Saturday 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 2:30pm. In conjunction with ABR and the Melbourne Writers Festival, the lecture will be followed by Alex Miller and Rob Dixon in Conversation, and the launch of Robert Dixon’s Book Alex Miller: The Ruin of Time, by Tony Birch. 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.

Opening 3pm Saturday 23 August
23 August to 20 September 2014, The Cross Arts Projects, 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross, Sydney

The launch of the collaboration Australian Studies by Fiona Macdonald and Spiros Panigirakis is at 3pm on Saturday 23 August 2014. “There is no Australian art, but there are Australian issues with which art concerns itself.” The publication is the first of a series that reconsiders the histories and signatures of art practice in Australia since 1977.

The Cross Art Projects is used as a site for the layout of the publication. The artists have worked collaboratively at Project Space/Spare Room, Melbourne, CAST Hobart, 2008, MUMA Project Space in 2011. They also worked collaboratively on the CLUBSproject publication, Gratuitous Intent in 2008.

Sunday 7 December – Monday 8 December, Australian National University.         

A workshop hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) with support of the Canadian High Commission and Australian National University.

World War I holds a potent place in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, a place that will be the subject of significant discussion and debate in the coming years’ commemorations of the centenary of the War. Each country has significant moments in their national mythologies tied to WWI campaigns, including Gallipoli for Australia and New Zealand and Vimy Ridge for Canada. A moment of maturation, the Great War often also stands as a point at which some in the colonies saw themselves outgrowing Britain, its military failures denoting—perhaps for the first time—a broader sense of the limits of British cultural, moral, and social hegemony.

The commemoration of the centenary of the War and each nation’s involvement in it is also likely to provoke critique and controversy. Its shifting and contested meanings should prompt acts of remembering and memorialisation not only against the backdrop of WWI itself, but also within the context of contemporary Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This anniversary offers the space for a multidisciplinary debate in which to consider what WWI means in relation to contemporary military actions and the diverse roles that the three states have in peacebuilding and peacekeeping, as well as in conflict.

This workshop seeks papers that explore the complex ways in which New Zealand, Canada, and Australia represent and remember WWI. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

-WWI: defining nationhood and independence
-Race, cultural difference, and nation in WWI
-Writing war
-Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Central Powers
-War and modernism
-Changing statehoods
-War, law, and rights
-WWI and peace
-Wartime femininities and masculinities
-Imperial relationships
-The home front during WWI
-Memorials in film, fiction, and fact
-The impact of WWI on today’s foreign and defence policy

Papers will be of 15 minutes duration. Selected articles from this workshop will be published in a special issue of Australasian Canadian Studies, April 2015.  Please send 250 word abstracts to both workshop convenors:

Dr Benjamin Authers Benjamin.Authers@anu.edu.au
Dr Robyn Morris robynm@uow.edu.au by Friday, 5th September, 2014.

6-8 December 2014, University of Melbourne

 Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) invites abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for its annual conference. This year’s theme is ‘Knowledge, Learning and Expertise’. Sub-themes include:

- Historiographical studies relating to changing understandings of knowledge and expertise in the history of education
-Historical curriculum wars: hierarchies of knowledge within systems of education
-Specialisation and the ‘expert’, educated professional
-Faith-based educational institutions, knowledge and concepts of teaching and learning
-Gender and educational systems, institutions, policies and teaching practices
-Historically under-represented populations
-Diversity, cultural and linguistic value systems and education practices
-First Peoples
-Catering for student abilities and life stages
-Technologies and their impact on knowledge, teaching, learning and expertise
-Policy-making and the politics of knowledge, expertise and learning
-Educational biographies of learning and expertise
-Useful methodologies
-New knowledges, curriculum and the history of education
-Schools and other educational institutions as knowledge disseminators, expertise builders and learning factories
-Visual representations of knowledge, expertise and learning encompassing historical photographs, textbook illustrations, cinema, book covers, posters, architectural styles, classroom maps and other educational ephemera and paraphernalia.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words with paper title, institutional address and 60 word biography to Dr Sianan Healy by 30 September 2014:
sianan.healy@unimelb.edu.au

A PDF flyer is available here.

The next ASAL mini-conference will be held at the University of New England in February 2015. Guest speakers are Helen Garner and Fiona Capp. For further details and to access the Call for Papers see below:
http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/school-of-arts/asal2015.

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