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Around the Grounds
Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the CHRG Day on Wednesday this week. It was great to spend the day discussing the possible futures of Contemporary Histories at Deakin, and our own research futures.
This newsletter comes to you from a workshop convened on by Helen Gardner, Jon Ritchie and Brad Gardner – Remembering Australian colonialism in Papua New Guinea from both sides of the Coral Sea.
Congratulations to Deborah Lee-Talbot, who has been awarded the CH Currey Fellowship at the State Library of New South Wales, for her project: The Archive of the archivist: Phyllis Mander-Jones and Australian-Pacific History, 1901–1957. This project will focus on the Library’s 20th-century archives documenting Australians in the Pacific.
Congratulations to James Lesh who was awarded the Victorian Community History Award, Small History Publication Project, 2022.
Matthew Ricketson has a new piece in The Conversation about a new book on Donald Trump. This is an part of The Conversation’s new Books and Ideas section and is more of a review-essay than a quick 800 word op-ed piece. You can read the piece here.
On the APH website this week, Nicholas Ferns reviews R.J. May’s State and Society in Papua New Guinea, 2001-2021.
Call for Papers
Call for submissions to Special Issue of TEXT:
Poetry and Extremity
Poetry is often associated with a sense of unease or anxiety, linked to its subversive potential and its powers of persuasion, as well as its ability to capture the ineffable or the unimaginable and make it real. It is part of the reason why Plato banished poets from the ideal society, and why poetry continues to be associated with formal and informal censorship and lists of banned texts. Certainly, poetry seems to thrive in the most difficult spaces of human experience: love, loss, despair, trauma, and tragedy, as it seeks to find recognisable shapes for the unspeakable. Poetry is also a radically galvanising force, as evidenced in its use, for example, by terrorist organisations.
Please submit a 200-word Expression of Interest for scholarly essays by email to Alyson Miller with ‘Poetry and Extremity EOI’ as the subject line. In your EOI please outline how your paper or poems explore(s) the theme of ‘Poetry and Extremity’. Also, make sure you include the following information: your full name, institutional affiliation (if any), email address, title of paper/poem, brief biography (50–100 words), and 3 to 5 keywords (at least two of which should clearly relate to the issue’s title). The deadline is 30 November 2022. Contributors will be informed of acceptance by December 15th, with final submissions due on 1 March 2023. You can find more detailed information about the requirements here here, and you can email Alyson Miller for more information.
Visiting Research Fellowship, Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum has a Visiting Research Fellowship program. The program provides a supportive environment for researchers to undertake research related to the museum’s collection, education, conservation and museum practice. The fellowships enable researchers to access the museum’s resources to support their research for a short period of time. The visit will initiate and develop collaborative research and facilitate interaction with, and training of, Powerhouse staff. Visiting fellows are expected to make a tangible contribution to the museum during the period of their stay. Applications for the current round close on 25 November 2022. You can find more information here.
30th Anniversary of Professional Historians Assn (Vic & Tas)
13 November 2022
Join PHA (Vic & Tas) members at Graduate House to celebrate three decades of this Association. The celebrations present a social networking opportunity with a special panel featuring foundational, intermediate and new members reflecting on their experiences over 30 years of the PHA (Vic & Tas). The event will be held at Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton, 3053 from 2pm – 5pm. The event costs $60, RSVP here by 6 November.
Call for Papers Reminders
AHA Conference 2023 ‘Milestones’ CFP
3-6 July 2023, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
The AHA has chosen the theme of ‘Milestones’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the Australian Historical Association, and to encourage reflection: on the historical profession in Australia, how far the nation has come, and the many things it still has to deliver. Hosted by Australian Catholic University on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, this conference will be an opportunity to take stock of what has been, interrogate the place of historical knowledge and teaching in contemporary society, and ponder potential futures. The convenors welcome proposals for papers and panels on any geographical area, time-period, or field of history, especially those relating to the theme of ‘milestones’. AHA and affiliated streams include migration history, women’s history, environmental history, First Nations history, GLAM, history of capitalism, children and youth, oral history, religious history, and sports history. Abstracts are due 31 January 2023. You can find more information here.
Indonesia 25 Years On’: Indonesia Council Open Conference 2023
The theme for ICOC 2023 is Indonesia 25 Years On. In 2023, we mark a quarter-century of Indonesia’s abrupt rejection of authoritarianism following the resignation of Suharto in May 1998 after millions took to the streets in protest against the economic and social chaos that accompanied the Asian financial crisis of the previous year. But what does Indonesia look like now? We invite abstract submissions from any disciplines for individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions that reflect on one or more of the myriad facets of life in today’s Indonesia, how Indonesia got there, and where it might go next.
Abstracts are due 15 February 2023, and you can find more information here.
Mothering in Crisis: Family, Disaster and Climate Change
Friday 2 December 2022, 12-2 pm.
Online and in-person at Latham Theatre (Room 102), Redmond Barry Building, the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
This free seminar will present the findings from the first stage of “Mothering in Crisis”, a project led by Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy and Dr Julia Hurst. Funded by Melbourne Climate Futures CRX (Climate Research Accelerator) at the University of Melbourne, the project fills a critical research gap into mothers’ experiences of natural disasters, both historically and now in a period of rapid environmental change. Presentation of project findings and discussion time will be followed by lunch. Both in-person and online participation is available. You can register here.
Warrnambool & District Historical Society Event
Sunday 30 October 2022, 2.30pm
Warrnambool Library & Learning Centre
Roy Hay will be speaking following the Warrnambool & District Historical Society AGM on Sunday 30 October. The general public is welcome to Roy’s presentation.
History Council of Victoria Events
AHA General History Thesis Prize
The AHA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural AHA General History Thesis Prize. The $2500 Prize is awarded to the best postgraduate thesis in History (excluding Australian history). General History is understood to be any field of history with a focus that is not primarily Australian History. The General History Thesis Prize is expected to be offered annually. It is funded by donations to the AHA’s Public Fund, which supports the creation, publication, dissemination and discussion of historical literature in Australia. The first prize will be awarded in 2023, for a thesis passed in the period 1 January – 31 December 2022. Expressions of interest are due 11 November 2022. Applications are due 31 January 2023. You can find more information here.
Marilyn Lake Prize for Australian Transnational History
Applications are now open for the inaugural Marilyn Lake Prize for Australian Transnational History. The AHA awards this prize in the name of Professor Marilyn Lake, and administers it through the AHA Public Fund, which supports the creation, publication, dissemination and discussion of historical literature in Australia. The prize will be awarded to a book of original scholarship that generates new knowledge about Australian history in any of its phases, using transnational methodology and preferably drawing on research undertaken in overseas archives. The inaugural prize will be awarded in 2023 for a book published in 2021-2022. Intentions to submit is due 31 October 2022, and applications will be due 31 January 2023. You can find more information here.
AHA Early Career Researcher Fellowship
The AHA Executive Committee has this week announced that applications are now open for the inaugural AHA Early Career Researcher Fellowship. The $11,000 Fellowship is funded by generous donations to the AHA’s Public Fund. The award is expected to be offered annually, and is designed to provide financial support to those who have completed their doctorate and are looking to a career in history. The year-long fellowship will support career-building publication activities, provide mentorship and facilitate attendance at the AHA annual conference. Applications are due 28 October 2022 (TODAY!) and you can find further information here.