History Australia vol 12 issue 1 2015 – out now!

This issue of History Australia brings together several of the threads that have been conspicuous during the last few years of the journal’s career. There is the centenary of the First World War, which we recognise, in the first place, with Marilyn Lake’s valedictory address on ‘1914: Death of a Nation’, delivered at the 2014 Read more …

AHA/Copyright Agency Travel and Writing Bursaries

This funding opportunity for postgraduate students and independent historians encourages and supports emerging historians who would otherwise be unable to attend the annual AHA conference. Ten bursaries, of $700 each, will be used for travel and accommodation by participants at the AHA conference at the University of Sydney, 6–10 July 2015; the conference registration fee Read more …

Hazel Rowley Fellowship shortlist for 2015

Naomi Parry has been shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Fellowship for 2015. The Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $10,000 to an Australian writer to support the writing and research of a new biographical work. The intention is to encourage risk taking and travel to immerse writers in Read more …

Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation, Women’s Studies, Around the World

Susan Magarey’s new book Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation, Women’s Studies, Around the World explores sex and love, politics and performance, joy and anguish in a collection of essays focussed on the history and politics of the Women’s Liberation Movement and one of its offshoots, Women’s Studies. It will be launched by Zora Simic in Adelaide Read more …

Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2014 thesis prize

Vannessa Hearman was a joint winner of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2014 thesis prize for the best PhD thesis in Australia in the field of Asian Studies. Her thesis in history at the University of Melbourne was entitled ‘Dismantling the “Fortress”: East Java and the Long Transition to Suharto’s New Order Regime Read more …

Transforming Biology: A History of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne

Juliet Flesch’s latest book, Transforming Biology: A History of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne (The Miegunyah Press) tells the story of the evolution of a department engaged in significant fundamental biomolecular science, as well as the translation of discoveries to industry and the clinic. It will be published Read more …

In the Eye of the Beholder: What Six Nineteenth-century Women Tell Us About Indigenous Authority and Identity

Barbara Dawson’s In the Eye of the Beholder: What Six Nineteenth-century Women Tell Us About Indigenous Authority and Identity (ANU Press) offers a fresh perspective in the debate on settler perceptions of Indigenous Australians. It will be launched in Canberra by Tim Rowse on 23 February – for details see ‘Events’ below.

The Compassionate Englishwoman: Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War

Robert Eales’s book, The Compassionate Englishwoman: Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War (Middle Harbour Press), has recently been published, following his paper on Hobhouse at the 2014 AHA conference. Rob’s book traces Emily Hobhouse’s remarkably courageous work in the midst of the war, and the appalling treatment she received back home in Britain, as she Read more …

Running Out? Water in Western Australia

Ruth Morgan’s book Running Out? Water in Western Australia (UWA Publishing) uncovers the 200 year long fear of running out of water — a fear that has gripped the region’s inhabitants and loomed large on the state’s political agenda and shaped how urban and rural Western Australians learned to live with the effects of a Read more …

Ngapartji Ngapartji, in turn, in turn: Egohistoire, Europe and Indigenous Australia

Karen Hughes’s edited book (with Anna Cole, Vanessa Castejon and Oliver Haag) Ngapartji Ngapartji, in turn, in turn: Egohistoire, Europe and Indigenous Australia (ANU Press) has recently been published as part of ANU Lives Series in Biography. In this innovative collection, Indigenous scholars from Australia and Europe reflect on the impact their life histories have Read more …