Editors Note: This is our last newsletter of the year! We look forward to getting back into the swing of things in 2023. Thank you for sending through your news, CFPs, publications and more. One of the most rewarding parts of this job is hearing about and celebrating the great achievements and moments of this group. Thanks also to those who sent through photos and photo sources, I am always happy to hear when the photos in the newsletter have been a conversation starter! Enjoy the break and see you next year.
Big News Update
Although this is the final newsletter for 2022, we hope to start 2023 bigger and bolder than ever. We are awaiting Deputy Vice Chancellor approval to commence 2023 as a university-endorsed Centre for Contemporary Histories, with new governance and funding arrangements for the next three-year period. Stay tuned!
This week PhD candidate Deborah Lee-Talbot submitted her thesis Kaleidoscopic archives: a history about London Missionary Society records, 1813-2022. Deb would like to thank the following CHRG members for making a difference to her PhD experience by being enthusiastic about history and research, and being more than willing to kindly share suggestions about academic life. Dr Kirstie Close, Associate Professor Clare Corbould, Dr Joanna Cruickshank, Dr Donna Lee-Frieze, Dr Jason Gibson, Roy Hay, Dr Carolyn Holbrook, Dr Anna Kent, Dr Amanda Lourie, Professor David Lowe, Dr Sarah Pinto, Dr Jonathan Ritchie, Dr Alexandra Roginski, Dr Victoria Stead, Dr Brad Underhill, Dr Bart Ziino– it was my immense luck to learn something from every single one of you. A special thanks to Associate Professor Helen Gardner and Associate Professor Tiffany Shellam, who are real life wonder women.
Best of luck to all the PhD candidates who will be submitting over the next few months while the newsletter is on hiatus!
In a new episode of EMPIRE LINES – Deborah Lee-Talbot reveals the political agency of Indigenous women in British New Guinea via an 1880s photograph of the Papuan, Geua. You can find the episode to listen/follow Empire Lines on all podcast platforms.
Peter Edwards has published three book reviews in Australian Book Review in recent months. The books reviewed are: Persons of Interest by Pamela Burton, with Meredith Edwards, in the September issue of ABR; The War Game by David Horner, in the October issue of ABR; The Secret History of the Five Eyes by Richard Kerbaj, in the December issue of ABR.
On the APH website this week, Richard Trembath reviews Jim Davidson, Emperors in Lilliput: Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland.
Call For Papers
Studies in Oral History journal – CFP deadline extended!
Studies in Oral History, the journal of Oral History Australia, is inviting article submissions for its peer-reviewed section. The theme for the 2023 issue is ‘Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges’, though articles on other themes will also be considered. Articles should be no more than 8000 words and follow the Guidelines for Contributors. The deadline for article submissions has been extended until 16 December 2022. For further details, visit https://oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/cfp-journal-issue45/.
HCV End of Year Event
Join the History Council of Victoria Friends and Board gathering as our presenters explore ‘High School, My School – Reflections on Public Education and Democracy’. You can register here.
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.
Cover photo details
Fancy Dress Christmas Party, Sydney (Sam Hood). State Library of NSW.