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Dr Effy George

PhD (Latrobe), MEd (Latrobe), BEd (UniMelb)

Teacher, College of Arts & Education

Effy is a teacher in the Liberal Arts program, College of Arts & Education. She has also had extensive experience as an educator and researcher at Latrobe and Monash Universities.

In 2006, Effy was awarded a PhD by La Trobe University. Her dissertation, The Sorathiya Rabari: Women’s Instrumentality in the Culture of a Pastoral Caste, was based on three years research amongst the Rabari Shepherds of Gujarat, western India. Her research and teaching interests focus on south Asia, gender, race, social anthropology, post colonialism and visual arts.

Since 2009, Effy has co-designed and co-coordinated Web 2.0 collaborative programs between VU and the University of Texas, El Paso. These programs are part of the Global Learning Community and have engaged students in a collaborative learning environment focusing on the themes of National identity and the experience of diasporic communities. She's currently working on an article for publication entitled Building a Borderless Class: Reflections on the Victoria University/University of Texas, El Paso, Web 2.0 Global Learning Community.

In 2011, Effy became a research fellow at the Centre for Collaborative Online International Learning at the State University of New York Global Centre. In 2011 Effy received a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Programs that Enhance Learning and the VU College Award; Programs that Enhance Learning; Educational partnerships, engagement and collaboration with other organisations. In 2012, the UTEP-VU Global Learning Community received an Honourable mention for the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, New York.

Since 2009 Effy has also been involved in a collaboration between Liberal Arts, Multimedia students and the Immigration Museum Melbourne which aims at bringing together practice-based learning to support students as active citizens. Since 2011, this collaboration has become part of an OLT grant, which involves several universities Australia-wide.

Recent publications

Refereed Chapters

George, E. (2008) 'Songs in the presence of Mammai Mataji' in, Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat and Ian Mabbett (eds.), The iconic female: goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet, Monash University Press, Australia.

Educational Reports

George, E. (2010) Report for the 2010 Immigration Museum Project: Stories/Narratives within Cultures, School of Pathways and Transition, VU College, Victoria University, Melbourne.

George, E. (2010). Report for the 2009 Global Learning Community. School of English Language and Preparatory programs, VU College, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Conference Presentations (invited)

George, E and Montelongo, I (2013) Voices From the Periphery: The Case of Victoria University and the University of Texas at El Paso Global Learning Community, Capstone Conference (SUNY Global Center, The State University of New York)

George, E and Charman, K. (2012) Collaborative exchanges with museums to engage humanities and education students in experiential learning and citizenship, HERDSA Conference, Hobart.

George, E. and Montelongo, I. (2010) Bridging Courses, Countries, and Continents : The Creation of the UTEP-VU Learning Community, 23rd International Conference on the First-Year Experience, Maui, Hawaii.

George, E. (2010) VU/University of Texas at El Paso Project, Internationalising the Curriculum: A Showcase, VU College.

George, E. (2009) Internationalisation and Global Learning communities, VUC Forum, Sunshine. 

Teaching responsibilities

Postgraduate supervision

  • Two masters candidates
  • 2008-9 Examiner, Masters of Fine Arts candidates, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Research grants

External funding grant from Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) in 2011-2013, totaling AU $219,000.

Title of project: Collaborative exchanges with museums to engage humanities and education students in experiential learning and citizenship.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Anthropological Society
  • Monash Asia institute
  • National Centre for South Asian Studies
  • Coil Institute (SUNY NY)

Areas of expertise

  • Art history
  • Gender
  • Post colonialism
  • Social Anthropology
  • South Asia

Contact details

+61 3 9919 8747