The Power and the Passion:
Contemporary Australian Literature and Politics
University of New England 11 – 13 February 2015
Armidale, New South Wales
This conference considers contemporary Australian literature and politics. Power, in all its forms, must and will be countered by the passion of resistance, defiance, challenge and contest. In this resistance, the literary imagination possesses its own power: the “passion” and ability, through challenge and constructive refusal, to transform social and political relations. The very nature of power necessitates opposition. Equally the relationship between the literary and the political is more nuanced than this stark contrast affirms, for it has been demonstrated that literature is always political in some sense or another. Yet, when this interplay between literature and politics itself is denied or obscured, when “art” is seen to exist for its own sake alone, the effects of “Power” can be destructive.
We invite participants to debate the current state of Australian literature and literary culture with reference to the ideas, ideals and ideologies animating and constraining it. Discussion may include the political context for Australian literature within and beyond our borders and the many challenges for authors, critics and scholars in an increasingly conservative political arena.
Will our literature survive free market fundamentalism?
What remains of the radical tradition in contemporary Australian literature?
What does the future hold for Australian literature and literary culture?
- Literature and the public sphere
- Contemporary Australian Literature and global politics
- The Politics of Commemoration
- Contemporary Australian Literature and intellectual movements
- Contemporary Australian Drama, Theatre and Politics
- Contemporary Screen Writing and Politics
- Indigenous Literature
- Protest, dissent and satire
- Environmentalism and Literature
- Contemporary Feminist Literature in Australia
- Australian Literature and the Politics of Higher Education
Paper-givers must be members of ASAL. Please go to the link below in order to join:
Fiona Capp will deliver the UNE Inaugural Judith Wright Lecture as part of this Conference and a special tour of properties belonging to Judith Wright’s family will be included on the program.
Postgraduate students are especially encouraged to submit abstracts and ASAL will award bursaries to a limited number of postgraduate participants.
Associate Professor Brigitta Olubas
President, ASAL – Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Co-editor, JASAL – Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Honours Convenor, School of the Arts and Media
Room 225, Robert Webster Building
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052, NSW, Australia
Tel +61 2 9385 2303