Events in the Department of History

Events from 27 August, 2016

  • Date
  • 1st September, 2016

    Sydney Ideas - Schattenkinder: Children born of war in the 20th and 21st centuries

    This presentatiom explores the integration of children born of war into post-conflict societies by investigating children fathered by foreign soldiers in several conflicts spanning much of the 20th and 21st centuries: the WWII, the Vietnam War, the Bosnian War and the sub-Saharan African conflicts.

  • 7th September, 2016
    5-7pm (with afternoon tea)
  • 22nd September, 2016

    Spectral Legal Personality in Interwar International Law: On New Ways of Not Being a State

    Between the two world wars, international legal personality emerged as a central and pressing question for research and analysis. Scholars pointed to a range of non-sovereigns — including individuals, minorities and mandate territories — that seemed to have acquired some sort of standing in international law, thereby undermining the state’s stranglehold on international personality. Yet most jurists maintained that these new or would-be subjects lacked full capacity. This paper recovers the analogies, typologies, and metaphors that interwar jurists employed to theorize these new legal persons and their semi-presence, or qualified capacity, in international law. In reaching for correlates such as ghosts, slaves, and unborn children, interwar jurists turned the jurisprudence of international personality into a netherworld of international law, populated with a catalogue of legal archetypes that straddled the line between legal being and non-being. In exploring the imagined community of interwar international law, ‘Spectral Legal Personality’ experiments with the possibility of an anthropology of international law’s fictional persons.

  • 4th October, 2016

    Scholarly Musings: A Curious Establishment: James Bray and His Museum of Curios

    Dr Peter Hobbins, from the Department of History, explores a long-forgotten Sydney institution and its accumulated 'native' artefacts, colonial relics and natural history specimens.