CFP: Australia on screen: a home for whom? (8/1/17; 11/1-5/17)

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Film & History
contact email: 



CFP: Australia on screen: a home for whom?

An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference:

Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging

November 1-November 5, 2017

The Milwaukee Hilton

Milwaukee, WI (USA)


EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: August 1, 2017


With a history some 60,000 years in the making, Australia is home to ancient indigenous cultures, over two centuries of white settlement, and decades of multicultural immigration. An enduring theme in Australian film and television has been the exploration of home and belonging. Australia has been represented on screen in varied, challenging, and sometimes terrifying ways; from The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) through to Wolf Creek (2005) and Australia (2008). More recently the much touted “new golden age of television” has also seen Australian productions such as the indigenous science fiction series Cleverman (2016) and the critically acclaimed Redfern Now (2012). The idea of Australia as a place of belonging and home has also recently been explored in documentaries like The First Australians (2008) and politically challenging reality programs like Go back to where you came from (2012). Scholars from Australia and around the world have explored, critiqued and imagined the possibilities of what Australia means for those who live there, and those who visit, for decades.


Give these critical conversations, how have representations of Australia in film or television changed over time?  At the beginning of the 21st century, what do belonging and home mean for Australian film and television?

This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the portrayal, function, and meaning of home and belonging in Australian cinema or television. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What kinds of visions of Australian life and culture are offered in specific examples of films or television?
  • How has the Australian environment shaped the idea of home and belonging in film or television?
  • Aboriginal Australian stories on film and television: home, belonging and dispossession
  • Australia as a multicultural nation: a home for who?
  • The politics of belonging and not-belonging: refugees, asylum seekers and ‘what makes it to screen’
  • It’s scary out there: genre and representations of the Australia
  • Film and television production in Australia: home-grown or importing other cultures?

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information, see the Film & History website (


Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair:


Mia Treacey

Monash University or