About 2015 WiP Conference: Text, Creativity, Resistance

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Professor Darren Tofts (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC)
  • Gael Newton (The Asian Arts Society of Australia, QLD)
  • Dr Thomas Bristow (Centre for the History of Emotions, UMelb) 

The School of Communication and Arts (SCA) at the University of Queensland invites you to the forthcoming 2015 Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Work in Progress Conference. The theme is Text, Creativity, Resistance. The conference invites papers to reflect on notions of resistance and subversion in texts. This topic is intended to inspire diverse lines of more specific questioning, such as:

  • What is considered a text?
  • What does it mean to read texts that do not fit into semiotic, linguistic, heuristic or praxeological frameworks?
  • How do we respond to the ‘newness’ of difference?
  • Is resistance an ethical responsibility?

This conference aims to engender a thriving discussion on the relationship between creativity and subversion across a range of literary and visual texts in the creative arts, feminist and political theory, journalism, media and film studies, economic and legal thought, and philosophical and historical inquiry.


2015 School of Communication and Arts WiP Conference Program Now Available, please follow the link here.

2015 School of Communication and Arts WiP Abstracts Booklet Now Available, please follow the link here.

Registration Now Open

  • Fee: $75
  • Registration closes Monday 21st September 2015
The fee covers:
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, 29th and 30th September
- Conference Dinner, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, 29th September
- Darren Tofts' masterclass in publishing strategies followed by refreshments at Pizza Café, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, 28th September

Topics may include but are not restricted to:

  • Digital Activism
  • Capitalism and Resistance: (Im)Possibility of Market Driven Subversion
  • Eco-critical Texts: Resistance and the Anthropocene
  • Resisting Boundaries: Beyond Spatialities, Geographies and Temporalities
  • Subversive Histories and Historical Resistance
  • Creativity and Resistance in Asia and the Pacific*
  • Gendered Resistance and Feminist Thought
  • Philosophy and Theories of Resistance
  • Narrative, Performance and Performativity: Intersections of Subversion and Creativity
  • Resisting Whiteness
  • Subversive Aesthetics and Visual Resistance
  • Critical Methodologies
  • Media and Power
  • Resistance, Memory and Commemoration
  • Destructive Subversions

Papers presented by UQ SCA Research Higher Degrees students are eligible to be considered for the Dr. John McCulloch Memorial Prize, worth $1000.

There is also a TAASA (QLD) Prize for best paper selected from the Creativity and Resistance in Asia and the Pacific panel session, worth $250.

WIP Conference 2015


Nearest to the St Lucia Campus

Jephson Hotel

  • 63 Jephson Street, Toowong 
  • 07 3736 4400

St Lucia Gardens Apartments


Nearest to Brisbane City 

Royal on the Park

  • 152 Alice Street, Brisbane
  • 07 3221 3411

Chasely Apartment Hotel

  • 435 Coronation Drive, Auchenflower
  • 07 3371 4000


  • Buses: there are two main bus hubs on the UQ St Lucia Campus - UQ Lakes, and UQ Chancellor's Place.  If you are staying near St Lucia, you will arrive via Chancellor's Place on the 402, 411 or 412 bus.
  • Ferry:there is a ferry stop on the UQ St Lucia campus.
  • Train: the closest train station is Toowong; you will need to catch an additional taxi or a bus in order get to St Luica campus.
  • Taxi: if catching a taxi, inform the driver to take you drop you off on Campbell Road which follows on from Sir Fred Schonell Drive.

We would like to acknowledge our generous sponsors:

Sponsored by the School of Communication and Arts

The University of QueenslandCentre of Excellence History of EmotionsThe Asian Arts Society of Australia




University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus