The 2015 Humanities Postgraduate Conference asks a question of urgent interest to us in the first decades of the twenty-first century: How does the Tyranny of Distance affect us socially, politically, culturally and critically? For example the city of Perth is almost equidistant from Singapore and from Sydney. Is Perth an Australian city, a border town, or part of the Asian rim? Western Australia covers almost one-third the size of the sixth largest country in the world, despite having only two and a half million people it is roughly the size of Western Europe. How will technology, sustainability issues, or changes in society affect the ways in which we think, live, and communicate? How do research disciplines and universities best cope with this giant spread of people, ideas, and resources?
We invite postgraduate students and early career researchers, from Australia and overseas, and from Humanities disciplines including (but not limited to) social sciences, sustainability, human rights, creative arts, cultural studies, media, education, and the built environment to present and share ideas on this theme at the fifteenth Humanities Postgraduate Conference, to be held at Curtin University on the 1 - 2 October 2015. As well as papers, we also welcome poster presentations, performances and installations. There will also be opportunities to chair sessions and submit a paper for a peer reviewed publication.