Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill: Greek Cafés in Twentieth-Century Australia

New book announcement
Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill: Greek Cafés in Twentieth-Century Australia
Toni Risson

The Greek café is an Australian icon and a shared chapter in the histories of Greece and Australia. Bustling to the clatter of silver cutlery, the hiss of sizzling steaks, and the swoosh of soda fountains, Greek cafés, milk bars and fish shops like the Paragon Café in Katoomba and the Niagara Café in Gundagai were our great gathering places. They were open from 7am-11pm in nearly every town in Qld and NSW, and they helped generations of migrants become established in their adopted homeland. Continue reading

Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology, and Bodies

New book announcement
Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology, and Bodies (Routledge, 2012)
Tama Leaver, Curtin University


Artificial Culture is an examination of the articulation, construction, and representation of “the artificial” in contemporary popular cultural texts, with a focus on science fiction films and novels, but also addressing digital culture more broadly including analysis of Wikileaks, the Visible Human Project and the emergence of synthespians. Continue reading

Fan Phenomena – Call for Editors/Contributors

New book series from Intellect
Fan Phenomena
Call for Editors/Contributors

This new series is prompted by a growing appetite for books that tap into the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates their way into the public consciousness. We will look at particular examples of ‘fan culture’ and approach the subject in an accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of these fascinating – and often unusual – ‘universes’. Continue reading