Associate Professor Alison M Downham Moore

Associate Professor Alison M Downham Moore

Associate Professor in Modern European History,
Humanities (Arts)

Biography

A/Prof Alison Downham Moore is a conceptual and intellectual historian of modern Europe and of global medical history and has been at Western Sydney University since 2012. She received both her Bachelor of Arts Honours in European Studies and her PhD in history  from the University of Sydney. She has published widely on the history of French and German psychiatry and medicine, on the long history of sexuality, gender and medicine. She has also written about historical theory, genocide historiographic debates, and the history of European medical ideas about digestion and diet. She has studied non-award biomedical sciences at the University of New England, enriching her expertise in histories of biology, health, nutrition and disease.

She is a university and SoHCA research mentor and is happy to provide research mentoring support to emergent scholars in any humanities and social science discipline.

She welcomes prospective honours, masters and PhD projects in any area of European cultural or intellectual history, any area of historiography or historical theory, any area of sexuality or gender studies, and any area of history of medicine, science, sport or health across time and place. 

Most of her publications can be freely downloaded from her Academia.edu profile: https://westernsydney.academia.edu/AlisonDownhamMoore

She welcomes meaningful research collaboration with scholars of any level of experience, from any scholarly discipline, and from all parts of the world. Corresponding scholars are welcome to write to her in English, French or German.

Some recent podcast interviews, video abstracts and video/audio recordings of talks include:

Extended video abstract for "Foucault’s 1960s Lectures on Sexuality", co-authored with Stuart Elden, Theory, Culture and Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L002CQ6viH4

George Rude Seminar and French Historical Studies combined online conference July 2020: "French Doctors and the Intercultural Discovery of Women’s Longevity": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgWmuT1uRT4

Ancestral Health Symposium Talk, August 2019 on the history and science of menopausal hormone replacement therapies: https://youtu.be/dextYgwan18

30/30 Strong, August 2018 interview on her work on the history of menopause: http://www.3030strong.com/3030-health-podcast/menopause

Blabcoats, July 2018 interview on her work on the history of sexuality: https://youtu.be/mTUqGYLZjMs

You can also find an audio recording of her December 2017 talk on the nineteenth-century concept of 'morbid love' at Birkbeck University of London: https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2017/11/alison-moore-morbid-love-in-late-nineteenth-century-france-between-decadence-and-degeneration/

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Moore.

Qualifications

  • Phd University of Sydney
  • BA(Hons) University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Gerontology (2019 - 2020)
  • New York Association of European Historians (2020 - 2021)
  • Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Alumni Fellow (2020 - 2025)
  • Australasian Health and Medical Humanities Network (2021 - 2026)
  • Australian Historical Association (2021 - 2026)

Awards

  • University Medal and Philip Erdos Prize for Best History Honours Thesis, University of Sydney 1995-02-01
  • Visiting Scholar grant from the Society for the Study of French History 2017-03-15
  • Grant-in-Aid from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for travel relating to research on gay SM subcultures in the U.S. 2002-09-01
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP 190101457 2019-01-02
  • Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Research Fellowship 2019-01-02
  • Humanities and Communication Arts (WSU) Researcher of the Year (traditional) 2019-06-01
  • Humanities and Communication Arts (WSU) Research Collaboration Funding: Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture 2018-06-01
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (UTS) Research Development Grant: The Forgotten History of Cultural Historiography 2009-06-01
  • Early Career Researcher Development Grant, UQ (unable to be accepted due to change of post) 2008-05-01
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities Travel Grant: Sadism, Masochism and Gender Identification in France, 1890-1925 2006-07-01
  • Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (USA): Granti-in-aid: Gay SM Subcultures in the U.S. 2002-07-01
  • Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies Marie Curie Senior Fellowship 2020-01-01
  • Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Alumni Fellowship 2021: Global Entanglements in the History of Gynaecology 2021-01-06

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Humanities (Arts)

Committees

  • School Research and Higher Degree committee
  • Research Convenor for the History Group
  • School Disability Support Committee
  • University Mentoring Scheme
  • School of Humanities and Communication Arts Mentor

Contact

Email: Alison.Moore@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
Mobile:
Location: 1.1.71
Bankstown

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100873 Inventing Modernity, 2012
  • 100873 Inventing Modernity, 2013
  • 101991 History of Sexuality, 2014
  • 101991 History of Sexuality, 2015
  • 101991 History of Sexuality, 2016
  • 101991 History of Sexuality, 2018
  • 102000 Modern European History and Politics, 2012
  • 102000 Modern European History and Politics, 2017
  • 102001 Theories and Methods of History, 2013
  • 102001 Theories and Methods of History, 2014
  • 102001 Theories and Methods of History, 2015

Publications

Books

  • Mathias, M. and Moore, A. (2018), 'Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture', : Palgrave Macmillan 9783030018566.
  • Moore, A. (2015), 'Sexual Myths of Modernity: Sadism, Masochism and Historical Teleology', : Lexington Books 9780739130773.
  • Moore, A. (2012), 'Sexing Political Culture in the History of France', : Cambria Press 9781604978223.
  • Cryle, P. and Moore, A. (2011), 'Frigidity: An Intellectual History', : Palgrave 9780230303454.

Chapters in Books

  • Moore, A. (2019), 'Historical sexes', Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, Charles Scribner's Sons 9780684325545.
  • Mathias, M. and Moore, A. (2018), 'The gut feelings of medical culture', Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030018566.
  • Moore, A. (2018), 'Situating the anal Freud in nineteenth-century imaginaries of excrement and colonial primitivity', Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030018566.
  • Moore, A. (2015), 'Androgyny, perversion, and social evolution in interwar psychoanalytic thought', Sex, Knowledge, and Receptions of the Past, Oxford University Press 9780199660513.
  • Moore, A. (2012), 'The erotic republic : dynamic exchanges between politics and sexology in the French Third Republic', Sexing Political Culture in the History of France, Cambria 9781604978223.
  • Moore, A. (2012), 'Historicizing sexual symbols', Sexing Political Culture in the History of France, Cambria 9781604978223.
  • Moore, A. (2011), 'Sadism As Social Violence', Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present, Palgrave 9780230283688.
  • Moore, A. (2009), 'Colonial Visions of Third World Toilets: A Nineteenth-Century Discourse That Haunts Contemporary Tourism', Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender, Temple University Press 9781592139392.
  • Moore, A. (2008), 'Fin de Siecle Sexuality and Excretion', Fin de Siecle Sexuality: The Making of a Central Problem, University of Delaware Press 9780874130379.
  • Moore, A. (2008), 'Pathologising Female Sexual Frigidity in Fin-De-Siecle France, Or How Absence Was Made Into a Thing', Pleasure and Pain in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture, Rodopi 9789042025028.
  • Moore, A. (2007), 'Sexualites, identites, nationalismes dans la longue guerre europeenne', Amours, guerres et sexualite, 1914-1945, Gallimard 9782070118960.
  • Moore, A. (2006), 'History, Memory and Trauma in Photography of the Tondues: Visuality of the Vichy Past Through the Silent Image of Women', Visual Genders, Visual Histories, Blackwell 9781405146654.
  • Moore, A. (2005), 'Kakao and Kaka: Chocolate and the Excretory Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe', Cultures of the Abdomen: Dietetics, Digestion and Obesity in the Modern World, Palgrave 9781403965219.
  • Moore, A. (1998), 'Spiritual sadomasochism : Western and Tantric perspectives', Masochism: Disciplines of Desire: Aesthetics of Cruelty: Politics of Danger, University of Sydney 1864513551.
  • Moore, A. (1997), 'The medieval body and the modern eye : a corporeal reading of the old French Fabliaux', Worshipping Women: Misogyny and Mysticism in the Middle Ages: Six Essays with an Introduction and a Note on the Ruthwell Cross, University of Sydney 9781864512786.

Journal Articles

  • Moore, A. (2021), 'The historicity of sexuality : knowledge of the past in the emergence of modern sexual science', Modern Intellectual History, vol 18, no 2 , pp 403 - 426.
  • Moore, A. (2021), 'Temporal layering in the long conceptual history of sexual medicine : reading Koselleck with Foucault', Journal of the Philosophy of History, vol 15, no 1 , pp 5 - 27.
  • Moore, A. and Pithavadian, R. (2021), 'Aphrodisiacs in the global history of medical thought', Journal of Global History, vol 16, no 1 , pp 24 - 43.
  • Moore, A. and Elden, S. (2021), '[In Press] Foucault's 1960s lectures on sexuality', Theory, Culture and Society, .
  • Moore, A. (2020), 'Foucault, early Christian ideas of genitalia, and the history of sexuality', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol 29, no 1 , pp 28 - 50.
  • Moore, A. (2020), 'Foucault's scholarly virtues and sexuality historiography', History, vol 105, no 366 , pp 446 - 469.
  • Moore, A. (2019), 'L'Amour morbide : how a transient mental illness became defunct', Intellectual History Review, vol 29, no 2 , pp 291 - 312.
  • Moore, A. (2019), 'Menopause from an integrative evolutionary and historical perspective', Journal of Evolution and Health, vol 3, no 1 .
  • Moore, A. (2019), 'The French elaboration of ideas about menopause, sexuality and ageing 1805-1920', French History and Civilization, vol 8 , pp 34 - 50.
  • Moore, A. (2019), 'Do menopausal women need estrogen replacement to avoid osteoporosis?', Journal of Evolution and Health, vol 4, no 1 .
  • Moore, A. (2018), 'Conceptual layers in the invention of menopause in nineteenth-century France', French History, vol 32, no 2 , pp 226 - 248.
  • Moore, A. (2018), 'Historicizing the modern European excremental world-view', Advanced Research in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, vol 10, no 1 .
  • Moore, A. (2018), 'Victorian medicine was not reponsible for repressing the clitoris : rethinking homology in the long history of women's genital anatomy', Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol 44, no 1 , pp 53 - 81.
  • Moore, A. (2018), 'Coprophagy in nineteenth-century psychiatry', Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, vol 29, no 2 .
  • Moore, A., Mathias, M. and Valeur, J. (2018), 'Contextualising the microbiota-gut-brain axis in history and culture', Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, vol 29, no 2 .
  • Moore, A., Mathias, M. and Valeur, J. (2018), 'Special Issue: Gut-Brain Axis in History and Culture', Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, vol 29, no 2 .
  • Moore, A. (2016), 'Historicising historical theory's history of cultural historiography', Cosmos and History, vol 12, no 1 , pp 257 - 291.
  • Moore, A. (2014), 'What became of cultural historicism in the French reclamation of Strasbourg after World War One?', French History and Civilization, vol 6 , pp 82 - 91.
  • Moore, A. (2014), 'Rethinking cultural historicism : a continuous genealogy from Burckhardt to the present?', Journal of History and Thought, vol 1 , pp 109 - 148.
  • Moore, A. (2013), 'The spectacular anus of Joseph Pujol : recovering the Petomane's unique historic context', French Cultural Studies, vol 24, no 1 , pp 27 - 43.
  • Moore, A. (2012), 'Arcane erotica and national 'patrimony' : Britain's Private Case and the Collection de l'Enfer of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France', Cultural Studies Review, vol 18, no 1 , pp 196 - 216.
  • Moore, A. (2011), 'Is the unspeakable singable? The ethics of 'Holocaust' representation and the reception of Gorecki's Symphony no. 3', Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Moore, A. (2010), 'Sadean nature and reasoned morality in Adorno/Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment', Psychology and Sexuality, vol 1, no 3 , pp 249 - 260.
  • Moore, A. and Cryle, P. (2010), 'Frigidity at the fin-de-siecle, a slippery and capacious concept', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol 19, no 2 , pp 243 - 261.
  • Moore, A. (2009), 'The invention of sadism? : the limits of neologisms in the history of sexuality', Sexualities, vol 12, no 4 , pp 489 - 506.
  • Moore, A. (2009), 'Rethinking gendered perversion and degeneration in visions of sadism and masochism, 1886-1930', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol 18, no 1 , pp 138 - 157.
  • Moore, A. (2009), 'Recovering difference in the Deleuzian dichotomy of masochism-without-sadism', Angelaki, vol 14, no 3 , pp 27 - 43.
  • Moore, A. (2009), 'Relocating Marie Bonaparte's clitoris', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 24, no 60 , pp 149 - 165.
  • Moore, A. (2009), 'Frigidity, gender and power in French cultural history : from Jean Fauconney to Marie Bonaparte', French Cultural Studies, vol 20, no 4 , pp 331 - 349.
  • Moore, A. (2009), 'The invention of the unsexual : situating frigidity in the history of sexuality and in feminist thought', French History and Civilization. Papers from the George Rude Seminar, vol 2 , pp 181 - 192.
  • Moore, A. (2005), 'History, Memory and Trauma in Photography of the Tondues: Visuality of the Vichy Past through the Silent Image of Women', Gender & History, vol 17, no 3 , pp 657 - 681.
  • Moore, A. (2005), 'Sadomasochistic desire as fascism', Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, vol 6, no 3 , pp 163 - 176.

Conference Papers

  • Moore, A. (2004), 'Female flesh and the boundaries of the French nation : a theoretical intervention into recent historiography of the "tondues"', Australasian Association of European History. Conference, Brisbane, Qld..

Alison Downham Moore conducts research on European and global conceptual and intellectual history of medicine, the long history of medical and psychiatric ideas about sexuality, reproductive health, aging and gender and on the history of digestive health, as well writing about historiography and historical theory. 

She is author of The French Invention of MenopauseA History (contracted to Oxford Univerity Press. Forthcoming 2022).

She is currently completing a 2nd individual research monograph that is part of the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: DP190101457 on Sexual Aging in the History of Medicine:

Sex, Gender and Aging in the History of Biomedicine - scheduled for completion in February 2022.

She is also involved in collaborative projects on the history of digestive health, the history of health foods and the history of gynaecological surgeries. 

Other forthcoming accepted publications include: 

"Marie Bonaparte". In Candice Goucher (ed), Women Who Changed the World (Santa Barbara: ABC-ClIO). (August 2021).

"Hypatia". In Candice Goucher (ed), Women Who Changed the World (Santa Barbara: ABC-ClIO). (August 2021).

"Chapter 17: The Impact of Sigmund Freud on the History of Sexuality," in The Cambridge World History of Sexualities, Volume II, eds. Merry Wiesner-Hanks and Mathew Kuefler (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).

"Modern European Sexological and Orientalist Assimilations of Medieval Islamicate ‘Ilm al-Bah to Erotology." History of the Human Sciences, accepted July 26th 2021, forthcoming 2022.

 

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Moore.

Current Projects

Title: Sexual Ageing in the History of Medicine, 1774-2018
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Alison M Downham Moore
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2022-12-31
ID: P00024789

Previous Projects

Title: Sexual Ageing in the History of Medicine [via Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg]
Funder:
  • Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Institute
Western Researchers: Alison M Downham Moore
Years: 2019-07-01 - 2020-03-25
ID: P00025347
Title: A History of Ageing Libido
Funder:
  • The Society for the Study of French History
Western Researchers: Alison M Downham Moore
Years: 2017-09-25 - 2017-12-18
ID: P00023875

Supervision

Associate Professor Moore is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Porno Chic: An Analysis of the Costumed Bodies of 1970s Soft-Porn Films Through The Symbolisms of the Ancient Greek God Dionysus and His Representation as Mask
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Musical Consciousness: how musicalities produce lifeworlds and becomings
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Permeating the Human Psyche: The Role of Emotions in Nazi Propaganda
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: A Menshevik Historiography of the Russian Revolution
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Designing Perversion
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: A Brief History of Starvation
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Soul of the Sub-Continent: Islamic religiosity through the poetry of Bulleh Sha
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Excavating the Holocaust: Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Fashioning Melancholia: Sartorial aesthetics and cultural identity in Aotearoa New Zealand
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Tintin in the Classroom: Engaging Students in the Study of the Past Through Comics
Field of Research: Language And Literature
Thesis Title: The Marquis de Sade and Materialism: A Reading into the Unreadable
Field of Research: Language And Literature Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: Politics, Poetry and Pluralism: Bulleh Shah in the Late Mughal Empire
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: The Emergence and Development of the Shi'ite Hadith Canon
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified

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