16 April 2008

CFP - BASA - "Changing Australia" (London, UK; 1-5 Sept 2008)


British Australian Studies Biennial Conference
Royal Holloway, London
1-5 September 2008


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.

It is expected that a selection of the papers will be published in a Conference issue of the BASA journal, Australian Studies.

Conference organiser:
Professor Elizabeth Schafer, Drama Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 OEX, UK Tel: (+44) (0)1784 443922 E.Schafer@rhul.ac.uk