Perspectives on Power: An Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers
23 - 25 November, 2011

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.

Registration

Additional Information

There are a number of colleges on campus that offer short term accommodation. Prices start from $65.00 per night. Visit http://www.accommodation.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=98128&pid=340

Alternatively, there are many accommodation options in Brisbane. See http://www.ourbrisbane.com/accommodation
 
UQ is serviced by both buses and ferries, with transfers from nearby train stations.  Visit http://www.translink.com.au/ for timetable information and ticketing costs. Due to the recent flooding in Brisbane ferry services are currently limited. It is expected that by November the network will be fully operational.
 
The conference will be held at UQ St Lucia Campus. A map can be found at http://www.uq.edu.au/maps/pdf/StLuciaMap.pdf and food options can be found at http://www.uq.edu.au/about/places-to-eat.

Please contact powerconference@uq.edu.au for further information.

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