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AUSCCER Scott McKinnon profile photoScott McKinnon

Position: Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Email: scottmck@uow.edu
Twitter: @McKinnon_SJ
 

 

 

 

 

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Modern History (2012), University of Technology, Sydney
  • Master of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences (Research) (2006), University of Technology, Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Librarianship) (1994), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in History (1993), University of Sydney
     

Previous Positions

  • 2017 – Present: Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Wollongong
  • 2013 – Present: Honorary Associate, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
  • 2013-2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Discovery Project “Queering Disasters in the Antipodes”, Geography & Urban Studies, Western Sydney University (2013 – 2016)
  • 2016: Research Officer, SSHRC Project “Resisting Recognition: transnational oppositions to LGBT inclusions in Canada, Great Britain and Australia, Western Sydney University
  • 2016: Research Officer, ARC Discovery Project “Living Apart Together: home mobile work is transforming Australian homes”, Western Sydney University
  • 2012, 2016: Research Officer, ARC Linkage Project “The Past in the Present: Australian Lesbian and Gay Life Stories”, Macquarie University
  • 2012: Research Officer, ARC Discovery Project “Men on the Home Front: Spatialities of Domesticity and Masculinity”, Western Sydney University

Research Interests

  • Collective memory of disasters
  • Social and cultural dimensions of disaster
  • Geographies of memory
  • Historical geographies of sexuality and gender
  • Oral history as a research methodology

I am fascinated by the ways in which the past continues to operate in the present. In particular, my research investigates the role memories of the past play in the construction of present day identities. I’ve pursued this core research interest across diverse fields, including disasters research, histories and geographies of sexuality, and cinema studies.

In my current research, I explore the collective memory of disasters associated with natural hazards. I am interested in understanding how communities remember past disasters and in how this memory informs, enables or inhibits management of future disasters. My previous work in disasters research has focussed on the impacts of social marginality, particularly related to sexual and gender identity, on how people experience disasters.

I have an ongoing interest in historical geographies of sexuality, particular as relates to LGBT communities in Australia. My doctoral research investigated the role of cinema in the history of gay male identity in Sydney. In that project, I examined cinemas as important spaces in the emergence of the gay community, as well as the significant role memories of cinema play in the construction of gay identity.

Current research projects

Reducing community vulnerability to disasters in Australia: what role does collective memory play?
In political rhetoric, media reports and the personal narratives of survivors, disasters associated with natural hazards have often been described as unforgettable events. Indeed, memories of past disasters hold an important place in Australian national mythologies and identities. Although post-disaster discourses reveal a desire to record and preserve memories at multiple scales and to ensure that individuals, communities and governments ‘never forget’, this discursive focus on remembrance rarely produces lasting change in community perceptions and behaviours or in government policy. Each new disaster is greeted with shock and Australians remain highly vulnerable to the impacts of floods, cyclones and bushfires. This project examines the construction and enactment of Australian disaster memories across a broad time period, across multiple hazard types and multiple sites, exploring the interlinked yet often conflicting concepts: ‘remembering a disaster’ and ‘learning from a disaster’.


Research Publications

Books
  • McKinnon S. 2016. Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, memory and the history of a gay male community. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books.
Journal Articles
  • McKinnon, S. 2017. “Maintaining the school closet: The changing regulation of homosexuality and the contested space of the school in NSW, 1978 to 1984”, Australian Geographer.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., McKinnon, S., Dominey-Howes, D., Nash, C., & Bolton, R., 2017 “Listening and learning: giving voice to trans experiences of disasters”, Gender, Place and Culture
  • McKinnon, S., Gorman-Murray, A. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2017. “Remembering an epidemic during a disaster: Memories of HIV/AIDS, gay identities and experiences of disaster”, Gender, Place and Culture. 24(1): 52-63.
  • McKinnon, S. (forthcoming) “Maintaining the school closet: The changing regulation of homosexuality and the contested space of the school in NSW, 1978 to 1984”, Australian Geographer. (Accepted 5/5/2017)
  • Gorman-Murray, A., McKinnon, S., Dominey-Howes, D., Nash, C., & Bolton, R., (forthcoming) “Listening and learning: giving voice to trans experiences of disasters”, Gender, Place and Culture. (Accepted 15/2/2017)
  • McKinnon, S., Gorman-Murray, A. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2017. “Remembering an epidemic during a disaster: Memories of HIV/AIDS, gay identities and experiences of disaster”, Gender, Place and Culture. 24(1): 52-63.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., Morris, S., Keppell, J., McKinnon, S. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2017. ‘Problems and Possibilities at the Margins: LGBT experiences in the 2011 Queensland floods’, Gender Place and Culture. 24(1): 37-51.
  • McKinnon, S., Waitt, G. & Gorman-Murray, A. 2017. “The Safe Schools Program and young people’s sexed and gendered geographies”, Australian Geographer, 48(2): 145-152.
  • McKinnon, S., Gorman-Murray, A. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2016. “‘The Greatest Loss was a Loss of our History”: Natural disasters, marginalised identities and sites of memory’, Social and Cultural Geography. 17(8): 1120-1139.
  • Dominey-Howes, D., Gorman-Murray. A. & McKinnon, S. 2016. “Emergency Management Response and Recovery Plans in Relation to Sexual and Gender Minorities in New South Wales, Australia”, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 16: 1-11.
  • McKinnon, S., Gorman-Murray, A. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2016. ‘Disasters, Queer Narratives and the News: How are LGBTI disaster experiences reported by the mainstream and LGBTI media?’, Journal of Homosexuality, 64(1): 122-144.
  • McKinnon, S. 2016. ‘Straight Disasters: The (hetero)sexual geographies of Hollywood disaster films’, GeoJournal 82(3): 503-515. 
  • McKinnon, S. 2015. ‘Watching Men Kissing Men: The Australian reception of the gay male kiss on-screen’, Journal of the History of Sexuality. 24(2): 262-287.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., Morris, S., Keppel, J., McKinnon, S. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2014. ‘The LGBTI Community in the 2011 Queensland Floods: Marginality, vulnerability and resilience’ LES Online. 6(1): 4-20.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., McKinnon, S. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2014. ‘Queer Domicide? LGBT displacement and home loss in natural disaster impact, response and recovery’, Home Cultures. 11(2): 237–262.
  • Dominey-Howes, D., Gorman-Murray, A. & McKinnon, S. 2014. ‘Queering Disasters: On the need to account for LGBTI experiences in natural disaster contexts’, Gender Place and Culture. 21(7): 905–918.
  • McKinnon, S. 2013. ‘The Activist Cinema-goer: Gay liberation at the movies’, History Australia. 10(1): 125–143.
  • McKinnon, S. 2012. ‘The Emerald City of Oz: The city of Sydney as a gay space in Australian feature films’, Studies in Australasian Cinema. 5(3): 307–320.
  • McKinnon, S. 2010. ‘Taking the Word ‘Out’ West: Movie reception and gay space’, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies. 7(2): 341–359
  • McKinnon, S. 2009. ‘How to be a Man: Masculinity in Australian teen culture and American teen movies’, MIA: Media International Australia. 131: 127–135.
Book Chapters
  • Gorman-Murray, A., McKinnon S. & Dominey-Howes, D. 2016. ‘Masculinity, Sexuality and Disaster: Unpacking gendered LGBT experiences in the 2011 Brisbane floods, Queensland, Australia’, in Enarson, E. & Pease, B. (Eds), Men, Masculinities and Disaster, Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • McKinnon, S. & Gorman-Murray, A. 2016. ‘Sexuality’, in Huppatz, K., Hawkins, M. & Matthews, A. (Eds), Identity and Belonging, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 57–70.
  • Gorman-Murray, A. & McKinnon, S. 2015. ‘Queer Geography: Rethinking sexuality and space’, 2nd International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 759–764.
  • McKinnon, S. 2014. ‘The Curious Case of Cruising: Debating gay male identity and visibility via the movies’, in Featherstone, L., Jennings, R. & Reynolds, R. (Eds), Acts of Love and Lust: Sexuality in Australia from 1945–2010, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Press, 77–94.
  • McKinnon, S. 2013. ‘Musicals are Gay: A brief history of gay men, Hollywood divas and movie musicals’, in Willett, G. & Smaal, Y. (Eds), Intimacy, Violence and Activism: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VII, Clayton, Vic: Monash University Publishing, 105–118.
  • McKinnon, S. 2011. ‘Witches, Faggots, Dykes and Poofters’, in Bennett, J.E. & Beirne, R. (Eds), Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, London: I.B. Tauris, 225–230.
  • McKinnon, S. 2011. ‘“And the Audience was Full of Poofs and I Thought it was Fantastic”: Researching the history of gay men and the movies’, in Willett, G. & Smaal, Y. (Eds), Out Here: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VI, Clayton, Vic: Monash University Publishing, 201–216.
Non-Academic Publications

Research Student Supervision

Future Students

Not currently taking on new research students.

Selected presentations

  • 09/2017 “Out on screen and in the audience: Sydney’s gay history as told through the city’s movie theatres”, Hashtag, Heroines and Histories: Popular Culture in History, History Week Symposium, State Library of NSW [Invited]
  • 07/2017 “‘A haunted memory for this city’: Remembering the 1974 Brisbane floods during the 2011 disaster”, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Queensland
  • 05/2016 “Choose your own masculinity: gay film characters and contested masculinities in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990”, Sydney Feminist History Group, University of Technology, Sydney [Invited]
  • 07/2015 “Remembering and Forgetting 1974: Memories of a previous disaster in responses to the 2011 Brisbane Flood”, Australian Historical Association Conference, University of Sydney
  • 07/2015 “Masculinity, sexuality and disaster: exploring LGBTI experiences of the Brisbane Floods 2011”, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Australian National University
  • 05/2015 “Staying at Home or Going to the Festival: The Spaces of Gay Film Reception from 2000 to 2010”, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies Seminar Series, University of Sydney [Invited]
  • 11/2014 “Straight Disasters: (Hetero)sexuality in Hollywood Disaster Films”, Australian Homosexual Histories Conference 2014, University of Technology, Sydney
  • 09/2014 “Researching memory across disciplines, or ‘I’m slightly obsessed with memory and it is all Paula Hamilton’s fault’”, invited speaker, Gender, History and Memory: A symposium in honour of Prof. Paula Hamilton, University of Technology, Sydney [Invited]
  • 07/2014 “Remembering the floods: queer space, natural disasters and sites of memory”, Institute of Australian Geographers/New Zealand Geographical Society Joint Conference, University of Melbourne
  • 04/2014 “Gay Men, Movies and Urban Space: Intersections between histories and geographies of sexuality and cinema-going”, Thinking Space Seminar Series, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney [Invited]
  • 07/2013 “First the Sex, then the Kiss: A brief history of sex and the screen gay male”, Australian Historical Association Conference, University of Wollongong
  • 02/2013 “100 Voices: An Introduction”, Queer Thinking at Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney
  • 09/2012 “’When John Kerr took his shirt off, I thought that was the best thing I’d ever seen: Gay male identity and childhood memories of the movies”, Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay, NYU and CUNY, New York, USA
  • 05/2012 “Queer Uses for Cinema Spaces: Movie theatres and the history of a gay male community”, Queer Places, Practices and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward, Ohio State University, Columbus OH, USA
  • 02/2012 “The Activist Cinema-goer: Gay Liberation at the Movies”, After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation, LaTrobe University, Melbourne
  • 09/2011 “The Curious Case of Cruising: Debating Gay Male Community, Identity and Visibility via the Movies”, Histories of Sexuality Conference, Macquarie University and University of Newcastle, Newcastle
  • 09/2010 “Strike Up the Band: Gay Men and the Movies in Sydney, 1969-1975”, 10th Australian Homosexual Histories Conference, University of Technology, Sydney

Professional Service

  • 2016 – Present: Vice-President, Oral History New South Wales
  • 2011 – Present: Committee Member, Pride History Group 
Last reviewed: 6 September, 2017

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