Call For Papers

23-26 July 2015, Australian Catholic University, Sydney.

The Grounding the Sacred conference invites papers and presentations from artists, writers, musicians, academics and religious who are interested in the interplay between the arts and the sacred. The conference asks how literature and the arts can make the sacred tangible: do they enable us to touch the sacred? Do they offer a way of structuring our experiences of the sacred? Do they provide a common ground for people of different faiths – or none – to explore the ineffable? And where does creativity sit in relation to religion and the search for meaning? Are a sense of the sacred and the means to express it essential for human flourishing?

Abstracts of 250 words are invited for 20 minute papers and presentations that address the conference theme. They may be from creators talking about their work as it expresses the sacred; from researchers seeking to explain the relationship between creativity, religion and well-being; and from interpreters bringing to light the sacred dimensions of pre-existing creative works. Submissions should include the author’s name, affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract, and a short biography. Potential presenters who wish to have their work considered for inclusion in a special Australian issue of Literature and Theology should forward full papers.

Abstracts should be sent to Elaine Lindsay at by 27 February 2015. Full papers intended for Literature and Theology are due by 13 March 2015. Grounding the Sacred will be held from 23-26 July 2015 at Australian Catholic University, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135, Australia. The conference is part of ACU’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

For further details, visit:

Inquiries can be made of the conveners: or

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 31 August 2014:

A PDF flyer is available here


Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 September 2014
University of Melbourne

Deadline for abstracts extended until Sunday 20 July 2014. Keynote speakers: Professor John M. Ganim, University of California, Riverside, on medieval cosmopolitanism and Dr. Brigid Rooney, University of Sydney, on cosmopolitan suburbia.

‘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.

In the last decade or so, discourses of cosmopolitanism have experienced a resurgence.  The term is increasingly associated with multiculturalism, diasporic culture and the impact of globalisation.  Critics have advocated new forms of ‘rooted’, ‘vernacular’, postcolonial and even ‘refugee’ cosmopolitanism, in an attempt to break away from Eurocentric canons and outmoded nation-based identity politics.  But do these new accounts of cosmopolitanism resolve the tension between its egalitarian and elitist impulses?  Are aspirations to cosmopolitanism still, as Simon Gikandi suggests, ‘an essential mark of bourgeois identity and privilege’?

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.

Topics for discussion might 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.

For further details, please visit the conference website:

and submit your abstract to: by Sunday 20 July.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts, the School of Culture and Communication and the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Melbourne), the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and Deakin University.


School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland
29-30 September 2014, St Lucia, Brisbane.

The investigation of things has comprised an important subject across many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences over the last thirty years. In 1988’s The Social Life of Things, Arjun Appadurai provided an innovative exploration of how things, as commodities, shaped their human agents, rather than the other way round—an idea that would have important repercussions for a new scholarly interest in material cultures. More recently, in attempting to illuminate the problematic notion of a “Thing Theory,” Bill Brown has pointed to the complex relationship between objects and things, arguing that things in fact lie outside a simple subject-object framework, leading a shadowy and multifaceted “life” which humans only glimpse rather than truly see.

The 18th annual Work In Progress (WIP) is a postgraduate conference addressing the theme of “The Life of Things” from disciplines within the humanities including literary and cultural studies, ?lm, media and communication studies, drama, art history, and writing.

Con?rmed speakers include Richard Read, Winthrop Professor in the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia;Gillian Whitlock, ARC Professorial Fellow in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland; and Gay Hawkins, Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland.

The organising committee of WIP 2014 invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of this theme. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Thing Theory

-The Art of Things: Objects and Aesthetic Regimes

-The Contemplation of Things: the Re?ective Mind and the Outside World

-Immaterial Things: Virtual Worlds, Inner Worlds

-Things and Gender/Gendering Things

-Natural and Unnatural Things: Eco-criticism and its Discontents

-The Heritage of Things: Life Stories of the Non-Living

-The Ineffableness of Things: the Struggle between Words and Worlds

-Anthropomorphising Things

-Merging and Mutable Things: Hybridity and Metamorphosis

-The Resurgent Banal?: The Everyday and Things

-It-Narratives: Things as Textual Agents

-The Structure of Things: Assemblages and Networks

-The Ascendancy of Things: Hierarchies, Obsolescence

-Worldly Things: Transnationalism, Diaspora and Identity

-Things Fall Apart: The Meanings of Destruction

-The Non-Sense of Things: Forgery, Fraud and Hoaxes

-À la recherche du temps perdu: Things and Memory


Please email abstracts (of 250 words) accompanied by a short biographical note (50 words) to: by 31 JULY 2014.

More information is available on the website:


After the success of the Listening Between the Lines Symposium, held at Monash University on 13 June 2014 we wish to extend our call for papers to invite submissions for a special issue of Australian Literary Studies on this topic, with a projected publication date of June 2015.

Recent studies in interdisciplinarity have offered the hypothesis that cross-disciplinary research may be understood as a form of “cultural exchange” taking place between academic terrains that are not always accustomed to the codes and rituals of the other. If this principle of exchange is applied to the relations between literature and music, it has the potential to facilitate a dialogue between the disciplines and point the way towards new research possibilities. Since there are any number of aesthetic forms that can combine music and words, we invite submissions from literary studies, creative writing, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, film and television, translation studies, or any number of other disciplines that may touch upon them both.

We invite articles of approximately 5000–6000 words to be submitted by 1 October, 2014. Please note that unsolicited submissions will be accepted for consideration. In these cases, however, please submit an abstract first. Submission Guidelines:

-All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed

-Australian Literary Studies follows the current edition of the MLA Handbook, using parenthetical documentation and a list of Works Cited. Where an essay makes extensive use of unpublished materials, it is preferable to use footnotes to reference this material.

-Single inverted commas are used.

-Submissions should be double-spaced.

-The name and contact details of the author, including postal address, should appear on a separate cover page.

-Contributions should be saved as a Word file or an .rtf file (authorname.doc or authorname.rtf)

-Essays should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration elsewhere.


Submissions should be marked “ALS – special journal issue” and sent to:


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