Seminar Series

Melissa Lucashenko and Sandra Phillips

Melissa Lucashenko in conversation with Associate Professor Sandra Phillips. Credit: Sally Tsoutas

Hybrid Seminar Series 2024

The Writing and Society Research Centre seminar series, continues in 2024 in a hybrid format.  We welcome in-person seminar attendance at our Parramatta City campus and online attendance continues via Zoom.

All seminars will be held on Friday mornings, 11am-12:30pm, at the Parramatta City campus, Peter Shergold Building, Level 9.

Our seminars are free and all are welcome to join. If you want to come along to one of our seminars simply RSVP to for in person attendance, or register via the Zoom link below for online attendance.

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Our Next Seminar: George Haddad and Luke Carman, 'On Masculinities'

Even pluralised and deployed in disavowal of its toxic associations, masculinity remains a dirty word for some. As Washington Post columnist Christine Emba noted in July 2023, there is an understandable temptation to ‘erase references to masculinity’ from contemporary progressive discourse.

Out of this cultural climate of antipathy and anxiety about all things masculine-tainted, there seems to be a steadily growing interest in encouraging male authors to directly discuss the complexities of masculinity in their work. In this seminar, George Haddad and Luke Carman - whose publications offer snapshots of the multiplicitous nature of men in Australian society - will consider some fundamental questions: can literature offer alternative understandings of masculinities? Do male writers have a particular responsibility for these representations? Does a focus on gendered identities detract from more essential conversations? The writers invite you to join them for a discussion on these questions, as they unpack how masculinities are represented in their writing to date, and how these representations may shape their future contributions.

DATE: Friday 19 April, chaired by Felicity Castagna

TIME: 11am  to 12:30pm

VENUE: Level 9, Conference room 4 in the WSU Peter Shergold building, 169 Macquarie St Parramatta

IN PERSON attendance, morning tea provided: please rsvp to Suzanne Gapps,

ONLINE Zoom registrations:

All welcome!


GEORGE HADDAD is an award-winning writer, artist and academic practising on Gadigal land. His novella, Populate and Perish, was the winner of the 2016 Viva La Novella competition and his short story K├ítharsis was awarded the 2018 Neilma Sidney Prize. George’s novel, Losing Face, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Small Press Network’s Book of the Year, and The Readings Prize. In 2023 he was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. He is a lecturer at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University.  George’s text, sound, performance and installation based art has been exhibited at Firstdraft, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, ReadingRoom and Metro Arts.

LUKE CARMAN is a fiction writer, essayist and academic. He is known for his collection of semi-autobiographical stories, An Elegant Young Man. The stories are set in Liverpool, Australia, a suburb outside Sydney. He has been called a post-grunge lit writer, a reference to an Australian literary genre from the 2000s which emerged following the 1990s grunge lit genre.
His first book, An Elegant Young Man, won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing. The book is a collection of inter-linked, semi-autobiographical short stories. Intimate Antipathies, a collection of Luke's essays on the ordinary madness of the writing life, was published in July 2019 by Giramondo and An Ordinary Ecstasy, a new collection of short stories, was published by Giramondo in July 2022. He has published in HEATThe Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, MeanjinSoutherly,  and Cultural Studies Review. Luke is now an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Western Sydney University and is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre.

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