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1-3 December 2021: CSAA Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
at Edith Cowan University, Perth
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 July 2021

As you are all aware, due to the impact of COVID19, we have had to reconsider the dates for the CSAA Conference Bodies in Flux. After some careful consideration, we are pleased to confirm that the CSAA ‘Bodies in Flux’ Conference will now run from the 1st to the 3rd of December 2021. Of course, all submitted abstracts will retain validity, and there will be scope for another round of submissions now too. 


Thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to seeing you at ECU in Perth.

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Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Annual Conference
1-3 December  2021

@ School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University

Mt Lawley, Perth, Western Australia

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CSAA 2021: Bodies In Flux

The conference theme calls for papers that interrogate the notion of bodies and change, with the understanding that the body frames everyday life (human and non-human). Bodies in flux, both political and politicised bodies, might be understood in terms of local, national and global contexts.


In our current cultural climate of disruption, mobility, movement and tension, how do bodies function in relation to each other, to the social order, hierarchies, and culture. In addition, we welcome cultural studies submissions (panels and individual papers) that explore how bodies become produced and excluded through discursive practices.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 July 2021



Keynote: Emeritus Professor Baden Offord

The Price of Belonging: Bodies as Effigies

Emeritus Professor Baden Offord holds the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights and is a Senior Research Professor in Cultural Studies and Human Rights. He has been the Director of Curtin University's Centre for Human Rights Education since January 2015. 

Professor Offord is an internationally recognized specialist in human rights, sexuality, culture and education, he is part of a scholarly and activist community that works collectively to decolonize and destabilize the study of sexuality in Southeast Asia. 

In 2021 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The citation: "For distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity."

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Keynote: Professor Susan Luckman

Bodies that Make/Making Bodies

Susan Luckman is Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries and Director of the Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3) at the University of South Australia. Her work is concerned with the intersections of creativity, place, making and technology; her research particularly explores these connections in relation to work in the cultural and creative industries. She was Cheney Fellow at the University of Leeds 2017-2018, and has been a Chief Investigator on 5 ARC and 3 EU awarded projects. 


Professor Luckman is the author of seven books and numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and reports on cultural work, creative industries and creative micro-entrepreneurialism.

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Keynote: Distinguished Emeritus Professor Suvendrini Perera

Matters of Appearance: Monumentality and Visual Decolonization 

Suvendrini Perera is John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University.

As a call to action by Black Lives Matter protesters, in Australia as in the United States, I can’t breathe refers to suffocation within the monumentality of white racial structures, symbolic and material. The protests clarified that the logic of Black Lives Matter is also a localised and spatial logic: of bodies emplaced in nominated topographies and shaped in the seemingly enduring shadow of monuments of racial power. 

This presentation considers questions of visual decolonization in Western Australia through the projections/installation organised by a local group in Walyalup (Fremantle) in solidarity with the Boorloo Black Lives Matter Protests in mid-2020.  

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Dr Thor Kerr
Mr James Hall
Dr Jude Elund
Dr Jessica Taylor
Dr Laura Glitsos


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