Posted on | August 10, 2012 | 2 Comments
This month, my first proper boss will be retiring from his position as Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. This event in his honour will be a historic day and I hope many people will be there to recognise Graeme’s immense contribution to media and cultural studies and Australian academic life. These details and maps are available at the CCCS website.
Building Australian Cultural Studies: The work of Graeme Turner
Friday 31 August 2012, 2:00 – 6:00pm
Auditorium, Level 2, Sir Llew Edwards Building (No. 14)
St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland
Followed by reception, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building
RSVP Essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graeme Turner has played a key role in the development of Australian cultural and media studies. Throughout his long and distinguished career, his innovative scholarship has had a significant impact on developing this interdisciplinary field in Australia and internationally. He is the author of many publications in popular culture, media studies, celebrity, film theory and more. These books have contributed to the transformation of the humanities and the emergence of new intellectual practices and objects. Graeme has also represented the humanities on numerous government and university committees from the ARC to PMSEIC (Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council) – where he is currently the only humanities representative. His contribution to building improved research support and recognition for the humanities, as well as the legacy of his Cultural Research Network, has been lasting and significant.
On 2 September 2012, Graeme Turner will step down from his role as Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, before retiring from the University (but not his academic career) in early 2013. The Centre will continue to prosper under the leadership of Professor Gay Hawkins, and Graeme will continue to be based there.
This symposium has been planned to allow Graeme’s colleagues to reflect on their engagement with his work, its influence and its impact.