History Seminar series


School of History

School of History seminar series.

Past events

Into the maelstrom: historicising the Southern Ocean

27 Sep 2017

The Southern Ocean is the most remote, physically challenging, and least known of the world’s oceans. Its surface winds, ice and fog frame heroic narratives of...

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Seminar Wk 5: Problematic Nationalism: When did Australia discover its Australianness?

23 Aug 2017

Australian nationalism is a riddle. While 1 January 1901 serves as a neat starting point for an etiological myth, the historical record is clear, Federation...

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Seminar Wk 4: Seeing the Wonder Trick in Histories of the Moving Image

16 Aug 2017

A train rushes towards you. Do you dodge in fear? Or do you dodge in knowing, performing an act of fear because that is what people do when they watch the film...

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'History and the Present' David Armitage Workshop - Allan Martin

31 May 2017

Historians have traditionally had three ethical responsibilities--to the past, the present and the future. Since the nineteenth century, professional...

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The Crowd in the Thatcher Revolution: Margaret Thatcher’s rise to the conservative party leadership & aspects of her popular support

24 May 2017

The Thatcher Government appears as a political behemoth to contemporary observers looking back on a period of policy and social change still reverberating...

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Risky Performances: Reconciliation, Frontier Violence, and Imagined Refoundings

26 Apr 2017

In contemporary settler societies reconciliation has emerged as a potent and alluring form of utopian politics. This paper, drawn from Penny's new book '...

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Utopias: Retrospective and Prospective

29 Mar 2017

The 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia in December 1516 has provided scholars with a fitting opportunity to revisit this classic work...

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The mysteries of Mademoiselle de Botidoux

8 Mar 2017

When Thomas Jefferson arrived in Paris in 1784, he placed his daughter Martha in the boarding school of the prestigious abbey of Panthemont, where she became...

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“A Peace of Sorts”: A Cultural History of the Belfast Agreement, 1998-2007

1 Mar 2017

Eamonn McNamara will present his MPhil thesis on the 1998 Belfast or Good Friday Agreement (GFA), a political agreement in Northern Ireland which offered the...

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‘Now is the Psychological Moment’— Earle Page and the Imagining of Australia

22 Feb 2017

Stephen Wilks will present his thesis on the remarkable but little-studied Earle Christmas Grafton Page (1880-1961) – Country Party leader, Treasurer, Prime...

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