Get your publications, call for papers, announcements and events to me (Anna) by COB Wednesday for publication on Friday.
PhD candidate Jacqui Baker will be presenting on 25th August with a seminar titled ‘[T]o suddenly find a room full of strong women’: Earliest memories of women’s liberation.
On the 8th September we will have Paige Mahoney with a seminar titled A murder in Daylesford: researching crime in colonial Victoria.
Congratulations to Jason Gibson who this week was awarded an ARC DECRA award for his project After the Return: Understanding Re-engagements with Aboriginal Collections. This project aims to investigate the dynamic ways in which repatriated cultural collections are re-integrated back into the lives of Aboriginal individuals and communities in central Australia. As the first systematic study of the mid-to long-term consequences of repatriation, the project intends to discover how repatriation policies and practices might be better developed, implemented and resourced. The project is designed to provide significant benefits to Aboriginal communities and wider Australia through the elevation of Indigenous perspectives and the production of community resources. It should also benefit the museum sector by developing insights into the effects of repatriation and enable the design of new policy frameworks.
We also congratulate Billy Griffiths who was also awarded a DECRA for his project Shadow Continent: Submerged Histories from Sahul.
Peter Edwards contributed two chapters to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) publication to mark the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty. Peter’s chapters, on respectively ‘Curtin, MacArthur and the Pacific War’ and ‘Menzies, Spender and the negotiation of ANZUS’, have also been published on the ASPI blog, The Strategist.
Roy Hay has just done a short review of Wray Vamplew’s latest book for the Footy Almanac. A longer more academic review will be in Sporting Traditions in November. This is a book for anyone interested in the place of sport in society since the seventh century BCE right up to the present day.
Virtual Public Meeting of the State Department Historical Advisory Committee
30th August 10am (EDT)/31 August 12midnight (AEST)
The Department of State’s Advisory Committee for Historical Diplomatic Documentation will hold a virtual public meeting on August 30, 2021. The meeting, which will begin at 10 AM, will feature a presentation at 11:00 AM from the Office of the Historian’s Digital History Advisor, Joseph Wicentowski. Dr. Wicentowski will discuss the origins and evolution of the Foreign Relations of the United States digital edition, how to make the most of the website’s search capabilities, and how to access the FRUS open data corpus. This presentation will be of keen interest to those working in the field of digital humanities, historians of U.S. foreign relations, international historians, their students, and many others. To attend, please RSVP via email to Julie Fort at FortJL@state.gov. Instructions on how to join the virtual meeting will be provided upon receipt of RSVP.
Collecting the West
Collecting the West is a unique collaboration between The University of Western Australia and Deakin University in partnership with Western Australia’s key collecting institutions – the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library of Western Australia & the Western Australian Museum – as well as the British Museum, where many of the state’s collections are held. Their seminar series will kick off on 23rd September – more details here.
Carolyn Holbrook will be giving the HCV Annual Lecture – ‘I don’t hold a hose, mate’: Power and sentiment in the Australian Federation on the 21st October.
AHA Skills for New Historians Seminar – Reviewing Books, Films, and More
24 August 2021, 3.00-4.00pm AEST, via Zoom
One of our intentions with these seminars has been to explore and shed some light on the different tasks that working historians complete, especially when those tasks aren’t widely discussed. This next seminar really hits that nail on the head. Reading, engaging with, and reviewing other scholars’ work is a crucial part of the historian’s job, yet it’s not something we often discuss in detail. How do you write a thoughtful, thorough, and useful review of a monograph, in (usually) no more than 800 words? How do the reviews you write differ according to the publication you are targeting? How do you engage with other forms of history-making (ie, films, museum exhibitions, or something else entirely) to interrogate its meaning while honouring its form? Our expert panel will speak to these questions and more: Dr Zora Simic (UNSW): on writing book reviews for academic and non-academic publications; Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh (University of Waikato): History Australia book reviews editor; and Dr James Findlay (University of Sydney): History Australia “history off the page” reviews editor. Registrations due 23 August 2021. More details here.
On the APH website this week we have an author Q&A with Alexis Bergantz, author of the new book French Connection.
International Symposium on Public Health
9 November 2021
APH and CHRG are delighted to host a stellar group of academics and policy experts from across the world to discuss public health policy from historical, policy and international perspectives. Speakers will examine the place of public health care in the public imaginations of Australians, Canadians, Britons and Americans. Registrations will open soon, and more information is available here.
Allan Martin Award
The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship intended to assist early-career historians further their research in Australian history. It is available to all early career historians (within five years of the award of their PhD degree), whether academic, professional, or public historians working in museums, war memorials and other institutions. Funding of up to $4500 is awarded every year to assist towards the expenses of a research trip – in Australia or overseas – undertaken in support of a project in Australian history. Intention to submit due 1 October 2021, applications close 1 December 2021. More info here.
Asia Studies Grants, NLA
With the support of the Harold S. Williams Trust Fund and private donors, the Asia Study Grants program provides researchers and PhD students the opportunity to engage with the National Library of Australia’s Asian language and Asia-related collections. Six grants will be available in 2022. These grants offer a four-week period of intensive research at a negotiated time during 2022, where scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials, facilities and staff. Applications are due 30 August 2021. More info here.
Magarey Medal for Biography
This is awarded biennially to the female person who has published the work judged to be the best biographical writing on an Australian subject. The 2020 Medal will be awarded for a book published in 2020 or 2021. For the 2022 round, the Magarey Medal will be administered by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL). Applications close 31 January 2022. More information is here.
The Serle Award
An award given to the best postgraduate thesis in Australian history. The 2022 Award will be granted for a thesis passed in the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. Applications close 31 January 2022. More info here.
The W. K. Hancock Prize
This prize recognises and encourages an Australian scholar who has recently published a first scholarly book in any field of history. 2022 Prizes will be awarded for a work published in 2020 or 2021. Applications close 31 January 2022. Further details here.
State Library of Victoria Fellowships 2022
Applications are now open for the 2022 State Library Victoria Fellowships Program.
This is a unique opportunity for creatives and scholars to immerse themselves in the vast collection of more than 5 million items, including manuscripts, maps, music, newspapers and more, and bring them to life in new and innovative ways. There are 16 fellowships available, including the Berry Family Fellowship, La Trobe Society Fellowship and Redmond Barry Fellowship. Applications due 5 September 2021. More information here.
Journal of Applied History Seeks Submissions
The Journal of Applied History, published by Brill, welcomes articles on a wide range of subjects using an Applied History approach. Information about the journal and how to submit an article is available here. The journal would be grateful if members of the Contemporary Histories Research Group at Deakin could share this information with other faculty, their networks, and advanced graduate students. Please direct any questions to CHRG affiliate Nathaniel Moir at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 COVID-19 situation in Fiji, the conference will be held entirely online. More details here.