Coming to Terms, 30 Years On: The Mabo Legacy in Australian Writing

Constellation by Gail Mabo. © Gail Mabo/Copyright Agency, 2021

Welcome to the website for the 2022 ASAL Conference.

In the 30th anniversary of the landmark Mabo ruling, ASAL2022 will explore the impact of Mabo on Australian literature and literary culture, broadly defined. It will examine the roles that narrative, and other forms of writing, have played in mediating the Mabo legacy in all its complexity and ambiguity.

As this is the annual conference of ASAL, the program will also feature a stream showcasing new and emerging work in Australian literary studies in any aspect of the field, including pedagogy, publishing, and emerging writing. We warmly invite contributions from emerging and established scholars of Australian literature and from scholars and writers outside the academy who may offer vital perspectives on the public reach and cultural work of Australian literature.

The conference will be hosted by the College of Arts, Law and Education Centre at The University of Tasmania in nipaluna/Hobart from 4 to 8 July 2022.

Interested scholars are invited to read the call for papers for more information on the kind of papers we’re looking for.

As the date of the conference draws closer, we’ll update this site with more information on speakers and papers. Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest ASAL 2022 news.

We thank the Copyright Agency for permission to reproduce the image of Gail Mabo’s painting, Constellation. You can listen to Gail Mabo discuss her painting here

Constellation by Gail Mabo. © Gail Mabo/Copyright Agency, 2021

We acknowledge the palawa/pakana and Gadigal people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We honour their enduring culture and knowledges as vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and resilience of their communities, and to shaping a just, inclusive and equitable Australian society.