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Worldmaking 37th Congress of AULLA 10-12 July 2013

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Worldmaking     37th Congress of AULLA    10-12 July 2013

hosted by The University of Queensland St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Elizabeth Schafer (Royal Holloway University of London)

Elizabeth Schafer is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously she taught Drama at La Trobe University 1987-1991 and at Wollongong University 1996-7. Her publications include MsDirecting Shakespeare: Women Direct Shakespeare; the Shakespeare in Production volumes on The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night; and Lilian Baylis: A Biography. She is co-author of Ben Jonson and Theatre and edited The City Wit for the pioneering online edition of the plays of Richard Brome. She has co-edited Playing Australia, a collection of essays on Australian drama and theatre; two issues of Contemporary Theatre Review that focus on Australian theatre; and the anthology Australian Women’s Drama. She is currently editor of Australian Studies and is writing a performance history of Merry Wives. During 2013 she is curating a Mariam Fest to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of The Tragedy of Mariam, Fair Queen of Jewry.

Professor Simon During (The University of Queensland)

Simon During was educated in Wellington, Auckland and Cambridge UK. He has taught in English Departments at Melbourne and Johns Hopkins, as well as holding visiting positions at Auckland, the Freie Universität of Berlin and the Rhetoric department at UC Berkeley. He currently holds an Australian Professorial Fellowship at the University of Queensland. He has investigated topics in a number of fields including Australian and New Zealand literature, the 18th and 19th british novel, post colonialism, secularity, literary theory and cultural studies. Currently he is examining the relationship between Anglicanism and British literature between 1688 and 1945. His most recent book is Against Democracy: literary experience in the era of emancipations (Fordham 2012).

Professor Anthony J. Cascardi (University of California, Berkeley)

Anthony J. Cascardi is Dean of Arts and Humanities at UC, Berkeley, where he is also Ancker Professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish. His work engages the relations between literature, philosophy, and aesthetic theory from the early modern period in Europe to the present. Among his books are The Subject of Modernity, Consequences of Enlightenment, and most recently Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics. Most recently Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities, he was also the founder and served for 20 years as the general editor of the Penn State Press series in literature and philosophy. Among his current projects is the Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Philosophy.

Professor Cascardi's book, Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics, has been awarded the Renaissance Society of America's Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for the year's best book in Renaissance Literature (https://rsa.site-ym.com/?page=Awards).

Call for Papers:

The theme of the 37th Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA) is ‘Worldmaking’.

In 1978 Nelson Goodman explored the relation of ‘worlds’ to language and literature. He asked how a world is made, what it might be made of, and how the process of making a world relates to understanding it. Ways of Worldmaking showed that there was no one language to express and understand the world, but many languages, many ways in which ‘universes of worlds as well as worlds themselves may be built’. Goodman’s pluralistic vision has been taken up in a range of disciplines concerned with issues of globalisation from Gayatri Spivak’s work on the subaltern and the process of ‘worlding’ to Pheng Cheah’s exploration of the value and limits of ‘world literature’.

This Congress will explore how worlds and worldmaking feature in language and literature and in humanities scholarship. It asks what our various disciplines identify as the worlds we make in connection to ‘the world’ at large. How is worldmaking defined and articulated? What is at stake in the process? What does it mean to make, unmake, or remake a world, to experience, feel, or belong to a world? How might we understand – or make bridges between – natural, political, cultural, fictional, literary, linguistic and virtual worlds?

AULLA invites submission of abstracts for papers and panels relating to ‘Worldmaking’. There will be opportunities for delegates to have their papers considered for refereed publication.

Abstracts due by 31 May 2013. Please submit a 200-word abstract for papers and any themed panels online.

Information about the Worldmaking Bursary and Sussex-Samuel Prize will be posted here soon.

Registration by 31 May 2013. Via the website.

Supported by The University of Queensland Art Museum


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