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Pacific Paratexts
7-8 November 2020
Meiji University

An interdisciplinary symposium exploring paratexts in writing from and about the Pacific

Call for Papers (due 1 May 2020)

Funded by JSPS Kakenhi Grant (No. 19K00446) 

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Emeritus Professor, University of Kent

Rod Edmond is a well-known academic and writer, whose work has been focused on Victorian and Postcolonial writing and the history and literature of Empire. His books include "Affairs of the Hearth: Victorian Poetry and Domestic Narrative" (1988), "Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin" (1997), "Leprosy and Empire: A Medical and Cultural History" (2006) and "Migrations: Journeys in Time and Place" (2013).

Rod is a recipient of several awards, including the Leverhulme Research Fellowship, Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for Imperial History and Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Research Fellowship.

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Associate Professor, The University of Queensland

Anna Johnston has published widely in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies, focussing on literary and cultural history: her books include “The Paper War: Morality, Print Culture, and Power in Colonial New South Wales” (UWA Press 2011); “Travelling Home, Walkabout Magazine and Mid-Twentieth-Century Australia” (with Mitchell Rolls, Anthem 2016); “Missionary Writing and Empire, 1800-1860” (Cambridge 2003); and her new edited collection “Eliza Hamilton Dunlop: Writing from the Colonial Frontier” (with Elizabeth Webby, Sydney University Press, in press). She has particular interests in settler colonialism, travel writing, and missionary writing and empire. Anna worked at the University of Tasmania, where she was Director of the Centre for Colonialism and Its Aftermath (2013-16), and she is now Deputy Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Queensland. Her previous roles include an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship (2007-14); an ARC Future Fellowship (2014-19); and Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo (2014-15).

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Associate Professor, Meiji University

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