Building Australian Cultural Studies: The work of Graeme Turner

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: [email protected]

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 Graemeā€™s colleagues to reflect on their engagement with his work, its influence and its impact.

Opening Address: Professor Meaghan Morris (University of Sydney)
Panel One: Institutional and Sectoral Leadership
Chair: Professor Gay Hawkins (CCCS)
Emeritus Professor Peter Cryle (CHED, University of Queensland)
Dr Christina Parolin (Australian Academy of the Humanities)
Panel Two: Building Australian Cultural Studies
Chair: Dr Anthea Taylor (CCCS)
Professor Tony Bennett (University of Western Sydney)
Associate Professor Frances Bonner (EMSAH, University of Queensland)
Professor Stuart Cunningham (Queensland University of Technology)
Panel Three: Colleague, Collaborator, Mentor
Chair: Dr Melissa Bellanta (CCCS)
Dr Mark Andrejevic (CCCS)
Dr Melissa Gregg (University of Sydney)
Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra (CCCS)
Response: Professor Graeme Turner
Members of the public are invited to attend this free symposium, which will be followed by a reception in the Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (No. 14) [see map] from 6:00 – 7:30pm.
Enquiries: Rebecca Ralph, Events Co-ordinator
P: (07) 3346 7407 | F: (07) 3365 7184 | E: [email protected]


2 Responses to “Building Australian Cultural Studies: The work of Graeme Turner”

  1. Kiley
    August 10th, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    UQ will surely feel the loss of Graeme and Frances, who is also being forced to retire, and has been a wonderful mentor. What great role models.

  2. dr c ganesh
    August 11th, 2012 @ 2:45 am

    retirement of Graeme is really a lost not only for the university but to the country

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