After images surfaced this week of SAS soldiers posing with a Confederate flag proclaiming “Southern Pride” in Afghanistan in 2012, Associate Professor Clare Corbould wrote an explainer for The Conversation: “Why is the Confederate flag so offensive?”
Associate Professor Cassandra Atherton has a poem, ‘News Fast’, anthologised in No News: 90 Poets Reflect on a Unique BBC Newscast, Paul Munden, Alvin Pang and Shane Strange, eds, Recent Work Press, Canberra, Australia, 2020. Cassandra was asked to record a reading of her poem, which can be accessed here.
Dr. David Wetherell has been busy writing an Introduction for a forthcoming book. Titled Cook Islander missionaries in British New Guinea (Papua) 1872 to 1914 vol II, the book commemorates the Bicentenary of the founding of Takamoa Theological College Rarotonga in 1821. Publication is expected by the end of this month.
Title: Seventy-five years after the Nagasaki bomb: Listening to the Catholic survivors.
Abstract: I will introduce my new monograph, and my oral history work with Catholic survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. In 2019, I visited Nagasaki at the time of Pope Francis’s visit and observed the community’s response. I will discuss the changes since the 1981 visit of Pope John Paul II, who began a speech at Hiroshima, “War is the work of humanity” and how these comments have supported a transformation of the community’s previous interpretation of the atomic bombing as a part of God’s providence. The narratives of recently outspoken survivors demonstrate the resilience of a surviving community, for many years persecuted by the Japanese authorities.
Dr. McClelland holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Japanese history from Monash University. In 2020 he will teach in the Deakin University unit, “Conflict and its Legacies in Modern Asia”. Gwyn was a secondary teacher of Japanese and Geography for some twenty years and while doing his PhD at Monash he taught in Education (Bilingualism and Languages Methodology), History and the Japanese language. In 2019 he coordinated a modern Chinese history unit at Monash University, ‘The Fall and Rise of Modern China’. Gwyn is the winner of the 2019 John Legge prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, awarded by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA). Gwyn has taught at Monash, RMIT and Melbourne Universities and he has participated in recent workshops at Copenhagen University (Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies) and the University of California, Berkeley. His monograph, based on his work interviewing Catholic survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing was published in 2019 by Routledge in Mark Selden’s series, “Asia’s Transformations” and is entitled ‘Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives’.