"Food for Thought"

1st - 5th FEBRUARY 2010


The Australian Studies Centre at the Universitat de Barcelona and The Centre for Peace and Social Justice at Southern Cross University, New South Wales, are pleased to present their forthcoming congress Food for Thought. The congress will  be held at the Universitat de Barcelona from the 1st -5th of February 2010.

This congress is a joint venture and springs from a long standing exchange between the two institutions and the organisation of other congresses such as Landscapes of Exile at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2004 and Landscapes of Exile: Australia Once Perilous Now Safe organised by Baden Offord at Southern Cross University in 2006.


  The conference title is both literal and metaphorical in the widest sense. As is the general hallmark of conferences organised by The Australian Studies Centre, this conference welcomes interdisciplinarity and although the emphasis is on Australia, we also welcome contributions from other areas of expertise. Similarly, all the conferences organised in the past few years have been what could be called “boutique” events as there are no parallel sessions. This is an important factor for two reasons: first it establishes a rolling dialogue throughout the conference and secondly it also means that the number of participants has to be limited.


If possible we would like those who are interested to set up their own thematic panels, titled, and with three presenters. This allows for people to present a panel with colleagues with whom they are working. However, if you wish to present a paper and not a panel then we will place it in a specific panel of similar thematic interest. Papers must not exceed twenty minutes presentation.



We would request that people send in an expression of interest with their panels or paper titles by June 30th to,, Information regarding deadlines for abstracts will be posted within a few weeks. All information can be found on the web page


   Please watch the web page for information as it becomes available

Areas of interest, but all are welcome:

    Convict Studies
    Education and Ethics
    Film Studies
    Gender studies
    Human Rights
    Indigenous Studies
    Nursing Studies
    Literature and Language
    and more …



Plenary Speakers who have confirmed their attendance are:

    • Prof. Bill Ashcroft, School of English Media and Performing Arts
    University of New South Wales
    • The Hon. John Dowd, AO QC, Chancellor of Southern Cross University
    • Prof  Lucy Frost, Co-Director, Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath, University of Tasmania
    • Associate Prof. Baden Offord  Co-Director: Centre for Peace & Social Justice, Southern Cross University
    Principal Researcher: Cooperative Centre for Indigenous Australian Research
    • Prof. Peter Read, Professorial Research Fellow, University of Sydney
    • Prof. Terri-ann White, Director of the University of Western Australia Press and the Institute of
    Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia.
    Dr. Cynthia vanden Driesen Edith Cowan University
    • Prof. Adrien Katherine Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor, University of Iowa, College of Law.

    The Sessions with Prof. Terri-ann White and Prof. Peter Read will
    take the format of In conversation with … and an  invited guest of their choice.