Research Events

Upcoming Events

Mapping the Magazine 4

11–13 December 2016

Mapping the Magazine 4 (MtM4) will be held at the Department of Media and Communications (MECO) at the University of Sydney. The previous three conferences have been held at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and the University of Sydney is excited to be able to host this intimate and international conference. MtM4 is dedicated to bringing scholars from a number of disciplines together to explore the state of current magazine scholarship with an eye to finding commonalities. It is informed by an underlying question: can or should magazine studies be a distinct field of study?

Any areas of magazine research are, of course, welcome. MtM4 also opens a warm invitation to professionals from the magazine industry, to share their experiences and visions for the future of the oldest of media formats, the magazine.

For more information please contact Megan Le Masurier, , Fiona Giles, or Rebecca Johinke,

Performance (as) Research: Embodied epistemology, undergraduate pedagogy and research training

August 2016

Performance as Research is a rapidly developing paradigm within the discipline of Performance and Theatre Studies. Several universities in Australia offer doctoral-level degrees structured around and through performance practice, raising important questions around just what is being researched, how that research is conducted, and how it might be appropriately disseminated.

For more information please contact Ian Maxwell,

Experimental 2: Really Real

10–12 June 2016

Experimental 2: Really Real will bring together creative practitioners and scholars to explore experimental aesthetic, critical and theoretical engagements with the Real within and across literary and visual documentary modes and genres.

For more information please contact Kate Lilley,

Photography. Ontology.

2 June 2016

This symposium seeks to explore the relationship between photography’s ontology, the camera as a human perceptual apparatus and the unconscious through critical engagement with current thinkers on the medium. What kind of thing a photograph is and what it does has captured the imagination of theorists and philosophers from Bazin, Freud and Benjamin to Barthes and Rancière. Contemporary theorists have taken up similar concerns in their considerations of what it is that photography does and does not record, what is seen, what is captured unconsciously and what is obscured.

The symposium will address photography’s ontology as it relates among other things, to the unconscious, surrealism, emotion and the everyday, chance, psychoanalytic theories, trauma, memory, race and gender, place, history, aftermath photography, materiality, contemporary photographic practice and emergent visual technologies.

For more information please contact Donna West Brett,


Past Events

Writing Across the Curriculum: Challenging Boundaries

27 October 2015

This symposium brings together Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) researchers from the University os Sydney and across Australia to share best practice and participate in a masterclass and workshop with one of the most renowned scholars in the field, Distinguished Professor Chris Anson from North Carolina State University. It will consider Writing Across the Curriculum research from an Australian perspective, identify common research interests, establish the aims of an Australian WAC Research Network, and formulate strategies for achieving a vibrant WAC research culture in the Southern Hemisphere.

For more information please contact Susan Thomas,

GTFO: Empowered Users, Objective Violence and the Governance of Participatory Media

4 September 2015

GTFO: Empowered Users, Objective Violence and the Governance of Participatory Media is a one day symposium that brings together academics, online media professionals and policy-makers working on innovative, systematic strategies to better govern social media participation, to tackle the abuse of speech rights online and support more inclusive online media communities.

For more information please contact Fiona Martin, or Jonathon Hutchinson,

Happiness, Joy and Pleasure Conference

26 – 28 November 2014
Keynote speakers:
Dr. Chris Bishop (Australian National University)
Associate Professor Louise D’Arcens (University of Wollongong)
The conference will interrogate the meaning of happiness, pleasure, and joy from interdisciplinary perspectives including but not limited to gender studies, literature, film, media, history, philosophy, health, economics, law, education, science and psychology.
A special themed edition of Philament, an online journal of culture and the arts, will be published. Conference delegates will be invited to submit article abstracts in early 2015.
Conference Program
For more information, please contact Chenoa Hunter, .

15th Australasian David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies

10 – 12 December 2014
Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the David Nichol Smith conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

For more information contact Jennifer Milam, or Nicola Parsons,

Australian Modernist Studies Network Conference

15 – 17 December 2014
The 'Transnational turn' in literary studies has been the focus of intense debate and sustained reflection in recent years, as have critical re-evaluations of Modernism’s transnational scope. Transnational Modernisms aims to provoke fresh thinking about the particular resonances between Transnationalism and Modernism, including the ongoing critical review of Modernism’s traditional Transatlantic focus.
For more information contact Mark Byron,

21C Health Communication Trends and Research in Asia-Pacific

February, 2015
For more information contact Gerard Goggin, , Fiona Giles, , or Olaf Werder,

Aesthetics in Oceania

29 September – 3 October 2014
For more information contact Christopher Hartney,

Worlds Within

9 – 12 July 2014
The 2014 conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), 'Worlds Within', invites discussion of the ways in which Australian literature engages with the world, and with world literature. It is linked with Robert Dixon's ARC DORA project, Scenes of Reading: Australian Literature and the World Republic of Letters - a project that asks how Australian literature - both as a field of cultural production and as an academic discipline with a cultural-nationalist legacy - can best be located in relation to world literary space while seeking at the same time to provincialise such overarching concepts as world literature.
For more information contact Liliana Zavaglia,

The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday

1 – 4 July 2014
The conference will open up the nuances of the term 'prosaic' by exploring the privileged relationship between the novel genre and multiple and complex categories of the 'everyday'. Building on John Plotz's notion of the novel as exemplary 'portable property', the conference will address the relationship between novel-reading as everyday activity and the novel's prosaic subject matter, whether this is conceived as material object, cultural practice, or speech act.
For more information contact Vanessa Smith,

Image Dance Think Tank

4 – 9 November 2013
A workshop-symposium led by Frank van de Ven and Tess de Quincey consisting of dancers, artists, artist-academics and academics. A new format for exchange between practitioners and writers was explored, with the latter effectively 'embedded' or integrated within the image practice and research.

Animals + Writing

7 July 2013
Animals + Writing is a one-day conference celebrating animals within worlds of writing. It is an opportunity to contemplate and discuss the influence of animals on writing practices within literary and academic contexts.

Global Romanticism: The second biennial conference of the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia

3 – 5 July 2013
Much of the recent scholarly activity in the area of Romantic studies has concentrated on ‘the four nations’: England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The second biennial conference of the antipodean Romantic Studies Association of Australasia would like to turn that on its head and to ask, again, about British Romanticism’s engagement with the rest of the world, and about the rest of the world’s engagement with British Romanticism.

Free Linguistics Conference (FLC)

6 – 7 October 2012
The Free Linguistics Conference aims to provide a widely accessible forum for linguists in all areas of research to come together and share their diverse perspectives and research.