Research Stream

Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth Stephens is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at The University of Queensland, and Associate Investigator (2016) with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. Her publications include Queer Writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet’s Fiction (Palgrave, 2009) and Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from 1700 to the Present (Liverpool University Press, 2011) and Normality: A Critical Genealogy, co-authored with Peter Cryle (Chicago University Press, 2017).



The Mechanics of Emotion: Eighteenth-Century Automata and the Construction of an Affective Public Sphere

Selected publications

Affect and automation’. In Emotions in Late Modernity, edited by R. Patulny, A. Bellocchi, R. E. Olson, S. Khorana, J. McKenzie and M. Peterie, pp. 176–89. London: Routledge, 2019.

‘We Have Always Been Robots: A Brief History of Robots and Art’. In Robots and Art: An Unlikely Symbiosis, edited by D. Herath, C. Kroos and Stelarc, pp. 29‒45. London and New York: Springer, 2016. Co-authored with Tara Heffernan.

Selected Presentation

Keynote presentation: ‘Queer Sensations: Affective Machines as Popular Entertainments’, 1st International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions, University of Wollongong CBD Campus, Sydney, 5‒6 December 2016.

Listen to the keynote presentation here:


'Future Affects: A Collaboratory on Art, Affect and Automation', The University of Queensland, 6 November 2017. Convened by Elizabeth Stephens.