Welcome to the weekly newsletter… Be sure to get your publications, call for papers, announcements and events to me (Anna) by COB Wednesday for publication on Friday.
We now have an “in-person” option available at Waurn Ponds and Burwood! Check your Outlook invitation for the room details but be aware that in-person places are limited.
Next week we will have a seminar by Victoria Stead – Colonial Returns: Reckonings with a Shared Past in the Oro Province War Tourism Industry.
On 26th May we will have Ellen Gray with her seminar – Australia, K. C. O. Shann and the UN Special Committee on the Problem of Hungary.
And on 2nd June we will have a seminar in conjunction with the Climate Change Communication and Narratives Network, presented by NAJ Taylor – Locating Australia’s nuclear archive: politics, culture, philosophy
This week on APH Benjamin Jones reviews A Century of Compulsory Voting in Australia: Genesis, Impact and Future.
Klaus Neumann has a new piece in Inside Story – In the shadow of heroes. The centenary of the birth of Sophie Scholl, the Munich student executed in 1943, prompts reflections on the legacy of Germany’s anti-Nazi resistance.
We are delighted to welcome a new affiliate member to the group – Nathaniel L Moir. Nate is an Ernest May Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Nate studies the history of modern Southeast Asia and Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Policy. Welcome Nate!
New Book Contract
Carolyn Holbrook, David Lowe and Lyndon Megarrity (books editor at APH and Adjunct Lecturer, James Cook University) have signed a contract to edit a book tentatively titled Lessons from History: How the Past Can Help Us Solve Our Biggest Problems. With a stellar list of contributors, the book will inject historical insight into the centre of the most pressing policy debates in contemporary Australia, including wealth inequality, national security, climate change, energy policy, family violence, and the post-pandemic future of our cities. Lessons from History will encourage readers to incorporate historical consciousness into their understanding of policy challenges.
The book anticipates a growing movement in academic history towards applying historical expertise directly to the social, environmental, economic and political issues we face as a nation. Lessons from History challenges the short-termism, historical amnesia and reliance on the expertise of corporate consultancies that characterise contemporary debates about crucial policy issues. We expect the book, which complements our work at Australian Policy and History, to be published in the first half of next year.
Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Four Paul Bourke Award recipients are selected each year by members of the Academy’s Panel Committees, on the basis of excellence in scholarly publication, academic prizes, presentation at leading conferences and contribution to public policy. Nominations due 31 August 2021.
Patrick Wolfe Early Career Researcher Conference Bursary
The second round of the Patrick Wolfe Bursary is now open. This award has generously been extended to two recipients, assisting early career researchers to participate in the AHA annual conference. The prize honours the career of Dr Patrick Wolfe (1949-2016), an eminent historian and forerunner in the field of settler colonial studies. This award is designed to extend Patrick’s legacy and support early career researchers to participate in the AHA Conference. The bursary will cover conference registration and attendance at the conference dinner. Applications due 15 June 2021 . Further information.
AHA Postgraduate Travel and Writing Conference Bursaries
The Australian Historical Association is offering four travel and writing bursaries linked to the 2021 AHA annual conference. The bursaries are intended to encourage and support emerging historians who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. The bursary provides financial assistance as well as workshops and mentoring to turn their conference paper into a journal article.
Applications close 15 June 2021. Further information.
AHA/Honest History Conference 2021 Secondary School Teacher Scholarship
The AHA/Honest History: AHA Conference Teacher Scholarship is being offered for another year. The Scholarship supports a History teacher to attend the annual AHA Conference to promote engagement between History teachers and the broader historical community. Funding for this scheme is made possible by a generous donation from Honest History which supports balanced and honest history writing in Australia. The scholarship, valued at $400, provides financial assistance to facilitate attendance at the conference. The money is to be used towards assisting with registration costs, travel and accommodation. Applications due 15 June 2021 . Further information .
AHA History Graduates Survey
Do you have an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in history or related field? Then the AHA wants you to take their survey! They are hoping to capture the diverse experiences of as many history graduates as possible so please circulate the link below to your networks. The survey is open from 1 March to 30 June 2021.
Call for Paper Reminders
Pacific Histories Association Conference, University of South Pacific, Suva
17 – 20 November 2021
Individual paper proposals for the 2021 PHA Biennial conference, ‘In Their Own Words’ are now open. Given the uncertainty of the global COVID-19 situation, we are preparing to host a combined face-to-face/online conference so that those who are unable to travel to Fiji can participate. Please note that sessions will not be recorded and only papers presented in person (face-to-face or online) will be accepted. More details here.
Transformation of (Post-)Communist Memory. Renaming Public Spaces and Redefining Monuments in Germany and Poland since 1990
The workshop examines how the symbolic and material legacy of communism in Germany and Poland is dealt with in terms of memory, history politics and critically reappraising the socialist past. By historizing and comparing debates, case studies and societal implications, a contribution to the understanding of the transformation processes in Europe since 1990 is sought. More information can be found here. Abstracts due 17 May 2021.
United Nations and Korean War (1950-1953): Politics, War and Peace
21-24 October 2021
The Institute for Korean Unification (IKU), Pusan National University is hosting an international conference on the United Nations and the Korean War. This conference is to explore the involvement of the United Nations for ‘the Forgotten War.’ The theme can be analysed in a multidisciplinary approach of history, politics, anthropology, sociology, war strategy, human movement, medicine, refugee, POWs, Busan studies, unification policy, education, and human rights. The conference will be an onsite conference even though the condition could be changed to a zoom conference. The proposal deadline is 21 May 2021.
Unfinished Business: AHA 2021
29 November – 2 December
State Library of New South Wales & UNSW Sydney
The call for proposals for the 39th AHA Conference is open. Submissions due 31 May 2021.