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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.

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

Thomas Nulley-Valdés on ‘universalist trajectories’ and the Global South

Semi-universal trajectories from the Global South: A comparative Casanovian study of Vicente Huidobro and José Donoso Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Thursday 22 August, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL The Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro (1893-1948) and the Chilean novelist José Donoso (1925-1996) both demonstrated universal ambitions for their literary oeuvre: the former … Continue reading

Gabrielle Carey on ‘Katherine Mansfield’s Cousin’

Elizabeth von Arnim was born Mary Beauchamp in Kirribilli in 1866. At 24 became a Prussian countess  and moved to Pomerania where she ‘somewhat mutinously’ bore five children while secretly writing under a pen name. Always able to recognise literary talent, von Arnim employed E.M. Forster and Hugo Walpole as tutors for her daughters. On being … Continue reading

Beate Langenbruch, A Walk through the Garden

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Thursday 8 August, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Vegetal enclosure inviting to meditation, idyllic framework for political reflection or locus amoenus for lover’s rendez-vous in Old French poetry and romance: the garden reveals its high and flexible potential in Medieval literature. Do we remember that the epic Song of … Continue reading

Tania Evans on monstrous masculinity on TV

Fucking with Fangs: Monstrous queer male mothers, affect, and online fan reception Thursday 1 August, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Toxic masculinity is recognised by psychologists and academics as a gender role that is dangerous for men as well as women, one which leads men to experience high rates of suicide, violence, and … Continue reading