2018 Literary Studies Convention

2018 Literary Studies Convention

The Literary Interface

2018 Literary Studies Convention

July 3-7, 2018
Australian National University, Canberra

The Australian National University (ANU) is proud to host the 2018 Literary Studies Convention. The convention will be held on the ANU campus in Canberra between Tuesday, July 3 and Saturday, July 7.

An interface describes a surface or plane that lies between or joins two points in space, but it also refers to ‘a means or place of interaction between two systems’ and ‘an apparatus designed to connect two scientific instruments so that they can be operated jointly’ (OED).

This convention will bring together scholars working across the broad field of literary studies to discuss the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade. By placing the concept of the literary centre-stage while at the same time interrogating its role as an interface, we wish to open up for discussion questions about the role, dynamism, and value of the literary in a time of institutional change and ongoing disciplinary formation. We would also like to debate the role of the literary text - and literary studies as a discipline - as a site of encounter between diverse languages and potentially alien modes of reading and writing.

Invoking the possibility of melding, soldering, and/or merging different elements, the literary interface suggests the resilience as well as the suppleness of disciplinary boundaries. It conjures the possibility of new meeting points; zones of contact and interaction but also sites of contention and disruption that might challenge received platitudes yet help us to bring to the surface new meanings.

Confirmed keynotes include Johanna Drucker, Lauren Goodlad and Brigitta Olubas.

We invite papers and panel proposals, including but not limited to the following topics: 

  • Mediation, remediation, and transmediation  
  • Literary Formalism - its past, present and/or future  
  • Multimedia forms as interfaces  
  • The relationship between forms, networks, and hierarchies  
  • Encounters between readers and modes of reading  
  • Translation  
  • The relationship between literary studies and other disciplines, e.g., environmental studies, maths, ethnography, science  
  • The interface between academic and public critical cultures  
  • Spaces of reading (online and otherwise)  
  • The negotiation of literary value  
  • The classroom as literary interface  
  • Literary objects as interfaces: circulation, reception, paratexts  
  • The stage and other spaces of performance as interface between temporalities, bodies, performers, writers and audiences  
  • Cultural interfaces  
  • Languages of colonialists/postcoloniality  
  • Transnationalism and minor transnationalism. 

Jointly held by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Australasian Association for Literature, the Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association, and the Australian University Heads of English.

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Convention Registration

For further information please contact the Conference Convenor, Dr Julieanne Lamond:

E: julieanne.lamond@anu.edu.au
Tel: +61 2 6125 4786

ASAL Convention Dinner, please register via Eventbrite HERE

Canberra for Vistiors Google Map (with restaurant guide) HERE



For those visiting Canberra we have made bulk bookings at several hotels near the campus at varying price ranges and distances from University House (see below). We recommend booking as early as possible as hotels in Canberra do fill up at this time of year. Discount rates for the below are available for bookings before 3 June 2018.

University House, $130-150/night. Discount code: simply mention that you’re attending the literary studies convention.

Quest Canberra, 1.2km, $246.50/night. Discount code TBC.

Novotel Canberra 1.4km (10 min by bus), $239/night. Discount code: ANU040718.

Hotel Hotel, 650m, $265-200/night. Discount code: LIC2018.

Other hotels near the university can be found on the following website HERE

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
A.D. Hope Building 14
The Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia


Date & time

Tue 03 Jul 2018, 5pm – Sat 07 Jul 2018, 6pm


University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601


Dr Julieanne Lamond


Updated:  22 February 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications