Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)

(Status : Public)
  • Call For Papers: JASAL special issue: Australian Literary Networks

    This issue of JASAL replaces the usual conference issue for 2015 (In 2015 the annual ASAL conference was incorporated into the very successful “Literary Networks” Convention at the University of Wollongong).

    We invite submissions on the theme of literary networks where a network is understood very broadly as a group or system of interconnected people or things. This may mean networks which are exclusively ‘Australian’ as well as those which extend outside the parameters of the national literature; networks which connect Australian writers, readers and texts with writers, readers and texts from other traditions and locations.

    Essays may consider literature’s engagement with any of the following:

    • Acoustics, aesthetics, the visual
    • Affect, emotion, contagion
    • Animals, environment, space/place
    • Appetite, consumption, food
    • Communities of creative practice
    • Communication, technology, transport, trade
    • Festivals, prizes, publishing
    • Film, media, new media, television
    • Gender, sexuality, corporeality
    • Indigeneity, ethnicity, citizenship, diaspora
    • Institutions: writers, students, scholars
    • Neurology, cognition, the body
    • Reading, reception, research

    We welcome submissions of papers developed from the 2015 conference, but we are also interested in new work on the theme. Essays developed from postgraduate papers presented at the conference will be eligible for be considered for the 2016 AD Hope prize for Best Postgraduate Essay.

    Please submit via the JASAL site by 30 June 2016:

    Please prefix your paper title with ALN15.

    Postgraduate essays to be considered for the AD Hope prize, should be prefixed ADH15.

    For further details, please contact the editors, Brigitta Olubas and/or Tony Simoes da Silva

  • Event: Launch of the new Australian Literary Studies.

    18 February, 2016, 5pm, Humanities Conference Room, A. D. Hope Building, Australian National University.

    As of 2016, Australian Literary Studies is now based at the Australian National University, and for the first time in its 53-year history it will be published online. ALS has long shaped the study of Australian literature. We are now setting out to change the shape of scholarly publishing in Australia, too.

    Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Paul Pickering, will launch the new Australian Literary Studies in the Humanities Conference Room, A. D. Hope Building from 5pm on Thursday, 18 February.

    All are welcome. For catering purposes please RSVP to Jayne Regan at by Thursday, 4 February.

  • Call for Papers: ASALvets 2016 Conference: Literary Regionalism and the Sunshine Coast

    17-19 April 2016, BreakFree Grand Pacific, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra, Qld.

    The ASALvets are heading north in 2016 – to Caloundra, the most southerly of the resort towns on the Sunshine Coast, some 90km north of Brisbane. Caloundra itself has some interesting literary connections: for example, Vance and Nettie Palmer lived and worked there for five years in the late 1920s, and it’s the setting for Vance’s award-winning novel The Passage (1930). But the Sunshine Coast region more broadly, extending north to Noosa and Cooloola and west to Woodford, Maleny and Montville in the hinterland, is bristling with historical and contemporary literary associations (Judith Wright, Nancy Cato, Eleanor Dark, Gary Crew and David Williamson are just some of the names that crop up).

    The overarching theme of the two-day conference will be ‘literary regionalism’, and we invite offers of papers that engage with that theme at some level. This might be done by exploring aspects of the literary and cultural heritage of the Sunshine Coast (broadly defined, as above), either in the visions of individual writers or in the cultural networks formed at different moments in its history. Attention to the strong traditions of environmental writing in this semi-tropical region of beaches, rainforests and wetlands would also be welcome. The brief might even extend to more theoretical or comparative considerations of literary regionalism; but we hope the main focus – as with all ASALvet conferences so far – will be on concrete and particular instances.

    Please submit titles and 100-150 word abstracts for proposed 20-minute papers by Friday 26 February, 2016 to Pat Buckridge:

  • Event: Sydney Ideas: Reading Australian Literature with Tegan Bennett Daylight

    6.30-7.30pm, Tuesday 22 March, Law School Common Room,

    The University of Sydney.

    Presented with the School of Letters, Art and Media at the University of Sydney. Reading Australian Literature is a series in which acclaimed Australian writers reflect on the Australian books they value. In a thoughtful and engaging public lecture, each writer will discuss a favourite Australian literary text. What has led them to these books? What do they find remarkable about them? Have these encounters with Australian books left an imprint on the speakers’ own writing?

    Join us on Tuesday 22 March as a fiction writer, teacher and critic Tegan Bennett Daylight reflects on Helen Garner’s Cosmo Cosmolino, of which she says:

    "Cosmo Cosmolino is Helen Garner’s least understood and liked novel, and contemporary reviews were generally not favourable. But it’s always been my favourite of Garner’s works – it is the richest in metaphor, and the only one that deals in what we might call the supernatural, although Garner’s characteristically lucid prose makes the magical very real. Cosmo Cosmolino is a book written by a major Australian author in a period of great flux – it’s a key, I think, to her work, and both a privilege and an adventure to read."

    Tegan Bennett Daylight is a fiction writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. Her collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, was published by Random House in 2015. She works as a lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University.

    Free event with online registration requested. Please see the registration page for further details:

  • Event: UNSWriting: American-Australian Poetry Evening: Chris Nealon and Pam Brown

    6.30-8pm, Thursday 31 March, Io Myers Studio, UNSW.

    Chris Nealon, distinguished fellow visiting from John Hopkins University will unite with Sydney-poet Pam Brown to present an evening of readings that meditate on everyday life and the seismic implications of individual actions. Connecting their mutual concerns with the abstraction and elaboration of common experiences, both are poets that distinctly reframe the personal to examine the possibility of agency and the repercussions of action.

    They will be joined by recent UNSW graduates Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau and Lewis-Allan Trathen, reading their recent works.

    For further information and to register please see the event page:

  • Call for papers: Coolabah Issue to honour Dr. Veronica Brady

    Coolabah will dedicate the first issue of 2017 to honour the memory of Dr. Veronica Brady. The number aims to offer a forum of academic debate and remembrance with contributions from scholars from across the world who had a special scholarly relationship with her and counted themselves among her many friends. Contributions may consist in academic articles on Australian Studies, creative pieces, or testimonials of personal remembrance and recognition of her.

    Proposed title and an abstract of 100 words should be sent by 31 March 2016 to:

    The deadline for the submission of the complete contributions is 4 September 2016.

    You will find the style guide of Coolabah in the following link:

    Guest editors:

    M.S. Suárez Lafuente.

    Aurora García.

  • Reminder: Call for Papers: ASAL 2016 Capital/Empire/Print/Dissent

    6-9 July 2016, UNSW Canberra and the National Library of Australia

    Abstracts due by: Friday 26 February

    Website now live:

    Capital-Empire-Print-Dissent will seek to articulate the ways in which the institutions of government, the arts, the universities and the heritage sectors have forged what we now call ‘Australian’ literature; and the relationship between, on the one hand, traditionalists, heritage-makers, administrators and purveyors of cultural inheritance and, on the other, the iconoclasts, dissenters, rebels, and activists equally drawn to centres of governmental, financial, cultural and intellectual power.

    Capital-Empire-Print-Dissent assumes the ‘worlding’ of ‘Australian’ literature but looks for structured histories of its formation, not least in the interconnected pasts of Empire and indigenous belonging. More broadly it questions the directions of twenty-first-century ‘postcolonialism’ and explores the ongoing and shifting political relationships between metropolis and (former) empire, colonies and the nation, federations and the state, capitals and their hinterlands, nations and trade zones; and all of their discontents.

    Offers for single 20 minute papers considering all aspects of ‘Australian’ literature broadly conceived are welcomed, and could address:

    • The violence of silence and transported guilt: Enlightenment frontiers and industrial wars of settlement
    • Myths of beginning and colonial federalism
    • Antipodean nightmares and colonial utopia
    • Transnational indigeneity, tent embassies and literary sovereignty
    • Settler modernity and the racial state
    • Garrisons of the Republic: The military, the monarchy and literary loyalty
    • Documentalism, institutionalism and the bureaucratic literary
    • Cultures of conflict, memorialism and (post)colonial war
    • Dreams of domesticity and suburban belonging
    • A bush capital and the global city: landscape and streetscape
    • Global empire, migration and the placing of diversity
    • Pigeons and possums: Animal inhabitation and urban ecoscapes
    • Pulp places, urban pleasures and popular readerships
    • Archives of nation-making and the memory of the memo
    • City-sex and suburb-sex
    • Metaphorical territories, penal colonies and off-shore incarceration

    Proposals for panels of no more than three speakers with a nominated chair on a shared theme are also welcome.

    Topical Masterclasses are proposed for the morning of 6 July on these two topics:

    Transindigenous and comparative frames for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing:

    Drawing on the expertise of Professor Chadwick Allen and multi-award winning writer Melissa Lucashenko, this workshop masterclass is open to scholars interested in discussing the ways in which indigenous literature connects beyond, within, through and against national state formations, with specific reference to local and community identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

    Archiving the now:

    Drawing on the outstanding manuscript holdings in the UNSW Canberra Academy Library special collections, this workshop masterclass attends to the recent material past of contemporary Australian literature from the last thirty to forty years. How do we deal with records of literary production that feel immediate and are yet archival? Are there new ways to consider the biographical, historical and material registers of literary culture in both their paper and digital forms? Facilitators include Professor Lyn McCredden and special collections librarians.

    Both masterclasses are open to all scholars, but preference will be given to postgraduate and early career researchers, including those without current institutional affiliations. Attendance at Masterclasses is included in conference registration fees.

    Please submit titles and 250 word abstracts for proposed papers by Friday 26 February, 2016 to Shirley Ramsay (

    A PDF is available here

  • Event: The Limits of Life Writing: A Symposium of the Contemporary Histories Research Group

    9.30am-4.30pm, 19 February 2016, Deakin University, Waterfront Campus in Geelong, D2.331

    You are warmly invited to attend a free symposium called ‘The Limits of Life Writing’, which has been organised by Deakin University's Contemporary Histories Research Group and which is to be held at the Waterfront campus of Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, on Friday 19th February 2016. Deakin University’s Professor David Lowe will launch the day’s proceedings, which will feature presentations by pre-eminent scholars in the life-writing field, including a keynote by the University of Queensland’s Professor Gillian Whitlock.

    Professor Whitlock is the author of Postcolonial Life Narratives (Oxford University Press, in press), Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit (University of Chicago Press, 2007), and The Intimate Empire: Reading Women’s Autobiography (Cassel, 2000). She is currently an ARC Professorial Fellow at the University of Queensland, working on the archives of asylum seeker letters held at the Fryer Library.

    Please email:

    or with any enquiries. Please see the program below for full details.

  • Call for Papers: Australian Narratives in Film and Literature: Critical Perspectives

    Ever since the early days of British occupation of Australia, there has been a major concern in finding a balance between the colonial ways of looking to the land and the difficulty, if not impossibility, of dealing with the vastness of the Australian territory and the diversity of its native peoples. Such tensions, far from being resolved, have created a literary and filmic system which reflects the multiplicity of approaches and constructions of Australian land and culture and whose examples, unfortunately, do not reach the non-English-speaking world as they should.

    This edition of Ilha do Desterro, one of the longest-running Brazilian journals devoted to English studies, is the first ever dedicated exclusively to the analysis and discussion of Australian literature and cinema in the country. The editors welcome proposals dealing with, though not restricted to:

    • Colonial and postcolonial readings of Australian Literature
    • Aboriginality in film and literature
    • Ethnicity and multiculturalism in film and literature
    • Whiteness and masculinity in film and literature
    • Australian literature and film and/in the Asia-Pacific region (and the world)
    • Gender and sexuality in film and literature
    • Ecocritical approaches to film and literature
    • Australian film and transnational contexts
    • Australia and travel narrative films

    Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies, ISSN 2175-8026, is a highly qualified open access peer reviewed journal that is published by UFSC (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Florianópolis - Brazil). It is indexed by SCOPUS, SciElo, MLA, Latindex, Ebsco among other important data bases.

    Manuscripts in English should follow MLA style or ABNT, if in Portuguese.

    Submissions for the Issue May-Aug, Vol. 69, N.2, 2016 are due by 29 February 2016 (8 to 10,000 words).

    For more information, please see:

    (click on the US flag on the lower right of the page for the English language version of the website)


  • Call for Papers: Anglica : An International Journal of English Studies

    Anglica is a peer-reviewed annual print and electronic journal under the auspices of the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. We invite submissions on all aspects of Anglophone cultures and linguistics for our next issue to be published autumn 2016.

    For Volume 25.1 we are interested in contributions from such fields as British, Irish, American, Canadian, Australian and post-colonial literature, theatre, film, critical theory, the arts, the media, history and social studies.

    For Volume 25.2 we welcome contributions in various aspects of the synchrony and diachrony of English or/and its varieties, sociolinguistics, language contact, translation studies as well as articles comparing and contrasting English with other languages. The papers may represent various approaches to language studies. The suggested maximum length of the paper is 15 pages, spacing 1.5, including notes and references. The article should be preceded by an abstract of approximately 100 words, as well as five to eight keywords. The deadline for complete articles is 31 January 2016.

    Contributors are asked to follow the style-sheet for Anglica available on our website:

    Please send articles on literature and culture to Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż:

    Please send articles on linguistics to Anna Wojtyś:

  • Symposium: Veronica Brady: A Living Legacy

    Friday 5 February 2016, The University of Western Australia, Perth

    This symposium has been convened to honour the life and work of Sister Veronica Brady (1929-2015). A tireless champion of social justice and Australian literature, Brady’s life touched many and this symposium considers the legacy of her work.

    Join Leigh Dale (keynote), Kath Jordan (Brady’s biographer), Angeline O’Neill, Bob White, Fr. Frank Sheehan, Dennis Haskell, Ned Curthoys, Tanya Dalziell, Chris Wortham, Tony Hughes-d’Aeth and others as we celebrate a remarkable life and consider Brady’s ongoing example.

    Intellectually, Brady belonged to a tradition of Catholic humanism and it was this, more than anything, which informed her critical stances. But Brady remained open to the challenges posed to liberal humanism by Marxism (particularly the Frankfurt Schoo), feminism, psychoanalysis and poststructuralism. These influences invigorated her critical work, which spanned the gamut of Australian literature from colonial to post-colonial, from White to Winton, and Wright to Mudroorroo.

    An inveterate bricoleuse, Brady’s bearings were similarly encompassing. Favourite touchstones included Clifford Geertz, Louis Althusser, Hayden White, Simone Weil, Wittgenstein, Freud, Gayatri Spivak and Paul Ricoeur. This symposium attempts to come to grips with Brady’s career and features intellectuals from the church and the academy, former colleagues, students and sparring partners.

    We invite you to join us for a intellectual celebration of a magnificent life that will honour her themes, but hopefully also her temperament. Anyone wishing to attend or participate in any way, please contact Tony Hughes-d’Aeth: or the Westerly Centre:

  • Website launched: Words in Place: A Digital Cartography of Australian Writers and Writing

    A Macquarie University group project between English, Human Geography and Music, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies departments, Words in Place details 60 commemorative sites related to Australian writers for use by scholars, literary tourists and the general community. It can be accessed on any digital device, including mobiles. The initial sample size includes 35 sites are in Sydney, 15 in Melbourne and 10 in Canberra. Searches can be refined by state, writer or site type (eg. statues, fountains, sculptures, writer's houses).

    This website is different to its heritage (Monument Australia) and literary geography (Cultural Atlas of Australia) cousins in that it extends to public representations of written text, while stopping short of mapping sites of narrative scenes. Feel free to pass on the link to others and to use it for your own research or teaching with the standard acknowledgements.

    The aim is to expand this project in future, so please email Toby Davidson ( if you are aware of any more permanent Australian commemorative sites anywhere in Australia, excluding graves. The team is especially interested in the innovative, unusual and under-represented (esp. Indigenous and multicultural writers; film and theatre). Overseas sites dedicated to Australian writers/writing are also of interest.

    Please see the website at:

  • New Australian Literary Studies site now live

    The new Australian Literary Studies site is now live. The journal’s entire archive of more than 1000 essays from 1963 to now is online for the first time at:

    New essays are open access for at least a month. Subscriptions to access the archive are very low - $16 for students, $24 for individuals, $75 for schools. Please support us in this new venture and help to keep this incredible body of scholarship out there in the world. For more information contact Julianne Lamond (

  • Latest issue of the Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia published

    The latest issue of the Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia (6.1, 2015) is online and can be accessed at:

    This is the last issue edited by David Callahan, the editorship now passing to Martina Horaková ( and all enquiries and submissions should now be directed to her.

  • Book Launch: South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After

    5:30 for 6pm Monday 9 May 2016, Multicultural Club, Drill Hall, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne.

    You are warmly invited to the launch of South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After by Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen, to be launched by Professor Peter Edwards, with an opening address by Professor Alistair Thomson. Sponsored by the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association.

    Please see details at the website:

    Bookings are essential, please RSVP by 2 May to:

  • The Dorothy Hewett Award

    UWA Publishing is delighted to announce the establishment of a new literary award, the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

    The award responds to the damaging changes to the WA Premier's Book Awards, which were announced just after the 2015 Perth Writers Festival. The Premier's Book Awards will now be awarded biennially instead of annually, making it harder for writers to compete for an ever shrinking pool of funds.

    The Dorothy Hewett Award, administered by UWA Publishing and supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and 720 ABC Perth, goes some way to filling the gap. With a cash prize of $10,000 and a publishing contract with UWA Publishing, the award is a celebration of Western Australian literary culture and talent.

    To discuss the rationale behind the award and the state of the arts more broadly,720 ABC Perth and UWA Publishing will be hosting a Writers Forum on 13 August at the East Perth ABC Studios, featuring Presenter Gillian O'Shaughnessy, UWAP Director Terri-ann White, and author Amanda Curtin. For more details, keep an eye on the website:

    Entries open on 1 August and close on 4 September. The shortlist will be released on 11 December, and the winner announced at a special event at the 2016 Perth Writers Festival.

  • Call for Papers: JEASA Australian Topos and Topics: The Transformation of Australian Studies

    The Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia, and Topos – Bilingual Journal of Space and Humanities kindly invites you to submit a 5,000 to 8,000 word article on the theme of our latest conference: ‘Australian Topos and Topics: The Transformation of Australian Studies’. Contributions from EASA members who did not attend the conference are also welcome. Given that the discipline of Australian studies has constituted itself as a discrete branch of cultural studies, aggregating itself around self-contained and space-bound ideas of the nation, your essays should explore the biases that have informed research in our field of studies, and investigate the possibilities of deconstructing today some of the foundational premises underlying the correlated discourses. The reconsideration of the perspectives and practices endorsed by scholars and students of Australian studies may include:

    • the role played by geography, the ‘lie’ and the lure of the land, or indeed of any other cultural stereotype now felt to be clearly limiting, in the construction of a sense of national identity for Australians;
    • the genealogy of nationalist ideologies and of rhetorical apparatuses centred on the valorization of blood, land and belonging;
    • the political implications of the preoccupation with place apparent in many discursive elaborations of a sense of identity conceived in national terms;
    • the history and the current fate of the myth of Australia as a ‘post-colonial’ nation, as well as the possibility that a post-colonizing agenda may sometimes be subliminally encoded in attempts at collective articulations of experience inspired by any ‘unitarian’ nationalist model;
    • the methodological consequences for the discipline of ‘Australian studies’ if it must outgrow its own conceptual boundaries and problematize the constitutive appeal to a distinctively local font of knowledge and experience;
    • the problematic centrality accorded to questions of cultural identity, displacing as they do other possible approaches within Australian studies;
    • any subareas of research previously eclipsed in consequence of an identified erstwhile prominence of nationalist, geographic, identity-related modes of thinking.

    As Australian studies is a cross-disciplinary field of studies, article topics relating to any branch of ‘Australian studies’ will be acceptable, 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 — or indeed articles inscribed at any fertile crossroads between the aforementioned categories. Publication of selected papers will take place in complementary editions in both JEASA and Topos at the end of 2016 after double blind peer review.

    Please submit your proposals by 1 June 2016 to each of the following editors:

    Martina Horakova (JEASA general editor)

    Andrea Szabó (Topos general editor)

    A PDF is available here

  • Registration now open: ASAL 2016 Capital/Empire/Print/Dissent

    6-9 July 2016, UNSW Canberra and the National Library of Australia

    The ASAL 2016 conference is now open for registration. A draft program will be available next week. Given that an election is due for 2 July, please be aware that accommodation in Canberra may book up.

    Registration and accommodation options are available from the conference website:

    A program for the conference is now available on the website:

  • 2016 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme

    Applications for the 2016 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme are now open. The scheme is for early-career women researchers in the humanities and social sciences, and will run from the 28th Nov to the 2nd of December 2016. The aim is to attract outstanding early career female researchers who have completed their PhDs within the past 10 years to an intensive mentoring programme. All travel and accommodation costs to Melbourne will be covered.

    For further information, please see the following link:

  • Call For Papers: Australian Narratives in Film and Literature: Critical Perspectives

    Ever since the early days of British occupation of Australia, there has been a major concern in finding a balance between the colonial ways of looking to the land and the difficulty, if not impossibility, of dealing with the vastness of the Australian territory and the diversity of its native peoples. Such tensions, far from being resolved, have created a literary and filmic system which reflects the multiplicity of approaches and constructions of Australian land and culture and whose examples, unfortunately, do not reach the non-English-speaking world as they should.

    This edition of Ilha do Desterro, one of the longest-running Brazilian journals devoted to English studies, is the first ever dedicated exclusively to the analysis and discussion of Australian literature and cinema in the country. The editors welcome proposals dealing with, though not restricted to:

    • Colonial and postcolonial readings of Australian Literature
    • Aboriginality in film and literature
    • Ethnicity and multiculturalism in film and literature
    • Whiteness and masculinity in film and literature
    • Australian literature and film and/in the Asia-Pacific region (and the world)
    • Gender and sexuality in film and literature
    • Ecocritical approaches to film and literature
    • Australian film and transnational contexts
    • Australia and travel narrative films

    Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies, ISSN 2175-8026, is a highly qualified open access peer reviewed journal that is published by UFSC (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Florianópolis - Brazil). It is indexed by SCOPUS, SciElo, MLA, Latindex, Ebsco among other important data bases.

    Manuscripts in English should follow MLA style or ABNT, if in Portuguese.

    For more information, please see: Contact:

  • Call for Papers: Sacred Journeys: Exploring Literature at the Intersection of Aboriginality, Sexuality, Nature and Spirituality

    Issue no. 16 of Le Simplegadi is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and most distinguished scholar Veronica Brady (1929-2015), a tribute to her invaluable contribution in promoting Australian literary studies and world literatures in English beyond hegemonic and hierarchical models of culture. Brady’s role has been in pioneering Australian literature, in times when it was frowned upon, and in championing the sacredness of life and of every human being as fundamental for the achieving of authentic humanist dialogue, respect and care among different cultural traditions. Aboriginality, Sexuality, Nature and Spirituality are essential topics on which she spoke and wrote for over fifty years where literature continues to be seen as effectively transcending narrow nationalisms, authoritarian structures and patriarchal domination.

    We therefore welcome submissions focusing on these areas of interest, not necessarily limited to Australian literature. Contributions should conform to any of the three main sections of the journal: articles, book reviews and creative writing. Le Simplegadi follows a multilingual policy and promotes linguistic and pluricultural diversity; contributions in languages other than English are therefore welcome.

    Submissions must conform to the guidelines that can be found on the journal’s website. Only contributions that are in line with the guidelines and which arrive before the deadline will go through the peer review process. Authors must submit an abstract in the language of the article and in English (max. 200 words). All submissions should be accompanied by a cover message including postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and a brief biographical statement (max. 100 words). The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2016.

    To facilitate the reviewing process, submit articles in RTF format to:

    Please see the website for further information:

  • Event: ‘Cultures of Reading’ Masterclass for Research Higher Degree Students: The Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath

    10am-3pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania

    This masterclass for Research Higher Degree Students will examine:

    • encountering the reader in literary studies
    • the social nature of reading
    • researching readers
    • book clubs as sites of reading
    • mass reading events


    Dr Danielle Fuller (University of Birmingham)

    Dr Robert Clarke (University of Tasmania)

    Dr Maggie Nolan (Australian Catholic University)

    Attendance at the masterclass is free but places are limited. To register your attendance by 31 July 2016 please contact Robert Clarke (

    When you register please provide an outline of your current research project and the kinds of questions that you are addressing in researching readers.

  • Call for Papers: Special Issue of M/C Journal on the theme ‘Transform’

    We are pleased to invite articles for a special issue of M/C Journal on the theme ‘Transform’ to be published in August 2016. This special issue will feature a guest essay by Jane R. Goodall, author of Stage Presence, and other texts, and Adjunct Professor, Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University.

    Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to:

    -Transformation into another shape or form as a punitive metamorphosis, or a kind of penitence

    • Change to the function or 'nature' of human and non-human life and environment
    • Transformed gardens, zoological and botanical

    -The redeployment of technologies and energy sources

    • Retro as the new 'new'
    • Renaissance self-fashioning
    • The transformation of characters and/or players in theatrical performance
    • Life-changing moments
    • Makeovers
    • Alterations of genre, within and across textual forms, including visual, prose and audio/sound narratives
    • The role of shame and/or fame
    • Tales of transformation
    • Reconfiguring gender and sexuality
    • Transformative literature in the public and/or private sphere

    Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the article title and should describe your research question, approach, and argument. Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words) and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Articles should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition). Deadline for submissions: 17 June 2016.

    Further information can be found at the website:

  • Call for Papers: Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences

    19 – 22 July 2017, Fudan University, Shanghai

    Convened by Fudan University (China), Macquarie University (Australia), Universität Hamburg (Germany)

    Modernism has often been critiqued for being homogenising and Eurocentric. Yet, modernity was experienced differently by different societies and cultures, each pursuing their own specific historical trajectory. Across the world in societies as different as China, Australia, the US and Europe, modernist literature and art were, in very different ways, crucial mediators of modernity. This conference will survey diverse experiences of modernity and the place of modernist art and aesthetics in those experiences. Implicit in this discussion is the question of what survives of modernist practices and modernity as a project beyond the known debates around modernism and postmodernism towards a new relevance in the era of globalisation and climate change.

    Papers can discuss the experience of modernity in particular societies, literatures and cultures, or comparatively. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

    • Aesthetic strategies across different media (from the avant-garde to digital experimentation)
    • Intercultural encounters, transnational identities
    • Travel, migration, cosmopolitanism
    • Self and other, subjectivities
    • Gender and sexuality
    • Race, ethnicity, plurality
    • Class and social justice
    • Imperialism, decolonisation and postcolonialism
    • Metropolis, urban and suburban spaces
    • Shanghai as a site of cultural encounters
    • Nature, ecology, sustainability, ecopoetics
    • Scientific discourse, technology
    • Ethics, religion and spirituality

    The conference language will be English. Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute presentations to: by 1 October 2016

    For more information, please contact:, or

  • Opportunity: Research Fellow: Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia

    Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, the University of Melbourne

    PhD entry level (Grade 1 / Level A), Part-time (0.4 FTE) fixed-term position available until 31 December 2018

    A Research Fellow is required to support the research team of the Australian Research Council Linkage grant: LP150100202 Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia. This project is led by Professor Kate Darian-Smith, University of Melbourne, and this position will work under her direction. This project documents the evolving history of popular television and its contribution to national discussions about migration, cultural diversity and citizenship across six decades. Through analysis of selected television programs that depict the contemporary nation, the study historicises the intersections between popular television, its representations of cultural diversity and its public interventions.

    The Research Fellow will be responsible for project management and perform a range of research‑related activities including: collecting, managing and analysing data; conducting literature searches and co-drafting reviews; drafting ethics applications; assisting in the organisation and running of seminars, workshops and conferences; liaison between project committees, research partners and participants; and co-drafting and editing a range of publications based on research findings.

    For more information, please see:

  • Call for Papers: InASA Conference 2016:"Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility"

    7-9 December 2016, Maritime Museum of WA, Fremantle

    Addressing the urgent and compelling need to re-imagine Australia as inclusive, conscious of its landscape and contexts, locale, history, myths and memory, amnesia, politics, cultures and futures. Re-imagined through story, critique, reflection, art, human rights and education.

    The conference will offer the opportunity of responding to the intensification of overlapping, interpenetrating and mixing of cultures and peoples in everyday life in Australia – and how its public culture has become increasingly re-imagined through intense conversations and inter-epistemic dialogue. Re-imagining different ways of knowing, belonging and doing.

    The conference aims to showcase contemporary research and creativity in understanding Australia through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.

    For the first time, the International Association of Australian Studies conference will take place in Western Australia (WA), following on the zeitgeist of ‘Looking West’ (2014), the end of the mining boom and vigorous national protests against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities based on a racial and cultural politics of ‘lifestyle’ that bear the hallmarks of European Enlightenment triumph. Griffith Review’s

    WA offers a rich context to explore the creative, cultural and critical dynamics of Australian society. Its proximity to the Indian Ocean, to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, China and Africa make WA an ideal place from which to look at Australia, as well as a place to understand how others see it.

    Keynote Speakers Include:

    Randa Abdel-Fattah (Macquarie)

    Tony Birch (Victoria)

    Anna Haebich (Curtin)

    Vinay Lal (UCLA)

    Suvendrini Perera (Curtin)

    Ariel Heryanto (ANU)

    Kim Scott (Curtin)

    The conference encourages postgraduates, early career and senior scholars to present new and innovative work cognate to our theme. Extended closing date for submission of abstracts is 1 August 2016.

    Please see the website for further details:

  • Call for Papers TEXT Special Issue: ‘Writing Trauma’

    This special issue of TEXT seeks to explore ‘Writing Trauma’. In recent years Trauma Studies has evolved into a major field of enquiry. ‘Trauma’ has the potential to coalesce creative, critical, theoretical, and methodological focusses on the relationship between literature and trauma. The writing of trauma is found in multiple literary genres, from fiction to non-fiction, and which reveal many forms and nuances. The various manifestations emerge from the cultural context in which they originate and highlight the interdisciplinary nature of trauma. but are not limited to:

    • Aesthetics and experience

    • Affect, trauma, and writing – embodiment and transformation

    • Trauma genres − non-fiction, fiction, poetry and performance

    • Trauma biographies, autobiographies and memoirs

    • Trauma adaptations; criticism; histories

    • Writing and publishing Trauma

    • Popular Trauma

    • Representing Trauma

    • Audience reception and trends

    • Readership and consumption

    • Theorising Trauma

    The special scholarly issue co-edited by Dr Bridget Haylock and Dr Suzanne Hermanoczki, aims to bring together papers by researchers and writers, as well as writing that contributes to the trauma narrative. We invite abstracts of 250 words for papers and a brief biography (50 words) and email. We also welcome other forms of writing, including reviews, if significant insight into the area of trauma is demonstrated.

    Abstracts are due by 8 August 2016, with notifications by September 2016

    and publication of the Special Issue in October 2017. Please email your abstract to: Dr Bridget Haylock ( While every effort will be made to respond to you as soon as possible, please allow 4-6 weeks for a response.

    Referencing Style: Times New Roman 12 pt, double spaced, Author-date system in-text, with Works Cited listing. Endnotes, not footnotes (please use minimally and count in word count).

    For more information please see:

  • Call For Papers: Journeys and Narratives

    An invitation is extended to possible contributors for a multi-disciplinary volume exploring the relationships between journey and narrative, or journey as narrative. Journeys might be from Australia to elsewhere and return or from elsewhere to Australia and return, and the emphasis is on the (un)expected journey through which the unknown might become known - and vice versa. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

    • what disruptions of self occur in the move temporarily from one culture to another
    • what new, innovative perceptions emerge through the eye of the foreigner
    • the spaces between journey and story
    • what it means to live “on the edge of the world”
    • what it means to travel and whether “return” is even possible
    • the lenses through which we view the act of travel

    Contributors are invited to engage with their subject matter creatively, narratively, theoretically, methodologically, through words and images, and/or conjunctions of the two.

    Submission guidelines:

    Proposals of no more than 250 words should be submitted by Friday 26th August 2016. Full details and submission guidelines will be provided to contributors on acceptance of proposals. Any queries can be sent to the editors, Angeline O’Neill ( and Joan Wardrop (

  • Event: ASAL Patron’s lecture: Randolph Stow’s Adelaide by Suzanne Falkiner

    6 pm, 28 September 2016 at Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building, North Terrace

    Randolph Stow was one of the great Australian novelists of his generation. He won the Miles Franklin award in 1958 for his first novel To the Islands, and followed this with six more extraordinary novels and several collections of poetry.

    In her lecture, Suzanne Falkiner will concentrate on Stow’s periods in Adelaide, including his friendships with the Duttons, Derry Jeffares, John Bray, Max Harris and others.

    Suzanne Falkiner’s highly-acclaimed Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow was published by UWA Publishing earlier this year. She has written numerous biographies, novels, short stories, essays, and two books about perceptions of Australia titled, collectively, The Writers’ Landscape.

    This lecture is presented jointly by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and the State Library of South Australia. It has been made possible by funding from the Copyright Agency. Free admission.

  • Events: Symposium and debate on Australian Popular Fiction

    Thursday 6 October 2016, University of Melbourne

    You are warmly invited to join us for two public events celebrating contemporary Australian popular fiction. Both events are being organised by the team on the ARC Discovery Project “Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century”, and are also supported by the Australian Centre and School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne. This research project studies the crime, romance, and fantasy genres, investigating the publishing of Australian popular fiction; the interrelationships between Australian popular fiction and Australian genre communities; and the textual distinctiveness of Australian popular novels in relation to genre. The project’s broad objective is to generate new knowledge regarding the contemporary production of popular fiction in Australia, its economics, and the cultures surrounding it. The chief investigators are Kim Wilkins and David Carter (University of Queensland), Beth Driscoll (University of Melbourne) and Lisa Fletcher (University of Tasmania).

    The first event is a symposium, “State of Play: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century”. The symposium runs from 10am-4pm in the Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building on Grattan St.

    We will have four panels discussing different dimensions of Australian popular fiction, from the role of genre communities, to new routes to market, to the realities of writing life for the commercial fiction author. Confirmed speakers include Candice Fox, Adrian McKinty, Angela Meyer, Angela Savage, Kylie Scott, Kat Mayo, Kate Cuthbert, Anne Gracie, Angela Slatter, Jack Dann, Rochelle Fernandez and Rjurik Davidson.

    To RSVP please visit:

    The second event is the traditional evening debate for the University of Melbourne’s Publishing and Communications program, which this year will have a popular fiction theme. The topic is “In the Battle of the Genres, Romance Will Always Win” and the speakers include current students, as well as authors and editors. The debate will start at 6.30pm in Arts Hall, with drinks and nibbles provided.

    To RSVP please visit:

    For further information, please contact Dr Beth Driscoll:

  • Event: Inaugural Australian Short Story Festival

    Friday 21 October – Sunday 23 October, 2016, Perth, Western Australia.

    The inaugural Australian Short Story Festival launches with a vibrant program of top Australian and International authors and storytellers. The three-day festival will offer over 25 paid and free events and showcase not only the traditional written form, but also storytelling in the oral and recorded forms.

    Key events include In conversation sessions with prominent writers such as Ryan O’Neill (VIC), Ellen van Neerven (QLD), Cate Kennedy (VIC), Paddy O’Reilly (VIC), Fiona McFarlane (NSW) and Isabelle Li (NSW), publishing advice with three independent publishing houses, the launch of Westerly: New Creative issue, a collaboration between local storytellers and raconteurs - Barefaced Stories, Magnolias Late Night Live and Ships In The Night, a celebration of five years of the Margaret River Short Story Competition and a street reading walk of Northbridge. A total of thirty local and national writers, will be participating in the event, along with Parashar Kulkarni, who recently became the first Indian writer to win the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story ‘Cow and Company’. Host organisation Centre for Stories in Northbridge will be the main Festival venue, with activities also scheduled at the State Library and Northbridge Piazza which will showcase an Indigenous Yarning Session, featuring prominent personalities from Warakurna, a remote community of Western Australia situated 330km from Uluru. Cate Kennedy, one of Australia’s most celebrated short story writers, will give the opening address. The closing address will be delivered by Professor Kim Scott, twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award. Australian Short Story Festival Patron highly acclaimed author, Gail Jones, has described the event as “an audacious, intelligent and very welcome initiative at a time when the short story as a form is enormously popular with both emerging and established writers”.

    Tickets to all events are now available from

    For further information and interview requests please contact Jason Cleary (