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CSAA 2021
CSAA 2021
CSAA 2021
CSAA 2021
CSAA 2021
CSAA 2021


28-30 June 2022: CSAA Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
at Edith Cowan University, Perth

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: 20 April 2022
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Annual Conference
28-30 June 2022

@ School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University

Mt Lawley, Perth, Western Australia

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CSAA: 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: 20 April 2022

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CSAA Bodies in Flux  Continuum Bursary Prize

We are pleased to announce that Hao Zheng, PhD Candidate, Deakin University is the recipient of the CSAA2021  Continuum Bursary Prize for her abstract ‘Chinese queer female students’ digital discourses and practices in transnational transitions’.  The work was selected on for its quality writing style and analysis in providing a clear statement of the research topic, why it is important, and relevant key messages.  The committee deemed it has a high potential for it to be an engaging presentation and a possible publishable paper with Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.
Thank you for those that applied for the bursary.  This year there was a record number of applicants and extremely high-quality abstracts.   As such, the CSAA2021 committee will be offering a further three registration waivers. Successful applicants will be contacted individually.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
The CSAA2021 Conference Organising Committee



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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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Keynote: Professor Rob Cover

Bodies of Hostility: Apprehending Violence in Contemporary Culture

Rob Cover is Professor of Digital Communication at RMIT University. His research focuses on social belonging, LGBTQ+ young people, wellbeing and resilience in media and digital cultures.  He is chief investigator on a current ARC Discovery Project examining the gender/sexuality in Australian screen cultures, and an ARC Linkage Project with the History Trust of South Australia investigating minority migration experiences.  

This presentation draws on a range of scholarly and ethnographic research projects to discuss some of the possibilities for apprehending and preventing violence and harm from a perspective attentive to the body.  Drawing on cultural studies readings of Judith Butler’s recent work on non-violence, ethics and obligations for non-violent cohabitation, this presentation foregrounds a cultural studies ethics for responding to emergent forms of violence, harm and hate across an array of cultural settings. 

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Committee Director
Professor Panizza Allmark
Dr Thor Kerr
Mr James Hall
Dr Jessica Taylor
Dr Laura Glitsos


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