11-14 July 2017, Melbourne
The 2017 ASAL conference will ask its presenters to continue to think about Australian literature at home and in the world following on from recent conferences highlighting the worlding of Australian literature, the centrality of indigenous literature, and the changing imperatives and pressures in the teaching of Australian literature in Australia and beyond. This conference asks contributors to look inwards and outwards: examining the continuing fascination with place, context and locality in the face of the global.
One of the highest concentrations of Australian Studies centres in the world is in China. This conference invites Chinese and Australian scholars of Australian literature to come together with other international scholars of Australian literature to examine the teaching and study of Australian literature in the context of this transnational interest.
Offers for single 20 minute papers considering any and all aspects of ‘Australian’ literature broadly conceived are welcomed. Conference themes include:
Please submit the following to ASSC.Research@latrobe.edu.au with subject heading “ASAL Conference”:
1) Title of Paper
2) 250 word abstract
3) Name, position, organisation and brief biography (100 words maximum).
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2017
A PDF flyer is available here
Thursday 20 April - Friday 21 April, 2017, University of Newcastle, NSW.
The Internet has changed the production and mediation of Australian literature: books are often sold online as ebooks or through e-retailers, such as The Book Depository, and discourse about Australian literature is increasingly digital, whether in the form of online reviewing sites, such as The Sydney Review of Books, customer reviews on Amazon, or discussions on social reading sites like Goodreads. Simone Murray has termed this the ‘digital literary sphere’ (2015), and demonstrated how such discourse alters the way that books are read and perceived.
Rather than focusing on purely technological changes, such as the rise of ebooks and social reading sites, this mini-conference also seeks to understand how the internet has altered literary aesthetics. Recent scholarship—such as Sianne Ngai’s Our Aesthetic Categories (2012), Bruce Stirling’s ‘An Essay on the New Aesthetic’ (2012), and Florian Cramer’s ‘What Is “Post-Digital”?’ (2013)—has demonstrated how digital technology has produced a unique aesthetics that has been re-incorporated into non-digital media.
We invite participants to consider these and other aspects of the relationship between Australian literature and the internet. Possible Topics:
We welcome submissions of both individual papers and complete panels on relevant topics. Abstracts of 250-words are due by 3 February 2017, and should be sent to Keri Glastonbury (email@example.com.)
Dr Keri Glastonbury (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Emmett Stinson (email@example.com)
JEASA - The Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia invites you to submit original articles for the new issue in 2017. This issue has no specific theme so we welcome articles presenting any topic that falls within Australian studies, including History, Literature, Culture, Film Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Media Studies, Architecture, Geography, Spatial Studies, Environment, Political Science, Indigenous Studies, Gender Studies, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Education, Sociology, Art History, Religion, Philosophy, Music, etc. All submitted articles will be peer reviewed.
Please submit your proposals by 1 April, 2017 to the JEASA general editor, Dr. Martina Horakova (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please remove your name and any indications of your authorship from the text and write your name, affiliation, and a 150-word bio in a separate document. Submissions must follow these guidelines: Articles should be between 5,000-8,000 words long, Times New Roman, 12 point font, single spaced. The title should be followed by abstract and 5-6 keywords. In-text references and bibliography must follow the latest MLA style of documenting sources. Articles written by nonnative speakers must be proofread by a native English speaker prior to submission. A detailed style sheet is available at the journal’s website: http://www.easa-australianstudies.net/ejournal
17-19 July, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus
Literary Environments is concerned with the different environments in which literature can occur, and our methods of translating between them. At this critical juncture in the Anthropocene, planetary responsibility and situated knowledges need to be entwined in propositions for social and environmental justice. Bodies, texts and artworks are converging in old and new forms of politics and earthly accountabilities. The task of translation between these increasingly interconnected modes of existence is a crucial one: life in all of its manifestations – from DNA to forests – has textual qualities. What does it mean to ‘read’ such a staggering variety of data?
We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels addressing any aspect of literature and the environment, including:
While this conference is primarily concerned with literature, we envisage it as a multi-disciplinary event. We invite papers on any aspect of the environmental humanities, from environmental history to environmental philosophy. We also welcome papers addressing literary environments that are not ecological in orientation, such as studies of literary spaces, communities, and so on. We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and panels comprising 3 papers.
Please submit an abstract of 200 words (maximum) and a brief bio as PDF documents to the following email address by 15 March 2017:
Accepted papers will be announced by 1 April 2017. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. For inquiries about the conference, please email one of the conference convenors:
Dr Stuart Cooke (email@example.com)
Dr Peter Denney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
4-7 July, 2018, Australian National University, Canberra
An interface describes a surface or plane that lies between or joins two points in space, but it also refers to ‘a means or place of interaction between two systems’ and ‘an apparatus designed to connect two scientific instruments so that they can be operated jointly’ (OED).
This convention will bring together scholars working across the broad field of literary studies to discuss the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade. By placing the concept of the literary centre-stage while at the same time interrogating its role as an interface, we wish to open up for discussion questions about the role, dynamism, and value of the literary in a time of institutional change and ongoing disciplinary formation. We would also like to debate the role of the literary text - and literary studies as a discipline - as a site of encounter between diverse languages and potentially alien modes of reading and writing. Confirmed keynotes include Rey Chow and Lauren Goodlad.
We invite papers and panel proposals, including but not limited to the following topics:
Abstracts due 1 July, 2017. Please send abstracts of 150 words and biographical notes of 100 words to Julieanne Lamond (email@example.com).
6-8 July 2017, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Confirmed speakers: Dr David Aldridge, Oxford Brookes University, Dr Tully Barnett, Flinders University and Professor Helen Sword, University of Auckland.
This broad-ranging conference will assume good reading and its concomitant good writing to be essential both to the mastery of disciplinary content and to the transformative potential of an education in literary studies. We seek papers that consider reading and writing from a range of perspectives, practical and theoretical.
A PDF is available here
Please send 250-word proposals for papers, panels, or workshops, together with a 75-word bio, to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line Reading and Writing cfp. Contact for General Inquiries: Judith Seaboyer (email@example.com). Deadline for submissions: 3 February 2017.
Please see the website for further details: https://communication-arts.uq.edu.au/article/2016/08/reading-and-writing-twenty-first-century-literary-studies-classroom-theory-and-practice
8–10 February, 2017, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
Registration now open. Last minute abstracts still being accepted.
Far from being in excess, are studies of gender in twenty-first century women’s writing dwindling, no longer “in vogue?” And yet, at the same time, we are told, public conversations about gender and sexuality are “too much,” “over the top,” out of bounds and out of touch. With a desire of adding to or redressing this feminist excess, Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation, in association with the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, invites proposals for conference papers dealing with the notions of excess and desire as they are developed in twenty-first century women’s writing.
Jennifer McWeeny reads two female characters in de Beauvoir’s L’Invitée (1943) as “one woman who has multiple, contradictory, excessive selves” (2012). Monique Wittig made a similar claim about the division of the I (j/e) in The Lesbian Body (1973), arguing that “[t]he bar … is a sign of excess. A sign that helps to imagine an excess of ‘I,’ an ‘I’ exalted;” Teresa de Lauretis adds that we might think about excess precisely “as a resistance to identification … [o]r of a dis-identification with femininity” (Lauretis 2007). French feminist theory frequently deals with female “symbolic excess,” disruption and desire (see also Rosemary Hennessy 1993,Mary Russo 1995, Karen Kopelson 2006): bel hooks interprets desire as “yearning” for a better world: post-racism, post-exploitation. We invite abstracts which consider excess and/or desire in these ways, or others, including (but not limited to):
Confirmed attendees so far include Sneja Gunew, Susan Sheridan, Gina Wisker, Sanjukta Dasgupta, Devaleena Das.
Send abstracts of 250 words (for 20 minute papers) and brief biography to Prof. Carole Ferrier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Jessica Gildersleeve (email@example.com)
The 2016 Shortlist (and winner) for best book published in Australian which deals with any aspect of Australian life, in 2015, is now public:
Jones, Gail. A Guide to Berlin. * Winner
Niall, Brenda. Mannix.
Harding, Leslie and Morgan, Kendrah. Modern Love.
Collins, Christie. The End of Seeing.
Kinsella, John. Crow’s Breath.
Winton, Tim. Island Home.
The Colin Roderick Award is dedicated to the memory of Professor Colin Roderick (1911 - 2000), founder of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies based at James Cook University. Professor Roderick was a writer, editor, academic and educator. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation, commemorated with a town-hall style symposium at James Cook University in which Professors Carole Ferrier and Leigh Dale, as well as Associate Professor Katherine Bode and writers Sarah Holland-Batt and Ariella Van Luyn addressed issue of the Stella Count and the profile of women writers in Australia.
The Award, commenced in 1967 as $500 prize (generous for its day) is now worth $20,000. Coupled with the silver H.T. Priestley Medal it recognises the best original book of the previous year. In 2016, the judges read over 150 entries submitted from publishers across Australia, in the areas of history, fiction, literary journalism, poetry, biography and memoir, politics, and more.
Publications entered for the Award may be in any field of Australian writing, whether verse or prose, but must be published in Australia (they may be printed elsewhere) and deal with an aspect of Australian life.
For further details please see: jcu.edu.au/fals
19 - 21 April 2017, University of Udine Contact: Giovanna Sgro, DILL – Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature, Comunicazione Formazione e Società, Università di Udine
The ANDA association (Associazione Nazionale dei Docenti di Anglistica) is pleased to announce a three-day conference on “Living together on this earth: eco-sustainable narratives and environmental concerns in English literature/s” to be held at the University of Udine on 19-21 April 2017.
The conference aims at exploring and discussing the place of eco-sustainable narratives in English literature/s and the way they may contribute to our understanding of environmental issues, stimulate positive thinking, create a caring economy and foster alternative perspectives for the future of our mother earth. If the eco-degradation of the planet is a plague which dramatically and increasingly afflicts the world today and, as such, it is at the very centre of the contemporary political and intellectual debate and of creative writing, environmental concerns, inextricably intertwined with questions of rights and identity, can be seen as a fil rouge running across many anglophone literary texts throughout the centuries. Believing in the power of the creative word to promote social change by encouraging mutual understanding and respect for the Other and for the environment, we welcome papers on ecosustainable narratives from all Anglophone areas and historical periods.
Possible topics of discussion are:
Abstracts of not more than 500 words should be submitted for review by 15 January 2017 to:
Prof. Antonella Riem (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Maria Renata Dolce (email@example.com).
Papers selected for inclusion will be notified by 2 February 2017. No registration fee required.
For any further information please contact the conference organisers: Prof. Antonella Riem, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Prof. Maria Renata Dolce, (email@example.com) Dr. Loredana Salis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ASALvets will be meeting again on Kangaroo Island, from 3-7th April, 2017. We will fit our papers around trips to various important places, such as wineries and restaurants. Chris Carter will be arranging our accommodation and tours.
General enquiries to Susan Lever (email@example.com). Proposals for papers should be sent to Sue Sheridan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Papers and presentations are welcome on any subject, but you may like to consider something related to the area. Kangaroo Island is the setting for several nineteenth and twentieth-century novels, and its literary associations include the fact that Patrick White and Manoly Lascaris spent several summer holidays at American River with Geoffrey Dutton and his family. If you consider Kangaroo Island as part of the Southern Ocean coast, literary links could extend to novels of the Coorong and the Murray mouth (like Lucy Treloar’s recent Salt Creek, Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy, Nancy Cato’s All the Rivers Run). Other places with literary associations are David Unaipon’s birthplace, Raukkan (Point McLeay), Robe (Adam Lindsay Gordon’s residence for a while), Mount Gambier (where Catherine Martin grew up) and, nearer to Adelaide, Encounter Bay, Victor Harbour and Goolwa.
10am – 12 noon, 7 – 24 February, 2017, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, Sydney.
One two hour seminar each week for four weeks on Tuesday 7, 14, and 21 February and Friday 24 February, 2017 from 10am – 12 noon. With his characteristic capacity to engage and draw forth the best from the participants Michael will unveil the depth and insights of Francis Webb – the subject of his Doctorate. Webb has been acclaimed by Sir Herbert Read as being “One of the greatest poets of our time … one of the must unjustly neglected poets of the century.”
Michael is Associate Professor in Literature at Australian Catholic University, has a special interest in the relationship between the Sacred in Literature and the Arts, has co-curated a number of recent conferences: Writing the Sacred (2102), Addressing the Sacred (2013) and Grounding the Sacred (2015). On 6 July 2017 at the ACU Strathfield campus Michael is hosting an event: Awakening the Sacred with Fr Lawrence Freeman, Rachael Kohn and Professors David Tacey and Sasha Grishin. Please assist us by registering before classes commence.
Please see www.aquinas-academy.com for further details.
For more information please email: email@example.com
7 July 2016, Shanghai Jiaotong University
A proposal has arisen from discussions with Professor Peng Qinglong of Shanghai Jiaotong University to hold a one-day symposium/workshop on 7 July to discuss work in cultural/media studies in China and Australia and the potential for building stronger relations and collaboration between researchers in the two countries. At present there is little contact between Chinese cultural/media studies scholars and Chinese Australian Studies scholars, and there is an enormous amount of potential for putting Australian cultural/media studies scholars in closer contact with their Chinese counterparts. One proposal to be discussed is the establishment of a Sino-Australian Cultural Studies Association.
Professor Peng is keen to involve Australian scholars and researchers in the event and he has approval from his university and funds to cover accommodation and local costs. It is not likely to have formal papers but rather reports on current work and brainstorming about the potential of such an Association. Those attending would also have the possibility of attending the Chinese Australian Studies Association conference which is taking place in Beijing, at Peking University, immediately afterwards, 8-10 July. Please see the website for details: http://pkuasc.fasic.org.au/2016-australian-studies-conference-pku/.
If you’re interested in attending the event, or interested in following developments but unable to attend this particular event, please contact David Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those Australian journals on your bookshelf?
ASAL aims to reach out to Chinese scholars by helping to establish or consolidate print-based research collections, particularly journals and magazines such as Australian Literary Studies, Journal of Australian Studies, Meanjin, Southerly, Quadrant etc.
If you have runs of these journals and magazines that you wish to donate to a Chinese Australian Studies Centre, please contact ASAL Treasurer, Roger Osborne (email@example.com), who will arrange for their collection and distribution.
AustLit collects information about the teaching of Australian literature texts at universities and tertiary institutions around Australia and internationally, and links to this information from the work and author records.
At a glance, AustLit tells you:
So, if you’re teaching Australian texts in your university class, please send AustLit the: