Jen Webb

Distinguished Professor, Creative Practice

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Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. Her main research interest is the relationship between what Pierre Bourdieu termed 'the field of cultural production'—the broad sphere of art—and the social domain, including the political and sociocultural, the practical and the economic, the local and the global. Her current major projects investigate aspects of creativity, and creative production, and the creative producer, and she is supported in this by the ARC Discovery projects Working the Field: Creative Graduates in Australia and China (DP150101477), and So what do you do? Graduates in the Creative and Cultural Industries (DP160101440).  
Academics working in the creative field typically have their own creative practice, and Jen's works include lyric and prose poetry, short fictions, and artist books. She is the holder of the inaugural ACT Poet of the Year Award, as well as many other literary awards. She is also the ACT editor for the Australian Book Review's States of Poetry mini-anthologies (2015–2017), chair of the NSW Premier's Literary Award (Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry), and co-editor for the Australasian Association of Writing Program's literary journal, Meniscus.
Jen's recent works include the scholarly volumes Researching Creative Writing (Frontinus, 2015), Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (with Caroline Turner; Manchester UP, 2016); and the Oxford University Press bibliography entry for Pierre Bourdieu (2017). Her recent volumes of poetry include Stolen Stories, Borrowed Lines (Mark Time Press, 2015), Sentences from the Archive (Recent Work Press, 2016), and (with Paul Hetherington), the poetry/photography volume Watching the World (Blemish Books, 2015). With Paul Hetherington, she is also editor of the bilingual (Chinese/Australian) anthology of poetry, Open Windonws: Contemporary Australian Poetry (Shanghai: Shanghai Joint Publishing Company, 2016); and of the academic journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Queensland University of Technology

PhD, University of Technology Sydney

PhD, Central Queensland University

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Projects 2003 2018

Research Output 1997 2019

"Accounting for Creative Arts Research"

Gibson, R. & Webb, J., 7 Jun 2019, NiTRO, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinArticle

Open Access

Grief, racism and uncertain futures: Your guide to the 2019 Miles Franklin shortlist

Webb, J., 30 Jul 2019, The Conversation, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
Natural World
Love Lost

Publishing and its Discontents: Authors, Incomes and Alternative Models

Webb, J. & MUNDEN, P., 2019, Publishing and Culture. Baker, D., Brien, D. L. & Webb, J. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 242-259 18 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter


With wit and tenderness, Miles Franklin winner Melissa Lucashenko writes back to the ‘whiteman’s world’

Webb, J., 30 Jul 2019, The Conversation, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
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Working it out together: a suggested model for vacation-related decision-making in couples

WEBB, J., 5 Feb 2019, Verity La.

Research output: Textual Creative WorksOther contribution

Open Access
decision making
Decision making

Activities 2011 2019

Between the Lines

Jen WEBB (Organiser), Jordan WILLIAMS (Organiser), Patrick MULLINS (Organiser)
Feb 2019Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Meniscus (Journal)

Jen WEBB (Member of editorial board), Paul HETHERINGTON (Member of editorial board), Paul MUNDEN (Member of editorial board), Gail Pittaway (Member of editorial board)
Jan 2019Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Axon: Creative Explorations (Journal)

Jen WEBB (Editor in chief), Paul HETHERINGTON (Editor in chief)
Jan 2019Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Review of Higher Degrees by Research

Jen WEBB (Participant)
16 Oct 201823 Nov 2018

Activity: Expert Advice and OtherExpert Review

Memoir in fragments: mapping family and place

Jen WEBB (Examiner)
Oct 2018Nov 2018

Activity: Examination