Website, Keynotes and CFP

Welcome to the website for ASAL2020, the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, to be held at James Cook University (Cairns) from 29 June to 2 July 2020.

The call for papers and panels is open and proposals are due by 31 January 2020. We are seeking 20-minute papers or proposals for panels that address the challenges of reading and writing Australian literature in the past and the present, and welcome proposals from literary studies and practice-led research. For more details, please see the CFP page.

The program committee is pleased to announce that Professor Anita Heiss will deliver the Barry Andrews Address, Professor Nicole Moore will deliver the Dorothy Green Lecture, and Dr Kate Noske will deliver the ASAL ECR Keynote. These speakers bring a breadth of experience in scholarship, writing, editing, and teaching that draws literary studies and creative writing together in ways that will set the tone for the broader program of papers and panels.

ASAL’s primary mission is ‘To encourage and stimulate the writing and reading of Australian literature and the study of and research into Australian literature and Australian literary culture.’ By extending the dialogue between the disciplines of literary studies and creative writing within the field of Australian literature ā€“ in all its forms ā€“ this conference aims to make a long-lasting contribution to the Association’s mission. Discover the quality and diversity of Australian writing at AustLit:

Stay tuned for more news to come. Conference updates will be posted here and circulated throughout ASAL’s various social media channels. This blog will also provide a space for guest bloggers to discuss their experiences before during and after the conference. Please let the conference convenor know if you would like to contribute.


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