Welcome to Centre for the Book research unit
We are the only research institution of our kind in Australasia, and are widely regarded as an epicentre of print culture research.
Our research charts book history and print culture in their many forms, both historical and contemporary. We research the content of books and the materiality of books themselves – both old and new.
From blooks (blogs that become books) to twitter novellas, the Kindle and iPad, we examine the way print fits into the landscape of modern media and contributes vitally to cultural life.
The Fifth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association
CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S WRITING AND ENVIRONMENTS
Hosted by RMIT, Monash and Deakin Universities, Melbourne, Australia
3-5 July 2014
the NonFiction Lab at RMIT.
Lyn Hejinian: A founding figure of the Language writing movement in the 1970s, Lyn is one of America’s foremost experimental poets. Her books of poetry include My Life, Writing Is an Aid to Memory, Happily, The Fatalist andThe Book of a Thousand Eyes. She has also published a collection of essays, The Language of Inquiry. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.
Chris Kraus: cutting-edge LA-based writer of fiction and art criticism, Chris’ books include I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, Summer of Hate and Where Art Belongs. She was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association in 2008. She also founded the Native Agents series for Semiotext(e).
Kate Rigby: Australia’s first Professor of Environmental Humanities (Monash University), founding member of the Australian Ecological Humanities network and founding president of the Australia-New Zealand Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Kate is a leading Australian theorist of ecopoetics, and is co-editor of Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (U of Virginia P 2011).
Deborah Rose: an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales where her research focuses on multispecies ethnographies in this time of extinctions. She is a founding member of the extinction studies working group, and of Kangaloon – creative ecologies – as well as co-editor of the newly formed journal Environmental Humanities. Her influential books include Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction, Dingo Makes Us Human, Reports from a Wild Country, Country of the Heart, Nourishing Terrains and Hidden Histories.
The 5th biennial CWWA conference, ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing and Environments’ recognizes and investigates the importance of environments to women’s writing, and the contribution women’s writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of ‘environment’, the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women’s writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.
Please note that all presenters are required to be members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.
Dr. Jessica Wilkinson
School of Media and Communication
Dr Jessica Wilkinson (RMIT University)
Dr Anna Poletti (Monash)
Dr Melinda Harvey (Monash)
Dr Ann Vickery (Deakin University, Melbourne)
Dr Cassandra Atherton (Deakin University, Melbourne)
- Recent developments in the history of the book demonstrate that an interest in the material history of print culture inevitably leads us to the question of readers. How well can we understand the past, present and future of print culture without examining the uses to which it is put by its audience? Revealing The Reader will bring ... Read more