Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
Minor Culture creates a space for inter-disciplinary dialogues around the study of place, identity and marginality, and addresses research on everyday cultural productions and media texts, cultural policy and discourses of sustainability, digital life and creative industries, and public cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. The conference also invites responses to the following questions:
- How are minor cultures inhabited? When do minor cultures become uninhabitable?
- Is the concept of minority still useful in explaining contemporary forms of cultural marginality?
- How do categories such as indigeneity and Aboriginality, gender and sexuality, class, disability, race and citizenship produce minoritising effects? How might these categories change when mobilised through governmental discourses, newsmedia, and everyday usage?
- Who narrates experiences of minoritisation? For whom are these narratives produced? How is minoritarianism articulated through film, music, television, literature, performance, and digital cultures?
- In what ways do practices of government and cultural policy shape relationships between local, national and transnational cultures? To what extent are legal regulations implicated in the formation of minoritarian practices?
- How do new minor or major cultural formations emerge? Through which means do political practices resist or intervene in these formations?
- Do minor cultures require novel theoretical tools or research methodologies? What do “experimental” approaches to cultural research look like? What alternative kinds of knowledge could such approaches make available?
- Is minority a humanist concept? What place could “majority” and “minority” have within post-anthropocentric thinking?
- And when do minor cultures cease to be minor?
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