Faced with an unprecedented threat to national security during the Second World War, the Commonwealth government assumed extraordinary powers. These extended beyond the military effort to the measures required to equip and sustain it: there were unprecedented controls over capital and labour, investment and consumption. In return for the discipline and denial demanded of civilians, the government embarked on an ambitious scheme of economic and social reconstruction.
ANU Open day will give you the opportunity to discover the undergraduate and postgraduate study options available through the School of History. You'll also have the chance to take a look around the campus and learn what ANU has to offer more broadly.
Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno and Professor Ann McGrath were shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Premier's History awards.
ANU students in the Highly Commended category for History in the International Undergraduate Awards program
Two of our past and current Honours students, Geraldine Fela and Emily Gallagher, have been placed in the Highly Commended category for History in the International Undergraduate Awards program, convened in Ireland: they are in the top 10 per cent of applicants, from whom an overall winner will be announced on the 6th of September.Image UndergradAwards.jpg
School of History Seminar Week 6: Picturing Democracy: Telling the Story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Electoral Education
Peter Mares, Not Quite Australian: How Temporary Migration is Changing the Nation in conversation with Frank Bongiorno
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:00pm – 7:00pm (18:00 – 19:00)
Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.
ANU School of History's Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno will be speaking at The Public Life of History, presented by the School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
Thursday 18 August 6:00pm – 7.30pm (light refreshments from 6:00pm to 6:30pm)
The Trial of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson: New Zealand’s Colonial Justice and Indigenous Resistance in 1930s Sāmoa
This is a seminar about the extraordinary 1933–1934 trial of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson in Apia. The trial was the culmination of a harsh campaign of exile and public disgrace waged against the Sāmoan nationalist leader by conservative New Zealand governments since 1926. The government assumed Ta’isi’s trial would be quick and surgical.
2016 Allan Martin Public Lecture: Child refugees and Australian internationalism: past, present, future
The 2016 Allan Martin Lecture was presented by Professor Joy Damousi on Tuesday the 3rd of May in the Coombs Lecture Theatre at the Australian Natiuonal University.
This lecture is available to be viewed through the ANU College of Arts annd Social Sciences Soundcloud account.
Dr Alexis Bergantz, Dr Brett Goodin, Dr Selena Williams, Dr Kim Doyle, and Dr Anne Rees have successfully completed their PhD's through the School of History.
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School of History Seminar Week 3: Closed Stranger Adoption and Māori (1955–1985): Violence, Sex, and Race
Stephen Wilks will talk about his researches into the remarkable but little studied Earle Christmas Grafton Page – Country Party leader, Treasurer, Prime Minister and perhaps the most extraordinary visionary to hold high public office in the Australian Commonwealth. Page’s incessant activism in issues of regionalism, new states, hydro-electricity, economic planning, co-operative federalism and rural universities make him a vehicle for studying the place in Australian history of ideas and ambitions for national development – ‘developmentalism’.
School of History Seminar Week 2: Haunting Biology: The Scientific Collection of Blood and Bones in Indigenous Australia
One Canberra night in 2009, an Aboriginal poet was haunted by a dead comparative anatomist who cut through her body with a scalpel. This article takes a leap of faith to consider this not as a freak event but as a reflection of the general condition of scientific research involving Indigenous people in Australia, and perhaps in other places. Kevin Hetherington’s (2004) analysis of the first and second burial of animate and inanimate objects argues that interrupting a second burial can lead to haunting.
Stephen Yablo is David W. Skinner Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge USA. He has written important work on philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophical logic. This 2-day workshop brings together local and international speakers, celebrating different aspects of Yablo's work, and features a presentation by Yablo himself.
Wednesday 20 July 2016 4:15–5:30pm
School of History Seminar Series
Speaker: Paul Spickard, University of California, Santa Barbara
McDonald Room, Menzies Library, ANU
It is common in academic circles to assert that racial and ethnic identities are socially constructed entities. This masterclass will offer students tools for examining how those identities are in fact constructed. It will explore the history of racial thinking, examine how modern racial ideas came to be, and think about how different racial and ethnic systems operate in different parts of the world. In particular, it will explore the rise in the last quarter century of the idea of racial mixedness and contemplate that idea's impact on our ideas about race. Final
The Humanities Research Centre invites registrations for its conference ‘History and Authority: Political Vocabularies of the Modern Age’. The conference will be held from the 27th - 29th July, 2016 at the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.