Postgraduate Research Seminars, Semester 2, 2017

The Problem With Sources
Professor Kirsten McKenzie

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: SOPHI Common Room
Dates: 8 Aug, 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 17 Oct, 31 Oct

Focusing on that central problem for all historians–sources–this seminar will look at key issues in dealing with sources, including having too many, too few, or having difficulty accessing sensitive sources. It will include readings that demonstrate how historians have used sources differently, as well as giving students a space to workshop solutions to their own source problems.

Writing about the 20th century
Associate Professor Julia Horne

Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: L2.10, Quadrangle
16 Aug, 30 Aug, 13 Sept, 27 Sept., 18 Oct, 25 Oct, and 1 Nov.

Twentieth century Australia is the theme of this seminar. We will explore this theme through key texts on the history of nationhood, violence, postwar reconstruction, education, politics, Australia and the world, gender and more. Drawing more widely, we will also consider the role of imagination in history, the historian as investigator, analyst and writer, and the use of evidence in history. Seminar discussion will generally revolve around two texts, a major article or book excerpt on twentieth century Australia along with an article or book excerpt to help us reflect on the historian’s craft.

Pacific History Seminar Series
Dr. Miranda Johnson

Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm
Location 8th Floor Common Room
Dates 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 20 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct

Based around the Pacific Studies Network, this series will include five seminars, each with a different visiting academic––including postgraduates, early career researchers and established scholars––who will provide a pre-circulated paper. Eachpresenter will be asked to provide an additional journalarticle/bookchapterthat their work responds to, for postgrads to read in conjunction with the paper so they can engage with the broader debates the paper is speaking to in the field of Pacific Studies. Paper topics range from the “Black Pacific” to eighteenth-century Indigenous biography, environmental history to legal theory.

Palaeography Seminar
Dr. Julie Smith

Mondays 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Dates: 7 Aug, 21 Aug, 4 Sep, 18 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct
Location: Kevin Lee Room A14

This seminar is entirely dedicated topalaeography (reading skills, diplomatic, and identifying historic hands). It isaimed at post-gradsworking with hand-written sources from the early medieval to early modern periods who have to grapple with sources that contain text that is difficult to read.Seminars will address a variety of historic hands and approaches to managing them, working with example documents provided by members of the group.Not only will this help students with their own work but also give them the opportunity to learn about sources from a range of different periods and with different challenges.

American Cultures Workshop
Dr Alix Beeston, Research Fellow, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydneyand Dr Lucas Thompson, Research Fellow, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
Dates: 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 6 Sep, 20 Sep, 11 Oct, 26 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov.

Becoming a Historian: First-Year Introductory Postgraduate Seminar
Professor Chris Hilliard

Mondays, 2-4pm, usually fortnightly
Location: 8th floor Common Room
Start Date: 7 August

Finishing the Thesis
Dr. Frances Clarke & Dr. Thomas Adams


Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Kevin Lee Room
Dates: 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 6 Sept, 13 Sept, 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov
Please note: this seminar is open to PhD and MPhil students who are within a year of submission. Places are limited so please contact either of us if you’d like to join.