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Encounters: place | situation | context
AAWP Writing Conference
Might writing be at once the context or system that restricts and forms us but also, in some instances, the means to evade or transform this very system?
The 17th Annual conference of the AAWP offered itself both as a site for encounters proper and as a forum for discussing their nature in our disciplines. Scholars and researchers in the field of writing and writing pedagogies gathered to discuss encounters between modalities of practice, between certain aesthetic systems, or between writing and other forms of artistic enquiry and production. In the regional setting of the city of Geelong, on Port Phillip Bay and at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, the conference delegates engaged in a conversation provoked by issues of context and place in writing, the settings of pedagogies, the philosophical understandings of 'situation', and writing as a kind of staging, a curation or as the trace of certain collisions - within culture, between agents, in our current historical moment.
|Impersonation||Encounters between aesthetic systems|
|Staging of Encounters - who stages?||Dialogues between modalities of practice|
|Performative Engagement||Interrogating collaboration|
|Curation or dramaturgy||Scenes of Writing|
|The trace of certain collisions||Encounters between Editor & Writer|
|Act rather than representation||Creativity and the act of naming|
|Response to context and situation||Fiction as an event that doesn't "happen"|
|Expressive Artifice||Parody as strategy of intervention|
|The tyranny of intimacies|
|Entry points into spaces (public or private)|
|Encounter = time + place + ??|
|'Situation' as philosophical register and writing as disturbance to and reinforcement of the status quo|
There was also the opportunity for postgraduates, in the earlier stages of their candidature, to participate in a stream of 10-minute presentations about their projects and research. This was not refereed, but there was the chance to speak with professors and more senior writing academics (outside their immediate university) about their direction and any obstacles, and to practice presenting in a rigorous but slightly less pressured forum.
Abstract submissions are now closed
AAWP was established at the inaugural conference in 1996. It now holds annual conferences at campuses around Australasia. The annual conference is the most important forum in Australia for the discussion of all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing and for debating current theories on creativity and writing.
The 17th Annual Conference of AAWP (Australasian Association of Writing Programs) was held 25-27 November 2012 at Waterfront Campus - Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Marion May Campbell is currently an honorary fellow supervising graduate Creative Writing students at the University of Melbourne. She initially studied French Literature and gained a Maitrise on Mallarme's Poetics from the University of Provence, 1973.More recently she gained her PhD on the topic of The Problem of the Poetic Revolutionary: Intertextuality & Subversion from Victoria University, which awarded her the Medal for Academic Excellence 2011. Her four novels (Lines of Flight, Not Being Miriam, Prowler and Shadow Thief) were shortlisted for Australian awards and she was twice short-listed for the Canada-Australia Literary Award. Not Being Miriam won the Western Australian literary Week Award in 1988. She has also written poetry, works for the theatre, essays and reviews. The cross genre work Fragments from a Paper Witch was shortlisted for the Innovation category in the 2010 Adelaide Festival Literary Awards. Her most recent publication is 'if not in paint' [poem], Electio Editions, 2011.The novella konkretion, which was part of the PhD project, will appear with UWAP late 2012. konkretion explores the relations of poetics and revolution, staging a dialogue between two contemporary writers around a poem sequence revisiting the Baader-Meinhof group with a special focus on Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin.
Darren Tofts is Professor of Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
Incoming Professor of Creative Arts, Flinders University. Honorary Associate, La Trobe University. Honorary Fellow, Deakin Universities. Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company 2002-2007. Kickhouse theatre artistic director 1989-1998. Julian has directed many award-winning theatre productions, including Angela's Kitchen for the Griffin, which attracted the 2012 Helpmann for Best Australian Work. For fortyfive Downstairs: Whiteley's Incredible Blue, Do Not Go Gentle...; for MTC: Tribes, The Birthday Party, Thom Pain, Enlightenment, The Ghost Writer, A Single Act, Cruel and Tender, Dinner, The Memory of Water, Blue/Orange and Frozen; for STC: The Vertical Hour, Doubt and The Snow Queen; for the Griffin: October; and many other new Australian works such as Luke Devenish's Grace Among the Christians, St. Rose of Lima and Fun and Games with the Oresteia. He directed Fever and the inaugural production of Who's Afraid of the Working Class? for the Melbourne Workers Theatre and won the 1998 Green Room Award for Best Director on the Fringe. He was responsible for expanding the Affiliate Writers Scheme at MTC and for initiating the Hard Lines new play program. He was a founding member and Deputy Chair of PlayWriting Australia 2004-2009. As a historian he has published an account of Nimrod Theatre, See How It Runs (2003), a history of MTC, The Drama Continues, a Currency House Platform Paper, Trapped By the Past, and academic articles on post-war Australian theatre, the theory-practice nexus, and contemporary dramaturgy. He is currently researching a series of case studies from Australian theatre in the 1980s and 1990s focusing on the relationship between cultural policy and creative practice.
|Dr Antonia Pont
Antonia is a Lecturer in Text, Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing and her research interests include: Change, Aporia and Praxis, Inaccurate Autobiography, Deconstruction, Materialist Dialectics, Embodied Technologies, Poetry and Performance and Ekphrasis.
Dr Katya Johanson is a unit chair and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate Editing and Publishing units in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. She joined Deakin in 2004, having worked as a tutor at the University of Melbourne and as an editor in educational publishing. Katya maintains her industry links through active involvement in national and Victorian professional bodies.
Dr Cassandra Atherton has established record of outstanding academic performance. Her PhD thesis, dealing with a previously neglected aspect of a major Australian writer, has appeared as a monograph published by Australian Scholarly Press. Several related articles have appeared in refereed journals. Work on a second book, dealing with the role of public intellectuals in the United States, is well-advanced.
PhD Student, English Program, La Trobe University
Ruby Todd is a Melbourne-based emerging writer of prose and poetry, currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Deakin University, where she is
Submissions for Online Conference Proceedings Publication
Online proceedings instructions for authors PDF here
Due date: Monday 10th December, 2012
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Salaried Delegates Early Bird Registration $325.00
Salaried Delegates Standard $340
Sessionally-employed Delegates $260.00
Post-graduates and Concession $155.00
Note that the rates listed below are for single sessions only
Daily full rate for Monday 26th November $150.00
Daily full rate for Tuesday 27th November $150.00
Daily concession rate for Monday 26th November $80.00
Daily concession rate for Tuesday 27th November $80.00
Keynote (Dr Marion M Campbell) + Sunday Evening Reception $50.00
Dr Antonia Pont
Lecturer in Text - Literary Studies & Professional & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Education
School of Communication and Creative Arts
Deakin University, Burwood Campus,
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic, 3125
Phone: +61 3 924 46205
Dr Patrick West
School of Communication & Creative Arts
Faculty of Arts & Education
Phone: +61 3 924 43953