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Sneja Gunew was educated at the Universities of Melbourne, Toronto, Leeds, and Newcastle, N.S.W. She has taught at various universities in England, Australia and Canada. She has taught at Deakin University (akin to Britains Open University), Victoria, Australia, before moving to Canada in 1993. She has published widely on postcolonial, multicultural and feminist critical theory and is currently Professor of English and Women's Studies at The University of British Columbia, Canada.
She has edited and co-edited four anthologies of Australian women's and multicultural writings (Displacements: Migrant Storytellers; Displacements 2: Multicultural Storytellers; Beyond the Echo: Multicultural Women's Writing; Telling Ways: Australian Women's Experimental Writing). She is the editor of Feminist Knowledge: Critique and Construct and A Reader in Feminist Knowledge (both from Routledge, U.K.). She compiled with L.Houbein, A.Karakostas-Seda and J. Mahyuddin, A Bibliography of Australian Multicultural Writers (the first such compilation in Australia) and edited (with K.O.Longley) Striking Chords: Multicultural Literary Interpretations (1992). She has edited (with Anna Yeatman) Feminism and the Politics of Difference (1993). Her monograph Framing Marginality: Multicultural Literary Studies, which outlines a theoretical framework for analysing ethnic minority writings in Australia, appeared in 1994. Her most recent book is Haunted Nations:The Colonial Dimensions of Multiculturalisms (2004).
She has also worked in the area of cultural policy particularly in her three years as a Council member of the Australia Council (the Australian federal arts funding body). This resulted in editing (with Fazal Rizvi) Culture, Difference and the Arts (1994). Her current work is in comparative multicultural critical theory and in diasporic cultures and their intersections with national and global cultural formations.
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