mardi 27 novembre 2012

CFP: Australian Literature: The Road Ahead 2013 Emerging Approaches Conference

Australian Literature: The Road Ahead 2013 Emerging Approaches Conference
Thursday 20th - Friday 21st June 2013
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

In the first twelve years of the twenty-first-century, Australian literary scholarship has witnessed the continued rise of Indigenous, multicultural and globally-focused works, the prominence of postcolonial, cross-cultural and eco-critical perspectives, the consolidation of studies of children's literature, the digitalisation of texts and resource materials, a greater focus on publishing and funding issues as well as AustLit tertiary visibility, and the challenge of newer genres such as graphic novels, video-game narratives and poetry slams to methodology and canonicity.
'Australian Literature: The Road Ahead' seeks to examine trends, manifestations and solidifications in Australian writing and modes of analysis which reveal new research frontiers. Established scholars, Early Career Researchers (up to five years post-PhD) and Higher Degree by Research (PhD) students are all encouraged to apply. Contributors are invited to frame their topic in terms of 'the road'. Etymologically derived from Old English rād, meaning 'riding, expedition, raid' and later 'open way between two places', here it may include (but is not limited to):
  • Enduring old and new paths, Indigenous songlines and navigations through Country
  • Knowledge, communication and publishing pathways in the expanding and increasingly convergent digital environment
  • Road movies, road-themed documentaries, short films, young adult fiction, picture books, (auto-)biography, drama, picture books
  • Roads as liminal, porous borderlands in 'high literature' and/or popular culture
  • Roads as rites of passage, pilgrimage, quest, annihilation, nihilism or escapism
  • Future horizons, signposts, meldings, companionings, mirages
Papers delivered at this conference will be also eligible for inclusion, after peer-review, in a special Australian Literature edition of New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences published in 2014. (
Call for papers
Send abstracts of up to 300 words at the special conference email with 'Abstract' in the subject line by 8 Feb 2013.
Dr Toby Davidson
Dr Marcelle Freiman
Dr Jane Messer
Dr Victoria Flanagan
Dr Michael Austin (ADFA)

Professor Jill Roe

Dr Chris Cunneen
Professor Nicholas Jose (University of Adelaide)

Dr Bridie McCarthy (Deakin University)
All notifications will be given by mid-March. Conference fee payment system, accommodation on campus information and other details will all be available soon.
Registration per person
$170 Full conference fee
$120 HDR student concession
$100 for attendees also registered with ASAL 2013 'Country' conference (Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga, 3-5 July)
$80 Conference dinner on Thurs 20th June 2013 (speaker Jill Roe)
This conference is funded by royalties from The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature

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