AHA member wins Berkshire Conference Article Prize

Frances M. Clarke and Rebecca Jo Plant have won the Berkshire Conference Article Prize for the best article published on women, gender or sexuality. The winning article was ‘“The Crowning Insult”: Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s’, Journal of American History 102: 2 (September 2015).

Learning Femininity in Colonial India, 1820–1923

Tim Allender’s Learning Femininity in Colonial India, 1820–1923 (Manchester University Press) uses a broad framework to examine the many life experiences of women living in colonial India and how their position changed, both personally and professionally, over this long period of study. Drawing on a rich documentary record from archives in the United Kingdom, India, Read more …

Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics

Claire Lowrie’s Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics (Studies in Imperialism Series, Manchester University Press) explores the politics of colonial mastery and domestic servitude in the neighbouring British colonies of Singapore and Darwin and illustrates the centrality of the domestic realm to the colonial project. It is the first comparative history of Read more …

Contesting Australian History: Festschrift in honour of Professor Marilyn Lake

Thursday 8 December to Friday 9 December 2016, Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building , University of Melbourne This festschrift event is in celebration of Marilyn Lake’s scholarship and teaching and her contributions to different university communities and the Australian Historical Association, and her much valued friendship and collegiality over many years. The themes of the two Read more …

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Ann McGrath’s new book Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (University of Nebraska Press) is a history of love, sex, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settler citizens at the heart of two settler colonial nations, the United States and Australia which illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth Read more …

Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation, Women’s Studies, Around the World

Susan Magarey’s new book Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation, Women’s Studies, Around the World explores sex and love, politics and performance, joy and anguish in a collection of essays focussed on the history and politics of the Women’s Liberation Movement and one of its offshoots, Women’s Studies. It will be launched by Zora Simic in Adelaide Read more …

Restless Men: Masculinity and Robinson Crusoe, 1788-1840

Robinson Crusoe’s call to adventure and do-it-yourself settlement resonated with British explorers. In tracing the links in a discursive chain through which a particular male subjectivity was forged, Karen Downing’s Restless Men: Masculinity and Robinson Crusoe, 1788-1840 reveals how such men took their tensions with them to Australia, so that the colonies never were a solution Read more …

Dave Earl

Dave Earl is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, based in the Race and Ethnicity in the Global South Research Collaboration. He also lectures in the Department of Education and Social Work’s Indigenous Education Program. His research interests include histories of youth, gender, welfare, education and disability. and Read more …

Intimacy, Violence and Activism: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives on Australasian History and Society

In Intimacy, Violence and Activism (Monash University Press), the latest in the Gay and Lesbian Perspectives series, the contributors to this collection explore the rich history of queer Australasia, uncovering photographic records of small-town male intimacy, cases of police entrapment, the mysterious suicide pact of Charles Marks and Edward Feeny, ASIO attempts to grapple with Read more …

Out Here: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VI

From homosexual law reform to drag kings; from HIV/AIDS to lesbian artists; from old age to movie-going — gay and lesbian life in Australia has always been a vibrant canvas. In Out Here (Monash University Press), the sixth in the Gay and Lesbian Perspectives series, established and newly emerging Australian historians cast an eye over Read more …