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The latest issue of JASAL has just been published – special issue from the 2013 “Country” conference and the third for 2014. Edited by Brigitta Olubas with 2013 Conference Convenor David Gilbey.

Featuring a special section ”The BlackWords Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature” edited by Peter Minter and Kerry Kilnerwith 7 essays by Indigenous scholars, along with  keynote essays from Jeanine Leane, Alison Ravenscroft and Brian Castro, plus another 18 articles, and 2 Notes and Furphies.

6pm – 7:30pm, 29 October 2014, Law School Lounge, Level 1, Sydney Law School Annex, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney.

Join us for the launch of a new series published by Sydney University Press, Sydney Studies in Australian Literature. Hosted by Stephen Romei, Literary Editor for The Australian.

The Sydney Studies in Australian Literature series publishes original, peer-reviewed research in the field of Australian literature. The series will comprise monographs devoted to the works of major authors and themed collections of essays about current issues in the field of Australian literary studies. The series aims to offer well-researched and engagingly written re-evaluations of the nature and importance of Australian literature, and to reinvigorate its study both in Australia and internationally. It will be of interest to those researching, studying and teaching in the diverse fields of Australian literary studies.

The first two books in the series launched are:

Alex Miller: the ruin of time, by Robert Dixon, Professor of Australian Literature, the University of Sydney. To be launched by poet and critic Felicity Plunkett.

Shirley Hazzard: new critical essays, edited by Brigitta Olubas, Associate Professor of English University of New South Wales. To be launched by novelist Michelle de Kretser.

Free and open to all with online registration requested. Register online now by entering your details at the bottom of the page. Click ‘register’ once and wait for the screen to refresh. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox shortly after.

Contact: Sydney Ideas
T: 9351 2943

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11 – 13 February 2015, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales.

This conference considers contemporary Australian literature and politics. Power, in all its forms, must and will be countered by the passion of resistance, defiance, challenge and contest. In this resistance, the literary imagination possesses its own power: the “passion” and ability, through challenge and constructive refusal, to transform social and political relations. The very nature of power necessitates opposition. Equally the relationship between the literary and the political is more nuanced than this stark contrast affirms, for it has been demonstrated that literature is always political in some sense or another. Yet, when this interplay between literature and politics itself is denied or obscured, when “art” is seen to exist for its own sake alone, the effects of “Power” can be destructive. Guest speakers are Helen Garner and Fiona Capp.

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9–11 April 2015, Texas Christian University, Forth Worth, Texas, USA.

The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS) invites paper proposals for its 2015 Annual Conference, to be held in Forth Worth, Texas, 9–11 April 2015. Since these dates fall during most Australian universities’ mid-semester break, we hope many Australian scholars will be able to attend. Added incentive for Australian scholars is that there are direct flights available from Australia into Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport. The conference will be held at Texas Christian University. An evening reception will be held on April 9, and conference sessions will take place on April 10 and 11. Papers addressing any aspect of Australian, New Zealand, and South Pacific literary, film, and cultural studies are welcome. Presentations should be 20 minutes long. Proposals from postgraduate students are encouraged.

Please send a paper title and 250-word proposal by 15 November 2014 to Per Henningsgaard ( Please label the subject line clearly.

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