President’s Welcome 2019

Welcome to the website of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia.

 

Dear CSAA members and colleagues,

On behalf of the new Executive Committee, as incoming President of the CSAA I would like to extend our warmest thanks to outgoing members of the team, who have overseen the continued growth of the Association through a series of challenging transitions: Kelly McWilliam (USQ), who has completed her term as President; and Jess Carniel (USQ), who has similarly completed her term as Secretary. Please join me in welcoming new members of the Executive Rob Cover (UWA), elected to the position of Secretary, and Michael Richardson (UNSW), elected to the position of Memberships Officer. Holly Randell-Moon (CSU) continues as Treasurer, and Jay Daniel Thompson (Melbourne) as Website and Social Media Editor.

The complete list of Executive members and State Representatives can be found here:

http://csaa.asn.au/about/executive/csaa-executive-structure/.

As we look forward to the start of the academic year, many of us are all too aware of the challenges we are likely to face as scholars, practitioners and activists in the year ahead, and concerned by the intensifying sense of crisis produced by the institutional, political, cultural and environmental transformations currently taking place.

In such times, the work of Cultural Studies scholars is more urgently needed than ever. As teachers and researchers in Cultural Studies, your work has a vital role to play in its contribution to public debate and critical thinking about the difficult issues that currently face us. Cultural Studies as a field is well placed to help us think through the various problems and questions with which we are centrally concerned, with its history of collaborative research, multidisciplinary methodologies, and commitment to popular or everyday cultural practices as serious objects of study.

Now in its 27thyear, the CSAA has long welcomed a broad range of scholars working at the cross-disciplinary and cutting edges of scholarship, including those in queer, gender and sexuality studies; Indigenous, race and postcolonial studies; film, television and media studies; critical disability studies; new materialism; affect theory; internet studies; critical theory; environmental humanities; medical humanities, and many more.

The purpose of the CSAA is to support and promote the work of its members across this varied field. It does this through the CSAA forum, which allows members of the CSAA community to share notices and updates (you can send emails to the forum here: csaa-forum@lists.cdu.edu.au), the CSAA blog (http://csaa.asn.au/csaa-blog/), and the CSAA website (http://csaa.asn.au).

You can also keep updated by following us on Twitter (@CSAAustralasia) and/or joining our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/48459482164/).

The CSAA runs a range of occasional schemes, such as the mentorship scheme, the CSAA Small Grants scheme, and the Continuum essay award for excellence in cultural studies scholarship by an eligible postgraduate student.

You can join the Association by clicking the ‘Join CSAA’ tab above, or by attending the Association’s annual conference, which includes membership dues in its registration fees.

In 2019, the CSAA Executive will be working to refresh its organizational structure, capacities, and mission. We will be seeking input of our members and base as we move forward with this. I look forward to working with you over the year to come, and to hearing from you how the CSAA can best support the important work undertaken by its members.

 

Elizabeth Stephens

President, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia