2019 academic program announced

The program for the Academic stream of the 2019 HNSA conference is out now.

Running alongside the main program of the October conference on Sunday 27 October, the Academic stream features three panels of papers by scholars and postgraduate researchers.

See the academic program here.

It offers a deep dive into themes such as genre, war, gender, justice, and the ways in which acclaimed authors of historical novels write about the past. You can hear from conference guests who are also academics, such as Ali Alizadeh, Catherine Padmore, Gillian Polack and Kelly Gardiner; papers on fiction for children and young adults, on novels from Nigeria and Indonesia, on books about the world wars and Tudors and prehistory, novels about real people from the past, and much more.

Dr Ali Alizadeh
Dr Catherine Padmore

Whether you’re interested in scholarly takes on favourite books, thinking about taking up further study or research, want to dig a little deeper into how fiction works, or simply curious, you are welcome to join us.

If you’d like to know more about the papers and presenters, read the abstracts here.

The first HNSA conference featured one academic panel. The second conference featured two extremely popular sessions. So for 2019, we scheduled an entire day. We called for papers in March, and received more proposals than we could fit into one day. Thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts. Research into historical fiction is booming!

The program is free for any conference participants – you can come along to one session or all three.

Seating is limited, so make sure to book your spot. Some academic sessions at the last conference were booked out – don’t miss out.

The Academic stream is supported by Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre and La Trobe University.

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