‘Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press: Unsettling News in Australia and Britain, 1863–1902’

Congratulations to Sam Hutchinson on the publication of his new book, which explores how public commentary framed Australian involvement in the Waikato War (1863-64), the Sudan crisis (1885), and the South African War (1899-1902), a succession of conflicts that reverberated around the British Empire and which the newspaper press reported at length. In doing so, the Read more …

‘Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology’

Congratulations to Peter Hempenstall on the publication of his new book, which explores how New Zealand anthropologist Derek Freeman ignited a ferocious controversy in 1983 when he denounced the research of Margaret Mead, a world-famous public intellectual who had died five years earlier. Freeman’s claims caught the attention of popular media, converging with other vigorous cultural Read more …

Vale Ken Inglis (1929–2017)

With the death on 1 December of Ken Inglis, Australia lost one of its most original historians and our profession one of its most admired members. On 12 December a large gathering of family and friends celebrated his life in tributes, memories, poetry and song at Queen’s College, University of Melbourne, where he began his Read more …

AHA2018: submit your abstract now

The conference organising committee is pleased to announce that online abstract submissions are now open. We are also pleased to confirm that three AHA affiliated associations – the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine (ANZSHM), the Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH), and the Religious History Association (RHA) – will convene streams during the conference. Additionally, there will be formally curated streams Read more …

Vale Ken Inglis

The AHA is deeply saddened by the death of distinguished Australian historian and long-time AHA member Emeritus Professor Ken Inglis on 1 December 2017. The quality of his scholarship is evident his many influential works on a wide range of social and cultural issues of Australia’s history, including Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape and Read more …