 38 (April), pp. 1-16.
  • Order, Simon and Lauren O’Mahony. 2017. “Building a Purposeful Identity in the Older Adult Volunteer Space: A Case Study of Community Radio Station 6RPH (Radio Print-Handicapped). Communication Research and Practice Journal.
  • Order, Simon. and Lauren O’Mahony. 2015, “Active Aging in Community Radio”, in D. Paterno, M. Bourk and D. Matheson (Eds), Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Rethinking communication, space and identity, ISSN 1448-4331, available at: http://www.anzca.net/conferences/past-conferences/2015-conf/p2.html
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2014. “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks?: Romance, Ethics and Human-Dog Relationships in a Rural Australian Novel” Journal of Popular Romance Studies. Volume 4, Issue 2.
  • O’Mahony, Lauren. 2014. “Australian Rural Romance as Feminist Romance?”The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (Elizabeth Jolley Conference Special Edition). Volume 3, Issue 1, pp. 285-298.
  • Delmege, Sharon and Lauren O’Mahony. 2013. “Communication Studies: Why We Need to Design Environments that Cultivate Creative Competency” Asia-Pacific Media Educator. Volume 23, Issue 2, pp. 245-259.
  • Delmege, Sharon and Lauren O’Mahony. 2013. “Cultivating Creative Capacity in Communication Studies” in T. Lee, K. Trees and R. Desai (Eds), Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference:  Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, ISSN 1448-4331, available at: http://www.anzca.net/conferences/past-conferences/159.html