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Call For Papers: JASAL Special Conference Issue: Capital-Empire-Print-Dissent

Following the 2016 annual Association for the Study of Australian Literature conference, the journal of the association seeks proposals for articles to be published in a special issue devoted to the conference’s themes.

Capital-Empire-Print-Dissent assumes the ‘worlding’ of ‘Australian’ literature but looks for structured histories of its formation, not least in the interconnected pasts of Empire and indigenous belonging. More broadly it questions the directions of twenty-first-century ‘postcolonialism’ and explores the ongoing and shifting political relationships between metropolis and (former) empire, colonies and the nation, federations and the state, capitals and their hinterlands, nations and trade zones, and all of their discontents.

  • Articles are invited under this broad theme, while panels from the conference addressed the following nominal areas:
  • Transindigenous and comparative frames of analysis for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literatures
  • The violence of silence and transported guilt: Enlightenment frontiers and industrial wars of settlement
  • Myths of beginning and colonial federalism
  • Antipodean nightmares and utopic imperialisms
  • Writing decolonisation and decolonising memory
  • Indigenous insurgency, tent embassies and literary sovereignty
  • Settler modernity and the racial state: transnational modes
  • Garrisons of the Republic: The military, the monarchy and literary loyalty
  • Documentalism, institutionalism and the bureaucratic literary
  • Cultures of conflict, memorialism and (post)colonial war
  • Dreams of domesticity and suburban belonging
  • A bush capital and the global city: landscape and streetscape
  • Global empire, migration and the placing of diversity
  • Pigeons and possums: Animal inhabitation and urban ecoscapes
  • Pulp places, urban pleasures and popular readerships
  • Archives of nation-making and the memory of the memo
  • City-sex and suburb-sex: urban bodies, rural desires
  • Metaphorical territories, penal colonies and off-shore incarceration: Settler biopolitics
  • Unsettled poetics, and literary dissent

We welcome submissions of papers developed from the 2017 conference, but we are also interested in new work exploring such ideas.

Essays developed from postgraduate papers presented at the conference will be eligible for be considered for the 2016 AD Hope prize for Best Postgraduate Essay.

Please submit via the JASAL site by 19 May 2017:

  • Please prefix your paper title with CEPD16
  • Postgraduate essays to be considered for the AD Hope prize should be prefixed CEPD16hope.
  • For further details, please contact the editors, Nicole Moore and/or Christina Spittel


Feminist Modernist Studies

Feminist Modernist Studies is seeking essays for a special, launching double-issue “New Feminist Modernisms,” falling into either of the following three categories:

  • “Think pieces” of between 4,000 and 9,000 words (double-spaced) on “the state of and/or future of feminist modernist studies” in literature/culture/art. These may address the field generally or apply to particular areas such as queer studies, African American studies, global studies, interdisciplinary studies etc.
  • Essays of no more than 9,000 words on “modern women and ‘crossings.’”  These may include, but are not limited to, women crossing aesthetic styles, geographical borders, cultures, race/ethnicities in literature/culture/art—including dance, film, graphic art, etc. as well as literature.
  • Essays of no more than 9,000 words on “female and/or LGBTQ gender/sexuality/the body” in literature/culture/art.

Submission information:

Submissions are now due 1 July 2017 and should be sent directly to the editor Cassandra Laity at

N.B. The journal is not yet accepting general submissions, so please only submit papers intended for this special double issue. Information regarding general submissions will follow in due course.

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