14 December 2007

NEW ONLINE JOURNAL - Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies

The Centre for the Study of the Chinese Southern Diaspora (CSCSD) at The Australian National University has begun publishing a new, annual, multidisciplinary electronic journal called Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies. Each edition of CSDS focuses on a different geographical, temporal, cultural, etc, field of interest in this large area. The first issue, published earlier in 2007 and freely available on-line, commemorates the scholarship of Jennifer Cushman, whose Memorial Fund supports both the CSCSD and the e-journal.

In 2008, CSDS will focus on Chinese diasporic life and experience in Australia, New Zealand and the south-west Pacific, past and present.

The editors warmly invite interested authors to participate in this venture by emailing to them (tana.li@anu.edu.au or nola.cooke@anu.edu.au) either fully referenced, original research articles (6000-14,000 words) or shorter unrefereed research notes, data papers, etc, concerning any aspect of Chinese life and experience in this large field.

Original research articles are refereed by two independent experts, so please ensure such submissions arrive no later than 31 March, 2008, and preferably earlier.

Research notes, data papers, book reviews, etc, are shorter pieces (a maximum of 4500 words, plus any accompanying tables, translations, etc) appearing at the editors' discretion, so authors may submit them for consideration until 31 May 2008.

The current publication deadline is 31 July 2008.

Please send contributions as MS Word attachments. CSDS is very happy to publish photographs or other illustrations provided authors hold the copyright to them. Authors retain their own copyright in material published in CSDS, so it can be reused as they wish.

For further information, please check the CSDS website, which includes the journal's style sheet and reviewers' guidelines in the "Information for Contributors" link; or contact one of the editors.

NEW COMMUNITY - Facebook - Asian Media and Contemporary Cultures

Newly established on Facebook:
Asian Media and Contemporary Cultures

This group is primarily interested in news, essays, working papers, scholarships and fellowships, research collaboration on the intersection of media and contemporary cultures in Asia. Academics, students, journalists and practitioners in the relevant professions are particularly welcome.

30 November 2007

CFP - 'Postcolonial' Futures in a Not-yet Postcolonial World (5-7 March 2008; UC, San Diego, USA) Deadline: 7 Jan 2008

Locating the Intersections of Ethnic, Indigenous, and Postcolonial Studies

March 5-7, 2008
Ethnic Studies Department
University of California, San Diego

In September 2007, after twenty years of debate, the United Nations finally passed the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - a huge symbolic victory for indigenous peoples around the world who struggle under predatory and exploitative relationships with(in) existing nation-states. At the same moment, the UN was lumbering along in the 18th year of its impossible attempts to eradicate colonialism, with groups from around the world flocking to it to petition for the decolonization of their territories or to demand that their situations at least be recognized as "colonial."

Across all continents, indigenous and stateless peoples are struggling for and demanding various forms of sovereignty, as the recently decolonized world is sobering up from the learning of its limits and pratfalls. Postcolonial societies that were born of sometimes radical anti-colonial spirits, now appear to be taking on the role of the colonizer, often against the indigenous peoples that reside within their borders. In places such as Central and Latin America, a resurgence of Third World Leftist politics is being accompanied by a resurgence of indigenous populism. Meanwhile the recent arrests of sovereignty/environmental activists in New Zealand represents another instance where those from the 3rd and 4th worlds who dare to challenge the current make up of today's "postcolonial world" are branded as terrorists.

As scholars involved in critical ethnic studies engage with these ever more complex worlds, they are increasingly resorting to the lenses provided by postcolonial and indigenous studies. This engagement however is not without its limits or problems. As ethnic studies scholars seek to make their vision and scholarship more transnational and global, this push is nonetheless accompanied by gestures that, at the expense of indigenous and postcolonial frameworks, re-center the United States and reaffirm the solvency of its nation-state. In addition, despite their various commonalities, indigenous and postcolonial studies represent intellectual bodies of knowledge that are fundamentally divided over issues such as hybridity, sovereignty, nation, citizenship and subjectivity.

The purpose of this conference, then, is to create a space where scholars and activists engaged in these various projects, in various forms, can congregate to share ideas, hash out differences and move beyond caricatured understandings of each of these intellectual projects. It seeks to ask how, by putting ethnic, indigenous and postcolonial studies in conversation with each other, we may theorize new epistemologies that may better address the violences and injustices of the contemporary world.

To this end we solicit papers that address questions including, but in no way limited to, the following:

• What are the epistemological frameworks that inform postcolonial, ethnic and indigenous studies? What is their relationship to modernity and how do they challenge and/or complement each other?

• What constitutes the subject of postcolonial and ethnic studies? How does the construction of these subjectivities limit possible conversations with indigenous studies?

• What are the limitations and pitfalls of sovereignty as popularly envisioned? How do postcolonial and indigenous communities reaffirm or rearticulate sovereignty within their respective contexts?

• What are the different theories and strategies of decolonization as laid out by postcolonial and indigenous studies, and how do they inform each other?

• How does the political status of indigenous peoples complicate dominant discourses on immigration and citizenship? Moreover, with regards to settler nation-states such as the U.S., how does the "nations-within-nations" status of indigenous communities complicate the project of ethnic and transnational studies?

250-word abstract, specifying if the proposal is for individual or roundtable presentations.

Information including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address

Deadline for Submission: January 7th, 2008

Abstracts must be submitted to: futures0308@gmail.com

For more information please contact: Michael Lujan Bevacqua at mlbasquiat@hotmail.com or Rashné Limki at rashne.limki@gmail.com

CFP - 3rd Annual Scholars in Critical Race Conference - "Global Civil Rights" (27-28 March 2008; U of Memphis, TN) Deadline: 20 Dec 2007

The Scholars in Critical Race Studies (SCRS) at University of Memphis seek submissions for their third annual colloquium. In commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s murder in Memphis, the topic this year is on “Global Civil Rights.”

The keynote speaker this year is internationally renowned critical race theorist David Theo Goldberg.

The deadline for 250-500 word abstracts of 30-minute papers is December 20, 2007.

Selected papers will be published in the journal Patterns of Prejudice.

Scholars affiliated with the SCRS examine the historical evolution and contemporary expression of race as a social category for discriminating, organizing, regulating and maintaining social differences. By revealing that racial categories emerge in specific contexts that are connected to power, politics, economics and culture, these scholars destabilize those categories as natural or transhistorical. The point is to disclose how race operates in differing situations and texts, in order to undermine the force of racism. The SCRS is an interdisciplinary forum that seeks to facilitate a conversation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences, including Philosophy, Literature, History, Foreign Languages, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Jewish Studies.

This colloquium was made possible by the generosity of the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, Bornblum Judaic Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Memphis.

Submissions are welcome in the following categories, however the suggested topics below are by no means exclusive. We particularly welcome contributors from the Mid-South region (Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas).

• The global community and the beloved community
• Jewish responses to apartheid and to civil rights
• Expressions of and responses to racism within material and intangible heritage
• Politics and ideation of a post-racial state
• What are the influences of national struggles for civil rights on global claims to civil rights?
• The influence southern U.S. Civil Rights Movement on activist groups in other locales
• The influence of other activist movements on the southern U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the role of race in contemporary civil rights struggles globally
• Defining or narrating "civil rights" in other national contexts
• Transnational dialogue or collaboration among activist movements

Please send all inquiries or proposals to Joshua Gorman: jgorman@memphis.edu

CFP - Changing Australia (BASA 2008 - 2-5 Sept; Royal Holloway, London) Deadline: 31 March 2008

Changing Australia: Biennial conference of the British Australian Studies Association

2-5 September 2008, Royal Holloway, University of London

Australia is ever changing - culturally, politically, economically, artistically, historically, and geographically - and this conference seeks to investigate, and interrogate, some of those changes. How and why has Australia, and Australian culture, changed? What changes are in process now? And what changes are anticipated in the future? How has the international image of Australia changed, as well as the clichés and stereotypes? How have the lives of Australians changed, and how do they continue to change. How is the definition of what it is to be 'an Australian' changing?

This call for papers invites responses to the broad conference theme in relation to a wide range of disciplines subject areas across the humanities and social sciences. These might include: history, fine arts, ecology, politics, mythology, literature, film, media and performance studies, music, geography, anthropology, architecture, law, popular culture, political science, sociology, archaeology, biography, cultural studies, migration and settlement studies, gender and women's studies, war studies, sports studies, religion, education.

All abstracts must be submitted by 31 March 2008.

It is expected that a selection of the papers will be published in a conference issue of the BASA journal, Australian Studies. The conference website is at:


Apologies for cross posting

Please send abstracts and expressions of interest to


Liz Schafer
Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies
Drama Department
Royal Holloway
University of London
Surrey TW20 OEX

CFP - Culture and Citizenship (3-5 Sept 2008; Oxford, UK) Deadline: End of Feb 2008

CRESC Annual Conference
3 - 5 September, 2008
St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Call for Papers Culture and Citizenship

Citizenship and Culture represent two of the most central concepts in contemporary social thought and, over the last decade, the relationships between them have been highly contested. Debates on citizenship have shifted from a focus on democracy, political rights and responsibilities and questions of belonging to a concern with culture, both formally and informally inscribed. The focus of citizenship historically tended more toward universalistic issues, with the realm of culture assigned to the particular, and to questions of difference and meaning. The interconnections between these approaches have become of growing academic interest on the one hand, as well as being of crucial significance in the political realm on the other. Thus claims for citizenship rights are increasingly required to consider the more culturally defined questions of identity, gender, sexuality, race, that are typically the concern of the new social and political movements. At the same time the issues of emancipation, responsibility and freedom remain key questions for debates concerning citizenship and culture.

This conference seeks to explore the inter-relationships between citizenship and culture and their contemporary social, cultural and political significance in a number of different contexts. The themes proposed for the conference are as follows:

*Cultural Diversity/After Multiculturalism
*Cities and Citizenship
*The Politics of Citizenship
*Liberal government and the citizen: histories and trajectories
*Arts and cultural policies and citizenship
*Cultures of collecting and citizenship
*Science, technology and citizenship
*Europe and the citizen
*The relationships between religious and secular conceptions of citizenship
*Culture, citizenship and transnationalism
*The media and citizenship
*Post-colonialism and Citizenship
*Sexual Citizenship

Keynote speakers to date include:
Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam), Engin Isin (Open University), Nina Glick Schiller (University of Manchester, Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne), Mary Poovey (New York University), Nick Stevenson (University of Nottingham)

Conference organising committee:
Tony Bennett (Open University), Francis Dodsworth (Open University), Patrick Joyce (University of Manchester), Helen Rees Leahy (University of Manchester), Sophie Watson (Open University)

Please submit either:
(a) 300 word abstracts for individual papers, or
(b) proposals for panels including 3 papers
by the end of February 2008.

Proposal Forms will be available online soon and should be sent to:

CRESC Conference Administration
178 Waterloo Place,
Oxford Road,
University of Manchester,
Manchester M13 9PL

Tel: +44(0)161 275 8985 / Fax: +44(0)161 275 8985/ cresc@manchester.ac.uk/ http://www.cresc.ac.uk

NEW ISSUE - Peril - "The Meaning of Life"

Edition Four of Peril - titled, The Meaning of Life - has been released.

Go to www.asianaustralian.org

This edition features an interview with Alice Pung exploring her meaning of life. It includes a poem inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen Master, a commentary by Rosey Chang on the Dalai Lama and poetry by Hoa Pham, Rosey and George Mouradatis.

We also have a sound piece by Josh Goldman, for seven voices without words and a review of a workshop Hoa attended at the University of Wollongong on Asian/Australian Values: New Directions in Australian Literature.

>> The next issue will be themed "Drama" with the closing date for submissions April 30 2008 and the proposed launch date of 30 June 2008.

CALL FOR WRITING and ART - Auto/Biography (Deadline: 31 March 2008)

Call for Writing & Art. Theme: Auto/Biography
apwn announces a Call for Writing & Art on the theme of Auto/Biography.

You are invited to send writing or art appropriate to this theme for possible inclusion in the 2008 Auto/Biography edition for the Asia and Pacific Writers Network.

Visit the 2007 edition to sample a selection of writing and artwork on this theme:

Deadline 31 March 2008.

16 November 2007

ONLINE PUBLICATION - Special Auto/Biography edition for APWN, guest edited by Ivy Alvarez

A special Auto/Biography Edition for apwn [Asia and Pacific Writers Network], Part 1 is now live:

Writers for Part 1 and 2 include Arlene Ang, Barbara Jane Reyes, Joseph O. Legaspi, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Joel Toledo, Jill Chan, Linh Dinh, Eileen R. Tabios, Lino Dizon, Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor and Grace Monte de Ramos.

Guest editor Ivy Alvarez's editorial appears on the apwn home page: http://www.apwn.net/


HEAT 14 - "Cartoon Ducks" - features writing by AASRN member Tom Cho, and Beth Yahp, an essay on Patrick White by Brian Castro, and poetry by Jaya Savige.

CFP - Poetry and the Trace: An International Conference (Monash University, Vic; 12-14 July 2008) Deadline: 1 Feb 2008

Poetry and the Trace: An International Conference
Monash University, July 12-14 2008
To be held at the State Library of Victoria

Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Susan Stewart, Joan Retallack, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Lionel Fogarty.

Ann Vickery, Rose Lucas, John Hawke

Poetic language speaks of the elusivity, the impossible seductions of the trace – trace of memory, desire, the dreams of an impossible language which encompasses, of a presence which underpins The language of poetry, with its rhythms of pulse and silence, the reflective pause of metaphor and the capacity for representation, is inextricably related to the language of memory and desire – both subjective and social. This conference broadly investigates the relationship between poetry, trace and memory and whether collective and private pasts and subjectivities can find articulation through the flexible forms of poetic language. Is poetry a mode which at least partially restores the fragments of the past or transforms them to new political and ethical ends? How does poetry negotiate bad histories and bad timing? Whose memory is being voiced or heard? What is the relationship between memory and feeling? How might new technologies impact on structures of memory? Is poetry possible today and if so, what is its future? Can poetry evidence a archaeology of desire while engaging in a politics of ethical relationship? Papers are invited which consider the theme of the trace in relation to poetry of any kind from classical antiquity to the contemporary.

The following list suggests some possible areas for development, but proposals in any area relating to the conference theme of poetry and the concept of trace will be welcome:
Trace; aura; fragment
Mourning and melancholia
Is Postmodern Poetry Beyond Mourning?
Canon, Reputation, and Institutionalisation
Is poetry possible in the new millennium?
The Unrecoverable: Gaps, Absence, Silence
The making of history
Memory, repetition, and seriality
Electronic Dreams: Digital memories
Whose memory?: Historicising poetic movements and coteries
Memory, nation, identity
Memory of sensation/the sensation of memory: Rethinking the Relationship between Word and Affect
Memory and the Body
Memory and Desire
Bad history; bad timing
Poetic compost: recycling the past for present and future uses
Collective memory; cultural memory
Disputed memory; false memories; error and memory
Fugitive memory and the fugacious

Conference papers are 20 minutes in length. To submit a proposal for the conference, please forward a 200-300 word abstract and brief biographical note as an email attachment to either:
Ann Vickery: Ann.Vickery@arts.monash.edu.au
John Hawke: John.Hawke@arts.monash.edu.au
Rose Lucas: Rose.Lucas@arts.monash.edu.au

Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 February 2008
Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2008

This conference is being held jointly by Monash University’s School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, and the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

NEW RESOURCE - New Ethnographies

Announcing New Ethnographies, a UTSePress collection for studies, essays and monographs:


This collection contains material that is scholarly in nature but unrefereed. All material is moderated in an editorial process within the Transforming Cultures Research Centre.

SHORT FILM - Rememberance (Hoang Nguyen and Hoa Pham) - Big West Short Film Festival

Big West Festival Short Film Program: Once Upon A Time In The West

The program launches on Tuesday 27 November 5.30pm at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, basement theatre. The program includes a short film by AASRN member Hoa Pham and Hoang Nguyen.
Tues 27 Nov - 5.30pm
Wed 28 to Fri 30 Nov - 6 and 7pm
Sat 1 Dec - 1-7pm hourly

VENUE: Basement Theatre, Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray

EXHIBITION - Owen Leong in Zendai MoMA

Owen Leong's video works Milk Ring and White Noise have been selected for the exhibition Soft Power at Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art (Zendai MoMA).
This exhibition investigates how 'soft power' uniquely reveals and expresses itself in contemporary Asian art and culture. Curated by Shen Qibin, Binghui Huangfu and Biljana Ciric, Soft Power will exhibit work by 30 major contemporary artists including Lida Abdul, Heri Dono, Shilpa Gupta and Song Dong.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - RA for "The ABC in Asia and its role in cultural exchange" project (Deadline for EOI: 21 Jan 2008)

EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTS are sought for a Research Assistant on an ARC Discovery Project, "The ABC in Asia and its role in cultural exchange(1956-2006)".

THE POSITION requires someone with experience in archival document researchand data entry skills who can work independently. The duration is for three months with the potential for extension over 6 or 12 months. A full-time researcher is preferred but a fractional appointment may be possible. It is desirable that you will have completed a PhD. The position is based in Sydney with occasional work in Canberra. The Chief Investigator will be based in Melbourne at La Trobe University's Media Studies Program. Remuneration is at Level B1: $67,876 pro rata, (for fractional orpart-time)

The Research Assistant will:
- review ABC archival documents held at the National Archive of Australia related to the organisation's operations in Asia
- produce reports with annotations on the documents including identifying program material mentioned, key personnel and agreed descriptors
- liaise with ABC staff as necessary
- assist in preparing background material for oral history interviews
- a secondary task will be to review and report on documents held in other archives, libraries and personal holdings

To express your interest in the position send a brief CV (no more than 5 pages) and a statement outlining your skills experience and motivation relevant to the position to Dr. John Tebbutt: john.tebbutt@latrobe.edu.au.

EOI DEADLINE: Monday, January 21 to start early February.

>> For more information about the project, download the EOI document (PDF, 106K).

7 November 2007

NEW BOOK - Contemporary Australian Poetry in Chinese Translation (Shanghai: Shanghai Arts and Lit. Publishing House, 2007)

Contemporary Australian Poetry in Chinese Translation (Shanghai: Shanghai Arts and Literature Publishing House, 2007) co-edited by John Kinsella and Ouyang Yu, and sole-translated by Ouyang Yu, has just been published in China and is now available in Australia.

It contains 100 poems by 100 contemporary Australian poets, is 213 pages and the first one of this kind in twenty years.

Price (individual): $12.00 (GST/postage included) or (institutional): $22.00 (GST/postage included)

To order a copy, please make your cheque payable to "North-South Connections" at the following address:

P. O. Box 200
Kingsbury 3083
VIC, Australia

DISCUSSION - "Poets on the brink of Asia" by Jaya Savige

A review of several poetry anthologies by Jaya Savige:

"Poets on the brink of Asia" (in The Australian, 3 Oct 2007)

EXCERPT from the article:

Paralleling economic developments, many Australian poets are connecting with Asia's diverse cultures and adding a new dimension to a national poetic tradition steeped in European and North American influences.

Anthologies can provide a good indication of such shifts in the poetic landscape. Last year's publication of Windchimes: Asia in Australian Poetry (Pandanus Books), edited by Noel Rowe (who died in July) and Vivian Smith, is in this sense a watershed. Ordered chronologically, Windchimes begins with The Bulletin verse of the early 20th century -- shrouded in fear and anxiety, particularly towards China -- and brings us up to speed with such recent works as Judith Beveridge's Between the Palace and the Bodhi Tree, Emma Lew's adaptations of the Malaysian pantoum form and works by Chinese-Australian poet Ouyang Yu. As Canberra's Geoff Page noted in a review, the anthology is nothing less than "an index to our changing attitudes towards Asia and its peoples".

>> DISCUSSION about this article and issues surrounding it appear in Adam Aitken's blog HERE (12 Oct) and HERE (4 Oct).

CFP - "Other Worlds in Children's Literature: Fantasy, Reality and Imagination" (Wellington, NZ; 27-29 June 2008) Deadline: 31 Jan 2008

“Other Worlds in Children’s Literature: Fantasy, Reality and Imagination”

8th International Conference of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR).

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
27-29 June 2008.

“We’re not in Kansas any more, Toto!” Only in Oz can Dorothy have the fantastical journey that includes witches and wizards, talking animals, a living scarecrow and magic slippers. And yet at the end of her adventure she concludes that “there’s no place like home”. What role then do reality and fantasy play in children’s literature? Does fantasy rush in where the real-world fears to tread? Is there any reason to believe that fantasy feeds the child’s imagination better than an imagined story written within realistic conventions? Or is it pure escapism that needs to be grounded in reality to be relevant to the young reader?

And how far removed is fantasy from reality? Harry Potter lives in the real world but with added magic; Pullman’s His Dark Materials crosses between our real world and alternative realistic (non-magical) worlds; Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is set in an absurdly unrealistic real world. Once back in Kansas Dorothy is astonished to find that in Oz “you – and you – and you – and you were there!” So with the many combinations, crossovers and overlappings between reality and fantasy, is there even a clear separation between the two?

Confirmed as plenary speakers for the conference are Professor Rod McGillis, of Calgary University (books include The Nimble Reader: Literary Theory and Children’s Literature and Voices of the Other: Literature, Colonialism, Postcolonialism and Neo-colonialism) and Bernard Beckett, one of New Zealand’s leading writers for young adults (books include Jolt, Home Boys and New Zealand Post Book Award winner Genesis).

We are inviting papers on children’s literature and the following areas of interest:

• fantasy/alternate worlds
• reality vs. fantasy
• imagination/escapism/realism
• perceptions of reality
• representations of children’s imagination
• alienation
• the politics of fantasy
• fantasy as parody/criticism/subversion
• ideological implications of fantasy
• psychology of fantasy
• fantasy as allegory
• the make-believe of realism
• relevant sub-genres (fairy-tale, sci-fi, alternative history, absurdist fiction, biopunk etc.)

Please send abstracts (300 words max) to Anna Jackson (anna.jackson@vuw.ac.nz) by 31 January 2008. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Offers of panels welcome.

5 November 2007

CONFERENCE UPDATE - Rediscovered Past: Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia (16-17 Feb 2008; Cairns, Qld)

The date, venue and fees for the upcoming 'Rediscovered Past: Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia' have now been finalised. The conference is to be held at the Cairns Public Library on 16-17 February 2008. This is also a gentle reminder to all who are interested in attending or presenting a paper to let the organisers know by December 2007 if possible so program and numbers can be finalised. Please feel free to send this message on to anyone else who you think might be interested.

Regarding the papers and presentations, we welcome people from a wide range of backgrounds, not just the academic, to get involved. Those of you who don't feel up to writing a formal paper but feel that you have something interesting and stimulating to add to the research on Chinese heritage in northern Australia can still consider giving a talk. China Inc can provide feedback and guidance to assist in developing your talk if required. Formal papers will only be sought from those who wish to have their presentations published in the Conference Proceedings volume that will be produced afterwards.

Hope to see you all there

Kevin Rains
Secretary, CHINA Inc.

>> Download 2008 conference information (MS-Word) and abstract submission form (MS-Word).

RESIDENCY PROGRAM - Performance Space / Arts House (Melbourne)

Performance Space is collaborating with Arts House in Melbourne to host a residency program that will provide critical and supportive environments for artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to undertake:
* research and development;
* experimentation with new processes for making artistic work; and
* creative development of new intercultural performance projects.

Supported by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, TransLab offers space, fees, technical and dramaturgical support and travel costs to collaborative teams of artists engaging in inter-cultural or cross-cultural performance work.

Deadline for applications is 15 NOVEMBER 2007.


CFP - The Art of the Real: Creative Non-Fiction (16-18 May 2008; U of Newcastle, NSW)


MAY 16-18, 2008

Interested scholars and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for 20-minute papers, panels, writing workshops and roundtable discussions.

Topics might include: genres and forms; tensions between the ‘real’ and the ‘fictional’; the profusion of genres and sub-genres in contemporary life writing; true crime; travel writing; nature writing; poetry/poetics of the self; reportage; biography, memoir and autobiography; ficto-criticism; DIY media; the pedagogy of creative non-fiction.

Postgraduate researchers are warmly invited to participate.

Abstracts and expressions of interest should be forwarded to the conference co-convenor Dr Ros Smith (Ros.Smith@newcastle.edu.au) no later than January 18, 2008.

‘The Art of the Real’ is presented by the Literature, Cinema, Culture Research Group, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia.

NEW ISSUE - Griffith Review - "In the Neighbourhood"

"In the Neighbourhood" is ripe with fresh essays, reportage, memoir, fiction, poetry and photography exploring the complexities of engagement with our regional neighbours. On the eve of the Federal election, this edition puts flesh on the bones of a crucial issue, one which demands informed public discussion.

Writers include Brian Castro, Jane Camens, Ouyang Yu, Bei Ling, Hoa Pham, Nicholas Jose, Geremie R. Barme, Adam Aitken and others.

For ordering information, click HERE.

BURSARIES - Ocean of Stories: Intercolonial Networks and Cultural Exchanges around the Indian Ocean (5-7 Feb 2008; U of Western Australia, WA)


5-7 February 2008
University of Western Australia, PERTH


In association with the Ocean of Stories conference there will be a Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Masterclass held on the afternoon of Wednesday 6th February 2008. A subsidy of $250 per person towards travel and accommodation costs is available. Please email expressions of interest to Dr Lola Sharon Davidson at Indian.Ocean@uts.edu.au.

This conference follows on from a conference entitled “Culture and Commerce in the Indian Ocean” which was held in Leiden, The Netherlands, 25th – 27th September 2006.

That conference was about cultural and commercial relationships and patterns in the Indian Ocean from pre- to post-colonial times. It had as its aim to bring the interdisciplinary paradigm of Cultural Studies to the Indian Ocean, building on the already substantial work done in Anthropology, History, Geography, International Studies and other social and political disciplines.

These studies have already been connected in significant ways to elaborate the description of Indian Ocean culture. Cultural Studies suggests further avenues for thought and analysis which this workshop will develop and discuss. In particular it will focus on:

* the social circulation of objects, cultural values, stories and languages
* contemporary popular cultures: music, film and other arts
* inter-colonial labour networks
* old and new cosmopolitan subjectivities
* political ecology of the Indian Ocean
* narrative, poetics and cultural value
* environments, ecologies, naturecultures

24 October 2007

NEW BOOK - The Chinese Exotic by Olivia Khoo (Hong Kong UP, 2007)

The Chinese Exotic examines new representations of diasporic Chinese femininity emerging from Asia Pacific modernities since the late twentieth century. Through an analysis of cultural artefacts such as films, popular fiction, food and fashion cultures, the book challenges the dominant tendency in contemporary cultural politics to define Chinese femininity from a mainland perspective that furthermore equates it with notions of primitivism. Rather, the book argues for a radical reconfiguration of the concept of exoticism as a frame for understanding these new representations.

This engaging study raises important questions on the relationship between the Chinese diasporas and gender. The Chinese Exotic provides a timely critical intervention into the current visualizations of diasporic Chinese femininity. The book contends that an analysis of such images can inform the reconfigured relations between China, the Chinese diasporas, Asia and the West in the context of contemporary globalization, and in turn takes these new intersections to account for the complex nature of modern definitions of diasporic Chinese femininity.

'The Chinese Exotic is a fascinating panoramic study of new representations of Chineseness - in film, fashion, food, as well as literature and pop culture - that transcend the tired hierarchies of East and West, tracing the cultural emergence of an empowered, passionate and thoroughly modern diasporic Chinese femininity.'
- Ien Ang, Australian Research Council (ARC) Professorial Fellow, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, author of On Not Speaking Chinese (2001)

'With great sensitivity and originality, Olivia Khoo shows us how to read popular films, female movie stars, quotidian cultural artifacts, novels, and other 'Chinese exotic' phenomena in contemporary global circulation. To the representational politics of what she terms diaspora China, she has brought a notably fresh level of analytical finesse and imagination.'
- Rey Chow, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Brown University, author of Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films (2007)


19 October 2007

CFP - 7th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region (14-16 Feb 2008; Honolulu) Deadline: 1 Nov 2007

The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit papers for the 7th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific region, taking place in Honolulu, Hawai`i, USA from February 14-16, 2008.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives formally (through presenting papers and attending other panel presentations) and informally in the warm and encouraging environment of the East-West Center in Hawai`i. Participation in the 2007 conference had broad representation, consisting of graduate students representing 27 nationalities, from more than 50 universities throughout the world.

Abstracts (up to a maximum of 500 words in length) of proposed papers or posters are invited from intending participants at this time. Papers are encouraged from the array of disciplines focusing on the region. Fields represented in past conferences include (but are not limited to) Anthropology, Area Studies, Business, Culture, Education, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethnomusicology, Geography, Governance, Health, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics, Population, Sociology, and Urban & Regional Planning.

The deadline for abstract submission is Thursday, November 1, 2007.

A limited number of travel grants will be available for graduate students from other countries, the continental U.S., or from the neighboring islands of Hawai`i.

Additional conference information is available at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/studentconference/ Inquiries may be directed to studentconference@eastwestcenter.org

CFP - Writing Race (29 Feb - 1 Mar 2008; U of Puerto Rico-Arecibo) Deadline: 15 Dec 2007

The College English Association - Caribbean Chapter (CEA-CC) will hold their 2008 Spring Conference in the University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (Puerto Rico) on the 29th of February and the 1st of March. The 2008 conference will address the general topic of race and writing. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the topic, from a literary historical, critical, theoretical, interdisciplinary or other perspective. The proposals are not limited to English language literature.

The specific topics to be addressed by the conference will include but not be limited to:

* Atlantic Studies
* Immigration and Race
* Diaspora and Writing
* The Homeland in Diasporic Writing
* Ethnic Studies
* Minority Literature
* Cultural Studies and Race
* Race and Identity
* Race and Identity in the Caribbean and Caribbean Diasporic Literature
* Postcolonialism and the Caribbean and Caribbean Diasporic Writing
*Caribbean literature and cultural studies
* Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
* African American and Afro-Caribbean connections
* Africana philosophy and the Caribbean
* Race, Gender, and Sexuality
* Racialization and the Body
* Performance Studies and Race
* Multilingualism and Race
* Critical Race Theory
* Critical Legal Studies and Race
* Slavery Studies

Send 200-word proposal for 20-minute paper to José Jiménez-Justiniano at cea.caribbeanchapter@gmail.com. The tentative deadline for submitting proposals is December 15th, 2007. Proposal should be sent as part of a text message, not as an attachment.

For changes in the deadline and other information about the conference or the association, visit our website at http://academic.uprm.edu/ceacc

28 September 2007

VISITING PROFESSORSHIP - Australia-Japan Foundation Visiting Professorship, University of Tokyo (2008-2009) Applications close 26 Oct 2007

On behalf of the Australia-Japan foundation, InASA (International Australian Studies Association) is seeking applications for the Visiting Professorship 2008-9 in Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo’s Centre for Pacific and American Studies.

The position commences 1 October 2008.
Applications close 26 October 2007.

>> Full position description and application details in THIS DOCUMENT (MS-Word).

CFP - Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America conference (28 Feb - 1 Mar 2008; Austin, Texas, USA) Abstracts by 15 Dec 2007

2008 Annual Conference
Doubletree Guest Suites in Austin, Texas
28 February—1 March 2008

The Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America will hold its annual conference in Austin, Texas from 28 February through 1 March 2008. 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 28 February and a formal banquet on 29 February.

More information on ANZSANA and the conference is available at http://www.anzsana.org/

The DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals will be 15 DECEMBER 2007. Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 1 January 2008.

Proposals should include the author’s name and institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. They should be attached to an email as either a Word or PDF document.

ANZSANA welcomes submissions from graduate students and offers a limited number of travel grants to facilitate their participation. Graduate students must indicate their status as such in order to be considered for a grant.

Please send paper proposals to:

Dr. Greg Brown
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Box 571021, Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1021


The registration fee of $125.00 (either US of CD) includes a one-year ANZSANA membership, a wine and cheese reception on Thursday evening, and other conference meals. Participants are also invited to attend a formal banquet dinner on Friday, 29 February at an additional cost of $50.00 (either US or CD).

19 September 2007

RESEARCH WORKSHOP - Asian/Australian Values: New Directions in Australian Literature (U of Wollongong; 22-23 Nov 2007)

A discourse of ‘values’ (national values, cultural values, regional values) has emerged in parts of Asia, and more recently in Australia, generally as a means of affirming particular notions of identity as normative. It is timely to refocus on Australian literature involving Asian connections (writing by Australians of Asian background, Australian writing about Asia and Asians), and to consider the transformation, and clash, of values resulting from cross-cultural encounters.

The workshop invites participants to assess the current state of Asian-Australian writing. Much scholarly attention was devoted to Australian fiction about Asia when it was a relatively new phenomenon in the 1970s-80s. Creative writing by Asian Australians took centre stage in the 1990s, and research, conferences, and publications proliferated. What is the current situation? Is more, or less, being published in these categories? Who are the new writers, readers, scholars, and publishers? Is the work taking new forms and reaching new audiences? To what extent has it been displaced by the wave of writing and publishing about the Middle East, Muslims, terrorists, and refugees?

The aim of the workshop is to gather knowledge from the field about the current condition of Australian literature involving Asian connections and to examine it in relation to different notions of value. Panel members may address the topic within global or theoretical contexts, may speculate on implications for the category of Australian Literature (‘Ozlit’), for Australian cultural diplomacy, or offer views on future directions for creative and scholarly work. They may also consider the challenges for pedagogic practice, in particular for the teaching of Australian literature to Asian students.

It is expected that the workshop will result in the publication of an edited collection of essays.

This event is hosted by the Centre for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS). For more information, contact Wenche Ommundsen (wenche@uow.edu.au).

MASTERCLASS - Postcolonial Studies Masterclass - "Ethics and Hospitality" (U of Otago, NZ; 10-12 Dec 2007) Deadline for registrations: 1 Nov 2007

Hosted by the Postcolonial Studies Research Network University of Otago
10–12 December 2007

The University of Otago’s Postcolonial Studies Research Network is pleased to announce its second three-day intensive Masterclass. The 2007 Masterclass, “Ethics and Hospitality,” focuses on an important and largely overlooked area of postcolonial studies. Ethics has long been treated as postcolonialism’s “stepchild,” a secondary and merely incidental addition to the field’s more urgent commitment to questions of politics. It is now increasingly recognised, however, that in their very supplementarity, ethical demands in fact lie at the heart of postcolonial studies.

By addressing these questions, the 2007 Masterclass on “Ethics and Hospitality” begins this difficult process of rethinking the political in terms of the ethical. Each day will focus on a particular aspect of this rethinking, led by scholars of note whose research has contributed to the ethical reframing of the field of postcolonial studies:

Day One: Ethics and Forgiveness in Postcolonial Contexts (Kim Worthington)
Day Two: National Hospitality and Belonging in a Postcolonial World (Rosalyn Diprose)
Day Three: Postcolonialism, Friendship and Love (Linnell Secomb)

>> For more information, download the flyer for the masterclass (PDF; 643Kb).

JOB - Lecturer/Snr Lecturer in Australian Literature, U of Sydney (Closing date for applications: 14 October 2007)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Australian Literature
Department of English
School of Letters, Art and Media
Reference No. 111603

Applications are invited for a continuing position in Australian Literature in the Department of English within the School of Letters, Art and Media. The Department of English has about thirty full-time academic staff, and offers undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in all fields and periods of English language and literature, from the medieval to the contemporary (including film and creative writing).

The Department has a tradition of leadership and excellence in the field of Australian literary studies. The Chair in Australian literature was established in 1963 and is currently held by Professor Robert Dixon. The Department is unique in Australia in offering a major in Australian literature, and has a significant number of research higher degree students in the field.

The position is continuing full-time, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.



17 September 2007

SEMINAR/PERFORMANCE - Soma-Rasa (Shalmalee Palekar, UNSW)

Date/Time: Friday 12 October, 6 pm
Venue: UTS Bldg3, rm210, enter via 755 Harris St

Soma-Rasa: In this theory / fiction / performance, Soma-Rasa, I will examine my "raced," lesbian, academic, creative body as a site of both "otherness" and empowerment. By inhabiting the subject position(s) of a diasporic, Indian, lesbian academic in Australia, do I necessarily operate from multiple liminalities? In what ways do I negotiate with whiteness? Attempting a fluid movement between "authenticity" and dreams, between split selves and fragmented subjectivities, between playfulness and polemic, my writing / performance will interrogate boundaries of the gendered body, sexuality, "race," and professionalism. I will explore what representations make it possible for the voices of "Indian women" to not be completely anchored to a space that is dictated only by white Western and Indian dominant discourses. Ultimately, I aim to develop a longer multimedia performance piece that examines the embodied production of knowledge and writes sexuality as a participation in multicultural community networks.

Bio: Shalmalee Palekar is currently a lecturer in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at UNSW. She has previously taught at Sophia College, University of Mumbai, India, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, and Macquarie University. Shalmalee has published journal articles and book chapters in the areas of postcolonial, queer and gender studies. In 2005, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, where her research focused on representations of women's sexualities in Indian fiction and cinema. Shalmalee is also an active translator of Marathi poetry into English, and writes, acts, and performs professionally with three women and a cello, collectively called "Funkier Than Alice".

14 September 2007

VISITING FELLOWSHIPS - Research School of Humanities Visiting Fellowship Program, ANU (Deadline: 31 Jan 2008)

RSH 2009 Visiting Fellowship Program
Research School of Humanities, College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University

>> Applications close 31 January 2008

The Research School of Humanities has been established by the Australian National University in 2007 by amalgamating four key Centres of the University – the renowned Humanities Research Centre, the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, the National Europe Centre and the Australian National Dictionary Centre.

The RSH builds on research fostered by these Centres and seeks to promote innovative research in the Humanities. Its Visiting Fellowship program is an enhancement of the program offered by the HRC since the 1970s and provides funds to support scholars to work in the Research School. Applications are particularly welcome from scholars with interests in one or more of the RSH’s research platforms and especially from those whose current projects relate to the RSH 2009 Annual Theme of ‘Cosmopolitanisms’. Applications for fellowships to the Freilich Foundation to work in the area of bigotry and tolerance are also welcomed

The key research platforms of the RSH include:
  • Biography and Society
  • Visual Culture
  • Museums and Collections
  • Public Memory and Historical Re-enactment
  • Creativity and Human Rights
  • Interdisciplinary Cross Cultural Studies
  • European Studies
  • Literature, Linguistics and Lexicography
  • E-Humanities
Application are now open and guidelines, application and referees forms can be downloaded the RSH website: http://rsh.anu.edu.au/

12 September 2007

CFP - Japanese Transnational Fandoms and Female Consumers (U of Wollongong, NSW; 3-4 July 2008) Deadline: 25 Oct 2007

This workshop investigates the different ways in which originally Japanese genres, aesthetics and styles have been taken up, deployed and transformed by female fans transnationally. The way in which Japanese products, styles and images are received in different cultures as well as the (sub)cultural ends to which they are deployed will be investigated, as will the impact of the fandom on the changing nature of consumerism, participatory fan culture and particularly gender in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. We invite papers that discuss female consumers’ uptake of originally Japanese popular cultural styles and artefacts across all regions and media.

Of particular interest in this workshop is the ‘yaoi’ or ‘boys’ love’ (BL) manga/animation fandom popular with girls and young women. Over the last decade there has been a massive boom in interest in this genre (including commercially translated and published volumes as well as amateur fan-authored productions) in Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. Papers focusing specifically on the yaoi/BL fandom are particularly welcome.

The workshop will result in a themed edition of the journal Intersections: http://wwwsshe.murdoch.edu.au/intersections/ due for release in April 2009.

Keynote speaker:
Professor Christine Yano (University of Hawaii) speaking on the global Hello Kitty Fandom.

Other invited speakers include: Professor Chris Berry (Goldsmiths University) speaking on BL fan circles in Shanghai; Dr Kazumi Nagaike (Oita University) speaking on the history and cultural context of Japanese BL fandom; Dr Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia) speaking on yaoi influence on the Harry Potter fandom; Dr Larissa Hjorth (RMIT) speaking on “cute customisation” across Japanese and Korean new media; Dr Fran Martin (University of Melbourne) speaking on the BL fandom in Taiwan.

Please send 250 word title and abstract and a short biography to Dr Mark McLelland (markmc@uow.edu.au) and Dr Fran Martin (f.martin@unimelb.edu.au) by 25 October 2007.

A limited number of travel bursaries will be available.

This event is sponsored by the ARC’s Cultural Research Network and CAPSTRANS (Centre for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies) at the University of Wollongong.

7 September 2007

NEW SHOW - "Flatland" by Caroline Gopalkrishnan and Shirley Van Sanden (10 Sept - 6 Oct 2007; Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge, WA)

Flatland by Caroline Gopalkrishnan and Shirley Van Sanden

A brand new "dramedy" by Caroline Gopalkrishnan and Shirley Van Sanden, directed by Justin Cheek, presented by The Blue Room and Class Act Theatre.

“Fellatio! Come and get it!" A cat, Fellatio, is missing. Flies buzz. A toilet is blocked. The garbos are on strike. A weekend like any other has begun...

Merv the Perv collects dog poo. Doug grows vegetables. Ella belly dances. Zoya looks for her lost friend.

A knock on the door…and everything changes.

Who is this stranger? What does he want? Where's he from? And how does he know their secrets?

Cast: Kingsley Judd, Stephen Lee, Dan Luxton, Angelique Malcolm and Lilanthi Weddikkara.

Set Design: Nick Yaksich

Sound Design: Owen Hughes

Lighting Design: Aaron Stirk

Sept 19 to Oct 6 (Tues-Sat) 7pm (preview: Tues 18 Sept)
Venue: The Blue Room Studio, 53 James St, Northbridge
Cost: Full $20 / Conc. $15. Blue Room Members: $18 / $12
Contact details: Bookings: 9227 7005 /

5 September 2007

TWO ONLINE EXHIBITIONS - "Pai Nai Ma" and "Packing to Leave" (Migration Heritage Centre, NSW)

TWO ONLINE EXHIBITIONS at the Migration Heritage Centre (NSW)

1. Pai Mai Ma: Thai-Australian Experiences
Pai Nai Ma means 'where have you been?' and is an everyday Thai expression similar to the greeting 'how are you?' in English. This exhibition looks at where Thai migrants 'have been' - through personal possessions and community collections. From the Loy Krathong festival to Buddhist temples, Thai culture has become a part of the Parramatta and wider Australian story.

2. Packing to Leave: Saris, Suits and Spices
Migration stories from South Asia to Sydney. View mini-documentaries filmed in people's homes. Former migrants share their personal stories, photos and memorabilia - new interviews are being added each month in 2007. Meet Kalyan Ram from New Delhi, India; Vasant Sheth from Bombay, India (now Mumbai); and Yasmeen Islam from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

LECTURE - Waleed Aly (Sydney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne; 27 Sept 2007)

A Night of Stories: With Waleed Aly - People Like Us
Thursday 27 September 2007,
6.30pm for 7pm start Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne

“A Night of Stories: With Waleed Aly - People Like Us”

Recently, Islam and the West have spoken so many words about each other, but have these words fostered deeper understanding about each other? A regular columnist in The Age, Waleed Aly examines the cultural chasm between Islam and the West in his book People like Us. As a Muslim born and raised in Australia, Waleed stands at the intersection of Islam and the West and sees a world of perpetual misunderstandings, as both fail to see beyond the stereotypes and truly comprehend the other.

Waleed Aly is the board member of the Islamic Council of Victoria and lecturer at Global Terrorism Unit at Monash University. Mr. Aly will be joined in conversation by Dr. Ian Coller from the School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne.

This event is presented by Asialink, Readings and Picador Australia Entry is free.

RSVP to Asialink Events at events@asialink.unimelb.edu.au with "A Night of Stories-Aly" in the subject line.

MASTERCLASS - Susannah Radstone (Melb and Syd; Nov 2007)

The ARC Cultural Research Network Cultural Histories and Geographies Node presents:


a travelling masterclass with Dr Susannah Radstone

venue: University of Melbourne, VIC
date: Friday 16th November, 2007
time: 9am-5pm


venue: University of Technology,Sydney
date: Friday 23rdNovember, 2007
time: 9am-5pm

How do film, literature and other media 'remember' national pasts? Over the last fifteen years or so, theories of cultural memory and trauma have had a profound impact across the humanities, encouraging researchers at all levels to approach novels, films and television as 'memory media'. The same period has witnessed the production of a wide range of films, novels and other art forms whose concerns are with recent - and not so recent - national pasts, including W G Sebald's Austerlitz and Kate Grenville's The Secret River, and the films Amistad and Rabbit Proof Fence. Such texts have become the primary sources for many studies of cultural, literary and film memory. But how do theories of trauma and cultural memory help us to engage with national literatures and cinemas and what are the most useful methods for the analysis of memory media?

what is it? We are seeking applications from postgraduates and early career researchers whose work relates to the general theme, 'Memory/Nation/Culture'. The masterclass will follow a 'workshop' format, which will give postgraduate students the opportunity to present and discuss some their own research. Places in each intensive masterclass will be limited.

how much does it cost? The masterclasses are free of charge to successful applicants and include lunch and morning/afternoon teas. Participants from interstate may be eligible for travel and accommodation subsidies.

how do I apply? Applications are due by Friday 12th October, 2007 and must include a completed application form, downloadable from the CRN website at
Please include a short (max 300 words) description of your research including information about your primary texts and chosen research methods.

Applications and queries should be submitted via email, to Kelly Butler at k.butler1@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au


Susannah Radstone's current research interests are in cultural memory at the interface between the psyche, history and culture. Publications include The Sexual Politics of Time: Confession, Nostalgia, Memory (forthcoming December 2007); Memory and Methodology (2000) and The Politics of Memory: Contested Pasts (2005). She teaches in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East
London and is currently senior visiting fellow at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.

NEW PUBLICATIONS - Rediscovered Past (Wong Hoy) and At Home in the Chinese Diaspora (Kuah-Pearce and Davidson)

Two new publications of interest to AAS scholars:

Rediscovered Past is an exciting collection of fresh research into Chinese Australian history and archaeology in north Queensland.This collection “offers a wealth of research garnered from primary sources … addressing a wide range of historical and heritage conservation issues. The deliberate concentration on north Queensland is satisfying in allowing a more complex engagement with the region and its specificities.”Rediscovered Past is an initiative of Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia Inc. This publication is NOW AVAILABLE:

>> Download order form for Rediscovered Past (MS-Word document; includes contents listing for the publication).

In At Home in the Chinese Diaspora: Memories, Identities and Belongings , the contributors interrogate current debates in relation to the ways in which memory, identity and sense of belonging help shape migrants' understanding of self, the diasporic community(ies) and the wider society in which they live. They describe the local and transnational challenges such diasporic communities face in their daily lives, how memories are reproduced, how they serve as social and cultural capital, how they create tensions and conflicts and how they change and impact on the individuals and communities across generational barriers. The authors also explore the role of place in situating memories and how the media, films and music portray and reinforce the understanding of identity.

This publication has significant Asian Australian material, including contributions by David Ip, Andrew Davidson and Lucille Ngan.

>> Visit the publisher's (Palgrave) site for this book: At Home in the Chinese Diaspora

31 August 2007

CAHS EVENTS - Chinese Australian Historical Society Activities during History Week (15-22 Sept 2007)

Dear Friend,

Please go to the CAHS webpage at http://www.hermes.net.au/cahs/events.htm to access information and booking forms on the following exciting events organized by the CAHS for this year's History Week, 15 to 22 September.

On 15 September: the CAHS 5th Annual Lecture on Chinese Australian History and Heritage, the Society’s Annual Dinner, and the launch by the Hon. Henry Tsang of John Fitzgerald’s exciting new book, Big White Lie, which challenges the recent attempts to restore the reputation of the White Australia Policy. Proponents of a White Australia Policy argue that Chinese were excluded from Australia not because of their race but because Chinese habits, instincts and culture were incompatible with Australian values: mateship, democracy, and the “fair-go.” Professor Fitzgerald's book shows that the idea that Chinese did not, and do not, belong in Australia is our nation’s BIG WHITE LIE! Professor Fitzgerald will draw on his book and his other research for his Lecture titled: "Chinese-Australian Survival Strategies in the White Australia Era.Professor."

Professor Fitzgerald's book, Big White Lie, will be available for purchase at a special price after its launch on 15 September.

On 18 September, our venerable 85 year old “Uncle Arthur” will conduct a tour of the Dixon Street precinct and reflect on his memories of Chinatown places. Arthur Gar Lock Chang will be assisted by Theresa Cheng, and an optional yum cha lunch will follow the tour.

On 22 September the Society, in conjunction with the Powerhouse Museum, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Wong Sat in Australia. This event will be held at the Powerhouse.

These are official events of History Week supported by the History Council of NSW.

I look forward to meeting you at the CAHS events during History Week.

Henry Chan
Hon. Secretary
Chinese Australian Historical Society Inc
PO Box K556
Haymarket NSW 1240

24 August 2007

CONFERENCE - 12th International Metropolis Conference (Melbourne, Vic; 8-12 Oct 2007)

12th International Metropolis Conference
Migration, Social Cohesion and Economic Growth
8-12 October 2007
Melbourne, Australia

• Preliminary program now available
Register before 27 August 2007 to receive a reduced rate - Early Bird Registrations close soon

The 12th International Metropolis Conference will examine research, policy and practice in the areas of migration, diversity, social cohesion, and associated economic impacts. It will include 12 exciting plenary sessions, 80+ workshops and an engaging set of study tours. Given that this is the first International Metropolis Conference to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, special attention will be paid to the Asia-Pacific region.

A reduced registration fee is in effect until 27 August 2007.

To register or to view the preliminary conference program, please visit http://www.metropolis2007.org/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - migrations & identities (NEW JOURNAL) Deadline: 15 Sept 2007

migrations & identities is a new journal published bi-annually by Liverpool University Press.

The title represents a programme: We aim to interrogate notions of 'identity' while asking how the fact of mobility and displacement shapes understandings of self and the wider world, among both migrants and 'host' societies. By the same token, we seek to understand how ideas and concepts are transformed as they 'migrate' from one place and culture to another.

Multi- and interdisciplinary in both conception and management, migrations & identities aims to cover the widest possible range of places, periods and methods, subject only to a shared curiosity and enthusiasm about the possibilities of working at the interface between the investigation of the material conditions of migration processes and the study of ideas and subjectivities.

In particular, we hope that scholars working in many fields will find in migrations & identities a forum for discussion of the methods appropriate to a project of linking observable experience and mentalities in difference times and places, and that among the topics of discussion will be the real challenges involved in conversing across disciplinary boundaries.

We are now inviting proposals for contributions for the inaugural issue, to be published in the summer of 2008. We welcome both critical surveys considering how particular disciplines or fields of study have dealt with the relationship between migration and identity, and case studies which exemplify a self-conscious approach to the methodological issues it raises.

Your proposal should be for an article of 5-8,000 words, and should take the form of an abstract of no more than 300 words.

Please send abstracts to Mark Choonara at inmotion@liv.ac.uk no later than 15th September 2007.

CFP - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies (U of Technology Sydney, NSW; 4-5 Oct 2007) Deadline: 31 August 2007

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research initiative at the University of Technology, Sydney. It investigates from multi-disciplinary perspectives the practices that lie between political institutions, economic relations and traditional social formations, which are crucial in enabling social cohesion and change in cosmopolitan societies.

Call for papers

This is the first Call for Papers for the 2007 UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies. Please send us an email with the:
  • Title of the Paper
  • an Abstract (200 words) and
  • the institutional details of presenter(s)
by 31 August 2007.

Please download the official Call for papers (pdf, 265kb) document.


What is Cosmopolitan Civil Society research about?

Cosmopolitan Civil Society focuses on the nexus between cosmopolitan culture and civil society. Our starting point is that civil society can only be understood in its cultural particularity, in the ordinariness of everyday life. Accordingly, the CCS will develop insights within the plurality of cosmopolitan civil societies. The CCS will focus its work at the intersections of cultural conflict and social cohesion within cosmopolitan civil societies. Our interest is in seeing how divisions can be reconfigured to generate new forms of dialogue, recognition and inclusion and thereby promote cosmopolitan cohesion.

FILM NIGHT - WestXpress 2 (Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, NSW; 8 Sept 2007)


>> Download FLYER FOR WESTXPRESS 2 (.jpg)

Due the success of the first WestXpress shortfilm and acoustic night held in early April, young filmmakers Rumble Pictures in collaboration with Fairfield's Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) will be holding the youth event WestXpress 2 at the PYT School of Arts on Saturday the 8th September, 2007

Young talent is the driving force behind this amazing event, which will showcase young artists, musicians from all around Western Sydney.
  • Hosting a number a number of short films from local production groups such as 9 Lives, Trinity Productions and Komaticom. WestXpress 2 will premiere the break-up comedy More Than Words by local award-winning director, Timothy Ly.
  • Hear the music by acoustic duo sensation 'The Closet Romantics' and other musical acts.
  • Take a wander inside the gallery and see the works from creative young artists

If you would like to book seats RSVP to info@pyt.com.au or call 9724 6077

For more WestXpress 2 details checkout www.myspace.com/rumble_pictures

Maria Tran
Rumble Pictures

22 August 2007

EXHIBITION - News from Islands (Curated by Aaron Seeto) 1 Sept-28 Oct 2007

Dear all

Come to Campbelltown Arts Centre. This is the big project I have been working on...

Hope you can make it.

News From Islands
Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 September – 28 october 2007
Opens 7pm Friday 31 August 2007

Campbelltown Arts Centre
Cnr Camden and Appin Rds
Campbelltown NSW

See you there

>> Download full event flyer here: News from Islands (PNG image; 1.2Mb)

NEW JOURNAL ISSUE - AEN Journal "Faith and Ethnic Communities"

AEN Journal - Faith and Ethnic Communities
Volume 2, Issue 2–August 2007
Edited by Ruth DeSouza

The fourth issue of AEN Journal focuses on faith and interfaith issues. It brings together a range of writers to provide debate and critical comment on the role of faith in developing civil society. New Zealand 's ethnic and religious diversity has increased dramatically over recent years. Growing interest in cultural diversity needs to be matched with discussions about religious diversity if stressors caused by religious and ethnic differences evident overseas are to be successfully avoided or negotiated. Whilst religious participation by Pakeha New Zealanders has been steadily declining, changes to immigration policy have resulted in the growth of both diasporic religious traditions (such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and so on) and the invigoration of Christian denominations. Faith-community organisations are seen by many as a tremendous resource of energy and commitment playing an important part in the development of civil society. Trusted religious or ethnic community organisations are often a key gateway for new New Zealanders to relate to their wider community.

Edited by Ruth DeSouza, contributors write from New Zealand , Denmark , the United States , and Australia and include: Joris de Bres, Larry Stillman, Mark Henrickson, Abigael Vogt, Bashy Quraishy, Ruqayya Sulaiman-Hill, Todd Nachowitz, Lance D. Laird, Andrew Butcher, Heather Kavan, Fuad Khan Baloch, Verpal Singh, Ken Perrott and John Raeburn.

CFP - ISEA 2008 (25 July - 3 August) Deadline: 31 Aug 2007

ISEA 2008 :: July 25 - August 3
Call for Papers, Panels and Artist Presentations

We cordially invite submissions to the conference of the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2008 that will be held in Singapore between 25th-30th July 2008.

The conference is held alongside workshops, courses, exhibitions, performances and other in-conjunction events that will be held for the duration of ISEA2008 from 25th July to August 3rd 2008.

The conference, as in previous ISEAs, is expected to bring together artists, theorists, historians, curators and researchers of media arts from around the world to jointly explore the most urgent and exciting questions in the field. The five themes of ISEA2008 are especially focused on eliciting a wide range of international scholars and artists.

Conference Programme
The conference programme will include competitively selected, peer-reviewed individual papers and panel presentations. This year we are also encouraging artists who wish to share their works with a broader audience of their peers to submit artist presentations where they can speak about the specific aesthetic, conceptual and technological aspects of their works. The conference also promises to present a list of internationally renowned Keynote Speakers expounding on the major themes of the conference. There will also be a special lecture delivered by a Nobel Laureate.

Call for Proposals
We welcome contributions from creative practitioners and researchers from a variety of disciplines and institutional contexts as media arts benefits from and exemplifies the interdisciplinary linkages between contemporary art, science, technology and their related philosophies, pedagogies and institutional practices.

The submissions must address or be of relevance to at least one of the themes of ISEA2008 in order to be considered for inclusion in the conference.

The conference will be of interest to those working in but not limited to the following areas: media art, contemporary art, design, art history and theory, film and media studies, gaming, toy design, human-computer interaction, cultural studies, literary studies, musicology, sound studies, theatre, dance and performance studies, science, technology and society studies, history of science and history of technology, philosophy, history, gender studies, political science, anthropology, sociology and geography.

Submission requirements: We only require abstracts (not more than 300 words) of the proposed paper, panel presentations and artist presentations to be submitted in either Text, RTF, Word or PDF formats via our site. Please do not submit full papers at this stage. While we encourage submissions to include relevant images, it would be useful if the formats in which such images are submitted is restricted to low resolution jpegs.

In the case of submissions for artists’ presentations, artists are encouraged to provide links to their and/or relevant websites. The deadline for submissions will be 31st August 2007. Submissions sent after this date will not be considered.

17 August 2007

CALL for SUBMISSIONS - Peril Issue #4 (Deadline: 30 Sept 2007)

Peril #4
The meaning of life issue.

The meaning of life may be a Monty Python movie, 42 and what else? Be profound, cynical, spiritual, scientific, humorous... or even all these at once!

We want your take on the meaning of life for you.

We accept submissions of any kind of text, sound or visual art, as long as it can be presented online (e.g. essays, reflections, poetry, fiction, memoir, spoken word tracks, photos, etc.). Text limit is 1000 words preferably submitted in txt form .

The due date is September 30 2007 to be published on line in November 2007.

Please send your submissions and queries to peril@asianaustralian.org

Check us out at http://www.asianaustralian.org/

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS - A History of Literary Exchange between China and Australia / New Zealand (Chinese Language Publication)

Expression of Interest Sought

Currently, I, Ouyang Yu, as professor of Australian literature in the
English Department, Wuhan University, the People's Republic of China, am
working on a project in Chinese, titled, A History of Literary Exchange
between China and Australia
and A History of Literary Exchange between
China and New Zealand
(two volumes in one single book). This project is
commissioned by Nanjing University and a contract has been signed for
its publication in late 2008.

For the Australian section, I have involved a number of scholars to work
on the project although I still need a few more to work on various
chapters, such as Australian literature in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
Equally, I would like to invite Chinese scholars with expertise relevant
to New Zealand literature in China and Chinese literature in New Zealand
to work on the NZ section. Each contributor will have their name
attached to the chapter they write and be paid in Chinese RMB but as
editor-in-chief I will be responsible for the whole book apart from
taking part in writing part of it.

Please note that this book is to be written in Chinese. If you are
interested in participating in the project, please email me your CV and
a list of publications in Chinese. Joint authors are welcome (e.g., one
Chinese paired up with one Aussie or Kiwi).

Ouyang Yu

SCHOLARSHIPS - Masters and PhD Projects in Women's Studies (Monash University, Vic) Deadline: 31 Oct 2007

Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


Scholarships are available for candidates commencing Masters by research and PhD study in Women's Studies at Monash University in 2008.

Candidates must hold a first class honours in their Bachelors degree (or equivalent e.g. Masters level qualification with a significant thesis component graded at first class honours) to be eligible to apply for a scholarship. International candidates for whom English is a second language must also submit a recent IELTS score.

Scholarships cover both tuition and living stipend. Check out: http://www.mrgs.monash.edu.au/scholarships/publication/index.html

Applications for the 2008 university scholarship round close on 31 OCTOBER 2007. Late applications will not be accepted.

Successful applicants will be notified in early December 2007 and should normally commence their scholarships between 1 January 2008 and 31 March 2008 (in special circumstances, start dates up to 30 June 2008 can be negotiated).

You can check out the following website: www.arts.monash.edu.au/ws

Scholarship forms and pre-application forms are now available and can be obtained by contacting Sue Stevenson (sue.stevenson@arts.monash.edu.au), the Graduate Administrator of the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University.

For further information about the Women’s Studies program contact:

Associate Professor Maryanne Dever
Email. Maryanne.dever@arts.monash.edu.au

Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research
School of Political and Social Inquiry
Faculty of Arts
Monash University
PO BOX 11a
Melbourne Victoria 3800

CFP - Rediscovered Past: China in Northern Australia (Cairns, Qld; 16-17 Feb 2008) Deadline: 31 December 2007

Rediscovered Past: China in Northern Australia
The Second “no fuss” Conference
16-17 February, 2008
Organised by Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia Inc. (CHINA Inc) at the Cairns Library, Abbott Street, Cairns

Following the successful Rediscovered Past: China in northern Queensland conference held in Cairns in 2006, the organisers are pleased to announce a second conference, the sequel, to be held in 2008. Again this will be a “no fuss” multidisciplinary event run over two days and will be open to contributions from all fields of Chinese Australian studies – including history, archaeology, heritage management, law, literature, linguistics, art, and library science. The conference will maintain the previous casual, convivial atmosphere that everybody enjoyed, as well as the theme, focussing on Chinese interrelationships with other ethnic groups as well as with other diasporic Chinese, and the diverse nature of Chinese settlement and life. However, as the title indicates, the regional emphasis has been broadened beyond Queensland to include other parts of northern Australia. Chinese have made contact with this region for several centuries, starting with sporadic visits by traders and fishermen and culminating in the large scale immigration of miners, workers and business people during the 19th century. Indeed, there has been a long history of multiculturalism (which includes other peoples from the Asia Pacific region) and this, combined with the vast landscapes, tropical climate, and remote frontier conditions, created in Northern Australia a dynamic social environment that was in many ways unique. It is this special character and social complexity that presenters are particularly encouraged to explore.

>> The full conference announcement can be found HERE (MS-Word doc)
>> Further information will be available soon at the Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia website.

CONFERENCE - National Conference on Racism in a Global Context (Murdoch U, WA; 9-11 Nov 2007)

In November this year, Murdoch University and partners are hosting a National Conference on Racism in a Global Context. Following on from the United Nations World Conference against Racism (WCAR) held in Durban South Africa, this unique three day conference will bring together a range of internationally respected academics and researchers, local and national government representatives, NGOs, Indigenous leaders, and groups and individuals from the community to review the themes and issues raised at WCAR, and to explore experiences and effects of racism. In line with the goals of the Durban conference, participants will work together to develop practical solutions for the community, organisations, and government to advance the fight against racism in Australia and promote positive racial and cultural relations.

The conference aims to inform and encourage broad thought and debate about racism and discrimination, and to spark positive action. To ensure community engagement, community-targeted initiatives will run in conjunction with the academic conference. One of the key initiatives is a film festival that will screen movies with topics relevant to the conference's themes . The centrepiece will be a screening of Liyarn Ngarn, a new feature length documentary produced by Steve Hawke, directed by award winning director Martin Mhando, and starring Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite, respected Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson, and renowned balladeer Archie Roach. The film festival will be open to the public, and timed to complement the conference program.

For more information about the conference, visit the NGRCG website.

BURSARY - From ARC Cultural Research Network for attendance at CSAA 2007

ARC Cultural Research Network awards cash for postgraduate presenters at CSAA 2007

The ARC Cultural Research Network has again announced a $10,000 bursary (The ARC Cultural Research Network Awards), this time to support the presence of postgraduate students enrolled in Australian universities at the CSAA 2007 annual conference. The awards cover CSAA conference registration, airfare, accommodation and a per diem, and will be granted to the best postgraduate abstracts.

Six awards will be granted in 2007.

If you have completed a PhD and are without full-time work, you may also apply).

The theme for this year's conference is Sustaining Culture. Here is the Call for Papers (MS-Word document). The deadline has been extended to accommodate those who may wish to take advantage of this bursary.

To register your interest in consideration for the ARC Cultural Research Network Award, please email Jon Dale by 15 September 2007 at: jonathon.dale@unisa.edu.au, ensuring the subject heading is ‘ARC Cultural Research Network Awards’.

Information on the conference is currently available at:

Unfortunately these awards do not cover New Zealand / Aotearoa students.

8 August 2007

Celebration of the UNESCO-declared International Year of Rumi (Aug 21 2007)

The Multi-Faith Centre and all co-sponsoring organizations cordially invite you to a Celebration of the UNESCO-declared International Year of Rumi in 2007 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Rumi’s birth.

August 21st, 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan campus

The renowned 13th century Sufi poet and mystic, Rumi has inspired countless peoples across diverse cultures and faiths to build a peaceful world based on mutual respect, understanding and harmony.

The celebration will feature a documentary film entitled: Rumi -Turning Ecstatic Producer: Tina Petrova, film maker & peace advocate

Panel of commentators: Arsalan Mozaffari Falarti, Nematollahi Sufi Order (G.A.S.), Brisbane Assoc. Prof. Julia Howell, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University

Open forum

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by August 17 to 3735-7052 or mfc@Griffith.edu.au

Free parking after 7:00 pm on Nathan campus.

For MFC location (Bldg. N35), see map at http://www.griffith.edu.au/ofm/parking/