12 December 2008

CFP - ASAL 2009 (8-11 July 2009; ANU, Canberra) - Deadline: FRI 27 Feb 2009

ASAL 2009: Common Readers and Cultural Critics
8-11 July 2009
University House, Australian National University, Canberra

12 July 2009
Public symposium: 'Writers, Readers and Critics', National Library of Australia, Canberra

CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://asal2009.anu.edu.au/

Australian literature is not just a collection of texts: it is a diverse set of formal and informal cultures—from school curricula to bestseller lists, from university courses to writers' festivals—that all have their own ways of talking about texts and their own forms of cultural expertise. This conference seeks to explore the diversity of readers and modes of reading that make up Australian literary culture. How do ‘everyday' readers form judgements about what they read and what they like? What are the relationships between everyday readers and ‘specialist' readers in industries such as publishing and marketing, print and electronic media, and in institutions such as schools and universities, libraries and archives? How much influence do critics, reviewers and cultural commentators have on readers' tastes and habits—and vice versa? Who ultimately decides what books get published, what books win prizes, what books are taught in schools, and what books make up the Australian literary canon? Literary cultures are characterised by tensions between tradition and innovation, reading privately and reading professionally, reading for knowledge and reading for pleasure.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers and for 90-minute panel discussions (3 or 4 speakers) that address any aspect of literary cultures, such as the following:

• Everyday readers and the history of the popular / literary cultural divide
• The role of reviewers and critics in influencing tastes and making careers
• The roles of publishers, marketers, booksellers and bestseller lists
• Literary festivals and writers as performers and promoters of their own work
• The role and influence of literary prizes
• Reading communities such as book clubs, blogs, community education
• Histories and analyses of Australian literary criticism
• School and university curricula and the Australian literary canon
• Revisions and re-evaluations of canonical and non-canonical Australian writers and texts
• Adaptations of Australian literary texts for film and other media
• The transnational boundaries of Australian literature
• Australian children's and young adult literature: publishing and readerships
• Libraries, archives and cultural heritage
• Creative writing programs
• Little magazines, grassroots publishing, zines
• Reading facebook and other social networking programs
• The new empiricism, distant reading, resourceful reading
• The ongoing impact of the 'culture wars'

Please send 200-word abstracts of papers or panel proposals, with a brief biographical note, to Russell.Smith@anu.edu.au by Friday 27 February 2009.

We welcome proposals from postgraduate students. Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has generously provided ten postgraduate scholarships, covering costs of travel and accommodation, available to postgraduate students whose own institutions are unable to support their attendance. To enquire about postgraduate scholarships, please contact Julieanne.Lamond@anu.edu.au by 27 February 2009.

ASAL 2009 organising committee: Julieanne.Lamond @ anu.edu.au , Lucy.Neave @ anu.edu.au , Monique.Rooney @ anu.edu.au and Russell.Smith @ anu.edu.au (School of Humanities, Australian National University)

ASAL 2009 is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund, Arts ACT, the Australian National University and ASAL.

8 December 2008


The latest issue of Westerly has just been released.

Among manyother gems the issue includes an interview with Ouyang Yu, who also has a short story and translations of poems from the Ming Dynasty in the issue; and an article on "Writing between Languages" by Lee Kofman.


READING - Michelle Lee - "See how the leaf people run" (16 Dec 2008; Melbourne)

See how the leaf people run
A free reading of a work-in-progress
By Michele Lee

Dramaturgy by Chi Vu
Directed by Gorkem Acaroglu
With Luke Fraser, Fanny Hanusin, Kha Tran and Mark Tregonning

Charlie’s stuck in his room. He nearly drowned crossing the Mekong River as a kid. He’s got depression. He’s got chronic fatigue. He’s got PTSD. That’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yeah he’s got a lot of things wrong with him. All he wants to do is sleep. But sometimes our people, the Hmong, have to run, have to walk, crawl through the caves, jungles, rivers and mountains of Laos before they get any better.

Michele Lee is a 2009 recipient for an Asialink Literature residency in Laos. She has developed See how the leaf people run with support from the City of Melbourne’s 2008 Young Artist program and the Victorian Multicultural Commission. She has also received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts to develop "In refuge," which also examines her cultural background. She runs a theatre collective called Theatre in Bars.

When: Tuesday 16 December 2008, 7pm
Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (Spring Street end)
Cost: Free

Limited seating so please RSVP to seehowtheleafpeople@gmail.com

CFP - "The Talk about Town: Urban Lives and Oral Sources in 20th Century Australia" (State Library of Vic and Melb Museum, Vic)

Conference Announcement - CALL FOR PAPERS

The Talk about Town: Urban Lives and Oral Sources in 20th Century Australia

27-28 August 2009, at the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Museum

Sponsored by the State Library of Victoria, the Monash University Institute for Public History, Museum Victoria, the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical Studies and Macquarie University’s Department of Modern History.

"The Talk about Town: Urban Lives and Oral Sources in Twentieth Century Australia" invites researchers and professionals working on life in Australian cities since 1900 to come together and reflect on their projects. It hopes to encourage participants to think about the significance of the urban context, whether or not it is the primary focus of their research. In particular, researchers working with personal sources in fields such as oral history, life history and immigration, are encouraged to look at the way that urban settings have shaped the stories they have been told.

Postgraduate students and professionals working with history are particularly encouraged to participate.

"The Talk about Town" is delighted to welcome distinguished oral and urban historian Alessandro Portelli, Professor of American literature at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, as keynote speaker. Professor Portelli is the author of a number of influential studies in oral history and popular memory including The Order Has Already Been Carried Out: History, Memory and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and The Death of Luigi Trastulli: Form and Meaning in Oral History (State University of New York Press, 1991). From 2002 to 2008, he served as advisor to the mayor of Rome for the preservation and promotion of the city’s historical memory, and is currently co-manager of Rome's House of History and Memory.

"The Talk about Town" offers a rich and stimulating conference program, to be hosted by the State Library of Victoria and Museum Victoria, on 27-28 August 2009. Day one of the conference will feature a series of parallel sessions and a keynote address by Professor Portelli. Day two of the conference will feature further parallel sessions, a number of workshops led by experts in urban and oral history, and additional events including walking tours of inner Melbourne and a guided tour of ‘The Melbourne Story’ at Melbourne Museum.

Following the conference, participants are encouraged to submit articles based on their conference presentations for consideration for publication in a special issue of a refereed journal.

Persons wishing to present papers at the conference should send 200 word abstracts (for a 20 minute presentation), to Kerrie Alexander at kerrie.alexander @ arts.monash.edu.au on or before 31 December 2008.

For inquiries about the conference, or proposals for panels, please contact the organising committee via talkabouttown @ gmail.com.

>> Visit the "Talk about Town" conference website.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Vietnamese International Film Festival (Southern California, USA)

Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) - Call for entries

Call for entries from filmmakers of Vietnamese descent.

The Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), held in Southern California, USA, are looking for films from the filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from all over the world.

Please distribute ViFF’s call-for-entries below to the filmmakers you know.

Visit www.VietFilmFest.com for more information, or email Ysa Le ysadle @ yahoo.com