On 30 October, amid the heritage listed architecture and graceful decor of University House, a panel of distinguished writers: Frank Moorhouse, Lenore Coltheart, Susan Mary Withycombe, Jaky Troy, Stephen Dovers and Chris Uhlmann, offered their reflections on how Canberra's history has, can be, or should be written from a range of viewpoints. Dr Nicholas Brown chaired the event and ensured that speakers kept within their allotted time thus allowing for audience input.Image chris uhlmann.jpeg Audio
Session One: 9:30-11:00
Redcoats transported: a social history of the military convicts transported to Australia 1788-1868
The annual History Colloquium, which is a gathering of scholars from northern and southern Australia in the Top End, took place in Darwin on 9 November 2013. Scholars based at either end of the country - Canberrans and Northern Territorians - from various institutions, once again shared in a feast of new ideas and common interests.
In the years following the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, Antarctic affairs developed in a direction not anticipated by its signatories. The 1959 Treaty was negotiated by twelve states to defuse and resolve conflicts over territorial sovereignty and permit peaceful scientific access to the continent. Instead of simply fulfilling and maintaining their original intentions, the Treaty parties slowly built an environmental regime.
On 30 October, amid the heritage listed architecture and graceful decor of University House, a panel of distinguished writers: Frank Moorhouse, Lenore Coltheart, Susan Mary Withycombe, Jaky Troy, Stephen Dovers and Chris Uhlmann, offered their reflections on how Canberra's history has, can be, or should be written from a range of viewpoints. Dr Nicholas Brown chaired the event and ensured that speakers kept within their allotted time thus allowing for audience input.
Dr Carolyn Strange, Deputy Head of the School of History, Graduate Director and Senior Fellow is the 2013 recipient of the New York State Archives' 'Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives'.
Eric Richards will talk about Pat Jalland’s career and the context of her times, especially relating to the lives of migratory historians in Australia and beyond.
Conventional wisdom and the historiography of John F. Kennedy’s presidency have deemed his leadership of Congress to have been a failure.
This paper is a study of the response of Paul Hasluck, the Minister for External Territories, and his Department to the growing crisis over West New Guinea in 1960. The paper is not another examination of Australia’s policy on Indonesia’s claim to West New Guinea in this era which has already been extensively covered by other historians. Rather it is an exploration of the fascinating solution that Hasluck and his Department proposed to the West New Guinea crisis.
---Independents’ Day: How independent grocers dominated the introduction of barcode, point-of-sale technology into Australian supermarkets
By examining two distinct but related national symbols – the Australian honours system, and the Australian of the Year award – this paper will explore what we are calling ‘the politics of national recognition’ in Australia from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Perhaps because of the current concern over global warming, recent scholarship has focused attention on early modern English understandings of the environment, especially climatic change and its apparent consequences for bodily health and somatic variation.
Two staff from the School of History are in the running for 2013 Victorian Community History Awards. Celebrated annually since 1999 and funded by the Victorian government, the awards recognise excellence in historical method. The range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats, with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.
Sam Furphy's Edward M Curr and the Tide of History and Tom Griffiths' Living With Fire: People, Nature and History in Steels Creek have both been shortlisted.
The School of History is delighted to congratulate Harriet Mercer, who is currently a PhB student in the School and working on an Honours thesis with Angela Woollacott, on being awarded the prestigious Max Kelly Medal by the History Council of NSW.
The ANU School of History is pleased to announce that it will host a group of Summer Scholars from 2 December 2013 to 31 January 2014. Successful applicants will be supervised by academic staff within the School of History.
Outstanding undergraduate students from Australia and New Zealand in their 3rd, 4th or Honours year of studies in History are encouraged to apply.
A History Summer Scholarship includes:
Long before the term ‘transnational’ became fashionable, historians were interested in transcending national historiographies and boundaries. More recently, many historians have used ‘transnational’ approaches, by examining the transfer of ideas, people, and goods from one nation to another.
While some critics have questioned the explanatory value of this historiographical trend, the term ‘transnational’ often appears as a buzzword with limited explanatory capacity.
Organisers: Frank Bongiorno, Marian Quartly and David Roberts
Speakers: Bain Attwood, Anne Coote, Ann Curthoys, Joy Damousi, Iain Davidson, Graeme Davison, Stephen Foster, Lisa Ford, Tom Griffiths, Grace Karskens, Marilyn Lake, Stuart Macintyre, Mark McKenna, Marian Quartly, David Roberts, Angela Woollacott and Alan Atkinson
The conference will be opened by Nicolas Rothwell.
Registration Fees (incl GST)
This paper arises from a project entitled “Indigenous People, the British Empire, and Self Government for the Australian Colonies”, conducted jointly by Jessie Mitchell and myself.