Go Between, In Between:

Borders of Belonging

18 -22 January 2016


The Australian Studies Centre (ASC) at the University of Barcelona, Spain, The Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, The Centre for Peace and Social Justice(CPSJ) of Southern Cross University, Australia, and The Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath, University of Tasmania, Australia coordinate this international science seminar. The Australian Studies Centre has been committed to organising congresses in Spain and Australia together with a range of Australian academic institutions since 2000. The Centre for Peace and Social Justice hosted the 2006 international congress Landscapes of Exile: Australia Once Perilous Now Safe at Southern Cross University together with the Australian Studies Centre, and the international congresses Food for Thought (2010), Pacific Solutions (2011), Looking Back to Look Forwards (2012) and Watershed (2014) at the University of Barcelona.


About a hundred professionals, mostly scholars and some literary authors and visual artists, are personally invited by the organizing team to participate in Go Between, In Between: Borders of Belonging, catering for contributions that look with a critical eye to the past to draw lessons for the future within the widest scope of Australian or other subject matter. The primary objective of the event is to exchange and share research by Spanish, Australian and other international scholars and teams in the field of Australian Studies, especially from a Postcolonial and Cultural Studies perspective. We also encourage topic-related contributions from outside these confining parameters so as to cater for academic plurality. The theme Go Between, In Between: Borders of Belonging aims to group together a variety of related lines of research, emphasise the interdisciplinarity of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, and cater for scholars and professionals in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.




The 2016 event aims for interdisciplinary communication with a programme ranging from Environmental and Sustainability Studies to Creative Writing. In previous congresses, in which the Australian Studies Centre actively participated, the following subjects were addressed:


For the 2016 Conference we have two other Centres joining us in our venture: The Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University, Australia and the Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath at the University of Tasmania, Australia together with The Centre for Peace and Social Justice at Southern Cross University with whom we have organised conferences since 2000. Go Between, In Between: Borders of Belonging is devised as a small but select event without parallel sessions so that a maximum audience is guaranteed for each single session within a continuous interdisciplinary context. The Aula Magna of the university building is therefore the venue chosen for all sessions. Contributors are kindly asked to compose their own panels and round tables and present their abstracts in a coordinated way.

African Studies
Caribbean Studies
Climatology Studies
Communication Studies
Convict Studies
Crime Fiction
Ethnology Archaeology
Film Studies
Fine Arts
Food Studies
Health Sciences
Hispanic Studies
Human Rights
Indian Studies
Indigenous Studies
Language and Linguistics
Oral History
Prison Population Studies
Queer Studies
Refugee Studies
Spanish Civil War Studies
Spanish Studies
Sri Lankan Studies
Theatre Studies
Whiteness Studies


However, the field is wide open for proposals


All panel papers will be 20 minutes maximum in length in order to allow for discussion afterwards.


The convenors: 

Dr Susan Ballyn (UB)

Dr Martin Renes (UB)

Prof. Baden Offord (Curtin University)

Dr. Rob Garbutt (Sothern Cross University)

Prof. Mitchell Rolls (University of Tasmania)  

Conference Secretary:
Dra Isabel Alonso (UB)


The Australian Studies Centre
University of Barcelona

The Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University

The Centre for Peace and Social Justice,
Southern Cross University

The Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath
University of Tasmania

UPDATED: 18/12/2014