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November 2018

Public Lecture: Refugees, Relief and Revolution by Dr Rachel Stevens 

1 November 2018 @ 5.15 pm - 6.15 pm

NLA Fellowship Lecture Series, Conference Room, NLA, Canberra  Dr Stevens will share her research investigating Australian humanitarian relief for Bangladeshi refugees following the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, and why particular Australians advocated for revolution and decolonisation in Bangladesh, especially at a time when Cold War considerations dominated international politics. The research will offer new insights into Australian refugee history, its engagement with Asia and prominent role in international crises.  Further information.

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Public Lecture: ‘Te Rangihioa, Oodgeroo, Te Hurinui, Hamuera and Me: Indigenous Biographies Without Borders,’ Alice Te Punga Somerville

15 November 2018 @ 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm
National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT Australia
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The Portrait Gallery is hosting a public lecture on Pacific biography by Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville from The University of Waikato. This lecture will mark the opening of a new, biographically focused rehang of Gallery 3.  The lecture is one part of the conference Reframing Indigenous Biography at ANU. Details for that event here: http://history.cass.anu.edu.au/centres/ncb/events/re-framing-indigenous-biography Registration closes 7 November 2018.  Registration is essential for catering purposes. Further information. 

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December 2018

‘Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow,’ Public Lecture by Audra Simpson 

10 December 2018 @ 10.15 am - 11.00 am
University of Wollongong Wollongong, NSW Australia + Google Map

The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS) and CASS invite you to a keynote address by Audra Simpson, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. In this lecture, Simpson considers the world of settler colonialism, a world in which Native people and their claims to territory are whittled to the status of claimant or subject in time with the fantasy of their disappearance and containment away from a modern and critical present.   Further information.

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‘All the Things We Cannot See: The Dunera Story and the Challenge of Visual History,’ Inaugural Ken Inglis Memorial Lecture by Jay Winter

12 December 2018 @ 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Australian National University Canberra, Australia + Google Map

APCD Lecture Theatre, Hedley Bull Centre, ANU. Dunera Lives posited that visual material is the archival text out of which the narrative emerges. Following W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz, this approach to historical writing entails traps as well as opportunities. What is there in the Dunera story that is either left out or expressed in ambiguous ways by adopting a visual approach? This lecture offers a modest assessment of what historians can know and what they cannot know through an exclusively visual…

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April 2019

‘Three Lives in an Age of Empire: Challenges in Biography and Imperial History’ Public Lecture

18 April @ 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm
The Ship Inn Function Room, Griffith University South Bank Campus (S06_2.02), Griffith University South Bank Campus
Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia
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In this public lecture, Kate Fullagar discusses some of the challenges and some of the insights encountered during her recent research into three eighteenth-century lives. Now a forthcoming book called The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist, Kate’s research explored the unexpectedly interbraided lives of a Cherokee warrior called Ostenaco, a Pacific traveller called Mai and the British artist who painted them both, Joshua Reynolds. Kate reflects on how her investigation raised issues surrounding the parameters and possibilities of biography as well…

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‘The Archaeology of the Great War: Discovery, Autopsy, Danger’ Public Lecture 

30 April @ 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia + Google Map

In this presentation, the eminent French archaeologist Gilles Prilaux will outline the difficulties and dangers of his work in conducting a veritable autopsy of the First World War battlefields, where uncovering traces of mass human death incurs the constant risk of millions of unexploded shells. He will also present his discovery of the “underground archives” left by soldiers of many nationalities (including hundreds of Australians) whose names and other inscriptions survive in the caves beneath the Somme. Please register to attend.  Further…

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May 2019

‘Humanitarianism, “Aboriginal Protection” and the Politics of Reform in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire’ Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture

2 May @ 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
University of Western Australia West Australia Australia + Google Map

Fox Lecture Theatre, Arts Building UWA The 2019 Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture by Amanda Nettelbeck, Professor in History, University of Adelaide, and 2019 Tom Stannage Fellow. This lecture explores how the early policy of Aboriginal protection functioned within a wider eld of protection policies which worked to manage colonized peoples in an expanding British Empire, where demands for labour and land jostled with the imperatives of humane governance. Free with prior registration, all welcome. Further information

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‘A Shock through the System’: Histories of Crisis in Australian Child Refugee Policy, Lecture by Jordana Silverstein 

14 May @ 4.30 pm - 5.45 pm
Australian National University Canberra, Australia + Google Map

This paper will explore how 'crises' around refugee and asylum-seeking children have been repeatedly produced and mobilised as an art and technique of government in Australia since 2001. Described by policy makers as 'shocks,' 'jolts' and 'circuit breakers', these moments and discourses of crisis within the Australian political landscape have served as a tool of racialised nation-building, effecting policy change and working to manage the place of child refugees and asylum seekers. Moments such as Children Overboard, and the practice of mandatorily…

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‘Buying Britishness: Consumption and the Construction of Settler Colonial Identities in Australia, New Zealand and Canada,’ Annual Australian, Canadian and, Aotearoa New Zealand Studies Lecture by Dr Felicity Barnes

30 May @ 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Hong Kong Baptist University  The Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University will be hosting the inaugural Annual Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies Lecture organised by Jatinder Mann. This lecture will argue consumption played a neglected role in creating identity in Britain’s white settler colonies. In particular, it was crucial to the formation of whiteness and the marginalization of Indigenous cultures. Further information.

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June 2019

‘What can we learn from Hugh Stretton?’ Australian Policy and History Public Lecture by Professor Graeme Davison 

12 June @ 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Forum Theatre 153, Arts West North Wing, University of Melbourne, Arts West, North Wing, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Melbourne, VIC 3052 Australia
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Probably no Australian historian of his generation thought as deeply about the public uses of history as Hugh Stretton (1924-2015). A professor of history who never wrote a history book, a city planner who never took a degree in urban planning, an economist who resisted economic rationalism, he nevertheless became the most admired Australian public intellectual of his time. Throughout a long career that spanned academia as well as diverse political and public engagements, his approach to policy remained essentially…

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