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Unpacking the Cultural Cringe: An 80 Years of Meanjin Event


Event Date: 26 April 2021
Author / Presenters: Jonathan Green , Dr Rachael Weaver, Declan Fry, and Maxine Beneba Clarke

We're delighted to be hosting an in-person event at the University of Melbourne on Monday 26th April. Join us at 12pm 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 be joined by academic Dr Rachael Weaver, writer and critic Declan Fry, and author Maxine Beneba Clarke to explore Meanjin’s part in the formation of an Australian cultural identity.

The conversation will commence at 12pm AEDT at the William McMahon Ball theatre in the Old Arts Building at the University of Melbourne. The event will also be streamed via Zoom.

RSVP to attend in person, or register for the online webinar here:go.unimelb.edu.au/d32

This discussion forms part of a project celebrating 80 Years of Meanjin, drawing upon items and records held within Archives and Special Collections. We'll be presenting an online exhibition along with a short series of conversations exploring ideas from the 80-year history of Meanjin

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