7 June 2011

Power in all its forms will be discussed at an upcoming conference held at The University of Queensland from November 23–25.

The interdiscplinary Perspectives on Power conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers will investigate the ways in which power is deployed in the context of specific places.

Keynote speakers include Professor Stephen Bell, Professor in Political Economy (UQ), Professor Alan McKee, Professor of Film and Television (QUT) and Dr Clare Corbould, Larkins Fellow (Monash).

A feature of the conference will be a postgraduate workshop addressing the concept of disciplinarity in academia, hosted by Faculty of Arts Associate Dean (Academic), Professor Fred D’Agostino. Presenters and delegates are also invited to a conference dinner on November 24.

Conference members are invited to consider how the different power relationships influence their own work, while being given the opportunity to learn more about how it affects scholarship in related fields.

Perspectives on Power, while featuring the breadth and diversity of research in the humanities, will also showcase different disciplinary approaches to a particular area of research.

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.

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

Presentations will have a 20 minutes duration, with additional time allowed for questions.

The following are some proposed sub-themes for the conference seminars. 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
• Colonisation 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

For more information please contact powerconference@uq.edu.au or visit www.uq.edu.au/hprc

Media: Dania Lawrence (07 3365 9163, d.lawrence@uq.edu.au)