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From Cold War to Hot Planet: 50 years of Arena’s contribution to Australia

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From Cold War to Hot Planet: 50 years of Arena’s contribution to Australia Cultural and Political Life

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2013 marks Arena’s 50th birthday. The symposium, "From Cold War to Hot Planet" celebrates Arena’s contribution to Australian cultural and political life. With specially invited participants and speakers, this symposium will reflect on Arena’s history and the Australian (and world) context that has shaped its work. Each decade since the first Arena was published has had a distinct flavour, with the core issues of the time preoccupying Arena editors and writers.

The symposium's title, "From Cold War to Hot Planet," reflects the shifting times: from the Cold War and emerging New Left of the 60s to the social movements and Whitlamism of the 70s, the transformation of the university and ferment around theory and postmodernism in the 80s, to globalisation and neo-liberalism in the 90s and the New World Order and environmental crisis today.

Keynote speakers: Raewyn Connell and Humphrey McQueen

Speakers: Jon Altman, Judith Brett, Verity Burgmann, Alison Caddick, Justin Clemens, Simon Cooper, Ann Curthoys, John Docker, John Hinkson, Melinda Hinkson, Paul James, Beryl Langer, Race Mathews, Lorraine Mortimer, Geoff Sharp, Nonie Sharp, Richard Tanter, John Wiseman, Doug White.

This symposium is co-hosted by the Australian Centre and by Arena publications.

The Australian Centre and Arena gratefully acknowledge the support of the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Friday, 15 November 2013 | 9.00am - 5.30pm 

Linkway Meeting Room
4th Floor, John Medley Building
The University of Melbourne

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Contact The Australian Centre at or 9035 5280.



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