Millicent Weber

About Me

Millicent Weber, PhD Researcher, Centre for the Book

I completed my PhD in the Centre for the Book in 2016. My doctorate was supervised by Dr Simone Murray and Prof Robin Gerster. My doctoral thesis, Audience in the Spotlight: Investigating Literary Festival Engagement, studies audience experience at literary festivals, and the relationships between literary festivals and the communities in which they are embedded. This research forms part of Dr Murray’s Australian Research Council Discovery project Performing Authorship in the Digital Literary Sphere.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at the University of Canberra in 2012. My Honours project, Preserving Manuscript Content in the Digital Age, combined heritage and archival principles with compositional manuscript studies to explore the implications of digital content creation for future archival research. This research was grounded in my professional experience in the Pictures and Manuscripts and Oral History and Folklore teams at the National Library of Australia.

My primary research interests include:

  • The sociology of culture
  • Digital literature
  • Cultural policy and creative industries
  • Book history
  • Authorial practice
  • Heritage and archival practices

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Murray, S. & M. Weber (2017, upcoming) ‘Live and local: The significance of digital media for writers’ festivals’, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 23.1

Weber, M. (2016) ‘Retaining traces of composition in digital manuscript collections: A case for institutional proactivity’, Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media 27

Weber, M. (2015) ‘Conceptualizing Audience Experience at the Literary Festival’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 29.1, available

Edited Collections

Mannion, A. & M. Weber (eds) (2017, upcoming) Publishing: A Solitary and Social Enterprise [provisional title], published by Monash University Publishing, Melbourne

Lam, C., Rafael, J. & M. Weber (eds) (2017, in press) Credibility and the Incredible: Disassembling the Celebrity Figure, published by press, UK

Conference Papers

Weber (2016, November) ‘Scandal at the Festival: Literary Festivals as Sites of Field Negotiation’, presented at Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne

Weber (2016, July) ‘Live and Online Literary Culture: Intersections in Reader Engagement’, presented at Literature and Technology conference, Sydney, annual conference of AAL (Australasian Association for Literature)

Weber, M. (2015, November) ‘The Literary Festival as Economic and Cultural Project: A Creative Industries Perspective’, presented at Independent Publishing Conference, Melbourne

Weber, M. (2015, July) ‘Literary Festivals and the Digital Revolution’, presented at The Generation and Regeneration of Books conference, Montreal, annual conference of SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)

Weber, M. (2014, September) ‘The Literary Festival as a Cosmopolitan Space’, presented at The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and Its Critics, Melbourne

Weber, M. (2014, July) ‘Encountering the ‘Literary’ Festival: Toward a Conceptual Framework for Audience Experience’, presented at Celebrity and Fandom, Oxford

Weber, M. (2014, June) ‘Retaining Traces of Composition in Digital Manuscript Collections: A Case for Institutional Proactivity’, presented at The Born Digital and Cultural Heritage conference, Melbourne


In 2015 and 2016 I tutored on the undergraduate units ATS1903 Introduction to Literature: Ways of Reading and ATS1904 Literary Genres: Reading the City.

I have also given guest lectures on cultural policy and libraries and archives in ATS2442 Print Cultures: Books as Media.

Revealing the Reader: Australian Humanities Review

The Centre for the Book is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of Australian Humanities Review stemming form the ‘Revealing the Reader’ symposium.

The special issue brings together a number of articles stemming from papers delivered at the conference, and covers a wide range of interests in reading research including cultural studies, book history, literary studies, and creative writing. The specie issue is edited by Centre co-directors Anna Poletti and Patrick Spedding, and Rosalind McFarlane.


Special Issue: Revealing the Reader: Table of Contents
Anna Poletti and Patrick Spedding Introduction: Revealing the Reader
Part 1: Reading Histories
Susan K. Martin Tracking Reading in Nineteenth-Century Melbourne Diaries
Amanda Laugesen Journeys in Reading in Wartime: Some Australian Soldiers’ Reading Experiences in the First World War


Patrick Spedding Eliza Haywood’s Eighteenth-Century Readers in Pennsylvania and New York
Patrick Spedding Eliza Haywood’s Eighteenth-Century Readers: Appendixes


Part 2: Reading Communities
Robert Clarke and Marguerite Nolan Book Clubs and Reconciliation: A Pilot Study on Book Clubs Reading the ‘Fictions of Reconciliation’
Tully Barnett Social Reading: The Kindle’s Social Highlighting Function and Emerging Reading Practices


Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo Reproducing ‘the Wow Factor’?: Negotiating the Values of Reading through One Book, One Community Events
Part 3: Reading Futures
Ali Alizadeh The Subject Supposed to Read: the Case against the E-reader


  • CWWA

     The Fifth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association  CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S WRITING AND … Continue reading CWWA


 The Fifth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association 


Hosted by RMIT, Monash and Deakin Universities, Melbourne, Australia

3-5 July 2014

Sponsored by the Research in Literary Studies research unit, Centre for the Book, and the Centre for Australian and Postcolonial Writing at Monash University, and the NonFiction Lab at RMIT.

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Thanks to our keynotes, presenters, conference delegates and support staff for making the conference a success!

If you missed the conference, you can view the tweets from the event here. Thanks to Sally Clair for making this document of the event.

CWWA Program

The 5th biennial CWWA conference, ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing and Environments,’ which will be held at the State Library of Victoria 3-5 July 2014, recognises and investigates the importance of environments to women’s writing, and the contribution women’s writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of ‘environment,’ the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women’s writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association was established ‘to act as a forum which promotes and enhances research and the exchange of ideas and information for all who are interested in this dynamic and diverse area of cultural activity.’ Two of the major activities of the Association include the publication of the Oxford Journal Contemporary Women’s Writing, and a biennial International conference. The conference is intended to bring together women writers and scholars in the area of contemporary (1970s onwards) women’s writing to discuss and share ideas, and to promote women’s writing in general.

The conference includes an exciting public program: keynote talks and readings are open to the public. You can purchase a ticket for any keynote talk by clicking on the registration link above. See the times and outlines of their presentations here.


Lyn Hejinian: A founding figure of the Language writing movement in the 1970s, Lyn is one of America’s foremost experimental poets. Her books of poetry include My LifeWriting Is an Aid to MemoryHappilyThe Fatalist andThe Book of a Thousand Eyes. She has also published a collection of essays, The Language of Inquiry. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.


Photo Credit: John Kelsey
Photo Credit: John Kelsey


Chris Kraus: cutting-edge LA-based writer of fiction and art criticism, Chris’ books include I Love DickAliens & Anorexia, Torpor, Summer of Hate and Where Art Belongs. She was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association in 2008. She also founded the Native Agents series for Semiotext(e).





Kate Rigby

Kate Rigby: Australia’s first Professor of Environmental Humanities (Monash University), founding member of the Australian Ecological Humanities network and founding president of the Australia-New Zealand  Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Kate is a leading Australian theorist of ecopoetics, and is co-editor of Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (U of Virginia P 2011).
Deborah Bird RoseDeborah Bird Rose: Environmental Humanities Program (University of New South Wales), is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a founding co-editor of Environmental Humanities. She has worked with Australian Aboriginal people in their claims to land and other decolonising contexts; her current research focuses on multispecies communities in this time of extinctions. Her books include Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction (2011, University of Virginia Press), the re-released second edition of Country of the Heart: An Indigenous Australian Homeland (2011), the third edition of the prize-winning ethnography Dingo Makes Us Human (2009), Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation (2004) and Nourishing Terrains: Australian Aboriginal views of Landscape and Wilderness (1996). She the author of the popular blog ‘Life at the Edge of Extinction’(


© 2013 Vincent L Long
© 2013 Vincent L Long


Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi Nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Her writings include the novels Plains of Promise (UQP), Carpentaria (Giramondo)The Swan Book (Giramondo), and the non-fiction book Grog War (Magabala). Alexis was also the compiler and editor of Take Power (Jukurrpa Books). Her writings have been translated and published in many countries. She is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Writing and Society Research Group, University of Western Sydney.



Alison Ravenscroft is Associate Professor of English at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her recent book The Postcolonial Eye (Ashgate 2012) begins from the premise that contemporary Indigenous textuality cannot be wholly known within western modes of thought, and that some of their vital political and aesthetic work lies in their powers to unsettle non-Indigenous readers’ assurance in their own powers to see and to know. She is currently working with a team of Indigenous researchers and designers on a new digital knowledges site, the Centre for Indigenous Story, supported by La Trobe University, which will be launched in late 2014.


 Keynote abstracts.

The 5th biennial CWWA conference, ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing and Environments’ recognises and investigates the importance of environments to women’s writing, and the contribution women’s writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of ‘environment’, the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women’s writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.


Please note that all presenters are required to be members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.



Dr. Jessica Wilkinson

School of Media and Communication

RMIT University

Melbourne, Australia

Email: cwwamelbourne2014[at]


Conference Venue:

State Library of Victoria

Melbourne CBD


Conference Convenors:

Dr Jessica Wilkinson (RMIT University)

Dr Anna Poletti (Monash)

Dr Melinda Harvey (Monash)

Dr Ann Vickery (Deakin University, Melbourne)

Dr Cassandra Atherton (Deakin University, Melbourne)


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Future students

For undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and graduate research course information please contact the Faculty of Arts.

For honours course information please contact the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

For general future student information specific to the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics please visit future students and Higher Degree by Research for future students.




Staff associated with the Centre for the Book teach the following subjects, available as part of the Literary Studies and Communications majors:

ATS3442: Print Cultures

ATS3091: Digital Literatures

You can read more about these subjects by searching for them in the University handbook.



Links below refer to the Monash University Handbook and the Monash University Course Finder.

Our school offers honours programs in:

For further course and unit information about honours please contact the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.


Postgraduate coursework

Staff in the Centre for the Book teach into the following Masters by Coursework programs:

Masters of Publishing and Editing


Graduate research

Staff from the Centre for the Book teach into the Literary and Cultural Studies Higher Degrees by Research program.

You can find out more about this program by searching for “Literary and Cultural Studies” in the postgraduate section of the handbook.

Current print culture research projects supervised by staff include:

  • The History of The Phantom Comic Book in Australia, India and Sweden (more info on the project blog).
  • Style matters: The influence of editorial style on the publishing of English.
  • 99 Problems: Exploring Writerly and Regulatory Ontologies across Transmedial Life-Writing.
  • ‘There’s More to a Coffee Table Book than Meets the Eye’: A study of the role of the coffee table book.