Ass Prof. Ruth Barcan

Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

Ruth Barcan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute. Ruth’s teaching and research focus on embodiment and the senses in everyday life, with a particular interest in everyday practices of sustainability.

Along with Dr Fiona Allon, she is part of an Australian-German research collaboration exploring the sociocultural dimensions of waste in an urban context. Her project for this research is on the revival of domestic chicken-keeping in Sydney.

Ruth is the author of Academic Life and Labour in the New University: Hope and Other Choices (Ashgate, 2013), Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Bodies, Therapies, Senses (Berg, 2011), Nudity: A Cultural Anatomy (Berg, 2004), and the co-editor of Imagining Australian Space: Cultural Studies and Spatial Inquiry (UWA Press, 1999) and Planet Diana: Cultural Studies and Global Mourning (Research Centre in Intercommunal Studies, UWS Nepean, 1997).