AAALS

Conference

AAALS hosts an annual conference where members present their scholarly work on the subject of Australian and New Zealand literature and culture. The conference affords an opportunity for intellectual and social engagement with likeminded individuals from around the globe. In addition to the presentation of scholarly work, the conference features a keynote speaker and a reading by an Australian or New Zealand writer. Some particularly notable Australasian writers who have read at the AAALS conference include Peter Carey, Thomas Keneally, Kate Grenville, David Malouf, Nicholas Jose, Frank Moorhouse, Janette Turner Hospital, Mudrooroo, John Tranter, Lily Brett, John Kinsella, Geoffrey Dutton, Jeanine Leane, Fay Zwicky, Philip Hodgins, Alf Taylor, and Kevin Hart.

The 2017 AAALS conference will take place on Thursday, April 20, through Saturday, April 22, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The conference will be held on the Claflin University campus. An evening reception will be held on Thursday, April 20, and conference sessions will take place on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. The conference registration form, complete with details about costs, is now available. Conference attendees can fly into either of two airports, which are equidistant from Orangeburg: Charleston International Airport, which is the larger of the two airports and typically has more rental cars, or Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Blocks of rooms have been set aside in two conference hotels, which are right across the street from one another:

Comfort Inn & Suites
746 Citadel Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
Tel: +1 (803) 515-9700
Conference rate: $89.99 + tax available if booked via phone only before March 20
Group name: American Association of Australasian Literary Studies or AAALS

Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Orangeburg
118 Sleep Inn Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
Tel: +1 (803) 539-2900
Fax: +1 (803) 539-2930
Conference rate: $119.00 + tax available if booked via phone or Internet before March 20
Group name: Australasian Literary Studies or AAALS

The following is a list of past conference locations, with links to the relevant conference programs:

  • 2016 – Seattle, Washington
  • 2015 – Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2014 – Portland, Oregon
  • 2013 – Washington, D.C.
  • 2012 – Toronto, Ontario
  • 2011 – Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2010 – Washington, D.C.
  • 2009 – Calgary, Alberta
  • 2008 – Austin, Texas
  • 2007 – Washington, D.C.
  • 2006 – Montreal, Quebec
  • 2005 – Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2004 – New York City, New York
  • 2003 – Richmond, Virginia
  • 2002 – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2001 – Orlando, Florida
  • 2000 – New York City, New York
  • 1999 – Park City, Utah
  • 1998 – St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1997 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1996 – Arcata, California
  • 1995 – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1994 – Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 1993 – Austin, Texas
  • 1992 – Eugene, Oregon
  • 1991 – Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1990 – Winter Park, Florida
  • 1989 – Austin, Texas
  • 1988 – New York City, New York
  • 1987 – State College, Pennsylvania
  • 1986 – New York City, New York

The Wertheim Prize

Lydia Saleh Rofail and Lydia Heberling, 2016 Wertheim Prize Recipients

Lydia Saleh Rofail and Lydia Heberling, 2016 Wertheim Prize Recipients
(Photo by Per Henningsgaard)

The Wertheim Prize is awarded each year at the AAALS conference for the best paper by a graduate student. The following is a list of recent winners:

  • 2016 – Lydia Saleh Rofail, University of Sydney, and Lydia Heberling, University of Washington
  • 2015 – Belinda Burns, University of Queensland
  • 2014 – Matthew Israel Byrge, Middle Tennessee State University
  • 2013 – Shinjini Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University
  • 2012 – Marcia van Zeller, Curtin University
  • 2011 – Megan Terry, The University of Texas at Tyler
  • 2010 – Sarah Otto Marxhausen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Michael R. Griffiths, Rice University
  • 2009 – Esther Prokopienko, College of Saint Rose
  • 2008 – Terra Walston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2007 – Hilary Emmett, Cornell University
  • 2006 – Sean Scarisbrick, University of Buffalo
  • 2005 – Kevin Birmingham, Harvard University, and Nathanael O’Reilly, Western Michigan University
  • 2004 – Per Henningsgaard, Vassar College