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AULLA 2019 Conference
| 16.4.2019 | Updated 30.9.2019
Time:9-11 December 2019
Place:University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Theme:Reception, Production, Exchange

The Australasian Universities Languages and Literatures Association (AULLA) will hold its next conference at the University of Wollongong in December 2019. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Australian Reception Network (ARN).

The theme of the conference is "Reception, Production, Exchange". At the conference website, it reads:

"Texts live only by being read, yet in being read, they are also transformed. Texts may be read closely or distantly, critically or uncritically, deeply or hyperly, fast or slowly; for pleasure, profit, or piety; on the beach, in the library, or in the university classroom. Texts can have long afterlives, travelling far in time and space on circuits of communication and exchange. They can be given new life in new contexts of reception, interpretation, translation, or adaptation. This conference examines the ways in which texts (both literary and otherwise) are produced, exchanged, and received."

We encourage papers with a focus on engaged studies and discussions of teaching practice and of critical/exegetical responses to creative practice. Papers that respond to reception, production, and exchange in the fields of languages and translation studies; the literary study of languages other than English; and philosophical approaches to cultural expression, are expressly welcome. We also expressly welcome interdisciplinary angles on the theme, such as Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Postcolonial Studies, ethnography, sociology of reading, History of the Book, studies in orality or performance, and comparative approaches.

Final call for papers

The organisers welcome submissions for individual presentations of 20 minutes and panel sessions of 90 minutes. All submissions are now due by
Tuesday 15th October 2019.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 September May 2019.

For more details on how to submit abstracts, please visit AULLA's website.


AULLA are delighted to announce our keynote speakers. All leaders in their field, keynote speakers will discuss issues ranging from the importance of the various modes of Indigenous storytelling in modern Australia, to the intersection of the digital humanities and literature; the function of engaged pedagogy in English literature, to the place of postcolonial and Australian literature in our field.

Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri author. She grew up in Wollongong and is now based in France. Her first novel, Swallow the Air (2006), won numerous literary awards and saw her named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. In 2008, Tara was mentored by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka as part of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her most recent book is The Yield (2019), which, according to Ellen Van Neerven, 'shows us not only how to read Wiradjuri but also how to feel and speak and taste it; it decolonises the throat and tongue'.

Tom Sperlinger
Professor of English Literature and Engaged Pedagogy,
University of Bristol

Professor Sperlinger is Academic Lead for Engagement in Bristol?s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, where he is involved in designing a new community learning space, the Story Exchange, and a space on campus where community partners will work with the university on research and teaching, the Bristol Rooms. He is the author of a book about his experience teaching literature at Al-Quds University in the West Bank, Romeo and Juliet in Palestine, as well as the co-author of the recent Who Are Universities For? which puts forward a bold new model for tertiary education. He is currently working on a memoir of his time designing and leading short courses on literature with Ideal, a community organization in Bristol which provided training from 2005 to 2018 to men and women experiencing a range of complex circumstances including those linked to long-term poverty, addiction issues and mental health challenges.

Anouk Lang
Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Digital Humanities,
University of Edinburgh

Dr Lang's work sits at the intersection of digital humanities and C20th/C21st literature, with a focus on modernism and postcolonial writing. She uses computational approaches to explore the development and dissemination of literary movements and ideas, and is particularly interested in how scholars in the humanities can contribute to the theoretical, methodological and ethical work being done in relation to machine learning by those in other disciplines. She has published on authors including Patrick White, Witi Ihimaera and Kate Grenville, and is the editor of the collection From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (2012).

Karen Lamb
Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Australian Catholic University

Dr Lamb's research interests include Australian literature, life writing, and the social context of authorship. She has worked across disciplines and across scholarly and popular contexts, with over twenty years of experience as a literary journalist and book reviewer, as well as in academic positions within Media and Communications and literary studies, at the University of Queensland, Monash, and the University of Melbourne, before joining ACU. She edited a book of Australian short stories and wrote the first critical book on Peter Carey (Genesis of Fame, 1992), and was the joint winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Award for Non-fiction for her biography Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather. She gave the Annual Lecture in Australian Literature at the University of Queensland in the same year.

Paul Sharrad
Fellow of the University of Wollongong

Paul worked in literary studies at UOW from 1987 until his retirement in 2014. In that time he helped promote postcolonial literary studies in Australia, serving as Secretary for the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies and editing the journal new literatures review. His courses aimed to showcase the work of writers and critics in English from across the globe and alert students to the cultural politics of literary production and reception. He has monographs on Raja Rao, Albert Wendt, Postcolonial literary history, and now Thomas Keneally; his editing work includes a volume of The Oxford History of the Novel in English, an anthology of writing by Australians of Indian heritage, and ongoing work for The Year's Work in English Studies.

For more details, see the conference details on AULLA's website.


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