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Where Do We Go From Here?

12 – 14 November 2014


Registration deadline: Friday, 17 October 2014

The 2014 Humanities Postgraduate Conference asks a question of urgent interest to us in the first decades of the twenty-first century: where do we go from here? This is a question being asked by farmers as they leave their land, by refugees seeking asylum, by communities in crisis, by school-leavers, by nations. Where does Australia go from here? New Zealand? China? What is the future for our children, for the arts, for sustainable livelihoods? What will happen to notions of identity, equality, progress, civil society? Who are “we”? Where is “here”? When we look ahead, do we see only uncertainty (no job is for life, our skills are already obsolete, all housing is unaffordable)? Do we see only catastrophe (bizarre weather events, terrorism and war, pandemics, over-population)? Or do we see new possibilities, new futures—by making sense of the past and the present, continuing to strive for social justice, protecting the planet, making art …?

This conference brings together postgraduate students and early career researchers and gives them the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a supportive and collaborative environment. 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.

We invite postgraduate students and early career researchers, from Australia and overseas, and from Humanities disciplines including (but not limited to) social sciences, creative arts, cultural studies, 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 12 – 14 November 2014.