Why join CSAA?

Why join CSAA?

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Our Work

Our Work

The CSAA is Australasia's peak Cultural Studies representative organisation. The Association takes an active role in advocacy, support and promotion of Cultural Studies in the region. To see some of the work the CSAA is involved in, be sure to check the links available on this site.

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Hear & see us

The CSAA actively promotes dialogue between its members and keenly supports the upload and sharing of multi-media formatted materials. The 'Audio-Visual' tab located at the top of the CSAA's home page provides access to materials produced by CSAA members drawn from presentations, seminars and conferences.


Upcoming events

CSAA Conference 2014

2 - 5 December 2014
University of Wollongong

Conference Theme: Provocations

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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.  

In anticipation of exploring these ideas, the conference is organised around six thematic streams and each stream will have an individual call for papers.

For more, check the conference website:lha.uow.edu.au/hsi/csaa2014

Video Games: Violence and Beyond Conference

Video Games: Violence and Beyond 

March 3 and 4, 2015

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Presented by The Violence Research and Prevention Program, Griffith University

Venue:  The Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the question of violence and videogames, this two-day conference program considers the impact of video games from a range of perspectives.

The program will explore the following themes :

   research evidence for and against the role of violent games in fostering aggressive attitudes and behaviours and violent crime

   the appeal and pervasiveness of games

   the role of games in everyday life

ways in which games are approached and used in a variety of contexts


Foregrounding thorny questions about education or regulation, with a line up of internationally and nationally recognised researchers, this conference will offer a rich array of information and viewpoints on the hotly debated issues.

 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ViolenceResPrev

Conference Hosts 

'Video Games: Violence and Beyond' is a conference event presented by the Griffith University Violence Research and Prevention Program 

AWGSA Conference 2014

AWGSA 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/

The Fourth Asian Conference in Cultural Studies

Call for papers: The Fourth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, 29 May - 1 June 2014
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners including the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, to be held from May 29-June 1, at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center.
Conference Theme: Borderlands of Becoming, Belonging and Sharing
Local, national and global cultures have been transformed by an intensification of human migration, mobility and multi-culture with multiple and complex claims of home, identity and belonging. Gloria Anzaldua’s idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways.
This conference, which focuses on the borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing, is therefore about examining how the culture of everyday life is regulated and contested across diverse political, economic and social contexts, and whether and how it creates spaces of belonging with others.
The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, critical reflection and analysis about emerging social, political and cultural identities that are formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings and their expression and about the possibility of making them shared across differences.
We welcome papers that focus on (but not limited to):
* Trans-cultural displacement/belonging
* Belonging and the intersections of gender, race, religion, sexuality
* Seeking refuge, unruly belonging(s) and border politics
* Trauma and joy of becoming and belonging
* Communication, new technologies and belonging
* Cultural narratives of belonging/not belonging
* Cultural politics of survival/transgression
* New imaginings/formations of home
* Citizenship beyond borders
* Multicultural exhaustion/renewal
* Belonging in the Anthropocene
* Multiple and complex belongings
* Re-locating culture across borders
* Convivial cultures and the imagined communities
* Creation of shared space(s) of multiple belongings
Submission Procedure General Information
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by February 1 2014. All abstracts will be blind reviewed by a voluntary team, and authors will usually be notified of the decision of the reviewers within two weeks of submission. Those who submit near the February deadline will receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by February 15 2014.
All accepted authors may have their full paper published in the online conference proceedings. Full text submission is due by July 1 2014.
The deadline for full conference payment for all presenters is May 1 2014.
For the detail, please visit: http://accs.iafor.org/
We hope that the 2014 conference theme will encourage academic and personal encounters and exchanges across national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides. We look forward to seeing you (again) in Osaka!
Professor Baden Offord
Professor of Cultural Studies & Human Rights, Southern Cross University, Australia
ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Chair
Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Monash University, Australia
Director of the Monash University Asia Institute
ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Co-Chair

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:submissions@diffractions.net


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 atreviews@diffractions.net


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

Catholic University of Portugal | Research Center for Communication and Culture

Palma de Cima | 1649-023 | Lisbon| Portugal

E-mail: info@diffractions.net

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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:femmuseums2013@gmail.com

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:


Writing as:


• 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


• performance


• self-definition


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


Shane Strange


Conference Coordinator| AAWP 18| University of Canberra| 25-27 November, 2013

e. shane.strange at canberra.edu.au|<mailto:shane.strange at canberra.edu.au|> p. 02 6201 2579 |mob. 0434 574 033

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 e.stephens@uq.edu.au 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. 

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