At the beginning of 2020, CASS was poised for another year of research and outreach. Our plans for first semester included ‘Let Me Tell You A Story About Israel’, a performance by Marcelo Svirsky, and a meet-and-greet session for our post-graduate students. Julia Martínez had been invited to speak at Cornell University and Columbia University. While those plans have been put on hold due to the pandemic, CASS members have continued to pursue exciting research projects.
Sharon Crozier De Rosa has taken up a National Library of Australia Fellowship; André Brett was awarded an Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship; Simon Ville and Claire Lowrie began work on new ARC discovery grants; and Lisa Slater was awarded two UOW Global Challenges grants as part of collaborative research teams.
The research successes of our post-graduate students include Tamara Cooper being awarded her doctorate in September and Renzhe Zhang passing his Research Proposal Review in October.
The CASS work-in-progress (WIP) group has continued without interruption. Following feedback at those sessions, two members had articles accepted in top-ranking international journals. In addition, Jane Carey’s co-edited special issue of Postcolonial Studies has come out.
In 2020 CASS also became part of the new Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH). Stay tuned for our 2021 plans!