22-23 September 2014
The University of Melbourne

An interdisciplinary conference for post-graduate students and early career researchers

‘Cosmopolitanism’ connotes a dynamic, eclectic and sophisticated cultural sphere, one that transcends borders and national differences. Although the term is an ancient one, deriving from the Greek word kosmopolitês, its meaning has never been stable. The notion of the cosmopolitan is glamorous and in some respects elitist, suggesting a ‘luxuriously free-floating view from above’ (Bruce Robbins, Cosmopolitics, 1998). At the same time, it has utopian connotations of pluralism and universality.

This conference invites participants to explore cosmopolitanism, both as a utopian project and as an object of critique. While the focus of the conference is on literature and literary criticism, we welcome papers addressing theatre, the visual arts, popular culture, translation and other forms of cultural expression in either contemporary or historical settings. We also strongly encourage contributions from creative writers. Presenters may choose to focus on Australian cosmopolitanisms or address broader categories such as the postcolonial or the transnational.

Keynote speakers:
Professor John M. Ganim, University of California, Riverside, on medieval cosmopolitanism
Dr. Brigid Rooney, University of Sydney, on cosmopolitan suburbia

Possible topics may include:

- old and new cosmopolitanisms (including the influence of classical, medieval

and early modern texts on more recent understandings of the cosmopolitan)

- cosmopolitan sensibilities in colonial, postcolonial and diasporic literatures

- cosmopolitanism and class

- cosmopolitanism and the metropolitan/regional

- feminist engagements with cosmopolitanism

- cosmopolitanism and sexuality

- cosmopolitanism, advertising, popular culture and everyday life

- transnationalism and globalisation, parochialism and provinciality

- cosmopolitan readerships and polities; the role of translation

- creative practice and the cosmopolitan

- the text as a cosmopolitan space

- utopianism and cosmopolitan futures

The convenors welcome abstracts from postgraduate and early career researchers working in any field of the humanities, particularly literary studies, creative writing, theatre studies, history (including art history), cultural studies and translation studies. Please forward an abstract of no more than 250 words to viewfromaboveconference@gmail.com by 19 May 2014.


Vol. 13 No. 3: Reconfiguring the National Imaginary, edited by Brigitta Olubas and Tony Simoes da Silva.

Featuring artwork by Louise Weaver, essays by Meg Tasker, Michael Farrell, Norman Saadi Nikro, Rich Pascal, Gillian Whitlock and Roger Osborne, Helen Machalias, William Lane and Sarah Golsby-Smith.

23 August at Docklands library, Melbourne.   

The next ASAL Public Lecture will be given by Alex Miller in Melbourne, at the new Docklands library, Saturday August 23 at 3pm. Robert Dixon’s book on Alex Miller’s fiction also will be launched after the lecture. The lecture will explore the general subject of the ever-evolving nature of culture and the human imagination, with an emphasis on the durability and adaptability of the novel form. Particular attention will be given to the emergence onto centre stage both nationally and internationally over the past twenty years of Australian Aboriginal art, music and literature.


23-24 April at the Jones and Co Room, the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart.
The Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath (CAIA) and the History and Classics Program, School of Humanities, are pleased to invite you to the forthcoming two-day symposium ‘Empire, Humanitarianism and Non-violence in the Colonies’ to be held on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 of April. We are pleased to announce that the symposium website is up and running, as well as the online payment form. The cost is $45.00 or $25.00 for postgrads / unwaged for the two days.

A public lecture will be presented by Assoc. Professor Sean Scalmer, University of Melbourne, titled ‘Gandhi and the Humanitarians of Empire: A Genealogy of Nonviolence’ at 6.00pm on the evening of Wednesday 23 April at the Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, Tasmanian College of the Arts.

Please see the website for further details, including the draft program:
https://secure.utas.edu.au/colonialism/conferences-and-symposia/empire,-humanitarianism-and-non-violence-in-the-colonies .

For general symposium queries please contact Dr. Rebecca Dorgelo: CAIA.Centre@utas.edu.au .

Faculty of Business and Economics. 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 p.a. tax exempt for 3 years.

The Australian book sector generates over $2 billion annually and is one of Australia’s major creative industries but it is in crisis, undergoing ‘paradigmatic change’ as part of the global industry. This project addresses: (1) authors and their responses to changing circumstances; (2) book publishers and the ways in which they contribute economic, social and cultural value; and (3) practices of contemporary book readers. The research fills contemporary knowledge gaps by developing new models of the structure and operations of the book supply chain. It also highlights the changing ways in which Australian authors, publishers and readers are theoretically conceived as creative producers and contributors to our nation’s cultural life. Our research partners include the Australian Society of Authors and the Australian Publishers Association.

The project is headed by Prof. David Throsby, who is highly regarded for his interdisciplinary collaboration on research addressing key economic issues in the arts, cultural heritage and the cultural sector more broadly. Priority will be given to applicants with some background in economics or who can demonstrate an understanding of the Australian book industry or Australian literary culture. As such, candidates with a background in digital humanities, publishing studies, literature, media studies and marketing as well as economics or statistics will be seriously considered. We are seeking a motivated, engaged individual with a passion for intellectual enquiry relevant to this ARC research project. Both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies will be applied over the course of the project. Initial inquiries should be directed to Prof David Throsby (david.throsby@mq.edu.au) or Dr. Jan Zwar (jan.zwar@mq.edu.au)


More information is available at: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/Scholarships/hdr_scholarships_domestic_and_international.

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