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Bridging Worlds with Words – registrations open

Registrations for the 12th annual gathering, ‘Bridging Worlds with Words’ #APWT2019, from 5-7th November at the University of Macau are now open!

“In addition to a stellar line up of feature authors, registered participants at APWT get to be part of the experience.

Would you like to launch a book, speak on a particular issue, run a workshop or propose a panel or event? We’re open to your ideas and want to hear from you. The sooner you register the sooner we can begin to consider you as a priority in our programming. Register now to tell us how you would like to be involved. With generous member, early bird and student discounts it’s time to lock in Macau! Visit our website now for full details” 

Call for Papers: AXON journal

Axon: Creative Explorations (ISSN 1838-8973; is a Scopus-listed journal that publishes material aimed at building understandings about creativity, the creative process, and the cultural contexts, and theoretical frameworks, that inform creative practice.

For issue 9.2, ‘Living in the world: creativity, science, environments’, we are publishing material associated with cities and creative thinking/practice; creativity and space/place; science/art relationships, and related matters. We invite submissions of between 500 and 6000 words, by 30 September. Details and submission portal can be found here

2019 SA Gender, Sex and Sexualities Postgraduate and ECR Conference

Abstracts are being sought for the Sixth Annual South Australian Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Gender, Sex and Sexualities conference. All applicants whose abstracts are accepted also have the chance to submit a full paper for publication in the special issue of an academic peer-reviewed journal.

Past, Present and Future: contested histories and emerging identities will be held on September 23 and 24 at the Napier Building: Theatre 102, University of Adelaide. It will feature exciting, local and interstate keynote speakers and panellists (TBA).

The submission deadline is June 3, 2019.

‘Standard presentations’ (20 minutes) are eligible for the Dr Michael Noble Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Conference. The prize is a book voucher, awarded to the best conference presentation, in honour of Dr Michael Noble. We recognise Dr Noble’s life work, including his contributions to intersex activism, his role as Intersex Consultant and Communications Officer for the 2017 Gender, Sex and Sexualities Art(i)culations of Violence Committee, alongside many other achievements and experiences. More information on the Dr Michael Noble Prize to follow. 

The aim of this conference is to bring together postgraduate students and early career researchers from across South Australia to share their work and research with their peers and to continue building a collegial and collaborative environment for South Australian and Australian students. This year’s theme aims to explore the past, present and future of gender, sex and sexualities in relation to the structural, personal, institutional, cultural, symbolic, epistemic, and discursive. This theme is purposefully broad and can be applied to any number of issues, theoretical and practical.

This is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to bring together a network of postgraduate students and early career researchers from across South Australia whose research explores gender and/or sexualities. Previous conferences have featured papers from students of Sociology, Gender & Women’s Studies, Indigenous Studies, Politics, Anthropology, History, Visual Art, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Health Science, Law, Philosophy, Linguistics and more. We are excited to bring together a multitude of exciting thinkers across disciplines!

This year’s theme is Past, Present and Future: Contested Histories and Emerging Identities. Possibilities for exploring the concepts of past, present and future include (but are not limited to):

  • Post genderism
  • Intersectionality
  • Activism and privilege
  • Diversity and the academy
  • Decolonisation
  • Performance and storytelling
  • Human rights, health and wellbeing
  • Family, intimacies, transformation, and marriage
  • Childhood and youth
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Violence
  • Power
  • Education

We invite three different types of presentation:

  • Standard presentation (20 minutes)
  • Short ‘snapshot’ paper (5 minutes)
  • Visual art (see call for visual art)

Our invited speakers will talk about their exciting research and offer helpful guidance to postgraduate and early career researcher attendees.

Visit our website for more information:

Submit your abstract using the relevant proforma and email to:

Poetry on the Move: Small Leaps, Giant Steps.

Special issue of the journal Axon: Creative Explorations

This special issue of the Axon journal is connected to a one-day symposium to be held in Canberra on 21st October 2019 during the Poetry on the Move Festival (17-21 October 2019), organised and hosted by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

This issue aims to explore ways in which contemporary poetry uses or harnesses knowledge of various kinds and how poetry understands the world. For example, how does poetry make use of, interact with or transform existing bodies of knowledge? And how is poetry itself a form of knowing? If poetry may be said to produce knowledge, what kind of knowledge is this?

We are particularly interested in papers that relate to:

  • Poetry’s relationship to various conceptions of truth (social, political, abstract, aesthetic)
  • Embodied knowledges
  • Cultural knowledge
  • The play of convention and subversion
  • Poetry’s use of and intersection with knowledge from other intellectual domains (e.g. science, mathematics, philosophy, economics, etc.)
  • Poetry’s incorporation of knowledge about the environment, climate and landscape
  • Poetic modes of thinking and cognition
  • Poetry and the thought-feeling nexus
  • Ways in which poetry explores knowledge
  • Heuristic knowledge and trial-and-error
  • Ways in which poetry produces knowledge
  • Poetic revision as a pathway to knowledge
  • How poetic expression relates to the production of knowledge
  • Poetry and the ephemeral

What we would like from contributors:

  1. A 150-word abstract of your proposed paper by 30 April 2018
  2. If your abstract is accepted (we will notify you by 20 May 2018), a full written paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words by 15 November 2018.

The editors of this issue of Axon: Creative Explorations journal are Professor Paul Hetherington, Professor Jen Webb and Shane Strange.

All abstracts, papers and related correspondence should be addressed to Shane Strange at

Call for Papers: ‘wandering’

Edited by Kate Cantrell, Ariella Van Luyn, Emma Doolan

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘wandering’ as ‘going about from place to place; an aimless, slow, or pointless movement; and a shift away from the proper, normal, or usual course’. Wandering, as both a physical movement and a conceptual metaphor, can transcend the boundaries between past and present, the real and imagined, the centre and the periphery, the virtual and the actual, the human and the non-human, the private and the public, and the finite and the boundless. Wandering, by its nature, signals a shift away from linear modes of operating to a more colourful vista of experimentation, repetition, spontaneity, play, and general misrule. Historically, wanderers have been transgressive subjects who at different times have been both revered and feared, appreciated and misunderstood, and rewarded and punished for their alleged risk-taking, vagrancy, and aimlessness. Like the exile, the wanderer represents the ghost of modernity who is uprooted from home and perpetually displaced in space and time. However, not all experiences of wandering are the same. The experience of a refugee who wanders in search of a safe place to call home is different to the experience of a traveller who elects to wander while on holiday. Therefore, wandering is both an alternative mode of subjectivity and an apt metaphor for different ways of thinking, knowing, and being. Ingrid Horrocks, in her recent book, Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility (2017), explains: “To be a wanderer is not quite the same as being a traveller: wandering assumes neither destination nor homecoming. The wanderer’s narrative tends to work by digression and detour rather than by a direct route. Wanderers, and their narratives, are always in danger of becoming lost. A wanderer is also someone who moves from place to place encountering a series of different people, making her a natural vehicle for explorations of sympathy and sociability, social exclusion, and loneliness.” Wandering, as Horrocks notes, is not always voluntary. People with dementia can be prone to wandering, as can children with autism. The expression ‘to have a wandering eye’ is an idiom that highlights the intersection between gendered mobility and morality. In Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798), wandering is a curse that haunts the Mariner and takes it shape as a longing that he can never satisfy or fulfil. Wandering refuses to assign meaning to a single locus and instead encourages us to consider ideas and practices that are fluid, pluralistic, and intuitive. This special issue on ‘wandering’ will explore current and emerging research on wandering practices and behaviours, methodologies, texts, and technologies.

Areas of investigation may include but are not limited to:

* Wandering and the body

* Wandering and the environment

* Wandering and new/emerging technologies

* Wandering and tourist cultures, images, and identities

* Wandering and migration, immigration, and refugeeism

* Wandering and mobility

* Wandering and diaspora

* Wandering and concepts of home and homelessness

* Wandering and urban spaces

* Wandering and philosophy, including morality

* Wandering and cartography, psychogeography, and affective geography

* Wandering in art, literature, and film

* Wandering in indigenous cultures and contexts

* Wandering in time

* Wandering between genres

* Wandering as a literal, textual, physical, or imaginative phenomenon

* Wandering as a form of protest, resistance, or ‘promiscuous’ behaviour

* Wandering problems and stereotypes

Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the article title and should describe your research question, approach, and argument.

Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words) and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Articles should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).

Please send any enquiries to

TEXT Peripheral Visions CFP

Every creative expression shares a vision. Whether writers look away, towards, askance, within or over, they draw readers to peripheries, asking Where from? Why this? How so? Where to?

This special issue of TEXT seeks to publish papers that explicitly investigate peripheral visions of past, present and future, and of figures and forms, fractures and erasures. Papers may tackle, for example, unconventional wisdom, unsettled perspectives, lapsed borders— that which is beyond and outside the accepted or obvious. In this way, alternative worlds, ideas, fictions and verities may emerge, compete, coalesce, fragment, shift …

For more information and how to submit, click here.

In memory of Judith Rodríguez (1936-2018)

All involved with AAWP who knew Judith will be saddened by the passing of a friend, colleague, supportive mentor and fierce advocate for writers and writing.

Judith has been a supporter of writing and writers in so many ways – in creative writing courses across a range of institutions, with PEN both locally and internationally, and on an individual basis guiding emerging writers. She always gave graciously to others, whether it was advice on a poem or help with a launch, and her style and wisdom lit up the many events she attended and organized.

Judith will be much missed, not only for her belief in writing as a creative force for change, but also for her inimitable wit and compassion for others.

PEN International has provided details of Judith’s career as well as further evidence of how much she has contributed to the fabric of our lives in Australia and internationally: