CFP: Aviation Cultures Mk.V

Aviation Cultures Mk.V conference


Aviation Cultures Mk.V is an online conference for researchers, practitioners and curators to come together to share their knowledge of and ideas about aviation, and its place in history and society. The conference will take place online between 25 and 28 March 2021 and will align with the centenaries of the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian civil aviation, though we welcome papers relating to any place or period. For more information, see

We are now asking for submission of abstracts for papers from participants from academia, the aviation industry and the wider community on the following themes:

• Commemorating the centenaries of the RAAF and civil aviation in Australia: International & local perspectives on the civil & military aviation symbiosis
• Aviation Identities: Finding diversity; cultures; mentalities
• Help from Above: Search & rescue; aerial fire-fighting; aeromedical evacuation and
disaster response
• Launching Places: Airports and airplaces
• Aviation Pop Culture: Air displays; art and advertising; music; film
• Aviation Collections: Aeronautical heritage; museums; restoration and artefacts; vintage aircraft operation

Papers can be delivered as videos, slides, or text. Videos should not be longer than 20 minutes; papers should consist of not more than 25 PowerPoint slides, or 2,500 words. Panel members need to be able to present their work and interact with the conference and audience live over the Internet, in Australian daylight hours. A fast stable connection, web camera and audio are minimum requirements. Technical advice and support for presenters will be available closer to the conference. There will also be a ‘Blitz’ talks session, and an ‘Object in 5 Minutes’ session. These talks will allow speakers to rapidly highlight new ideas, current research or local collections. They will be 5 minutes long with no more than 5 slides, and no question time.

Please nominate in your abstract whether you are applying for a standard, Blitz or Object talk. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Proposals for standard and Object in 5 Minutes sessions must address the conference themes, and abstracts for standard presentations should nominate the applicable session. Blitz abstracts do not need to address our themes. A 1-page presenter CV and, if desired, a photograph should accompany each abstract.

Please submit your abstract and CV to Submissions are due by Friday 15 January 2021, with decisions notified by late January. Some abstracts for standard presentations may be accepted as Blitz talks only.

Brett Holman, on behalf of Aviation Cultures Mk.V Core Committee

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