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After several years of missed graduations, a number of CHRG PhD graduates were able to don their regalia and celebrate the achievement with supervisors, supporters, family and friends this week at Grads on the Green. Dr Ellen Gray, Dr Bronwyn Shepherd and Dr Anna Kent all attended the event on Wednesday.
Associate Professor Tony Joel and Dr Mathew Turner have embarked on an exciting new research project in partnership with the Geelong Cricket Club (GCC) and Slattery Media Group. The project aims to produce a commissioned history of the GCC in the form of a written monograph, accounting for the intertwined, complex and parallel historical relationship between Geelong and its people, the game of cricket, and the GCC. With the first recorded game of cricket played in Geelong in 1840–just two years after the township was established and involving a potential forebearer of the present-day GCC–the history is long and distinguished. The research will be informed by primary sources such as newspapers and other archival documents, as well as club records, and through interviews with players and club officials, past and present.
CHRG Seminar Series
It was great to hear Tristan Moss on Wednesday talk all about Space on Wednesday with his seminar How Australia justifies space: myths and rationales of Australian spaceflight. This Wednesday before our Easter break, Joan Beaumont will join us for a seminar on Australia’s Great Depression.
We will have a break for a week on the 2oth April, and return on the 27th April with a paper from James Dunk.
Roy Hay has published a review of Joan Beaumont’s new book Australia’s Great Depression at the Footy Almanac.
On the APH site this week, Karen Fox has reviewed the new book Symbols of Australia: Imagining a Nation. You can read the review here.
Conferences and Call for Papers
“Australia and the One Earth”
Alessandro Antonello, Ruth Morgan, Emily O’Gorman and Cassandra Star are convening this conference – “Australia and the One Earth”. The central topic is Australia’s engagement with global environmental governance in the context of the 50th anniversary of the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972.
In addition to our promising research papers, there are two wonderful keynotes from Susan Park on Australia as an ‘ecocidal’ middle power and Sverker Sörlin on Sweden’s environmental politics and diplomacy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can read the program here, and registrations are via Eventbrite.
‘United Nations and Korean War (1950-53): Politics, War and Peace’ Conference
21-24 October 2022
The aim of this (on-site) conference is to explore the involvement of the United Nations for ‘the Forgotten War’ through the various case studies of individuals, groups, or nations. 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. Abstracts are due 14 June 2022. You can find more information here.
Events and Seminars
Young People and Politics, Past and Present: Grassroots School Student Activism in Australia
2o April, 12.30pm – 2pm
At a time when the Prime Minister of Australia is calling for more learning and less activism in schools, the question of young people’s political identity, responsibility and agency is at the forefront of public debate. Of course, the vexed concern over children and young people – and their politics – is not new. Children and young people have long been a focus for the nation’s anxieties. In this seminar, connected to a current ARC Discovery Project researching community organising and Australian education policy 1970s-80s (Helen Proctor, Jessica Gerrard, Sue Goodwin), three leading researchers reflect on school student activism in Australian public life, past and present. You can register for the event here.
Nominations for the Mander Jones Award for Professional Writing close on the 19th April. In 1996 the Australian Society of Archivists introduced this award for publications in the field of archives and recordkeeping. This award honours Phyllis Mander Jones who, amongst other contributions to the profession, authored Manuscripts in the British Isles relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, in 1972. You can find more details here.
The Ann Curthoys Prize is awarded for the best unpublished article-length work by an Early Career Researcher (within 5 years of PhD graduation) in any one or combination of the following fields in which Ann has published: Australian history; feminist history; Indigenous history; transnational/comparative/colonial history; history and theory. The winner will be awarded $750 in prize money and a citation. In addition to the Prize the winning entry will be considered for publication in History Australia. Applications are due on the 1 May 2022 and you can find more information here.
Presented by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Victorian Community History Awards are held annually to celebrate the people involved in community history projects who are dedicated to telling local stories which help all Victorians to better understand their past. There are 11 award categories, including Victorian Premier’s History Award, History Publication Award and History Article Award. Applications are due 5pm, 8 July 2022. You can find more details here.
Holocaust Memorial Week 2022
CHRG members Donna Frieze and Steve Cooke have been working on a project related to the implementation of Holocaust Memorial Week 2022. The resources will be launched on 5th May at 5pm AEST by His Excellency Bernard Philip, Australian Ambassador to Sweden and head of the Australian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Supported by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills, and Employment as part of the Australian Government’s membership of the IHRA and commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance and research, the theme for 2022 is ‘The Power of Place’ and includes resources and lesson plans to support teachers and students engage with the connections between the Holocaust and Australia.
The online launch will also include an overview of the resources by Lauren Hovelroud (Kelvin Grove State College, QLD, and graduate of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators at Yad Vashem) and a discussion on creating safe and trusting learning environments when dealing with difficult histories by Dr Tebeje Molla (Deakin University). You can register your interest via https://holocaustremembrance.com.au/
Calling all people who are over 18 and own a Medicare card!
Carolyn Holbrook and David Lowe, together with colleagues Catherine Bennett and Kat Bogatyreva in the Health Faculty, are conducting research about our attitudes to Medicare & how they affect what services we access. You can win one of 4 $50 vouchers and 3 $100 vouchers by doing the survey. Thank you!
InASA ECR Publication Subsidy Scheme
Applications for the 2022 InASA ECR Publication Subsidy Scheme can now be submitted. This publishing subsidy is designed to assist early career researchers working in Australian Studies who are publishing a monograph. Please submit application forms to A/Prof Anthea Taylor, Chair, InASA ECR Publication Scheme Committee, International Australian Studies Association (InASA): firstname.lastname@example.org Applications are due by 5pm, 1 June 2022. You can find more information here.
Lyndall Ryan Thesis Prize
The International Australian Studies Association (InASA) is calling for applications for the first biennial Lyndall Ryan Thesis Prize. This new award celebrates excellence in PhD research in the interdisciplinary field of Australian Studies. InASA is honoured to offer this $1,000 prize which Professor Ryan is generously sponsoring to support emerging scholars in Australian Studies. Applications are due by 5pm, 30 June 2022. You can find more information here.
Environmental History Meets Public Policy
22 March – 21 June 2022
A series of training webinars ending with a hybrid stakeholder debate.
Through a series of practical workshops and roundtable discussions, participants will be introduced to different policy actors and the process of policy engagement will be demystified. Channels for engagement will be explored, and researchers will leave equipped with the tools and practical skill-set to actively bridge their research and the policy community. The climax of our series is a hybrid event in Berlin, which will feature lightning talks on possible policy lessons by invited environmental historians, and a feedback debate with policy stakeholders. You can find more details here.
27 June – 1 July 2022, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus
‘Urgent Histories’, on Wadawurrung country in Geelong, Australia, invites historians to focus on the uses and usefulness of the past in pressing contemporary public debates, disputes and narratives. It welcomes histories and history-making distinctive to the local and particular through to addressing shared human conditions. The website is here.
NLA Summer Scholarships
The National Library of Australia Summer Scholarships program supports PhD students who require access to the Library’s collections to assist their postgraduate research. Summer Scholars spend six weeks at the Library, from 9 January to 17 February 2023. Consideration will be given to applicants who wish to undertake their scholarship from 17 July to 25 August 2023. Scholars receive $6000 for use as a stipend, travel and accommodation support, special access to collections and access to the Fellows room and a personal workstation. Applications are due 5pm, 26 April 2022. More information is here.
There are a number of other NLA grants and fellowships that are also due on 26th April and may be of interest: Asian Study Grants, Creative Fellowships and Fellowships.