4 February 2008

CFP - ASAL 2008 (29 June - 2 July 2008) - Focus on Asian Australia 1 July 2008 (Deadline: 15 March)

ASAL 2008
Australian Literature in a Global World
30th anniversary conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature University of Wollongong
29 June – 2 July 2008

Does the idea of a national literature need rethinking in the global era? Globalisation affects Australian literature in many ways: the global flow of people, ideas and cultural forms; globalisation of publishing and education; global markets where Australian texts may be read as part of world literature in English. We invite participants to address all aspects of local/national/global literary relations, including:

  • the global history of Australian literature
  • translating the local to the world
  • teaching Australian literature to the world
  • selling Australian literature to the world
  • Australian writers and multinational publishers
  • cosmopolitanism in Australian literature
  • multiculturalism and migrancy in Australian writing
  • indigenous writing in global contexts
  • Australian writers and literary prizes
  • Australian literature and the new media
  • cultural tourism, literary journeys

Proposals for papers (20 minutes, abstracts max 200 words) should be submitted by 15 March to the conference website (URL tba). Proposals for panel sessions are welcome. Enquiries concerning the conference should be addressed to Ms Jenn Phillips (jac79@uow.edu.au).


Focus on Asian Australia
1 July 2008

ASAL will be collaborating with the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) to host a one day stream on texts and literature by and about Asian Australia as part of the conference.

We welcome work that examines Asian Australian:
  • poetry, books, zines, new media (e.g. blogging)
  • graphic novels, other illustrated narratives, and artists
  • contexts for publishing and translation, and
  • life stories and oral histories.
Queries and offers of papers (20 minutes, abstracts max 200 words) for the Asian Australia stream (1st July) should be sent by 15 March to Jacqueline.Lo@anu.edu.au

For information about the AASRN, see: http://asianaustralianstudies.org/