Voyages and Visions: A Symposium in Honour of John Gascoigne and Ian Tyrrell

This celebration of the inspirational careers of two of Australia’s most eminent historians will be held 30 June to 2 July. There are a number of ways you can be involved: Cocktail Party and Keynote Address by Tom Griffiths, ‘Global Dreaming: Australia and the World’, $30 or Conference (2-day) and Cocktail Party/Tom Griffiths address: $150. Read more …

Voyages and Visions: A Symposium in Honour of John Gascoigne and Ian Tyrrell

Registrations are now open for a three day celebration of two inspirational careers. This event brings together historians from all over Australia and internationally to share ground-breaking new work on empires and exploration, cross-cultural encounters, the history of science, American exceptionalism, and social and environmental visionaries. Thursday 30 June to Saturday 2 July 2016, University Read more …

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Bernice Barry’s Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines – a biography of one of Australia’s first internationally successful female botanists – was a best-seller in Western Australia and has been picked up by two major publishers. Bernice signed with Pan Macmillan in December and a new edition of the book will be released under their Read more …

Environmental History Strand: Challenging the Boom to Bust Narrative

The first of a number of themed strands for AHA 2016 has been announced. Under the auspices of Jodi Frawley, Nancy Cushing and Chris McConville, proposals are invited for Environmental History Strand: Challenging the Boom to Bust Narrative. Submission deadline: Wednesday 3 February 2016. Read the full call for papers.

Congratulations to AHA member recipients of State Library of NSW fellowships!

Russell McGregor has been awarded the 2016 David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Bush Naturalist: A Life of Alec Chisholm’, which will culminate in a book-length biography of this pioneer conservationist and popular natural-history writer. Cath Bishop has been awarded the 2016 Australian Religious History Fellowship for a project entitled ‘“She Has Read more …

A Year-round Holiday: The Histories of West Lakes

Susan Marsden’s book, A Year-round Holiday: The Histories of West Lakes (Wakefield Press) considers more than 180 years of history of an area of so-called wasteland of degraded swamp and sand that was transformed in the 1970s into well-groomed waterways and homes. The title quotes the marketing slogan used to sell this development as a prestigious place to Read more …

Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

In Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan (University of Hawai’i Press) Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert and Helen Tiffin offer the first comprehensive history of the human-orangutan encounter. Beginning with the scientific discovery of the red ape more than three hundred years ago, this work goes on to examine the ways in which Read more …

Crisis of the Wasteful Nation: Empire and Conservation in Theodore Roosevelt’s America

In Crisis of the Wasteful Nation (University of Chicago Press), Ian Tyrrell gives us a cohesive picture of Roosevelt’s engagement with the natural world along with a compelling portrait of how Americans used, wasted, and worried about natural resources in a time of burgeoning empire. Countering traditional narratives that cast conservation as a purely domestic Read more …

New journal, International Review of Environmental History, free online

The International Review of Environmental History, published by ANU Press, takes an interdisciplinary and global approach to environmental history. It publishes on all thematic and geographical topics of environmental history, but especially encourages articles with perspectives focussed on or developed from the southern hemisphere and the ‘global south’. This includes but is not limited to Read more …

Afterburn

The screening of this documentary will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Moira Fahy (filmmaker and scriptwriter), Tom Griffiths (William Keith Hancock Professor of History ANU), Alex Lambert (Lecturer in Communication and Media, Monash University), and Ruth Wraith (Psychotherapist), and chaired by Grace Moore (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Emotions). This Read more …