Welcome to CuSPP! This network  brings together researchers, scholars, and writers working in and beyond the Australian National University in Canberra in cultures of screen, performance, and print. CuSPP encompasses literary and screen studies, cultural history, theatre and performance studies, digital cultures and humanities, book history and reception studies. It explores relationships across time and place, from the ancient world to the present day. On this website you will find information about our upcoming events, which we hope you will find of interest.

Tim Sargent on Melancholy

Please join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Making Sense of Melancholy in Feminist and Queer Cultural Studies Thursday 22 March, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL There is a lot of interesting work on the subject of melancholy. Within feminist and queer cultural studies, however, this topic is under‐developed. This is despite an … Continue reading

Russell Smith on Spike Jonze’s Her

Please join us for next week’s CuSPP seminar: Monsters of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Voice, writing and emotional labour in Her Thursday 15 March, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) is, among other things, a product of the Industrial Revolution, the creature a fearful spectre of class vengeance, whose articulate … Continue reading

Actor Laurent Lafitte in Conversation with Gemma King

The 2018 French Film Festival began last week and runs until March 28! The Canberra programme is available here, including several special events with partners like the High Commission of Canada and the National Gallery of Australia. This coming Wednesday, March 7, actor Laurent Lafitte will be attending the 6.30pm screening of his film Au revoir … Continue reading

Monique Rooney on Beyoncé’s Lemonade

Please join us for the first CuSPP weekly seminar of 2018! Beyoncé’s Lemonade (2016) as intermedial middlebrow Thursday 8 March, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Prevailing accounts of middlebrow as ‘reception practice’ create difficulties for tracking middlebrow across ‘borders’ and raise ‘issues such as audience and address, genre and authorship and legibility and universality’ … Continue reading

Frankenstein: 200 Years of Monsters, CFP Extended

The deadline for the conference Frankenstein: 200 Years of Monsters, being hosted at the HRC from September 12-15 2018, has been extended until 6 April. Please circulate among your networks and consider submitting a proposal to russell.smith@anu.edu.au. More information is available here. The CuSPP weekly seminar series also begins next week, on Thursdays from 1-2pm … Continue reading

Thursday Lunchtime Seminars

Dear all, The famous Thursday Lunchtime Seminars are back in 2018. They run from 1-2pm every Thursday during teaching weeks (19 Feb-15 March and 16 April-25 May). Speakers are invited to present work in progress, rather than finished material, for collegial but robust questioning, feedback, suggestions and discussion. Presentations are welcome from any area of literary and cultural studies, including … Continue reading