16th Biennial GASt Conference

Australian Perspectives on Migration

04.10.-06.10.2018, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Organizer: Dr. Katrin Althans

The 2018 biennial GASt conference will address cultural, social, historical, legal, and (geo)political issues related to the contemporary global challenge of migration and displacement - with more than 60 million displaced persons world-wide - from an Australian perspective.

The interrelation of these issues is apparent in the long history of migration on the Australian continent, from its earliest settlement to the colonial period, to the 20th and the 21st centuries. From its colonial beginnings the political, legal, social and cultural implications of migration have featured prominently in the formation of the Australian nation and its cultural "imaginary". This is evident in exclusionary politics during different periods of a White Australia Policy, and the forced detention of aliens from 1992 onwards. More recently, campaigns like the "Pacific Solution" or "Operation Sovereign Borders" foreground the necessity to reflect the situation of immigrants and refugees in Australia in a global context causing migrations for political, economic and climate-related reasons on an unprecedented increasing and accelerating scale.

This timely conference sets out to open a dialogue not only between different academic disciplines but also between Australia and Europe, given the fact that currently European politicians are discussing to learn from Australia's handling of refugees and migrants or are calling for a German Immigration Act.


Registration for the biennial GASt conference 2018, "Australian Perspectives on Migration", is now open until 23 September 2018!

GASt charges a conference fee:

  (Under)Graduate Students* Untenured or part-time Tenured and full-time

Early Bird (until 19 Aug. 2018)

€ 20 € 40 € 80
Standard (20 Aug. - 16 Sept. 2018) € 25 € 45 € 90
Late (from 17 Sept. 2018) € 25 € 50 € 100
Conference Dinner € 50 € 50 € 50

* Students (BA, MA, PhD) of Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf are exempt from the conference fees

GASt also hosts a conference dinner at Schwan Restaurant Pempelfort on the evening of 5 October 2018. The price of € 50 includes a three-course dinner with a vegan option for the main course (starter and dessert are also vegan) incl. a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages until 11 pm (drinks not included in the all-inclusive price, such as coffee or cocktails, and all drinks ordered after 11 pm have to be paid individually!).

Please download the registration form, fill it in, and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please then transfer the conference fee and, if applicable, the amount payable for the conference dinner to the following account before 17 September 2018, using the reference "Registration GASt 2018" and your name:

Gesellschaft für Australienstudien
VR Bank Tübingen eG
IBAN: DE90640618540007667000

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