Current Research

We welcome researchers and writers to partner with us to develop scholarship and creative work related to the following themes:

The Environment and/or the Region

  • The relationship between literature and the environment
  • Literary studies that connect with the tropical environment: reef, rainforest, dry and wet tropics
  • Place-based studies or place-making in literary practice
  • Climate and literature
  • The study or advancement of regional writers or regional writing communities
  • Literary ecologies in regional areas
  • Creative practice and the regions
  • Publishing histories and the regions
  • Regional literary histories and cultures
  • Studies of regional communities in literature
  • The impact of regional living on communities and individuals
  • Critical regionalism and bioregionalism
  • The aftermath of catastrophe or disaster in regional literature
  • The depiction of regional work, living, or industries
  • Migration, displacement, resettlement, and refugees and regional literature


  • Exploration of literary narratives that depict the impact of trauma on individuals or  communities
  • Investigation of how literature reflects or engages with the experiences of people dealing with illness, recovery, disability, caregiving, or health systems.
  • Analysis of literary works that address issues of human and social inequity, including but not limited to race, gender, socio-economic status.
  • The impact of AI or technology on humans, communities, or societies in literature
  • Analysis of adversity and resilience in literary works
  • The impact of societal norms, values, and historical events on the portrayal or experiences of wellbeing or in literature
  • Studies of how literature addresses issues of poverty, economic inequality, and social class that elucidate socioeconomic factors in wellbeing
  • Studies of ageism or issues as mortality, identity, and societal perceptions of the elderly in literature
  • Literature that focuses on issues of equity, equality, discrimination, or adversity in relation to  gender identity, sexual orientation, gender violence
  • Literature that focuses on acceptance, discrimination, and mental health
  • Literature that focuses on the impact of military service, the literature of veterans, or on building communities of resilience
  • Responses to disaster or catastrophe

First Nations Perspectives

  • Literature as a tool for decolonisation
  • Ways of teaching literature that are inclusive and foster cultural understanding.
  • Studies of how First Nations authors challenge and subvert colonial narratives, reclaim Indigenous voices, and resist cultural appropriation.
  • Studies of First Nations literature that acknowledge the impacts of colonisation, missions, and reserves, the stolen generation, forced relocation, and other historical injustices
  • Studies that embrace a diversity of First Nations’ contemporary perspectives
  • Studies that advance Indigenous literary criticism, the understanding of First Nations peoples and society through literature, and/or foster Indigenous storytelling
  • Studies of storytelling and research practices that adhere to ethical research practices, respecting the protocols and wishes of First Nations communities and individuals
  • Studies that foster understanding of the relationship between First Nations literature and the land and of sea country
  • Comparative Indigenous Studies and Literature