Christopher Kremmer

Senior Lecturer

Dr Christopher Kremmer is Senior Lecturer in Literary & Narrative Journalism Practice in the School of the Arts & Media. He is available to supervise PhD and masters by research candidates in the fields of literary journalism, creative nonfiction and fiction writing. His research interests include literary, genre and narrative studies. He has also published scholarly work in media and journalism ethics, histories of science and sport, and Australian and Asian studies.

Dr.Kremmer's literary works and research have explored the borderlands and ethics of reportage, historical fiction, creative nonfiction and narrative journalism. His published monographs include The Carpet Wars: A journey across the Islamic heartlandsBamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos, and Inhaling the Mahatma, a portrait of the history, religion, politics and economic upheaval of contemporary India. His literary criticism has interrogated truth claims in narrative nonfiction by such Australian authors as Helen Garner, Geraldine Brooks and Anna Funder. His doctoral thesis, Truth, Testimony & Myth in the Neo-Historical Novel drew on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, Hayden White and Linda Hutcheon to explore the use of testimony and influence of narrative in fictional and nonfictional modes of writing about historical events. His own works of book-length reportage have been published in ten countries, including the United States, Britain, India and Canada, and in Spanish and Japanese translations. A Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Canberra, he graduated with a B.A in Writing & Journalism, and was awarded his doctorate from the Writing & Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University (WSU). His books have won or been shortlisted for numerous Australian nonfiction literary awards, and have been favorably reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement(UK), the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. A published novelist, he lives in Sydney and writes a column On Writing for the academic website The Conversation. He is Honorary Fellow of the Australia India Institute, and former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of South Asia. 



Kremmer C, 2011, The Chase, Picador Australia, Sydney
Kremmer C, 2006, Inhaling The Mahatma, HarperCollins Australia and India, Sydney and New Delhi
Kremmer C, 2003, Bamboo Palace, HarperCollins Australia
Kremmer C, 2002, The Carpet Wars: A journey across the Islamic heartlands, HarperCollins Australia
Kremmer C, 1997, Stalking the Elephant Kings: in search of Laos
Book Chapters
Kremmer C, 2018, 'Gonzo Down Under: Matthew Thompson and the literary and political legacy of Hunter S. Thompson', in Alexander R; Isager C (ed.), Fear and Loathing Worldwide: Gonzo Journalism Beyond Hunter S. Thompson, Bloomsbury Publishing USA, New York, pp. 13 - 33
Kremmer C, 2014, 'White Australia, Backward india: The Challenge of Perceptions in Australia-India Relations', in Brennan L; Weigold A (ed.), Re-thinking India: Perceptions from Australia, edn. Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Series - 4, Readworthy Publications, New Delhi, pp. 42 - 58
Kremmer C, 2010, 'The City of Darkness and Light', in The Perfume River, University of Western Australia Publishing, Crawley, Western Australia, pp. 220 - 231
Funder, A, Lucashenko, M & Kremmer, C. , 2009, 'Greed', in Courage, Survival, Greed, Allen & Unwin Australia, pp. 97 - 150
Kremmer C, 2006, 'American Empire: Politics and culture in the 21st century', in Making Waves: 10 Years of the Byron Bay Writers Festival, pp. 163 - 173
Conference Papers
Kremmer C, 2015, 'The Gatekeepers’ Legacy: Professionalism, ethics and expertise in the Age of Citizen Journalism.', in Paterno D; Bourk M; Matheson D (eds.), Refereed Proceedings of the 2015 ANZCA Conference: Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, Queenstown, New Zealand, presented at ANZCA 2015: Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity, Queenstown, New Zealand, 08 July 2015 - 10 July 2015,
Kremmer C, 2015, 'An Institute, society or college of Journalists', in Bonfiglioli C; Price J; Middleweek B (eds.), Breaking the Code - Journalism, Technology, Information and Education in the 21st Century, The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Incorporated, Unive, presented at Journalism, Unive, 24 November 2014 - 27 November 2014,
Conference Presentations
Duncan, MA; Culver, KB; McLeod, DM; Kremmer C, 2018, 'Don't Quote Me: Effects of Named, Quoted and Partisan News Sources', presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C, 06 August 2018 - 09 August 2018,
Kremmer C, 2018, 'Anticipating Wolfe and Seabrook: Ilya Ehrenburg’s Literary Journalism', presented at 'Literary Journalism: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy-'The 13th International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-13), Vienna, 17 May 2018 - 19 May 2018
Kremmer C, 2015, 'Guardians or Gate Openers? Journalism ethics and associations in the Age of Citizen Journalism', presented at Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity, Queenstown, New Zealand, 08 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
Journal articles
Duncan M; Culver B; McLeod D; Kremmer C, 2019, 'Don’t Quote me: Effects of Named, Quoted, and Partisan News Sources', Journalism Practice,
Davies K; Dodd A; Kremmer C; Heekeren MV, 2017, 'The Pedagogy of the UniPollWatch Pop-up Journalism Project', Asia Pacific Media Educator, vol. 27, pp. 219 - 232,
Kremmer C, 2017, 'Racing chemistry: A century of challenges and progress', Drug Testing and Analysis, vol. 9, pp. 1284 - 1290,
Kremmer C, 2016, 'Doped: The Politics of Innovation and Gender in Australian Horseracing 1947–1955', The International Journal of Science in Society, vol. 8, pp. 15 - 27
Kremmer C, 2015, 'The Longer the better? Calibrating truth claims in literary journalism', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 37, pp. 51 - 65,;dn=841208250372767;res=IELLCC
Kremmer C, 2015, 'From dialectics to dialogue: Bakhtin, White and the ‘moorings’ of fiction and history', Text Special Issue Number 28 Fictional histories and historical fictions: Writing history in the twenty-first century Edited by Camilla Nelson and Christine de Matos,
Kremmer, C, McCarthy, J, Malik, A, McKew, M, Parthasarathy, G and Baru, S , 2012, Beyond the Lost Decade: Report of the Australia India Institute Perceptions Taskforce, Australia India Institute, Melbourne,