Helen Pringle

Senior Lecturer

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
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Pringle HM, 2007, Australian Protocol and Procedures, Original, UNSW Press, Sydney
2007
Book Chapters
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Pringle H, 2017, 'Blasphemy in Australia: The rags and remnants of persecution?', in Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression: Comparative, Theoretical and Historical Reflections after the Charlie Hebdo Massacre, pp. 510 - 533, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108242189.021
2017
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
2015
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/
2015
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/
2014
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/
2014
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
2014
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
2013
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
2013
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
2013
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/
2013
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/
2011
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/
2011
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
2008
Pringle HM, 2007, 'Abortion', in Galligan B; Roberts W (ed.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 11 - 11
2007
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
2006
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
2005
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
1998
Pringle HM, 1998, 'Rhetoric and culture in Lacan', in European Legacy, edn. Original, Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, Oxford, UK, pp. 150 - 150
1998
Pringle H, 1998, 'Pornography and Censorship', in Oxford Companion to Australian Feminism, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 473 - 475
1998
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
1998
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
1997
Pringle HM, 1997, 'Political Sympathies: some unnoticed evidence', in Great Political Thinkers, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, London, pp. 135 - 140
1997
Pringle HM, 1997, 'A Life Well Lost? Hobbes and Self-Preservation', in Great Political Thinkers, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, London, pp. 58 - 79
1997
Pringle HM, 1997, 'The Nature of Politics', in Politics in Australia, edn. 3rd, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 3 - 16
1997
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
1996
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
1996
Conference Papers
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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 September 2011 - 28 September 2011, http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/apsa/papers.htm
2011
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 September 2011 - 28 September 2011, http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/apsa/papers.htm
2011
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, Australia, presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 September 2009 - 30 September 2009, http://www.pol.mq.edu.au/apsa/refereed_papers.html
2009
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, Australia, presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 September 2009 - 30 September 2009, http://www.pol.mq.edu.au/apsa/refereed_papers.html
2009
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 July 2008 - 09 July 2008
2008
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 September 2009 - 30 September 2009
2006
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 September 2009 - 30 September 2009
2006
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
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 September 1999 - 29 September 1999
1999
Conference Presentations
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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
2011
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 July 2011 - 17 July 2011
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
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
2011
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 January 2011 - 24 January 2011
2011
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
2011
Pringle H, 2010, 'The Obama Presidency One Year On: Substance or Style?', presented at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Talkabout, Sydney, 16 February 2010
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 August 2010 - 29 August 2010
2010
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 2010 - 02 July 2010
2010
Creative Written Works
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Pringle H, 2013, ‘Are the fun police really killing flirtation?’ New Matilda, 6 August 2013, New Matilda, New Matilda
2013
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
2013
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
2013
Levey GB; Pringle H, 2013, “Why the ‘Bolt laws’ should stay”, The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
2013
Pringle H, 2013, ‘Zoe’s Law: Will changing foetuses’ legal status endanger abortion rights?’ The Conversation, 13 September 2013, The Conversation, The Conversation
2013
Pringle H, 2013, ‘It’s the ground game’ On Line Opinion, 11 September 2013, On Line Opinion, On Line Opinion
2013
Pringle HM; Levey GB, 1997, When private needs overrule public interest`, The Australian, News Corporation
1997
Journal articles
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Pringle H, 2012, 'Abortion in Australian Elections: A Vote Loser for Women?', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 27, pp. 389 - 404, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2012.729343
2012
Pringle H, 2012, 'Compulsory Voting in Australia: What is Compulsory?', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 47, pp. 427 - 440, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2012.704001
2012
Pringle H, 2011, 'Regulating Offence to the Godly: Blasphemy and the Future of Religious Vilification Laws', UNSW Law Journal, vol. 34, pp. 316 - 332, http://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/lj2/default.asp
2011
Pringle H, 2010, 'Veiled Threats', UNIKEN, pp. 14 - 15, http://www.unsw.edu.au/news/pad/uniken.html
2010
Pringle H, 2007, 'Urban Mythology: The Question of Abortion in Parliament', Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 22, pp. 5 - 22
2007
Pringle H, 2007, 'The empire of love: Toward a theory of intimacy, genealogy, and carnality', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol. 42, pp. 726 - 726, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000252149800027&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2007
Pringle H, 2007, 'The universal (in the realm of the sensible): Beyond continental philosophy', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol. 42, pp. 725 - 725, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000252149800026&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2007
Pringle HM, 2006, 'Abortion and Disability : Reforming the Law in South Australia', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 29, pp. 207 - 217
2006
Pringle H, 2005, 'God under Howard: The rise of the religious right in Australian politics', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol. 40, pp. 465 - 466, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000231083400015&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2005
Pringle HM, 2005, 'Sexual Assault: Lessons from the Hague', UNSW Law Journal, vol. 28, pp. 306 - 311
2005
Pringle HM, 2005, 'Lessons from Abroad', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 28, pp. 306 - 311
2005
Pringle HM; Thompson EV, 2003, 'Tampa as Metaphor: Majoritarianism and the Separation of Powers', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol. 10, pp. 107 - 119
2003
Pringle HM, 2001, 'Abortion Reform and Disability', Disability with Attitude: Critical Issues 20 years after international year of disabled persons, vol. 1, pp. 129 - 138
2001
Pringle HM, 1997, '`Feminism and the Politics of Justice` Review of Gunew, S. and Yeatman, A', Australian Journal of Political Science, pp. 496 - 497
1997
Pringle HM, 1997, 'Is Abortion Legal?`', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 32, pp. 93 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361149751020
1997
Pringle HM, 1997, '`Read My Desire: Lacan against the Historicists` Review of Copjec, J', The European Legacy, pp. 272+x. - 272+x
1997
Pringle HM, 1997, '`History after Lacan` Review of Brennan, T', New Paradigm, pp. 239+xvi. - 239+xvi
1997
Pringle HM, 1997, '`Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice`Review of Cornell, D. Rosenfeld,M. and Carlson, D.G', Australian Journal of Political Science, pp. 495 - 496
1997
Pringle H, 1992, 'Sovereignty and Inconvenience: The Significance of Bentham's Exasperation', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 27, pp. 306 - 318, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00323269208402196
1992