European Association for Studies of Australia's Biennial Conference
Date: 17 to 19 January, 2018
Location: University of Barcelona, Spain
Host: Convenors from the Australian Studies Centre (ASC) at the University of Barcelona and Curtin University.
Overview: The conference theme Nationalism Old and New: Europe, Australia and Their Others aims to explore the following questions:
- How do Europe and Australia respond to the growing internationalisation of issues once deemed managable on the national level, be they of an economic, demographic, social, political or climatic kind?
- To what extent is the re/turn to nationalism a credible and viable response to the problems that assail both continents? Are these the product of a common sense or fear?
- What are the structural links between European and Australian policies towards migration, refugees and asylum seekers?
- To what extent do the above issues affect the inequalities of ethnicity, class and gender already existent in both continents? To what extent is religion a factor of division?
- To what extent is European identity a “question mark”, an identity in de/re/construction, and how does the recent context of fear, racism and intolerance impact on this process?
- Likewise, to what extent is Australianness a postcolonial question mark rather than a neutral marker of identity? What is the place of ‘New Settlers’ and Indigenous peoples in the nation-state?
- What are the connections/disconnections between European and Australian approaches to developing a human rights culture? What is the place of migrant peoples and Indigeneity in future expressions of Europeanness and Australianness? To what extent may/do European and Australian (policies of) identity inform and solicit each other?
- How may discourses of Indigeneity influence notions of Europeanness? To what extent is Europe afraid of being ‘Aboriginalised’, that is, of suffering the same fate that Indigenous Australians experienced under European colonisation?
- What can the role of Australian Studies be from the perspective of Europe in terms of furthering an understanding of politics of in/tolerance and in/exclusion?
Registration: For more information and to register, visit the EASA conference website.