The 10th biennial CSAA conference, Celebrating Australian China Scholarship, was held at Griffith University in Brisbane to celebrate the achievements of working
academics, writers and artists. More than 130 people from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong and China attended the conference. Most of them are academics and
postgraduate students from universities and research schools. Some I have met before when they visited the National Library as part of the Asia-Pacific Week program at the
ANU. I was surprised to know that there are so many people doing China related researches. They invariably rely heavily on the library information and services provided by
librarians like us.
The conference was officially opened around 6 p.m. on 27 June with the opening address entitled “Beijing Reoriented: an Olympic Undertaking”, by ANU Professor Geremie
Barme. The keynote address on 28 June, "Past and Present", was a joint presentation by Associate Professors John Makeham and Antonia Finnane. The presentation was mainly
to celebrate their achievements. John Makeham from ANU won the prestigious Joseph Levenson prize in 2005 for his book Transmitters and Creators: Commmentators and
Commentaries on the Analects (2003). Antonia Finnane from University of Melbourne won the same prize in 2006 with her book Speaking of Yangzhou: A Chinese City,
The last keynote address, “Visual Histories”, on the last day of 29 June, was again a joint presentation by two of Australia’s foremost artists and writers, Guan Wei
and Sang Ye. Guan Wei discussed a visual art installation on Zheng He’s voyages as part of the Great Wall Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Sang Ye’s presentation was
on a heritage project in China.
Apart form the opening and keynote addresses, there were six parallel panels in each of the 3 panel sessions every day. each panel session with three to four
presentations. Each panel session focused on a particular theme and they were all very interesting. I attended the following six panel sessions:
Editor's note: There will be more conference reports in the next newsletter. Watch this space!