Cultures of Exchange and Exchanges of Culture: 16th Annual WIP (Work-in-Progress) Conference. 24th-25th August, 2012.

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School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland, Australia.
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The 2012 Work in Progress (WIP) Conference aims to draw on criticism, comment, knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm about the highly multiple phenomenon of exchange in the humanities and the arts. As a counterpart to culture's strong individual aspect, exchange works, often somewhat experimentally, to twine differing social, aesthetic, imaginative, theoretical, economic, and political strands of activity and thought. The conference calls for contributions from and attendance by researchers, postgraduates, and honours students working in various disciplines and with regard to different historical periods.

Interested researchers are invited to submit abstracts with connections to this year's general theme.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

- How does originality function, or fare, in a period of deep cultural emphasis on sharing and mixing?

- What might be lost or gained in the process of adaptation?

- To what extent, or in what ways, do writers and readers address each other?

- How does the idea of exchange structure texts?

- How does cultural exchange foster cultural understanding? For example, multiculturalism, queer theory, creative collaborations?

Keywords: sharing, borrowing, conversation, reciprocity, translation, transposition, adaptation, assimilation, appropriation, interdependence, correspondence, debate, intertextuality, interdisciplinary, gifts, transference, traffic, co-operation, points of intersection, dialogism, communication barriers, pedagogial convergence, theoretical discord, travel, influence, borders, boundaries, hybridity, subjectivity, authority, transnationalism, collaboration.

A 200-300 word abstract, accompanied by a 50 word biographical note (including contact details), should be submitted to by 20/07/2012. Papers should be 20 minutes long when presented, and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions.

Where: St Leo's College, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Australia.

Cost: $80 (includes catering)

Keynote speaker: Niall Lucy is Professor of Critical Theory at Curtin University, and co-director of the Centre for Culture and Technology. He is a member of the consultancy board for Derrida Today, and a member of the editorial boards for Fibreculture Journal and Cultural Studies Review as well as being a founding editor of the journal ctrl-z: new media philosophy. His latest book, with John Kinsella, The Ballad of Moondyne Joe, describes the nature and exploits of a colonial Australian folk hero, and he is currently at work on A Dictionary of Postmodernism, The Disorder of Things: Understanding Post-Structuralism, and a book about Perth punk. Niall is also a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project that examines the cultural history of popular music in Western Australia.