Past Writer-in-Residence: Victoria Kuttainen

Victoria Kuttainen is Associate Professor English and Writing at James Cook University in Australia. She holds a BA Hons and MA in English from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her books include The Transported Imagination: Australian Interwar Magazines and the Geographical Modernities of Colonial Modernity (2018) and Unsettling Stories: Settler Postcolonialism and the Short Story Composite (2009). Her emerging creative writing includes “This is Rape Culture, Ladies and Gentlemen” (2017).

Her research and teaching in postcolonial literary studies focuses on the intersections of narratology, colonialism, trauma, migration, displacement, geography, identity, and settlement. These inform her experiments with the affordances of creative writing to explore how to tell complex and sensitive family stories around ways in which mental health issues—which were historically much less understand than now, have impacted families, particularly from migrant backgrounds.

During her residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House, Victoria will host an in-dialogue-with Q&A style event with psychologist Dr, Joti Samra, exploring the challenges of mental health issues as they affect families, the role of narrative in healing, the ethics of telling, and barriers to identifying and seeking help for mental health issues, in migrant communities.

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