The 17th Biennial Conference of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien|Association for Australian Studies: Australian Seascapes will be hosted by Trier University, 1-3 October 2020, and organized by PD Dr. Eva Bischoff, Department of International History.

Paper and panel proposals (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion per paper) in English or German (200-300 words per paper) should be sent by 31 March 2020.

The 2020 conference of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien|Association for Australian Studies will chart the multiplicity of Australian seascapes. Following the work of Greg Dening (Beach Crossings), Epeli Hau’ofa (We are the Ocean), and Karin Amimoto Ingersoll (Waves of Knowing), we consider seascapes as socially constructed spaces, constituted by connections, exchanges and entanglements rather than by boundaries or by a separating void. Seascapes demonstrate Australia’s deep connection to Oceania, the Pacific region and the world. However, in the face of climate change and rising sea levels, many of these connections are becoming tenuous. The conference will discuss Australian seascapes in an interdisciplinary perspective, including (but not restricted to) contributions from the field of Cultural Studies (literature, performing arts, film, visual arts), History, Political Science, Anthropology, and Geography. Accordingly, we invite papers and panel proposals from all academic fields to engage in topics that include one or several of the multiple dimensions of Australian Seascapes.

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