GASt 2012 Stuttgart: Call for Papers

27/09/2012 - 20:50
29/09/2012 - 20:50

13th Biennial GASt Conference in Stuttgart, 27-29 Sept. 2012:

"Visualizing Australia: Images, Icons and Imaginations - Representing the Continent at Home and Abroad"

Please send your proposals by February 29th 2012 to: nina.juergens [at] ilw [dot] uni-stuttgart [dot] de

We ask international guests who would like to attend to respond with a (preliminary) title by 15.06.2011 in order to facilitate possible funding opportunities.


CFP attached.


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11th Biennial EASA Conference, Presov, Slovakia

12/09/2011 - 11:17
15/09/2011 - 11:17

A quick link to the conference website:


11th Biennial European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – UNIVERSITY OF PREŠOV, SLOVAKIA
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2011

First Circular

Crossing the Borders: Reality, Desire and Imagination in Australian, New Zealand and the Pacific Lives, Literatures and Cultures

In the Humanities “Reality” has become a contested term, given its dependence on widely-differing social and cultural contexts as well as on individuals’ perceptions of material and immaterial objects and phenomena. In recent times new technologies have significantly impacted upon the ways in which realities are produced, consumed and valued. From virtual, hyperreal, simulated and photoshopped realities through re-articulation of ideas of the “natural” via genetic and reproductive technologies, the instability of the concept of reality has ironically meant that its status as an ideological battleground has often emerged more clearly.
The nature and understanding of Australian, New Zealand and Pacific realities in such contexts has become multivalent and frequently ambiguous. The representation of identities in literature, arts and the media in general have oscillated between rationalistic, mimetic and more complex postmodern understandings, the latter especially in recent decades. In the case of Australia, Paul Carter argues that Australian “social and political institutions...literary and visual culture...and [the] treatment of Australia’s indigenous people, [have] been constructed mimetically” (Carter xix). But Bill Ashcroft and John Salter understand Australia as a rhizomic text and suggest that “[w]hat we understand by ‘Australia’ or Australian social reality needs to be ‘re-imagined’, which means that the imperialistic ‘borders’ which now ‘define Australia’ must come to be understood as border ‘zones’, to accommodate the ‘hybridity’ that is a defining feature of the rhizomic text” (Ashcroft and Salter 22). In addition, Livio Dobrez, commenting on the impact of virtual reality and media on the construction of Australia adds that “Australia comes into being for us as a PR excercise, an ‘image’ of national identity, presence in the form of absence” (Dobrez 44).  
 With such attention focused on what was once a series of loosely-theorised assumptions, there is no going back to simple or simplistic national narratives. Nations, societies and cultures now exist multiply, necessitating the consideration of how realities are perceived, understood and represented by different constituencies. All this is well-accepted in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, but requires the factoring in of the connections between the increasingly cross-border real, imaginary and desired projections of the future generated by border-stretching media technologies and scientific discourses of the alterable and re-created self? How do these new technologies relate to the contemporary formation of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific? Do they in fact reprise the disturbances associated with earlier technological advances or do they present entirely new challenges? How do they relate to current understandings of memory as articulated in such practices as oral storytelling, truth and reconciliation commissions, the use of visual technologies to establish entitlements or records, or even the recourse to  DNA testing, means of recording or re-constructing reality and the past in different genres?

 This inter-disciplinary and inter-discursive conference accordingly seeks to discuss but is not limited to issues and such themes as:
• Reality, desire, and imagination in Australian, New Zealand, and the Pacific
• National-Ethnic-Gendered-Local-Migrant perceptions of reality and the future
• Crossing the borders of Identity: how real, how imaginary?
• Crossing Reality Borders – Reality as Fiction, Fiction as Reality
• Colonial, Imperial, Colonized and  Native Realities, Fantasies, Dreams and Imaginations
• Reality virtual, hyper-real, simulated and media(ted)
• Memory and storytelling – how real, how imagined?
• Real, Imagined, Dreamed and Mediated Objects and Phenomena-literature, memory, story-telling, media, technology (computers, internet, facebook, DVD, cell phones...)  in contemporary culture
• Real and Imagined fears of reality and of terror (ism)
• Reality, desire and imagination across the genres (realistic-modernist-fantastic-postmodern and....?)
• Reality of the Possible and Actual Worlds- Actual, Fictional, Possible and Other Worlds in Literature and Arts
• Central and East European Vision of Australian, New Zealand and the Pacific Realities
• Unified or diverse images of contemporary and future Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific?


Dobrez, Livio. (ed.). Identifying Australia in Postmodern Times. Canberra:  ANU Press, 1994.
Carter, Paul. “Baroque Identities: Migration and Mimicry”.
Ashcroft, Bill & John Salter. “‘Australia’: A Rhizomic Text”. In Dobrez, 15-24.
Dobrez, Livio. “Being Australian: Identity, Identities and Traces of Identities”. In Dobrez, 25-46.

All these topics can be treated from interdisciplinary and/or interdiscursive perspectives,calling upon disciplinary areas such as Cultural, Gender, Indigenous, Sociology, Philosophy, Media and Film, History, Literary, Linguistics, Art or other relevant Studies. The conference will also host writers (to be announced) who will be reading from their work during the conference.

Postgraduate Seminar

One of the aims of the conference is to attract doctoral scholars from Central and Eastern Europe to exchange views on Australian, New Zealand, the Pacific and post-colonial studies in general, with a view to discussing further co-operation under the aegis of EASA.
As has become a tradition of this conference, there will be a meeting and a seminar for post-graduate students dealing with these fields of study. This is still provisional, and is based around lectures and reading specific texts. The seminar may be taken as part of university studies equivalent to a course with a particular number of credits, to be acknowledged by participants’ institutions. Doctoral students are further encouraged to present their papers at the conference (these presentations will not coincide with the seminar programme which will be conceived as a separate activity).


Writers, conference participants, or representatives of publishers will have the opportunity to present their works at the conference.

Please e-mail 250-word abstracts to Jaroslav Kušnír
jkusnir [at] fhpv [dot] unipo [dot] sk by March 30, 2011.
Acceptance of papers will be announced  by April 30th, 2011
(participants requiring earlier processing may send in abstracts when ready, indicating their specific needs in this respect)
1 June, 2011 Registration (at early bird fee)
15 July, 2011 Deadline for full registration

Organizing Committee:
Jaroslav Kušnír (University of Prešov, Slovakia)
Howard Wolf (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)
Anton Pokrivčák (Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia)
Silvia Pokrivčáková (Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia)
Eva Pavličková (University of Prešov, Slovakia)
Magdaléna Rázusová (University of Prešov, Slovakia)
Eva Eddy (University of Prešov, Slovakia)
Miloš Blahút (University of Prešov, Slovakia)
Ivan Štrba (University of Prešov, Slovakia)
Michal Tatarko (University of Prešov, Slovakia)

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Australian Film Festival

29/01/2010 - 12:00
03/02/2010 - 23:00

The Australian Embassy and the Australian Film Commission will host the Fifth Australian Film Festival with the Hungarian National Film Archives in Budapest from 29 January to 3 February in 2010.

The event will take place in the Örökmozgó Cinema (VII. Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 39.). There will be an official opening night on 28th January for invited guests only but the rest of shows will be open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the very reasonable price of  800 Forints for adults,  400 Forints for students and 600 Forints for pensioners or at some performances free of charge. This year's Australian Film Festival will cover of a wide range of films, from crime to comedy to family drama and animated (The Magic Pudding!). A detailed program including show times will be advertised closer the time. The following films, subject to some possible change, will be screened: feature films - The Castle,   Gettin' Square,   The Magic Pudding,   My Father Romulus,   Thank God He Met Lizzie,   The Sum Of Us,   Yonlgu Boy,   The Black Baloon,   Newsfront, Children Of The Revolution   and short films - Birthday Boy,   Crooked Mick,   Hoppin Mad,   Nana,   Ward 13,   The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello,   Crocodile Dreaming

The Embassy hopes that many of you will be able to come along to the Örökmozgó Cinema and enjoy the unique flavour of Australian films.

Conference in Presov

26/10/2009 - 12:13
27/10/2009 - 12:13

Crossing the Borders-Transgressing the Boundaries in Literatures in English

Prešov, Slovakia, October 26-27, 2009

Keynote Lecture/Speaker: Professor Bill Ashcroft, University of New South Wales at Sydney, Australia


See the attached call for papers.

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10th Biennial EASA Conference: First Circular

22/09/2009 - 10:42
25/09/2009 - 10:42

Dis/solutions: The Future of the Past in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, the next EASA conference, is organised by the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.

Attached you can find the 1st circular of the conference in .doc and .pdf format.

The conference is preceded by a one-day Postgraduate Seminar. 

Deadlines to remember:

1 April 2009: Abstracts due.

1 June 2009: Early bird registration.

15 July 2009: Full registration.

For further information, contact Paloma Fresno at paloma.fresno [at] uib [dot] es

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Imagined Australia International Research Forum

17/06/2009 - 12:17
19/06/2009 - 12:17


Please find attached information about the 2009 Imagined Australia International Research Forum 17-19 June,2009, Bari - Italy.

Attached: Call for Papers & Practical Info

Keynote speakers: Aileen Moreton Robinson (QUT), Ghassan Hage (Univ Melbourne), Susan Petrilli & Augusto Ponzio (Univ. of Bari), Ian McLean (UWA)

Note: conference proceedings will be in English

AILAE -The University of Bari - P.L.A.T.

contact: info [at] ailae [dot] org

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Deadline: Abstract due for 10th EASA conference

01/04/2009 - 10:55

Submit your abstract for the 10th EASA conference (University of the Balearic Islands, 22-25 Sept. 2009.)

ASAL Conference 2009, 8-11 July

27/02/2009 - 13:37

The next ASAL conference will be held in Canberra (8-11 July); the deadline for abstract submissions is the 27th of February.

For the ASAL conference page, pls. see,


ANZSANA 2009 Conference

26/02/2009 - 00:51
28/02/2009 - 00:51

*** Deadline for abstracts: 5 December 2008 ***

The Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America will hold its annual conference in Calgary, Alberta from 26 February through 1 March 2009. ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organization and welcomes papers on any aspect of Australian or New Zealand studies and comparative studies involving Australia, New Zealand, and North America. ANZSANA will meet simultaneously with the annual meeting of the American Association of Australian Literary Studies (AAALS). Shared events will include an evening reception on 26 February and a formal banquet on 27 February. More information on ANZSANA and the conference, including a registration form, will soon be made available at

See more information in the attached Call for Papers.

Contact: Dr. Greg Brown, gsb23 [at] georgetown [dot] edu

IASA Conference (Indian Association for Study of Australia), Calcutta, January 2009

22/01/2009 - 14:39
23/01/2009 - 14:39

You will be glad to know that we are organising an international conference
in Calcutta on "Landscapes and Rivers: Symbolising Cultural Linkages between
Australia and India"
on 22-23 January, 2009 in collaboration with AIC and
Please find attached the conference notice. Please pass it on to your
I shall be grateful if you and your colleagues kindly participate in the
Best wishes,
Prof. Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay
Secretary, Indian Association for Study of Australia, ,Eastern Region,
Calcutta, India