History on a Monday

Seminar Series for Postgraduates and Faculty

Held at 12.10-1.30
in Woolley Common Room, Woolley Building A22
(Enter Woolley through the entrance on Science Road and climb the stairs in front of you. Turn left down the corridor, and the WCR is the door at the end of the hall)
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2015 Coordinators:
Dr Sarah Walsh and Peter Hobbins
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The semester at a glance

Semester 1, 2015

Date Speaker Title
9 March Tamson Pietsch, James Drown, David Garner Panel: historical geography and spatiality
16 March Jude Philp The Animal Parts of Objects: History in Museums
23 March Janet Golden  Babies Made Us Modern
30 March Jon Lawrence
Reconstructing the politics of everyday life, 1945-1990
6 April Mid-semester break No session
13 April Kimberley Knight Droplets of heaven: tear relics in the high middle ages
20 April

Sheila Fitzpatrick

On Stalin’s team: the years of living dangerously in Soviet politics
27 April Vanessa Heggie Manliness, amateurism and the British climber in the Himalaya: real men, real mountains?
4 May Cincy McCreery Remembering Prince Alfred and the voyages of HMS Galatea (1867–71)
11 May Glenda Sluga and colleagues What's new in inernational history?
18 May Vannessa Hearman Indonesia and accounting for the 1965–66 anti-communist killings
25 May Alecia Simmonds, Jamie Dunk,
Ivan Crozier
Panel: the case in historical methodology
1 June Iain McCalman,
David Schlosberg
Spotlight:Sydney Environment Institute

Semester 2, 2015

Date Speaker Title
27 July <Reserved>  
3 August Alecia Simmonds, Jamie Dunk Panel: The case in historical methodology
10 August <Reserved>  
17 August Sarah Dunstan, Chris Maxworthy Postgraduate projects and prospects in History
24 August Judith Keene TBA
31 August Simon Ville, Sophie Loy-Wilson, Chin Jou Panel: Economics and history
7 September Gary Werskey, Anita Callaway The "Australia" Australians saw in the Heidelberg era: revisiting the art of AH Fullwood
14 September Penny Russell, Ben Mercer, Heather Garnsey Panel: Digital genealogy and individual lives
21 September Tamson Pietsch The floating university
28 September Mid-semester break
No session
5 October Labor Day holiday
No session
12 October James Curran TBA
19 October <Reserved>  
26 October David Hunt Girt


The Animal Parts of Objects: History in Museums
Dr. Jude Philp,
Senior Curator of Macleay Museum
Between 1870 and 1890, anthropologists, explorers, missionaries, traders, and government officers pursued the fauna of southeast coastal Papua New Guinea. In doing so, they also collected objects made by the people they encountered. Thousands of animal skins were sold and donated to museums along with such objects. Within the museum, however, the relationship between animal and object was severed. Frequently museum processes also led to a slow displacement between collector-information and museum item. In this paper, I examine the kinds of information museums maintained. I am particularly concerned with the ways museum systems of categorization created ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ objects.

Modern American Babies
Dr Janet Golden,
Professor of History at Rutgers University
Janet will present a brief overview of her book: Babies Made Us Modern, which analyses the dramatic transformations in the lives of babies resulting from ongoing changes in American life in the domains of medicine, the marketplace, politics, demography, family life and popular culture. After that, she’ll discuss the paradoxical “value” of babies in the early twentieth century, when people paid to see them in incubators and paid to give them away.