Thursday 31 July 2014

This special issue of LiNQ invites contributors to investigate the symbolism of the apocalypse. The word ‘apocalypse’ derives from the Greek word for ‘revelation.’ What do representations of the apocalypse reveal about and to contemporary culture? As LiNQ is a journal based in regional tropical North Queensland with a global reach and a 42-year history, the editors are particularly interested in how regional imaginaries of the apocalypse are different to urban ones. We call for academic articles and creative submissions (fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poems) that explore visions of the apocalypse on a personal, cultural, or global level: 

-How can the apocalypse be understood? As a parable, past event, prophecy or the natural end to human history?

-What do past apocalyptic visions, such as nuclear fallout or Y2K, reveal about the cultures from which they emerge?

-What is the significance of recent phenomena such as representations of the zombie apocalypse?

-What is the relationship between scientific data, such as that on climate change and disease, and cultural visions of the apocalypse?

-How have extreme weather events shaped visions of the apocalypse?

-Are writers of the apocalypse suffering from the Cassandra Complex, prophesising visions of the end of the world doomed to be unheard?

-What happens when we suffer world endings on a personal level or suffer a crisis of existentialism or solipsism?

Submissions should be no longer than 6000 words. Please identify whether your work is fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry or an article for peer review. Include a brief abstract of the article or creative submission (no more than 75 words) and a 50-word biographical note. Book reviews of no longer than 1000 words are also welcome. Please follow MLA citation style and format. All contributions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, double-spaced, with 12pt font. All images used must be with permission only. Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed. Hard-copy submissions are not accepted and will not be returned. Send your submissions to the appropriate email address. Deadline extended until 31 July 2014 for scholarly submissions.

For peer reviewed articles:

For book reviews:

Further information can be found at:



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:


It is with sadness that we belatedly note the death on 30 December 2013 of Herbert C. Jaffa, founding member of the American Association for Australian Literary Studies. Nicholas Birns has provided the following note:

Herb was a hero in large matters–he was one of the brave men who served Australia in World War II. But he was also a hero in small matters. He was of pivotal help in setting up AAALS and to successive editors of Antipodes in editing the journal. He was one of our best book reviewers, and someone whose concern was always for the organization as a whole and for the good of Australian literature. He kept up to the end–he was aware of the various permutations of the Rudd/Gillard fracas, and his last phone call to me concerned an Australian science fiction author a young neighbour of his had recommended. Herb was the last of my friends to have served in the Second World War, and the last in our organization. With him goes our last living link to the war which more than any other event forged the amity and familiarity between our two nations. He was one of the people who made global Australian studies possible. The December issue of Antipodes will publish tributes to him.

3-5 December 2014, University of Tasmania, Hobart.

The International Australian Studies Association Biennial Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 3-5 December 2014 has extended the closing date for submission of abstracts to 13 June 2014. In collaboration with CAIA: Centre for Colonialism and Its Aftermath.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the multiple relationships that have influenced Australian society and culture, both historically and contemporaneously, in both formal and informal settings, and both within and without Australia. More specifically, while we are familiar with the Manichean dichotomies emerging from race, postcolonial and gender studies, have we too quickly foreclosed other kinds of relations and in doing so concretised unstable categories?  This conference, therefore, seeks to reveal how other relationships influenced and influences our perception of ourselves and the perception of Australia and Australians (coloniser, settler and Indigenous) held by others. Pertinent to this is the ongoing debate vis-à-vis the history of contact and conflict and its legacies between colonists, settlers and Aborigines.

The conference encourages postgraduates, early career and senior scholars to present new and innovative work cognate to our theme. The conference also encourages the participation of postgraduate, junior and senior scholars from Australian Studies and other relevant Centres throughout Asia (including China, Japan, Korea), India, North and South America, Canada and Europe.

The submission of abstracts from the following disciplines / fields are welcomed:

-Australian Studies

-Asian Studies

-Cultural Studies




-Indigenous Studies


-Media and Film Studies

-Multicultural Studies

-Postcolonial Studies

-Settler Colonial Studies



Abstracts from other disciplines will also be considered.

Please forward abstracts to:


Additional information will appear on the website as it becomes available:

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