[csaa-forum] CFP: "Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility" InASA 2016 Fremantle

Baden Offord baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
Thu Jan 7 11:05:39 ACST 2016

The Centre for Human Rights Education, Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute and the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University, have pleased to host:

"Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility"

7 - 9 December 2016

Western Australia Maritime Museum, on the water


Keynote Speakers Include:

Kim Scott

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Anna Haebich

Suvendrini Perera

Vinay Lal

Tony Birch

Ariel Heryanto

For the first time, the International Association of Australian Studies (InASA) conference will take place in Western Australia (WA), following on the zeitgeist of Griffith Review's 'Looking West' (2014), the end of the mining boom and vigorous national protests against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities based on a racial and cultural politics of 'lifestyle' that bear the hallmarks of European Enlightenment triumph.

WA offers a rich context to explore the creative, cultural and critical dynamics of Australian society. Its proximity to the Indian Ocean, to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, China and Africa make WA an ideal place from which to look at Australia, as well as a place to understand how others see it.

This year's InASA 2016 conference will offer the opportunity of addressing the intensification of overlapping, interpenetrating and mixing of cultures and peoples in everyday life in Australia - and how its public culture has become increasingly re-imagined through intense conversations and inter-epistemic dialogue.

The purpose of this conference is to understand, document, invoke, listen to, learn about and enquire into the conversations, discussions, histories, stories and creative production that have happened and are happening that help or hinder a re-imagining of Australia, one that is conscious of the limitations and nuances of Enlightenment thinking and therefore framed through questions of cultural encounter, social and political recognition and responsibility. The conference will showcase research about how Australia is being re-imagined through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches that are critical, creative and artistic.

Call for papers:


Professor Baden Offord
Director | Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education
Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights
Centre for Human Rights Education | Faculty of Humanities

Curtin University
T: | +61 8 9266 7186
E: | baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
CRICOS Provider Code 00301J (WA).

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