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From Colony to Transnation

From Colony to Transnation

An ASAL Conference in Honour of Robert Dixon at the University of Sydney 5-6 December 2019

This conference marks the retirement of Robert Dixon as Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. Over a long and productive career Robert has worked in institutions right across the country, from New South Wales and Queensland to Western Australia. His research encompasses Australian literary and visual cultures along with contemporary writing, and his many publications include The Course of Empire: Neo-Classical Culture in New South Wales, 1788-1860 (1986), Writing the Colonial Adventure: Race, Gender and Nation in Anglo-Australian Popular Fiction, 1875-1914 (1995), Prosthetic Gods: Travel, Representation and Colonial Governance (2001), Photography, Early Cinema and Colonial Modernity: Frank Hurley’s Synchronised Lecture Entertainments (2013), and Alex Miller: The Ruin of Time (2014), as well as several co-edited works on topics as diverse as Australian vernacular modernities, the digital humanities, Frank Hurley’s diaries, the works of Richard Flanagan, and the transnational turn in literary studies. Though broad in scope, as befits Robert’s research interests, the conference will take up some particular focuses that have marked his career, including:

• Early colonial Australian writing and literary cultures.
• Colonial popular fiction and travel writing
• Australian literature, photography and early cinema
• Vernacular modernities/modernisms
• Australian literature and the world republic of letters
• Reading the nation via the transnation: questions of scale and/or perspective

For the final program click here.
For conference abstracts click here.
For Blaiklock Lecture details click here

All conference events take place in the John Woolley Building
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Full fee: $250
Student/unwaged: $150
Single day full fee: $130
Single day student/unwaged: $80

Conference dinner: $50
7.30 p.m. Friday 6 December, Thai Pothong, Newtown

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Dec 05 - 06 2019


7:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Conference dinner: $50

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