The drama of a ‘boom to bust’ (rise and fall) or a ‘bust to boom’ (rags to riches) tale makes for a compelling story. Historians rarely shy away from the appeal of such narratives. At the AHA 2016 annual conference the changing fortunes of the mining, industrial, cultural, environmental, and heritage sectors – and the histories of everything in between – will be exposed and scrutinised. The conference will give historians a forum in which to explain the rhetorical value of ‘boom to bust’ histories, challenge their veracity and expand what we actually think of as booming and busting.
The 2016 AHA conference will be held in Ballarat from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July.
Goldfields site visits and ancillary events will be scheduled for Saturday 9 July.
AHA 2016: From Boom to Bust is convened by the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) at Federation University Australia.
Further information including online registrations at the conference website.
Image: Jane Brown, Mining Machinery, Line of Lode Miners Memorial Complex, Broken Hill, 2014, from the series The Sievers Project, hand printed and toned, silver gelatin print on fibre based paper. Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney