New and unconventional approaches to literature

18 September 2012

Dissensus: A Festival of New and Oppositional Writing. Image ©Louis Armand

Is literature an elitist cultural activity or can it be an exciting space in which new voices emerge and contest dominant values?

This topic and more will be discussed at Dissensus: A Festival of New and Oppositional Writing, a one-day literary festival being hosted by Monash University’s Centre for Postcolonial Writing.

Dissensus will bring together some of Australia’s most exciting new writers, poets, publishers and literary activists to discuss how today’s writers relate to and oppose the mainstream. It will include everything from dystopian fiction to radical experimental poetry, from political spoken word to zine-making, street press to new literary journalism.

Among these are Jeff Sparrow, the editor of the radical cultural journalOverland, slam poet and community activist Tariro Mavondo, zine-maker Luke You, avant-garde poet Jessica Wilkinson whose work fuses biography with experimental poetry, and the novelist, Meg Mundell, whose first award-winning book, Black Glass, offers a new way of bringing together the genres of Sci-Fi, realism, thriller and political satire.

Aspiring creative writers will also have the opportunity to speak to published writers, as well as approach and network with publishers and editors of literary publications present.

Monash University’s Dr Ali Alizadeh from the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies said festival is a great opportunity for readers and students of contemporary writing as well as would-be writers to get a firsthand perspective on how a new literary culture is being forged in Australia.

“So much of today’s mainstream literary landscape is dominated by conventional approaches to genre, literary aesthetics and subject matter. The speakers at ‘Dissensus’, however, are all engaged in new and unconventional approaches and themes,” Dr Alizadeh said.

Dissensus: A Festival of New and Oppositional Writing will take place on Friday 21 September at the Monash University Museum of Art, Building F, Monash University Caulfield campus.

 

Future students

For undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and graduate research course information please contact the Faculty of Arts.

For honours course information please contact the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.

For general future student information specific to the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, please visit future students and Higher Degree by Research for future students.

 

Current students

If you began your studies before the current year, please check the course and unit information in the previous year’shandbook for your current academic year course and unit requirements, or contact the Faculty of Arts on your home campus.

 

Undergraduate

Our school offers individual units, major and minor sequences in following areas of study:

For further course and unit information about undergraduate degrees please contact the Faculty of Arts.

 

Honours

Links below refer to the Monash University Handbook and the Monash University Course Finder.

Our school offers honours programs in many areas:

For further course and unit information about honours please contact the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.

 

Postgraduate coursework

All information links to the Monash University Handbook and the Monash University Course Finder.

Course/unit title Course and unit information Fees, admission, career and eligibility information
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research) Handbook entry Course Finder entry
Specific to the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Master of Film and Television Studies Handbook entry Course Finder entry
Master of Cultural Arts Handbook entry Course Finder entry

For further information about postgraduate coursework please contact the Faculty of Arts.

 

Graduate research

All information links to the Monash University Handbook and the Monash University Course Finder.

Our school offers supervision in many areas of study:

For further course and unit information about Higher Degree by Research please contact the Faculty of Arts.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) within the Faculty of Arts is a postgraduate degree comprising of either 66% or 100% research.

100% research

The research degree is presented and assessed as a thesis. 100% research PhD and Masters degrees in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies are available in a variety of study areas:

66% research

The research degree is presented and assessed as a thesis combined with coursework. 66% research PhD and Masters degrees in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies are available in:

 

International Study

Information about School of English, Communications and Performance Studies Winter in Prato units.

 

Home – introduction

Our research unit brings together academic and postgraduate researchers and professionals from the humanities, social sciences, creative arts and cultural industry sectors.

People in our research unit are interested in the intersection between aesthetic research, cultural creativity, and social and economic life.

The core of our research looks at aesthetics as an important aspect of all intellectual fields and human domains.

Our Staff – Introduction

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About – Introduction

The Social Aesthetics research unit brings together academic and postgraduate researchers and professionals from the humanities, social sciences, creative arts and cultural industry sectors. People in our research unit are interested in the intersection between aesthetic research, cultural creativity, and social and economic life.

The core of our research looks at aesthetics as an important aspect of all intellectual fields and human domains. Aesthetic agency, performance, materials, and forms are all key to understanding social behaviour. Our research binds creativity, imagination, dramaturgy, aesthetics, art, social action, politics, and economics. Social aesthetics incorporates various traditions of people and thinkers within the arts, humanities and social sciences.

In a knowledge economy, our research also attracts academics and professionals in marketing, organisational studies, communications, leisure and arts management, and other applied fields.

Our research situates itself in a world where knowledge, creativity, imagination and aesthetics have currency like never before; where solutions to complex problems, across domains and disciplines, are acclaimed for their beauty and aesthetic qualities.

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Concerts

Lunchtime concerts

The School of Music — Conservatorium’s Lunchtime Concert Series provides staff, students and the wider community to enjoy a musical lunch break. The School encourages and promotes diversity and integration of traditional, multi-cultural and contemporary styles of music performance.

Lunchtime Concerts are held every Thursday during semester from 1.10pm for approximately 40 minutes in the Music Auditorium, Rm G36, Building 68. Admission is $5 at the door.

See the Calendar of Events below for information about individual concerts, or the Semester 1 Lunchtime Concerts brochure (PDF 380k)

Sound series

Concerts are presented by students from the School of Music – Conservatorium’s performance programs. Voice, Piano, Chamber Music, Gamelan, String and Jazz/Popular music all perform for you in these evening concerts. These run on various nights in the semesters so consult the Calendar of Events below for further information.

Academy of performing arts
Enjoy student and staff performances through concerts at the Academy of Performing Arts concerts

Events

See the Calendar of Events below for information about School of Music – Conservatorium Events

Calendar of Events

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2012 Monash Poetry Prize – $150 cash prize to be won

The Monash University Prize for Poetry was established in 1963 and is an important part of the tradition of promoting literary creativity at Monash University. Previous winners include prominent Australian poets such as John A. Scott and Laurie Duggan.

Eligibility
The prize is open to all current Monash University Undergraduate students and is awarded on the recommendation of the Head of School (English, Communications and Performance Studies). The prize is awarded annually for the best poem by an undergraduate. Up to three entries may be submitted by a candidate in any one year.

Closing date
Entries for the 2012 Monash University Prize for Poetry are now open. The closing date is Friday August 10.

Award
A cash prize is awarded to the winner and the poem is published on the School’s website.

Entry requirements

  • The poem must be the original work of the candidate.
  • Typed. No handwritten entries will be accepted.
  • Written in English.
  • No more than 150 lines in length.
  • Each entry should be submitted under a nom de plume.

Submission instructions

  • Each entry should be inscribed with your nom de plume only. Do not write your real name on the entry.
  • Firmly attach each poem entered to a sealed envelope which contains a completed application form. Application forms can be downloaded fromhttp://arts.monash.edu.au/ecps/prize-for-poetry
  • Please complete one application form per entry.
  • Entries should be marked for the attention of the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies Office. Lodge your entry by hand or by post only to the addresses below.
  • No email submissions will be accepted.

Postal Address
School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Faculty of Arts
Monash University
Victoria 3800, Australia

Physical Address
Room W707
Building 11 (Menzies Building)
Clayton Campus
Victoria, Australia

For more information please see the prize Website and the prize information PDF [140 KB].