‘Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World’

Congratulations to Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight on the publication of this edited collection. The volume shows how age was a critical factor in shaping imperial experience. It locates children, childhood and youth in broader social contexts and acknowledges young people as historical agents, rarely operating within situations of their choosing, but nonetheless shaping their own lives. Read more …

Disabled Children and the Immigration of DP Families after WWII

An Australian Studies Research Network with Ruth Balint. This paper draws on extensive original archival research to consider a hidden history of the children left behind, in the light of recent historiography of the new humanitarianism of the postwar era, which mostly assumes that keeping the family together was a priority at all costs, and Read more …

Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism – Past, Present, Future

Allan Martin Public Lecture 2016 with Professor Joy Damousi. The issue of child refugees is a timely, relevant and highly significant one. The treatment and experience of child refugees continues to be an ongoing concern and the focus of national and international debates. Australia has played a major role internationally in offering humanitarian assistance to Read more …

AHA member to be 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer

Joy Damousi will be the 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer at the Australian National University in May. Allan Martin (1926–2002) was an intellectual, institutional, and social pioneer. When most Australians went to England for their postgraduate work, he chose ANU, where he was the first doctoral student in History in the Research School of Social Read more …