Benjamin Authers was educated in in law and literary studies at the University of Adelaide, Dalhousie University (Canada) and the University of Guelph (Canada). From 2011-2015 he was a postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s Australian Research Council Laureate Project, ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’. His research on this project examined how a variety of literary, legal, and political texts engage with the promises of human rights and humanitarianism, as well as the possibilities presented by cultural production for strengthening rights systems.
He has worked as a solicitor with the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a conciliation officer at the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission. Most recently, he was a Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Canada.
Law and literature; Canadian literature (contemporary and 19th century); human rights; the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and Victorian literature