CALL FOR PAPERS: "Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility." Venue: Maritime Museum of WA, Fremantle

Dates: 7-9 December 2016


Addressing the urgent and compelling need to re-imagine Australia as inclusive, conscious of its landscape and contexts, locale, history, myths and memory, amnesia, politics, cultures and futures.

Re-imagined through story, critique, reflection, art, human rights and education. 

The conference will offer the opportunity of responding to 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. 

Re-imagining different ways of knowing, belonging and doing.

The conference aims to showcase contemporary research and creativity in understanding Australia through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.

For the first time, the International Association of Australian Studies 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.

Keynote Speakers Include:

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Macquarie)

Tony Birch (Victoria)

Anna Haebich (Curtin)

Vinay Lal (UCLA)

Suvendrini Perera (Curtin)

Ariel Heryanto (ANU)

Kim Scott (Curtin)

The conference encourages postgraduates, early career and senior scholars to present new and innovative work cognate to our theme. 

We welcome the submission of abstracts from the following disciplines and fields:

African Studies

Australian Studies

Asian Studies

Creative Arts

Creative Writing

Critical Disability Studies

Critical Race and Whiteness Studies

Cultural Studies


Environmental Studies

Gender and Sexuality



Human rights

Indian Ocean Studies

Indigenous Studies


Media and Film Studies

Multicultural Studies

Performance studies

Postcolonial Studies

Settler Colonial Studies