The interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers will look at how power is deployed by particular people(s) in the context of specific places. Scholars from the disciplines of: political science, history, media studies, religion and philosophy, through to international relations, anthropology, literature, behavioural studies, psychology and the classics are invited to attend.

Power is a concept that underpins much of the research undertaken within the humanities and social sciences. How power is deployed by particular people(s) in the context of specific places is a question that drives the work of scholars from political science, history, media studies, religion and philosophy, through to international relations, anthropology, literature, behavioural studies, psychology and the classics. In November 2011 members of these different disciplines will be invited to consider how different power relationships influence their own work, while being given the opportunity to learn more about how it affects scholarship in related fields.

This conference is an opportunity to display the breadth and diversity of research in the humanities and social sciences. However, within themed seminars presenters and attendees will also have the chance to discover the different disciplinary approaches their particular area of research invites.

Abstracts of 250-300 words are to be submitted to powerconference@uq.edu.au by 30 June 2011.

Presentations should run for about 20 minutes. Time will be allowed at the end of each paper for questions.

A postgraduate workshop will be held on Wednesday 23 November from 2-5 pm.This free workshop will be run by Professor Fred D’Agostino, Associate Dean (Academic) and will address the concept of disciplinarity and what it means in a practical sense for academics.When registering, please indicate if you plan to attend this workshop.

There will be a special conference edition of the interdisciplinary journal Crossroads. Presenters will be invited to submit an article based on their conference paper for consideration.

A conference dinner will be held on Thursday, 24 November for all presenters and delegates at Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant, Southbank.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Stephen Bell

Professor Stephen Bell is the Deputy Head of School, Political Science and International Studies at University of Queensland, having previously held positions at Griffith University, University of New England, University of Tasmania and Australian National University. His research interests lay with questions of governance, particularly with issues surrounding the political economy. He has recently received two major ARC research grants, both dealing with contemporary issues of banking reform.

Professor Alan McKee

Professor Alan McKee currently teaches at Queensland University of Technology in the areas of film, television, new media and entertainment industries. Having written for a wide range of projects including television, radio, print media and comedy, Professor McKee has gained international recognition for his research of sexualised media.

Dr Clare Corbould

Dr Clare Corbould, Larkins Fellow at Monash University, recently won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for her first book, Becoming African American: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939. Her current areas of research include the history and process of documenting slavery, American civil rights campaigner James Weldon Johnson and the public memorialisation of the American Revolution.

Conference Themes

The following are some proposed sub-themes for the conference seminars. These are suggestions only; papers outside these topics will also be considered.

  • The Power of the Page 
  • Consumption, Globalisation and Material Culture
  • Contested Space, Conflicted Place   
  • Staging Politics/Politics of the Stage
  • Nationality, Locality, Identity
  • Secularism, Deism, Systems of Power
  • Colonization and Imagining the ‘Other’
  • Journeys and Legacies
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Demographics, Policy and Political Representation
  • Sex and Gender
  • Body, Mind, Spirit
  • Technology and Power 

Abstracts of 250-300 words are to be submitted to powerconference@uq.edu.au by 30 June 2011.

Presentations should run for about 20 minutes. Time will be allowed at the end of each paper for questions.

Venue

The University of Queensland,
St Lucia campus