lundi 30 avril 2012

Call for papers: LiNQ volume 39 2012

Scholarly work in the field of auto/biography studies over the past thirty years or so has acknowledged how individual identities are constructed and performed through auto/biographical practice.  For example, in the early 1990s, prominent life writing scholar Paul John Eakin noted the shift ‘from a documentary view of autobiography as a record of referential fact to aperformative view of autobiography centered on the act of composition.’[1]

So, while the notion of performance in life narrative is not new, in an era when authenticity is a valued commodity, it is now more important than ever to scrutinise how authors, artists, and producers perform identities in life narrative texts.  What is at stake in such performances?  Therefore, this special edition of LiNQ, entitled ‘Performing Lives’, will focus on continuing and furthering this investigation.

We call for scholarly articles, creative fiction and non-fiction, essays, poems and book reviews that explore this theme of ‘Performing Lives’.  We invite work that engages with the idea of performance both in a literal, embodied sense – for example in the theatre, in performance art, in reality TV, and on film – but also in a more metaphorical, literary sense such as in memoir, autobiography, biography, and multimodal forms such as online and graphic lives.

- How does the recent proliferation of life narrative into a range of media raise new questions about how identities are performed?

- How do issues such as embodiment, agency, audience, authority, authenticity, reality, and public/private spheres intersect with the performance of identities in life narrative texts?

- How are performances in life narrative texts mobilised for ideological, political and/or commercial purposes?

For creative writing submissions, we particularly welcome polished pieces that address these questions in forms including creative non-fiction, prose fiction and poetry (for further guidelines, refer to ‘What we’re looking for’ at the Creative Nonfiction journal website:

Submissions and enquiries can be directed to  Alternatively, direct your submission through the portal in the LiNQ website

Articles must be no longer than 6000 words.  Include a brief abstract of the article or creative submission (no more than 75 words) and a 50-word biographical note.  Reviews are also welcome.   Follow MLA citation style and format.  All contributions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, double-spaced in 12 point font.  All images must be used by permission only.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: 31 August 2012 for Issue 39 December 2012.

[1] Paul John Eakin. Touching the World: Reference in Autobiography.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.  p.143

The Mystery and Mastery of Motherhood – Sallie Muirden’s Fiction

Team Trouble is into keeping things sane and simple this month. In May issue we have one of our most beautiful covers ever, with Brian Duffy's winning work from the David Bowie album Aladdin Sane (1973) coming out of the Monash Gallery of Art, Notorious: Duffy’s celebrity portraits. That show closes on 13 May, so be quick to see it.
Inside the covers it's warm, and there's a cozy interview by Courtney Symes with artist Danie Mellor to get us settled in. Neil Boyack follows with a call to cultural revolution inspired by Persecution Blues: The Battle for The Tote, which is released on DVD this month. Later on Shane Jones discusses the illusions of life and trompe l'eoil with Inga Walton, while Jean-François Vernay chats about author Sallie Muirden to celebrate Mother's Day. Plus there's some fantastic new comics by Mandy Ord, Ive Sorocuk and Darby Hudson, our magnifico May Salon, and lovely listings as always.
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The Mystery and Mastery of Motherhood – Sallie Muirden’s Fiction 

Any novel by Melbourne-based author Sallie Muirden is the perfect pick for a Mother’s Day gift. She certainly shares with Beverley Farmer a marked feminine writing packed with emotions and a taste for womanly concerns. In her debut novel Revelations of a Spanish Infanta (1996), Diego Velázquez is probing the Dark Continent: “What is to become a woman? Is is to begin the menstrual flow, the monthly plea of the womb to be filled with life? Is it to view a birth, to witness first-hand the cross and fulfilment of womanhood?”
Like Shirley Hazzard, Muirden thematically indulges in heart matters with their vicissitudes and complexities experienced in international contexts. Her novels are all first-person narrations based in Europe (Spain and France) and informed with historical knowledge, novels that mostly involve beguiling female protagonists as central characters (a twelve-year old Spanish infanta, a Carmelite sister named Marie-France and Paula – a Sevillian courtesan).
Starting with Muirden’s second novel, We Too Shall be Mothers (2001), would be a wise choice because her first and latest novel are companion historical plots that demonstrate a heartrending passion for Velázquez and 17th-century European lifestyle told on similar narrative modes, i.e. a double vision through a male and female lens – Velázquez’s perspective alternating with the infanta’s/ Paula’s.
We Too Shall be Mothers is the intriguing story of Marie-France, a young Carmelite, who abandons the essentially mundus muliebris of convent life in 1793 to make the switch from sister to mother and experience the joys of womanhood. The early chapters set the tone for this rebellious act: “Good little girls. You will be sisters one day?” […]  “No, Father, we want to be mothers.” Muirden’s prose focuses on motherhood issues (matrix, barrenness, fertility, pregnancy, child delivery, motherly love, etc.) that recur in her Spanish novels. 
Judging from the blurring of boundaries between feminine and masculine in certain parts of this novel, Revelations of a Spanish Infanta seems to delve into Jungian psychology by depicting the early days and dual nature of a now internationally famous painter who falls madly in love with his sitter, an infanta on the verge of womanhood. But in order to surrender to such feelings, Velázquez must let go and give way to his maternal instincts. By and large, Revelations of a Spanish Infanta is chiefly about giving birth both creatively and biologically, about the pitfalls of symbiotic union and of the vulnerability of intimacy.
A Woman of Seville: A Novel of Love, Ladders and the Unexpected (2009) is another realistic romance which ingeniously blends history and fantasy. A mysterious and mute ladder-man, seduces Paula who, among other things, is a sitter for a fictitious Flemish painter reminiscent of Rembrandt. The enigmatic character, which doesn’t have a name until the last chapters of the book, fuels Paula’s romantic imagination:  “That’s the nicest thing about romance, at least at the start when there are whole territories still to be discovered in each other, the mapping just beginning, just like Christopher Columbus setting out from Spain – the bright steel of childhood intensity returns.” But the grim reality behind the poetic figure of the ladder-man eventually sets in and reveals the saddening cruelty of human nature.

More on Australian fiction in The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama (Melbourne: Brolga, 2010)

samedi 28 avril 2012

Australian art returns to prominence at the Art Gallery of NSW

Open Weekend 12 & 13 May

Sidney Nolan First-class marksman 1946 Purchased with funds provided by Gleeson O’Keefe Foundation 2010 © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust
The collection of a public museum is its most enduring feature.
– Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head curator Australian art
A new display of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Australian collection opens on 12 May 2012. The presentation of one of the country’s finest collections of Australian art, from colonial to contemporary, has been revitalised for the Gallery’s expanded collection space.
The Australian galleries have been redesigned by a team including architect Richard Johnson, with an increased floor area and a new lighting system, allowing more of the collection to be displayed. Like all permanent galleries and most temporary exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, visitors can enjoy the art for free.
To celebrate the new display of Australian art, the Gallery is presenting an Open Weekend festival (12 & 13 May) with over 50 free events for all the family.
The new Australian collection display presents some of the Gallery’s most famous and popular works of art in new contexts, highlights recent acquisitions and brings numerous works out of storage for the first time in years. Works across all media – paintings, sculpture, photography, video and prints – are included.
The Gallery’s iconic collection of 19th-century paintings returns to the Grand Courts, with favourite works by outstanding painters and sculptors, including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Bertram Mackennal, Frederic McCubbin and Emanuel Phillips Fox on display once again.
Contemporary art is included in the Australian galleries, linking art practices across time. James Angus’s Bugatti Type 35, 2006, a recent sculpture of a 1920s car, is paired with modern painter Grace Cossington Smith’s depiction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, painted 1928–29. While over seventy years separates the making of these works, they both explore aspects of modern design and the accelerated speed of city life in the early 20th century.
Elioth Gruner’s much loved Spring frost 1919 is displayed with landscapes by Hans Heysen and Lloyd Rees in one of the Gallery’s most beautiful exhibition spaces, the Lowy Gonski Gallery. In the centre of this room Janet Laurence’s installation, The memory of nature 2010, gathers plant material, animal specimens and old scientific instruments in an evocative exploration of changing attitudes to nature.
More radical modernism in the 1920s and ’30s is represented by some of the most important paintings and photographs by Cossington Smith, Preston, de Maistre, and Max Dupain, alongside more ‘establishment’ Sydney painters Charles Meere, Herbert Badham and William Dobell. The Gallery’s exceptional holdings of key mid-20th-century artists Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan and Ian Fairweather are displayed in depth.
For the first time in the modern Australian galleries, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art has a significant presence. The magnificent Pukumani graveposts, acquired in 1959 from the Tiwi artists of Melville Island, are exhibited alongside seminal bark paintings by Mithinari Gurruwiwi, Wandjuk Marika and Muggurrawu Yunupingu, and the work of artists influenced by Indigenous traditions, such as Tony Tuckson.
The development of abstraction in Australian art is comprehensively told, with works ranging from early cubist and constructivist paintings by Grace Crowley and Ralph Balson to the energy of 1960s hard-edge abstraction by Sydney Ball and Robert Rooney. Nearby, the rapid and exciting innovations of Australian pop, conceptual and performance art in the 1960s and ’70s link to the Gallery’s contemporary collection on lower level 2.

A new app for iPad

A new app for iPad features over 40 key collection works, with informative texts, fascinating archival images, curator and artist commentaries, and x-rays that reveal the secret past of some of the Gallery’s most famous paintings. The app can be viewed in the modern art lounge, a recreation of the 1972 smokers’ lounge, with beautiful views of the harbour, complete with original Corbusier chairs (but minus the ashtrays!).
The two Archibald-winning portraits of the late Margaret Olley by William Dobell in 1948 and Ben Quilty in 2011 will be on public display nearby, side by side for the first time.

Open Weekend


• Writer Tom Keneally and conductor Richard Gill reflecting on Australian history and society
• Conservators working on a major 19th-century painting in the Grand Courts – WC Piguenit’s The flood in the Darling, 1890, 1895
• Curators and historians talking about Australian art, including Wayne Tunnicliffe, Deborah Edwards, Andrew Sayers, Grace Karskens, Jane Clark, Deborah Hart and Ann Stephens
• Contemporary artist talks from Rosemary Laing, Janet Laurence, Mike Parr and Ian Howard
• Musical performances by Jane Rutter, Wes Carr, The Falls, Warren Fahey and the Larrikins
• Art-making workshops for all ages
• Performances for children
• Guided tours
• Film program, including screenings of Night Cries and Dingo

On view
12 May – 13 May 2012
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

Joel Rea at Lethbridge Gallery

samedi 21 avril 2012

Découvrez la Tasmanie avec Tasmanie Voyage

Séparée de la grande terre d’Australie par le détroit de Bass, la Tasmanie est une terre à part. Une île d’une grande beauté sauvage, un patrimoine naturel préservé, un paradis pour les randonneurs et les amoureux de la nature. Une terre à découvrir, à explorer et à apprécier. Bien que la Tasmanie soit le plus petit état de l’Australie, sa diversité géographique assure un dépaysement total et chacun y trouvera son bonheur.

Tasmanie Voyage    

 L’agence Tasmanie Voyage est une agence de voyage francophone indépendante basée à Hobart. Créée par Michèle Meffre, d’origine française, Tasmanie Voyage est spécialisée dans l’organisation des séjours francophones en Tasmanie, pour des particuliers ou des groupes.

Cradle Mountain
Nous sommes sur place, nous connaissons parfaitement la Tasmanie et nous vous proposons des itinéraires, activités et des hébergements que nous avons soigneusement sélectionnés.
Nous proposons des tours à la carte guidés en Français, mais aussi des séjours Auto-Tour – vous conduisez vous-même une voiture de location en suivant un itinéraire détaillé établi par nos soins, hébergements réservés à l’avance avec un choix d’hôtels, de chambres d’hôtes ou de maisons de vacances.

Faites nous part de votre projet de voyage, et nous vous aiderons à le réaliser : établissement d’un itinéraire en français, conseils pour vos activités, organisation complète de votre séjour, réservations, réception à l’aéroport et transfert à votre hébergement.
Profitez de notre connaissance, de notre expérience et de nos conseils pour que vos vacances au bout du monde soient réussies.

Quel que soit votre choix, l’aventure vous attend au bout du monde et vos vacances tasmaniennes seront passionnantes, énergiques, atypiques et inoubliables.

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jeudi 19 avril 2012

ASAL 2012 conference website

ASAL 2012 conference website

Preliminary information about the ASAL 2012 conference is now available here:

mercredi 18 avril 2012

Exhibition: Libby Edwards Galleries

Femme Fatales Group Show

Mia Galo Janine Riches Alexandra Spyratos Jill Lewis Esther Erlich

Please join us for a PachaMama Wine tasting to launch our Women’s Group show

Dress: a touch of 'Femme Fatale'

Thursday 19 April 6 - 8pm

19 April - 4 May 2012 | 1046 High Street Armadale, Melbourne Australia | PH 03 9509 8292

Click here to view the exhibition

PachaMama, is a small family owned wine company established in 2010. Whilst new to the market, it’s new in name only. Dave Jemmeson is the man behind the brand. Having spent 30 years in the wine industry helping create and nurture some of Australia and New Zealand's most successful brands including Cape Mentelle, Catalina Sounds, Cloudy Bay, Mojo and Shaw & Smith, David decided to go back to his roots and focus on making small quantities of premium wine, which not only reflect vintage, varietal and regional characteristics but also stand apart from the crowd. PachaMama wines are proud to support Femme Fatales. Great wines that get you back in touch with your inner deity.

lundi 16 avril 2012

Australian Prints from the 1960s and 70s

from the R.E. Nott Collection

including commissioned prints from the Print Council of Australia

21st April - 5th May 2012

Champagne and cheese will be served
Saturday 21st April 10am - 3pm

Tate Adams, Ian Armstrong, George Barker, Ray Beattie, Geoffrey Brown, Neil Caffin,
Paul Cavell, Jock Clutterbuck, Geoff La Gerche, Robert Grieve, Weaver Hawkins,
Petr Herel, Tom Higgins, Franz Kempf, Grahame King, Hertha Kluge-Pot, Sandra Leveson, Harry Miller, Max Miller, John Neeson, David Rose, John Sandler, Stephen Spurrier, Helen Taylor, James Taylor, Lesbia Thorpe, Andrew Trollope, Rosemary Vickers,
Tay Kok Wee and Michael West

Bridget McDonnell Gallery • Hampton
392 Hampton St, Hampton 3188 • 9598 8398

Vale Bruce Bennett

It is with much sadness that ASAL marks Bruce Bennett’s death early on Saturday April 14. Bruce’s staff profile as Emeritus Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, ADFA, lists some of his most important publications and the public honours he was awarded. It also offers a snapshot into the international connections Bruce fostered as part of his project to educate scholars and foster interest in Australian Literature ( It does not, however, capture Bruce’s extensive involvement in ASAL. Bruce became a member of the first elected ASAL executive in 1978, as the West Australian representative. He went on to become the 3rd ASAL President in 1983 succeeding Brian Kiernan. That year he, with his WA colleagues particularly Delys Bird, organised the first WA conference.

Bruce was appointed to the Australia-India Council in 2002. He was a tireless promoter of Australian Literature particularly in India but also in Europe, the USA, the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. As his friend and colleague Ken Stewart has noted: ‘Nobody was a better conduit between ASAL and just about any relevant contact or committee you could name, especially concerning overseas links, or concerning Australian Literature as a professional institution and body of knowledge for educational study.'

Bruce Bennett's funeral will be held at 11 am on Friday, April 20th, at All Saints, Ainslie, ACT.

Bernadette Brennan
President ASAL

vendredi 13 avril 2012

More on Paddy White!

Call to all postgraduate students working on Patrick White
If you are a postgraduate student, or if you know of a postgraduate student, currently working on Patrick White, please contact Bernadette Brennan as soon as possible at or on (02) 9351 6853.

Patrick White Centenary International Conference

The Patrick White Centenary International Conference will take place in Hyderabad, India, from 7 to 9 November 2012. It will be hosted by the Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia (ASAA). Abstracts are requested by 15 June 2012. For further details, please refer to the flyer available via the ASAL website at

Call for papers: 19th annual colloquium of the Australasian Humour Studies Network

The 19thAnnual AHSN Colloquium will be held at University of Newcastle, City Campus, 7-9 February 2013, on Humour and Creativity, and the Call for Papers is now open, closing on 11 June 2012. Proposals from research students working on humour-related topics in all disciplines are specially welcome.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers with 10 minutes’ discussion time, or 40-minute practical, interactive workshops on professional work relating to humour (workshops must include an element of reflection and critique concerning the relations between theory and practice). Newcastle convenors, Michael Ewans FAHA and Michael Meany, have proposed the following range of topics under the umbrella of the conference theme. The list is neither exclusive nor in order of priority: any paper or workshop addressing the colloquium theme either directly or obliquely will be considered for acceptance.

- Humour in the creation and performance of music and drama
- Humour in literary forms
- Re-creation of creativity in translating humorous drama and literature
- Humour in visual art
- The creativity of the practising comedian
- The creativity of the cartoonist
- Creation of humour in radio and television
- Creation of humour in new digital media and the internet
- The language of creation of humour
- Verbal creativity and humour
- Intersections between humour theory and creativity
- The psychology of the creation of humour
- Brain research and creativity and humour
- Applications of humour and creativity e.g. health, education, management, marketing, interpersonal relations
- Creativity, humour and the law
- Cross-cultural exchange in creating and appreciating humour

AHSN is a transdisciplinary network of scholars concerned with humour, laughter and the comic in all their forms. More information available at:

Proposals must be submitted on-line at the Colloquium website:

mercredi 11 avril 2012



invite you and your friends to the launch of

:etchingsmelb. #10: The Feminine

Etchings 10 cover

@ Readings St Kilda
112 Acland Street, St Kilda


6.30 - 8.30 pm

To be launched by
Megg Evans, Manager of Bennetts Lane Jazz Club

Join us to celebrate the latest issue of :etchings with a glass of wine, nibbles provided by Lentil as Anything, author readings, and light music.

Everyone welcome!

RSVP: 17 April - email or phone (03) 9529 2393

lundi 9 avril 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: JEASA 3.2 Special Issue - Indigenous marriage, family and kinship

JEASA 3.2 Special Issue - Indigenous marriage, family and kinship in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific: the persistence of life and hope in colonial and neo-colonial contexts.

This edition of JEASA aims to focus on the development of the Indigenous/mixed race family in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific from the early colonial period up until the present, set against the persistence of Indigenous cultural, social and political innovations through the generations and against genocidal forces. It will be edited by Dr Victoria Grieves of the University of Sydney and Dr Martina Horakova of the University of Masaryk.

From the beginnings of contact with newcomers from different cultural contexts children of mixed race have been conceived and various family formations have developed to care for them, with or without usually destructive state interventions. In the cases where the state has intervened and the course of peoples' lives moves out of their control, the overwhelming reaction has been to reconnect. For example, the bringing home of stolen Aboriginal children, the enormous endurance of children who followed the Rabbit Proof Fence, and the reunion of the children of American GIs in the Pacific with their American families.

Moreover, in the midst of poverty and despair, individuals such as Samson and Delilah have formed enduring and mutually supportive liaisons while the protagonist in Mad Bastards is attempting to reconnect with family, life and hope. Thus the assertion of life and hope that continues in the many varied cultural and cross-cultural connections that are revealed in history, film, literature and theatre are inextricably bound with the celebration of survival amongst Indigenous peoples of Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.

The solidity and persistence of Indigenous family and kinship ties is sometimes foregrounded but is also often a subtext in the portrayals of Indigenous lifeways in history, biography and autobiography, theatre, film, literature and dance. Moreover, contemporary political commentary such as that occurring around the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), the Intervention into Aboriginal communities is couched in terms for the protection of children. Since the advent of colonialism the impact of settler colonial pubic policy on the Indigenous family has been overwhelmingly destructive, but this recent development paradoxically sees the state claiming to hold the key to the protection of children in family environments constructed as toxic and dangerous.

Thus it is that Indigenous family histories can be a vehicle for revealing an "other" history of settler colonialism, unjust and inhumane, that sought to destroy the Indigenous family and the life and hope inherent in the projection of family into the future. This history illuminates developments about race thinking, social ostracisms and "passing"; including policy innovations as attempts to control racial intermixing, such as "protectionism", segregation, control of marriages, removal of children into institutions, dormitories and boarding schools and adoption into white families.

These histories also highlight the development of cultural hybridity evident in Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous cultural innovations in literature, film and the arts. Also evident in resistance to governments' control, including political activism, cultural innovation and the maintenance of cultural lifeways and relationships with kin, within the surviving Indigenous family.

We welcome interdisciplinarity! Scholarly articles from history and literature to film studies, sociology and cultural studies that relate to any of the issues raised above, that engage with an aspect of Indigenous marriage, family and kinship in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific are welcome.

Submissions should be sent to Dr Vicki Grieves at by April 30, 2012.

Formatting instructions can be found on the journal's website, but for now any scholarly model will be appropriate until an article has been accepted.

JEASA is a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, open-access online journal, whose first issue appeared in 2009. The journal's website may be found at

dimanche 8 avril 2012

Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network

About AIIRN:

Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN), established in February 2012, is a formal network for academics and other institutional groups whose prime focus is on interdisciplinary research related to Australia and India.

Aims and Objectives:

1. The main objective of AIIRN is to create an international collaboration amongst academics and groups.

2. To build a profile for academics working or interested in the area of Australia-India studies.

3. To liaison with Universities/Institutions/Associations and create a space for academic events like conferences and seminars and collaborative book projects.

4. To create a positively engaged network of scholars and practitioners.

Assistant Professor
Department of English
Rajdhani College (University of Delhi)
Ring Road, Raja Garden
New Delhi - 110015, India
Ph. No. 09999012025 (m)


Founding Convenor,
Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN)

samedi 7 avril 2012

Objet-d- Art: A New Academic Journal


A New Academic Journal

Objet-d- Art

Department of History and Faculty of Management Studies, M.L.S. University, Udaipur in a joint venture with HPPL, Ahmadabad is going to launch a new academic journal Objet-d- Art- an exciting and ambitious venture which will provide a much-needed forum for redefining the study of Museology and Art-business across cultures.

The journal will break new ground in the study of museology and art as a global phenomenon. Objet-d- Art will be published by Department of History and Faculty of Management Studies, M.L. S, University, Udaipur in a joint venture with HPPL, Ahmadabad.

The editors, supported by an International Advisory Panel, aim for the journal to promote critical reflection by scholars, students and artists around the world, combining theory, method and practice. Objet-d- Art encourages innovative and comparative approaches for studying human creativity, both past and present. The journal will also reflect the Department of History and Faculty of Management Studies, M.L. S. University, Udaipur research and teaching in art history, archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage, and Art-business and museum studies.

Objet-d- Art- will publish contributions ranging from scholarly articles to dialogues to Art-business and museum studies, all of which will be peer-reviewed. The call for contributions to the inaugural issue of the journal is based on the theme Possibilities for Museum Studies and Art-business the deadline for submission is 20 June 2012. The first issue of Objet-d- Art will appear in September, 2012.



Possibilities for Museum Studies and Art-business

Museum Studies and Art-business is a global phenomenon. Through them people remake themselves and their worlds, while commenting on their values and beliefs. Making, using and learning from museums and artworks are fundamental to human social life and sensory engagement. In the context of the reassessment of the collecting, display and interpretation of cultures, the study of museums and works of art as a global human activity challenges categories of mainstream and marginalized arts and allows new histories to emerge, highlighting different standpoints and disciplines.

Objet-d-Art encourages critical reflection at the intersections of theory, method and practice. It provides a forum for redefining the concept of art for scholars, students and practitioners, for rethinking artistic and interpretive categories and for addressing cultural translation of art practices, canons and discourses. It promotes innovative and comparative approaches for studying human creativity, past and present.

Objet-d-Art welcomes contributions which promote inter-cultural, inter-national, inter-practice or inter-disciplinary concerns. Submissions can take the form of articles or art-works, or photography based on individual or collaborative research.

Even case studies in the aforesaid areas welcome. The contributors may submit articles on Indian Culture and Heritage research. The content of Objet-d-Art will be broadly themed according to a number of generic categories, however, not every category will necessarily appear in each issue of the journal and others may be added:

Ø We favor comparative studies, the questioning of values from one culture to another, or from one period to another.

Ø We are looking for short contributions or longer considered essays in which opinions can be freely aired on issues of critical importance concerning cultural politics, migrations, colonialism, museology, archaeology discourses of display, religion, values, funding, power, heritage and patrimony, identity.


Main Theme: Possibilities for Museum Studies and Art-business

For the inaugural issue, discuss this theme from the perspective of the past or the present in words and images through:

Ø Research articles (5,000-8,000 words)

Ø Shorter contributions, interventions and dialogues

Ø The editors welcome original contributions which:

Challenge academic conventions

Engage in scholarly excellence

Privilege artistic creativity

Promote dialogue

Submit your Manuscript

Please submit outlines and proposals in the first instance to the editors at:

Completed manuscripts should reach the Editor by 20 June 2012.

All contributions are peer-reviewed under the guidance of the Editorial Advisory Board.

Thèsepac: CONCOURS 2012


Article 1er.- L’association THESE-PAC décerne annuellement deux prix de 100 000 XPF, soit environ 700 euros, $ 1000 (USA/AUST/NZ) pour récompenser :

1. le meilleur travail universitaire sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie (division VI, Kiwani’s Club de Nouvelle-Calédonie) ;

2. le meilleur travail universitaire sur le Pacifique Sud (Lions club doyen de Nouméa).

Article 2.- Dans la mesure du possible, THESE-PAC assure la publication des deux premiers prix.

Article 3.- La ville de Nouméa finance les deuxièmes et troisièmes prix respectivement de 25 000 F et 15 000 F.

Article 4.- L’association AIRAIN finance le meilleur travail sur la « santé mentale » par un prix de 20 000 F.

Article 5.- L’institut Pasteur de Nouvelle-Calédonie décerne un prix « santé social » de 25 000 F qui récompense le meilleur mémoire ou thèse en médecine, en spécialité, en pharmacie ou en médecine vétérinaire soutenu.

Article 6.- Deux prix « Gaston Bourret » d’un total de 50 000 F sont consacrés aux meilleurs mémoires pour l’obtention du diplôme d’Etat d’infirmier.

Article 7.- Un prix « Koniambo Nickel SAS » de 30 000 F récompense le meilleur travail sur l’environnement.

Article 8.- Par travail universitaire, il faut entendre tout rapport, dossier, mémoire, thèse sanctionné par un diplôme de l’enseignement supérieur.

Article 9.- Le Pacifique Sud comprend la zone desservie par la Communauté du Pacifique (ex CPS) soit 22 territoires : les Iles Cook, les Etats fédérés de Micronésie, Fidji, Guam, Kiribati, les Mariannes du Nord, les Marshall, Nauru, Niue, la Nouvelle-Calédonie, Palau, la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, Pitcairn, la Polynésie française, les Salomon, les Samoa Américaines, les Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu et Wallis et Futuna, (plus l’île de Pâques, les îles Hawaii, la Nouvelle-Zélande et l’Australie).

Article 10.- Aucune participation financière n’est demandée aux chercheurs mais les exemplaires des travaux universitaires envoyés à THESE-PAC resteront sa propriété. Le but de cette association étant la diffusion de l’information universitaire, il sera réalisé une microfiche en collaboration avec les services territoriaux compétents. Un exemplaire est versé au fonds Thèse Pac géré par le service des archives de la Nouvelle-Calédonie

Article 11.- L’association THESE-PAC se réserve le droit de reproduire tout ou partie des travaux universitaires déposés pour don ou échange avec des étudiants chercheurs, des centres de documentation ou des organismes de recherche.

Article 12.- Le jury est souverain. Aucune réclamation ne sera retenue, le fait de participer vaut acceptation du présent règlement. La composition et les modalités de fonctionnement du jury sont déterminées par un règlement intérieur. Les prix non retirés dans les six mois deviennent la propriété de Thèse Pac.

Article 13.- Les travaux peuvent être rédigés depuis plusieurs années mais ils ne pourront concourir qu’une seule fois. Ils devront être envoyés avant le 31 juillet de l’année en cours à l’adresse suivante :


lundi 2 avril 2012

The ongoing Patrick White Project: ... MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you have a publisher?
I am happy to announce that selected contributions
to our project on international Patrick White scholarship
essays in Australian culture will be published in
one of the 2012 issues of CERCLES :
(currently edited by Philippe Romanski in France),
a C1 publication in Australian parlance.
        Will the essays be peer-reviewed? 
All contributions will go through a double-blind referee
They will be assessed by members selected from our
pool of distinguished referees.
   What subjects will the Coad/ Vernay collection cover? 
Film studies, visual arts, literary theory, psychoanalytic
philosophy, art, genre studies, you name it.
 Are you seeking submissions from international scholars only? 
We do not want to restrict the scope to local viewpoints of
Patrick White’s literary opus, even though Australia-based
scholars are most welcome to contribute.
Will you accept already published work? 
I’m afraid not. We are not building up an anthology.
Rather, we are seeking unpublished material specifically
addressing our CFP. The fact that the already published
piece has been revised will make no difference;
it will be rejected all the same.
 Will there be time for revisions, if need be? 
Yes. To organize this guest-edited issue of
CERCLES in a most efficient way, we need
to stick to deadlines.Therefore, we expect the
completion of your article by mid April 2012.
The Editors will digest them and send them out
to our panel of referees. Eventually, possibly
sometime before July 2012, we will get back in touch
with contributors to let them know of the outcome of the
referee process. Authors will have a fortnight to revise
their initial paper in keeping with our recommendations.
Which address should I use for any correspondence? 
For all correspondence, write conjointly to
David Coad:
and I,
Jean-François Vernay:
Please keep us informed and report progress.
Do you accept fiction pieces and book reviews?
We do not accept fiction but we have commissioned
a series of book reviews on the subject
for our special issue.
With best wishes,
Jean-François Vernay