Research Stream

Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth Stephens is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at The University of Queensland, and Associate Investigator (2016) with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. Her publications include Queer Writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet’s Fiction (Palgrave, 2009) and Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from 1700 to the Present (Liverpool UP, 2011). Her new book, co-authored with Peter Cryle, is A Critical Genealogy of Normality, forthcoming with Chicago University Press in 2017.



The Mechanics of Emotion: Eighteenth-Century Automata and the Construction of an Affective Public Sphere

Selected publications

‘We Have Always Been Robots: A Brief History of Robots and Art’. In Robots and Art: An Unlikely Symbiosis, edited by Damith Herath, Christian Kroos and Stelarc, pp. 29‒45. London and New York: Springer, 2016. Co-authored with Tara Heffernan.


Plenary paper, ‘Queer Sensations: Affective Machines as Popular Entertainments’

Keynote presentation, 1st International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions, University of Wollongong CBD Campus, Sydney, 5‒6 December 2016.