Events in the Department of History

Events from 21 October, 2014

  • Date
  • 3rd November, 2014

    History and the Individual Life

    This symposium will move beyond current debates about the place of biography in history by exploring the different ways in which historians are currently using individual lives to explore and analyse particular questions in a range of different fields. The symposium will begin with a general discussion of this approach and then focus particularly on the use of individual lives in imperial and international history and in the history of animal human interaction.

  • 27th November, 2014 to 28th November, 2014

    Why Economics Matters to Historians: Postgraduate Conference

    How does the present mould our understanding of the past? How does a knowledge of the past shape the way we view our present? Postgraduates of the Department of History at the University of Sydney invite you to attend a two-day interdisciplinary conference held on the 27th and 28th November, 2014, which will seek to answer these questions. In recent years, the value of the past, and consequently the histories that academics write, have been objects of both interest and scorn from various forces in society. Postgraduates and early-career researchers from a variety of Australian and overseas universities will discuss these issues, considering the ways we treat the past in framing intellectual inquiry, whether as historians or working in other fields.

    Click here to register.

  • 28th November, 2014

    Why Economics Matters To Historians, Past and Future

    Special Panel, PG conference, History Department, University of Sydney)

    Featuring, Garrit Van Dyk and Lizzie Inglesen 



    Chair, Dr. Sophia Loy-Wilson

    Followed by drinks.

  • 18th June, 2015 to 20th June, 2015

    Trafficking, Smuggling and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective Conference

    Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological,criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bringtogether the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of trafficking,smuggling, and illicit and sexual migration from all regions in the modern period.

  • 17th September, 2015 to 18th September, 2015

    Thinking Labour Rights through the Coolie Question

    Symposium to be held as part of the Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney, Australia

    This symposium sets out to re-think histories of labour rights within the context of economic internationalism.  It suggests that there is now a need to broaden and re-think the field of labour rights history and that one way to do this is by focusing on the global response to the problem of coolie trade, what became known as ‘the coolie question,’ in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The period of the coolie trade extends from approximately the early 1840s – one consequence of the ending of slavery in the British empire - to the 1920s. The idea behind the coolie trade was a simple one. It sought to extract labour from China, India and the Pacific Islands and transport it to locations across the world, where it was in short supply, through systems of indenture. However the system that developed was widely condemned as inefficient, exploitative and often as akin to slavery.
    We welcome papers on the following themes:
    · Free and unfree labour
    · Labour and Empire
    · Economic internationalism and free trade liberalism
    · The ‘coolie question’ as a methodological category
    · Slavery and imperial migration schemes
    · Comparative labour history
    · Asian migration and labour rights
    · Gender and labour rights
    This workshop will be co-conveyed by Prof Marilyn Lake (University of Melbourne) and Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson (University of Sydney)