Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference 2015
Hosted by the School of Culture and Communication
University of Melbourne
1st – 3rd December 2015
(Prefix Postgraduate Workshop 30th November)
Co-Convenors: Rimi Khan and Tim Laurie
Organising Committee: Chris Healy, Fran Martin, Scott McQuire, Angela Ndalianis, Nikos Papastergiadis, Audrey Yue.
Conference Theme: Minor Culture
- How are minor cultures inhabited? When do minor cultures become uninhabitable?
- Is the concept of minority still useful in explaining contemporary forms of cultural marginality?
- How do categories such as indigeneity and Aboriginality, gender and sexuality, class, disability, race and citizenship produce minoritising effects? How might these categories change when mobilised through governmental discourses, newsmedia, and everyday usage?
- Who narrates experiences of minoritisation? For whom are these narratives produced? How is minoritarianism articulated through film, music, television, literature, performance, and digital cultures?
- In what ways do practices of government and cultural policy shape relationships between local, national and transnational cultures? To what extent are legal regulations implicated in the formation of minoritarian practices?
- How do new minor or major cultural formations emerge? Through which means do political practices resist or intervene in these formations?
- Do minor cultures require novel theoretical tools or research methodologies? What do “experimental” approaches to cultural research look like? What alternative kinds of knowledge could such approaches make available?
- Is minority a humanist concept? What place could “majority” and “minority” have within post-anthropocentric thinking?
- And when do minor cultures cease to be minor?
Prefix Postgraduate Workshop
- An abstract (250 words max.)
- A title for the presentation (15 words max.)
- A short bio (30 words max.) Include your name, email address, degree level and institutional affiliation. This should be included both in the body of the email and as an attachment