AHA2018 ‘The Scale of History’: keynote speakers confirmed

The AHA2018 keynote speakers have all been confirmed and it is an exciting line-up: Professor Clare Anderson (University of Leicester, UK), who works on colonialism and colonial societies across the British Empire and is currently directing the European Research Council funded project ‘The Carceral Archipelago’ (2013-2018); Professor Mark McKenna (University of Sydney), author of several prize-winning books, including his most Read more …

ARC success for History

We have identified the following recipients of ARC grants in the history field (FOR2103) for projects commencing in 2018. We congratulate all these scholars and their teams. If we have missed anyone, please let us know – we’d love to hear about it! Discovery (Chief CIs): Warwick Anderson (Sydney); Susan Broomhall (UWA); Matthew Fitzpatrick (Flinders); Read more …

‘One Small World: The History of the Addison Road Community Centre’

Congratulations to Sue Castrique on the publication of her new book. Soon after the Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville opened in 1976, AI Grassby called it ‘one small world in Australia’. A handful of determined migrant groups banded together to create their own community centre, a place for festivals, performances, to share culture, language, Read more …

Vale Wendy Way: Obituary by Frank Bongiorno

It is with great sadness that I inform Australian Historical Association members of the passing of Dr Wendy Way. Wendy was best known in the profession for her wide-ranging and meticulous scholarship on the history of Australian foreign policy. Having researched an outstanding Master’s thesis (1980) at the Australian National University on clothing rationing during the Read more …

‘Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World’

Congratulations to AHA members Philip Dwyer and Amanda Nettelbeck on the release of their edited collection, which explores the theme of violence, repression and atrocity in imperial and colonial empires, as well as its representations and memories, from the late eighteenth through to the twentieth century. The book brings together scholars from around the world, and Read more …

‘Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land’

Congratulations to AHA member Kristyn Harman on the publication of her book, which offers insights into penal servitude in Van Diemen’s Land through the lived experiences of the men and sole woman transported there as convicts from New Zealand. Whether Māori men serving time for political infractions, white-collar criminals, labourers, vagrants or the soldiers sent to Read more …

‘Blood Will Tell: Native Americans and Assimilation Policy’

Congratulations to AHA member Kat Ellinghaus on the publication of her new book, which reveals how the underlying centrality of ‘blood’ shaped official ideas about who was eligible to be defined as Indian by the General Allotment Act in the United States. The book traces the idea of blood quantum and how the concept came to dominate Native Read more …