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DAILY FORECAST (care of Describing Things in Canberra):  

Wednesday Canberra weather: regardless of any thing Neil Finn may have said, you don’t really have your own personal weather bubble. You can easily test this by travelling from the Woden Valley to the northside on foggy morning. Or getting on a plane in December and flying to Helsinki.

So those of you who are in Canberra today will probably experience much the same weather as each other. Warm to hot and slighty sticky. The weather equivalent of spilling cocoa on your new trousers.

Chemical interventions such as deodorant, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and anti-histamines are strongly indicated. Consider long before you commit to opaque tights, however hairy your legs are. Once the sun is over the yard arm, applications of gin and tonic may be beneficial.



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Tuesday, November 29 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Representations in Narrative :: 2A12

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Natalie Kon-Yu: Authors and Others: Reviewing Culture and Limited Imagination

Since 2012 Australian organisation The Stella Prize has been counting the ratio between reviews of work by male and female writers.  The findings of Stella, like the findings of US organisation VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts have found that creative writers are much more likely to get their work reviewed if they identify as male rather than female. In 2015, I partnered with Stella to conduct their first ever Diversity Count which examines not only gender, but also race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity and ability of creative writers in Australia. While I am expecting that women from diverse backgrounds are reviewed (and also, probably) published less than white, heterosexual, non-disabled writers, the more interesting question for me is how are they reviewed?  Does their diversity or difference come into play in their reviews and for what purpose?  This is critically important. If we continue to fetishise or exoticise the work of certain groups within our writing community, then we keep casting these groups into the margins of our literary world at the same time as fixing the patriarchal canon at the core of what we consider to be great or universal work.  In this paper, I will speak to the findings of The Stella Diversity Count and examine the nature of the reviews received by diverse writers.  It is my contention that our reviewing culture keeps some stories at the fringes of our literary culture and this had ramifications on not only what kinds of books get published, but also limits what certain writers feel that they can write about.

Nollie Nahrung: Stealing away to belong: Piqueering The Velveteen Rabbit

To piqueer (also pickeer) means ‘to pillage, to make a flying skirmish’ (Walker & Smart 1836, pp. 468; 464). In this paper, this archaic word is taken to reference Cixous’ employment of the double meaning of the French verb voler (to steal and to fly) in relation to women’s writing, yet extend this productive duality to specifically address an act of queer literary “theft” and “flight”. This act is a piqueering of the children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit, which uses remediation and digital collage techniques to make a “new” creative work from the source text. Comprising part of this paper, this work – The idea of queer: The Velveteen Rabbit remix – is used to explore connections between theft and collage in relation to cultural (re)production and queer belonging.

Alayna Cole: 

Moving Beyond the Self: How Blog Posts Can Inspire Narratives of Representation

‘Narratives of representation’ allow readers to see their own identities reflected within texts they access and can increase empathy by exposing readers to varied experiences (Smolkin & Young 2011: 217). Researching personal topics has traditionally relied on approaches that require direct contact between a researcher (writer) and a participant (Wilkinson & Thelwall 2011: 387), which can be time-consuming and expensive. The expression of personal experiences through autoethnography has also been adopted in the creation of these narratives as an alternative approach, but can limit the conclusions presented due to the restricted scope of experiences that can be explored (Méndez 2013). Critical analysis of blog posts offers new possibilities, allowing writers to explore how members of a social group candidly discuss their identities and the issues they face with each other and external parties. Accessing blog posts written by members of the queer community has allowed me to create specific narratives of representation underpinned by accurate and authentic depictions, ensuring readers are exposed to diverse perspectives that reflect reality. This paper explores the ways blog posts written by the queer community have influenced my depiction of queer identity in creative works and exegetical writing by inspiring and informing the exploration of issues such as mislabelling, stereotyping, discrimination, and fear.

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Caren Florance

HDR student, University of Canberra
Caren Florance is a research student and sessional design tutor in the Faculty of Arts & Design at the University of Canberra, Australia. She often works under the imprint Ampersand Duck, and is an artist whose work focuses on the book and the printed word, using traditional letterpress and bookbinding processes along with more contemporary technologies. She also teaches at the ANU School of Art and is collected by national and... Read More →

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Alayna Cole

DCA candidate / sessional lecturer, University of the Sunshine Coast
Alayna Cole is a doctoral candidate in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) and a lecturer in Serious Games at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has broad research interests, but she is primarily focused on creating and analysing narratives that improve diverse representation, particularly of gender and sexuality. Her doctoral thesis—entitled Queerly Ever After—comprises a collection of reimagined fairy tales that seek to incorporate... Read More →

Natalie Kon-Yu

Victoria University
Natalie Kon-yu is a writer, academic and a commissioning editor of both Just between Us: Australian Writers Tell the Truth about Female Friendship (2013) and Mothers and Others: Why not all Women are Mothers and not all Mothers are the Same (2015). She is a lecturer at Victoria University where she is currently researching gender bias in the literary prize culture, and her critical and creative work has been published nationally and... Read More →

Nollie Nahrung

Southern Cross University
Nollie Nahrung lives in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. She is a PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University (SCU) and her thesis explores relationship anarchy using interdisciplinary approaches. Nollie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours from SCU and a Bachelor of Multimedia Studies with Distinction from Central Queensland University. She is a university medalist.

Tuesday November 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
2A12 Building 2, UC

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