Introduction: A Fragmented Stew of Themes and Issues

John Libbey & Company Pty
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Cultural Studies Review, 2008, 14 (1), pp. 11 - 18
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The essays collected in this special issue of the journal grew out of the Rethinking the Past: Experimental Histories in the Arts conference that took place at the University of Technology, Sydney in July 2006.1 Drawing together scholars from a broad range of fields, the aim of the conference was to rethink the task of historiography via an exploration of experimental representations of, and/or engagements with, the past in fields as diverse as film, photography, literature, theatre, fictocritical writing, video, and new media. Scholars at UTS have, for many years, experimented with alternative, unconventional ways of both writingand engaging withthe past and, in 1996 (in this journals previous incarnation as The UTS Review), Stephen Muecke and Meaghan Morris devoted a special issue to the topic entitled `Is An Experimental History Possible?
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