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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.

Monique Rooney on Ottessa Moshfegh

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

Annelise Roberts on the poetics of nuclear testing in Australia

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

Ash Collins on ‘Culture Play’

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

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