At Newman College, University of Melbourne


Call for Papers:

ASAL mini-conference 10 – 11 February 2009

‘VINCENT BUCKLEY 20 YEARS AFTER: Life, Work, Politics and Times’

Original 20 minute papers are sought for the 2009 mini-conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL).

The conference will be held on February 10 and 11, 2009, at Newman College, University of Melbourne. The conference will consider all aspects of the life of Vincent Buckley (1925-1988), including his poetry, criticism, polemics and influence, and the importance of his Irish background and religion.

The organising committee invites papers and panel discussions that consider, but are not limited to, the following:

Poetry and the sacred
Australian literary history
Cold War politics
The Church and politics
Australian Catholicism
Australian postcolonialism
Ireland and Australia
Local and global
Irish and Australian nationalism
Modernism in Australian poetry
Peace, violence and civil rights
The country and the city

The organising committee would be interested in creative responses as well as academic papers. Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief biographical note as an email attachment to or by post to: Bridie McCarthy, SCA, Arts, Victoria University, PO Box 14428, Melbourne 8001.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday November 14, 2008.

Notification of acceptance: Friday November 28, 2008.

Participating Keynote Speakers and Poets include: Peter Steele, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Aileen Kelly & Lisa Gorton. Organising committee: John McLaren, Penelope Buckley, Lyn McCredden, Charon Freebody, Damien Barlow & Bridie McCarthy. Presented by Victoria University. Supported by Newman College. Sponsored by ASAL.

Dates From: 10 February 2009
To: 11 February 2009
Type of Event Submission
Closing date for papers 14 November 2009
Venue Newman College, University of Melbourne
Intended Audience Postgraduate, Researchers/Scholars,

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