Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

2018 Conference

The conference will be held on the beautiful grounds of the University of Western Australia.

Matilda Bay
Reflection Pond
Reflection Pond
Winthrop Tower
Winthrop Tower
Reid Library
Reid Library
Octagon Theatre
Octagon Theatre
Limina Conference 2017
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Limina 13th Annual Conference

Home: Belonging and Displacement


Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal published at The University of Western Australia since 1995. The 13th Annual Limina Conference will be held on 26 and 27 July 2018 at The University of Western Australia. 

Program and Schedule

The conference program and abstract booklet can be downloaded as a PDF file below.

Keynote Address

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ, School of Economics and Finance, Curtin University.

Owning Home: Transformations in the Australian Housing System

In recent decades, the Australian housing system has been undergoing major transformations. Housing pathways were traditionally viewed as linear progressions that began on leaving the parental home and ended in outright ownership. However, growing numbers of Australians now find themselves caught in precarious pathways characterised by departures from home ownership and growing mortgage indebtedness. The presentation will shed light on the drivers of recent transformations in the housing system. It will draw from a rich multidisciplinary literature that have documented major socio-demographic shifts and their impacts on housing markets globally. It will also reflect on the evolution of the concept of the ‘family home’ by offering insights into the expanding role that housing assets and debts now play in households’ strategies to secure their wellbeing. The presentation will conclude by discussing the consequences of growing precariousness in the housing system for inequality within and between generations.


Rachel Ong ViforJ is Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Finance, Curtin University. She has published widely on housing issues, including the dynamics of housing affordability and housing pathways, the links between housing and economic outcomes, households’ management of housing wealth throughout the life course, the sustainability of home ownership in the 21st century, and intergenerational housing concerns. Rachel has conducted numerous projects that are funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australian Research Council, and policy and industry organisations including the Commonwealth Treasury and WA Department of Housing. She has been appointed to several expert panels including the National Economic Panel and Commonwealth Treasury Housing Research Panel. She is one of two Australian representatives on the Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Economic Papers, one of two journals published by the Economic Society of Australia which features high-quality research in applied economics and economic policy analysis.

 Public Lecture

An evening public panel discussion will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday July 26th at Fox Lecture Theatre, The University of Western Australia.

The public panel is free and open to the public by registration via The UWA Institute of Advanced Studies. Please RSVP online here.

Belonging and Displacement: Experiences of People Seeking Asylum in Australia

There are 65.6 million people in the world displaced by war, poverty, and environmental disaster, who have been forced to give up their homes in search of safety and hope for themselves and their families (UNHCR Figures 2016). Of these, 27626 were accepted as refugees in Australia in 2016, to begin their new life in rural and urban communities. How do you foster a sense of home in another country when you may be faced with trauma, cultural barriers, bureaucratic insecurity, and a political discourse of distrust? In this panel as part of the Limina – Home: Belonging and Displacement conference, we invite you to hear from three speakers who will share their insight, knowledge, and ideas about what it means to work for and create a new home in Australia. The panel will draw from their perspectives as community leaders, researchers, and individuals with lived experiences as refugees.


Fadzi Whande is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, award winning Social Justice Advocate and Keynote Speaker. Her background ranges from launching telecommunication networks to addressing gender equality, racism, discrimination, health disparities, financial literacy, unemployment and social disadvantage across various sectors in Africa, UK, USA and Australia. Fadzi is the Manager, Inclusion and Diversity at The University of Western Australia.


Sara Shengeb is a recent graduate from the University of Western Australia with Bachelor of Science. She also works part time for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA). Sara came to Australia as a political refugee from Eritrea five years ago.  Since her arrival she has been a strong advocate for empowering and engaging young people through her work with government and non-government organizations to shape the policies that influence their lives. Currently she serves as a Ministerial Advisor to the Hon. Paul Papalia (Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests). At YACWA she coordinates two major programmes, Catalyst Youth Summit and ShoutOut. These programmes are designed to increase the capacity of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and create opportunities to network with policy makers. Sara continues to work for young people of Western Australia which led her to be recognized as a finalist for the Australian Young People's Human Right Medal in 2016, WA Young Achiever Award 2018 finalist and she was named Young Citizen of the year 2017 by her local government.

Bella Ndayikeze was born in 1996 in Burundi, but because of war, her family quickly fled to Tanzania when she was one. She grew up in a refugee camp in Tanzania, with her mother working for UNHCR and father working as a teacher. She lived in the refugee camp for seven years before her family was granted a humanitarian visa to Australia. They arrived in 2005. It was a difficult transition, compounded when her family was torn apart by domestic violence and her mother was left to raise five children. In 2009 Bella began with the Edmund Rice Centre’s Youth sports program. She showed potential from an early stage and was invited to be a youth leader in 2010. That year she also began her musical journey. In 2011 she became the first black African female AFL coach in Australia, as the assistant coach of the Edmund Rice Lions, and also began a traineeship at the WA Football Commission in 2012. In 2014 she became co-ordinator of the Edmund Rice Lions team and debuted as an AFL player with West Perth Football Club. In that same year she also coordinated the Edmund Rice Youth leadership and Arts Program. In 2016 she launched her business Ignite Creative Media, joined the Global Shapers team in Perth and coached at the Female AFL Diversity Championships. In 2017 she was employed by the Federal Member for Cowan and became a member of the first ever Youth Ministerial Advisory Council. Bella is also on the Board of the Joondalup Hospital and other community committees.

Associate Professor Caroline Fleay has been with the Centre for Human Rights Education since February 2007 where she teaches human rights and conducts research into the experiences of people seeking asylum in Australia. She has been a regular visitor to some of WA’s sites of immigration detention and written extensively about the impacts on people seeking asylum of indefinite detention and being released into the community with minimal supports. Caroline has also been involved with a range of community groups and human rights campaigns over the past three decades. In 2011 she was awarded the Amnesty International Australia (WA) June Fassina Award for her contributions to human rights activism, and in 2017 she was a finalist for the United Nations Association of Australia Award for the Promotion of Human Rights. Caroline is currently a Board Member of the Refugee Council of Australia and continues to liaise with WA, national and regional refugee support organisations and activists to campaign on the rights of people seeking asylum.


The Public Panel flyer is available to download below.

Fees and Registration (Closed)

Regular Rate: $40

UWA PSA Members Rate: $30 (with discount voucher code)

Registration fee includes:

  • Attendance to both days of the conference
  • Conference welcome pack and program booklet
  • Lunch (Friday)
  • Refreshments during breaks (Thursday and Friday)

Discounted pricing for UWA postgraduate students is supported by Postgraduate Students' Association (PSA) Small Grants Award. 

Presentation Guidelines

Each presenter will have twenty minutes in which to present their paper followed immediately by ten minutes discussion time.

Opportunity for Publication

There will be the opportunity for presenters to have their papers published in a special edition. Limina publishes a themed volume each year which is linked to the annual conference theme. Conference presenters are invited to submit an article for publication in the themed edition of the journal. The deadline for submission of full articles is September 30, 2018. Article length is 5,000 to 7,000 words. Please see the journal's submission guidelines for more details and further information on publication opportunities.

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Accommodation and Further Information

  • Information about UWA managed properties (Forrest Hall and Crawley Village) and other short term accommodation options offered by UWA-affiliated residential colleges (St Catherine's on Park, St George's College and Trinity on Hampden) is available here.
  • The conference is held at St Catherine's College which offers 15% discount on standard rates for guests when they book via the online booking system. Guests can also book by calling Jodi Swann on (+61) 8 9442 0585.
  •  If you wish to stay in the central CBD area of Perth City, you can easily catch public transport to the UWA campus from the Perth Elizabeth Quay Station: 950, 102, 107. Bus tickets can be paid using small change or by purchasing a Transperth Smartrider from the Bus Station Info Desk.

For further information about the conference venue, parking, transport, places to eat and Perth attractions, please see the conference booklet (available to download above).

Call for Papers (Closed)

Home is a dynamic concept which imbues space with social and symbolic meaning. Home may encompass different scales of place, from a room in a house to a nation, and it may either express or constitute our identities.

Current social, political, and environmental events stress the changing nature of home. These events throw into relief the opposing feelings of belonging and displacement which the idea of home may evoke.

The 13th annual Limina conference seeks to explore the complexities of home, as both a place and a spatial imaginary.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The role of the home in society
  • The home as a setting for the stages of life
  • Banishment and exile, colonisation and invasion
  • Literary portrayals of home
  • Hearth and home, food, celebrations, traditions
  • Family life, family structure, and kinship
  • Homelessness and refugees
  • Broken homes, domestic violence, criminality
  • Human and natural disasters’ effects on home
  • Gentrification and changing landscapes
  • Personal, cultural, and national identity
  • Temporal and spatial aspects of home
  • Psychology of home
  • Familial displacement and disruption (prisons, FIFO work, boarding schools, etc.)

We accept submissions from all researchers, and particularly encourage post-graduate and early career researchers to submit. Themed panel submissions are also welcomed.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts should be submitted by the 30th March, 2018.
  • Responses will be sent out by the 13th April, 2018.
  • Conference held on the 26-27th July, 2018.

Submission Guidelines

Please send (in one document) to l[email protected] with ‘Home 2018’ in the subject line:
  • a title
  • an abstract (max. 200 words)
  • a short biography (max. 50 words)

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