Call for Participants – Speaking from the South

Call for participants and presenters:

Speaking from the South

The University of Adelaide

31 May—4 June 2024

Featuring JM Coetzee, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Patricia Grace, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Achille Mbembe, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Sarah Nuttall, Kim Scott and Alexis Wright, among other leading writers and thinkers of the southern hemisphere and the Global South.

Speaking from the South aims to reflect on, demonstrate and activate the value and vitality of southern perspectives and of the arts in addressing the most pressing issues of our times, including global inequality and the ongoing effects of colonialism, the climate catastrophe, the mass displacement of humans and other beings, and the technologization of life.

The program will include an unprecedented schedule of high-level public readings, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, and masterclasses along with a symposium of roundtable discussions, HDR/ECR presentation panels and a postgraduate workshop.

Researchers working with critical theory and/or in cultural studies, literary studies and across the arts, humanities and the social sciences – along with activists, public intellectuals, writers and other creative practitioners and thinkers – are invited to participate in this unique gathering. Among the contributions sought are those that present critical and/or creative standpoints and interventions as well as those that offer visions for rebuilding community and sustaining life on earth, those that reflect on the world from various locations in the South and those that engage with specific southern situations or southern knowledges, practices and ways of being in the world.

Convenors: Nicholas Jose, Matthew Hooton, Meg Samuelson, Maggie Tonkin, Mandy Treagus

First round deadline: 1 October 2023

We invite proposals to contribute to roundtable discussions or to deliver work-in-progress in the HDR/ECR presentation panels scheduled for 5 June 2024. 

Please submit short abstracts or proposals (150 words) and biographical notes (50-100 words), clearly indicating whether you are submitting to the roundtable discussions or the HDR/ECR presentation panels (details of each follow below).

Applications received by 1 October will be reviewed before 16 October for those needing to make advance arrangements to join us in Adelaide next year. Further calls may be circulated depending on demand.