RANZ Conference

2nd Biennial International Conference on Redefining Australia and New Zealand: Changes, Innovations, Reversals: Warsaw, 16-17 September 2019


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This conference will be taking place at the Faculty of Modern Languages building, University of Warsaw

The purpose of our conference is to consolidate research groups in the field of Australian and New Zealand Studies, and to promote the culture of Australia and New Zealand in Europe. For our Warsaw conference, which will be followed by a publication, we aim to bring together scholars representing a variety of disciplines including history, political science, law, sociology, literary studies, film studies, linguistics in order to achieve a truly interdisciplinary perspective on Australia and New Zealand past and present; we would also be interested in hosting authors and artists who could offer us unique insights into the cultures of the Australasian region.

We invite papers on topics connected with, but not limited to, the exploration of Australian and New Zealand identities in a wide range of cultural texts, such as film, theatre, architecture, visual arts and media, including the social media and advertising. Based on notions of heterotopia and thirdspace, the proposals may address issues related to spaces of representation as “the terrain for the generation of ‘counterspaces,’ spaces of resistance to the dominant order arising precisely from their subordinate, peripheral or marginalized positioning” (Soja 1996, 68). Hence, the proposed papers may discuss power relations that affect both the construction and the representation of gender, ethnic and class identities in a variety of contexts. Referring to Benedict Anderson’s notion of “imagined communities,” the proposals may also explore the importance of history and geography in the process of creating Australian and New Zealand identities.

The scope of themes may address (but is not limited to):

• History (Innovative Perspectives on Australia’s and New Zealand’s Past)

• The ANZAC ‘Myth’ (De-Re-Constructions of Australia’s and New Zealand’s Participation in the Great War, the Second World War, and Post-1945 Military Conflicts)

• Race and the Nation (Indigenous Peoples in Colonial versus Post-Colonial Perspectives on Australia and New Zealand in Past and Contemporary Cultures)

• Multiculturalism (Inclusion versus “Otherness” in Australia and New Zealand of the ‘Here and Now’)

• Gender (‘Feminising’ the Past and Present of Australia and New Zealand; the Politics of  Constructing National ‘Masculinities’; the Female versus the Male Body)

• Environment (The Ideology of Landscape: Australia and New Zealand from Ecocritical Perspectives)

• Linguistics (The Epistemology and Ideology of Language – Dialect/Discourse in the Australian and New Zealand National Contexts)

• Culture (Popularizing/Re-Thinking Australia and New Zealand in Literature, Film, Internet – Genres, Forms, Medias)

• Critical Theory (The Influence of Contemporary Thinking on Our Understanding of Australia’s and New Zealand’s Past and Present)

• Contemporary Politics and Geopolitical Challenges (Australia’s and New Zealand’s Present and Future)


Keynote Speakers: 

Prof. Dr. Ian Conrich, University of Vienna, Austria

Prof. Dr. Beate Neumeier, University of Cologne, Germany

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Full conference programme:

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Book of abstracts:

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Selected texts by conference contributors will be published 2020.



The language of the conference is English. Accepted conference participants will be given twenty minutes for their presentation, with an additional ten minutes for discussion. We ask for proposals up to 300 words. We would also ask for a biographical note, no longer than a 100 words, including your professional affiliation, title, publications.



All submissions should be sent to Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż (m.a.sokolowska-paryz@uw.edu.pl) and Anna Wojtyś (a.wojtys@uw.edu.pl).


Deadline for proposals:

1 March 2019

Confirmation of accepted participants will be sent by 15 March 2019


Conference fees:

Early Bird Registration 15 April – 15 May 2019: PLN450 or €115

Ph.D. Students: PLN 350 or €75

Regular Registration Fee 16 May – 15 July 2019   PLN 500 €125

Ph.D. students: PLN 400 or €100

The full fee includes the cost of all tea/coffee breaks, lunch, and conference materials. The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs. 


Before making a Conference fee payment please register using this link. Then make your payment using the data below.


How to pay your Conference fee:

Please pay your fee by bank transfer.

Account number for bank payments made within Poland: 15 1160 2202 0000 0000 6232 5750 
Account number for international bank payments: Bank Millennium SA PL 64 1160 2202 0000 0000 6084 9207 SWIFT: BIGBPLPWXXX

Please identify your payment as RANZ 2019, YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME


Where to stay in Warsaw

Warsaw is a European capital with a modern hotel base and accommodation options for every budget. We've selected some recommendations ranging from fabulous to functional (see here) but you can easily find others on websites like Booking.com or Airbnb.com.  


Conference Organizers (Institute of English Studies):

Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż
Anna Wojtyś
Przemysław Uściński
Katarzyna Kociołek
Piotr Szymczak
Anna Orzechowska
Maria Piątkowska
Andrzej Księżopolski
Anita Chmielewska
Maja Gajek
Michał Szczepanik

We are happy to announce that the RANZ conference has been endorsed by Her Excellency the Ambassador of New Zealand to Poland, Ms. Mary Thurston.

We are happy to announce that the RANZ conference has been endorsed by His Excellency the Ambassador of Australia to Poland, Mr. Paul Wojciechowski.