Roger is a Chief Investigator on the ARC-funded Special Research Initiative, “Read all about it: Digital participation in Australian Newspapers” (SR200200521, 2021–24). The Project aims to transform understandings of Australian literary history by using innovative digital methods to discover, curate and investigate tens of thousands of unrecorded novels, novellas and short stories in 20th-century Australian newspapers. It intends to advance national research capacity by facilitating collaboration, providing research training and making a substantial contribution to open-access, sustainable digital infrastructure for Australian literary studies.      

Roger’s broader research program concentrates on Australian literature and British Modernism seen through the lens of book history, magazine culture, and scholarly editing. He is a contributing editor to the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad, an award-winning series producing the most up-to-date and authoritative scholarly texts of Conrad's publications. Roger completed his first edition, Under Western Eyes , in 2013, and he is now working towards an edition of Nostromo, widely considered Conrad's modernist masterpiece. This edition is scheduled for publication in 2022.

Roger’s work on the trans-national nature of Australian print culture has been published widely, and his co-authored book, Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s-1940s, the first of two projected volumes, was published by Sydney University Press in 2018.

Roger has worked at the forefront of digital scholarly editing and has an international reputation for this work. His Joseph Furphy Digital Archive was launched in 2015, and continues to grow with new modules added each year. His book-length study of Furphy's Such is Life to accompany the Digital Archive will be published by Sydney University Press in 2021. 

Roger has employed digital humanities methods in the study of book history, and has completed several well-regarded digital mapping projects. Through productive intersections with existing and emerging research strengths, his experience as a scholarly editor and book historian in trans-national studies and digital humanities makes a significant contribution to the literary studies program at James Cook University.

Digital Projects

Joseph Furphy Digital Archive: https://www.austlit.edu.au/furphy

Tom Collins and Company: https://tomcollinsandcompany.github.io/annotate/

Australian Journal Story Book: https://ajstorybook.wordpress.com/

  • EL1008: Telling Tales: Approaches to Narrative (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EL1009: Great Books (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EL2011: Creative Writing (Level 2; TSV)
  • EL2055: Literature, Print and Society in Comparative Contexts 1920-50 (Level 2; CNS)
  • EL2096: From Gutenberg to Google: Transformations in Text, Technology, and Culture (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EL3021: Australian Urban Fictions (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Treasurer, Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • Board member, Foundation for Australian Literary Studies
  • Digital humanities
  • Australian literature
  • Book history
  • Scholarly editing
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Multi-modal writing
  • Digital narratives
  • 2014 to 2017 - Lecturer, Australian Literature, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2013 - Project Manager, AustESE Project, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2008 to 2012 - Project Manager, Aus-e-lit Project, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
  • 2016 - University of Queensland Fryer Library Fellowship
  • 2011 - Nancy Keesing Fellowship, State Library of NSW
  • 2004 to 2008 - University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1996 to 2000 - University College Postgraduate Research Scholarship, UNSW Canberra

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 22+ research outputs authored by Dr Roger Osborne from 2006 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The Beautiful and Damned: Searching for the Flapper in Australian Print Culture 1920's - 1930's (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Speaking My Mind: Why Comedy Matters (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Agriculture in Australian fiction: Developing a new literary experience of the sugar industry in the wet tropics of far north Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Shadows in the Cane: Reconstructing History Through Fiction to Responsibly Reimagine and Make Accessible the 1930s History of Cassowary Coast Migrant Sugar Workers. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Poised to change: Examining Textual and Linguistic Changeability in Contemporary Fiction using a Complexity Framework (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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