International Australian Studies Association Conference ‘ Border Breach

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Date(s) - 5 Dec 2012 until 7 Dec 2012
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Building H. Theatre 1.25

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Date(s) – Wed 05 Dec – Fri 07 Dec
12:00 am

Building H. Theatre 1.25
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Caulfield East 

2012 Biennial Conference of the International Australian Studies Association

Crossing Borders: Australia and the Global Circulation of Ideas
Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Monash University, Caulfield Campus
5-7 December 2012

Keynote speakers: Author and academic Professor Kim Scott, Human Rights Commissioner the Hon. Susan Ryan, Professor Adrian Franklin, & Professor Gillian Whitlock

Plenary panels include Australia-China relations; taking Australian studies into the media, policy and schools; War and Memory; and the future of Australian Studies as an interdiscipline.

Plenary panelists include: Kate Darian-Smith, Stuart Macintyre, Tim Soutphommasane, David Walker,Richard White, Frank Bongiorno, Sushi Das, Keir Reeves, Nick Dyrenfurth, Jing HanSophie Loy-Wilson, Chengxin Pan, Bruce Scates, Ross McMullin Bart Ziino and Tony Moore

Despite Australia’s economic buoyancy throughout the Global Financial Crisis, largely thanks to its resource boom and exports markets to China and India, the nation remains anxious about its borders, and much else besides. The off shore detention of asylum seekers, the attempted extradition of Wikileaks frontman Julian Assange, the decline of the Murdoch media empire, the loss of servicemen in Afghanistan, the punishment of tourists for drug trafficking in Bali, arrest of Australian businessmen in China– all point to the ongoing dilemmas of Australia and Australians’ relationships with the region and the world. At home, the effort to manage climate change through a carbon tax, debate about the place of Indigenous Australians in the Federal Constitution, local versions of the Occupy movement, along with angst over US troops and Chinese land acquisition have reignited sovereignty anxiety and debate about the way Australians see themselves and imagine their future. At times fretful and fearful, on other occasions Australia and Australians seem exultant and ascendant. The 2012 InASA Conference, jointly hosted by Monash University’s History Department and its National Centre for Australian Studies, provides a timely forum for much needed complex analysis and discussion around these issues through its theme: Border Breach.

The conference is designed to encourage reflection on both Australian effects in transnational circuits of meaning and ideas, but also the inherently interdisciplinary and global nature of Australian studies. The movement of ideas and people across Australian borders is mirrored in the academy, compelling an immensely productive, constantly shifting context for thought and contention that this Biennial InASA conference will showcase. Topics discussed include:

• Mobility: travel, migration, diasporas, refugees and trafficking

• Australia and Asia

• war and memory

• Debate: climate change, public accountability, and democracy

• Difference: citizenship and multiculturalism; class

• Indigeniety: land rights, decolonization, interventions, global and local connections

• Media: representations, advertising, journalism

• Finance: crisis, trade barriers and sovereignty

• Security: resistance, protest and hacking

• Communication: cyber activism, media empires, citizen journalism

• Land: resource, territory and place

• Popular culture, pop music, sport, entertainment

We also encourage discussion of the future of Australian studies itself in its 25th year. How is Australian Studies changing to embrace new areas of scholarship such as cultural and media studies, to project Australian research and teaching beyond our borders and the challenge to engage beyond the academy? How might research in Australian studies engage with the broader national debate, through the media, in public policy and in the new national curriculum?

Sponsored by the National Centre for Australian Studies, the History Department and the Faculty of Arts, Monash University

For more information, including program and other details:

Keynote speakers bios:

Kim Scott

Keynote title: Welling

Kim Scott’s ancestral Noongar country is the south-east coast of Western Australia between Gairdner River and Cape Arid. His cultural Elders use the term Wirlomin to refer to their clan, and the Norman Tindale nomenclature identifies people of this area as Wudjari/Koreng. The author of That Deadman Dance and Benang, both of which won the prestigious Miles Franklin Award, Kim is also an Associate Professor at the Centre for International Health at Curtin University. Kim has been a member of several state education committees, most recently as chair of the WA Education Department’s 2006 Literacy and Numeracy Review Task Force’s Writing in the Upper Primary School Working Party, served on state and national arts boards, and judged a number of national writing competitions. Kim has been a cultural awareness workshop leader at BHP Billeton/Nickel West’s Ravensthorpe mine site, a writer-in-residence, visiting scholar (Trinity College, University of Melbourne) and invited guest at numerous national and international writing and cultural festivals. 

Adrian Franklin

Keynote title: Slipping across the boundary from culture to nature – and back again: the strange case of feral animals as defenders of the Australian border

Professor Adrian Franklin, Reader of Sociology at the University of Tasmania, and specialist in 20th century culture and sociology, with interests in consumption, consumerism and consumer society, nature, tourism and leisure studies. He is a presenter on the ABC’s Collectors and author of A Collectors Year, followed by Collecting the Twentieth Century, which was published by University of New South Wales Press in partnership with the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. His latest book, City Life, was published in May 2010. He also writes a regular column in the Hobart Mercury newspaper and COLLECTORS magazine.

Susan Ryan
The Hon Susan Ryan, AO, Discrimination Commissioner (Aging) with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Up until her appointment as Commissioner, she had been Women’s Ambassador for ActionAid Australia and chaired the Australian Human Rights Group since 2008. She had also chaired the Australian Human Rights Act Campaign Inc. since 2005. From 1975 to 1988, Susan was Senator for the ACT, becoming the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a federal Labor Government. She also pioneered extensive anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmarkSex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986. As Minister for Education Susan inaugurated Australian Studies.  

Gillian Whitlock

Keynote title: Outside Country

Gillian Whitlock is ARC Professorial Research Fellow in the School of English, Media and Art History at the University of Queensland. Her current research includes life writing and post colonialism with an emphasis on contemporary Australian writing. Gillian’s ARC Fellowship (2010-2014) focusses on the archives of asylum seeker letters held in the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland. Her most recent papers on asylum seekers and on the posthuman can be read in Trauma Texts and Biography Fall 2010. She is currently writing a book on Postcolonialism and Life Narrative for the Oxford series on Literature and Postcolonialism.

Convenors: Associate Professor Christina Twomey, History, and Dr Tony Moore, Director, National Centre for Australian Studies Monash University, Dr Keir Reeves, National Centre for Australian Studies.