Past NCB events

03
Oct
2019

2019 Seymour Biography Lecture

The core challenge of political biography is to answer the question, ‘why politics?’ What inner needs did it fulfil, and what emotional and psychological...
26
Sep
2019

Patrick Mullins: Reflections on Tiberius with a Telephone

Monash University academic James Walter once wrote that it is common for biographers to dive into their work, encounter the typical, everyday issues of...
29
Aug
2019

Gabrielle Carey: ‘Only Happiness Here’

‘Only Happiness Here’: The Life and Work of Elizabeth von Arnim Born in Australia in 1866 as Mary Beauchamp, Elizabeth von Arnim was the author of 21 best-...
11
Jul
2019

The Politics and Implications of Recent Life Writing

Life-writing is a broad genre encompassing all manner of ‘ego documents’ including autobiography, diaries, journals, letters, memoirs, and oral testimony. It...
27
Jun
2019

Ashley Barnwell: Keeping the nation’s secrets

Keeping the nation’s secrets: ‘colonial storytelling’ within and about Australian families Recent studies of the ‘genealogy craze’ focus on how family...
30
May
2019

Gwenda Tavan: ‘Curse the Press!’

‘Curse the Press!’: Arthur Calwell’s battles with the Australian media and the perils of resentment politics Arthur Augustus Calwell was Australia’s Minister...
21
May
2019

Book Launch: 'True Biographies of Nations?'

Please join the NCB as it launches the latest ANU.Lives book ‘True Biographies of Nations?’: The Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of National Biography,...
11
Apr
2019

Peter FitzSimons: On Biography

With an ear for story and talent for a good yarn FitzSimons’ particular brand brings stories to life so that we are not merely sitting around the campfire...
28
Mar
2019

Rhys Williams – From Carlyle to Plekhanov: The Role of the Individual in History

The role of the individual in history has always been a concern for historians and biographers. Do individuals shape events or do events shape individuals?...
28
Feb
2019

Hans Renders: Old Lives, New Questions

This workshop is about traditions and current questions in the world of biography. An assessment of the art of Life Writing in England and the United States,...

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