Cultural studies in Australia : some paradoxes of institutional successes and cultural deficits

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Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University; Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

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Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme

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Public Seminar




3:30 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.


GE322, General Education Building, Lingnan University


This talk will reflect on some current institutional and disciplinary predicaments for cultural studies in Australia. On the one hand, over the last ten years, cultural studies has gained considerable institutional authority in the Australian higher-education sector. Yet at the same time, cultural studies as a collective project seems fractured, and the capacity and authority of cultural studies to 'speak' on matters of cultural significance seems diminished. This paradox suggests that cultural studies could be thought of as disaggregating, as become different projects with distinctive educational, research and public cultural forms. My aim in discussing these national peculiarities is to explore the transnational relevance of such emerging tendencies.



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Chris Healy is Convenor of the Cultural Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. His books include The Lifeblood of Footscray: working lives at the Angliss Meatworks (1986) and Beasts of Suburbia: reinterpreting cultures in Australia in Suburbs (1994) and From the Ruins of Colonialism: history as social memory (1997). His current research is concerned with memory at the intersections of cultural studies and cultural history. He is co-editor, with Stephen Muecke, of Cultural Studies Review www.csreview.unimelb.edu.au and a member of the Australian Cultural Research Network.

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Healy, C. (2005, January 4). Cultural studies in Australia: Some paradoxes of institutional successes and cultural deficits [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/234