Congratulations to AHA members shortlisted for 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Congratulations to AHA members and others shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, in particular for:  Non-Fiction:   Sheila Fitzpatrick, Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s  Richard McGregor, Asia’s Reckoning  Chris Masters, No Front Line: Australia’s Special Forces at War in Afghanistan  Stuart Kells, The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders, and  Jelena Dokic and Jessica Halloran, Unbreakable.  Australian History:  Jayne Persian, Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians  Read more …

AHA response to political interference in the peer review process of awarding Australian Research Council grants

The Australian Historical Association expresses in the strongest terms its staunch opposition to political interference in the peer review process of awarding Australian Research Council grants. The news that former Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, intervened to obstruct the funding of 11 research grants that had been approved through the rigorous peer review process undermines the independence of high quality Australian research and the Read more …

NAA-AHA scholarships: Round 2, 2018 Applications Due Soon.  

National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association scholarships assist talented postgraduate scholars with the cost of copying records held in the Archives. Students enrolled in a Masters or PhD degree in history are invited to apply for these scholarships. Applications for this round close Wednesday 31 October 2018.   Further information. 

Congratulations to Ann Curthoys and Jessie Mitchell for the publication of their new book ‘Taking Liberty’

Congratulations to Ann Curthoys and Jessie Mitchell for the publication of their new book Taking Liberty: Indigenous Rights and Settler Self-Government in Colonial Australia, 1830-1890 (Cambridge University Press, 2018). This work explains how indigenous dispossession and survival underlay and shaped the birth of Australian democracy. Further information.

Congratulations to Nell Musgrove and Deidre Michell for the publication of their new book, ’The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia’

Congratulations to Nell Musgrove and Deidre Michell for the publication of their new book, The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia – Just Like a Family? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).  ​This book draws on archival, oral history and public policy sources to tell a history of foster care in Australia from the nineteenth century to the present day.  Further information.

Congratulations to Carolyn Collins and Paul Sendziuk for the publication of their edited book ’Foundational Fictions in South Australian History’

Congratulations to Carolyn Collins and Paul Sendziuk for the publication of their edited book Foundational Fictions in South Australian History (Wakefield Press, 2018). Congratulations also to contributors including Stuart Macintyre, the late Eric Richards, Jane Lydon, Humphrey McQueen, Philip Butterss, and Steven Anderson.  This book challenges established myths, narratives and ‘beautiful lies’ about South Australia’s past. Some are unmasked as false stories that mask brutal realities, like colonial Read more …

AHA ECR Mentor Scheme 2018 Applications Open 

The AHA is delighted to open applications for 2018’s AHA-CAL ECR Mentor Scheme. This award supports Early Career Researcher historians to develop their professional skills. It will link Early Career Researchers with senior historians who will mentor them in the development of new and innovative works of historical scholarship, in the form of articles that will Read more …

Congratulations to Bill Metcalf for receipt of a Distinguished Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dr William (Bill) Metcalf who was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award at the recent conference of the Communal Studies Association in Illinois, USA. According to the citation, “This award honors those persons who have contributed greatly to the scholarly study of communal societies, both past and present”.  Further information.

Congratulations to Kate Fullagar and Michael McDonnell for the publication of their new edited collection, ‘Facing Empire’

Congratulations to Kate Fullagar and Michael McDonnell for the publication of their new edited collection, titled Facing Empire: Indigenous Experience in a Revolutionary Age (John Hopkins University Press, 2018). The contributors to Facing Empire reimagine the Age of Revolution from the perspective of indigenous peoples.  Further information.