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Two Canaries Conference

The Two Canaries of Climate Change - Island and Polar Places
 
 
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South Pacific Association for 
Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies 
Conference

14th - 16th February 2018

 

Venue: UNE FutureCampus, Paramatta, NSW


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The Two Canaries Conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, the pioneering international treaty on greenhouse gas emissions to which, in December 1997, 192 nations put their signatures. It is the first official conference of the re-envisioned South Pacific branch (SPACLALS) of the Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (ACLALS); and is supported jointly by the University of New England and Flinders University.

For centuries islands and Polar Regions have loomed large in the imaginations of authors, artists, explorers and travel writers, evoking diverse and sometimes contradictory utopian/dystopian images: in the case of islands, isolation, escapism, exoticism, femininised beauty and sexuality, alterity and transformation; in the case of the Polar Regions, again isolation and escapism, but also suffering, deprivation, emptiness, manly self-sacrifice and heroism. Both locales also have provided focal landscapes for sublime and gothic modes of apprehension. Now these images are giving way to more fluid associations, attenuating the conceptual distance between them and the rest of the world, clearly instating the importance of both in the global scheme of things. Isolationist discourses are a luxury we can no longer afford. What can literature and literary study offer? How do we move beyond (in Paul Sharrad’s words) the “free-floating globalized cosmopolitanism” of continental thinking?

This conference aims to explore the intricate connections between language, literature and ecology that both islands and Polar Regions uniquely generate and evoke.  While SPACLALS has an historical commitment to the languages and literatures of the Commonwealth, it also welcomes papers on postcolonial literatures and other media from other places and/or written in languages other than English.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTES:

Emeritus Professor Geoff Davis University of Aachen, Germany: 'The Imagining of Possibilities: Writers as Activists' 

Professor Elizabeth DeLoughrey University of California, Los Angeles: An Island is a World 

Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane University of Tasmania: Ice Islands of the Anthropocene 



PUBLIC EVENTS, WRITING WORKSHOP & BOOK LAUNCHES:

Writing workshop with Mark Tredinnick - bookings essential

Public literary readings with international writers - free and open to the public

Writers in conversation - free and open to the public

Book launches

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MEMBERSHIP OF SPACLALS
Everyone who registers to attend the Two Canaries of Climate Change conference in February 2018 will be automatically added to the membership list. An Annual General Meeting will be held at the UNE Future Campus, Parramatta at 12 noon on Friday, 16 February 2018. Membership of the organisation is open to all. Please plan to attend the meeting if you can, and consider nominating for the committee.