Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism by Nick Fischer

Nick Fischer’s Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism (University of Illinois Press) details how anticommunist myths and propaganda influenced mainstream politics in America, and how the right’s efforts paved the way for the McCarthyite 1950s and augured the conservative backlash that would transform American politics. The book will be launched by Stuart Macintyre AO.

Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism

Nick Fischer’s Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism (University of Illinois Press) details how anticommunist myths and propaganda influenced mainstream politics in America, and how the right’s efforts paved the way for the McCarthyite 1950s and augured the conservative backlash that would transform American politics. The book will be launched by Stuart Macintyre in Read more …

Change, Commemoration, Community

EXTENDED submission deadline: Friday 24 June 2016 2016 Australasian Irish Studies Conference 29 November – 1 December 2016, Flinders University, Adelaide Under the umbrella of Change the conference organisers envisage subthemes of creativity, rebirth, revolution, renewal, new departures, innovation and economics. Commemoration encompasses all the significant events in Ireland’s political, social and economic life and Read more …

What Was Eugenics and Why Does it Still Matter?

Professor Philippa Levine, University of Texas at Austin. In the early twentieth century research on intelligence, hereditary disease, behaviours regarded as anti-social, family life and reproductive controls all took shape in the shadow of eugenics, a movement which claimed to apply the science of heredity to encourage healthy reproduction and to discourage unhealthy reproduction. The results were far Read more …

Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s

Jon Piccini’s new book, Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s (Palgrave Macmillan) broadens our understanding of Australian protest and reform movements by situating them within a properly global – and particularly Asian – context, where Australian protestors sought answers, utopias and allies.

History Roadshow 2016

The History Council of Victoria is looking for presenters for its 2016 VCE History Roadshow. The program’s main aim is to provide curriculum enrichment for history students in Year 11 (Units 1 and 2) and Year 12 (Units 3 and 4). Curriculum areas are: Ancient History (with specialisations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece and Rome); Read more …

Easter 1916: Theatre, Re-Enactment, Memory

The 2016 Kathleen Fitzpatrick History Lecture delivered by Professor Gillian Russell. The lecture will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize. A reception will follow. All are welcome, but seating is limited and bookings are required.

The Eighties: Did They Really Transform Australia?

An Australian Studies Research Network Seminar with Frank Bongiorno. Frank’s most recent book is called The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia, published in October 2015. But did the 1980s really transform Australia? The book also tells a story of continuity, of a society seeking to grasp the old and familiar more firmly than ever Read more …