samedi 11 juillet 2009

Appel à contributions: colloque le 14-15 janvier 2010

Reading Across the Pacific: Australian-United States Intellectual Histories

Notez qu'un colloque d'Australianistes se tiendra à Sydney les 14 et 15 janvier 2010 sous l'égide de Nicholas Birns, directeur de la prestigieuse revue savante Antipodes, et du professeur Robert Dixon, qui fut nommé à ce qui fut historiquement la première chaire de littérature australienne en Australie, à l'université de Sydney.

Pour information, le professeur Philip Mead vient d'être élu à la deuximère chaire de littérature australienne créée à l'université de Western Australia.

Il est question d'examiner les échanges féconds entre les Etats-Unis et l'Australie.
Les thèmes sont déclinés infra et vous pouvez joindre les organisateurs pour de plus amples informations.

Who's who:

Nicholas Birns:

Robert Dixon:

Voici l'appel à contributions dans le texte original:

A Symposium hosted by Australian literature at the University of Sydney January 2010
On 14-15 January 2010, Australian Literature at the University of Sydney in association with the American Association for Australian Literary Studies (AAALS) will host a symposium on Reading Across the Pacific: Australian-United Sates Intellectual Histories.

Plenary speaker: Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University.

Limited funding to assist early career researchers may be available on application to the convenors.

The United States-Australia cultural relationship has often simply been assumed rather than theorized or empirically grounded. This symposium will examine the concrete interaction of the two nations, shifting the emphasis from the broad cultural patterns often compared to the specific networks, interactions, and crossings that have characterized Australian literature in the US, American literature in Australia, and the many mediations and adjacencies that have accompanied this interaction. This entails shifting the characteristic perspective from two monadic nations facing each another across the Pacific to understanding the Pacific as a thread across which the two cultures have read each other, and focusing away from matters of direct literary influence to a broader range of responses, provocations, and dialogues.
Taking advantage of new interdisciplinary and theoretical possibilities, the symposium will nonetheless emphasise reading as a practice, whether done individually or collectively; as a consumer, reviewer, or editor; whether performed in a private or public context. Principal questions to be considered are: why has the relationship, though always close and in some ways very obvious, always seemed under-scrutinized? Why has Australia received so little attention in US literary circles? What cultural factors (assumptions, fears, and inhibitions) are in play here? How have they changed over time, as affected by political changes or stylistic or genre transformations?

Proposals for papers on the following topics applied to Australian-United States intellectual histories are particularly welcome:

wars, politics, literature
publishing history, book history and editing
feminism and gender
African diaspora connections
America and modernity
Cold War orientalism
Institutional Crossings
Magazines and Genre Fiction
Print, and digital cultures
Proletarian Fiction
ŒDistance and Œsimilarity as motifs
Intellectual histories of the right and left
Cultures of poetry
Theatre and performance histories
US-Australian prosopography
Economies of ecocriticism
Popular culture
Australasia and regional identities
Theorising settlement and comparative nationalisms
English department cultures: the state(s) of the discipline Travel writing


Associate Professor Nicholas Birns,
Eugene Lang College of the New School,
New York 65 West 11th St,
New York 10011, United States.

Professor Robert Dixon,
Professor of Australian Literature,
English Department
University of Sydney, Sydney 2006,

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