‘Mobilities and Mobilisations in History’: AHA conference 2013

The 32nd annual conference of the AHA was held at the University of Wollongong, 8-12 July 2013.

The theme – ‘Mobilities and Mobilisations in History – referenced the growing use of ‘mobility’ as a key theoretical term in the humanities and social sciences. Presentations debatedthe value of a mobilities framework for historical analysis, and c onsidered various historical periods, themes and research areas.


Keynote speakers

Professor Tony Ballantyne (University of Otago): ‘Mobilities and Mobilisations in History’

Professor Matt Matsuda (Rutgers): ‘Ocean, Motion, Emotion: Mobilities and Mobilisations in History’


Plenary panels

‘Mobilities and Mobilisations in History’: Frances Steel (University of Wollongong); Penny Edmonds (University of Tasmania); Cathy Coleborne (University of Waikato).

‘New Indigenous Historie’s: Marcia Langton (University of Melbourne); Tim Rowse (University of Western Sydney); John Maynard (University of Newcastle).

‘Who is our audience?’: Big Questions in History, Lisa Murray, (City of Sydney); Sandra Pires (documentary filmmaker); Graeme Davison (Monash University); Michael Ondaatje (University of Newcastle); Paul Ashton (University of Technology)


Panel sessions

Panel sessions in honour of the late Professor Tom Stannage.


Affiliated conferences and streams

The conference included a number of special themes:

  • The Australian Women’s History Network Symposium, ‘Women in Motion’
  • Asian Australian Histories
  • Teaching and Learning History
  • Environmental History
  • Religious History Association
  • War and Its Impacts