31 January 2007

EXHIBITION - Chutney Generations: Forum - The Hybrids of Culture and Identity in Multicultural Sydney (10 Feb 2007)

Chutney Generations: Forum - The Hybrids of Culture and Identity in Multicultural Sydney (10 February 2007)

Saturday, 10 February 2007 1pm - 4pm
Liverpool Regional Museum Bookings essential -
9824 1121 or reception@casulapowerhouse.com

A fusion of ideals and ideas will be the order of the day as academics, researchers, journalists, lawyers and cultural artists come together for a round table discussion on issues of assimilation, migration, multiculturalism, values and spirituality.

Chutney is used as a metaphor for the blending of identities of the twice displaced migrant Fiji-Indians in Australia. The forum will provide a platform for an enriching exchange of enlightening views on topics that are the focus of political debate and social unrest.

The forum will be chaired by Wendy Monaghan, editor of Australian Mosaic.


* Professor Brij Lal, Australian National University.
* Professor Bob Hodge, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney.
* Dr Elaine Lally, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney.
* Avi Kumar, Fiji-Indian Lawyer
* Asha Chand, Fiji- Indian Journalist and Academic, University of Western Sydney.

CFP - International Interdisciplinary Conference: Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory: 'Theory Faith Culture' (4-6 July 2007; Cardiff University)

'Theory Faith Culture'

an international interdisciplinary conference

Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory

Cardiff University 4 - 6 July 2007

Second Call for Papers

Religion is one of the most contested aspects of twenty-first century life. How can we understand and theorise the power of religion in the constitution of subjects and in its social, cultural and political manifestations?

This conference will look at the interface between Theory, Faith and Culture. It will explore a range of theoretical approaches to the subject and attempt to further our understanding of some of the most important and pressing issues of the day.

To date we have received over 80 exciting proposals from all over the world. Given this enthusiastic response to our first call for papers, we are extending the deadline for the submission of proposals for further papers until 15 April 2007.

Papers are welcomed from all relevant disciplines.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Haleh Afshar, University of York, UK. Luke Gibbons, University of Notre Dame, USA. Glenn Jordan, University of Glamorgan, UK. Richard Kearney, Boston College, USA. Laurent Milesi, Cardiff University, UK. David Nash, Oxford Brookes University, UK. Mohammad Seddon. Cardiff University, UK. Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, USA.

Confirmed Panels as of January 2007:

* Religion and Postmodernism * Fundamentalisms * Theorising Belief * Philosophy and Religion * Religion and Language * Philip Pullman and Religion * Islam in the West * Religion and Utopia * Religion and Post-colonialism * Derrida on Religion * Religion and the New Right * Politics of Belief * Religion and Education * Religion and Gender * Religion and Social Cohesion * Religion and National Identities * Religion and Nationalism * Religion and Colonialism * Religion in Multicultural Societies.

Further proposals for papers are particularly welcome in the following areas:

Race and Religion * Fundamentalisms * Islam in the West * Religion and Colonialism * Religion and Partition * Religion and Emancipation * Religion and Patriarchy * Religion and Sexuality * Religion in Wales * Religion and Utopia * Atheism.

Abstracts of 150 words should be sent along with a brief CV to the following email address: tfc@Cardiff.ac.uk

Deadline for Proposals: 15 April 2007

30 January 2007

CONFERENCE - 6th ISSCO CONFERENCE (Beijing, China; 21-23 Sept 2007)

First Announcement

The 6th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) will be held for the first time in China. Its sponsor and host is Peking University (Beida).

Conference flyer: FLYER (pdf; 585Kb)

Conference theme: Recent Trends in the Relations between Chinese Abroad and Their Ancestral Homeland

NEW PUBLICATION: Latest MAI Press Publication on Australia-Japan Relations

Latest MAI Press publication on Australia-Japan relations out now.

"Unexpected encounters: neglected histories behind the Australia-Japan relationship"

edited by Michael Ackland and Pam Oliver

2007, $34.95,
ISBN: 978 1 876924 50 8.

For more info visit:

Or contact MAI Press: Ms Emma Hegarty, Publications Officer,

CONFERENCE: "Transitions: "Health and Mobility in Asia and the Pacific" (ARC APFRN), Abstracts Deadline: 2 March 2007

CONFERENCE: Call For Abstacts

"Transitions: Health and Mobility in Asia and the Pacific"

3rd Signature Conference, Australian Research Council

Asia Pacific Futures Research Network (ARC APFRN)

Deadline: 2 March 2007

The ARC APFRN Local Organising Committee is inviting submissions for oral, poster, performance, and session abstracts for the 3rd Signature Conference to be held at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, from Sunday June 24 until Tuesday June 26, 2007.

For more info email: kathleen.j.nolan@med.monash.edu.au
or see:

ONE DAY WORKSHOP: On "The Chinese in the Pacific: Where to Now?", 9 Feb 2007 at ANU.


A one-day workshop on "The Chinese in the Pacific: Where to Now?"

9 Feb 2007, at the University House, ANU.

This workshop is sponsored and organized by The Centre for the Study of the Chinese Southern Diaspora, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

For more info contact:

Hong Yu
Contemporary China Centre
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Email: hong.yu@anu.edu.au
or visit URL: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/ccc/

29 January 2007

CALL FOR ARTICLES - "Autographics": A Biography Special Issue (Deadline for submissions: 15 Aug 2007)

The Winter 2008 Special Issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly will be devoted to Autographics.

Guest editors Gillian Whitlock and Anna Poletti seek to explore the diverse forms of visuality and conjunctions of image, text, and materiality in contemporary life narrative. Graphic forms include visual elements such as drawings, images, and pictures, as well as elements of design and physical features of the text--for instance, the diverse use of materials in such DIY autobiographical forms as personal zines, installations, and websites. Other examples of autographics include autobiographical comix and sequential art, graphic memoir, writing on the body and body maps, self portraiture, auto/biographical uses of found objects in collage, assemblage and installation, and contemporary uses of craft.

Manuscripts should be double spaced and ideally between 3,000 and 10,000 words. A double-blind submission policy will be followed; the author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, but an accompanying cover letter should contain the author's name and address. Consultation on manuscript ideas is welcomed. Inquiries and submissions may be sent by email to biograph@hawaii.edu, or to the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai'i at Mänoa, 1800 East-West Road #325, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822 USA (Tel./Fax 808 956-3774).


20 January 2007

JOB: Academic Level C in Performance Studies in The Communication and Cultural Studies program at Curtin University (placement ASAP: Feb/Mar)

Position: Academic Level C in Performance Studies in The Communication and Cultural Studies program. Faculty of Media Society and Culture, Curtin University.

Placement as soon as possible (February/March). Appointment by invitation to 1-2 year contract at level C.

Contact Person - Email: R.Blaber@curtin.edu.au

A brief description of the position requirements:

Higher Degree Co-ordination of discipline area
Background in the canon
Background in directing

Core Units that are offered in Performance Studies:

Creative Writing and Performance 111
Performance Studies 111
PS 211 – Comedy and tragedy
PS 212 – Stanislavski and Brecht
PS 311 – International Theatre
PS 312 – Recent Australian Theatre

Options in Directing, Technical Theatre, Movement, Voice, Devised Theatre, Vocational Practice

Electives from other areas Scriptwriting, Screen Acting.

If people are interested they should contact:

Dr Ron Blaber
Head Of Program Communication and Cultural Studies Faculty of Media Society and Culture Curtin University
GPO BOX U1987 Perth Western Australia 6845
Tel: +61 8 9266 7080 Fax: +61 8 9266 7726
Email: R.Blaber@curtin.edu.au

19 January 2007

Fellowships in the Graduate Certificate Program at the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East West Center, Hawaii (Deadline: Feb 15 2007)


Entering its sixth year, the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region. The APLP is a graduate certificate program combining the development of regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership capacity. Based at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, the program is creating a network of dynamic leaders from around the world who are familiar with the critical issues and cultures of the Asia Pacific region and trained to work collaboratively. The program involves intensive coursework and field studies. All participants receive an APLP Entry Fellowship valued at approximately $10,000.

The Asia Pacific Leadership Program seeks outstanding individuals with high leadership potential from across the Asia Pacific region, North America and beyond. All participants have at least a Bachelors degree with the majority having graduate degrees as well. At least 20 countries are represented in each cohort. APLP Fellows come together from all walks of life, including areas as diverse as government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and the academe. Participants will gain a broad regional perspective, become knowledgeable about the critical challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region, and be trained to exercise collaborative leadership and promote cooperation toward the well-being of the countries and peoples of the region. The APLP empowers future leaders with the knowledge, skills, experiences and supportive community needed to successfully navigate personal and regional change in the 21st century. The program was established through generous funding support from the Freeman Foundation.

Application Forms and Fellowships
For more information about the Asia Pacific Leadership Program, as well as application forms and fellowship opportunities, please visit our website at: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/aplp <http://www.eastwestcenter.org/aplp>

Recruitment for 2007-08 is open. Places are limited. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline is February 15, 2007.

East-West Center
The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous, and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education, and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.

18 January 2007

JOB: Position in Gender Studies at the SOAS, University of London (Closing date: 16 Feb 2007)

New position in Gender Studies (with emphasis on Asia, Africa and the Middle East) at the SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES, University of London.

Lecturer in Gender Studies, Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Lecturer A/B Scale: £27,467 - £40,582 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance.

Vacancy No. 100217

We propose to appoint a Lecturer in Gender Studies to support and develop the existing MA programme in Gender Studies at SOAS, and to help to create a PhD programme in the field. The appointment will be from 1 September 2007.

You should be able to address issues of gender studies and gender theory with reference to Africa, Asia and the Middle East and contribute to core theoretical courses in gender studies. You will have a good record of publication and research, and the capacity to use a relevant language in the conduct of your research. You will be expected to supervise PhD students and should have relevant teaching experience.

Your post will be attached to an appropriate department depending on your discipline or area specialism.

The Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS is a major new initiative in the study of gender theory and practice in a non-western context. The range of topics covered by existing members of the Centre includes the major theoretical traditions, cultural studies, sexualities, literature, postcolonial studies, diaspora studies, film, development economics, development studies, religion, anthropology, and law. This new appointment represents a significant investment in the further development of the Centre.

You can obtain further information about SOAS and the Centre for Gender Studies from Dr Rachel Harrison (rh6@soas.ac.uk).

An application form and further particulars can be downloaded from www.soas.ac.uk/jobs.

Alternatively, write to the Human Resources Department, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H OXG, fax no: 020 7074 5129 or e-mail: humanresources@soas.ac.uk stating your name, address and the vacancy reference number. CVs will only be accepted when accompanied by an application form.

Closing date: 16 February 2007

University Postgraduate Fellowships for PhD Candidates 2007-2008 at The University of Hong Kong (Applications close: 31 Jan)

University Postgraduate Fellowships in 2007-2008 from Hong Kong University.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2007

University Postgraduate Fellowships for outstanding students from universities all over the world who would like to pursue full-time PhD studies at HKU.

The Fellowships of HK$70,000 (US$8,900) is in addition to our full studentships (currently HK$150,000 (US$19,230) per annum).
Details of the Fellowships are given below.

Contact: gradsch@hku.hk.

Successful applicants may pursue PhD studies in the following Faculties/Centres: Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences, Asian Studies, Urban Planning and Environmental Management.

The University's political, cultural and geographical proximity to mainland China and East Asia will avail students of different disciplines of data, research subjects and research opportunities in the area. We are uniquely positioned as a study center of the East and West.

Students will be offered grants to attend international conferences or exchange programmes. Students may also be offered the opportunity of spending part of their study period away from campus.

The University Postgraduate Fellowships is a cash award of HK$70,000 (US$8,900) granted during the 3 to 4-year candidature on top of the full studentships [currently at HK$150,000 (US$19,230) per annum]. Qualified applicants who have not been awarded the Fellowships due to keen competition will be considered for admission to the PhD programme with full studentships.

Eligibility: Applicants should have an honours degree with excellent academic records. Students in their final year of study may also apply.
Application ProcedureThere is no separate application form for the Fellowships. Applicants are required to submit an application for admission to the PhD programmes and indicate their wish to apply for the Fellowships by ticking a box in the application form. Applicants are also required to submit a short essay on why they think they should be awarded the Fellowships together with the application form.

The application form and more details on the application procedure are available at the Graduate School web site: www.hku.hk/gradsch/apply.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2007

16 January 2007

JOBS - Centre for Research on Social Inclusion - Macquarie University, 2 x Part-Time Research Assistants (Closes Thursday 8th February)

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified candidates for two research assistant positions in the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University.

* Position 1: Project Manager / Research AssistantProject: ‘Community Harmony’ Toolkit for Local Government.

We seek a research assistant for a project which involves the development of anti-racism and ‘community harmony’ / ‘social cohesion’ projects models for local government. The research assistant will be primarily involved with researching international initiatives, collating and refining information,report writing and preparation of material for an online toolkit. The position will also involve some travel to visit council stakeholders in other states.

Skills: Good written and spoken communication skills; computer skills; experience as a research assistant or a higher degree such as an MA or progress towards a PhD; or experience working in the local government or community sector.

Hours: 2 days per week for 9 months. Starting late February.

* Position 2: Research AssociateProject: Muslim Communities and Local Government.

We seek a research assistant to work on a large project researching how local government (and local community organisations) can better engage Muslim communities. It will involve research into a range of issues, including how to improve consultation, dialogue, and communication between local government and local Muslim communities; improving political and civic participation among Muslim communities; and how to foster positive inter-ethnic/interfaith relations between Muslims and non-Muslims at the local neighbourhood level. Issues such as youth, gender, ethnicity and other community differentials will be taken into account.

Skills: We seek an experienced researcher, preferably someone with an MA or progress towards a PhD (or recently submitted). However we would also welcome applications from those with experience in the community sector, applicants who have experience working with Muslim communities. Arabic language skills are highly desirable, but not essential. The position will involve extensive interviews with a range of Muslim community members from a variety of ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Research will be concentrated mostly in Sydney but will involve some research in Melbourne and possibly other states.

Hours: 3 days per week for 9 months. Starting late February.


Note: There is a possibility to combine the two positions into one full-time position for a period of 9 months. If you are interested in this option,please state so in your application. Salary will be in the range of $30 to $35 per hour depending on skills and qualifications.

Enquires should be directed to Dr Amanda Wise: Amanda.wise@scmp.mq.edu.au or ph: (02) 9850-8835

Applicants should email a CV and covering letter to Amanda.wise@scmp.mq.edu.au by Thursday 8th February 2007.

15 January 2007

JOBS - University of Wollongong, 2 x Lecturer B in Faculty of Arts (Closes 30 Jan 2007)

Lecturer opportunities within English Studies Program
Faculty of Arts
  • Lecturer (Level B) English Literatures (Ref No. 21659)
  • Lecturer (Level B) Transcultural Literatures (Ref No. 21660)
The School of English Literatures, Philosophy and Languages is seeking to appoint two full-time
Lecturers (Level B) to undertake teaching and research in its English Literatures Program.

For more information, view this PDF - Jobs at University of Wollongong (48kb), or visit the U of Wollongong "Current Vacancies" listing.

Applications close 30 January 2007.

For more information about this position, please contact Professor Wenche Ommundsen +61 2 4221 3676.

14 January 2007

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Protect Australia Fair: International Perspectives on Australian Culture (Deadline for abstracts: End of March 2007)

Australian Studies Project
Editors: Nathanael O'Reilly, Jean-François Vernay, Robyn Walton

Australian Studies project:
Nathanael O'Reilly, Jean-François Vernay, and Robyn Walton are seeking international submissions on fear and protection, or related topics, within the scope of Australian Studies for an essay collection with the working title Protect Australia Fair: International Perspectives on Australian Culture.

Contributors might wish to consider the following leads, which we’ve provisionally divided into three spatial zones of fearfulness, or explore challenging new ones.

National and International Fears

  • Pluralism and multiculturalism fears
  • Population and natural resources fears
  • Law and authority
  • The besieged complex
  • Civil unrest, violence, riots
  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Xenophobia, past and present
  • Invasion narratives
  • Immigration: refugees, asylum seekers, detention centres and fear
  • Science and technology fears
  • Complacency warnings versus ‘Relaxed and comfortable’ lifestyle

Culture, Local, Regional and State level Fears

  • Fear and spirituality
  • Fear and collective identity
  • Fear and indigenous issues
  • Fear and critical whiteness studies
  • Fear in city, inner-urban and suburban environments
  • Fear in regional and country Australia
  • Fear in and of the natural environment
  • Fear in cinema and literature: the thriller, the horror genre, disaster movies, speculative fiction, dystopias, post-nuclear and post-millennium themes
  • Fear and language, communications, media
  • Affluence, employment and fear of material loss
  • Fear and performance
  • Fear and fashion

Individual and Personal Space Fears

  • The threatened body
  • Selfhood, identity, representation
  • Fear and desireFamily and domestic fears
  • Homophobia in a heterocentric society
  • The paranoid mind
  • Psychoanalytic fears
  • Self-protectiveness, exposure anxiety

The suggested length for essays is 4,000 words. Essays should be suitable for an interdisciplinary and international readership.

All submissions will be refereed by an international panel of distinguished scholars in the field.

Style guide: refer to the MLA sixth edition.

You may submit your enquiry, expression of interest or finished essay to the editors at the following address: fearozproject@yahoo.com.

Editors' Bionotes:

Nathanael O'Reilly was born in Warrnambool, Victoria and attended Monash University and the University of Ballarat before leaving Australia to work overseas. He teaches Australian literature and writing classes at Albion College in Michigan while completing a Ph.D. at Western Michigan University; his dissertation examines suburbia in contemporary Australian fiction. His articles, interviews, reviews and poetry are published in North American, European and Australasian journals. Nathanael is the Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster for the American Association of Australian Literary Studies.

Born in New Caledonia, Jean-François Vernay was educated at the Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie and at the Université Toulouse-Le Mirail, from which he holds a PhD. As Founding Editor of Correspondances Océaniennes, a Nouméa-based postcolonial journal focussing on Oceanic cultures, he has been editing articles on postcolonial societies for five years, while regularly publishing articles in refereed journals and collections. His latest publication is a monograph entitled Water From the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch (New York/ London: Cambria Press, 2007).

A doctoral candidate in the English Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Robyn Walton completed her previous degrees at the University of Sydney. She then worked as a book editor and taught at University of Technology, Sydney, for fourteen years whilst also writing fiction. She was awarded the Australian Vogel literary prize in 1986. Her fiction, essays and chapters on utopianism and cultural history have been published in Australia and Europe in several languages. Forthcoming: a chapter on utopianism and post-colonialism in Histoire transnationale de l'utopie littéraire et de l'utopisme (Honoré Champion) and, with Rosaleen Love, a section in Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood).

Due dates:
Date for expressions of interest: end March 2007.
Date for final submissions: end June 2007.

3 January 2007

CFP - The Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (Deadline for Submissions: 15 February 2007)

CFP - The Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies - 'Resisting, Reclaiming and Rewriting the Asia-Pacific'

Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies from the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ [ISSN 1176-2152, est. 2003] is currently accepting submissions from graduate students for a special issue addressing the theme - 'Resisting, Reclaiming and Rewriting the Asia-Pacific'.

Contributions are welcome from all fields of the arts, social sciences, and humanities, including anthropology, literature, art history and visual culture, film and media, cultural studies, gender studies, geography, queer theory, history, linguistics, political studies, psychology, and sociology.

See the Call for Papers on our website at www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/gjaps.

Email submissions to the Editors at gjaps at: auckland.ac.nz as attachments in RTF or DOC format using a standard word processor. Submissions should be received by 15 February 2007.