26th Annual Conference

The association’s 26th Annual Conference (24th – 26th November, 2021) will be hosted in partnership between Central Queensland University and University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Live events will be held at USC’s Sunshine Coast Campus, Sippy Downs.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Fire Country’.

We invite presentations (15 minutes in duration) from practice, research, industry and pedagogy – and pre-formed collaborative discussion panels (three panellists only) that reflect consideration of a ‘fire country’ and the ways we enable and disseminate those marginal and mainstream voices that contribute to its discourse. Presentations might consider…

• regrowth and renewal
• Indigenous practices, concepts and experience
• firebrands, backdrafts and ignition
• minority writing (disability, LGBTIQ, refugee…)
• firebreaks: literal and figurative
• exegetical friction
• burnings – cool, mosaic, and cultural
• collaborative writing
• critical and ‘burning’ questions
• storying regions
• ecologies and crises (climate, literary and other)
• writing from and to boundaries, edges and limits
• fire sticks/fire stick farming
• performance and performative writing
• combustion, crises, firestorms

The deadline for the submission of conference paper abstracts is 4th May, 11:59PM (AEST). Abstracts should include your name, abstract (200 – 250 words max), university affiliation, e-mail address, the title of your proposed paper, and a short bio (100 words max). Please submit abstracts by completing the “Abstract Submission” box on the 26th Annual Conference webpage here. Only AAWP members are eligible to present. You can find membership details, prices, and online sign up options here.