Professor Bob Hodge

Professor Bob Hodge with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.Professor Bob Hodge has many active research interests: in analytic and conceptual toolkits for social and cultural research (critical linguistics, discourse analysis, social semiotics); in major theoretical traditions in humanities and social sciences (Marxism, psychoanalysis, post-colonialism, post-modernism, critical management studies, chaos theory); in radical transdisciplinarity (including science in the mix) and engaged research; and in specific areas of study (globalisation, cyberculture, Australian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Mexico and Latin America, Chinese language and culture, education, popular culture, literature (classical, early modern, contemporary)). He has published in all these areas, and has supervised doctoral studies on all of them and more.



PhD, 1972, Intellectual History, Cambridge, UKB

A Hons, 1967, English, Cambridge, UK

Dip Ed, 1963, Physics and Maths, UWA, Australia

BA Hons, 1961, English and Greek, UWA, Australia

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Honours and Awards

2002: Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities

2003: Centenary Medal

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Selected Publications


Hodge, B & Coronado, G 2012, Mexico and its others. A chaos theory approach, Legas, Ottawa. 

Hodge, B, Coronado, G, Duarte, F & Teal, G 2010, Chaos theory and the Larrikin Principle: working with organisations in a neo-liberal world, Liber, Copenhagen.

Hodge, B & O'Carroll, J 2006, Borderwork in multicultural Australia, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards.

Hodge, B & Coronado, G 2004, El hipertexto multicultural en México posmoderno, Porrua-CIESAS, Mexico.

Hodge, B & Dimitrov, V 2002, Social fuzziology: study of fuzziness of social complexity, Springer Verlag, Germany.

Hodge, B & Louie, K 1998, The politics of Chinese language and culture: the art of reading dragons, Routledge, London & New York.

Hodge, B & Kress, G 1993, Language as ideology, Routledge, London & New York.

Hodge, B & Mishra, V 1991, Dark side of the dream: Australian literature and the postcolonial mind, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards.

Hodge, B & Kress, G 1988, Social semiotics, Polity Press, London.

Hodge, B, Fiske, J & Turner, G 1987, Myths of Oz: reading Australian popular culture, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards.

Hodge, B & Tripp, D 1986, Children and television, Polity Press, London. [Spanish translation, 1988, Editorial Planeta].

Book Chapters 

Hodge, B 2012, 'Hamlet and the crisis in the humanities', in LE Semler, B Hodge & P Kelly (eds), What is the human?: Australian voices from the humanities, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 221-36.

Hodge, B 2010, 'Topographies of space, time and disciplinarity in early modern English: the case of Andrew Marvell', in P Kelly & LE Semler (eds), Word and self estranged in English texts, 1550-1660, Ashgate, London, pp 151-166,

Hodge, B 2008, ‘From other to self and back: the curious history of ethnography’, in N Anderson & K Schlunke (eds), Cultural theory in everyday practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 228-36.

Hodge, B 2007, 'Chaos theory', in S Clegg & JR Bailey (eds), International encyclopedia of organization studies, Sage, Thousand Oaks, pp. 155-58.

Hodge, B 2006, ‘The goddess tour’, in L Hume & K McPhillips (eds), Popular spiritualities: the politics of contemporary enchantment, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 27-40.

Hodge, B 2002, ‘Dialog profundo’, in B Hodge, R Lema & H Saettele (eds), Discurso, sociedad y lenguaje: una anamofósis en el nuevo milenio, Lincom Europa, Spain, pp. 30-54.

Hodge, B, Lema, R & Saettele, H 2002, ‘Tareas teoricas para mexico en el nuevo milenio’, in B Hodge, R Lema & H Saettele (eds), Discurso, sociedad y lenguaje: una anamofósis en el nuevo milenio, Lincom Europa, Spain, pp. 5-28.

Dimitrov, V & Hodge, R 2002, ‘Why does fuzzy logic need the challenge of social complexity’, in V Dimitrov & V Korotkitch (eds), Fuzzy logic: a framework for the new millennium, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg & New York, pp. 27-44.

Hodge, B & Coronado, G 2002, ‘Fuzzy and amorphic boundaries in intercultural space: the case of Mexico and the USA’, in V Dimitrov & V Korotkitch (eds), Fuzzy logic: a framework for the new millennium, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg & New York, pp. 63-78. 

Journal Articles

Hodge, B 2013, 'The hydra paradox: global disaster management in a world of crises', Globalizations, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 355-66.

Hodge, B 2013, 'Nonlinear causality in Castells's network society: disorder as problem and opportunity under globalization', Global Networks, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 330-44.

Cameron, F, Hodge, B & Salazar, J 2013, 'Representing climate change in museum space and places', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews : Climate Change, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 9-21.

Arvanitakis, J & Hodge, R 2012, 'Forms of engagement and the heterogenous citizen: towards a reflexive model for youth workshops', Gateways : International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 56-75.

Hodge, R 2012, 'Coaching for a complex world', International Coaching Psychology Review, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 109-13.

Hodge, R 2012, 'Ideology, identity, interaction: contradictions and challenges for critical discourse analysis', Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1-18.

Hodge, B & Matthews, I 2011, 'Complexity theory and engaged research: critical incidents in the Sydney rail system', Continuum, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 887-901.

Hodge, R & Matthews, I 2011, 'New media for old bottles: linear thinking and the 2010 Australian election', Communication, Politics and Culture, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 95-111.

Hodge, R & Matthews, I 2011, 'Critical incident analysis and the semiosphere: the curious case of the spitting butterfly', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 300-25.

Hodge, R 2011, 'Museums and attacks from cyberspace: non-linear communication in a postmodern world', Museum & Society, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 107-22.

Hodge, B 2010, ‘Oedipus and the CEO: ambiguities of change in myth, discourse and practice’, Culture and Organisation, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 23-36.

Hodge, B 2009, ‘Sera que los analisis tienen esquinas’, Estudios de Linguistica Aplicada, vol. 25, no. 46, pp. 233-61.

Hodge, B & Coronado, G 2007, ‘Understanding change in organizations in a far-from-equilibrium world’Emergence: Complexity & Organisation, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 3-15. 

Hodge, B 2007, ‘The complexity revolution’Media/Culture Journal, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 4-11.

Hodge, B 2007, ‘Life, chaos, and transdisciplinarity: a personal journey’, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, vol. 63, no. 3-4, pp. 209-22.

Duarte, F & Hodge, B 2007, ‘Crossing paradigms: a meta-autoethnography of a fieldwork trip to Brazil’Cultures and Organizations, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 191-203.

Hodge, B & Coronado, G 2006, ‘Mexico Inc.? Discourse analysis and the triumph of managerialism’Organization. The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 529-47.

Hodge, B & Lally, E 2006, ‘Cultural planning and chaos theory in cyberspace: some notes on a digital cultural atlas project for Western Sydney’Fibreculture Journal, vol. 9, <>.

Hodge, B & Coronado, G 2005, ‘Speculations on a Marxist theory of the virtual revolution’Fibreculture Journal, Research, vol. 5, <>.

Hodge, B 2005, ‘Ute culture and what's left of theory: an Australian theorist goes to Mexico’Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 117-26.

Hodge, B & Caballero, L 2005, ‘Biology, semiotics, complexity: an experiment in interdisciplinarity’Semiotica, vol. 157, no. 1-4, pp. 477-96. 

Mishra, V & Hodge, B 2005, ‘What was postcolonialism’, New Literary History, no. 36, pp. 375-402.

Hodge, B & Coronado, G 2004, ‘Semiotica y poder en un mundo caotico’, Version, no. 13, pp. 17-47.

Hodge, B 2003, ‘Towards a postmodern science of language’Social Semiotics, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 241-62.

Hodge, B 2003, ‘Culture/communication/theory in Australia’AUMLA, no. 100, pp. 88-98.

Hodge, B 2003, ‘How the medium is the message in the unconscious of America online’, Visual Communication, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 341-54.

Hodge, B 2003, ‘Chaos theory: an introduction for TESOL practitioners’English Australia, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 8-16.

Dimitrov, V & Hodge, B 2003, ‘Corruption and abuse of the fuzziness of human understanding’Journal of Social Complexity, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 18-23.

Hodge, B 2002, ‘Feral archaeology and the Atlantis problem: the "hoax" trick as discursive pathology’Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 351-64. 


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