CFP Panels @ International EASA Conference 2021

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The European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) International Conference "Australia as a Risk Society: Hope and Fears of the Past, the Present and the Future" will host the following panels:

“Antipodean Populism and the Fabrication of a Risk Society”

Panel Convenors:  Arianna Grasso & Katherine E. Russo

(University of Naples, “L’Orientale”)

  • Short description: Over the past decades, populism has increasingly gained ground both on a national and global scale, turning from an epiphenomenon into a structural aspect of contemporary world politics. Despite its idiosyncratic features within the manifold socio-historical contexts worldwide, at the core of populism lies the constitution of an anti-establishment and anti-intellectual group claiming sovereign powers for a putative homogeneous collectivity, “the people” (Laclau 2005) [...] Amidst this scenario of uncertainty, Australia and New Zealand, among other Antipodean countries, have not been spared from the populist surge. However, while forms of traditional and digital populism have been comprehensively explored in the European and American continent, other sub-regional forms have been excluded from scholarly attention, substantiating the so-called “Atlantic-bias” (Moffitt 2017). For full CFP, click here 
  • Main topics to be discussed and investigated: 
    • Ideologies and Populist Propaganda
    • Populism and its Meanings
    • Persuasion and Manipulation in the Cyberspace
    • Hate Speech in Populist Discourses
    • Refugee Crisis and Migration
    • Hansonism
    • Imagined Others
    • Islamophobia and White Fundamentalism
    • Neo- and Techno- Colonialism
    • Telepopulism and Webpopulism
    • Emotionality, Attitudes and Populism
    • Post-Truth and Digital Era
    • Indigenous Politics and Antipodean Populism
    • Populist Narratives and Counter-Narratives
    • Cross-National and Trans-National Populisms
    • Multimodality of Populism
    • Left versus Right Populisms
    • Populism and Gender
    • Populism and Identity Politics
  • Deadline for sending abstract proposals: June 15th, 2020
  • Send abstract and bio-note to: and 


“Caring for Country. Re-imagining Society, Environment and 
Possible Futures in Australia”

Panel Convenor:  Franca Tamisari 

(Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

  • Short description: Since colonisation, Australia has been going through major ecological change and the recent catastrophic events have certainly accelerated a veritable extinction crisis affecting all forms of life. At the same time, recognizing the ecological uniqueness and the fragility of Australian environments as well as its traumatic colonial history, Australian scholars have had “a competitive edge in the environmental humanities” responding with a “reflective engagement with the physical world” (Griffiths 2007) by crossing the divide between culture and nature, arts and science, western and indigenous knowledge systems, in order to explore alternatives, and start acting on what needs to be done to “work towards social and ecological justice” (Rose 2001, Rose and Robin 2004) [...] For full CFP, click here
  • Main topics to be discussed and investigated: 
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Ecological crisis and management
    • Public policy and debate on ecology (responsibility, risk and complexity)
    • Climate politics
    • Ecological crisis of reason
    • Biodiversity justice and ethics
    • The construction of nature in literature and scientific texts
    • Settler Australians’ relationship to place
    • Writing, painting and performing Australian nature
    • Ecological literature
    • Singing and dancing country
    • Nature as historical agent
    • Big history
    • Engagement with Aboriginal history
    • Cultural sustainability
    • Indigenous ecological knowledge
    • Animism
    • Ecological connectivity
    • Relational ontology
    • The question of belonging
    • Ecological imperialism
    • Notion of wilderness
    • Ecological justice
    • Extinction studies
    • Multispecies ethnography
  • Deadline for sending abstract proposals: June 15th, 2020
  • Send abstract and bio-note to: and 

"Australian Languages at Risk: Past, Present and Future"

Panel Convenors: Rita Calabrese, Gerhard Leitner, Katherine E. Russo


  • Short description: As a time for both recollection and projection, the last thirty years in Australia have been characterised by a reflection on Indigenous and non-Indigenous languages. The debate on World Englishes and pluricentricity has highlighted the importance of contact in language variation and change and has celebrated the existence of “norm-setting epicentres” (Leitner 1992). Linguistic studies increasingly conceive of English language varieties as ‘constellations’ and have demonstrated how contact settings have resulted in the linguistic approximation of several parties (Schneider 2007). Yet the English language has borne the connotation of colonial property since its introduction in Australia: it has arguably functioned as an unalienable insignia of colonial authority [...] For full CFP, click here


  • Main topics to be discussed and investigated: 
    • Language revitalization, maintenance and death in the Australian context
    • Contact linguistics
    • Australian languages at risk
    • Pluricentricity
    • Diachronic and synchronic studies of language variation and change
    • The role of adstrates
    • Language attitudes and ideologies
    • Critical approaches to discourse
  • Deadline for sending abstract proposals: June 15th, 2020
  • Send abstract and bio-note to: 

“Screen Ideologies: Telecinematic Discourse in/about Australia”

Panel Convenor: Anna Mongibello

(University of Naples “L’Orientale”)

  • Short description: Nowadays, the media play a crucial role in the production and dissemination of ideology and in the game of power relations. As a matter of fact, media narratives express values, beliefs and attitudes that can influence viewers/participants. The panel aims at contributing to the critical debate by offering an opportunity for discussing telecinematic discourse in/about Australia as an ideological vehicle for the production of fear and hope, a resisting device or a piece of political propaganda to either trigger terror and vulnerability, or else hope for a better future and renewed trust in human resilience and adaptability. We therefore encourage contributions from different analytical and methodological perspectives that take a discursive lens. [...] For full CFP, click here
  • Main topics to be discussed and investigated: 
  • Telecinematic language 
  • Ideological perspectives on the use of language varieties in Australian movies/series
  • Corpus-linguistic approaches to telecinematic discourse
  • The multimodal representation of gender, ethnicity, culture  
  • Filmic representations of Indigenous Australian identity
  • Indigenous Australian film and television practices 
  • Dystopian and utopian screen media 
  • Queer screen media 
  • Ideological manipulation in audiovisual translation
  • Discourse, style and narrative 
  • Transmedia, new media and cinema spectatorship
  • Threat ideologies 
  • Mediating migration 
  • The emotional effect of screen narratives
  • Cinema/TV and populism 
  • Cinema/TV, sociology and political myths
  • Deadline for sending abstract proposals: June 15th, 2020
  • Send abstract and bio-note to: and


Ultimo aggiornamento 21/04/2020