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     1. The Italian Effect Syd Sep 9-11 (Melissa Gregg)
     2. Re: Re: glass ceilings (Tony Mitchell)
     3. Postdocs: University of  Illinois (Amanda Wise)


  Message: 1
  Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:36:50 +1000
  From: Melissa Gregg <m.gregg at uq.edu.au>
  Subject: [csaa-forum] The Italian Effect Syd Sep 9-11
  To: csaa-forum at lists.cdu.edu.au
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  Conference Announcement

  The Italian Effect: Radical Thought, Biopolitics and Cultural Subversion
  Sydney University, September 9-11, 2004

  Presented by: the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social 
  Sciences, University of Sydney, the Institute for International Studies 
  and the Transforming Cultures Unit, University of Technology, Sydney, 
  the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney and the 
  Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.

  Aims of the Conference
  After several decades during which the humanities in Australia and 
  globally have been strongly influenced by French thought, in the new 
  millennium the work of Italian thinkers is having a profound impact upon 
  intellectual activity. The most notable signs of this "Italian effect" 
  are the widespread interest in the work of Giorgio Agamben and the 
  popularity of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt's Empire, but this is only 
  to scratch the surface of the productivity of the diversity of 
  contemporary Italian thought across a wide variety of disciplines. This 
  conference will address the current and potential international impact 
  of radical Italian thought, focusing not only on Negri and Agamben but 
  also on the work of Franco Berardi (Bifo), Ida Dominijanni, Paolo Virno, 
  and others. The conference will consist of the following sessions:

  ---Negri, Multitudes and Empires
  ---The Theory and Practice of Autonomia
  ---Italian Feminism, Gender and Alterity
  ---Agamben and the Camp
  ---Italian thought, Autonomy and Aesthetic Practices
  ---Radical Italian Thought, Postmodernity and Critique
  ---Italian and Gobal Media Subversions
  ---The Multitude, Luther Blissett's Q and Ecopolitics
  ---Post-Autonomy, Common Places and Cultural Activism
  ---Security, Internment and Pre-Emptive War
  ---Potential Politics, Networks and Mythopoesis
  ---Agamben, Biopolitics and Bare Life

  Keynote Speakers
  Franco Berardi (Bifo)- Leading Italian cultural theorist and media 
  activist whose media projects include Radio Alice and Telestrada.

  Ida Dominijanni- Professor of Political theory and journalist of Il 
  Manifesto as well as being a key figure of radical Italian feminism.

  Registration payments should be made out to: Sydney University and sent 
  to Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS), Woolley 
  Building A20, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA. The rates 
  are as follows:
  Earlybird registration (received by 31/8/04):AUD $88 (Full)/AUD $66 
  Regular registration: AUD $110 (Full)/AUD $77 (Concession).

  UTS Event, Performance Space, Building 3 (Bon Marche), Cnr. Broadway and 
  Harris Street
  Sydney University, Education Building, Manning Road (next to Manning bar).


  Additional Event at the University of Western Sydney
  Centre for Cultural Research Public Lecture
  Franco Berardi (Bifo)
  Respondent:Ida Dominijanni
  Wednesday 8 September 2004 3.00-5.00pm
  University of Western Sydney
  Parramatta Campus
  BLD EZ, Female Orphan School, Gallery Floor
  Map and directions available at 

  RSVP by Monday 6 September 3.00pm to: (02) 9685 9600 or 
  mailto:ccr at uws.edu.au

  Melissa Gregg
  Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
  4th Floor, Forgan Smith Tower
  University of Queensland 4072
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  ph     61 7 3346 9762
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  Message: 2
  Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:39:32 +1000
  From: Tony Mitchell <Tony.Mitchell at uts.edu.au>
  Subject: Re: [csaa-forum] Re: glass ceilings
  To: CSAA discussion list <csaa-forum at lists.cdu.edu.au>
  Message-ID: <AB4DD792-EFF6-11D8-9D94-00039386D2FE at uts.edu.au>
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  Just a brief response to Rowan's email (and an acknowledgment of John's 
  unique and scandalous situation - John is one of our most important 
  jazz and popular music researchers and it is outrageous that he cannot 
  make a living from his work, which includes the recent Currency 
  Companion to Music and Dance in Australia - a major project on which he 
  worked for 7 years on the breadline) - more optimistically perhaps (but 
  not much) my university has advertised 2 level A positions in Cultural 
  Studies in the past 2 years. The first had over 70 applicants, the 
  second had 58 - an indication of the severe employment drought in the 
  area - but in both cases the job went to a (female) candidate who had 
  not yet completed their PhD, despite the fact we had applicants with 
  books, etc.

  On 14/08/2004, at 3:03 PM, John Whiteoak wrote:

  > Just to add another perspective to that of Rowan.  I completed my PhD 
  > in 1993 (having entered uni as a mature age student with no secondary 
  > education to speak of )  and found a publisher of repute soon 
  > thereafter, and a half time academic position. My department was 
  > closed as redundant at the end of the 90s with much public outcry and 
  > gnashing of teeth.  I am still an  honorary research associate with 
  > another uni department but this has very minimal advantages apart from 
  > being somewhere to give away  my annual publication listing as 
  > research quantum for that struggling department.
  > Yet,  I somehow continue to very much enjoy academic research and 
  > writing (supported by the dole, very modest needs. chooks and a 
  > garden) and especially the situation of being able to spent lots and 
  > lots of quality time researching  and thinking about whatever topic I 
  > am most interested in.  Because of this freedom,  I can produce work 
  > of a reasonably consistent quality and never have to submit copy on 
  > the mere chance of it being published.. There are always several firm 
  > requests in the pipeline.   From the perspective of book and article 
  > publication profile, mine is therefore an ongoing success story, 
  > except that I live and will die in (financial) poverty.  This is 
  > therefore one way of getting by and it works well for me--and the dead 
  > have no needs.   Best
  > John Whiteoak
  > r.wilken at pgrad.unimelb.edu.au wrote:
  >> Hi all, while a newcomer to this list and a relative latecomer to 
  >> this discussion of academic life and publishing, I would like to add 
  >> my own observations (both bleak and optimistic).
  >> I can relate to the need to find respite on a Welsh beach (although 
  >> at this time of year a Melbourne beach would do just a well), for I 
  >> am what academic job ads describe as a PhD candidate 'near 
  >> completion'. At present, however, this seems more like a euphemism 
  >> for 'the slough of despond' or 'utter confusion'; that which is 
  >> supposed to be winding up is taking on Sisyphean proportions. (By a 
  >> perverse and possibly dubious kind of logic, my partner - who has her 
  >> PhD - says this is a sure sign I am near the end.)
  >> My own despondency is, I suspect, not helped by a greater sense of 
  >> futility in the face of a very unpromising academic employment 
  >> climate. More than once I made the naive mistake of thinking that 
  >> academic job ads were genuine when they stated that a job was open to 
  >> PhD candidates 'near completion'. In truth, however, this statement 
  >> seems more like a joke in poor taste, one designed to make postgrads 
  >> with academic aspirations miserable and spend time they can't afford 
  >> applying for jobs they won't get. I have learnt this by trial and 
  >> error. The feedback I have managed to gather (and believe me, getting 
  >> any comment on unsuccessful uni job applications is no mean feat; 
  >> feedback is, in my experience, reluctantly given if it is given at 
  >> all) has been especially dispiriting. I have come to accept the 
  >> statement that 'it is not a question of quality, it is just that 
  >> applications that don't have a completed PhD won't be considered'. 
  >> Why then bother including it at all? But I have more!
  >>  trouble with the following: 'in addition to a completed PhD and 
  >> established publication record, you will be better placed if you have 
  >> one or more books published with a major publisher.' And this is for 
  >> a Level A position, and before the main selection criteria are even 
  >> mentioned! Mind you, mine was an honest mistake, as I knew of at 
  >> least person who had secured a position without either of the above 
  >> (although I'm beginning to wonder if this was in fact a dream I had 
  >> ... or an urban myth). Nevertheless, such tales do lead one (or at 
  >> least me) to wonder if the whole academic job market is either 
  >> horribly riddled with politics and nepotism, or a complete - and 
  >> completely mysterious - lottery. And so it has come to pass that, 
  >> even with a soon-to-be-completed PhD and what I consider to be a 
  >> fairly healthy publication record, the university employment horizon 
  >> is looking increasingly bleak (aside from the treadmill life of the 
  >> sessional, that is, whose prospects, it seems to me,!
  >>  vary little from those of the seasonal fruit picker). So, and without
  >> meaning to sound too downcast, at age 35, and in light of the above, 
  >> I am having to reluctantly face the prospect that my dream of 
  >> entering academic life possibly won't eventuate. Even so, it is a 
  >> prospect I continue to resist (in spite of the many hurdles that 
  >> prospective academics are made to jump through).
  >> All of this has made me think afresh about what I hold as important 
  >> in my life, like my family and thinking/writing. With respect to the 
  >> former, having two small children is a great tonic for a whole host 
  >> of disappointments (one example is seeing the excitement of my 2 year 
  >> old when he recognised for the first time the letter 'L', the letter 
  >> his name begins with; moments like this put a lot in perspective and 
  >> prompt an appreciation of the simpler things in life). With respect 
  >> to the latter, I am trying to remain creative and write as much as 
  >> possible regardless of the forum. In other words, while it has taken 
  >> me a while, I have come to a similar conclusion to Phil Barker when 
  >> he writes that the Academy does not have to be the only place where 
  >> thoughtful intellectual work can take place. Nor do I believe that it 
  >> is correct, as Mel fears, that having a job at university is the only 
  >> way that your thoughts can have any public legitimacy. The real issue 
  >> I think, as Phil suggests,!
  >>  is not so much the forum for the expression of these thoughts but 
  >> how, as an independent scholar/researcher/writer, one can support 
  >> this intellectual output. This is indeed a difficult issue, and I 
  >> don't pretend to have the answers, but I'm hoping that the following, 
  >> with which I will conclude this lengthy post, might at least 
  >> encourage Mel and others.
  >> Some time ago, for my own amusement and encouragement, I began 
  >> compiling a list of writers I admired who worked outside the academy 
  >> and/or held down not-so-glamorous jobs to support their writing 
  >> (doubtless it will grow to become a very long list given the economic 
  >> realities of most forms of creative output, but writing in 
  >> particular). For example, there is Naguib Mahfouz, admittedly not an 
  >> 'academic', but a Nobel prize winning novelist who worked for the 
  >> Egyptian public service in the mornings and wrote in the afternoons 
  >> and evenings. Then there is Roland Barthes who, unless I am mistaken, 
  >> did not secure an academic post until quite late in his writing 
  >> career. There is also Georges Perec, one writer I find particularly 
  >> inspiring; this keen observer of the everyday and master of the 
  >> literary constraint worked for many years in a medical library 
  >> writing a weekly crossword and numerous other pieces while travelling 
  >> back and forth each day on the Paris Metro.
  >> Cheers,
  >> Rowan Wilken.
  >> r.wilken at pgrad.unimelb.edu.au
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  Message: 3
  Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 09:41:14 +1000
  From: "Amanda Wise" <amanda.wise at anu.edu.au>
  Subject: [csaa-forum] Postdocs: University of  Illinois
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