The Centre for Critical Studies was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Building Australian Cultural Studies: The Work of Graeme Turner, 31 August 2012
Building Australian Cultural Studies: The Work of Graeme Turner, 31 August 2012

Environmental Humanities: The Question of Nature, 14 - 15 November 2013
The Academy of Humanities 44th Annual Symposium convened by Professors Gay Hawkins FAHA and Peter Harrison FAHA, was jointly hosted by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies and the Centre for the History of European Discourses. The symposium showcased some of the most exciting scholarship in the environmental humanities and debate the ways in which the humanities can lay claim to offering significant knowledge about what counts as nature.

Locating Television: Zones of Consumption, 5 - 6 September 2013
This symposium discussed the ideas and concepts raised in the book Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (2013) by Anna Cristina Pertierra and Graeme Turner. The symposium extended the scope and diversity of the locations examined in the book, as well as critically evaluated, debated, and complicated its underpinning arguments. In accord with Locating Television's emphasis on the located-ness of television studies, speakers included those whose work addresses a wide range of locations: Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, the US and Australia. Speakers engaged with the ideas and concepts presented in Locating Television - each from their own perspective and location; this involved discussing an aspect of their own research or responding directly to the research outlined in the book.

Talking Water: Experts and Everyday Experience, 21 March 2013
Water science is everywhere – in the media, in urban policy and in advertising. This one-day interactive forum explored how water science seeps into our everyday lives, how it becomes plausible and how ordinary people make sense of it. This lively and engaging multimedia event mixed expert discussion with everyday experiences of water. Academics, designers, activists and artists explored how the science of water is communicated and how ordinary encounters with water – from backyard creeks to bottles – make science meaningful. 

Beyond Behaviour Change: A Symposium on Social Practice Theories and Their Implications for Environmental Policy and Programs, 12 - 14 November 2012
Social practice theories are increasingly being used to provide new understandings of environmental issues and social change. The aim of this international symposium is to explore how these developments can inform new ways to analyse and tackle urgent environmental problems. More specifically, it will examine intersections between developments in practice theory and environmental policy and program development. In addition to providing a discussion-rich forum for key researchers working in this area, selected outcomes will be collectively published in an edited book and/or journal special issue.
Building Australian Cultural Studies: The Work of Graeme Turner, 31 August 2012
Graeme Turner has played a key role in the development of Australian cultural and media studies. Throughout his long and distinguished career, his innovative scholarship has had a significant impact on developing this interdisciplinary field in Australia and internationally. He is the author of many publications in popular culture, media studies, celebrity, film theory and more. These books have contributed to the transformation of the humanities and the emergence of new intellectual practices and objects. Graeme has also represented the humanities on numerous government and university committees from the ARC to PMSEIC (Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council) - where he is currently the only humanities representative. His contribution to building improved research support and recognition for the humanities, as well as the legacy of his Cultural Research Network, has been lasting and significant.

On 2 September 2012, Graeme Turner will step down from his role as Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, before retiring from the University (but not his academic career) in early 2013. This symposium allowed Graeme’s colleagues to reflect on their engagement with his work, its influence and its impact. 

What's Left to Say About Celebrity?, 29 November 2011
Much of the hard work has been done to establish that the area celebrity studies demands attention. That said, it is clear that it needs to be more than just an anthology of accounts of this or that celebrity, or analyses of those regularly occurring celebrity moments where our interests overlap with those of the mainstream media. The presentations in this symposium all, in their own way, addressed the question of what more can we do with the notion of celebrity? The symposium brought together a stellar cast of leading international figures in celebrity studies, together with one of the leading younger scholars making her mark in this field, in order to present their latest work.  In papers that indicate the diversity and depth of this field, they each convincingly showed that there is indeed much left to be said about celebrity.
Investigating Public Service Media as Hybrid Arrangements, 16 September 2011
Searching for the 'core' of  public service media (PSM), trying to define them against their 'others', or even locating them within a Habermasian public sphere often obscures the flexibility and multiplicity of PSM practices. In this symposium we investigate PSM as being increasingly organised in hybrid arrangements that function according to diverse technologies, politics, people, and economies. This symposium will work ‘in-between’ the familiar dichotomies through which PSM have been defended such as state versus market, public versus private, and national versus international.
ACCUMULATION: The Material Ecologies and Economies of Plastic, 21 June 2011
Co-organised with Goldsmiths, University of London, this interdisciplinary workshop aimed to explore the vitality, complexity and irony of plastic and examine a range of issues that cut across arts, humanities, natural sciences, politics and social sciences. CCCS Deputy Director Professor Gay Hawkins was a featured speaker at this symposium.
Cultural Studies: Past, Present & Future, 3 September 2009
This symposium on the state of cultural studies included presentations by Graeme Turner, Chris Rojek, Frances Bonner, John Hartley and Melissa Gregg.
Pig City: Then & Now, 13 July 2007
As a companion event to the Queensland Music Festival’s ‘Pig City’ concert at UQ on 14 July 2007, CCCS held a symposium to review and discuss the past, present and future of the rock music industry in Brisbane. The author of Pig City, Andrew Stafford, was among a list of speakers which included music historians and other academic researchers, music journalists, and participants in the early days of the Brisbane music industry. Partly a celebration of the past, partly an opportunity to learn more about Brisbane's music history, and partly a think-tank on possibilities for the future, this was a rich event embraced by those interested in Brisbane's music industry.
Internet Class 04, 6 – 8 December 2004
Internet studies is a dynamic and innovative interdisciplinary field of research, which engages in new ways with cultural technologies, literacies, histories, and identities. Aimed at doctoral students and early career researchers from a wide range of disciplines, Internet Class 04 was a unique masterclass event featuring leading international scholars in critical Internet studies.
Making an Appearance: Fashion, Dress and Consumption, 10 - 13 July 2003
This conference brought together scholars, as well as industry practitioners, journalists and local designers, to debate the latest thinking on fashion, identity, the body and consumption. It offered a unique opportunity to engage with the ways dress is now central to much theorising about gender, culture and race. The conference was the first opportunity in an Australian university for those interested in fashion to discuss and critique its place, meanings and indeed its future.
AsiaPacifiQueer 2: Media, Technology and Queer Cultures, 3 - 4 December 2001
The conference featured eight different panels where a total of eighteen presenters touched on the multiple ways in which recent advances in technology and mass communications are impacting upon queer identities and communities in the region.
Transforming Cultures/Shifting Boundaries: Asian Diasporas and Identities in Australia and Beyond, 1 - 2 December 2001
This interdisciplinary conference focused on the state of Asian diasporic studies in Australia and elsewhere. One of the aims of the conference was to understand the construction of 'Australia' both as a site for migration of peoples from the Asian/Pacific region and beyond and also as an already hybridised location whose popular and intellectual cultures increasingly trouble the notion of an 'authentic' majority culture against which immigrant identities can be understood as Other. Global advances in media and communications technologies have ensured that, not just peoples but cultures are on the move, challenging the notion of a clash of authentic, original ethnic or cultural identities.
Libertine Enlightenment, 21 - 22 September 2001
The conference was hatched by a group of scholars at the University of Queensland who began forming themselves into a research concentration on the histories of sexualities. This group included scholars whose primary fields were Asian, Australian, British, French, and Hispanic studies, both textual and historical. This conference focused closely on the historical enlightenment as a Western European phenomenon of the eighteenth century.
A 'Master Class' in Television Studies, 7 - 11 December 2000
Television: Past, Present and Futures, 1 - 3 December 2000
These conferences aimed to inspire discussion about the place of television at the beginning of the new century by canvassing contemporary critical debates on topics ranging from digitisation and new media to the state of current affairs programming to popular culture. This was the first time a conference focussing solely on television has been held at an Australian university. The conferences presented a rare opportunity for Australian and international television scholars to engage in discussion within an Australian cultural context.


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