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.
Join us for the first CuSPP Seminar of 2021 Thursday 25 February, 4.30 pm, AD Hope Conference Room, First Floor, AD Hope Bldg. Dr Neil Ramsey (UNSW, Canberra), From Mode of Production to Hegemonic Regime: War, Wealth, and the Navy in the Early Nineteenth-Century Novel In this paper I propose a critique of the commercial … Continue reading
The first seminar of the utopian network will take place via zoom next Monday, July 27, 2-3.15 pm (see detail below) https://anu.zoom.us/j/99513426044 Utopia and Dystopia in Australian Climate Fiction Andrew Milner (Monash University) Climate is an important part of fictional scene setting, whether it be geographical or seasonal. And this is perhaps especially true … Continue reading
Tracing Visible Falls in Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018) Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 12 March, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL In Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018), the unnamed narrator decides to hibernate in her New York City apartment for a year, … Continue reading
Atomic totem: the poetics of nuclear testing in Australia Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 5 March, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL British nuclear testing in Australia has been poorly publicly memorialised. This is in spite of the significant risks the program posed to public safety and the remarkably “dangerous” and … Continue reading
Culture Play: Language Learning and Self-Cultivation (Bildung) Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 27 February, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL In this paper, we explore the implications that the notions of Bildung and play hold for language learning. The opposition between learning as a form of vocational training for the workplace (Ausbildung) and learning as … Continue reading
Quantitative evidence of gender inequality in contemporary Scottish publishing Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 14 November, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL The UK publishing industry has an equality problem. Much recent research has evidenced systemic gender, ethnicity and class bias (‘In Full Colour: Cultural Diversity in Publishing Today’ 2004; Squires … Continue reading
Sexual Liberation, Socialist Style: Intimate Life and Expertise in Communist Czechoslovakia Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 7 November, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL While the usual account places sexual liberation to 1960s West, I will argue for an earlier and systemic sexual liberation that took place in the 1950s in … Continue reading