InASA 2020: Reinventing Australia

The School of Arts of the Australian Catholic University is delighted to host the International Australian Studies Association (InASA) this year.



30 November 2020

End Date

02 December 2020


ACU Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy Vic 3065

Conference program

The conference program will be published as soon as we have confirmed all abstracts and speakers, and definitely before 30 September 2020. Please check this page regularly.


Conference registration will open after we have confirmed all abstracts, and definitely before 31 July 2020. Registration for the InASA biennial conference also includes a two-year membership to InASA.

Keynote speakers

Irene WatsonIrene Watson belongs to the Tanganekald, Meintangk – Bunganditj Peoples of the Coorong and south-east of South Australia and has been an advocate and activist for First Nations land rights and self-determination for many years. Irene has worked as a legal practitioner, and academic publishing extensively on questions of Aboriginal Peoples rights and colonialism, Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International Law: Raw Law, (Routledge 2015) and Indigenous Peoples as Subjects in International Law, (Routledge 2018). Irene is currently Professor of Law, PVC Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy at the University of South Australia.

Tim SoutphommasaneTim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) and Director, Culture Strategy at the University of Sydney. A political theorist and human rights advocate, from 2013 to 2018 Tim was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain. He is the author of five books: On Hate (2019), I’m Not Racist But … (2015), Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He is also the co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That’s Left (2010). Tim is a regular columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald, co-chairs the Screen Diversity Inclusion Network and is a member of the advisory board of Media Diversity Australia. He was the founding chair of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity and has served on the boards of the National Australia Day Council and the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

Conference committee

InASA 2020 Conference Convener
Noah Riseman (ACU)

InASA 2020 Conference Committee
Alexis Bergantz (RMIT)
Rachel Busbridge (ACU)
Gilbert Caluya (Deakin )
Lorinda Cramer (ACU)
Ken Gelder (UniMelb)
Carolyn Holbrook (Deakin)
Julie Kimber (Swinburne)
Nell Musgrove (ACU)
Hannah Robert (La Trobe)

Postgraduate bursary

We are pleased to continue offering the InASA Postgraduate Bursary Scheme to assist higher degree by research students to attend InASA 2020 at ACU Melbourne.

InASA Postgraduate (HDR) Conference Travel Bursary

The International Australian Studies Association (InASA) awards the following bursary to HDR candidates to assist attendance at InASA biennial conferences.

Applications for the bursaries will be coincident with the release of the call for papers for each conference.


  • The bursary, valued at up to $700 per applicant, provides financial assistance to conference participants.
  • The bursary is to be used to cover travel and accommodation.
  • Conference registration fees will be waived for bursary recipients.
  • Bursary recipients will receive one year’s membership to InASA which includes a 12 month subscription to the Journal of Australian Studies.


  • This scheme is open to Higher Degree by Research candidates (domestic and international).
  • Interested applicants who have already submitted abstracts to the conference and/or paid their registration can still apply. If successful, the registration fee will be refunded.
  • Preference may be given to candidates in their final year of candidature.
  • Applications for papers co-authored by an HDR candidate and their supervisor will not be considered.

Terms and conditions

Up to six bursaries are available per biennial InASA conference. It is a competitive application, and a sub-committee of the InASA executive will assess the applications. Successful applicants are required to:

  • Attend and present a paper to the conference.
  • The Journal of Australian Studies (JAS) has first consideration of an article based on the conference paper, based on the following process:
    1. Submission of a draft article based on the conference paper to an InASA appointed mentor before the 1st day of the conference.
    2. Meet with the allocated mentor during the conference at a mutually convenient time.
    3. Submit a revised article to JAS endorsed by the mentor by a date no more than 3 months after the conclusion of the conference. (Publication is not assured: the article will proceed through the standard refereeing process).
    4. Advise InASA when and if the article is published.

The bursary will not be paid in advance, but upon the attending the conference via EFT.


Applicants should complete the application form and send it as an email attachment to the same address used for submission of the conference abstracts, using the subject line Bursary Application. If the abstract is accepted for the conference it will then be forwarded to the InASA subcommittee for consideration of the bursary application.

The closing date for applications is 6 months prior to the conference start date (30 May 2020). Late applications will generally not be accepted.

All applications for the bursary will be acknowledged by email, and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email. The decision of the InASA will be final and no correspondence will be entered into or feedback given.

Download travel bursary application form (DOC, 29KB)

Early Career Researcher workshop

Accompanying the InASA 2020 conference, we will be hosting a special workshop for Early Career Researchers. Tentatively titled ‘ERA, Engagement and Impact 101’, the purpose of the workshop will be to present some of the key ‘on the ground knowledge’ about ERA and the Engagement and Impact Assessments. The workshop aims to support ECRs and postgraduates, including those based at overseas institutions, in career planning and strategies to be competitive in the Australian academic job market.

Depending on the final program, this workshop will be held either on the afternoon of Wednesday 2 December or may be held on Thursday 3 December. We will send a separate call for expressions of interest to attend this workshop after we have notified people about acceptance of abstracts.


ACU Melbourne is located at 115 Victoria Parade in Fitzroy, a short walk or tram ride from the eastern end of Melbourne’s CBD. There are numerous accommodation options catering to all price ranges which attendees can book in the CBD, Fitzroy or East Melbourne. The following is a list of some of the closest options to the campus. This is not an endorsement or preference for these accommodation options.

Melbourne Metropole Hotel
Quest Royal Gardens
Tribeca Serviced Apartments
Park Hyatt Melbourne
City Centre Budget Hotel
Quest on Lonsdale

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