NAA/AHA Postgraduate Scholarships winners October 2014

The winners of the latest round of National Archives of Australia and AHA Postgraduate Scholarships are Isobelle Barrett Meyering (UNSW) and Michael Kilmister (University of Newcastle). Isobelle Barrett Meyering’s project traces the contested place of children and childhood in the Australian women’s movement from 1969 to1979. Michael Kilmister’s project investigates Australia’s Eastern Mission in 1934, Read more …

Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History

Emily O’Gorman (with co-editors James Beattie and Edward Melillo) has just published Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History (Bloomsbury Publishing) which explores how networks of human and non-human actors shaped environments, cultures and societies throughout the British Empire and beyond, and how local and regional conditions transformed these densely interconnected Read more …

Interned: Torrens Island 1914–1915

Peter Monteath and Mandy Paul (with Rebecca Martin) recently had published Interned: Torrens Island 1914–1915 (Wakefield Press) telling the little-known story of South Australia’s ‘enemy within’ – the Germans, Austrians, and even some British subjects, who found themselves behind barbed wire on Torrens Island when war broke out across Europe.

Winner of Journal of Historical Geography Prize 2014

Every year, the Journal of Historical Geography bestows a prize for the paper published in its pages that is judged to have made the greatest contribution to the advancement of scholarship in historical geography. The 2014 prize has been awarded to Bronwen Douglas for her paper, ‘Naming places: voyagers, toponyms, and local presence in the Read more …

Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-colonial Indonesia

Susie Protschky is the editor of the soon to be released volume Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-colonial Indonesia (Amsterdam University Press). The essays in this volume examine, from a historical perspective, how contested notions of modernity, civilization, and being governed were envisioned through photography in early twentieth-century Indonesia, a period when the Dutch Read more …

AHA member inducted to Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Warwick Anderson was inducted last week to the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), which was established in June 2014 as the fifth learned academy in Australia dedicated to promoting excellence in health and medical science research. Professor Anderson was recognised by the prestigious Academy for his continued research on medical Read more …

Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity

Warwick Anderson’s co-authored book (with Ian R. Mackay), Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity (Johns Hopkins, 2014) book chronicles the shifting scientific understanding of the causes of autoimmune disease, a group of illnesses affecting 5 to 10 per cent of the population that includes multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. Reviewed Read more …

Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture

Angela Woollacott’s latest book Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015) uses life stories of men and women to explain the rapid spread of the settler colonies, and how land, labour, Indigenous dispossession and frontier violence were linked to the gendered evolution of responsible government. The book will Read more …