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Professor Mindy Blaise

Director, Centre for People, Place and Planet

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3875
Email: m.blaise@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.112  

Mindy is a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow. She is leading an interdisciplinary project on children’s common world relations with place, materiality, and the more-than-human.

Background

Before becoming an academic, Mindy was a kindergarten and early years teacher in the USA. She has held university positions in the USA (University of Texas, Austin), Hong Kong (The Education University of Hong Kong), and Australia (RMIT, Monash University, Victoria University).

She is a co-founding member (with Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Western University, Ontario, Canada and Affrica Taylor, Canberra University) and principal researcher of the Common Worlds Research Collective. In 2016, she co-founded (with Emily Gray, RMIT and Linda Knight, QUT) the international and interdisciplinary collective, #FEAS, Feminist Educators Against Sexism.

Professional associations

  • Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE), member
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), member
  • Gender and Education Association, member

Research interests

Creating and practicing experimental and innovative pedagogies for the Anthropocene; interdisciplinarity; postdevelopmentalism; queer theory; feminism; post empiricism; multi-species ethnography.

Mindy is interested in bringing together early childhood education and feminist environmental humanities to generate new pedagogies for the Anthropocene. In particular, she is curious about what we might learn by paying attention to children’s relations with place, materials, and the more-than-human and how this might activate pedagogies that can ethically attend to the common worlds we share.

Potential research students interested in creative practice, interdisciplinarity, environmental issues (water, waste, weathering), and pedagogies for the Anthropocene are encouraged to get in touch.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education, United States of America, 1999.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Knight, L., Gray, E., Blaise, M. (2020). Powerful dressing: Artfully challenging sexism in the academy. Transdisciplinary feminist research : Innovations in theory, method and practice (43-58). Routledge.
  • Blaise, M., Rooney, T. (2020). Listening to and telling a rush of unruly natureculture gender stories. Disrupting and countering deficits in early childhood education (151-163). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315102696-10.
  • Blaise, M., Ryan, S. (2020). Engaging with critical theories and the early childhood curriculum. Curiculum in Early Childhood Education: Re-examined, Reclaimed, Renewed (80-95). Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Blaise, M., Hamm, C. (2020). Lively Emu dialogues: Activating feminist common worlding pedagogies. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 2020(Article in press), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2020.1817137.
  • Giamminuti, S., Merewether, J., Blaise, M. (2020). Aesthetic-ethico-political movements in professional learning: encounters with feminist new materialisms and Reggio Emilia in early childhood research. Professional Development in Education, 2020(Article in press), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2020.1862277.
  • Rooney, T., Blaise, M., Royds, F. (2020). With shadows, dust and mud: Activating weathering-with pedagogies in early childhood education. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2020(Article in press), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949120939202.

Book Chapters

  • Blaise, M., Hamm, C. (2019). Shimmering: Animating Multispecies Relations with Wurundjeri Country. Feminist research for 21st-century childhoods: Common worlds methods (93-100). Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Blaise, M., Knight, L., Gray, E. (2019). Punk Feminism and #FEAS: A Low-Brow Protest of Academic Sexism. Strategies for Resisting Sexism in the Academy: Higher Education, Gender and Intersectionality (269-286). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04852-5_15.
  • Greishaber, S., Blaise, M. (2019). Making room for more: Complexity, diversity, and the impact of alternative perspectives on early childhood care and education. The Wiley Handbook of Early Childhood Care and Education (617-640). John Wiley & Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119148104.
  • Blaise, M., Pacini-Ketchabaw, V. (2019). Enacting Feminist Materialist Movement Pedagogies in the Early Years. Feminists researching gendered childhoods: Generative entanglements (109-120). Bloomsbury Academic.

Journal Articles

  • Blaise, M., Rooney, T., Pollitt, J. (2019). Weather wanderings. Journal of Public Pedagogies, 4(2019), 166-170.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Pollitt, J., Blue, L., Blaise, M. (2019). Conversations with rain: a multi-platform research-creation project. Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Banjerjee, B., Blaise, M. (2017). Data provocations: Disappointing, failing, malfunctioning. Disrupting data in qualitative inquiry: Entanglements with the post-critical and post-anthropocentric (49-60). Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Taylor, A., Blaise, M. (2017). Queer Departures into More-Than-Human Worlds. The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education (591-609). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-40033-8_29.

Journal Articles

  • Blaise, M., Hamm, C., Iorio, JM. (2017). Modest witness(ing) and lively stories: paying attention to matters of concern in early childhood. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 25(1), 31-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2016.1208265.

Book Chapters

  • Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., Blaise, M., Taylor, A. (2016). Decentering the human in multi-species ethnographies. Posthuman Research Practices in Education (149-167). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137453082.

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Bone, J., Blaise, M. (2015). An uneasy assemblage: Prisoners, animals, asylum-seeking children and posthuman packaging. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 16(1), 18-31. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949114566754.

Book Chapters

  • Blaise, M. (2014). Gender Discourses and Play. The SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood (115-127). SAGE Publications Ltd.

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Blaise, M. (2013). Situating Hong Kong Pet–Dog–Child Figures within Colonialist Flows and Disjunctures. Global Studies of Childhood, 3(4), 380-394. https://doi.org/10.2304/gsch.2013.3.4.380.
  • Blaise, M., Leung, VW., Sun, C. (2013). Views from Somewhere: situated knowledges and partial perspectives in a Hong Kong kindergarten classroom. Global Studies of Childhood, 3(1), 12-25.
  • Banerjee, B., Blaise, M. (2013). There’s Something in the Air: Becoming-With Research Practices. Cultural Studies: Critical Methodologies, 13(4), 240-245. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708613487867.
  • Taylor, A., Blaise, M., Giugni, M. (2013). Haraway's ‘bag lady story-telling’: relocating childhood and learning within a ‘post-human landscape. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 34(1), 48-62. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2012.698863.
  • Blaise, M. (2013). Charting new territories: re-assembling childhood sexuality in the early years classroom. Gender and Education, 25(7), 801-817. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2013.797070.
  • Yelland, N., Andrew, Y., Blaise, M., Chan, YO. (2013). ‘We spend more time with the children than they do …’: education, care and the work of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. Globalization Societies and Education, 11(4), 443-458. https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.2013.807079.

Research Projects

  • Understanding and Addressing Everyday Sexisms in Australian Universities, Australian Research Council, Grant - Discovery Projects, 2021 ‑ 2024, $322,643.
  • Using creative arts, pedagogical documentation, and dialogue to transform children's relations to waste, Perpetual Ltd, IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program, 2018 ‑ 2021, $43,000.
  • Re-thinking the Rs through arts: transforming waste practices in early childhood education, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grants, 2018 ‑ 2021, $32,643.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Experimentations and worldings: Radical relationality and early childhood pedagogy
  • Master of Education, Paying attention to water relations: Pedagogical documentation and poetic inquiry as curious practices
  • Master of Education, String figuring as methodology: Noticing and engaging 'down the back' in early childhood

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Place Literacies: Literacies Emerging in Place-Child(ren) Common Worlds

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education: A case study of everyday family care and education practices in Hong Kong
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Fat(s), muscle(s), movement, and physiologie(s) in early childhood education
  • Doctor of Education: In search of an aesthetic pathway: young children's encounter with drama improvisation
  • Master of Education: The role of struggle in teachers' beliefs about learning and instruction
  • Master of Education: Sexy girls and handsome boys: Popular cultures, representations of gender, sexualities, and childhoods
  • Master of Education: Guidance and governing: Managing, the behaviours of children, educators, and families

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: The ambiguity of early childhood preservice teachers' beliefs about practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Young children's experiences and understandings of family
  • Master of Education: Application of effective strategies to early childhood education: Focusing on minority children learning English as a Second Language
  • Master of Education: The child in nature
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Sowing the seeds of care in teacher education: Incidental or intentional?
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