Join us in person (or via Zoom) at the University of Melbourne on April 26 for a one-hour panel discussion surrounding the idea of cultural cringe. The concept was brought to life in a 1950 Meanjin essay by A A Phillips, who despaired of Australian cultural genuflection towards the British. To what cultures does contemporary Australia cringe, and for what reasons? What is the role of a literary culture in emboldening the national conversation?'
Meanjin editor Jonathan Green will host a panel of Australian writers, thinkers and commentators including Maxine Beneba Clarke, a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent, whose work includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, Declan Fry, essayist, critic, and proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta, Alice Pung, ward-winning writer, journalist and essayist and Dr Rachael Weaver, ARC Senior Research Fellow in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne.
This panel discussion will take place in the William McMahon Ball Theatre in the Old Arts building on Monday 26th April. You are invited to be part of our audience (limited capacity) - please email Chelsea Harris, email@example.com, if you wish to attend in person. Otherwise join us via Zoom!