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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, Mount Lawley Campus, Boorloo/Perth
28-29th June 2022, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, 2 Bradford Street Mount Lawley
Complimentary Parking at Car Park 7 (Red Zone).29th June

29th Book Launches @ Gallery 25, Building 10, ECU, Mt. Lawley 4.50pm.
Exhibition Spectrum Gallery, ECU, Mt. Lawley 5.30 pm

30th June 2022, Doubletree Waterfront, Barrack Square, Elizabeth Quay, Perth



Livestream: Welcome Address, Spotlight and Keynote Sessions

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The CSAA Bodies in Flux Organising Committee warmly thanks Business Events Perth for their support of this event

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.

CSAA Travel Bursaries ($500)

We are delighted to announce that the CSAA will be awarding small bursaries to help support the travel costs of CSAA members to attend the CSAA Conference, “Bodies in Flux” (28-30 June 2022 at Edith Cowan University, Perth). At this stage, we anticipate awarding four $500 bursaries.
The Conference is the premiere CSAA event each year and offers members in particular a terrific opportunity to engage with, and contribute to up-to-date debates in the field as well as build networks among their local, national, and international peers.
To be eligible for a CSAA Travel Bursary, you must:
• be presenting a paper at the 2021 CSAA Conference;
• have paid your conference registration.
 To apply:
• forward your paper acceptance and proof of paid registration;
• include a short (1-2 paragraph) statement that includes institution or employment status and your city of departure, alongside a very brief indication of how the $500 will assist you.

 All members are encouraged to apply, particularly those travelling greater distances and for whom travel costs will be higher as well as sessional academics. 
Applications will be assessed by a panel chaired by CSAA Treasurer Dr Holly Randell-Moon. 
Applications close at 5pm (AEST) 13 June 2022. Entries and questions can be directed to 
In exchange for the bursary, recipients may be asked to write a short blog post about their research for the CSAA blog series.

Shaun Nannup
Welcome Address

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Shaun is a Whadjuk Wardandi Nyungar man who through his old people, has great depth and knowledge of culture, liaison and inspirational speaking.


His work in such areas as mentoring, leadership and healing are highly referred and respected, within both Indigenous and mainstream community's.



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Keynote: Professor Rachmah Ida

Geopolitical Bodies and the Discourse of National Identity in Indonesian Media 

Rachmah Ida is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication, Airlangga University. She graduated from ECU (1999) & Curtin Uni (2006). Her major is in media and audienceship in Indonesia. She has published journal articles and books mainly on the cultural practices of media and gender in the context of Indonesia.

Professor Ida will explore the construction of national identity on Indonesian media, and why the body is  crucial in the debate of national identity. For many periods, the discourses of the body were closely related to the geopolitical tension between nationalist (Javanese) and non-Javanese with regards to acknowledging  the struggle to construct and discipline the human body influenced by  the Javanese culture, Dutch colonialisation,  the national independent spirit, and the Chinese.  It seems that the contestations in the socio-political sphere of Indonesia  are related to the debate around the orientations of Indonesian national identity which is segregated into what Herb Feith’s and Lance Castle’s propositions of pro-western and pro-national identity (1970). 

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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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.

While the supply chain interruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic have revitalised calls for an increased focus on sovereign manufacturing capacity, governmental festishisation of manufacturing has a much longer history. Polling research has for some time been indicating that the traditional party affiliations of the past are becoming increasingly fragmented; identifying as working class is no longer hardwired to presumptive Labor Party voter affiliation. In this context, the successful courting of the male trades sector vote in Australia has been widely seen by the Liberal National Coalition government as a key element of its success, and thus this demographic is one which has been increasingly prioritized in government funding. While the celebration of tradies and manufacturing may on the surface appear a sideline electoral issue, it reflects and reinforces much larger cultural, economic, and political debates, and is central to the so-called ‘culture wars’. This paper presents findings from cultural studies-informed research into making in Australia which reveals the limits of these policy agendas, even on their own terms of supporting local manufacturing. Moreover, it argues that the governmental fetishization of ‘peak blokeism’ is not just an economic sideline but rather represents a profound cultural challenge.

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Keynote: Professor Clint BracknellKeniny: bodies speaking, singing and moving for Country

Clint Bracknell is a Noongar song-maker from the south coast of Western Australia and Professor of Indigenous Languages at the University of Queensland. He leads an Australian Research Council funded program of research on connections between song, language, and landscapes while serving as elected Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Council. Clint received the 2020 Barrett Award for Australian Studies and recently co-translated a complete Shakespearean theatre work (Hecate 2020) and a dubbed feature film (Fist of Fury Noongar Daa 2021), both world-firsts for languages of Australia. He maintains a significant creative research portfolio and leads the development of Noongar performance and language resources available at

The place now known as Australia is home to enormous linguistic diversity, with more than 250 distinct Indigenous languages spread across the continent, each of which is associated with a unique local region, people, and traditions of ceremony and performance. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are engaged in processes to revitalise and sustain their cultural traditions as they simultaneously respond to ongoing social, cultural, and economic marginalisation and injustice. Indigenous languages and expressive cultures are not just important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but vital to maintaining intimate human relationships with the unique and diverse landscapes that songs, dances, and languages emanate from. In the Noongar region of south-west Western Australia, a project to restore on-Country performance is drawing on archival records, community knowledge, and landscapes themselves to create new expressive repertoire that nourishes relationships with Country and begins to counter the decades of settler-colonial restrictions imposed on Indigenous bodies.



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


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