About

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, print 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 , as co-editor in 2013. His second edition, Nostromo, widely considered Conrad's modernist masterpiece was published in July 2023. Both volumes have been assessed by and received the seal of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions.

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. Sydney University Press published The Life of Such is Life: A Cultural History of an Australian Classic, in 2022. This volume is joint-winner of the 2023 Walter McRae Russell Award for literary scholarship

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/

Teaching
  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place (Level 1; CNS)
  • EL1008: Telling Tales: Approaches to Narrative (Level 1; CNS)
  • EL1009: Great Books (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EL2048: The Romantic Vision (Level 2; CNS)
  • EL2096: From Gutenberg to Google: Transformations in Text, Technology, and Culture (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Treasurer, Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • Board member, Foundation for Australian Literary Studies
Research
  • Digital humanities
  • Australian literature
  • Book history
  • Scholarly editing
Teaching
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Multi-modal writing
  • Digital narratives
Experience
  • 2023 to present - Associate Professor, English Literature, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Senior Lecturer, English and Writing, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2018 to 2020 - Lecturer, English and Writing, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 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
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Fellowships
  • 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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Australian Research Council - Special Research Initiatives - Thinking Systems

Read all about it: Digital participation in Australian newspaper fiction

Indicative Funding
$6,703 over 3 years (administered by Australian National University)
Summary
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 20thcentury 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. Expected outcomes include a new history of Australian literature and new model for participatory literary history. The Project's benefits should include expanding the National Library of Australia's records and promoting public engagement with Australian literature.
Investigators
Katherine Bode and Roger Osborne in collaboration with Allison Dellit (Australian National University, College of Arts, Society & Education and National Library of Australia)
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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.

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  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Perception of Time in Narrative Fiction (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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