30 March 2007

AASRN EVENT REMINDER - AAI 2 Earlybird registration closes 27 April 2007

The deadline for earlybird registrations for "AAI 2: The 2nd Asian Australian Identities" conference is Friday 27 April 2007.

For registration forms or to pay online, visit our registration page. http://www.asianaustralianstudies.org/AAI2/registration.html

Further information, including speakers and invited guests, can be found at the AAI 2 website: http://www.asianaustralianstudies.org/AAI2

CONVENORS: Jacqueline Lo (ANU) and Tseen Khoo (Monash U)

AASRN EVENT CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - The Asian Australian Occasion (U of Queensland, St Lucia; 18 May 2007)

An Asian Australian Occasion Event at UQ Brisbane will be held during Diversity Week on Friday 18 May 2006 from 11am to 4pm.

Films are in English, Vietnamese and Cantonese languages.

Panelists include Dr Jacqueline Lo, Assoc.Prof. David Ip, Alan Han, Anna Yen, Benjamin Law and Ben Cho.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Submissions are now invited for short paragraphs (up to 250 words) for the event booklet on "Your most favourite, desired or loathed Asian Australian screen scene." Deadline 16 April 2007.

For more info visit the event's website or email: i.willing@uq.edu.au

CALL TO REGISTER - The Case of Bollywood (Visiting Scholars' Program, ANU; 24-27 July 2007)

Visual Cultures and Global Vernacularisms: The Case of Bollywood
A four-day Visiting Scholars Program, Research School of Humanities
The Australian National University, Canberra
Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 July 2007

Convened by: Debjani Ganguly, Research School of Humanities, and Rochona Majumdar, University of Chicago

The Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) will explore the impact of non-western visual genres on global popular culture through analyzing the emergence of Bollywood as a global film and culture industry since the 1980s. It will also examine new ways of theorizing the impact of vernacular/non-western visual cultures on film and material culture studies.

This four-day workshop is aimed at graduate students and early career researchers with an interest in global visual cultures with a specific focus on Asian film melodrama. But other scholars who have been exposed to this film form in the Australian public sphere and have an interest in knowing more about it are also welcome to register. A maximum of 25 scholars will be accepted. The program will include lectures, discussions and presentations, with the final day devoted to responses from participants. Several international experts and professional practitioners in the field will give special presentations. All sessions will include clips prepared specially for this workshop that will provide critical visual illustration of the analysis offered. The scholars will be provided with a packet of readings.

To register and for more information go to: http://www.anu.edu.au/culture/events/visualglobalvsp/index.php

Registration fees: Students $200, Other participants $250

Registration enquiries: karen.westmacott@anu.edu.au, T: (02) 6125 2263
Academic enquiries: debjani.ganguly@anu.edu.au, T: (02) 6125 9877

CFP: (Un)Making Queer Worlds: Transformations in Asia-Pacific Queer Cultures at Melbourne University (Due: April 27 2007)

CONFERENCE: (Un)Making Queer Worlds: Transformations in Asia-Pacific Queer Cultures
Roundtable Workshop for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers.

Graduate Centre, University of Melbourne

Parkville, Victoria, Australia (June 22-23, 2007)

Call for Papers

Proposal deadline: April 27 2007

Since 2000, intellectual interest in Asia-Pacific queer cultures has surged. This surge responds partly to the new visibility of non-normative sexual and gendered subjectivities in the Asia-Pacific and its multiple diasporas. Along with the new thinking around Asian/Pacific sexualities and genders come various contestations: in particular, the fine distinction between understanding A/P sexual cultures as part of an emerging ‘queer globality’, and the tendency to subsume them under a developmental model that places the ‘West’ as the vanguard of, or bad example for, the ‘rest’. Collaborations between queer studies, post-colonial studies, and post-structuralist critiques have shed light on the contemporaneity and historicity of each local queer culture in the Asia-Pacific. But although such effort to carefully describe geographical or local queer particularities is invaluable, locality does not subsist in an insular manner, but is always relational. ‘Glocal’ queer theory marries the specificity of locality with the context of globality. Additionally, the economic processes of globalisation have been accompanied by—indeed, in some cases actively promoted—mass migration, warm body exports and brain drains, particularly from the Asia-Pacific regions, that have temporarily and permanently dislocated individuals and families from their homelands. In such instances the ability to locate ‘local sexualities’ is brought to the fore just as it proposes new difficulties for the analysis of sexuality along national, regional lines, particularly in Australia. And if sexualities and genders are ‘glocal’, then so is capital. Understanding the nexus between glocal capital and sexual subjectivities through their localised and diasporic trajectories is, at bottom, about the political stakes of queer survival in a neoliberal world.

(Un)Making Queer Worlds tackles these important questions directly by bringing together scholars for a two-day roundtable workshop at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The workshop is particularly interested in proposals from postgraduates and Early Career Researchers (ECRs).

Confirmed speakers:

Associate Professor Peter A. Jackson will deliver a keynote address on Friday June 22. Dr Jackson is the Deputy Convenor and Senior Fellow, Division of Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is the author and editor of numerous publications on genders and sexualities in Thailand and elsewhere, including Lady Boys, Tom Boys, Rent Boys: Male and Female Homosexualities in Contemporary Thailand (Haworth Press, New York, 1999) and Multicultural Queer: Australian Narratives (Haworth Press, NewYork, 1999).

Submission of abstracts:

What we’re looking for: We seek participants investigating how various Asia-Pacific constituents are (un)making trajectories of queer world and globality. We encourage papers that employ interdisciplinary approaches. We hope that (Un)making Queer Worlds will contribute to the ongoing elucidation of constantly evolving Asia-Pacific queer cultures and their global articulations.

Workshop format:

Featured participants will be asked to circulate their papers a week in advance of the workshop. Participants will be allocated a one-hour session to present a paper (20-30 minutes) and engage in discussion. As this is a postgraduate and ECR event, registration is free of charge.

Please submit abstracts of 450-500 words to

unmaking-worlds@unimelb.edu.au by April 27 2007.

Keep in mind that papers presented will be circulated before the workshop.

Circulated papers should be no more than 6000 words in length.

Important dates:

Proposals due: 27 April 2007

Speakers confirmed: Monday May 7

Deadline for papers to be submitted: Monday June 4

Papers circulated: Monday June 11

Workshop: Fri/Sat June 22-23

For more information, to register or to submit a paper proposal, please email:

unmaking-worlds@unimelb.edu.au or go to


(Un)Making Queer Worlds is a project jointly initiated by the Cultural Studies Program, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, and the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney. We acknowledge the support of the Cultural Research Networkof the ARC and the School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne.

26 March 2007

CFP - Edited book on Changes in Chinese Families (Deadline: 15 April 2007)

At a recent “Doing Families” workshop at the Hong Kong University, there was a consensus among workshop participants that families in Hong Kong had undergone tremendous changes, in terms of size, composition, relationships among family members, division of housework, intergenerational exchange and support, to name just a few. Similar changes may also be taking place in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Chinese diaspora.

In 2005, Chan Kwok Bun and Odalia M.H. Wong assembled five papers on Hong Kong families for a Special Issue of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, titled “A Thematic Issue on New Trends of Hong Kong Families.” We think it is time to put out a scholarly monograph on the Chinese families (including those in the Special Issue). By Chinese societies, we refer to mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macao, Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora.

This is an open invitation to anyone interested in having his/her paper considered for publication in our edited book.

Routledge could be an option as a publisher. Please send abstracts/manuscripts to Chan Kwok-bun (ckb@hkbu.edu.hk) or Odalia M.H. Wong (odalia@hkbu.edu.hk) on or before April 15, 2007.

CFP - "Rebel" Issue of Peril (Deadline: 30 April 2007)

=== REMINDER ===

"Hey! What are you rebelling against?"

"What've you got?"

We at Peril, an online Asian Australian journal, are seeking your submissions for our 3rd issue that's themed as "Rebel."

Feel free to challenge the theme. Oh, and feel free to interpret 'rebel' as noun, verb or both. Been resisting authority lately? Fending off, or embracing, the Model Minority tag? This issue of Peril focuses on the ways we might buck expectations. What does 'rebellious' or 'rebellion' really mean? What does it mean to be 'anti-'? Are there anti-rebels? What are you rebelling against? With or without a cause, show us what you can rally.

You don't have to be Asian Australian to be a Peril contributor, and your submission might not have to reference Asian (Australian) identity either. It's a tricky thing, identity. Surprise us. Make us want to publish you.

We accept:
  • Articles, essays, short stories, poetry, diary entries, zine excerpts, reviews, letters and any other type of text that you want to try out.
  • (Audio)/Visual art that can be accommodated on our website (please email us for further queries). For example: comics, mp3s, photography, line drawings, flash animations, short-films, etc.
  • Links to your online work (e.g. relevant blog posts).
  • Anything else you can think of, as long as it's suited to the practicalities of the online medium.
Word limit: We would prefer a maximum of 1000 words per submission. Longer submissions may be serialised over two or more editions.

Publication date: This issue of Peril will be launched in June 2007 to coincide with AAI 2: The 2nd Asian Australian Identities Conference (28-30 June 2007; Melbourne, Vic).

Deadline: We require your submission on or before 30 April 2007.

Format: We prefer plain text submissions by email - peril@asianaustralian.org

Payment: As a start up journal, unfortunately we cannot offer you payment. However, we are working hard to ensure that your work can reach a wide audience and be published alongside pieces from other outstanding writers.

Copyright: All copyright remains with the creator. We do not insist on being the first to publish your work so feel free to submit already published material or stuff submitted elsewhere.

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

21 March 2007

CFP: Conference - Negotiating the Sacred IV: Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum to be held 1-2 Sept 2007 (Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2007)


Negotiating the Sacred IV: Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum. A two-day conference and edited collection

Education may be considered central to the development of a tolerant society.

A cross-disciplinary conference on the theme of Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum will be held on September 1-2, 2007, at the Research School of the Humanities, Australian National University. A publication associated with the conference, but not limited to papers presented at it, is also planned. Papers addressing the conference themes where the author cannot present are welcomed.

Submission dates:

Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2007
Deadline for papers: 28 September 2007

Key note speakers:

Professor Susan Mendus, Political Philosophy, University of York, UK Associate Professor Philip Cam, Philosophy, University of New South Wales, President, Asia-Pacific Philosophy Education Network for Democracy.

Conference themes:

In Intolerance, the Ecoli of the Mind, Donald Akenson argues that the education system was one of the main institutional structures that maintained sectarian intolerance within Ireland. According to Akenson, the creation of a secular education system was one of the great social experiments designed to break down these social divisions. One of the elements was administrative, involving non-denominational, or mixed, schools, and the other involved a centralised curriculum that had been approved by major religious groups and promoted civic virtue. Is a secular, non-denominational education system the best means of breaking down intolerance? Does this involve the provision of an environment that is free from all religious symbolism and doctrine? Should state education systems centralise the curriculum? This may be considered a form of justified paternalism in relation to education, but may it be equally considered an imposition of a specific form of materialism?

What is the role of teaching history and comparative religions in promoting tolerance and liberal freedoms? Does the teaching of comparative religion lead to the idea that moral values are relative to culture and religion, and does relativism promote tolerance or undermine it? Is the point of comparative religion an exercise in providing students with a means of comparing and evaluating different value systems, and hence promoting individual choice and autonomy? Alternatively, is the point of teaching comparative religion to dispel prejudices that are the basis of intolerance?

Liberal toleration is not a form of relativism because it requires 'a ranking of ultimate values that supports the authority of peace, freedom, and public reasonableness' (Macedo, 1993: 625). According to Stephen Macedo, 'for a religious toleration and political co-operation to be stable, our shared values and aims must be more important than our disagreements' (626). Similarly, John Dewey considers the expression of common interests as a criterion for evaluating social life, and reliance upon recognition of mutual interests as a factor in social control (Cam,In-Suk Cha ed., 2000). Should the promotion of tolerance as a 'civic virtue' be a minimum requirement for public funding of religious schools? If tolerance is a virtue, can it be taught as a topic within the curriculum or does teaching it involve a kind of modelling or some other educational method for behaviour?

In 2004, France banned students from wearing headscarves and other markers of religious identity in public schools. According to the French authorities, this was justified on the grounds that state institutions should be secular. On one interpretation, freedom of religion and state tolerance merely requires that religious groups are not persecuted. On another interpretation, however, freedom of religion requires that the state provide exemptions for religious groups that enable religious observance (Bou-Habib, 2006). What is the difference between the state using religious symbols, and its citizens using them? Should state schools be rigorously secular? If so, should they provide opportunities for religious education and worship, or is this a private, parental responsibility? Does the failure to provide facilities for religious worship within public schools and universities create unreasonable barriers to equal access to education?

How responsive should schools be to pressure about the curriculum from religious and community groups? The issues that this question raises are highlighted by the debates over creationism within the school curriculum. In 1919, the World Christian Fundamentals Association was founded in the U.S.A. to oppose the teaching of evolution in public schools, and local schools and state boards of education were pressured to reject text books which included the theory. A ban on the teaching of evolutionism was considered in more than 20 state legislatures. It was not until 1968 when the U.S. Supreme Court found that state laws against evolutionism being taught were unconstitutional and that government powers could not be used to advance religious beliefs, that such bans were overturned. Since then, anti-evolutionists have sought for creationism to be taught along side evolutionary theory as an alternative scientific theory. There have also been calls for creationism to be taught in Australian schools. Should local schools be responsive to local pressure groups about what is included in the curriculum, and if so, should local groups be able to ban certain subjects from being taught?

Proposals for conference papers, including an abstract, and a short biographical description of the author should be submitted by 1 June 2007.

Papers of 5-6000 words should be submitted for the edited collection by 28 September. These should include an abstract, the paper, and a short biographical note.

All proposals and papers should be sent to Dr Elizabeth Burns Coleman. email: Elizabeth.Coleman@arts.monash.edu.au.

Conveners: Dr Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Faculty of Arts Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash University Dr Kevin White, Reader in Sociology, The Australian National University

This is the fourth conference in series on the theme 'Negotiating the Sacred'. Previous conferences have included: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in a Multicultural Society (2004); Blasphemy and Sacrilege in the Arts (2005); and Religion, Medicine and the Body (2006). An edited collection based on the first conference can be viewed at:


16 March 2007

Postgrad Travel Scholarships: Chinese Studies Association of Australia (Due 6 April 2007)

Postgrad Travel Scholarships: Chinese Studies Association of Australia

Small travel grants for CSAA conference 2007 in Brisbane, apply now!

The ANU Chinese Studies Graduate Summer School is offering three 260AUD travel grants for graduate students enrolled in Australian Universities who wish to travel to the 10th Conference of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia (Brisbane 27-29 June 2007).

The funding is provided by the ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network.

Applicants should be presenting a paper at the conference and not have obtained funding from other sources for the same purpose. The funding will only cover travel expenses, and the successful applicants will be refunded up to a maximum of 260 dollar against their travel documents.

Please address your enquiries and applications in an email to Dr. Luigi Tomba email: luigi.tomba@anu.edu.au tel: 02 61252993

Please indicate your name, address, contact details (email and phone number/s when available), institution where you are conducting research, name and contact of your supervisor, title and short abstract of your CSAA paper, a statement that you do not have access to other funding, and an estimate of your your travel expenses from your destination to Brisbane.

The deadline for applications is Friday 6 April.

14 March 2007

PERFORMANCE: William Yang in China at Performance Space, Sydney (20-24 Mar)

William Yang in China at Performance Space @ Carriageworks, Sydney (20-24 Mar)

Preview 20 March, 8pm
Season 21 - 24 March, Wed - Sat 8pm, Sat Matinee 5pm
Bookings 9290 4614

Text & Images William Yang
Musician Nicholas Ng
Producer Performing Lines

For more information, visit: http://www.performancespace.com.au

About William Yang in China
"Yang is the consummate conversationalist, unassuming and congenial, as though talking in the intimacy of his lounge room." (Canberra Times). Photographer-storyteller William Yang returns to a motherland he never knew, the Australian-born Chinese a stranger in his homeland. Yang takes us from the streets of Beijing, where electronics superstores jostle with echoes of the Cultural Revolution and the Ming Dynasty, to the sacred mountain Huang Shan, a must-climb for every Chinese pilgrim-tourist. Part social documentary, part personal observation, China creates a meditative space, a journey of reflection for performer and audience alike. Yang’s wryly sensitive perspective, his eye for detail, and his arresting images come together with Nicholas Ng’s haunting live score for the erhu (Chinese violin), in an unforgettable theatrical experience.

13 March 2007

INVITATION - Chinese Australian Historical Society event on Sydney, 31 March 2007

The Chinese Australian Historical Society is holding a luncheon on Saturday 31 March 2007 to celebrate the 85th Birthday of Arthur Gar Lock Chang, and to honour this year's awardees of the NSW Premiers Awards for Chinese Community Service.

You'll need to book in advance if you'd like to attend - RSVPs must be received by 28 March 2007.

>> View invitation and payment form.


Tracking Echoes of Home
An AASRN online project in association with Echoes of Home.

Tracking Echoes of Home is the online research resource for Echoes of Home: Memory and Mobility in Recent Austral-Asian Art.

An initiative of the Museum of Brisbane and curated by Christine Clark (Independent Curator and Exhibitions Officer, National Portrait Gallery), Echoes of Home features works by 14 Australian and Australian-based artists of Asian descent. The exhibition opened at the Museum of Brisbane in 2005 to critical and audience acclaim; and through Visions of Australia support, it tours nationally to selected metropolitan and regional venues between 2006 and 2008.

Convened by Dean Chan, this AASRN online project tracks the exhibition’s national tour in 2007-8. The project website provides a free access archive for this exhibition by collating curatorial essays, images of the artworks, and other resource materials. "Tracking Echoes of Home" is also a key aspect of the exhibition’s public program in 2007-8. Local responses to the exhibition at each of its touring venues will be invited and published online. These responses, which include contributions by AASRN members, provide a valuable record of the exhibition’s plural meanings and its diverse reception at the different locales.

>> View the Tracking Echoes of Home project website.
>> View Echoes of Home exhibition flyer (gif; 338Kb).

MASTERCLASS - John Urry (ARC Cultural Research Network events; Sydney and Adelaide)

Complexities and Mobilities

a Masterclass with Professor John Urry
Department of Sociology & Centre for Mobilities Research
Lancaster University

Two classes:

Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, April 24-5, 2007


Flinders University, function room, Adelaide, 1-6pm Monday, May 2, 2007

The ARC Cultural Research Network Identities and Communities Node is seeking applications from postgraduates and early career researchers who wish to take part in one of 2 Masterclasses with Professor John Urry. Each class will be limited to 20 participants who are engaged in research relating to the theme of ‘Complexities and Mobilities’. Participants will be chosen based on a competitive application process. The Masterclass will include a discussion of the work of Professor Urry and presentations from participants.


This Masterclass will examine recent developments in two areas where Professor John Urry has been seeking to develop some new ideas for 'rethinking' the nature of social life. First, it will consider the possible strengths of the complexity sciences for examining the nature of 'social-and-material’ systems conceived of as complex, adaptive and co-evolving. This develops from Prof. Urry’s 2003 book on Global Complexity which sought to apply such notions to the ‘global’ and from the Theory, Culture and Society special issue on the complexity turn (2005). Second, we will consider one particular set of such systems, that is ‘mobility systems’. This discussion will draw from and develop his writings on specific systems (see the co-edited Automobilities, 2005, with Mike Featherstone and Nigel Thrift), on social networks (see Mobilities, Geographies, Networks, 2006), and on the more general attempt to ‘mobilise’ the social sciences as in the forthcoming Mobilities, 2007.


The masterclasses are free of charge to successful applicants, and include lunch and morning/afternoon teas. Participants travelling from outside the city in which the class is held will be eligible for travel and accommodation subsidies.

Applications are due by Monday 26th March, 2006.

Applications must include a completed application form that includes a 250-word summary of your research topic, highlighting links to the Masterclass theme, and a one-page curriculum vitae. Application forms and further information are available from Greg Noble at g.noble@uws.edu.au


John Urry is Professor, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, Lancaster. He was educated at Cambridge, with a BA/MA (double first) in Economics and a PhD in Sociology. He is currently Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster that has extensive links throughout the world relating to the study of physical movement and its interconnections with the ‘virtual’ and the ‘imaginative’ (see www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/sociology/cemore/index.htm, and www.cemore.blogspot.com).

Some recent books include Sociology beyond Societies, Routledge (2000), The Tourist Gaze. Second Edition, Sage (2002), Tourism Mobilities. Places to Play, Places in Play, Routledge (2004), Performing Tourist Places, Ashgate (2004), Automobilities (2005), Mobile Technologies of the City, Routledge (2006), Mobilities, Networks, Geographies (2006), Mobilities, Polity (2007).

EXHIBITION - Owen Leong at the Mori Gallery, Sydney (7-28 March 2007)

Owen Leong recently launched a major solo show of performance videos at Mori Gallery in Sydney.

Exhibition: 7 - 28 March 2007
Venue: Mori Gallery
Address: 168 Day Street Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Wed - Sat 11 - 6

About Leong's style:
"Owen Leong mobilizes aesthetics of race, liminal states, abjection and transformation in contemporary art. Working with video, sculpture and installation his works harness simple gestures of the performing body with materials such as milk, honey, prosthetic wounds, and sugar antlers."

For more information about his work, visit Owen Leong's website.

CFP: Articles for "Australian Made - A Multicultural Reader (deadline: 25th June 2007)


3500 to 5000 word articles for:

"Australian Made – A Multicultural Reader"

Edited by Sonia Mycak and Amit Sarwal

(Submissions deadline: 25th June 2007).

For more information please email:


11 March 2007

CFP: UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, Sydney, Australia, 4-5 October 2007

UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, Sydney, Australia, 4-5 October 2007

Call for Papers

An interdisciplinary group of academics from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) from the Faculties of Business, Humanities, Education, Law, Engineering, the Institute for International Studies (IIS), UTS Shopfront and Jumbunna, the UTS Indigenous centre will convene an international conference, the UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, in Sydney on the 4-5 October 2007.

The Conference has a number of themes:

*Migration and Civil Societies
*Cosmopolitan Cities and Communities
*Cross Cultural Dialogues
*Civil Societies and the Third Sector
*Community Activism and Social Movements
*Cosmopolitan Diversity and Civil Societies in Developing Nations
*Challenges and Opportunities facing Contemporary Cosmopolitan Societies
*Cultural Differences and Creative Practices
*Popular Education and Cosmopolitan Societies

International and Comparative Perspectives are invited. We also invite submissions of workshop proposals (1 ½ hours) for the Conference.

Plenary speakers for the Migration strand of the conference include:

Jan Rath, Professor of Urban Sociology, Director, Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam

Dan Hiebert, Professor of Geography, Director RIIM centre, Canadian Metropolis, UBC, Canada

Paul Spoonley, Professor of Sociology, Massey University, NZ

David McEvoy, Emeritus Professor of Geography, John Moores Uni, Liverpool UK

We will also have a plenary session on Women, Community and Action in Cosmopolitan Societies. Invited speakers for this plenary session will be announced shortly.

Please send us an email with the Title of the paper; an Abstract (200 words) and the Institutional details of presenter(s) by 30 May 2007

One stream of the UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies will be devoted to post-graduate student research papers. We aim to publish refereed postgraduate student papers following the conference.

We will also publish the general refereed proceedings of the conference and we are currently negotiating with the following journals (Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Transforming Cultures and UTS e-press) for special issues on themes emerging from the conference. Negotiations are also underway for the publication of a book of an edited collection of conferences.

In the first instance communication should be directed to: ccs@uts.edu.au

A website is being developed for the conference to provide details of registration fees and procedures, accommodation options and other conference information.

Professor Jock Collins, School of Finance and Economics, Faculty of Business, Convenor of the UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, 2007 jock.collins@uts.edu.au

10 March 2007

CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS: China - East Asia - New Media at QUT, Creative Industries Faculty and the Centre of Excellence (4 to 6 July 2007)

CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS: China - East Asia - New Media at QUT Creative Industries Faculty and the Centre of Excellence
(4 to 6 July 2007).

For more info see: http://cea.cci.edu.au
or contact Dr. Michael Keane Senior Research Fellow China East Asia Media New Media Email: m.keane@qut.edu.au

The conference will take place at QUT in the Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove Campus (The Block, the Hall etc) and will have critical discussion, creative exhibition and networking with industry, government and community. Opportunities for participation include:

1. exhibition / performance (animation, photography, fashion, digital stories) content with some relation to China/Asia

2. video documenting (e.g. recording interviews with key speakers)

3. journalistic (writing stories for internal and external publications)

4. project management: volunteers on the day, assistance / curating / public relations, etc.

9 March 2007

JOB: Project Officer Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) (Posted 8 March 2007)

JOB: Project Officer Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)

Applications to: Executive Director, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences or email to director@chass.org.au

CHASS is seeking a person to act as project officer, and to take on responsibilities for administration, particularly in relation to Membership. The position is in the small office of a busy advocacy group in Canberra, on the ANU campus.

The terms of employment will be flexible. The position is initially offered for twelve months from mid-March. It is planned as a three-day a week position.

Ideally applicants should be energetic, confident, adaptable and willing to accept responsibility. The position will require a variety of organisational and planning skills, including that of providing assistance with CHASS events. It could involve some travel.

More information about CHASS is available at our web site: www.chass.org.au

Salary range is $44,203 to $47,574 (pro rata) plus superannuation.

Under the general direction of the Executive Director:
* Maintain accurate list of Members * Maintain list of the contact person/people for each organisation * Update Membership records on the CHASS web site * Manage relationships with Member Organisations * Handle inquiries re membership * Seek new opportunities for extending Membership * Assist with management of CHASS events; and * carry out other tasks as required.

We will consider applications as they are submitted, and there is no formal closing date for applications.

Applications to: Executive Director, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences or email to director@chass.org.au
Enquiries to Mr Toss Gascoigne at the CHASS office:
02 6249 1995 or 0408 704 442

The best way to keep abreast of activities in CHASS is to register to receive our newsletter. Add your name to our distribution list at the home page of the CHASS web site: Www.chass.org.au

Mr Toss GascoigneExecutive Director Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) ANU, ACT, AUSTRALIA
Postal address PO Box 8157, ANU, ACT AUSTRALIA 2601
Ph: +61 2 6249 1995 OR +61 2 6230 71790408 704 442
(international +61 408 704 442) Fax: +61 2 6247 4335
Email: director@chass.org.au Web: http://www.chass.org.au/

6 March 2007

JOB - Theatre Studies, Otago U, NZ (Closes 30 March 2007)

Theatre Studies at Otago University is looking to appoint a playwriting teacher for a year starting in July 2007.

"Applications are invited for a full-time, fixed-term Teaching Fellow position in the Theatre Studies programme within the Music Department. The position will run from mid-year 2007 to mid-year 2008.

This position involves teaching two papers: THEA 241: Playwriting and THEA 341: Advanced Playwriting. Both are taught within the same semester, so would be taught twice within the appointment period. Successful applicants should have a track record as a performed playwright, as well as dramaturgical skills."

Job details can be found HERE (MS-Word doc).

Applications close on 30 March 2007.

FELLOWSHIPS - Harold White Fellowship round now open (Closing date: 30 April 2007)

Applications are now open for the 2008 Harold White Fellowships at the National Library of Australia.

Senior researchers and creative artists are invited to apply for the Fellowships, which provide facilities and support for research based on the Library’s collections.

Most Fellowships are awarded for 3-4 months.

More information on the Fellowships - and the application form - is available at the Harold White website: http://www.nla.gov.au/grants/haroldwhite/

Applications close on 30 April 2007.

If, after reading the website information, you have further questions, please contact:

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres
Secretary, Harold White Fellowships Committee
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Ph 02 6262 1258
Fx 02 6262 1516

CFP - Thinking Society, Thinking Culture (U of Western Australia; 14 Sept 2007) Deadline: 1 April 2007

First Annual Symposium on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Western Australia
Hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies.
14 September, Old Senate Room @ 9am (The University of Western Australia)


Keynote Speaker:
Ross Gibson, Professor of Media Arts and Production, U of Technology Sydney


We invite all Humanities and Social Sciences scholars working in Western Australia to attend this inaugural symposium to share their research interests.

The symposium has three main goals:
(1) to promote scholarly interaction between institutions and across disciplines within Western Australia, with an eye to fostering research collaborations;
(2) to provide a space for scholarly networks in Western Australia;
(3) to increase knowledge of research in progress in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Western Australia.

Papers should be works in progress (drafts of papers, working papers of 2,500-3,000 words), which will be pre-circulated to registered participants only. The presentations in the panels should not exceed 10 minutes per paper, in order to leave most of the time for discussion. Their aim is to start a conversation and to remind your colleagues of your work, rather than present a full paper.

In many conferences, what really matters - the informal conversations and the networking - happens between sessions, during coffee breaks, and in the corridors. We would like to have those meaningful interactions in the panels as well.

Interested scholars working in Western Australia are asked to send an overview (150 words) of their proposed presentation along with a brief bio by 1 April 2007 to the convenors: Tanya Dalziell or Mark Edele at thinkhum@admin.uwa.edu.au

For abstracts, please follow the template available through the symposium links on the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies website: http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au

We ask that drafts of papers/working papers be submitted to the convenors by 1 August 2007 for pre-circulation.

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3 March 2007

BOOK LAUNCH - Eye of the Beholder: Reception, Audience, and Practice for Modern Asian Art. Launch and Talk: Gallery 4a, Sydney,Tues 6th March

Book Launch and Talk: Gallery 4a, Sydney.

Asia-Australia Arts Centre invites you to join us for the official launch of:

Eye of the Beholder: Reception, Audience, and Practice for Modern Asian Art.

Edited by John Clark of the University of Sydney, and T.K. Sabapathy and Maurizio Peleggi of the National University of Singapore.

Tuesday March 6th 2007 6pm-8pm


At: Gallery 4a 181-187 Hay St Sydney.
02 92120380 info@4a.com.au

1 March 2007

JOBS - 3 x Lecturer B positions in Gender and Cultural Studies (U of Sydney) Closes 30 March 2007

Lecturers in Gender and Cultural Studies
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Faculty of Arts
The University of Sydney
Reference No.: 97752

The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry seeks to appoint three Lecturers (Level B). Two positions are full-time and one is fractional (0.6). One full-time position is expected to commence in July 2007. The other two positions are expected to commence in January 2008. Applicants must have completed a PhD in Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, or a related area.

Expertise in one or more of the following areas is required: Cultural Studies, consumer culture, Media Studies, popular culture, masculinity, sport, violence and gender, research methods, cultural geography, feminist theory, sexuality or embodiment.

Expertise in Asian or U.S. gender and/or cultural studies, or experience with web-based as well as face-to-face teaching, will be advantageous.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of research achievement relative to opportunity and willingness to seek external funding. The persons appointed will be expected to contribute to the department's undergraduate program, to offer Honours and graduate supervision, to undertake administrative responsibilities, and to be active researchers in the broad interdisciplinary area of gender and/or cultural studies.

All three positions are continuing with completion of a satisfactory probation period required for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment. Remuneration package (the fractional appointment will be 0.6 thereof): $81,729 - $97,053.09 p.a. (which includes a base salary Lecturer Level B $69,062 - $82,011 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer's contribution to superannuation)

For more information about these positions, CLICK HERE.
Specific enquiries about the role can be directed to Dr Catherine Driscoll on (+61 2) 9036 9503 or email: catherine.driscoll@arts.usyd.edu.au

Closing: 30 March 2007