2019 ACIAC Emerging Scholars’ Forum

Call for Papers

Convened by the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC) of Western Sydney University, this international forum intends to bring together emerging scholars from Australia, China and the Sinosphere (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and other centres of Chinese culture), and elsewhere in the world for an exchange in Australian and Chinese studies in arts and culture.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese New Culture Movement and it affords different societies an opportunity to reflect on their current cultural developments, to re-accentuate the importance of global cultural exchange at a time of international distrusts, paranoid nationalism and anti-globalization. This is as much a job of the future as it has been of the past and present, so the involvement of young scholars is important. It is hoped that this could facilitate the building of “New Cultures” in the 21st century that are both more open and accommodating to and appreciative of cultural differences.

Highlighting comparison, contrast, convergence and commingling – four aspects in the study of Australian and Chinese arts and culture, as well as the challenges encountered along the way, this forum welcomes paper proposals from Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers of various disciplines.

Papers are invited to address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Cultural Studies in Australian, Chinese and transnational contexts
  • Australian and Chinese literature and film
  • Language and Translation studies
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Publishing and media studies
  • Creative industries
  • Cultural exchange and cultural diplomacy
  • Cultural heritage and indigenous culture
  • Education and youth studies
  • Australian-Chinese Diaspora Studies
  • Etc.

The proposal must include an author’s short bio (100 words), a presentation paper title and a 300-word abstract in English. Call for papers closes on March 31 2019.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Paul Gladston (Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair of Contemporary Art, University of New South Wales) and Professor Wanning Sun (FAHA Professor of Media and Communication Studies, University of Technology Sydney).

For accepted papers, flights and accommodation will be covered by the organizers for presenters from outside Australia.

Selected papers will be included in the inaugural issue of a journal in Australian and Chinese arts and culture, to be published in late 2019 to early 2020.

For any enquiry, please contact Dr Kiu-Wai Chu (ACIAC) at k.chu@westernsydney.edu.au (opens in a new window).