B Arts (Hons), PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities
- Identity and embodiment
- Cosmetic surgery and body modification
- Death and material culture
- Representations of death
- Mourning and grief
Current teaching areas
- First year Sociology
- Sociology of Identity
- Bennett, A., Back, L., Edles, L., Gibson, M., Inglis, D., Jacobs, R., Woodward. I. Cultural Sociology. An Introduction, Oxford: Blackwell. (forthcoming)
- Gibson, Margaret (2008) Objects of the Dead: Mourning and Memory in Everyday Life, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne: Australia.
Refereed Chapters in Edited Collections
- Gibson, Margaret (2014) "Digital Objects of the Dead: negotiating electronic remains" pp. 221-238, in The Social Construction of Death: interdisciplinary perspectives, edited by Leen van Brussel and Nico Carpentier, London: Palgrave.
- Gibson, Margaret and Marga Altena (2014) "The Digital Lives of the Dead: YouTube as a practice of Cybermourning" pp. 15-27, in A Digital Janus: Looking forward, looking back, edited by Dennis Moser and Susan Dun, Inter-Disciplinary Press: United Kingdom.
- Gibson, Margaret (2011) ‘Death and Community’ in Governing Death and Loss, Oxford University Press.
- Gibson, Margaret (2011) “Roadside Memorials: ‘Memory: How people remember the landscape’”, Queensland Historical Atlas.
- Gibson, Margaret (2007) ‘The Death Drive’, in Roadside Memorials: A Multidisciplinary Approach, pp. 164-172, Jennifer Clark (Ed), EMU Press.
- Gibson, Margaret (2006) ‘Memorialisation and Immortality: religion, community and the Internet’ in Popular Spiritualities The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, pp. 63-76, Kathleen McPhillips and Lynne Hume (Eds), Ashgate.
Refereed Journal Articles
- Gibson, Margaret (2015 - forthcoming) "Youtube and bereavement vlogging: emotional exchange between strangers", Journal of Sociology: the journal of Australian Sociological Association.
- Gibson, Margaret (2015 - forthcoming) "Automatic and Automated Mourning: messengers of death and messages from the dead", Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies.
- Gibson, Margaret (2011) ‘The Death Scene: Between public and private, interior and exterior, the real and the fictional’, special issue, South Atlantic Quarterly, Duke University Press.
- Gibson, Margaret (2011) ‘Memorials and the public culture of grief’, special issue, ‘The Death Scene: Perspectives on Mortality’, Cultural Studies Review, Issue 17, No. 1.
- Buchan, Bruce. Ellison, David, and Margaret Gibson (2011) ‘The Death Scene’, special issue, ‘The Death Scene: Perspectives on Mortality’, Cultural Studies Review, Issue 17, No. 1.
- Gibson, Margaret (2010) ‘Death and the transformation of objects and their value’ Special Issue ‘Aesthetics, Objects, Performances: New Directions in Cultural Sociology’, Thesis Eleven, No. 102.
- Gibson, Margaret (2007) ‘Death and mourning in technologically mediated culture’ Special issue ‘Death, Dying and Loss in the 21st Century, Health Sociology Review: International Journal of Health Sociology: Policy, Promotion, Equity and Practice, 16 (5): 415-24.
- Gibson, Margaret (2006)‘Bodies Without Histories: cosmetic surgery and the undoing of time”, Australian Feminist Studies, 21 (49): 51-63.
- Gibson, Margaret (2004) ‘Melancholy Objects’, Mortality. 9, (4): 285-299.
- Gibson, Margaret (2001) ‘Death Scenes: ethics of the face and cinematic deaths’, Mortality, 6 (3): 306-320.
- Gibson, Margaret (2001) ‘The Truth Machine: polygraphs, popular culture and the confessing body’, Social Semiotics, 11 (1): 61-73.
- Gibson, Margaret (2001) ‘Guiltless credit and the moral economy of salvation", Journal of Social and Political Thought, 1 (3): 1-10.
- Gibson, Margaret (1998) ‘Menstrual Blood and the Scene of a Crime’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 3, (1): 89-102.
Invited Public Lectures and Select Media Interviews
- 2009. Public Talk and panel discussion on ‘Death in the 21st Century’, State Library of Queensland, 6.30pm 16 July. Filmed for ABC television/broadcast.
- 2009. Invited public talk on Objects of the Dead at Flinders University, Department of Sociology, 30 April.
- 2009. ‘Death in the 21st Century’ extensive interview in Radio National’s Future Tense program, broadcast, 30 July.
- 2009. Interview on public mourning and celebrity deaths, ‘Q’ Arts and Culture hosted by Jian Ghomesi, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 3 July.
- 2008. Interview on book/research Objects of the Dead ‘The Conversation Hour’ with Richard Fidler, Radio 612 ABC Brisbane and Sydney, 2 September.
- 2008. Interview on book/research Objects of the Dead, ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio National, Presenter Richard Adey, 16 September.
- 2006. Interviewed for ABC TV’s 7.30 Report on mourning and the public response to Steve Irwin’s death, 20 September.
Refereed Conference Papers
- Gibson, Margaret (2005)‘Death in Advertising’, The Australian Sociological Association Annual conference, Hobart December 5-8..
- 2009. Objects of the Dead (invited book extract) cover issue story/theme of Psychotherapy in Australia (professional journal for psychotherapists and counselors), quarterly publication, 15, (2).
- 2007. ‘Whom do we Mourn? Public mourning in the age of celebrity’, NEXUS (TASA publication) 19 (1): 12-13, 2007.
- 2007. ‘Some thoughts on celebrity deaths: Steve Irwin and the issue of public mourning’, Mortality, 12 (1): 1-3.