About our conferences

The main goal of AAL is to stage an annual conference.

AAL’s first conference was held at the Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus) on July 12-13 2007 on the theme of Literature and Sensation. Publication: Literature and Sensation (Cambridge Scholars, 2009), edited by Anthony Uhlmann, Helen Groth, Paul Sheehan and Stephen McLaren.

  • The second annual conference was held in July 2008 at Macquarie University on the theme of Literature and History. Publications: Special Issue of Textual Practice (vol. 26, no. 4, 2012) on The Uses of Anachronism, edited by Helen Groth and Paul Sheehan and Remaking Literary History (Cambridge Scholars, 2010), edited by Helen Groth and Paul Sheehan.
  • The third annual conference was held in July 2009 at the University of Sydney on the theme of Literature and Politics. Publication: Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions (Cambridge Scholars, 2012), edited by Peter Marks.
  • The fourth annual conference was held in July 2010 at UNSW Sydney on the theme of Literature and Science. Publication: Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind (Bloomsbury, 2013), edited by Chris Danta and Helen Groth.
  • The fifth annual conference was held in July 2011 at Monash University on the theme of Literature and Translation.
  • The sixth annual conference was held in July 2012 at UNSW Canberra on the theme of Literature and Censorship. Publication: Censorship and the Limits of the Literary: A Global View (Bloomsbury, 2015), edited by Nicole Moore.
  • The seventh annual conference was held in July 2013 at UNSW Sydney on the theme of Modern Soundscapes. Publication: Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), edited by Helen Groth, Julian Murphet and Penelope Hone.
  • The eight annual conference was held in July 2014 at the University of Melbourne on the theme of Literature and Affect.
  • The ninth annual conference was held in July 2015 at the University of Wollongong as a literary studies convention with ASAL and AULLA on the theme of Literary Networks.
  • The tenth annual conference was held in July 2016 at Western Sydney University on the theme of Literature and Technology.
  • The eleventh annual conference was held in July 2017 at Griffith University on the theme of Literary Environments: Place, Planet and Translation. Publication: Transcultural Ecocriticism: Global, Romantic and Decolonial Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2021), edited by Stuart Cooke and Peter Denney.
  • The twelfth annual conference was held in July 2018 at the Australian National University as a literary studies convention with ASAL, AULLA and AVSA on the theme of The Literary Interface.
  • The thirteenth annual conference was held in July 2019 at Macquarie University with Camera-Stylo III on the theme of Literature and the Moving Image. Publication: Special Issue of Textual Practice (vol. 35, no. 10, 2021) on the Literary Image, edited by Paul Sheehan and James Alexander Mackenzie.
  • The fourteenth annual conference was held in July 2021 at Victoria University as a literary studies convention with ASAL, AULLA and AVSA on the theme of Texts and Their Limits.

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