writer & researcher

My creative work explores themes including knowledge, embodiment, and loss, and has appeared in Island Magazine and Bent St, and the Emerging Writers Festival 2022's Same River Twice exhibition. I was a 2021-2 West Writer at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC).

My research on Korean adoption, migration, and diaspora has been supported by the Korea Foundation and the Academy of Korean Studies.

I'm involved in several collaborative projects such as podcasts, research networks, and writing projects. 

A list of my publications and academic positions can be found below.

Close-up of my installation at the Same River Twice exhibition.
My art installation, a black cabinet with the top drawer open. For the Same River Twice exhibition

detour, for the Same River Twice exhibition, Emerging Writers Festival 2022. At Footscray Community Arts Centre. Photos: Matto Lucas.

Academic Positions 

2022

Research Assistant to Assoc Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

2021-2

Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne

2021

Lecturer, Sociology, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne

2020

Korea Foundation Field Research Fellow & Visiting Fellow, Yonsei University, South Korea

Education

2017

PhD, The University of Melbourne

2011

Visiting Scholar, Philosophy Department, Pennsylvania State University

2009

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Melbourne

Publications - creative

2021

There are no single stories. Bent St #5.1: Soft borders, hard edges.

2021

I want to write how you'd tell itIsland Magazine #161.

Publications - academic

2021

Pan, Q., Song, J., Gustafsson, R., & Maree, C. ‘Sexual Citizenship and Asian Immigrants in Post-Marriage Equality Australia.’ Citizenship Studies 25(8): 1058-1076.

2021

Gustafsson R. ‘Theorizing Korean Transracial Adoptee Experiences: Ambiguity, Substitutability, and Racial Embodiment.’ International Journal of Cultural Studies 24(2): 309-324.

2021

Gustafsson, R. ‘다른 곳’에 있기 ‘조용한’ 이주로서 초국적 한인 입양에 관하여. [Being ‘Elsewhere’: On Korean Transnational Adoption as ‘Quiet’ Migration]. In Kim, M. (ed.) 경계를 넘는 한인들 이주, 젠더, 세대와 귀속의 정치, ch. 10, pp. 316-345. Seoul: Hanul Academy.

2021

Han B.Y., Yang M.O., Gustafsson R. ‘The Social Exclusion of Child-Rearing Unwed Mothers in South Korea.’ In: Liamputtong P. (ed.) Handbook of Social Inclusion. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

2021

Song, J., Gustafsson, R., Choi, D., & Shin, W. ‘South Korea and Australia: 60 years of diplomatic history, 110 years of human stories.’ Melbourne Asia Review 8.

2021

2021

Gustafsson, R. & Fronek, P. ‘Intercountry Adoptee Suicide: Research and data collection urgently required to inform post adoption services.’ International Social Service / International Reference Centre for the Rights of Children Deprived of their Families (ISS/IRC) Monthly Review, no. 255, Sept- Oct Edition, p. 10-12.

2020

Spectral Genealogies: Korean Transnational Adoptees, Substitutability, and the Korean Diaspora. Peril Magazine: Asian-Australian Arts and Culture  #41.

2019

Gustafsson, R., Hill, R., & Ngo, H. (eds.) Philosophies of Difference: Nature, Racism, and Sexuate Difference, Routledge. [Reviewed in Hypatia]

2017

Gustafsson, S. ‘Depth, Nature, Participation.’ Australian Feminist Law Journal 43 (1): 89-105.

2015

Gustafsson, S. “A Provisional Alignment’: Towards the Formation of a ‘We’ (That We Are),’ Journal of Animal Ethics 5 (1): 76-82. (invited review article)

2013

2013

Gustafsson, S. “Live and ‘Make’ Live: The (Re)animations of Topsy the Elephant.’ antiTHESIS 23: 37-53.

2013

Gustafsson, S. “Outside of Being’: Animal Being in Agamben’s Reading of Heidegger.’ colloquy: text, theory, critique 25: 3-20.

Teaching

2021

Lecturer & Subject Coordinator, SOCI20017: Sexualising Society: Sociology of Sex, The University of Melbourne

2021

Guest Lecturer, various subjects in Sociology, Continental Philosophy, & Literary Studies, RMIT University + The University of Melbourne (since 2016)

2019

Head Tutor, large multidisciplinary subjects (Qualitative Research Methods) and advanced Anthropology subjects, The University of Melbourne (since 2017)

2019

Teaching Associate, 11 undergraduate and Honours level subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Deakin University, & RMIT University (since 2013)