mardi 24 juillet 2012

ASAL news

1.  Postgraduate contact list
ASAL's postgraduate representatives, Katie Hansord and Lucie O'Brien, would like to establish a list of postgraduate students working in, or interested in, Australian literature.  Please contact Katie and Lucie at if you would like to join this list, which will be used to plan and advertise ASAL events for postgraduate students.

2.  Launch of HAPLAX: a school for reading
HAPLAX is a school for reading Australian and non-Australian writing.  HAPLAX will be launched on Tuesday 24 July by Dr Justin Clemens and Professor John Frow (University of Melbourne), at The Alderman, 134 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Victoria. For more information please go to

3.  Kim Scott speaking at University of Melbourne
Professor Kim Scott, author of That Deadman Dance (2011), Benang (1999) and True Country (1993), will give a public lecture at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday 25 July at 7 pm.  In a wide-ranging address, Professor Scott will bring together his concerns with Indigenous cultural renewal though language revitalisation and the role of literature in an evolving vision of Australia in the twenty-first century.  For venue information, registration and further details, please go to

4.  Reminder: MLA Options for Teaching series - Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature
Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA’s Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature, to be edited by Nicholas Birns, Nicole Moore, and Sarah Shieff.  The volume is designed to offer teachers strategies for teaching Australian and New Zealand literature in a range of global contexts.  The call for proposals is also available at  If you are interested in contributing an essay (3,000-3,500 words), please send a summary proposal to Nicholas Birns (, Nicole Moore (, or Sarah Shieff ( by 1 August 2012.

5.  Book launch: The Postcolonial Eye by Alison Ravenscroft
The Postcolonial Eye: White Australian Desire and the Visual Field of Race, by Alison Ravenscroft, will be launched by Philip Morrissey and Alexis Wright on Saturday 4 August at 5 pm in the Alan Gilbert Lounge, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne (corner Grattan and Barry Streets, entry via Barry Street).  Please RSVP to

6.  Call for Papers: New Scholar Volume 2 Number 2 - The Belonging Project/The Belonging Issue
As an integral part of human experience, ‘belonging’ is a ubiquitous concept in many areas of the humanities and social sciences and beyond.  This is increasingly the case in the contemporary contexts of globalization, trans-nationalism, and the emergence of the network society, which have imbued issues of belonging with a renewed emphasis and increased urgency.  Yet, as important as the concept of belonging is to discourses on migration, citizenship, community and wellbeing, among others, it is rarely defined or interrogated at length.  While such ambiguity and elasticity is no doubt part of belonging’s efficacy as a concept, it nonetheless veils the complexities of processes and experiences of belonging/not belonging.

Following a successful interdisciplinary workshop and symposium on belonging, the organizers of the Belonging Project, an initiative by interdisciplinary researchers from Melbourne, are now calling for submissions for a special issue of New Scholar.  This special issue will showcase innovative research across disciplines that critically engages with the concept of belonging and the ways in which it is deployed and understood in academic discourses, with a view to examining the challenges and ambiguities embedded in the concept.

Submissions might address (but need not be limited to) the following themes:
- Structures and processes of belonging
- Moving past the belonging/not-belonging dichotomy
- Belonging beyond identity
- Technology, communication and belonging
- Scales of belonging, e.g., local, national, transnational
- Belonging and intersectionality
- Memory and belonging
- Place and belonging
- Mobility and belonging
- Agency and belonging
- Indigenous belonging
- Migrancy, transnationalism, and belonging
- Hybridity and belonging
- Language, culture and belonging

Submissions should be uploaded to by 14 August 2012.  Please see the New Scholar website for updated guidelines for authors.  Please address all inquiries (but not submissions) to Caitlin Nunn, Nadia Niaz, Karen Schamberger and Gillian Darcy at

7.  Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Melbourne
The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University of Melbourne, in areas of research priority for the university and its faculties, and in particular to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties.  Applications are now open.  For details please go to

8.  Senior Research Fellow/Principal Research Fellow position at the University of Melbourne
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion seeks to appoint a Senior Research Fellow to a 4 or 5 year research appointment in one of its four research programs, “Shaping the Modern.”  Working with program convenor, Stephanie Trigg, the successful candidate will develop a multi-disciplinary research project or projects that extend the Centre’s research in the period 1100-1800 into the modern era, with a special emphasis on Australia’s relationswhip with its European emotional past.  Details are available at

9.  Patrick White exhibition at Mount Wilson 
In 2012, the Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine Historical Society will celebrate the centenary of Patrick White’s birth by holding a year-long exhibition at the Turkish Bath Museum at Mt Wilson.  Patrick White spent his formative years as a young child at Mt Wilson in the 1920s and 1930s; the exhibition will highlight the impact of both the Australian natural environment and the influence of working class and wealthy society individuals and families that were to strongly shape him for the remainder of his life, as an individual and as a writer of international acclaim.  More information is available at

10. JASAL RSS feed
JASAL now has an online (RSS) feed at  ASAL members who use this site may like to follow it there.

11.  ASAL on Facebook
ASAL is now on Facebook!  You can 'like' us at

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