NZSA News and Events Archive 2008

Flogging a Dead Horse: Are National Literatures Finished?
11 and 12 December, 2008

The Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and SEFTMS are organising a conference to be held at Victoria University
of Wellington.


Cultural nationalism has been at the centre of literary history in New Zealand, as in other literatures. In New Zealand the intense period of
literary activity of the 1930s and 40s produced a body of work that sharply influenced thinking about national identity. The 1890s shaped thinking about the defining characteristics of an assertively nationalistic Australian literature, while Canada after World War II sought a cultural identity separate from the overpowering proximity of US nationalism. These nationalist moments still influence critical discussion and cultural formations but are now being challenged by alternative nationalisms, the outward gaze of contemporary writers, the growth of fantasy and other genres, and, above all, globalism. Questions about the relevance of nationalism in literature are relevant everywhere.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Leela Gandhi, Department of English, University of Chicago, who will address the conference title. Professor Gandhi is the author of Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin de Siecle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship (Duke University Press, 2006) and Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (Columbia University Press, 1998). Other speakers will be announced.

Papers are invited a range of topics, including:
* The nation in literature
* The Œcanon¹
* Globalism and literature
* Book markets and readerships
* Alternative literary nationalisms
* Contemporary postcolonial and critical theory on the nation
* Culture and literature
* Dispossessed nationalisms
* Fantasy and the nation
* Minority literatures
* Diasporic literatures and nations
Speakers are not restricted to New Zealand topics. Comparative papers are welcome.

Organisers: Lydia Wevers and Mark Williams
250 word abstracts should be submitted to by 1 August, 2008.

Remapping Cinema, Remaking History
November 27 - 30, 2008

Announcing the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association
of Australia and New Zealand. Next year's conference will be held at the University of Otago
in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Submission Deadline Date: April 4, 2008

We are seeking proposals for individual papers or joint submissions for
pre-constituted panels (of up to three speakers). For more details on the
conference, topics, and submission guidelines, please visit our website at:

Please email any inquiries to

France and New Zealand during the Great War / La France et la Nouvelle-Zelande pendant la grande guerre
3-5 November 2008

A conference organised by the University of Waikato and the town of Le Quesnoy.


On 4 November 1918, New Zealand troops stormed the fortified town of Le Quesnoy, in a successful battle that was their last of the Great War. Subsequent links were formed between soldiers and liberated civilians and to this day many Kiwis visit Le Quesnoy which is the only French town to have a sister city in New Zealand, Cambridge in the Waipa district.

This conference will be held at the Le Quesnoy theatre (Théâtre des Trois Chênes) and will bring scholars together to share their research related to New Zealanders on the Western front. There will be only one session which will be open to the local community as well as visiting academics. The following themes will be addressed:

-Life in occupied France
-Life in the trenches for the “Diggers”
-Leaving New Zealand for the Western front
-The Māori involvement in the conflict
-Encounters between New Zealand troops and French soldiers/civilians
-First impressions of France/ romanticized image of France
-Invasion and liberation
-Commemoration and memorials
-Myths and realities of war
-Personal narratives

Abstract submissions:
Please e-mail an abstract (French or English) of about 200 words and a short biography (50 words) and your contact details to: Nathalie Philippe.

Due date for abstracts: 1 April 2008.
This early deadline is needed for New Zealand and Australian participants to book travel to France.

The organizers feel that this conference should be accessible to the local and overseas public, and as a result the audience should be a mix of academics as well as descendants of veterans, local inhabitants, and New Zealand and Australian visitors.

Please note that the conference will be translated. In order to reduce the costs of interpreting services, there will be only one session.
Interpreters need to have a copy of your full paper- text only- by 1st October 2008. Papers can be presented in either French or English.

Please send your full paper – text only, no power-point presentations- to Dr Nathalie Philippe by 1st October 2008.

It is expected that a selection of papers will be published from the conference in 2009. More information to be advised later.

Le 4 novembre 1918, les troupes néo-zélandaises libérèrent la ville fortifiée du Quesnoy après une bataille décisive qui fut leur dernière offensive de la Grande guerre. Des liens d’amitié se formèrent par la suite entre les soldats et les civils libérés et, jusqu’à ce jour, de nombreux Néo-Zélandais visitent le Quesnoy, la seule ville française à être jumelée avec une ville en Nouvelle-Zélande, la ville de Cambridge dans la région du Waipa.

Cette conférence se tiendra au théâtre des Trois Chênes au Quesnoy et réunira des chercheurs qui parleront de leurs travaux sur la Grande guerre. On y discutera des thèmes suivants :

- vie en France occupée
- vie dans les tranchées
- quitter la Nouvelle-Zélande pour le front occidental
- les Māori durant le conflit
- rencontres entre les troupes néo-zélandaises et les soldats/civil français
- premières impressions de la France/image romancée de la France
- commémorations et monuments aux morts
- mythes et réalités de la guerre
- narration et narratives personnelles

Envoyez un e-mail (en français ou en anglais) d’environ 200 mots ainsi qu’une biographie (50 mots) et vos coordonnées à Mme Nathalie

Date limite : 1er avril 2008. Cette date limite permettra aux Australiens et aux Néo-Zélandais de réserver leurs billets d’avion à l’avance.

Les organisatrices considèrent que cette conférence devrait être accessible au public aussi bien étranger que local si bien que l’audience devrait représenter un mélange de chercheurs et de grand public : des descendants d’anciens combattants, des Quercitains et des touristes australiens et/ou néo-zélandais.

Une équipe d’interprètes sera présente lors de la conférence. Vous pouvez présenter votre exposé en français ou en anglais. Il n’y aura qu’une seule session afin de réduire les frais d’interprétariat.

Le service d’interprétariat doit recevoir le texte de votre exposé en entier (date limite 1er octobre 2008). N’envoyez pas de présentation power-point.
Envoyez le texte à Mme Nathalie Philippe avant le 1er octobre 2008.

Certains exposés seront sélectionnés pour une publication ultérieure en 2009.

"ToiI Maori" in San Francisco: A Weekend of
Maori Art and Culture in America

October 10 - 12, 2008,

Contemporary Maori Market, Moko (Indigenous Tattooing), Weaving
Demonstrations and More
Opening Reception Oct. 10

Toi Maori Aotearoa is delighted to present this special exhibition 'Toi
Maori  - Small Treasures'  in partnership with Pataka Museum of Arts and
Cultures as part of 'A Celebration of Maori Art and Culture' event at the
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco - de Young Museum  in October 2008.

This event and exhibition component form part of an ongoing programme of
activity where Toi Maori Aotearoa is committed to profiling and presenting
the best of Contemporary Maori Art and Culture to the Northwest Coast of
America and Canada.

Visitors to the de Young Museum the weekend of Oct. 10-12 will get an eyeful
of all manner of Maori art - and will even be able to purchase New Zealand
"small treasures," artworks by New Zealand's leading Maori artists.  From
Friday through Sunday they will also be able to enjoy Maori arts
demonstrations and presentations of moko by leading Ta Moko artist's Derek
Lardelli, Mark Kopua and Turumakina Duley.   Visitors will also take in
displays of traditional Maori cloaks and be mesmerised by the weaving
expertise of Edna P?hewa and Tina Wirihana. Gallery talks will add depth to
the museum experience, while art activities will allow visitors to exercise
their individual artistry by crafting small treasures they can call their

The de Young Museum will also feature "From Maori to Mono: Weaving across
the Pacific" with Toi Maori weaver Kohai Grace of M?ori Weavers New Zealand.
Kohai will be the Artist-in-Residence from Oct. 8 - 22.  As a contemporary
artist she employs traditional art forms in current day contexts, she often
mixes industrial materials with naturally dyed fibres in her weaving.  She
will be joined by Mono Indian weavers Julie and Carly Tex and Mandy Marine,
who will demonstrate the fine art of basket weaving and address its
evolution from practical skill to art form.  The opening reception will take
place on Oct. 10 at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

About Toi Maori Aotearoa
Toi Maori Aotearoa is the national organisation for Maori art and artists
receives major funding from Te Waka Toi, the M?ori Arts Board of Creative
New Zealand.

For more information about Toi M?ori Aotearoa, please visit our website: <>

About Pataka
Pataka is dedicated to celebrating New Zealand heritage and showcasing the
very best in contemporary Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand art.  At
Pataka you'll see work from leading local, national and international
artists with a fantastic range of heritage and social history exhibitions.

For more information about Pataka, please visit their website: <>

About the Artists
For more information about the artists to San Francisco, please visit their

Te Uhi a Mataora - Ta Moko Artists

Derek Lardelli:

Mark Kopua:

Turumakina Duley:

Maori Weavers New Zealand

Edna Pahewa:

Tina Wirihana:

Kohai Grace:

Contemporary Myths in the South Pacific
October 2008

IMOA in collaboration with the CNEP - University of New Caledonia

Colloquium coordinated by
Sonia FAESSEL - Mounira CHATTI - Michel PEREZ
Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie

The reflexion on the myths of the Pacific is given a new dimension when they
are considered in their present form. In Europe, since the Renaissance, much
has been already been written on the societies of the South Pacific.
European myths were created from perceptions of these island communities.
For their part, island peoples were obliged to submit to this gaze which, in
part, had the effect of transforming them. The pressure of ideologies, in
particular the colonial programme, was clearly a significant factor in this
transformation. .Nonetheless, the island societies of the South Pacific
succeeded in retaining their imaginary and their mythology, deeply inscribed
in cultural and social practices of which Europeans, were, for the most part,
unaware, apart from the few anthropologists who spent many years among the
populations of the South Pacific. This historical survival appears to be
being extended today and is giving rise to considerable new reflection. This
bears, for example, on the understanding of the notion of "culture" itself,
on the encounters between different peoples, the movements of European and
island populations, and the real or assumed interactions that resulted from
these encounters. These debated themes should allow the development of a
cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary reflection on the survival of the
ancient myths, as well as on the emergence of new myths, in particular as they
are linked to new orientations and to new perceptions of the peoples of the
South Pacific.

Topic 1:
New Interpretations by the island peoples of the South Pacific of the myths
created by the Europeans. This reflection will concern particularly the
period from "discovery" to the present.

Topic 2:
New orientations given by Europeans to the myths they created relating to the
peoples of the South Pacific. A certain number of issues are common across
the contemporary Pacific. Among these figure questions linked to whether new
forms of Eurocentrism have emerged, or to the influence of globalisation, or
again to environmental, political or economic changes. These questions, as
they affect the peoples of the South Pacific, may have repercussions on
myths, the perception of myths and the reworking of myths.

Topic 3:
New approaches to the myths about Europeans created by the peoples of the
South Pacific.

Topic 4:
New directions taken by the peoples of the South Pacific in the (re)thinking
of their ancient myths. This reflection seeks most particularly to take the
measure of the extent to which Oceanian traditions have survived; among
others, myths linked to cosmogony, genealogy, the continuum and the web of
networks, the life-bearing/ creative feminine (l'énergétique féminine) and
masculine power, ancestrality and the sacred. Taking its point of departure
in existing work, our reflection will bear on the integration of the old
myths into the modern world and on the link between myths and history.

20 paper proposals will be selected
The length of each presentation will be limited to 30 minutes .
Two publications are planned:
- The South Pacific and the cinema : myths and realities (October 2008)
- Publication of the Proceedings of the Colloquium (in 2009)

Final date for submission of proposals, June 30 2008.

Conference Sponsors : Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou, UNC [University of
new Caledonia], UPF [University of French Polynesia], USP, [University of the
South Pacific] Bibliothèque Bernheim, Fonds Pacifique, Gouvernement de la
Nouvelle-Calédonie, Province Sud, East West Center, Embassies and Consulates
of Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand.


Photographies: new histories, new practices
Australian National University, July 10-12 2008

Organised by the ANU School of Art in conjunction with VIVID, the
inaugural National Photography Festival

Photographies: new histories, new practices /will focus on photography
in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region from the earliest uses of the
photographic medium up to the present day. The Conference will be
interdisciplinary in scope, exploring connections with anthropology,
ethics, fashion, history, literature and much more. It aims to consider
new ways of thinking about photographic history, writing and practice.

Sessions may include the following:
Photography, ethics and new social spaces
Photography and war
Writing photography
Photography and Indigenous culture
Parade: photography and performativity
Photography: new histories
Photography and the Asia Pacific

The Conference is the ANU¹s contribution to the inaugural National
Photography Festival which will be held in Canberra from July to October
2008. It is supported by the Research School of Humanities and the ANU
College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Keynote speakers will include Geoffrey Batchen, Professor of the
History of Photography and Contemporary Art, CUNY Graduate Center and
Penny Cousineau-Levine, Professor at the Department of Visual Arts at
the University of Ottawa¹s Faculty of Arts.

Send 300 word abstracts to before 4 February
2008. Abstracts must include a separate title sheet with the following
details: the title of the paper, names and affiliations of all authors
with full contact details, and a one page cv with a summary of
publications. Successful papers will be included in the Conference and
considered for publication following a peer review process. .

*Important dates
*Deadline for submission of abstracts 4 February 2008
Notification of acceptance 31 March 2008

Helen Ennis, Chair, Conference Committee
Martyn Jolly (
Shaune Lakin (
Silvia Velez (

VIVID/ /will feature more than 20 photography exhibitions and a broad
range of public events. For further information on the Festival go to <>

ANZCA Power and Place Communication Conference, Wellington, New Zealand
July 9-11, 2008.

There's still time to submit papers to the Australian & New Zealand
Communication Association Conference.  We welcome participants from a
variety of disciplines to explore new directions in communication research.

Theme: The conference theme ³Power and Place² brings together two of the
most challenging and thought-provoking dimensions of communication and

Call for papers: We warmly invite conference papers of up to 4,000 words
broadly exploring topics related to the theme of Power and Place.  

Check out the programme section of our website  
for the different streams, and have a look at the array of topics in the papers submitted so far.

Important dates: April 14: Final versions of refereed papers are due.  This
is also the final date for the second round of refereed papers. (The first
round of refereeing has closed, but you can submit full papers to the second
round for a summary refereeing decision.)

June 9: Final date for non-refereed submissions. Send an abstract only.
See for details.

New Worlds, New Sovereignties
6-9 June, 2008

A cross-community interdisciplinary international conference in Melbourne, Australia

Which human groups have possessed sovereignty and who has been excluded? Can different sovereignties overlap and coexist? Is sovereignty's ultimate sanction violence? Should nation-states refuse to interfere in each other's affairs regardless of the treatment of minorities? In what ways are sovereignties gendered? Are settler democracy and Native sovereignty compatible?

Our conference will address questions such as these with a view to bringing history to bear on the problems of the present. The conference's standpoint is from below. We will be focusing on sovereignty's consequences for those whom the prevailing order excludes or diminishes. We will be exploring the possibilities for change and redress.

Abstracts, in English, should be submitted by APRIL 4th 2008 or earlier. Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be made within one week of submission. The Early Bird deadline for conference registration is April 11th 2008. To submit, please go to the Abstract section of the conference website at

An edited collection of papers from the conference will be published by a major international publisher.

The New Worlds, New Sovereignties conference is taking place on Wurundjeri land. We pay our respects to Wurundjeri elders past and present.

CFP Panel on Pacific Feminism in the 21st Century for Women's Worlds 2008
Madrid, 3-9 July 2008

How are Pacific women doing feminist work in the 21st Century?  And how is
feminism defined in the broad Pacific context or the more specific regional
and national contexts?  This panel looks to investigate the diverse ways
Pacific women understand, theorize, and practice what is called feminism in
the Anglo-American context.  Papers are solicited from a broad engagement
with these issues.  The following is a list of suggested topics but it is by
no means prescriptive:

- Updates on Pacific conferences addressing women's issues
(for example the Fiji conference in the 1988).

- Alternative theoretical woman-oriented models for Pacific women as
defined broadly, in the regional contexts (Melanesia, Polynesia, and
Micronesia, for example) or within specific national or communal contexts.

- Women's engagement with political systems as lobbyists, legislatures
and leaders as well as within grass roots activism

- Teaching women's studies within this geographic region

- Engagements with Anglo-American feminisms

- Influences of colonialism, imperialism and/or globalization on
women's self-perception, political engagement and agency, and social

Please send a 250-word abstract along with a current CV (along with any
inquiries) by December 7 to:

Helen Thompson, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies
University of Guam
P.O. Box 5319
UOG Station
Mangilao, GU 96923

Coming to Terms? Raupatu/Confiscation in New Zealand History Conference
27-28 June 2008

The Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies will be hosting a
conference on 27-28 June 2008 called Coming to Terms? Raupatu/Confiscation
and New Zealand History.  This is being coordinated by the Stout Centre's
Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit, together with a committee of experts from
the Waitangi Tribunal, the Victoria University Law Faculty and Rainey
Collins law firm.  The question of raupatu/confiscation in New Zealand
history remains an under researched phenomenon, despite the first major
Treaty settlement (between the Crown and Waikato-Tainui) being based upon
compensation for the iwi's raupatu losses.  The conference will focus most
particularly on the nineteenth century land confiscations, examining events
and policies leading up to these, the raupatu itself, and both Crown and
Maori policies and attitudes towards raupatu in later years.  Coming to
Terms? will feature three keynote speakers who will place this issue in
international context: Professors Alan Ward, John Weaver and James Belich.

Please send any conference registrations and enquiries to:

Conference Organiser, Lana Le Quesne

Fax: 04 463 5439


Pacific Islands Research Cluster Colloquium:
"Writing/Imaging Postmodern Oceania"
Saturday, May 24, 2008

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Porter D248, University of California, Santa Cruz

During this colloquium of artists, writers, and scholars, the Pacific
Islands Research cluster will approach the challenges and possibilities of
framing hybridity and cross-cultural mixtures in contexts of indigenous
struggles in and around postmodern Oceania.  Through sharing their work and
participating in panel discussions, our guests and the UCSC community will
consider together what is at stake in claiming or constructing a specific
identity or set of identities (i.e. indigenous, local, settler, national,
transoceanic) among the wide range of ethnic and cultural groups prevalent
in Oceania and in the Oceanic diaspora.

Event Schedule
9:00-9:30 am
Welcome and Morning Refreshments

9:30-9:45 am
Opening Comments
9:45 am-12:00 pm
Morning Session:

Joe Balaz, writer, artist and performer, Brecksville, Ohio
"'The History of Pidgin' and Other Stories"

Gary Pak, writer, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of
Hawai'i, M_noa
"Living with Spirits: Writing as Activism"

Kareva Mateata-Allain, writer, scholar and translator, Humanities, Empire
State College, SUNY
"Bridging Our Sea of Islands: Metissage in French Polynesian contexts"
12:00-1:15 pm
1:30-3:45 pm
Afternoon Session:

Margo Machida, Associate Professor, Art History and Asian American Studies,
University of Connecticut
"Positioning Cultures: Contemporary Asian American, Hawaiian, and Pacific
Islander Artists of Hawai'i"

Kaili Chun
Artist-in-Residence,Santa Fe Art Institute
Nau Ka Wae (The Choice Belongs to You)

Adrienne Pao, Visiting Faculty, Photography Department, San Francisco Art
Institute and Academy of Art University, San Francisco
"Hawaiian Cover-Ups"
Closing Comments

For information, contact: Dina El Dessouky (, Literature
Dept., Rob Wilson (, Literature Dept., or  Stacy L.
Kamehiro (, History of Art and Visual Culture Dept.

This event is sponsored by the Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity
- Diversity Fund, Center for Cultural Studies, and the History of Art and
Visual Culture Department - University of California, Santa Cruz.

Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference
Honolulu, HI
May 23-25, 2008
Chaminade University of Honolulu

Panel and individual paper proposals are now being accepted for the 2nd
Oceanic Popular
Culture Association Conference. All topics and proposals are welcome,
particularly those
treating cultural productions within and/or about the Oceanic region.

Abstracts/Proposals for individual papers or 3-4 paper panels are due
January 30, 2008.
Please contact Cheryl Edelson and/or Stan Orr
with general questions.

*Please send 150-200 word proposals by email only to the following area

Oceanic/Pacific Literature and Culture:
Anna Marie Christiansen

Oceanic Cinema: Ian Conrich

Surf Culture: Jason Spangler

Exotica/Hawaiiana: Stan Orr

Tattooing/Body Art: Stan Orr

Asian American Culture:
Amy Nishimura

Japanese Popular Culture: Jayson Chun

Detective Fiction: Stan Orr

Film Studies: David Arnold

Food and Popular Culture:
Larissa Schumann

Gothic Literature, Film, and Popular Culture:
Cheryl Edelson

Religious Studies and Popular Culture:
Pete Steiger

Senior Culture: Fred Augustyn

Science Fiction and Fantasy: Jill Dahlman

Poetry and Popular Culture:
Richard Hishmeh

Popular Music: Fumiko Takasugi

Children’s/Young Adult Literature and Culture:
Craig Svonkin

Locating the Intersections of Ethnic, Indigenous, and Postcolonial Studies
March 5-7, 2008

Ethnic Studies Department
University of California, San Diego

In September 2007, after twenty years of debate, the United Nations finally
passed the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ­ a huge symbolic
victory for indigenous peoples around the world who struggle under predatory
and exploitative relationships with(in) existing nation-states. At the same
moment, the UN was lumbering along in the 18th year of its impossible
attempts to eradicate colonialism, with groups from around the world
flocking to it to petition for the decolonization of their territories or to
demand that their situations at least be recognized as 'colonial.'

Across all continents, indigenous and stateless peoples are struggling for
and demanding various forms of sovereignty, as the recently decolonized
world is sobering up from the learning of its limits and pratfalls.
Postcolonial societies that were born of sometimes radical anti-colonial
spirits, now appear to be taking on the role of the colonizer, often against
the indigenous peoples that reside within their borders. In places such as
Central and Latin America, a resurgence of Third World Leftist politics is
being accompanied by a resurgence of indigenous populism. Meanwhile the
recent arrests of sovereignty/environmental activists in New Zealand
represents another instance where those from the 3rd and 4th worlds who dare
to challenge the current make up of today's 'postcolonial world' are branded
as terrorists.

As scholars involved in critical ethnic studies engage with these ever more
complex worlds, they are increasingly resorting to the lenses provided by
postcolonial and indigenous studies. This engagement however is not without
its limits or problems. As ethnic studies scholars seek to make their vision
and scholarship more transnational and global, this push is nonetheless
accompanied by gestures that, at the expense of indigenous and postcolonial
frameworks, re-center the United States and reaffirm the solvency of its
nation-state. In addition, despite their various commonalities, indigenous
and postcolonial studies represent intellectual bodies of knowledge that are
fundamentally divided over issues such as hybridity, sovereignty, nation,
citizenship and subjectivity.

The purpose of this conference, then, is to create a space where scholars
and activists engaged in these various projects, in various forms, can
congregate to share ideas, hash out differences and move beyond caricatured
understandings of each of these intellectual projects. It seeks to ask how,
by putting ethnic, indigenous and postcolonial studies in conversation with
each other, we may theorize new epistemologies that may better address the
violences and injustices of the contemporary world.

To this end we solicit papers that address questions including, but in no
way limited to, the following:

- What are the epistemological frameworks that inform postcolonial, ethnic
and indigenous studies? What is their relationship to modernity and how do
they challenge and/or complement each other?

- What constitutes the subject of postcolonial and ethnic studies? How does
the construction of these subjectivities limit possible conversations with
indigenous studies?

- What are the limitations and pitfalls of sovereignty as popularly
envisioned? How do postcolonial and indigenous communities reaffirm or
rearticulate sovereignty within their respective contexts?

- What are the different theories and strategies of decolonization as laid
out by postcolonial and indigenous studies, and how do they inform each

- How does the political status of indigenous peoples complicate dominant
discourses on immigration and citizenship? Moreover, with regards to settler
nation-states such as the U.S., how does the 'nations-within-nations' status
of indigenous communities complicate the project of ethnic and transnational

Abstracts must be submitted to:

250-word abstract, specifying if the proposal is for individual or
roundtable presentations
Information including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address,
telephone number, e-mail address

Deadline for Submission: January 7th, 2008

For more information please contact: Michael Lujan Bevacqua at or Rashné Limki at


Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America
28 February - 1 March 2008
2008 Annual Conference
Doubletree Guest Suites in Austin, Texas

The Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America will
hold its annual conference in Austin, Texas from 28 February through 1 March
2008.  ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organization and welcomes papers on
any aspect of Australian or New Zealand studies and comparative studies
involving Australia, New Zealand, and North America.  ANZSANA will meet
simultaneously with the annual meeting of the American Association of
Australian Literary Studies (AAALS). Shared events will include an evening
reception on 28 February and a formal banquet on 29 February. More
information on ANZSANA and the conference is available at .

The DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals will be 15 DECEMBER 2007.
Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 1 January 2008. Proposals
should include the author¹s name and institutional affiliation, the title of
the paper, and an abstract of no more than 500 words.  They should be
attached to an email as either a Word or PDF document.  ANZSANA welcomes
submissions from graduate students and offers a limited number of travel
grants to facilitate their participation.  Graduate students must indicate
their status as such in order to be considered for a grant.  Please send
paper proposals to:

Dr. Greg Brown
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Box 571021, Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1021
The registration fee of $125.00 (either US of CD) includes a one-year
ANZSANA membership, a wine and cheese reception on Thursday evening, and
other conference meals.  Participants are also invited to attend a formal
banquet dinner on Friday, 29 February at an additional cost of $50.00
(either US or CD).

Pacific Worlds and the American West
February 8 and 9, 2008
A Conference hosted by the American West Center at the University of Utah
Salt Lake City , Utah

The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC), the Pacific Islander
Student Association (PISA) and Salt Lake Community College 's Pacific Unity
Association (PUA) invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference
investigating the relationship between Pacific Worlds and the American West.
As the home to one of the largest and oldest Pacific Island communities in
the U.S., Salt Lake City provides an ideal location for this gathering. The
particular history of this place prompts questions about the role of
indigeneity, religion, the environment, imperialism, racial and gender
construction, colonialism, and hybridity in shaping Pacific Worlds within
and outside the American West. We welcome social sciences, arts, and
humanities research that explores contemporary or historic cultural,
ideological, social, political, or material connections between these two
spaces. We welcome scholarship that explores this relationship either by
examining specific local sites in the Pacific World or the American West, or
by employing comparative or transnational methodologies. Scholars interested
in interrogating the notion of a "Pacific World" or in discussing Pacific
pedagogies are also invited to participate.

We welcome submissions of individual papers or panels of papers. Individual
papers should include a title, a 300-word proposal, and a two-page CV with
up-to-date contact information. Panels of papers should include a title,
300-word abstract of the panel's theme, and a title, brief description of
the paper, and two-page CV from each panelist. Please indicate any AV needs.
All submissions should be sent electronically to 
by *October 15, 2007. Questions about the conference can be directed to
Anapesi Ka'ili at the above address.   More information about the American West
Center's Transnational West Program and its Pacific Initiative, including its plans
to construct a Digital Pacific Archive, can be found at:

*Please note the deadline has been extended for proposal submissions.

**A significant number of competitive grants are available to graduate
students to supplement transportation and lodging costs. Please indicate in
your proposal if you would like to be considered for one of these.

CHOTRO Indigenous Peoples in the "Post"-Colonial World
Language - Literature - Culture - History
January 2 - 5 2008
Delhi, India

Bhasha Resarch and Publications Centre, Vadodara, India in association with
the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, the National Manuscript Mission
of India, and the European and Indian Associations for Commonwealth
Literature and Language Studies, announces a conference to be held January
2nd - January 5th 2008 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Delhi,

This conference aims to bring together writers and scholars interested in
the languages and literatures, the cultures and histories of the indigenous
peoples of the "post"-colonial world. Bhasha, established by Ganesh Devy to
work with the Adivasi tribal communiites of India and to document their
linguistic, literary and artistic heritage, now seeks to explore the
experience of indigenous peoples on a global scale, for there are many
parallels between the Aborigines of Australia, the First Nations of Canada
and the Adivasi of India. It is hoped that the conference will provide new
orientation and inspiration for post-colonial studies.
Contributions are sought on the following topics:

orature; stories of origin / creation myths; cosmology / knowledge systems;
life histories; storytelling / folk tales; poetry; drama and performance;
aesthetics / interculturality; threatened languages / language death;
language development / scripts; subaltern history; cultural and human
publishing in aboriginal / tribal languages; translation from aboriginal /
tribal languages; marginalization of aboriginal / tribal cultural expression

Abstracts of approx. 100 words should be sent by email before the 31st
August 2007 to Professor Geoffrey V. Davis:
Registration forms can be downloaded from
or and should be returned by email to Sonal Baxi at:
There will be a conference fee of EUR 50 / US $ 60. Accommodation, food and
local transport will be provided free of charge.