Below is a list of recent news items and upcoming events in the Centre. For more information about regular Centre events, such as our Public Lectures, Public Seminars, Conferences and Symposia, please subscribe to the CCCS Mailing List.
15 November 2013
The Centre welcomes Rebecca Coates, the newest member of our Research Staff. Rebecca is a Research Fellow on the Mapping the Social Sciences and Humanities in Australia project led by Emertius Professor Graeme Turner. She brings her experience and knowledge from working as a Data Archivist on the Australian Data Archive project, and as a Research Officer at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), to contribute to her role in the CCCS.
8 November 2013
Congratulations to Emertius Professor Graeme Turner, who has been successful yet again in securing funding from the Australian Research Council in the latest round. Graeme is part of a large group of researchers who will work on the Discovery Project entitled 'Transforming Cultural Fields' from 2014 - 2016.
This interdisciplinary project investigates the shaping of Australian art, literary, media, sport, and heritage fields, individually and collectively, by the changing national and transnational environment since the 1994 national cultural policy Creative Nation. Like Creative Nation, its primary focus is on the relation between these fields and the nation, but also pays particular attention to the distinctive forms of cultural capital associated within and across these fields, especially ethnic cultural divisions and the distinctive presence of Indigenous culture. This project’s empirical application and assessment of the concept of the ‘cultural field’ will contribute to the international development of cultural theory.
15 October 2013
7 August 2013
Accummulation: The Material Politics of Plastic, edited by Professor Gay Hawkins along with Mike Michael and Jennifer Gabrys has been published by Routledge. This edited collection came about as a result of the symposium of the same name organised by CCCS and Goldsmiths College in 2011.
29 July 2013
Emertius Professor Graeme Turner will be leading the 'Mapping the Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia' project recently commissioned by the Australian Government. Working with the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the report will profile the humanities and social sciences sectors and cosndier how government, universities and the humanities and social sciences communities might address issues of sustainability and gaps in capability.
- Read the full media release from Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Higher Education.
28 June 2013
Congratulations to Professor Gay Hawkins and Dr Morgan Richards for their success in the latest round of Linkage Project funding from the Australian Research Council. Their project with the ABC, entitled 'Making animals public: the changing role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in building public value and interest in wildlife documentary', will commence in 2014.
Project Summary: This project will critically assess the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) changing role in building public interest and value in animals through wildlife programming. Historical and strategic industry analysis will document how the ABC contributed to the development of the wildlife genre in Australia and how new external production models are impacting on its public charter.
6 June 2013
Applications are now open for the 2015 Faculty of Arts Research Fellowship Program. Faculty Fellows are provided with teaching relief for a semester in order to bring a research or publication project to completion. They are asked to spend part of this time working in the CCCS or CHED, contributing to its seminar program and its other activities. Applications are invited from every school within the Faculty of Arts, with at least one grant per year allocated to an Early Career Researcher.
- Applications are due by 26 July 2013. More information here.
4 June 2013
Dr Melissa Bellanta's book Larrikins: A History has been shortlisted for the 2013 Ernest Scott prize, which awards "the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation" for the previous year. The judges have said of the book:
"A landmark first book by a young scholar, Larrikins stands out for its liveliness, centrality to issues in Australian culture and politics, and breadth of approach, including attention to patterns of speech and youth behaviour, style and dress. Melissa Bellanta unpacks the origins of Aussie larrikinism as a cultural phenomenon (and performance) that originated on city streets. Noting that Ned Kelly perceived the larrikin as a city version of himself in 1879, she asks why the larrikin became such a mythic type in Australian identity formation. Contextualised by a social history that locates the shaping of a colonial urban youth culture in the wake of the gold rushes, Larrikins teases out how Australians turned a term of abuse imported as dialect from the United Kingdom into a national mythology once merged with the image of the digger during the First World War."
Full details here.
18 March 2013
Issue 146 of Media International Australia has just been published and includes a special theme issue arising from the 2011 CCCS symposium 'Investigating Public Service Media as Hybrid Arrangements'. Edited by Professor Gay Hawkins and Dr Maureen Burns (EMSAH), the issue includes articles written by Professor Hawkins, Dr Mark Andrejevic and Dr Morgan Richards. An interview of Professor Graeme Turner is also included in the general articles. Full details here.
12 March 2013
CCCS is seeking expressions of interest for applications for 3 year UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for 2014-2016. The UQ postdoctoral scheme seeks to attract talented early career researchers with well-developed research programs and strong track records. The deadline for receiving expressions of interest is 8 April. Full details here.
7 February 2013
10 January 2013
22 November 2012
CCCS Director Professor Gay Hawkins has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available for achievement in the humanities in Australia. In announcing their New Fellows for 2012, the Academy said of Professor Hawkins:
"She has played a key role in the development of Australian cultural studies as an interdisciplinary and philosophically informed practice of social reflection. In her first book, From Nimbin to Mardi Gras: Constructing Community Arts (1993), she undertook the first analysis of Australian community arts, and thereby made a substantial and original contribution to cultural policy. Her next two books, Culture and Waste (edited with Stephen Muecke, 2002) and The Ethics of Waste (2006), broke new ground in their exploration of the cultural and ethical significance of waste in all its manifestations and contributed to the formulation of a culturally informed environmental politics. Her other publications include The SBS Story: The Challenge of Cultural Diversity (2008, with Ien Ang FAHA and Lamia Dabboussy)."
5 November 2012
15 October 2012
Dr Abigail Loxham will be presenting another 'Contemporary Talk' at the Queensland Art Gallery, this time as part of the Prado Up Late series. Dr Loxham will be speaking in the gallery on Friday 19 October at 6:30pm. Full details can be found here.
2 October 2012
Dr Abigail Loxham will be delivering two public seminars this week. On Friday 5 October, Dr Loxham will be discussing 'Memory and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain' for the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies' Literatures and Cultures seminar series. This seminar will be held in Room 209 of the Gordon Greenwood Building from 2:00pm. Full details can be found here.
You can also see Abigail speak at the Queensland Art Gallery's 'Sala del Prado' on Saturday 6 October from 2:30pm. She will be discussing Spanish cinema as part of the Contemporary Talks series during their exhibition 'Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado'. Full details can be found here.
3 September 2012
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the CCCS symposium last Friday in honour of our outgoing Director, Professor Graeme Turner.
30 August 2012
Dr Melissa Bellanta has been invited by the History Council of New South Wales to give a public lecture during the upcoming History Week. Melissa will deliver 'Larrikin Style: Flash Street Dress in Late-Colonial Australia' at Shirt Bar on Tuesday 11 September from 6:30pm. Full details can be found here.