30 November 2007

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 clich├ęs 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:


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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