AUHE Report on the Impact of Journal Ranking Systems on the Discipline of English in Australia

Please note that the AUHE Report on the Impact of Journal Ranking Systems on the Discipline of English in Australia is available under the ‘Documents and Reports’ section in the website. Massive thanks to Maggie Nolan for leading this initiative and Agata Mrva-Montoya and Rebekah Ward for all their work too.

Announcement – Voss Prize Longlist

AUHE is delighted to tell you that the Voss Prize longlist has been announced:

  • Ahmad, Michael Mohammed, The Other Half of You (Hachette Australia)
  • Behrendt, Larissa, After Story (University of Queensland Press)
  • Bitto, Emily, Wild Abandon (Allen & Unwin) 
  • Brabon, Katherine, The Shut Ins (Allen & Unwin)
  • De Kretser, Michelle, Scary Monsters (Allen & Unwin)
  • Down, Jennifer, Bodies of Light (Text Publishing Company)
  • Friedman, Graeme, What the Boy Hears When the Girl Dreams (Booktopia Book Club)
  • Kent, Hannah, Devotion (Picador Pan Macmillan)
  • Johnson, Susan, From Where I Fell (Allen & Unwin)
  • Pung, Alice, One Hundred Days (Black Inc) 

Shortlist for the AUHE Prize in Literary Scholarship

AUHE is delighted to announce the shortlist for the AUHE Prize in Literary Scholarship. The shortlist is in alphabetical order:

  • Roger Osborne, The Life of Such is Life: A Cultural History of an Australian Classic (Sydney University Press, 2022)
  • Meg Samuelson, Claiming the City in South African Literature (Routledge, 2021)
  • Denise Varney, Patrick White’s Theatre: Australian Modernism on Stage, 1960-2018 (Sydney University Press, 2021)
  • Kim Wilkins, Beth Driscoll and Lisa Fletcher, Genre Worlds: Popular Fiction and Twenty-First Century Book Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2022)

The winner will be announced on Friday 2 December at the AUHE Annual General Meeting, which will be held in-person at Deakin Downtown and on Zoom.

Warm thanks to Chris Danta, Tanya Dalziell, and Paul Giles for judging this year’s prize.

English in Australia 58.2 (2023) – Call for Papers

English in Australia 58.2 (2023) –
‘Literary Studies & Literary Education’

Deadline for full manuscripts: February 28, 2023
Download the CfP here

In issue 55.2 of English in Australia, Kuttainen and Hansen (2020) discussed the complex connections between the worlds of secondary English and university English, acknowledging that “the two systems generally do not talk to each other” (p. 43), and emphasized the importance of structural support for the local, idiosyncratic interactions that take place across the ‘secondary-tertiary nexus’. In volume 58 we take up this call, offering the journal as a space for English educators in both secondary school and higher education contexts to speak to each other through research and scholarship.

This call is for papers in the areas of literary studies and literary education. We are
seeking relevant research on literary texts, as well as research about the teaching of literature, or on the positioning of literature within English studies (tertiary) and the English curriculum (secondary).

We especially welcome and encourage researchers and teachers to share findings and insights from the world of tertiary literary studies that might interest a teacher audience. This could be a paper on a literary work of interest or note, or a paper about what it’s like to teach English or literature studies at university. We also, as always welcome education researchers and teachers to share current scholarly work, which can be anything relating to ‘literary’ aspects of English.

All authors should frame their manuscripts in ways that are relevant to readers in the context of secondary education in Australia.

Manuscripts for this upcoming special issue are invited on the following topics:
● Studies of literary texts, or collections of texts.
● Australian literary studies
● Indigenous literary studies
● Learning and/or teaching literature in secondary or tertiary contexts
● Pedagogy/andragogy in literary studies
● Literary industries and cultures
● Curriculum and assessment in secondary or tertiary literary studies
● Position of literature within the broader English curriculum.

Scholarly papers of between 4000 and 8000 words (including references) should be submitted to

Guidelines for contributors and information about English in Australia can be found

All manuscripts are subject to double blind peer review.

Questions about this CFP can be directed to the following Editors:
Dr Kelli McGraw
Professor Philip Mead

Kuttainen, Victoria, and Hansen, Claire (2020). Making connections: Exploring the complexity of the secondary-tertiary nexus in English from the perspective of regional Australia. English in Australia, 55(2). 39-51.

2022 AUHE AGM Agenda

The Agenda for the 2022 AUHE Annual General Meeting, which will take place both in person and online on Friday 2 December from 9.30 to 4pm, is now available at the following link and on the relevant page.

It would be much appreciated if you could please indicate your attendance and RSVP by 11 November via email (please reply to the email you received on 3 November by Deborah Pike regarding the AGM).

AUHE Subscriptions

To all current AUHE Members and all those who are interested to subscribe:

Since the subscriptions have to align with the financial year, they will cover 1 July 2022-30 June 2023. Considering the continuous movement among Heads of English, if you would like to update your membership, please let us know.

We would also like to thank Rob Clarke for his marvellous job as Treasurer and to welcome Jessica Gildersleeve, who takes over from Rob. Good luck!

‘The Value of Literature’

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December 1, 2022
CHASS Congress of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, University of Melbourne

In recent times the value, or ‘value for money’ of research in Literary Studies has been openly questioned in levels of government and some parts of the media. So too, new modes of data collection and attempts to quantify research quality at individual universities and at national and international levels, are requiring those doing research into literature to carefully consider where they publish and the topics of research they address if they continue to publish or apply for grants at all. While Australia continues to produce works of literature of a high level and the status of creative writing itself is less openly questioned, the role and importance of literary scholarship and criticism and the teaching of literature at universities has come under significant pressure in the public sphere. Fewer column inches are available to consider the importance of literature in major news outlets, and far less funding for literary or scholarly journals is available through funding bodies. Literature and deliberation over its value, which so decisively shaped the social networks and intellectual character of the modern public sphere, is now noticeable by its absence.

Date and Location: December 1, Malaysian Theatre, The Glyn Davis Building, University of Melbourne
Webinar Link:



Anthony Uhlmann (WSU)
‘Ranking systems and understandings of value in relation to Literary Studies’
Suzie Gibson (CSU)
‘Literature and the question of “value”’
Robert Clarke (UTas)
‘By Association: Professing the Values of Literary Studies and the English Discipline’

11-11.30 Morning Tea


Hannan Lewsley (WSU)
‘The Novel as an Ecological Actor: A Reparative Poetics’
Angela Italiano (UWA)
‘From chaos to quests: the evolution of mental illness representation in coming-of-age fictional narratives’
Chris Conti (WSU)
‘Teaching the Value of Literature’

1-2pm Lunch


Andrew Dean (Deakin)
‘The Hole That We Dug?’
Joe Hughes (UMelb)
‘The Value of Critique’
Simone Murray (Monash)
‘Between Impressions and Data: Negotiating Value at the Literary Studies/Sociology Frontier’

3.30-4pm Afternoon Tea


Catriona Menzies-Pike (WSU)
‘Literary Goods and Services: Ten Years of Complaints about the Sydney Review of Books
Evelyn Araluen (Deakin)
‘Literature’s intervention in colonial patriarchy’

Lecturer in Literary Studies, Griffith University

Southport, Gold Coast QLD

Teaching – Tertiary, Other (Education & Training) – Full Time

$100137 – $118916 p.a. + 17% Superannuation 

About the Opportunity
The School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Literary Studies to contribute to teaching, research and service in the School.

Literary Studies at Griffith is a small but vibrant community with a thriving undergraduate program. Our staff teach and research across a range of fields, materials, and approaches: from Shakespeare to American Modernism; Australian literatures and Gothic cultures; and Victorian Studies and Poetry and poetics.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • teaching and convening courses in Literary Studies
  • developing undergraduate curriculum
  • supervising Honours and Higher Research Degree students
  • undertaking and publishing high-quality research within the discipline; and
  • making other valuable contributions to the life and culture of the School.

The School’s teaching activities are diverse: we deliver courses on campus, online and through Open Universities Australia (OUA).

This a full-time fixed term (until August 2025) position based at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus.

Closing date: Monday, 5 September 2022 at 5:00pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

For more information regarding the ideal candidate and how to apply, please click here.

AUHE Prize for
Literary Scholarship –
Previous Winners

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Paul Giles
The Planetary Clock: Antipodean Time and Spherical Postmodern Fictions
Oxford University Press
Read the 2021 Judges Report

Paul Sharrad
Thomas Keneally’s Career and the Literary Machine
Anthem Press, 2019
Read the 2020 Judges Report

Guy Davidson
Categorically Famous: Literary Celebrity and Sexual Liberation in 1960s America
Stanford University Press, 2019
Read the 2019 Judges Report

Ben Etherington
Literary Primitivism
Stanford University Press, 2017
Read the 2018 Judges Report

Elizabeth McMahon
Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination
Anthem Press, 2016
Read the 2017 Judges Report