CFP: JASAL Conference Issue

CFP: JASAL Conference Issue

Call for Submissions: Recentring the Region JASAL Special Conference Issue


The 2023 ‘Recentring the Region’ conference was a collaboration between the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) and the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia (ASLEC-ANZ). Submissions are now invited for JASAL’s conference-themed issue. We invite submissions from scholars responding to the conference theme.


About the conference

The ‘Recentring the Region’ conference turned attention to ‘the region’ in Australian literary studies. Regions pre-date colonisation in Australia, bringing them into tension with the nation and its structures. They encompass geographies, hydrologies, ecologies, networks and alliances. They are structural and affective, relational and fluid. They can bring entities together and move them apart. Regions are a way of thinking, narrating, and making, and they are continually being constituted by practices that encompass the literary and the artistic in all their forms.

We invite broad and inclusive approaches to ‘the region’ in Australian literary practices and scholarship from and about Australia. We seek articles that trouble the nation state as the primary regional frame. These might consider, but are not limited to:

·         First Nations literature, creative practice and regions
·         Regional literary history and cultures
·         Critical regionalism and bioregionalism
·         Environmental, oceanic and atmospheric regions
·         Trans-Tasman and Pacific writing and literary culture
·         Place-making and literary practice
·         Biographies from the regions
·         Genres as literary regions
·         Ecocritical regions
·         More-than-human regions
·         Critical discourses, theories and disciplines as scholarly regions
·         Periods as temporal regions

Submission date: 29 February 2024

Submission portal: Please submit your draft paper to the JASAL submission portal. Your paper should be 4500-6000 words in length, and be formatted according to MLA Style 9th edition. When you submit your file, please leave a note to indicate that you wish the paper to be considered for the conference special issue.  For further submission information, please consult the JASAL submission page or email [email protected]
Anticipated publication deadline: December 2024.