School of History Seminar Series


School of History


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The School of History Seminar Series will be run in an in-person format.

Seminar details will be circulated to all School of History Members and those on the Seminar Mailing List before each session.

Non-members of the School of History who wish to be added to the mailing list can do so by contacting To contact the convenors of the Seminar Series please email Aaron Pattison at, and David Smith at

Upcoming events

The “Smiling Young Asian Student": Ending Asian Exclusion in the Transpacific, 1950s–1970s

4.15–5.30pm 6 Mar 2024

A seminar with Professor Tandee Wang   This talk examines the social construction of Asians as a racial category (Asian racialisation) in the period leading...

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Past events

Challenging Colonialism: Australians who Helped the Nation to Embrace Human Equality

28 Feb 2024

A seminar with Professor Angela Woollacott   In 1945 most in the nation accepted White Australia both as an immigration policy and for all the inequality it...

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Shannyn Palmer Unmaking Angas Downs: Remaking Colonial History

21 Feb 2024

Palmer’s book, Unmaking Angas Downs: Myth and History on a Central Australian Pastoral Station, winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for History in 2023, began...

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The Environment comes to Universities: Legacies of the UN Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment

8 Nov 2023

The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment met in Stockholm in 1972, bringing together scientists, international governance specialists and...

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Forty Years since First Contact: Revisiting the classic documentary by Bob Connolly and the late Robin Anderson, in conversation with Professor Martin Thomas

25 Oct 2023

First Contact (1983) is the Oscar-nominated documentary about the Leahy brothers, gold-hungry Queenslanders who explored New Guinea in the 1930s. Armed with...

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The Color of Desire: The Queer Politics of Race in the Federal Republic of Germany after 1970

18 Oct 2023

In this presentation, Christopher Ewing argues that racism was constitutive of queer, German politics in the aftermath of gay liberation. At the same time,...

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Protesting School Access for First Nations Communities, 1900s-1950s

11 Oct 2023

Schooling today, as in the past, is a central site of protest and struggle for First Nations self-determination and justice. First Nations’ leaders have...

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Fibro Modernity: Life and Death in an Asbestos Australia

4 Oct 2023

In the first few decades after World War II, Australia embraced asbestos as an essential ingredient of Post-War Reconstruction and suburban modernity. The...

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Making religion legalistic and the law religious: Australia’s Marriage Act 1961

27 Sep 2023

Australia’s Marriage Act has had a role in the lives of many, if not most, Australians since its enactment in 1961. But how much is really known about its...

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Paving the yellowcake road: Land rights, conservation, and the politics of uranium in Australia, 1972–1984

20 Sep 2023

The extraction, exportation, and use of uranium is highly contentious. Since the early 1970s, Australians have been divided on these issues. Some consider...

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Raining on Winchester Races: Jane Austen’s Climates

30 Aug 2023

Romantic-period literature played a pivotal role in the formation of contemporary markets for land through its celebration of the natural environment and water...

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