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September 2018

ISFAR Conference: French Contributions to Australian Life

27 September 2018
University of Adelaide (Lecture Theatre 231, Ligertwood Building)

Registration is now open for the second conference of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations, organised in association with the University of Adelaide. The conference will be held in Adelaide on 27thSeptember. The theme of the conference is "French Contributions to Australian Life". There is no charge to attend, but attendees are asked to register for catering purposes. The keynote address will be given by Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck (University of Melbourne), on the topic “France and the French…

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November 2018

History, Nature, and Nation: Tom Griffiths and Australian history symposium

27 November 2018 @ 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Australian National University Canberra, ACT Australia + Google Map

Over more than thirty years, Tom Griffiths has plumbed memories, land, and archives to reveal the complexities and richness of Australia’s cultural and environmental history. This symposium is convened to honour Tom’s move from full-time academic life to a full-time writing life. Papers from eminent Australian historians will reflect on Tom’s career and contributions to Australian historiography, and papers from some of Tom’s many students and collaborators will perform histories in the artful spirit he has always advocated for the discipline…

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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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March 2019

Meet the Author: Michelle Arrow in Conversation with Frank Bongiorno

7 March @ 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Michelle Arrow will be in conversation with Frank Bongiorno on her new book, The Seventies: The personal, the political and the making of modern Australia. The Seventies was the decade that shaped modern Australia. It was the decade of ‘It’s Time’, stagflation and the Dismissal, a tumultuous period of economic and political upheaval. But the Seventies was also the era when the personal became political, when we had a Royal Commission into Human Relationships and when social movements tore down the boundary…

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April 2019

Archival Guide Launch: ‘Japanese War Crimes in the Pacific: Australia’s Investigations and Prosecutions’ by Narrelle Morris

2 April @ 10.00 am - 11.00 am
National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600 Australia
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This book will be launched David Fricker, Director General of the NAA. The event will include a brief lecture by Dr Morris, followed by morning tea. RSVP by 28 March 2019. Further information.

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Australian Presence in the French Naores Caves (Sommes) Public Lecture 

29 April @ 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria Australia + Google Map

Gilles Prilaux is a leading French archaeologist of the WW1. For many years, he has been working in the battlefields of the Western Front. During his work in the underground city beneath the French town of Naours, he discovered the names and regimental numbers of WW1 soldiers scrawled on the limestone walls. Many of them were Australian.  Further information 

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‘Conflict, Collective Memory and the Creation of History’: 2019 Sydney Writer’s Festival History Council of NSW Event

30 April @ 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
State Library of New South Wales Sydney, Australia + Google Map

The History Council of New South Wales’ event for the Sydney Writer’s Festival will consist of three prize-winning historians and authors discussing their award-winning books. Winners of the 2018 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards - Christina Twomey, Paul Irish and Sean Scalmer reveal to Caroline Butler-Bowdon (Director, Strategy and Engagement at Sydney Living Museums) how they fell upon their subjects, how they write engaging historical narratives, and the consequences of their work. Each speaker will discuss their work followed by…

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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

History Now! Seminar: Media Histories Now!

16 May @ 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm
UTS Building 10, Level 14, Room 201 (former Fairfax boardroom)

Please join us at History Now! for two excellent papers from emerging media historians, Chelsea Barnett and James Findlay. Between them, we will hear about masculinity and sexuality in Australian cinema in the 1970s (yes, more on the 1970s!) and histories of colonisation and frontier violence on Australian television. Get ready for a multilayered discussion of media representation and reception, of popular historical consciousness and of sex and the single man in the second-wave feminist era. Chair: Dr Melissa Bellanta…

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Book Launch: Painting War: A History of Australia’s First World War Art Scheme by Margaret Hutchison 

17 May @ 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary St, West End
Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia
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Associate Professor Anna Johnston will launch Margaret Hutchison's Painting War: A History of Australia's First World War Art Scheme. The book explores the creation of Australia’s first collection of war paintings and its role in commemorating the First World War. It argues that the artworks had many makers beyond the artists and examines the interaction between government officials and military officers and their selection of official artists and subjects for the war paintings. Their approach profoundly shaped the character of the…

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