This one day symposium proposes to commence the study of types and typology. It brings together key thinkers across the disciplines to ask how types have appeared in their work, what linguistic and socio-political function they perform and what implications they have for their respective methodologies. Are types a subject position or an identity-effect? Do they embody the complex interface between representation and identity? How do we make the distinction between consensual typing (e.g. Feminist) and imposed typing (e.g. Femocrat). Are types inherent to the performance – and creativity – of identity? Is it dangerous to think about such diverse demagoguery, from ‘Half-Caste’ to ‘Mod’, as performing a comparable linguistic function when they have such incomparable political effects?
Professor Ken Gelder, Professor of English in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.
Professor Ross Gibson, Professor of Contemporary Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Professor Paul James, Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity in the Globalism Research Centre and Director of the Global Cities Institute.
Professor Marilyn Lake, Professor of History, School of European and Historical Studies, La Trobe University.
Professor Meaghan Morris, Chair Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
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