Menzies Centre for Australian Studies Events

To the attention of EASA members: two events coming up in King's College London! The first is a 2016-2017 seminar series on the theme of Screening Australia <> . Submissions close on May 9. ***  The second is a screening day<> devoted to Frances Calvert, the Berlin-based Australian filmmaker (on May 23). Details are attached and below.

Dr Peter Kilroy
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Menzies Centre for Australian Studies | Department of Film Studies
King's College London

Call for Submissions: Screening Australia<> | Screening Indigeneity Series: Torres Strait Trilogy<> | The Conversation<>


CfP: Screening Australia: Australian Culture and Screen Media in Context

Australian culture and screen media (including internet output, gaming, film, television, video and other screen arts) might be said to occupy a somewhat anomalous position on the world stage: at once successful and internationally recognised, and yet relatively under-represented and under-researched in international scholarship.

Indeed, such a positioning is a reminder of the ongoing interplay between 'screening' as a mode of display (e.g. showing a film), 'screening' as a mode of concealment (e.g. screening out undesirable material) and 'screening' as a mode of assessment (e.g. of medical, political or economic threats). How might this dynamic operate in Australian culture and screen media, nationally and internationally, and in what ways does it relate to the broader social, cultural, economic and historical forces that have shaped Australia and its relationship to the rest of the world?

Drawing on, but not limited to, the fields of Australian cultural studies and screen media research, this seminar series seeks a broad range of responses to these questions from an array of cognate disciplines and practices (e.g. anthropology, art history, Australian studies, communications, cultural studies, English literature, film studies, history, Indigenous studies, media studies, postcolonial studies, sociology, etc.), deploying an array of different approaches, theories, methods and forms.

The Menzies Centres invites a wide range of submissions from academics, screen media professionals, postgraduates and other cultural practitioners working in the field. Please submit an abstract to be considered for the Screening Australia seminar series by Monday 9 May 2016.

Submissions should contain an abstract of 300 words accompanied by a short biographical statement, and be sent to menzies.centre [at] kcl [dot] ac [dot] uk for the attention of Peter Kilroy.


Screening Indigeneity: Frances Calvert's Torres Strait Trilogy (1990-2012)

The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and the Department of Film Studies at King's College London, in association with the Royal Anthropological Institute, are excited to announce a unique screening day devoted to the work of the award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker, writer and teacher, Frances Calvert. This will involve a screening of her Torres Strait Trilogy: Talking Broken (1990, 76 mins), Cracks in the Mask (1997, 56 mins) and The Tombstone Opening (2012, 29 mins). These films focus on Australia's 'other' Indigenous minority, Torres Strait Islanders, as they negotiate the complex relationship between past, present and future. Each film will be followed by a Q&A with the director.


11.00-17.00 Monday 23 May 2016
Nash Lecture Theatre
Second Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus
King's College London WC2R 2LS

The event is free, but booking is necessary via Eventbrite (
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Call for submissions_Screening Australia.pdf454.05 KB
TSTposter(final).pdf579.11 KB