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Conference CFP: Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press

Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press:

Intercultural, transnational and diasporic contexts



University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

22-23 November, 2017


This Conference is timed to mark developments in Australia’s migrant and minority printed press since 1967. It has been fifty years since Miriam Gilson and Jerzy Zubrzycki’s ground-breaking study on the foreign-language press in Australia. Australia’s cultural landscape has transformed significantly as a result of increasing understanding of, and services in support of, the diverse multilingual and multicultural communities across Australian society. Analysis of the printed press of such communities has also advanced through multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research from several substantial historiographical influences, including discourses of postcolonialism and methodological developments in cultural history and world history approaches.

The Conference brings together the latest research on Australia’s migrant and minority press from the colonial era to the present day, with an emphasis on themes of belonging, community and conflict. The convenors welcome papers exploring any aspects concerning Indigenous, migrant and/or minority community newspapers (print or digitalised) in Australia, as well as their intercultural, transnational and diasporic contexts. Papers speaking to multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches are also of interest.


Keynote Speakers

Doctor Simon Potter, Reader in Modern History, University of Bristol

Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Professor of Media and Director of the Centre for Media Studies, Macquarie University


Call for Abstracts

We invite abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes’ discussion time.

The convenors intend to publish a selection of the best papers from the Conference as a special edition of a high quality, peer-reviewed journal.

Anticipated streams

  • Colonial and early Federation newspapers
  • Interwar migrant newspapers
  • Displaced Persons and post-war migrant newspapers
  • More recent refugees and asylum seekers’ newspapers
  • Newspapers of other minority groups (Indigenous, religious, commercial associations, gender, trade union, etc.)
  • National Library of Australia’s current and future digitisation of newspapers (Trove)

Please submit abstracts (250 words) and a short biography (100 words) by 10 July 2017 via

Please note that there will be a small registration fee for the Conference. Registrations will open in mid-August 2017.

Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to:

Catherine Dewhirst:  | Jayne Persian: | Mark Emmerson: