>Pimping: Peril, and the good kinds of committees

>Oooh, can’t wait for the stats on this entry and what kind of search terms folks put in to arrive here…

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REMINDER – Call for Submissions – Peril #7 – “Fashion Fetish”

‘Fashion Fetish’ is the theme for Peril Issue 7! Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion on fashion and fads. Is it, as Bowie says, big, bland, loud and tasteless? Or is it the realm of risk-takers and visionaries? Do you follow or buck trends? Is Oriental in (yet again) this year? Are we talking clothes or cultures?

Below are some prompts that we hope are only the start of what you might do with the theme:

* (Un)healthy obsessions
* ‘So hot right now’ – lure or deterrent?
* Extreme fashion
* Fashion, culture and identity – who or what does it say you are?
* What’s class got to do with it?

Let’s see and hear what you think about ‘Fashion Fetish’ – write, create, draw, compose, collaborate! We accept submissions of any kind of text, sound or visual art, as long as it can be presented online (e.g. essays, blog entries, reflections, poetry, fiction, memoir, spoken word tracks, photos, etc.). Text limit is 1000 words, preferably submitted in .txt format.

We are fortunate enough to have two issues sponsored by the Australia Council this year, and will be paying contributors for Issues 7 and 8. Issue 8’s theme will be “Why are people so unkind?”

The deadline for Issue 7 material is March 31 2009, to be published online by May 2009. This issue will be launched at the Sydney Writers Festival by Annette Shun Wah (full details forthcoming).

Please send your submissions and queries to peril@asianaustralian.org

Check us out at http://www.peril.com.au

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If you didn’t already know, I’m one of the editorial advisors on Peril (and if you don’t know what Peril is, go HERE and check it out for heaven’s sake). It was established in 2006, the same year that AASRN officially came into being, so that was a rather smashing year for Asian Australian culture and scholarship.

We just had our second board meeting on the weekend and, as always, I come away from those (and our editorial get-togethers) inspired and hepped up to do more. Hence, the spamming of my networks with Peril material today, as well as this post. I like working with this editorial team a lot. One of them, who had a baby less than a month ago, was at the meeting – I was so impressed, as I wasn’t able to contemplate facing the professional outside world for quite a few months after I had E.

I have three editorial teams I work with now. Two of them I really love and find stimulating, fun and constructive. The third is very new so I haven’t got as much of a feel for it yet; it’s also a group that’s much larger and more articulated so I haven’t seen all of them in one room as yet (and not sure if this will be something that ever happens).

I’ve also attended an ACSANZ meeting recently, our first of two for the year. Seeing as I’ll be on mat.leave for the latter part of 2009, I won’t be seeing them again till late 2010. I was on this committee for many years, from when I was a PhD student. I took a break from it for a couple of years and re-joined in 2008. One of the things I like best about it is the range and calibre of people I’ve had to work with. Right now, I have a few buddies who happen to be Can.Studs folk, and that kind of bond on a committee is great. Because I’ve worked with many of the current committee members before, there’s a sense of collegiality and support that isn’t quite there when you join a group ‘cold.’ Knowing the strategies and personalities of various people also helps a lot in the necessary maneuvering during tricky discussions. I like being part of larger organisations that still feel ‘cosy,’ and this one, with its connections to the Canadian High Commission in Canberra and the govt and international association in Ottawa, has added perks and heightened interest. I remember going to a 3-course lunch at the house of the Canadian consul (I think that’s what his title was…), and feeling totally out of my depth. I’m not au fait with diplomatic chit-chat and embassy-level etiquette.

I feel disappointed at times that I don’t currently have a focused Canadian component to my research (it’s almost all Oz focused, with the ARC project broadening it to include USA perspectives). While I enjoy the committee and association, the networks and events aren’t really feeding my work at all for the moment.

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