Tuesday 23 September 2014, 6pm – 7pm, Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building,
The University of Melbourne

Suburbia has functioned for cultural critics as a provincial, materially aspirational, middle-class other against which an emerging cosmopolitan selfhood is defined. Critics of suburbia have in turn been accused of an elitist, now discredited kind of cosmopolitanism, one that’s been superseded by critical models of cosmopolitanism. If the global is internal to the local in a process defined by Ulrich Beck as ‘cosmopolitanization’ (2002) then suburbs are its prime sites, zones in which local and global interpenetrate. Suburbs are engines of ‘cosmopolitanization’. What does this mean for Australian literary suburbia? I will suggest that novels of the suburbs produce dialogic imaginings of here and there, past and present, local and global against the grain of their anti-suburbanism. Drawing from Vilashini Cooppan, we can ‘skin the map’ of literary suburbia by attending to narrative instability, to movement and memory, and to the forms in which the novel encodes and reimagines suburban place and time.

Brigid Rooney is a senior lecturer in Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. She is author of Literary Activists: Writer-Intellectuals and Australian Public Life (UQP, 2009) and co-editor with Robert Dixon of Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature? (ASP 2013). She is currently working on a book project entitled ‘The Novel and the Suburb in Australia: 1901 to the present’.

This free public lecture by Brigid Rooney will be held in conjunction with The View From Above postgraduate and early career researcher conference at the University of Melbourne.

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The $5,000 award is for an essay between 3,000 and 5,000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’ and the winning essay will be published in the Australian Book Review.  The prize will go to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores his or her relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape.  The competition’s judges are Jesse Blackadder, award-winning author of Chasing the Light and Paruku The Desert Brumby, and Robert Gray, renowned poet, critic, and freelance writer.

The prize has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from The McLean Foundation, which is keen to promote and celebrate the literature of nature in Australia.

Richard Gilmore, Country Director of The Nature Conservancy Australia, looks forward to building on the success of the first two nature writing prizes, which attracted over 200 exceptional writers collectively.

The inaugural prize was won by Annamaria Weldon for her piece ‘Threshold Country,’ which the judges described as “a marvelously orchestrated, complex meditation on belonging. It is at once assured and yet gently voiced.” The second biennial prize was awarded to Stephen Wright for his essay ‘Bunyip’ which explored the culture and fate of Indigenous communities and early European settlers as they navigated the landscape of South East Queensland.

The deadline for submissions between 3,000 and 5,000 words is December 24, 2014 and the winner will be announced in May 2015. The prize is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents.  Participants will need to pay an entry fee of $40.

For further information please see the website: http://www.natureaustralia.org.au/nature-writing-prize-2014.xml


10-12 February, 2015, UNSW, Sydney

The GVRN seeks submissions from academics, practitioners, policy makers, activists and advocates that address any of the conference themes, as well as the topics below. Please note that there is a stream for literary and other cultural studies papers. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 5 September 2014.

Forms of gendered violence, including:

- Sexual assault
- Domestic and family violence
- Intimate partner violence
- Child sexual abuse
- Trafficking for domestic and sexual slavery and exploitation
- Survival sex
- Conflict-related sexualised violence
- Gendered violence in migration, refugee and diaspora communities
- Female infanticide

Areas related to gendered violence, including:

-Cultural representations in literature, art, television and film
- Law and justice reform
- Theoretical and conceptual explorations
- Disability and other intersectional issues
- Intergenerational effects of colonisation
- Perpetrators and offenders
- Primary prevention
- Trauma-informed care
- Service gaps.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for complete panels (up to 3 presenters) and suggestions for chairs are also welcome. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 5 September 2014

Please submit abstracts of up to 200 words for 20 minute oral/paper presentations (excluding time for Q&A) along with a brief biography using the link to UNSW’s online conference manager as below:




Tuesday 2 September 2014, 6:30-8pm lo Myers Studio, UNSW

Marie Munkara in conversation: Darwin author Marie Munkara in conversation with School of the Arts and Media lecturer Anne Brewster.

Marie Munkara was born on the banks of the Mainoru River in Arnhem Land. Her first book Every Secret Thing won the 2008 David Unaipon Award and the 2010 NT Book of the Year. She lives in Darwin with her menagerie of cats, dogs and frogs. In this next talk as part of the UNSWriting ’In Conversation’ series, Marie will be discussing both her new book, A Most Peculiar Act as well as her award winning novel Every Secret Thing.


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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.

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