Meaghan Morris (born October 9, 1950) is a renowned Australian scholar of cultural studies. She is the Chair Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney.
Born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Morris was raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. Morris enrolled in a B.A. program in English and French at the University of Sydney. In Sydney, she met John Flaus, a film theorist and actor famous who would became a significant influence in the development of Australian cultural studies. She also became engaged in the work of British feminist scholar Juliet Mitchell and gave seminars on Mitchell's book Psychoanalysis and Feminism while pursuing an MLitt from the University of Paris-VIII on a French government scholarship between 1976 and 1978. Morris completed her dissertation on Madame de Tencin, a salonniere from the first half of the eighteenth century.
Upon returning to Australia, Morris published two edited volumes informed by her intellectual experiences in France and also featuring English translations of work by Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Luce Irigaray, and Michel Foucault. She later received a Ph.D. at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she wrote her dissertation on the subject of history in popular culture. In 1995, she and anthropologist Stephen Muecke started The UTS Review, which in 2002 became Cultural Studies Review. Around this same time, Morris left for Hong Kong to take up the post of professorial chair at Lingnan University. In 2009 she joined the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and now works half the year in Hong Kong and half in Australia.
In addition to teaching and writing, Morris now serves as a Senior Editor of TRACES, a multi-lingual journal of cultural theory published by Hong Kong University Press. She also serves on the editorial boards of more than twenty journals, including Cultural Studies Review, Qualitative Inquiry, and Public Culture,
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- Sutherland, John (2006). "The ideas interview: Meaghan Morris", The Guardian, 16 May.