AHA response to political interference in the peer review process of awarding Australian Research Council grants

The Australian Historical Association expresses in the strongest terms its staunch opposition to political interference in the peer review process of awarding Australian Research Council grants. The news that former Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, intervened to obstruct the funding of 11 research grants that had been approved through the rigorous peer review process undermines the independence of high quality Australian research and the Read more …

NAA-AHA scholarships: Round 2, 2018 Applications Due Soon.  

National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association scholarships assist talented postgraduate scholars with the cost of copying records held in the Archives. Students enrolled in a Masters or PhD degree in history are invited to apply for these scholarships. Applications for this round close Wednesday 31 October 2018.   Further information. 

Congratulations to Bill Metcalf for receipt of a Distinguished Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dr William (Bill) Metcalf who was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award at the recent conference of the Communal Studies Association in Illinois, USA. According to the citation, “This award honors those persons who have contributed greatly to the scholarly study of communal societies, both past and present”.  Further information.

Vale, Eric Richards

Emeritus Professor Eric Richards, 1940-2018 It is tremendously sad to report the sudden passing of Emeritus Professor Eric Richards, Flinders University, aged 78, on 21 September while in London. Eric will be remembered as one of the great Australian historians of the last 50 years, having won numerous awards, including Australian Historian of the Year Read more …

New Australian Policy and History Policy Brief – Noah Riseman

In  Australian Policy and History’s latest policy brief, Associate Professor Noah Riseman sets himself the task of briefing Defence Minister Christopher Pyne on whether the government should provide an apology and redress to former LGBT members of the Australian Defence Force for policies that discriminated against them. This brief was also written up in The Guardian. If you would like to write a public service-style Read more …

Vale – John Molony

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Emeritus Professor John Molony: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/anu-historian-john-molony-dead-at-91-20180920-p5050a.html. After many years as a Catholic priest, John Molony began his academic career at the Australian National University in the mid-1960s, becoming one of Australia’s most respected historians, Manning Clark Professor of Australian History and Head of the Department of History Read more …

Martin Thomas’ ‘Etched in Bone’ documentary launch

Over the past eight years, ANU historian Martin Thomas has been working on Etched in Bone, a feature-length documentary made that he has made in collaboration with Béatrice Bijon from ANU’s School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. The film examines the theft of Aboriginal human remains by the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in Read more …

Congratulations to Marilyn Lake for the forthcoming publication of her book ‘Progressive New World’

Congratulations to Marilyn Lake for the forthcoming publication of her book Progressive New World: How Settler Colonialism and Transpacific Exchange Shaped American Reform (Harvard University Press, 2019). The book points to the significance of turn-of-the-twentieth-century exchanges between American and Australasian reformers who shared racial sensibilities, along with a commitment to forging an ideal social order. Progressive New World demonstrates that race and reform Read more …

Congratulations to Tim Causer for the publication of Jeremy Bentham’s ‘Writings on Australia’

Congratulations to Tim Causer and Philip Schofield, whose open access pre-publication version of Jeremy Bentham’s Writings on Australia, a forthcoming edited volume of their The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, is now available to download. This work consists of seven texts, several of which are made available for the first time, and include Bentham’s earliest detailed engagement with the New South Wales penal colony, his detailed Read more …

Congratulations to Dr. Frances M. Clarke for receiving the Coordinating Council of Women Historians’ Carol Gold Award

Congratulations to Dr. Frances M. Clarke and her collaborator Rebecca Jo Plant, who have received the Coordinating Council of Women Historians’ Carol Gold Award for the best article in any field in a peer reviewed journal in 2017 for “No Minor Matter: Underage Soldiers, Parents, and the Nationalization of Habeas Corpus in Civil War America,” Law and History Review 35:4 Read more …