Australian Studies in Conversation

“Australian Studies in Conversation” is an inter- and transdisciplinary interview series featuring prominent scholars and public intellectuals in the field of Australian Studies. It is intended as a resource for students, academics and the general public alike, and seeks to offer a meeting point with thinkers on and beyond their (published) work. Addressing both, (inter-)disciplinary questions as well as topics of broader concern regarding Australia and the world, this series offers points of departure for further critical and innovative thinking.

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In this interview, Bill Ashcroft talks about the state, recent transformations and future of post-colonial theory and studies. Identifying and introducing a number of key texts in the field, he also elaborates on the various interactions between post-colonial studies and other areas of research. Here, Ashcroft further offers a powerful argument for the continued importance of post-colonial criticism.

In this interview, Jamal Barnes (Edith Cowan University, Perth and The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle) talks about contemporary Australian (foreign) politics and offers thoughts on the importance of studying international relations in a globalized world. He also identifies a couple of key texts and studies in the field which may be of interest for students and other researchers in terms of an introduction.