Dr Helen Pringle

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. M.A. Princeton University, B.A. (Hons) Australian National University
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 2346
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 145, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

My main research interests are in the area of human rights and justice, and in political theory (with a focus on 17th and 19th centuries). I am completing a book on abortion in Australia, and a book on John Stuart Milll, sexual equality and speech. I am working on a project concerning the place of pornography within considerations of free speech, entitled Practising Pornography, and I am also involved in an international research project on ethnography and sexual slavery in early colonial Queensland.

Research

Helen Pringle is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Helen’s research interests are in human rights and justice (with a focus on questions of sex and gender), and in political theory (with a focus on 17th and 19th centuries). She is working on a project concerning the place of pornography within considerations of free speech, entitled ‘Practising Pornography’, and on a project concerning the regulation of religious speech. Helen is also involved in an international research project on ethnography, including a consideration of sexual slavery in early 20th century Queensland.

Research Areas

Human rights and justice (with a focus on questions of sex and gender); Political theory (with a focus on 17th and 19th centuries; Freedom of speech

Current Research Projects

Practising Pornography
A project concerning the place of pornography within considerations of free speech, which works by taking the notion of speech-acts seriously. Parts of the research project concern discrimination in the workplace, child pornography, and “ethno-pornography” in Australia.

John Stuart Mill and freedom of speech
This project reconsiders Mill’s classic defence of freedom of speech in light of his concerns about subordination and slavery.

Blasphemy and religious speech
This project involves a revisioning of the regulation of religious speech in Western secular contexts through laws against blasphemy and blasphemous libel, and anti-vilification provisions of discrimination laws.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Human rights, sex and gender (discrimination, abortion, pornography, prostitution and trafficking, sexual violence and assault), freedom of speech, ethics in public life, religion and politics, political theory and intellectual history (17th and 19th centuries in particular)

Recent Postgraduate Research Completions

  • Scott Denton, PhD Politics & International Relations, 2010, Laboring to win: The ALP’s defeat in the Cunningham by-election (2002)
  • Noela Davis, PhD Sociology, 2010, Material subjectivity: The performative entanglement of biology within sociality
  • Peter Balint, PhD Politics & International Relations, 2009, Respect, toleration and diversity: protecting individual freedom in liberal societies
  • Pongprad Soonthornpasuch, PhD Politics & International Relations, 2007, Sexual harassment: Perceptions, measures and laws in Thailand
  • Kate Gleeson, PhD Politics & International Relations, 2005, Consenting adults in private: In search of the sexual subject
  • Stephen Mutch, PhD Politics & International Relations, 2004, Cults, religion and public policy

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Ramona Vijeyarasa, PhD Politics & International Relations, The global traffic of women and girls for sexual and labour exploitation: A comparative assessment of the presumed underlying causes of trafficking from Ghana, Ukraine and Vietnam
  • Kanyanattha Ittinitiwut, PhD Politics & International Relations, The United Nations and the promotion of women's human rights in Thailand
  • Ashley Barnwell, PhD Sociology, Rethinking narrative: The politics of critique
  • Florence Chiew, PhD Sociology, Perceptual plasticity: Ecology and the social brain
  • Kwoh Jack Tan, PhD Politics & International Relations, Reading Singapore between international relations and post colonialism
  • Roya Sahraei, MA Womens & Gender Studies, Women in Modern Iran

Teaching

Helen has received a number of awards and honours for teaching, including the Minister for Education & Training and Australian College of Educators NSW Quality Teaching Award (2010), UNSW Lecturer of the Year (2008), and the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2007 and 1998)

Teaching areas
Sex, human rights and justice; freedom of speech; political theory

Current teaching
ARTS2845 Sex, Human Rights and Justice
ARTS3843 Modern Political Thought
POLS4000 Honours Seminar in Politics, Law and Justice

Publications

    Books

    • Pringle HM, 2007, Australian Protocol and Procedures, Original, UNSW Press, Sydney

    Book Chapters

    • Pringle H, 2017, 'Blasphemy in Australia: The rags and remnants of persecution?', in Templeman J (ed.), Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    • Pringle H, 2015, 'Complicity and Resistance: Andrea Dworkin's Intercourse', in Smits K; Bruce S (ed.), Feminist Moments, edn. 1st, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 163 - 170, 213, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/feminist-moments-9781474230407/
    • Pringle H, 2015, 'The Making of Women's Unfreedom: Sexual Harassment as Harm', in Kiraly M; Tyler M (ed.), Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, edn. 1st, Connor Court Publishing, Ballarat, pp. 69 - 79, http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=321#.VROHKrCUe9U
    • Pringle H;McDonough R, 2014, 'Securitising Our Shores: The Language of Asylum in Labor's Australia', in Essays 2014: Politics, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 81 - 98, http://www.scholarly.info/book/389/
    • Pringle H, 2014, 'The Time of Friendship', in Taylor C; Graefe M (ed.), A Sense for Humanity: The Ethical Thought of Raimond Gaita, Monash University Press, Melbourne, pp. 48 - 58, http://publishing.monash.edu/books/sh-9781922235459.html
    • Pringle H, 2014, 'Legislation against Religious Hatred: Addressing Blasphemy or Discrimination?', in Gopal D; Mayne A (ed.), Reimagining India & Australia: Culture and Identity, edn. 1st, Pentagon Press, Delhi, pp. 88 - 99, http://www.pentagonpress.in/
    • Pringle H, 2013, 'The Pornification of Julia Gillard', in Trenoweth S (ed.), Bewitched and Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years, edn. 1st, Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, pp. 68 - 81, 246-247, http://www.thenile.com.au/books/Samantha-Trenoweth/Julia-Gillard-Essays/9781742706931/
    • Pringle H, 2013, 'Cartoon Wars: The Interpretation of Drawn Images', in Bandyopadhyay D; Frances R (ed.), Re-mapping the Future: History, Culture and Environment in Australia and India, edn. 1st, Cambridge Scholars, London, pp. 114 - 127, http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/Remapping-the-Future--History--Culture-and-Environment-in-Australia-and-India1-4438-5061-6.htm
    • Pringle H;Muhammad S, 2013, 'Gender Equality and the Regulation of Intimate Relations', in Tazreiter C; Tham SY (ed.), Globalization and Social Transformation in the Asia-Pacific : The Australian and Malayasian Experience, edn. 1st, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 189 - 211, http://us.macmillan.com/globalizationandsocialtransformationintheasiapacific/ClaudiaTazreiter
    • Pringle H, 2013, 'The Higher Branches of Education: The Teacher of Evolution and the Scopes Trial', in McCluskey R; McKinney S (ed.), How "The Teacher" Is Presented in Literature, History, Religion, and the Arts: Cross-Cultural Analyses of a Stereotype, edn. 1st, Mellen Press, New York, pp. 169 - 177 + 364-365, http://mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=8776&pc=9
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Civil Justice for Victims of Child Pornography', in Reist MT; Bray A (ed.), Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry, edn. 1st, Spinifex Press, North Melbourne, pp. 207 - 214, http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=217/
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'A Studied Indifference to Harm: Defending Pornography in The Porn Report', in Reist MT; Bray A (ed.), Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry, edn. 1st, Spinifex Press, North Melbourne, pp. 122 - 133, http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=217/
    • Pringle HM, 2008, 'Walter Roth and Ethno-Pornography', in McDougall R; Davidson I (ed.), The Roth Family, Anthropology, and Colonial Administration, edn. 1, Left Coast Press, Publications of the Institute of Archeology, University College London, Walnut Creek CA, pp. 221 - 231
    • Pringle HM, 2007, 'Abortion', in Galligan B; Roberts W (ed.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 11 - 11
    • Pringle H, 2006, 'Are we capable of offending God? Taking blasphemy seriously', in Coleman EB; White K (ed.), NEGOTIATING THE SACRED: BLASPHEMY AND SACRILEGE IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY, AUSTRALIAN NATL UNIV, pp. 31 - 41, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000291211900003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Pringle HM, 2005, 'The Honour of the World: Religion, Politics and Virtue in Machiavelli', in Battin T (ed.), A Passion for Politics Essays in Honour of Graham Maddox, edn. 1, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, pp. 247 - 257
    • Pringle H, 1998, 'Pornography and Censorship', in Oxford Companion to Australian Feminism, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 473 - 475
    • Pringle HM, 1998, 'Rhetoric and culture in Lacan', in European Legacy, edn. Original, Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, Oxford, UK, pp. 150 - 150
    • Pringle HM, 1998, 'Who now remembers the Gypsies?`', in UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, edn. Original, John Libbey & Company, Sydney, NSW, pp. 247 - 250
    • Pringle HM, 1998, 'The working class goes to paradise', in Everlasting uncertainity: interrogating the Communist Manifesto 1848-1998, edn. Original, Pluto Press, Sydney, pp. 219 - 225
    • Pringle HM, 1997, 'The Nature of Politics', in Politics in Australia, edn. 3rd, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 3 - 16
    • Pringle HM, 1997, 'A Life Well Lost? Hobbes and Self-Preservation', in Great Political Thinkers, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, London, pp. 58 - 79
    • Pringle HM, 1997, 'Political Sympathies: some unnoticed evidence', in Great Political Thinkers, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, London, pp. 135 - 140
    • Pringle HM, 1997, 'The Making of Australian Civic Identity: the bodies of men and the memory of war', in The Politics of Identity in Australia, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 92 - 104
    • Pringle HM, 1996, 'Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in the oriental harem', in Commonwealth and American Women`s Discourse: Essays in Criticism, edn. Original, Sterling, New Delhi, pp. 317 - 327
    • Pringle HM, 1996, 'Competing political and ethical visions of a socially just society', in Socialism in Contemporary Australia, edn. Original, Longman Australia, Melbourne, pp. 54 - 67

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Is Compulsory Voting an Illusion?', in APSA Conference 2011 Full Papers (online), Australian Political Studies Association, Canberra, pp. 1 - 19, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2011: Crisis, Uncertainty and Democracy, Canberra, 26 - 28 September 2011, http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/apsa/papers.htm
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Blaspheming in the Suburbs: The Offence of Blasphemy in a Free Speech Regime', in APSA Conference 2011 Full Papers (online), Australian Political Studies Association, Canberra, pp. 1 - 18, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2011: Crisis, Uncertainty and Democracy, Canberra, 26 - 28 September 2011, http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/apsa/papers.htm
    • Muhammad S;Pringle HM, 2009, '“Recognising Shari‘a? Religious Law, State Neutrality, and Vulnerability”', in Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009, Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 - 30 September 2009, http://www.pol.mq.edu.au/apsa/refereed_papers.html
    • Hanson I;Pringle HM, 2009, 'The question of a bill of rights: Democratic deliberation and equality', in Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009, Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 - 30 September 2009, http://www.pol.mq.edu.au/apsa/refereed_papers.html
    • Pringle HM, 2008, 'Confusing God and the Godly: Laws against religious hatred', in APSA, Australian Political Studies Association 2010, University of Queensland, Brisbane, presented at Australian Political Studies Association 2010, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 06 - 09 July 2008
    • Pringle HM, 2006, 'Just Love: LEvinas, Love and Law', in Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 - 30 September 2009
    • Pringle HM, 2006, 'The Curious Incident of the Policeman in the Night-time: John Stuart Mill, speech and respect', in Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 - 30 September 2009
    • Pringle HM, 2004, 'The Fabrication of Female Genital Mutilation: The UN, Walter Roth and Ethno-Pornography', in APSA 2004 Conference, APSA 2004 Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at APSA 2004 Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 01 September 2004
    • Pringle HM, 1999, 'What we have here is a failure to communicate:the other Larry Flynt and the problem of free speech', in Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, Sydney, presented at Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, Sydney, 26 - 29 September 1999

    Conference Presentations

    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Religion in the Public University: Prayer Rooms and the Organization of Public Space', presented at 5th International Conference of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA), India and Australia: Negotiating Change, Goa University, India, 01 January 2010
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Obama – Is ‘Hope’ Waning?', presented at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Talkabout, Sydney, 15 February 2011, http://www.crr.unsw.edu.au/news-and-events/obama-is-hope-waning-834.html
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Cartoon Wars: The Interpretation of Drawn Images', presented at International Conference of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA, Eastern Region), Re-Mapping the Future: History, Culture and Environment in Australia and India, Kolkata, 21 - 24 January 2011
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Power & the Sexualisation of Women – Action & Activism', presented at Power & the Sexualisation of Women, House of Lords, London, 15 June 2011
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Gimme Shelter: The Power of Secrecy and Silence in Democracy', presented at University of Melbourne, The Wednesday Lectures, coordinated by Raimond Gaita, Melbourne University, 06 July 2011, http://www.crr.unsw.edu.au/news-and-events/gimme-shelter-the-power-of-secrecy-and-silence-in-democracy-1112.html
    • Pringle H, 2011, 'Justice and Constraints on Equal Citizenship', presented at Articulations of Justice, Part 2: Justice and Equality IPSA RC31 (Research Committee on Political Philosophy) Second Conference, Sydney, 13 - 17 July 2011
    • Pringle H, 2010, 'Gestures of Unveiling: Truth, Desire and the Mask', presented at Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, Emerging Spaces: New Possibilities in Critical Times, Adelaide, 29 June - 02 July 2010
    • Pringle H, 2010, 'Schwärmerei, Enchantment and Reason: Elisa von der Recke in the Enlightenment’', presented at Women’s Political Thought in Europe during the Enlightenment, 1700-1800, Monash University Prato Centre, 25 - 29 August 2010
    • Pringle H, 2010, 'The Obama Presidency One Year On: Substance or Style?', presented at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Talkabout, Sydney, 16 February 2010

    Creative Written Works

    • Pringle H, 2013, Review of: Crime over time: Temporal perspectives on crime and punishment in Australia ed. Robyn Lincoln and Shirleene Robinson, Australian Journal of Politics and History 59.1 (March 2013) 129-130, Australian Journal of Politics and History
    • Pringle H, 2013, Review of: Forgotten genocides: Oblivion, denial, and memory ed. René Lemarchand, Australian Journal of Human Rights 19.1 (August 2013) 197-198, Review of: Forgotten genocides: Oblivion, denial, and memory ed. René Lemarchand, Australian Journal of Human Rights 19.1 (August 2013) 197-198, Australian Journal of Human Rights
    • Pringle H, 2013, ‘Are the fun police really killing flirtation?’ New Matilda, 6 August 2013, New Matilda, New Matilda
    • Pringle H, 2013, ‘It’s the ground game’ On Line Opinion, 11 September 2013, On Line Opinion, On Line Opinion
    • Pringle H, 2013, ‘Zoe’s Law: Will changing foetuses’ legal status endanger abortion rights?’ The Conversation, 13 September 2013, The Conversation, The Conversation
    • Levey GB;Pringle H, 2013, “Why the ‘Bolt laws’ should stay”, The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
    • Pringle HM;Levey GB, 1997, When private needs overrule public interest`, The Australian, News Corporation

Teaching


Courses Convened

ARTS2845 Sex, human rights and justice
ARTS3843 Modern democratic thought
ARTS3845 Advanced Australian Politics: Debates
ARTS4264 Honours seminar

Supervision Areas

Human rights, sex and gender (discrimination, abortion, pornography, prostitution and trafficking, sexual violence and assault), freedom of speech, ethics in public life, religion and politics, political theory and intellectual history (17th and 19th centuries in particular)

Recent Postgraduate Completions

* Ramona Vijeyarasa, Challenging the assumptions about victims of trafficking: A critical examination of the mainstream framework based on findings from Ukraine, Vietnam and Ghana, PhD 2013
* Kanyanattha Ittinitiwut, The promotion of international women's human rights: A case study of CEDAW and the 'senior executive' female civil servants in Thailand, 1995-2008, PhD 2013
* Scott Denton, Laboring to win: The ALP’s defeat in the Cunningham by-election (2002), PhD 2010
* Pongprad Soonthornpasuch, Sexual harassment: Perceptions, measures and laws in Thailand, PhD 2007
* Kate Gleeson, Consenting adults in private: In search of the sexual subject, PhD 2005

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

* Bacha Posh in Afghanistan
* Women in Iran (joint supervisor)
* Democracy and the internet (co-supervisor)
* Rethinking narrative: The politics of critique (co-supervisor)
* Reading Singapore between international relations and post colonialism (co-supervisor)

Honours and prizes

Teaching Awards & Honours

* Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2011
* Minister for Education & Training and Australian College of Educators NSW Quality Teaching Award 2010
UNSW Lecturer of the Year 2008
* UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2007
* UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 1998

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