The National School of Arts is hosting the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA) conference at the North Sydney Campus next week, from 27-29 June.
The conference brings together leading international and Australian scholars in the areas of American history, politics, sociology and literature, and is the latest initiative in a long line of exciting developments in the National School of Arts that reinforce ACU’s rapidly rising trajectory in the humanities and social sciences.
In hosting the 2017 ANZASA conference, ACU is in very good company. The previous four universities to host the biennial conference were the University of Sydney, University Adelaide, University of Queensland and Monash University – all members of the Go8.
The conference formally begins on 27 June with a reception at ACU’s Peter Cosgrove Centre (6-8pm), where delegates will be welcomed by the US Consul General, Valerie Fowler, and ACU’s National Head of Arts, Professor Michael Ondaatje.
The conference program will kick off on 28 June with a plenary session on US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era, featuring Dr Kumuda Simpson (La Trobe University), a specialist on US relations with the Middle East; Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor (US Studies Centre, University of Sydney), an expert on US-Australia relations; and Scientia Professor Ian Tyrrell (University of New South Wales), a leading historian of American exceptionalism.
There will also be keynote addresses on 28-29 June by leading literary studies scholar, Professor Elizabeth Freeman (University of California, Davis), and by the multi-prize-winning historian of the African American experience, Professor Shane White (University of Sydney).
The rest of the program is packed full of great papers from an energising mix of international and local scholars and HDR students, including some of ACU’s own talented students and lecturers.
Professor Ondaatje said he was delighted that ACU is hosting the 2017 ANZASA conference: "It is certainly very exciting and yet further evidence of the University’s growing reputation in the disciplines of history, politics and sociology, in Australia and internationally." Professor Ondaatje also thanked the United States Government, which has provided some generous funding for the conference.
If you are interested in attending the ANZASA conference, please click here for more information, and here to register.