Rick De Vos

Rick De Vos coordinates the Graduate Studies Program at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University, Western Australia.  Over the past twenty years he has lectured in cultural studies, performance studies, film and television, literature, Australian studies and Indigenous research.

His principal research interest is in the cultural significance of extinction, and in the way extinction functions as social and cultural practice. His experience in cultural studies has taught him the value of questioning representations, and the relationship between meaning and power, and this has informed his reading of the way relationships between nonhuman and human animals are articulated. His experience in performance has taught him that relationships between times, spaces, and physical bodies can be viewed and experienced from more than one perspective or state of being. His experience in Indigenous research has taught him the importance of clear and respectful positioning in all research relationships, and that not all perspectives and experiences are accessible or knowable.