Aboriginal people make history largely outside the academies. Yet much of Australia’s ‘official and public history’ is produced and disseminated through academic institutions and has often excluded or misrepresented Aboriginal history and experience.
In Edward M Curr and the Tide of History, Dr Samuel Furphy from the School of History at ANU looks at the life and legacy of a prominent figure in the history of the Colony of Victoria. Edward M Curr was a pastoralist, horse trader, stock inspector, Aboriginal administrator, author and ethnologist. He rose to a senior position the public service and authored several influential books and essays. his is best remembered for his nostalgic memoir, Recollections of Swuatting in Victoria (1883), which has become a standard historical source.Image edward m curr_furphy.jpg
Because New Zealand had no Charles Bean, its WWI ‘official’ war histories were small in number and low in quality. Historians are still playing catch-up – or so they say.
This talk is in two parts. The first examines the changing ways in which generations of New Zealand historians, novelists and monument-makers portrayed or remembered the war.
A free symposium for staff and students at ANU and other Australian scholars working in the field of war art is to be held at ANU in 2014.
More than ten years after his death, historians continue to honour the contributions of Professor Allan Martin (1926-2002) through the annual Allan Martin Public Lecture which is delivered each year by a distinguished scholar whose work is relevant to Allan's intellectual, institutional and social interests.Image doug intro.jpg
In the newly published Progressives at War Dr Douglas B Craig, School of History, examines the careers of two prominent American public figures, Newton Diehl Baker and William Gibbs McAdoo, whose lives spanned the era between the Civil War and World War II. He points out similarities and differences in their backgrounds, political activities, professional careers, and family lives. In Dr Craig's words: "A dual biographyImage doug.jpg
Dr Martin Thomas, ARC Future Fellow with the School of History will participate in a seminar in Katoomba on Friday 10 May to mark the bicentenary of a 17 day walk which by the turn of the twentieth century came to be regarded as one of the most significant events in Australia’s European history? read moreImage martin thomas.jpg
Paul Arthur will be visiting professor and Dr R. Marika Chair of Australian Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany from October 2013. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the position encourages research travel within Europe and building of links between Australia and Europe for a period of up to six months. Paul will teach courses on Australian literature and history as well as on digital history and digital humanities.
Dr Malcolm Allbrook, a researcher in the School of History at the Australian National University has described the new book Never Stand Still by prominent Kimberley Elder John Darraga Watson as a collaborative life writing project. Dr Allbrook is editor of the book which also features the striking images of award winning photographer Liz Thompson.
Congratulations to Valerie Cooms, who has been appointed as a full-time member of the Native Title Tribunal, Queensland.
A student of ACIH and the School of History who was supervised by Ann McGrath, Valerie's thesis examined Aboriginal policy in Queensland. She is due to graduate as a Doctor of Philosophy in July this year. Her thesis is entitled: FREE THE BLACKS AND SMASH THE ACT! Aboriginal Policy and Resistance in Queensland between 1965 and 1975.
Chair: Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, DVC (Academic), ANU
Cookbooks are an ideal medium through which to chart many of the transformations occurring in Australian society. They were a ubiquitous presence in almost every Australian home from the earliest days of European settlement. These humble recipe books, however, embodied more than food and domestic culture they also mirrored many other aspects of the society that produced them.
School of History PhD student, Chris Wallace, has an essay entitled Standing up to P, stop splashing about and make some waves in the Griffith Review's April Edition: Women and Power.
HIGH TREASON, NO TRIFLE: THE EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF ARTHUR LYNCH (1861-1934)
On Friday May 24 2013, Frank Bongiorno, Associate Professor with the School of History and author of The Sex Lives of Australians will join Naomi Wolf, Benjamin Law and Faramerz Dabhoiwala at the Sydney Writers Festival as they talk all things sex with ABC Radio National's Natasha Mitchell.
Italy is currently in the news for its political and economic crisis. Often dismissed as a beautiful holiday destination inhabited by inefficient, lazy, and corrupt people, Italy has one of the most fascinating histories of any country. In 1860/61, the Italian nation state was created, bringing together people who previously had little in common. What Italy means has been a constant feature of Italian history ever since.
The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC has launched an exciting initiative of the 'Deepening Histories of Place' ARC funded Linkage Project.