‘Local Communities, Global Networks’: Australian Historical Association 2019 Conference: Website, keynote speakers and CFP

8-12 July 2019, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba How have the local and the global intersected, inspired and transformed experiences within and from Australia’s history? How do the histories of Indigenous, imperial, migrant and the myriad of other communities and networks inform, contest and shape knowledge about Australia today? The conference theme speaks to the Read more …

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 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 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.

Vale, Eric Richards

Emeritus Professor Eric Richards, 1940-2018 It is tremendously sad to report the sudden passing of Emeritus Professor Eric Richards, Flinders University, aged 78, on 21 September while in London. Eric will be remembered as one of the great Australian historians of the last 50 years, having won numerous awards, including Australian Historian of the Year Read more …

New Australian Policy and History Policy Brief – Noah Riseman

In  Australian Policy and History’s latest policy brief, Associate Professor Noah Riseman sets himself the task of briefing Defence Minister Christopher Pyne on whether the government should provide an apology and redress to former LGBT members of the Australian Defence Force for policies that discriminated against them. This brief was also written up in The Guardian. If you would like to write a public service-style Read more …