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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.

Christina Neuwirth on ‘Quantitative evidence of gender inequality’

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

Kateřina Lišková, ‘Sexual Liberation, Socialist Style’

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

Kate Flaherty on Ellen Terry’s 1914 Tour

‘Permitted to be a person’: Re-reading Ellen Terry’s 1914 Tour to the ‘Antipodes’ Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 24 October, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL In 1914, at the age of 67, the most celebrated star of London stage embarked on a tour to Australia and New Zealand. Ellen Terry’s … Continue reading

Jyoti Nandan on Nationalism’s betrayal of women

Nationalism’s Betrayal of Women: Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 3 October, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Nationalism, when ill-conceived, can come at the expense of values held dear among the more emancipated. The specific focus of this paper is Indian Nationalism and its impact … Continue reading

Jono Lineen on Walking

Perfect Motion: How Walking Makes Us Wiser Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 19 September, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Since our first ancestor rose up to place one foot in front of another, our desire to walk has produced fundamental changes in our bodies and minds. In Perfect Motion, Jono Lineen investigates … Continue reading

Anne-Mette Bech Albrechtslund on Goodreads

A balancing act: Putting up bookshelves on a social media platform Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 12 September, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL This talk concerns the interplay between social media and contemporary reading practices as seen from a qualitative, discourse-oriented perspective. The popular social book cataloguing site Goodreads is … Continue reading

Katie Cox on ‘Superpowered Security’

Superpowered Security: Cruel Optimism in Marvel’s Iron Man Films (Exit Presentation) Join us for this week’s CuSPP Seminar Thursday 29 August, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Over the course of the War on Terror, it has become commonplace to note that the United States and allies now exist in a permanent state of emergency, such … Continue reading