Allan Martin Lecture Series


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Allan Martin (1926-2002) was an intellectual, institutional, and social pioneer whose career as a historian spanned the second half of the 20th Century. When most Australians went to England for their postgraduate work, he chose ANU, where he was the first doctoral student in History in the Research School of Social Sciences. He accepted the Foundation chair in History at LaTrobe University in 1966 and returned to RSSS as a senior fellow in 1973.

The Allan Martin Lecturer will be a distinguished scholar whose work is relevant to Allan's intellectual, institutional and social interests to the History Program to give a public lecture, present a seminar and conduct a workshop for PhD students.

Upcoming events

What is History in a Settler Colonial Society? Mapping the limits and possibilities of ethical historiography

6.30–8pm 23 Jul 2024

In his 1995 study of history, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, Michel-Rolph Trouillot insisted on the need to recognise the discipline’...

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Past events

Australians as International Economic Thinkers

1 Aug 2023

Through the 20th century, Australians punched above their weight in the invention of the international order, as we have hardly known it. This lecture aims to...

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The Soviet Union in Retrospect. Life and Death of a Superpower

19 Apr 2022

The ANU School of History is pleased to host the 2022 Allan Martin Lecture with keynote speaker Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick. A century after the Soviet Union...

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CANCELLED 2020 Allan Martin Lecture: ‘What we Knew: Australia and the origins of global environmental governance’ - Glenda Sluga

18 Aug 2020

This event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing recommendations. 

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2019 Allan Martin Lecture: Trump's Republic: an American History - David Farber

14 May 2019

Proponents of “American exceptionalism,” from Thomas Jefferson to Dick Cheney, have argued that the United States is an “empire of liberty,” a nation uniquely...

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2018 Allan Martin lecture with Ann Curthoys

22 May 2018

The ANU School of History is pleased to host the 2018 Allan Martin Lecture with keynote speaker Professor Ann Curthoys. Professor Curthoys FASSA FAHA has...

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2017 Allan Martin Lecture - Civil Wars: A History in Ideas

30 May 2017

From Afghanistan to Yemen, civil war is now humanity's most destructive, most widespread, and most characteristic form of collective organized violence. Yet...

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ALLAN MARTIN 2016 PUBLIC LECTURE Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: Past, Present, Future

3 May 2016

The issue of child refugees is a timely, relevant and highly significant one. The treatment and experience of child refugees continues to be an ongoing concern...

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2015 Allan Martin Lecture: "Going Ballistic": A New History of Aggression

5 May 2015

  The 2015 Allan Martin Lecturer is Professor Joanna Bourke Her Public Lecture "Going Ballistic": A New History of Aggression is on Tuesday 5th May, 2015...

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Allan Martin 2014 Public Lecture

6 May 2014

  “When the War Comes Home”: Recovering the Forgotten Stories of 1914-1919 One hundred years on, is our country prepared to confront the cost of war – or...

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Allan Martin 2013 Public Lecture

7 May 2013

  Living with the Dead: My time with a Stocking Maker in the Era of Luddism followed by a reception in the Coombs extension ALLAN MARTIN 2013 PUBLIC...

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