Centre for Ideas staff

Level 2, Building 863
Hub Building
234 St Kilda Road
Southbank VIC 3006
T: +61 3 9035 9343


Academic Coordinator  
Dr Elizabeth Presa T: +61 3 9035 9343
E: epresa@unimelb.edu.au
David Shea T: +61 3 9035 9086
E: dshea@unimelb.edu.au
Raimondo Cortese E:
Dr Justin Clemens T: +61 3 8344 5502
Dr Louise Burchill

Louise Burchill's main areas of research are contemporary French philosophy, feminist theory and space studies. The articles she has published in these fields explore subjects such as the 'feminine' in contemporary French philosophy (focusing on authors such as Deleuze, Derrida, Irigaray, Kristeva and Lyotard), the notion of 'space' in the work of Derrida and Deleuze, and the intersection of Derrida and cinema. She has also written on Deleuze and translation for a dossier on this subject that she co-coordinated for the French review Multitudes (summer 2007), and is the translator of many essays written by Julia Kristeva as well as of Alain Badiou's Deleuze: The Clamor of Being (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000) and Second Manifesto for Philosophy (Cambridge: Polity Press, forthcoming).

Her teaching has concentrated over the last few years (at La Foundation des Sciences Politiques, the American University of Paris and the Centre for Ideas) on Women's and Gender Studies, with the focus of her courses ranging from a critical attention to conceptual underpinnings (especially as relates to the influence of French contemporary philosophy) to more traversal concerns such as media, art and literature. In respect of her interest in this domain, she has a longstanding project with Julia Kristeva to publish a collaborative book elaborating Kristeva's 'replies' to the critical reception of her work in Anglo-American feminism. She is presently writing a book on the work of Jacques Derrida, dealing with the notions of the (Platonic) chôra, space and ‘the feminine'.

Links to articles online

Deming Liu

Master Liu is the 5th generation inheritor of the Liu He Zi Ran Men lineage. He began his study of martial arts at the age of eight with Master Hong Zheng Fu and the legendary Grandmaster Wan Lai Shen.

After graduating from Beijing University Of Physical Education, Master Liu accepted a teaching post at the world famous Shaolin Temple. Subsequently, he spent 12 years teaching at the Fujian Institute Of Physical Education. He has lived, taught and trained in Melbourne, Australia since 1992.


Stelarc is a performance artist who has used prosthetics, robotics, VR systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. Some of his projects include the THIRD HAND, the STOMACH SCULPTURE, EXOSKELTON, the EXTRA EAR and the PROSTHETIC HEAD.

In 1997 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University. He is a recipient of a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for 2005 & 2006. His artwork is represented by the Sherman Galleries in Sydney.

Honorary Fellow  
Danae Killian-O'Callaghan  E: danaeko@unimelb.edu.au