Call for Papers and Panels

Reading and Writing Australian Literature

Past, Present, Future

The 2020 ASAL Annual Conference (now a virtual format) will be hosted by James Cook University from 29 June – 10 July.

For more than forty years, ASAL annual conferences have offered a venue where creative writers and academic critics have come together in a convivial atmosphere, but the rise of university-based creative writing programs in Australia has sometimes called into question the relationship between creative writing and literary studies. This conference aims to address such questions and to extend the dialogue between these two disciplines in Australian literary studies.

We are seeking 20-minute papers or proposals for panels that address the challenges of reading and writing Australian literature in the past and the present (and the future), and welcome proposals from literary studies and practice-led research. Proposals may be a work of scholarship on or about creative practice as that relates to Australian literature, engage with the conference topics through literary criticism or scholarship, or may be a creative work incorporating a scholarly framework to be presented along with a creative element. 

Topics could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Writing ‘Australia’    
  • Biography and life writing
  • Nature and landscape
  • Regional writing       
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Representing diversity        
  • Editors and editing
  • Creative and critical convergences
  • Authorship
  • Manuscripts: composition and revision
  • Versions and versioning
  • Writing genre
  • Exporting Australian literature
  • Literary criticism
  • Historical fiction       
  • Digital literary studies
  • Writing for stage and screen          
  • Readers and reading
  • The essay as Australian literature
  • Creative practice, craft and storytelling    
  • Teaching Australian writing

Please submit your proposal to roger.osborne@jcu.edu.au using the subject heading ASAL2020 together with a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical note.

Deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2020