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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.

Lauren Goodlad (Rutgers University) on “The Lifecycle of Writing Subjects.”

Join us for this special CuSPP Seminar, featuring Lauren Goodlad (Rutgers University) Thursday 13 October 10:00-11:30am (AEST), ZOOM ONLY “The Lifecycle of Writing Subjects: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Large Language Models”  This paper uncovers the “realities” of AI with an emphasis on the machine learning technologies that drive the new surveillance economy and its characteristic … Continue reading

Derek Allan, “The Very Idea of Art”

Join us for the next CuSPP Seminar (taking place via zoom) Thursday 28 July, 2022, 4.30 – 6pm. The Very Idea of Art Donald Preziosi, an influential modern voice in art history, argues that his discipline has proved ‘particularly effective in naturalizing and validating the very idea of art as a “universal” human phenomenon’. If … Continue reading

Amy Walters (Thesis Proposal Review) on Maggie O’Farrell’s Fiction

Unstable Ground: Tracing a Gothic Lineage in Maggie O’Farrell’s Fiction Since her debut in 2000, British author Maggie O’Farrell has published eight novels and one memoir, achieving consistent commercial success and several major awards, culminating in the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Despite such recognition, O’Farrell remains under-critiqued in both scholarship and non-academic literary criticism. … Continue reading

Xiang Li on ’The Drover’s Wife’ Stories

Rewriting, Reflecting and Resisting: Gender, Reception and ‘The Drover’s Wife’ Stories Thursday 5 May, 4.30-6pm, A. D. Hope Conference Room. Henry Lawson’s 1892 short story ‘The Drover’s Wife’ has inspired many reinterpretations over the years. The constant (re)reading and (re)writing of the story enable discussions of and debates over gender, race, national identity and Australian … Continue reading