Applications open for Symposium poster proposals

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Each year, the Academy involves early career researchers in the annual Symposium in several ways – as delegates, presenters, and participants in briefings and masterclasses. Our Symposium provides the next generation of humanities scholars a great opportunity to not only participate in the broader Australian humanities community and life of the Academy but also share their research and build networks.

This year, we warmly invite early career researchers to present a poster relating to their research as a key feature of the Academy’s 49th Symposium program to be held at State Library of NSW on 15-16 November, Sydney.

The Symposium theme is Clash of Civilisations? Where are we now?

Twenty-five years ago, American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington posited the question ‘The Clash of Civilisations?’ suggesting religious and cultural identity would be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War era (Foreign Affairs, 1993). He predicted that, as the West began to develop a better understanding of the cultural fundamentals underlying other civilisations, Western civilization and its values would cease to be regarded as ‘universal’. This has certainly proved to be the case.

The Symposium will reassess Huntington’s question, in light of recent global developments and historical inquiries, and consider how the concept of ‘the clash of civilisations’ has been used as an enduring rhetorical device for explaining divisions between groups and across time and place. It will explore modern and ancient cross-cultural encounters and their contemporary implications in the spheres of history, politics, and religion, as well as their cultural expressions in literature, film, and the arts.

The Symposium is a public event and will bring together a large cross-section of Academy Fellows, scholars, early career researchers and members of the broader community, including those working in education, media, policy, and community development.

Macquarie University is the Principal Sponsor of this year’s Symposium, with the State Library of NSW our Venue Sponsor. The program has been convened by Professor Bronwen Neil FAHA and Professor Catriona Mackenzie FAHA.

We are seeking proposals for poster presentations that engage with one or more of the Symposium’s themes:

  • The rhetoric of the ‘clash of civilisations’ and its deployment
  • The role, history, and effect of the ‘culture wars’
  • Identity politics and the ‘clash of civilisations’
  • The literary and artistic response to inter-cultural conflict

Professor Alastair Blanshard FAHA will be chairing the Assessment Committee and he is keen to encourage as wide a diversity in applicants as possible:

‘This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the most dynamic and innovative research happening in Australia at the moment. These sessions encourage dialogue and conversations about urgent and pressing issues being explored in the Humanities today. They are an unrivalled opportunity to exchange information with leading researchers and influential community leaders.’

Eligibility and how to apply

Places are limited. All proposals will be assessed on the grounds of relevance to the Symposium, the quality of the proposed poster, and the academic track record of the candidate.

Please see our website for eligibility and how to apply.

Applications close AEST 5:00pm Friday 11 May 2018.


About the image

‘European Thousand-Armed Classical Sculpture’ by Xu Zhen (Madein), 2014. Appears courtesy of the artist and White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney.