Why join CSAA?

Why join CSAA?

Members of the CSAA are engaged in Cultural Studies pedagogy, research and social activism at the leading edge of the discipline internationally. To be part of this community of scholars and to engage in dialogues around current developments in Cultural Studies, become a member of the CSAA by clicking 'Join CSAA' in the menu above.

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.

Hear & see us

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.


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AM Journal of Art and Media Studies no.10/2016 – Call for article contribution

Publisher: Orion Art, Belgrade and Faculty of Media and Communication, University Singidunum, Belgrade

Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2016

Deadline for finalized contributions: May 31, 2016

The Editorial board of AM Journal of Art and Media Studies invites all potential contributors to send in their proposals for issue no.10/2016.

AM Journal is structured in five sections: Discussions, Research, Artist Portfolio, Studies and Book Reviews. Only the first and central one section – Discussions – is predefined by the main topic of issue. Section Research and Studies are intended for scholarly articles dedicated to the different, freely chosen, theoretical problems of contemporary art and media (see Author Guidelines).

The no. 10/2016 topic of issue of the section Discussions is Cultural Studies. Being interested in the very wide field of social and cultural practices, relations and dynamics which opens up a vast number of questions on lived, thought and engaged realities, identities, communities and individual approaches, cultural studies draw attention of numerous writers and thinkers in contemporary humanities spectrum, thus engaging some very important theoretical issues reflected in art, consumerism, media and politics of everyday living. Cultural realm thus becomes a contested place of performances and performatives of different identities, postidentities, bodies, texts and motions in flux. Having been immersed in the world of interactive and multiple media realms, the cultural subjects and communities are invited /and pressured/ to produce themselves in the contexts of contemporaneity, however it may be defined, blurring the lines between the everyday life, performance, art and media realms (have the firm lines ever existed?).

Considering all issues mentioned here (and those yet to be mentioned in the papers we expect from our contributors), the editorial board of AM Journal invites the potential contributors to dedicate themselves to following theoretical areas:

Cultural Studies: Reflections on the Previous Thoughts seeks different critical and metacritical approaches regarding to the discipline of cultural studies and also to the traditional and new issues evolving from the cultural studies field

Cultural Studies in Contemporary Art and Media should open up the questions of relevance of the cultural studies in the fields of contemporary art and media praxes and studies. This includes investigating, theorizing and rethinking visual, audial, performing and other texts and experiences mediated through art and media realms.

Living (in) the Culture: Studies of Everyday Existence aims to induce the discussion on everyday living and being inseparable of the notion of cultural standards, expectances and practices. This includes both the studies of dominant, and also of the marginal(ized), minority, subcultural, alternative, intervening and/or other cultural practices in historical and/or contemporary contexts.

Please submit your paper topic, abstract up to 250 words, and your short biography to the e-mail address amjournal@outlook.com by 1 March 2016, and the final version of your paper by 31 May 2016 at latest.

You will be notified by 15 March 2016 if your topic has been accepted.

For Author Guidelines and detailed information please visit us on http://www.fmk.singidunum.ac.rs/izdavastvo/art-media/

Looking forward to our cooperation,

Editorial Board of the AM Journal of Art and Media Studies

Dr Dragana Stojanović, focus issue editor

Shakespeare 400: A Special Issue of TEXT

Editors: Associate Professor Laurie Johnson, Dr. Dallas J. Baker

This special issue of TEXT takes the opportunity of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death to explore the nexus between Creative Writing and Shakespeare Studies, in particular the ways that Shakespeare and his work are being studied and applied in the context of the practice and pedagogy of creative writing (broadly defined). This special issue aims to provide researchers and creative practitioners with an opportunity to:

·       "write back" to Shakespeare

·       discuss/explore writing practice, process or pedagogy informed or inspired by Shakespeare

·       explore and discuss Shakespeare's work as works of a writing practice (scriptwriting, poetry)

·       discuss aspects of Shakespeare’s writerly biography

·       engage in broader discussion of Shakespeare that connects literary studies and creative writing

·       explore questions such as how might Creative Writing as a discipline inform Shakespeare Studies and vice versa.

For this Special Edition of TEXT, we are calling for submissions of research papers that engage with the work of William Shakespeare in the context of Creative Writing, including the teaching of writing and playwriting. In the context of the teaching and practice of Creative Writing, papers can address questions or themes such as:

·       Presentism: What Shakespeare and his work might mean in the current historical moment.

·       Eco-critical Shakespeare Studies

·       Textual materialism: understanding Shakespeare’s written works and/or or ways of writing back to Shakespeare based on an understanding of the technologies of text in early-modern theatre (cue scripts, parts, plots etc.)

·       The nexus between Digital Humanities and Shakespeare Studies (e.g. computational analysis, stylistics)

·       Re-imagining Shakespeare and his writing in relation to “the other 99%” (Shakespeare’s contemporaries, lost plays etc.)

Fiction, scholarly non-fiction, plays and essays may also be acceptable but need to be negotiated with the editors (by email). If accepted, creative work must be accompanied by an ERA research statement that clearly explains the submission’s relevance as a research outcome. Peruse any of TEXT journal’s Creative Writing as Research special issues to familiarize yourself with the ERA statements.

Deadline for initial submissions: June 15th 2016

Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography (200 words max, in TEXT style) and ensure that you include your email address for reply. Submissions MUST be in TEXT style and formatting.

Final revised submissions Due: September 1st 2016. Publication Date: October 2016

Email: Dallas.Baker@scu.edu.au or Laurence.Johnson@usq.edu.au

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

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. 

CSAA Conference 2015

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1-3 December 2015

School of Culture and Communication

University of Melbourne

Conference Theme: Minor Culture

The Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) presents Minor Culture, a three day conference that creates a space for inter-disciplinary dialogues around the study of place, identity and marginality.

The conference is hosted by the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne and convenes 1-3 December 2015, with a prefix postgraduate day workshop on 30 November 2015.

Check the conference website for further details, including the Call for Papers and List of Speakers.



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

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