AWGSA Conference 2014
23-25 June 2014
University of Melbourne
Conference Theme: Responsibility
Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Sara Ahmed Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom. 'Willful Subjects: Responsibility, Fragility, History'.
We live in a complex and interconnected world rhetorically produced as without borders, and shared global responsibility is foregrounded. Our key challenges—climate change and environmental disasters, wars, poverty, violence against women, mobile and dislocated populations; shifting geo-political power; media saturation and hyper-consumption; and the marketisation of life and meaning—are shared. Yet, in neo-liberal economies and societies, individuals are made primarily responsible for their own social outcomes as states and institutions repudiate ties of dependence and interconnection. Borders are rigorously patrolled. New cultural consumption is framed as atomizing and narcissistic. Risk and responsibility, and often blame, are intertwined. If feminisms address inequalities, inequities and oppressions, how do we understand thes contradictory flows of responsibility? As feminist scholars and activists, what we are responsible for and to whom? How do we think and act responsibly?
We take Responsibility as a theme for this conference as a provocation. Responsibility, emerging in a range of discourses including public health, ethics, and risk discourses, invokes both positive obligation and interdependence and blame and liability.
For more information, visit http://awgsa.org.au/awgsa-biennial-conference-2014/
CSAA Conference 2014
3 - 5 December 2014
University of Wollongong
Conference Theme: Provocations
Keynote Speakers: Professor Joseph Pugliese, Associate Professor Katina Michael and Dr Kath Albury
The 2014 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) conference theme ‘provocations’ calls for papers that pursue various forms of action, change, or questioning. Such critical responses might be in reaction to global social transformations or the local minutiae of everyday life, and might be incited by creative practice, cultural analysis or imaginings of a more ethical present. Provocations might be understood to operate at the macro level in terms of politics, governance and law or at the scale of individual bodies, artistic endeavours and engagements with new technologies and social networks.
The Fourth Asian Conference in Cultural Studies
Launch of new open-access journal: Writing from Below
Writing from Below - What Comes Out
Come to a night of queered spoken word to help celebrate the launch of Writing from Below, Australia's only peer-reviewed open-access gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal.
Date: Friday 13 December 2013
Time: 8 pm (doors open 7.30 pm)
Venue: Hare Hole, Hares and Hyenas, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, 3065.
RSVP to Stephen.Abblitt@writingfrombelow.org.au
CFP: Authority and Knowledge: People, Policy, Politics
An Interdisciplinary Conference, The University of Melbourne
Thursday 13th & Friday 14th February 2014
There is a fundamental relationship between authority and knowledge: the entitlement to know, to speak, and to act relies upon claims of expertise, power and experience. This conference aims to bring researchers together who are currently engaged in research concerning the nature, form and function of authority and knowledge socially, culturally, politically, and institutionally. We welcome papers that address the multifaceted ways in which claims to authority and knowledge permeate everyday social life, political understandings and practices, and policy reform (people, policy, politics).
Please follow this link to view the full call for papers, and to submit an abstract before the closing date, November 30, 2013: http://authorityandknowledge.wordpress.com
Call for Articles: Diffractions - Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture
(Un-)Boundedness: On Mobility and Belonging
Deadline for submissions: November 15 2013
In a “liquid modernity”, to use Zygmunt Bauman’s terminology, everything is more fluid and flexible, “neither fix[ing] space nor bind[ing] time” (Bauman, 2000: 2). Whereas in the past, one could find deeply rooted social organizations and solid cultural configurations, in modern times, people and institutions have become increasingly deterritorialized. The fact that no one nor anything remains the same or in the same place for too long has had an enormous impact on how identities and communities are shaped, perceived and performed. They are no longer marked by permanence and stability but by mobility, change and imagination.
Time and space compression (Harvey, 1989) brought by late modernity as a result of new technologies, new means of transportation and new communication tools has played an important role in the devaluation of spatial delimitation, by nurturing a faster and continuous circulation of goods, ideas, information and people at a large scale. Traditional notions of home, homeland and nation have been destabilized by new cultural flows that challenge the symbolic boundaries of both domestic space and nation-state. In Manuel Castells’ terms, the “space of flows” keeps on replacing the old “space of places” (Castells, 2001), where “new strategies of flexible accumulation have promoted a flexible attitude toward citizenship” (Ong, 1999), “floating identities” (Abbas, 1997) and “diasporic public spheres” (Shih, 2007). The emergence of this new “mobility paradigm” (Urry 2002, 2007) has certainly involved the creation of new experiences, the production of new layers of personal and social relations and the formation of new geographies. As claimed by Elliot and Urry, “changes in how people live their life today are both affected by and reflect the broader changes of global mobility processes” (2007: ix), with connectivity being exponentially dependent on “miniaturized mobilities” (ibid.) and lifestyles becoming increasingly nomadic. All these aspects are summoned up in the main argument proposed by the authors that people’s lives have become, indeed, mobile lives (ibid.).
Mobility is often depicted as the opposite of belonging. Yet, these constantly shifting spaces and relationships, these global cultural flows or interactions Arjun Appadurai calls –scapes (ethnoscapes, technoscapes, financescapes, mediascapes, and ideoscapes) (Appadurai, 1996), whilst pointing to a growing sense of heterogeneity and transiency, also promote cultural exchange and new scales of belonging. Indeed, people appear to be always in transit especially through “non-places”, “space[s] which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity” (Augé, 1995: 77-78), yet, at the same time, foster a situational and transitory feeling of belonging.
This rising globalized circulation, however, does not necessarily imply the standardization of the social fabric. In fact, this mobility is taking place unevenly, at different paces and intensities, bringing visibility to globalization as a complex and multiform process, as the motor of both similarity and difference, dialogue and conflict, proximity and distance, boundedness and unboundedness. On the one hand, access to other cultures becomes easier and migratory movements increasingly more frequent, thus contributing to a regular contact with what is deemed different and unfamiliar. However, on the other hand, it is often the case that mobility, “frequent repotting” (Putnam, 2000: 204), displacement and uprootedness lead to disparity, exclusion, and to the creation of hybridized (Bhabha, 1994; Canclini 1995) or liminal (Turner, 1967; 1969) forms of life. This tense relationship between two or more different cultures contributes to the development of hybrid or borderland identities built upon both negotiation and transgression yet allowing the invention of new subjectivities, cartographies and categories of difference and belonging.
Themes to be addressed by contributors may include but are not restricted to the following:
- Mobility and (Be)Longing: Migration, Diaspora, Exile and Homecomings
- Memory and (Up)Rootedness
- Cosmopolitanism, Hospitality and Global Citizenship
- Sovereignty and Nationalism
- Transnational Imagination and Cultural Transfers
- Liminality, Hibridity and Identity
- Peripheries, Remappings and Contested Cartographies
- Modern Cities and Urban Imaginaries
- Travel, Tourism and Mobile Lifestyles
- Artistic, Literary and Media Representations of Mobility and Belonging
- Scale, Geocriticism and World Literature
- Translation, Globalization and Alterity
- Digital Mobility, Communities and (Un)Connectedness
- (Im)Materiality and Belonging
We look forward to receiving articles of no more than 20 A4 pages (not including bibliography) and a short bio of about 150 words by November 15, 2013 at the following address:firstname.lastname@example.org
DIFFRACTIONS also accepts book reviews that may not be related to the issue’s topic. If you wish to write a book review, please contact us email@example.com
Please submit your contributions according to the journal's guidelines. Find us online at:www.diffractions.net
Diffractions - Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture
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CFP: Feminism and the Museum Symposium
An Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association mini-conference
Date: 8.45am – 5pm, Saturday, 2 November 2013
Venue: The National Library of Australia, Canberra
Keynote Speaker: Kirsten Wehner, Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia
Featuring: Suzanne Bellamy, “The Lost Culture of Women’s Liberation, 1969-1974” exhibition/performance
The role of museums and objects in fostering social memory is widely recognized, however, the presence of second wave feminism in museums is limited. This symposium wishes to address the way in which second wave feminism is, or can be, collected and displayed in museums, and the role of material culture in memorializing feminism. We invite papers from researchers and museum workers that address the intersection of second wave feminism and the museum, including, but not limited to, the following topics:
- What is a feminist object?
- What makes a feminist museum exhibition and collection?
- Women’s museums internationally
- The New Museology and feminist theory and practice
- Private collections into public archives
- Curating feminist objects, training feminist curators
- Feminist collections and the virtual museum
Presentations are 20 minutes in length.
Please forward a 200-300 word abstract and contact details to:firstname.lastname@example.org
by 30 September. Successful proposals will be acknowledged by 10 October.
Registration: $60 wages, $40 concessional.
Further registration details to follow.
Symposium Convenors: Alison Bartlett, The University of Western Australia;
Margaret Henderson, The University of Queensland
CFP: The 18th Annual Conference of AAWP (Australasian Association of Writing Programs)
Dates: Monday 25 November – Wednesday 27 November 2013
Venue: University of Canberra
Deadline for abstracts: Abstracts for refereeing are due by 3 May 2013. Abstracts for the non-refereed stream are due by 15 May 2013.
The 18th annual conference of the AAWP will be a site for creative manoeuvres of divergent kinds. It will showcase artistic works and highlight creative modes of speaking; it will enable investigations of how we make and say; it will provide opportunities to explore how creative artists engage with research.
Presentations will generally be brief (five minutes each), themed and organised to encourage the exchange of ideas. Discussions will follow, allowing participants to expand on their ideas and engage with others. Full refereed papers will be published as part of the conference proceedings. Some creative sessions will be longer, and this will be at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Papers are invited in three streams: 1) a refereed scholarly stream; 2) a creative stream; 3) a general (non-refereed stream).
Papers and creative presentations are encouraged to explore, but are not limited to, the following:
• creative expression
• a way of making
• a way of being
• a linguistic manoeuvre
• slant and/or opaque
• a deviation or subversion
• a tactic for expressing bodily experience
• connected to other kinds of art
• creative collaboration
Full details are in the attached flier or can be found on the conference website:
Registration for the conference will open April 1st.
If you have any questions, or need any more information, please feel free to contact
Conference Coordinator| AAWP 18| University of Canberra| 25-27 November, 2013
CSAA Mentorship Scheme
CSAA Mentorship Scheme
Elizabeth Stephens, our Memberships Officer, is happy to announce that this year the CSAA will be piloting a mentorship scheme for its members. Our aim is to support the professional development of members, with an emphasis on early career researchers and scholars without institutional support.
Elizabeth would like to invite those of you who would like to apply to be mentees, or who would be willing to offer their support as mentors, to contact her at email@example.com to indicate your interest. Mentees should identify the key areas in which they are seeking mentoring (eg: publication, promotion etc). Any questions about the scheme should also be directed to Elizabeth.
Please note that this offer is open to members only. If you are not a member already, but would like to be a part of this scheme, please submit your details to the CSAA membership database under the 'Join CSAA' tab. We're very close to having the Paypal account operational, so submit your details and sit tight, and we'll contact you about payment soon. And don't forget that if you registered for the 2012 CSAA conference, you are now a member and eligible to participate.