Provocations #1: Who Shot the Albatross? Gate-Keeping in Australian Culture

Provocations is a new public forum tackling controversies in the arts and humanities, hosted by the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.

Provocation #1 asks: What unchallenged orthodoxies still govern Australian cultural production? Are we receptive to new voices or are in we living in a literary echo-chamber? How do elite groups govern the cultural field?

We are inviting submissions for papers and performances for a day long symposium and public forum. Confirmed keynote speakers and discussants include:

  • Professor Sneja Gunew
  • Michelle Cahill
  • A/Professor Mark Davis
  • Professor Brian Castro

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length and might address the following topics:

  • Cultural institutions and gate-keeping
  • Awards, grants, anthologies and reviewing networks
  • If the centre is still white. Why?
  • Marginalisation
  • Generationalism or institutionalism?
  • New establishments; new orthodoxies
  • Old elites recycled
  • Moral panics
  • Endemic silences
  • Self-censorship
  • New perspectives on the new pluralism

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be emailed to or by 22nd March 2018. Registration for both the workshop and public forum is $106.59 and will include morning and afternoon tea. The public forum is free to registered workshop participants and the general public although registrations are essential. Selected papers and presentations will be published in the Sydney Review of Books.

When: Thursday 26th April 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm (followed by a FREE public forum from 5pm – 7pm)

Where: Hartley Concert Room, University of Adelaide

For further information and submission:

Register here.


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