Australian Historical Association Annual Conference 2018

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In 2018 the Australian Historical Association annual conference will be hosted by the School of History at the Australian National University. We are excited by the opportunity and look forward to welcoming you all to Canberra!

Please explore this website for information about the conference theme, keynote speakers, registration, accommodation, and more.

This conference has received financial support from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, for which we are grateful.

Make new friends, catch up with old friends, cheer prize winners, get acquainted with the latest research and emerging scholarship – it will be five lively days of intellectual stimulation and collegiality!


Conference committee

Samuel Furphy (Convenor)
Karen Downing (Event manager)

Tomoko Akami
Frank Bongiorno
Nicholas Brown
Anne-Marie Conde (National Archives of Australia)
John Connor (UNSW @ ADFA)
Louise Douglas (National Museum of Australia)
Tom Griffiths
Guy Hansen (National Library of Australia)
Benjamin Jones
Daniel May
Tristan Moss (Australian War Memorial)
Ann McGrath
Blake Singley (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies)
Martin Thomas
Angela Woollacott

(ANU unless otherwise indicated)


With thanks to our sponsors

The Australian Historical Association (AHA) is committed to inclusivity with regard to race, class, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender expression and identity, sexual orientation, and physical abilities in terms of participation and topics discussed at itsconferences, and all other AHA activities. The AHA Executive expects all members and participants in AHA events to respect and adhere to these principles of diversity and inclusion.

The theme for AHA2018 is 'The Scale of History'. See the full call for papers for more details, including a list of conference streams.

An updated final program is now available (1 July) in PDF format below. (If you are going to print it, please note that it is A3 size.) Minor changes reflect late withdrawals and the following:

  • Wednesday, 0900-1030 The Power of Popular Culture, featuring Fiona Fraser and James Findlay (Arndt Tutorial Room 3) has moved to Thursday, 1330-1500 (Arndt Tutorial Room 4)

Please check the program so that you know where and when you are presenting and/or chairing. We’d like to draw your attention to the online version of the program which we can keep current. The online program works quite well on desktops and even on your smartphone. You can search by presenter name or paper title, read abstracts and presenter biographies, and take notes. You can even ‘favourite’ particular items and view those separately, enabling you to plan your conference.

Abstracts are available for you to download to your computer or print if you desire. It contains descriptions of all presentations at AHA2018, including the keynote addresses, plenary panel, lunchtime forums, roundtable discussions, and individual papers. It includes an email address, website or twitter handle for each presenter, if provided.


We are in the unfortunate position that we have had to close registrations for AHA2018 as we have reached capacity. We regret that we are unable to accommodate the high level of interest in the conference.

For those who missed out, we have a number of stimulating roundtable discussions in the Copland Theatre that will be open to the general public. Further details can be found on the PDF flyer below.


Tuesday 3 July, 11.00am

Writing a national history on a global scale: a preliminary evaluation of A.G. Hopkins’ American Empire (2018)

Chair: Tim Rowse • Panel: John Gascoigne, Ian Tyrrell


Tuesday 3 July 1.30pm

Rescaling the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Chair: Samuel Furphy • Panel: Melanie Nolan, Malcolm Allbrook, Karen Fox, Nicole McLennan


Tuesday 3 July, 3.30pm

Understorey – the campaigns to protect the south-east forests

Chair: Tom Griffiths • Panel: Mark McKenna, John Blay, Fiona Firth


Wednesday 4 July, 9.00am

Knowledges of the Deep Human Past

Chair: Lynette Russell • Panel: Ann McGrath, Laura Rademaker, Ben Silverstein, Aileen Walsh


Wednesday 4 July, 11.00am

Discovering history at scale through Trove

Chair: Hilary Berthon • Panel: Katherine Bode, Garrick Hitchcock, Mark Finnane, Helen Morgan


Wednesday 4 July, 1.30pm

Museums and the Anthropocene

Chair: Andrea Gaynor • Panel: Martha Sear, Leah Lui-Chivizhe, George Main, Cameron Muir, Jenny Newell, Libby Robin


Thursday 5 July, 11.00am

Object Lessons: Australian Journey – The Story of a Nation in Twelve Objects

Chair: Rae Frances • Panel: David Arnold, Frank Bongiorno, Katrina Grant, Peter Read, Jayne Regan, Bruce Scates


Thursday 5 July, 1.30pm

The Future of Migration History in Australia

Chair: Joy Damousi • Panel: Jayne Persian, Andonis Piperoglou, Alexandra Dellios, Karen Schamberger


Thursday 5 July, 3.30pm

What Is International History Now?

Chair: Glenda Sluga • Panel: Sarah Dunstan, Beatrice Wayne, Claire Wright, Ben Huf


Friday 6 July, 11.00am

Animals Count

Chair: Libby Robin • Panel members: Nancy Cushing, Andrea Gaynor, David Harris, Rohan Lloyd, Julie McIntyre, Ruth Morgan, Emily O’Gorman


We have arranged discounts with the following hotels and apartments that are within walking distance of the conference venue. For further accommodation options, check the Visit Canberra website.


Samuel Furphy

Event manager
Karen Downing



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Australian National University
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