Congratulations to Michael Bennett for the publication of ‘War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination’

Congratulations to Michael Bennett for the publication of War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination (Cambridge University Press, 2020). The book provides the first history of the global spread of vaccination during the Napoleonic Wars, offering a new assessment of the cowpox discovery and Edward Jenner’s achievement in making cowpox inoculation a viable and universally available practice.  Read more …

Congratulations to Pat Wheatley and Charlotte Dunn for the publication of ‘Demetrius the Besieger’

Congratulations to Pat Wheatley and Charlotte Dunn for the publication of Demetrius the Besieger (OUP, 2020). This book offers the first historical and historiographical biography of Demetrius Poliorcetes (336-282 BC) to be published in English. Demetrius was known as ‘The Besieger of Cities’, and presided over the disintegration of Alexander the Great’s Empire after 323 Read more …

Congratulations to Mark Dunn for the publication of ‘The Convict Valley’

Congratulations to Mark Dunn for the publication of The Convict Valley (Allen & Unwin, 2020). The book examines the impact of the British invasion and use of the valley as a penal station between 1804 and 1821, the environmental impact of the convict coal mines and timber getting and then the opening of the valley to emigrant farmers in the Read more …

Congratulations to Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins and Karen Downing for publishing ‘How Gender can Transform the Social Sciences: Innovation and Impact’

Congratulations to Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins and Karen Downing for the publication of edited collection How Gender can Transform the Social Sciences: Innovation and Impact (Springer, 2020). This book turns a spotlight on gender innovation in the social sciences. Scholars across five disciplines– economics, history, philosophy, political science and sociology – demonstrate how paying attention to gender can sharpen the focus of Read more …

Congratulations to Liam Byrne for publishing ‘Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin: Their early political careers and the making of the modern Labor Party’

Congratulations to Liam Byrne for the publication of Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin: Their early political careers and the making of the modern Labor Party (Melbourne University Press, 2020). Before becoming the prime ministers who led Australia in moments of extraordinary crisis and transformation, John Curtin and James Scullin were two young working-class men who dreamt of changing their country for the better. Read more …

Congratulations to Margaret Hutchison and Steven Trout for the publication of ‘Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory and the First World War’

Congratulations to Margaret Hutchison and Steven Trout for the publication of edited collection Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory and the First World War (University of Alabama Press, 2020). The book examines the relationship between war painting and collective memory in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and the United States. Contribu­tors raise Read more …

Congratulations to Michelle Arrow for winning the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize

Congratulations to Michelle Arrow, who has been awarded the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize for The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia. The judges praised the work as an “intensely immediate and relevant history of the 1970s [which] brings to light the astonishing politics of a remarkable decade.”  Further information 

Congratulations to Jennifer Debenham for the publication of ‘Celluloid Subjects to Digital Directors: Changing Aboriginalities and Australian Documentary Film, 1901-2017’

Congratulations to Jennifer Debenham for the publication of Celluloid Subjects to Digital Directors: Changing Aboriginalities and Australian Documentary Film, 1901 – 2017 (Peter Lang, 2020). Taking a long historical perspective, the book traces the growth of Indigenous film making as a form of resistance to the imposition of colonialism. Further information

New Edition of Jill Roe’s History of Theosophy in Australia

Jill Roe’s history of Theosophy, Beyond Belief, has long been prized for its insights into Australian cultural and intellectual history, as well as the story of alternative religious movements in this country. Wakefield Press in Adelaide have just released a new edition of this classic work, with a new title – Searching for the Spirit: Theosophy Read more …

Congratulations to Sue Silberberg for the publication of ‘A Networked Community: Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century’

Congratulations to Sue Silberberg for the publication of A Networked Community: Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century (MUP 2020). The book highlights the role of the Jewish community as developers and builders, and their influence on the formation of the urban fabric of the city as it first formed.  Further information