Working Conditions in Australasian Literature

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
American Association of Australasian Literary Studies

Call for Papers

MLA 2023

American Association of Australasian Literary Studies

San Francisco, California, 5–8 January 2023

Barbara Hoffmann, AAALS Vice President, Session Organizer and Moderator


Session Title:

Working Conditions in Australasian Literature

Full CFP:

As humanities departments struggle and grants available for the creation of Australasian literature diminish, questions are raised about the ongoing work of creating a thriving literary landscape. The pandemic has likewise pushed questions about work and the value of work to the fore, reviving older conversations about the place of workers in society. 

Topics to consider regarding working conditions in Australasian literature include, for example:

  • Material conditions of working as a writer in Australia and New Zealand, from support for cultural production to engaging with the publishing industry to the effects of social media on literary production

  • The particular conditions and challenges faced by Indigenous authors

  • The work of teachers of Australasian literature, including issues such as the rise of contingent labor, support for Australasian literature programs or classes, and challenges in teaching Australasian literature in North America

  • Representation of workers within Australasian literature, from classic working class texts to more contemporary considerations of labor

The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies welcomes 250-word abstracts for papers that rigorously engage with these or related topics through art, culture, media, and literature (generously considered).


Please note that AAALS is requesting to be included under the MLA theme. For a more detailed description from the MLA President, see:


Submit 250-word abstracts by March 1st to with the subject line MLA 2023 Proposal.