CFP: Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors in Australian Literature (Australia) (12/15/05; ASAL, 7/3/06-7/5/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Tanya Dalziell

=46irst Call for Abstracts/Papers
Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors
Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference
The University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, July 3-5 2006

Nobby's story has its roots way back. It's part of a bigger
historical picture and a longer story of hardship passed down from
one generation to another. This story continues today.
Ruby Langford Ginibi (from Haunted by the Past)

History breaks down into images, not into stories. Walter Benjamin

There is no word or image that is not haunted by history. Eduardo Cadava

The 28th Annual ASAL conference calls for 20 minute papers that
address the cluster of themes-Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors-in
relation to all aspects of Australian culture.

Participants are asked to attend creatively to these themes, and to
extend their suggestive metaphorical, political and aesthetic
significances. Interdisciplinary dialogues are encouraged, and
cross-cultural studies are welcomed. Suggestions for panels will
also be considered. Papers from postgraduates are warmly invited.

Among other possibilities, proposed papers may turn around the
following interests:
=85 The status of the image in Australian literary texts; the status of
the literary on screen
=85 Settler colonialisms and their spectres in Australian literature,
history and film
=85 Shadows of whiteness in Australia
=85 Cultures of the image (scientific, cinematic, televisual, digital,
artistic, photographic, ekphrasis)
=85 Screen memories
=85 Autobiographical mirrors
=85 Possession and dispossession in Australia
=85 Ways of seeing; ways of being
=85 Ghostly encounters
=85 Forgetting
=85 Critical and poetic possibilities of catoptromancy, skiagraphy,
reflection, semblances, anamorphosis=8A for 'reading' Australian

Please send a 200-300 word abstract along with a brief bio by
December 15th 2005 to
Tanya Dalziell at or Paul Genoni at

ASAL information:

Conference website (accessible through UWA Institute of Advanced
Studies, and to be periodically updated to include information
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