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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.

Belle Joseph ‘Beyond Words’

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Beyond Words? Trauma in Literature from the Concentration Camps Thursday 25 October, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Cathy Caruth’s studies on trauma and literature, especially her seminal 1996 work, Unclaimed Experience, laid much of the groundwork of literary trauma theory. Caruth labelled trauma ‘the unexperienced event’. … Continue reading

Russell Smith: the dead pan

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: The dead pan: Nathanael West’s unfunny jokes and modernist anti-sentimentalism Thursday 18 October, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Though Nathanael West’s novels are often read in terms of an ancient and revered mode of misanthropic humour—satire—in this paper I want to draw on recent work that … Continue reading

Upcoming HRC event: Scientists in Australian Fiction

  Conversations Across the Creek is an initiative by the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) and the Research School of Chemistry (RSC) to provide a space for continuing dialogue among scientists, social scientists, and humanities scholars. Meetings are held monthly, with the aim of stimulating and unearthing research and teaching collaborations across the university. Join us for the fourth Conversation for … Continue reading

Monique Rooney, ‘Only Mediate’

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Only Mediate: The Mere Interest of Interbrow in Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret (2011) and Howards End (2017) Thursday 11 October, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL ‘Only connect’ functions both as the epigraph to E. M. Forster’s Howards End (1910) and as the central character Margaret Schlegel’s exhortation … Continue reading

Gemma King on Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Denis Villeneuve’s multilingual cinema: Decentring space, time and language in Arrival Thursday 4 October, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL With dialogue in Arabic, English, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Russian, Somali, Spanish and even extraterrestrial languages, Québécois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s cinema revolves around language. From … Continue reading

Ally Wolfe, Broken Bodies, Remade Wholes

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Broken Bodies, Remade Wholes: Unwind as Frankenstein Retold and Reversed Thursday 6 September, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL New technologies create new opportunities for anxiety, and using human body parts to create life is a special kind of horrifying fictional procedure. At first glance, Unwind by … Continue reading

Chris Bishop, The Dark Gaze of Galla Placidia

  Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: The Dark Gaze of Galla Placidia Thursday 23 August, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL   The Roman empress Galla Placidia haunts the Cantos of Ezra Pound: And there was grass on the floor of the temple, Or where the floor of it might have been; … Continue reading