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ACAT Seminar Series

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Higher Degree by Research student (re)presentations

Presented by MCASI HDR students

Thursday 30 May 2024, 12-1.15pm, Building 501.117

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In this exciting multi-paper session, four Curtin HDR students will (re)present papers from interstate or overseas conferences for the benefit of our local research community. With presenters from MCASI and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, these four engaging presentations span an array of topics, disciplines, and methodologies. Although prepared and presented at vastly different conferences, the papers are united by shared themes of representation, disability, popular culture, connection, and empowerment.

We welcome you to join us in supporting the research of these HDR students, and their contributions to their respective fields.

Featuring presentations by:

Michelle Camille Correa (PhD student, MCASI)

Achala K. Dissanayake (PhD student, MCASI)

Kelly Moes (PhD student, MCASI)

Mary Blight (MPhil student, Centre for Aboriginal Studies)

These presentations will be recorded and available on this website approximately one week after the event.


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The Australian League of Rights: Foundations and transformations of the illiberal imagination

Presented by Brett Nicholls

Thursday 28 March 2024

The Australian League of Rights has been a strident and polarising organisation since its inception in the 1940s. This seminar will explore the League’s foundation and evolution by examining three key signifiers: heritage, the communist menace, and the Christian nation. Drawing on the League’s prodigious production of newsletters, pamphlets, recordings, catalogues, and books over some seventy years, the seminar shows how these signifiers form a reactionary and racist vision for Australian society rooted in a traditional illiberal imagination that, through refinement, becomes normalised over time. The seminar concludes by considering how the League’s far-right material helps us draw contrasts with and understand better the new right today.

Brett Nicholls is a member of the Department of Media, Film, and Communication at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His research focuses on media politics, critical theory and discourse analysis. He recently published a co-edited volume with Springer titled Post-Truth and the Mediation of Reality (2019). He is also an editor of Borderlands: Culture, Politics, Law and Earth and the new journal Baudrillard Now.

View presentation here.