[csaa-forum] CSAA conference update

Melissa Gregg m.gregg at uq.edu.au
Mon Jun 7 11:20:37 CST 2004

dear list,

plans are well underway for the annual CSAA conference to be held in 
Fremantle December 9-11. you can now bookmark the conference website 
which has just been launched and will continue to be updated as the 
conference nears:


some useful travel information about WA is already available from the 
site under 'Perth and Fremantle'.
do continue to avail yourselves of this list to organise panels 
nationally and internationally. the CFP is attached below for those of 
you who missed it or need a reminder. looking forward to meeting many of 
you there!


Everyday Transformations

The Twenty-First Century Quotidian

Annual conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia,
Perth / Fremantle, 9-11 December 2004

Call for Papers

New technologies, increasing work pressures, changing gender roles and 
family structures, increasing flows of refugees and asylum seekers, 
concerns about security, environmental risks, the escalating speed and 
complexity of social transactions - everyday life is today a terrain of 
rapid and unsettling change. Yet it retains associations also with 
pattern, order, routine - the familiarity of a favourite soap opera or 
talk show, the ordinary pleasures and irritations of shopping, cooking, 
negotiating traffic, managing domestic life.

How should cultural studies address questions of everyday life in the 
twenty-first century? The field can claim a rich tradition of work in 
the area, from ethnographies of street subcultures and shopping centres 
to writing on television and popular magazines. But everyday life has 
been transformed in significant ways since the time of many of the 
founding contributions. What remains relevant today in the study of 
everyday life? To what extent do we need new concepts and categories?
Transformations have also occurred in cultural studies' motivations for 
engaging with everyday life. The everyday is a major point of 
intersection for many of its intellectual tributaries, including British 
cultural studies, feminism, semiotics, European surrealism, 
situationism, psychoanalysis and ethnomethodology. Yet the context for 
all of these has been affected by major shifts in the location of 
cultural studies, the nature and priorities of higher education, by the 
increasing market orientation of mainstream institutions and by 
conservative attempts to lay claim to the 'ordinary' and 'mainstream'. 
What do we seek now in engaging with the everyday? What understanding of 
this engagement is most appropriate for the times?

Possible sessions/themes:
... New technologies                      ... Speed and time
... Suburbia                      ... Everyday sexualities
... Television                    ... Collections and archives
... Food                          ... Popular media
... Magazine journalism           ... Cultural geographies
... Everyday spirituality         ... Sport
... Ordinariness                   ... Music
... Shopping                      ... Tourism
... Civility and manners          ... Documentary
... Creativity                    ... Sustainability
... Homes and gardens             ... The apocalyptic and the everyday     
... Risk and stress                       ... Dance
... Globalisation                 ... Political activism in everyday life

Abstracts of no more than 250 words for single papers, or suggestions 
for panel sessions, should be sent to:
Mark Gibson - mgibson at central.murdoch.edu.au

or :    School of Media, Communication and Culture
      Murdoch University
      South St, Murdoch
        WA 6150

Panel proposals are particularly welcome.

Refereed Publication Option: As an innovation on past CSAA conferences, 
'Everyday Transformations' will also be offering the option of refereed 
publication in electronic conference proceedings. To be considered for 
this stream, full papers must be received by 27 August 2004.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 July 2004

Melissa Gregg
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
4th Floor, Forgan Smith Tower
University of Queensland 4072
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