EASA Conference, 2018 -- CFP

17/01/2018 - 12:53
19/01/2018 - 12:53

!!!UPDATED dates and abstract deadline!!!


EASA Biennial Conference "Nationalism Old and New: Europe, Australia and Their Others"
Organised by the Observatory: Australian Studies Centre
for the European Association for Studies of Australia
at the Faculty of Letters, downtown Historical Building
of the University of Barcelona
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Wed 17 to Fri 19 January 2018

Europe is uncomfortably enmeshed in what is commonly perceived as a fight for social, political and cultural survival in the face of the increasing international circulation of capital and labour, the postcolonial aftermath of Empire and the growing, transnational impact of climate change-in short, the multifarious expressions of unstoppable globalisation. What started as a pragmatic need to control and eliminate continental conflict and an idealistic intent to preserve the gains of the welfare state in democratic Europe after the Second World War, has, after half a century of attempted and effectual integration, run up against its real and imagined limits. Nationalism is re-instating discrete binaries and closing borders, not only on the outside or intercontinentally, but also on the inside or intracontinentally, and the European Union is seriously questioned as a political and identitarian superstructure. The Brexit campaign's success is on a par with the regressive character of the recent presidential campaign and election result in the United States, jeopardising the UK's continued presence in the EU in favour of a tighter Anglo-American projection and affiliation, and questioning the UK's internal structure. Grexit looms on the horizon of Greece's financial predicament and threatens to oust the classical cornerstone of European culture; and a xenophobic domino referendum effect affecting wealthy founding members such as France, Italy and The Netherlands is not unlikely at present. These and other tensions revive the ghost of balkanisation and territorial fragmentation. Xenophobe parties in member states have grown substantially, recreating the fearsome figure of the dangerous Other to close national borders and recalling the contours of a racist past deemed overcome forever. Migratory and refugee flows from the Near-East and Sub-Saharan Africa, generated by postcolonial power vacuums, are the object of harsh and coercive treatment by European and national authorities, with Austria and Hungary having led a barbed-wire approach to the management of cultural difference that recalls the not so distant eugenic past. An acute postcolonial observer and political scientist, the Spain-based Algerian Sami Naïr speaks succinctly of European disillusion and disillusionment (El desengaño europeo, Galaxia Gutenberg 2014), while the Denmark-based Indian writer and cultural critic Tabish Khair detects a new European xenophobia in the globalization process, stemming from "international flaws, as shaped by high capitalism, [that] will have to be remedied ‘globally' through concerted public action and legislation..." (The New Xenophobia, OUP 2016: 188).

As a European settler nation in a globalising world, Australia may function as Europe's antipodean mirror image, given its long track record of imposing an exclusionary identity, discrete essentialist binaries and forbidding borders, which have kept the make-up of its population largely European. The Australian example of asylum policy is not alien to the current European initiative to employ Turkey as a buffer zone against the Middle-Eastern influx, which recalls the Australian refugee policy of mandatory detention in New Guinea and the Pacific island-state of Nauru. Human right groups have called Australia's asylum seeker policies "an appeal for fear and racism" (ABC News, 28 May 2010), and this is nothing new as the "yellow peril" has been the object of political action ever since Chinese immigrants participated in the mid-nineteenth century gold rushes. The White Australia Policy was paralleled by the nation-state's mistreatment of the Indigenous population, who were equally excluded from Australian society, politics and history, so that the (mis)management of Australian identity operates both internally and externally, as it does in the European Union nowadays. It is therefore not surprising to see leaders of xenophobic European parties such as the Dutch politician Geert Wilders give their active, full support to like-minded political formations in Australia, which is suggestive of some structural synergies between Europe and Australia in identity matters. In the face of the violence generated by resurfacing racism, national redefinition and the lack of universal citizenship, Etienne Balibar's call, echoed in Khair's words above, to "civilize the state" in support of a politics of emancipation and transformation is as valid for Australia as it is for Europe (Politics and the Other Scene, Verso 2002 [Fr.1997]).

Bearing in mind the above context, this conference aims to explore the following questions:

 How do Europe and Australia respond to the growing internationalisation of issues once deemed managable on the national level, be they of an economic, demographic, social, political or climatic kind?

 To what extent is the re/turn to nationalism a credible and viable response to the problems that assail both continents? Are these the product of a common sense or fear?

 What are the structural links between European and Australian policies towards migration, refugees and asylum seekers?

 To what extent do the above issues affect the inequalities of ethnicity, class and gender already existent in both continents? To what extent is religion a factor of division?

 To what extent is European identity a "question mark", an identity in de/re/construction (Julia Kristeva in Ignacio Vidal-Folch's interview, El Pais, 3 June 2008), and how does the recent context of fear, racism and intolerance impact on this process?

 Likewise, to what extent is Australianness a postcolonial question mark rather than a neutral marker of identity? What is the place of ‘New Settlers' and Indigenous peoples in the nation-state?

 What are the connections/disconnections between European and Australian approaches to developing a human rights culture? What is the place of migrant peoples and Indigeneity in future expressions of Europeanness and Australianness? To what extent may/do European and Australian (policies of) identity inform and solicit each other?



 How may discourses of Indigeneity influence notions of Europeanness? To what extent is Europe afraid of being ‘Aboriginalised', that is, of suffering the same fate that Indigenous Australians experienced under European colonisation?

 What can the role of Australian Studies be from the perspective of Europe in terms of furthering an understanding of politics of in/tolerance and in/exclusion?


Due to the cross-disciplinary character of this Conference we shall consider papers on topics relating to any branch of Australian and European Studies inasmuch they inform each other and overlap, including History, Literature, Culture, Film Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Media Studies, Architecture, Geography, Spatial Studies, Environment, Political Science, Indigenous Studies, Gender Studies, Gerontology, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Education, Sociology, Art History, Religion, Philosophy. We welcome proposals for papers and panels that address but are not restricted to the following topics:

 Connections and disconnections between European and Australian approaches to developing a human rights culture;

 Problematizing mainstream immigration, refugee and integration policies;

 Diasporic ‘takes' on Australian and European identity in politics, literature and the visual arts;

 Ghosts of the past: the ideological and material inheritance of Empire and the World Wars.

 The exclusiveness of nationalist communities and arguments;

 Territorial fragmentation and globalisation;

 The analysis of discourses of Indigeneity and new settlement in the European and Australian context and their cross-overs;

 Inherited responsibilities and the moral requirements of belonging;

 Transnational perspectives on Australian and European culture, society and/or history;

 Islam, the ‘war' on terror and the revival of nationalisms in Europe and Australia.


Please send your 250-word abstracts for 20 minute papers and 100-word bio notes to easa2018bcn [at] gmail [dot] com by 1 July 2017. We do encourage panel proposals, which should be accompanied by a 100-word overall abstract in addition to the 250-word abstracts for a panel's individual papers. Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts will be sent by 1 Aug. 2017.

All accepted participants will be expected to become members of the EASA as a precondition to presenting their papers. Details of EASA membership are available on the association's website at this address:

A call for full-academic-length papers derived from conference presentations will be issued after the conference for publication in the Association's online journal JEASA (

A conference website is under construction; full details on registration etc. are to be made public shortly.

Barcelona, 19 March 2017.


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Conference: The Global and the Local (Barcelona)

16/07/2016 - 21:28
18/07/2016 - 21:28

This Conference will be organised by the Barcelona Australian Studies
Centre and IAFOR (International Academic Forum)--Asian Think Tank. The
theme is Global Studies and will boast an Australian strand to which all
are warmly invited:

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CfP: Europe and Down Under

01/07/2016 - 11:14
02/07/2016 - 11:14

See the attached Call for Papers for "Europe and Down Under: Bridging Gaps and Fostering Connections"

an interdisciplinary international conference, on 1-2 July 2016

at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

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31/03/2016 - 21:39
02/04/2016 - 21:39

Call for Papers: American Association of Australasian Literary Studies Annual Conference
31 March–2 April 2016
University of Washington, Seattle

The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS) invites paper proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, 31 March –2 April 2016.  Papers addressing any aspect of Australian, New Zealand, and South Pacific literary, film, and cultural studies are welcome. Papers on Aboriginal, Maori or other indigenous topics are especially encouraged.  Proposals from graduate students are also encouraged. Presentations are 20 minutes long; however, alternate presentation formats can be submitted. Please send a paper title and 250-word proposal by 15 November 2015 to Brenda Machosky (machosky [at] hawaii [dot] edu). Please label the email subject line:  AAALS 2016 proposal.

EASA13 (2015) Conference, Veszprem, Hungary

30/09/2015 - 21:51
03/10/2015 - 21:51

The European Association for Studies of Australia will hold its 13th biennial conference, "Australia as Topos: The Transformation of Australian Studies" at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary.

Attached is the Call for Papers (1st circular).

Deadline for submitting 300-wd abstracts and bio: 13 April 2015.

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CFP: Gendered Violence conference

10/02/2015 - 00:53
12/02/2015 - 00:53

Gendered Violence Research Network

Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations (UNSW, Australia)

CFP closes: 5 September 2014

Please read the attached flyer

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InASA 2014, Tasmania

03/12/2014 - 13:00
05/12/2014 - 13:00

CFP: InASA 2014, Tasmania InASA’s coming interdisciplinary conference “Friends, Foes and Other Intimacies” seeks to explore the multiple relationships that have influenced Australian society and culture, both historically and contemporaneously, and in both formal and informal settings, and both within and without Australia. For more info, please read the attached cfp. Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2014 Contact: InASA2014 [at] gmail [dot] com

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ASAL-CRITIC Mini-Conference on Keneally, 2014 Sept, Wollongong

29/09/2014 - 00:00
29/09/2014 - 23:59

50 Years of Keneally as Writer, Activist, Celebrity
CALL FOR PAPERS/ PANELS (see attached)
Monday, 29, September, 2014, University of Wollongong

Deadline for abstracts — April 30, 2014.

Please send expressions of interest to Ingeborg Van Teeseling ingeborg [at] uow [dot] edu [dot] au

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SYMPOSIUM: Br, Fr, Am Interactions, Australian Colonial History

27/09/2014 - 00:00
27/09/2014 - 23:59

Interdisciplinary symposium on British, French and American interactions in early Australian colonial history

27. September 2014

Please see in the attached doc:

[...] symposium, with a strong involvement of historians, also on behalf of the German Association of Australian Studies [...] Cassandra Pybus as a keynote speaker, as well as very eminent American scholars [...]
organised by

Dr. Therese-M. Meyer
Institute for English and American Studies
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg


also below in plain text:


Enlightened Powers: American, French and British Interactions in Botany Bay, 1789-1800

27. September 2014

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the German Society for Australian Studies (GASt)
in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (IZEA) and the Muhlenberg Center for American Studies (MCAS)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Cassandra Pybus, Sydney University

American whalers, French expeditions and Napoleonic spies, black convicts from Mauritius and the newly independent US, British veterans of the American Revolutionary War, Caribbean rum, Irish rebellions, and British naval law... The elements that contribute towards a larger picture of Australia's first white settlement seem in place already and yet have never been considered in a global focus adequate to the international interests at stake in the late 18th century. This symposium brings together scholars from different disciplines to create a first, synchronic picture of the interactions (and their implications) of these multinational experiences, backgrounds, and interests relevant to the foundation of Australia's convict colony.

Final Discussion Panel on the colonial and recently independent US influence in the South Pacific (open to the public):

Prof. Dr. Jennifer L. Anderson (Stony Brook University New York)

Prof. Dr. Andrew O'Shaughnessy (Saunders Director of the Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, VA), and

Prof. Dr. Cassandra Pybus (Sydney University)

We look forward to welcoming you in Halle!

As is regular with conferences of the German Association of Australian Studies, student participants are very welcome. If you wish to present a poster at the conference, please contact us!

Contact: Dr. Therese-M. Meyer therese.meyer [at] anglistik [dot] uni-halle [dot] de
Institute for English and American Studies, MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Registration at

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CFP: EASA - Monash, Prato Conference, "Encountering Australia"

24/09/2014 - 12:49
26/09/2014 - 12:49

Encountering Australia: Transcultural Conversations


24 - 26 September 2014, Monash Prato Centre, Prato, Italy


Monash University’s Faculty of Arts is delighted to be hosting the 2014 international conference of the European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA) at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy.


Call for Papers
Where and how do we encounter Australia? This conference will explore sites of  contact, connection and exchange between Australia and the world, with a  particular emphasis on Europe. Monash’s Prato campus, situated in the heart of  Italy, provides an ideal meeting-place for such transcultural conversations. We  invite papers and panels that engage with ideas of encountering Australia –  imaginatively, theoretically, institutionally, politically, socially,  historically, pedagogically, symbolically. This conference will provide the  opportunity to instigate new ways of talking together about Australia, past and  present, and will highlight the importance of cross-cultural dialogue.

Topics for papers and panels may include:
* documentary encounters
* migration, mobility and diaspora
* environment and climate change
* histories of war and violence
* experimental and avant-garde encounters
* personal, national and collective memory
* embodied encounters
* gendered and sexual encounters
* expatriate communities and collectives
* narrative and performative encounters

The organising committee welcomes submissions from disciplines including literary studies, film studies, cultural studies, historical studies, Indigenous studies, translation studies, media, journalism and communications, performance  studies, gender and women’s studies, legal studies and social sciences.

Abstracts for papers or panel proposals of 300 words should be submitted to
EASA [at] monash [dot] edu <mailto:EASA [at] monash [dot] edu> by 10 March 2014.
Please include a  biographical statement of no more than 200 words.

Conference Organisers
Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge (Chair), Professor Kate Rigby, Dr Therese  Davis, Associate Professor Rita Wilson, Dr Anna Poletti, Professor Susan Kossew,  Professor Lynette Russell, Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Sharon Elliott  (Event Coordinator)

Further information from our website:  ** <>

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CRICOS Provider Number: 00008C

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