University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
22-23 November, 2017
This Conference is timed to mark developments in Australia’s migrant and minority printed press since 1967. It has been fifty years since Miriam Gilson and Jerzy Zubrzycki’s ground-breaking study on the foreign-language press in Australia. Australia’s cultural landscape has transformed significantly as a result of increasing understanding of, and services in support of, the diverse multilingual and multicultural communities across Australian society. Analysis of the printed press of such communities has also advanced through multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research from several substantial historiographical influences, including discourses of postcolonialism and methodological developments in cultural history and world history approaches.
The Conference brings together the latest research on Australia’s migrant and minority press from the colonial era to the present day, with an emphasis on themes of belonging, community and conflict. The convenors welcome papers exploring any aspects concerning Indigenous, migrant and/or minority community newspapers (print or digitised) in Australia, as well as their intercultural, transnational and diasporic contexts. Papers speaking to multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches are also of interest.
Prof. Bridget Griffen-Foley
Professor of Media
Bridget Griffen-Foley FAHA is an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, and was inaugural Director of the Centre for Media History, at Macquarie University. She is the author of four books about the media, editor of A Companion to the Australian Media, and a national selector for the Media Hall of Fame. She specialises in media history (particularly press, radio and television), twentieth-century Australian history and biography, and how history is presented in the media.
Dr. Simon Potter
Reader in Modern History
University of Bristol
Simon J. Potter is Reader in Modern History in the Department of History at the University of Bristol, UK. His interests in British imperial history and media history have resulted in three books and three edited publications, with another monograph forthcoming. His research specialises in the global reach of newspapers and the periodical press, radio broadcasting, and television, including in Australia’s history. He is a recipient of a Leverhulme Trust International Network grant (2016-2019) and a former Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia.
- Colonial and early Federation newspapers
- Interwar migrant newspapers
- Displaced Persons and post-war migrant newspapers
- More recent refugees and asylum seekers’ newspapers
- Newspapers of other minority groups (Indigenous, religious, commercial associations, gender, trade union, etc.)
- National Library of Australia’s current and future digitisation of newspapers (Trove)
To be announced.
- Abstract (250 words)
- Short Biography (100 words)
Final Due Date
- Monday, 10th July 2017
We invite abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions.
Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes’ discussion time.
The convenors intend to publish a selection of the best papers from the Conference as a special edition of a high quality, peer-reviewed journal.
Date: 22 – 23 November 2017
Location: USQ Toowoomba Campus
Registration: open in mid-August 2017.