Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

2016 Conference


11th Annual Limina Conference - Beyond Boundaries: Recognition, Tolerance, Change -  28 and 29 July 2016

Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies is an open-access peer-reviewed academic journal published by the University of Western Australia. The journal welcomes contributions on all topics relating to humanities and social sciences with a focus on historical and cultural studies.

Key Events

Thursday 28 July 2016

Conference participants are invited to go on a UWA Campus Tour on Thursday 28 July commencing at the Visitors' Centre at 1.30pm. The tour includes a stroll through the beautiful architectural and garden landscape of the University as well as taking in  the view from the top of Winthrop Tower. 

The Limina Workshop, 'Eliminating Borders' will take place on Thursday 28 July from 3-5pm in Room 1.33 of the Arts Building. The workshop will be facilitated by Associate Professor Farida Fozdar, (Anthropology and Sociology) who will deliver a paper and lead a broad discussion on issues related to the workshop theme. All presenters are encouraged to attend.

The Public Lecture on Thursday 28 July is free, RSVP is essential.

Friday 29 July 2016

The Limina Conference commences at 8.30am on Friday 29 July at University Hall, UWA. Registration (closed) is $70 and includes the Campus Tour, the Limina Workshop, and the Public Lecture on Thursday 28 July 2016 as well as a full day of Conference paper presentations on Friday 29 July 2016. Registration also includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch on Friday only.

Conference participants are invited to Post-Conference drinks at the University Club from 5.30pm onwards on Friday 29 July 2016.

Program and Schedule

Please find the program for the 2016 Limina Conference in the PDF file below.

Public Lecture

jane lydon

Professor Jane Lydon will give a public lecture on Thursday 28 July 2016 at The University of Western Australia to open the conference. The public lecture will be at 6pm at Fox Lecture Theatre, in the Arts Building. The lecture is free, but RSVP is essential.

Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her books include Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians (Duke, 2005), and The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights (NewSouth, 2012), which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ History Book Award. Most recently she edited Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2014) which brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars to explore the Indigenous meanings of the photographic archive. Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire will be published by Bloomsbury in July 2016.

Professor Lydon's lecture is entitled "Out of Bounds? Photographing Australian Border Crossings."

Conceptions of Australian national identity have emphasized the nation’s collective youth and innocence, federated only in 1901. The Australian national anthem reminds its citizens that ‘our home is girt by sea’, a geographic boundary that naturalizes an imagined entity, rather than acknowledging its contested, provisional, and sometimes fluid status. A persisting anxiety in Australian public debate has been the porosity of national borders, and the racial and cultural homogeneity of its citizens. This paper explores the role that photography has played in asserting white settler sovereignty over Australian territory, asking how the medium has adjudicated debates regarding post-war migration, late twentieth-century multiculturalism, and more recently twenty-first-century migration. Since 2001, the Australian government’s official policy for those seeking to enter the country without a valid visa has been mandatory detention in offshore prisons that remain largely invisible to the general public. The more recent border protection taskforce Operation Sovereign Borders led by the Australian Defence Force has made a well-funded visual ‘communication campaign’ central to its Regional Deterrence Framework. Opposing these official views are rare images of the asylum-seeker experience, such as Afghani photographer Barat Ali Batoor’s award-winning photographs. The contest over the visual and political frames of recognition governing the visibility of refugees and sites of detention continues to define the nation.

Note: Conference presenters are not required to attend the public lecture but it is desirable.

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farida fozdarAssociate Professor Farida Fozdar will deliver the keynote address at the Limina Conference at 9am Friday 29 July 2016.

Farida Fozdar (aka Tilbury) completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, and began as a lecturer in Sociology and Community Development at Murdoch University in 2003. In 2011 she received an ARC Future Fellowship which she took up at UWA. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the ways in which racial, ethnic, national and religious identities are constructed, issues around refugee and migrant settlement, and questions of cultural diversity. She has a particular interest in discourse analysis. Farida undertakes social research consultancies including evaluating programs to assist migrants and refugees with re-settlement. 

Farida Fozdar's lecture is entitled "Multiculturalism Versus Interculturalism."

Scholars have begun to debate the relative utility of the terms ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘interculturalism’. After discussing some of the definitional complexities, the paper considers which terms are most appropriate for Australia. Known internationally as an example of a successful multicultural society, it is also seen as a society characterised by racism. This paper considers the accuracy, and the various dimensions and causes, of each of these perceptions. Engaging with the concepts of multiculturalism and interculturalism, and debates around them, as well as the notion of cosmopolitanism, the paper considers the likely next phases in Australia’s evolution within the context of a rapidly post-nationalising world, and changing models of migration (including temporary migration). Drawing on recent data, the paper asks what these changes might mean for identity and the maintenance of a cohesive society, and what role shared values and identity have.  It also asks whether the nation remains the most useful socio-political structure within which to develop a sense of connection with others.

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Post-conference Information

Conference presenters are encouraged to submit their full papers to Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies to be considered for the upcoming conference-themed issue. The article submission deadline is August 19th, 2016. Further information on submissions and style guide are available. 

 Please click here to view some of the 2016 Limina Conference Photos. 

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