Presidents Welcome

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

The Cultural Studies Association of Australia was established in 1992, and in 2002 became the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. The broad aims of the Association are to develop the study, teaching and public profile of Cultural Studies throughout Australasia. We are also very active in supporting post-graduate and early career scholars, so if you are currently undertaking postgraduate research in Cultural Studies, or have just commenced an academic appointment, I encourage you join.

The CSAA hosts a number of events throughout the year, ranging from social evenings, through to our major conference. Since 2000, we have discussed Ute Culture in Melbourne, Everyday Transformations in Perth, On the Beach in Brisbane, Culture Incorporated in Christchurch, What’s Left of Theory? in Hobart, Culture Fix in Sydney, Unaustralia in Canberra, and the Scholarly Affair in Byron Bay. That’s one set of reasons to join the Association. Another is that the Association provides an umbrella to a broad range of scholars working at the cross-disciplinary and cutting edges of humanities scholarship: Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Film and Television, Feminism, New Media, Poetry, Marxism, Gender Studies, Fictocriticism, Philosophy, Music, Internet Studies, Creative Industries, Psychoanalysis, Creative Activism, Cyberculture, Body Modifications and more are all encountered, in dialogue, disagreement and debate.

As well as staging some of Australia’s most interesting and cross-disciplinary humanities conferences, the CSAA hosts a range of activities through the year. Many scholars, both in the association and outside it, avail themselves of the Association’s Post-Grad blog, the CSAA-Forum (which features up-to-the-minute postings on current events and announcements), social evenings, gatherings and more. You can join the Association by clicking the ‘Join CSAA’ tab above, or simply by attending the Association’s Conference, which includes membership dues in its registration fees.

We look forward to you joining the conversation.

Kelly McWilliam

Kelly McWilliam

President, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia