Upcoming Workshops and Symposia

  • A Disappearing World - how oral history and sociology can work together to illuminate labour history
    14th Aug 2015 Regiment Seminar Room 7 in the Sydney University Regiment Building on City Road

    Presenter: Ian Watson

    Synopsis: Ian Watson discusses his recently published book, "A Disappearing World: Studies in Class, Gender and Memory". This study looked at two working-class communities (Lithgow and Mt Druitt) during the period from the 1940s to the 1980s. Among the substantive themes explored were the labour aristocracy, the hardship and dignity of working-class life, and the role of alcohol and violence in working-class families. The methodological themes focused on issues of identity and memory. Ian argues that combining insights from sociology, particularly the theorised life-history method, with the traditional tools of the historian, can produce new and valuable insights. In particular, this approach encourages one to combine both a structural and cultural analysis within one's practice as a labour historian.

    Bio: Ian Watson is a freelance researcher, specialising in labour market research. Before becoming freelance Ian worked at ACCIRT, at Sydney University, for 13 years. Prior to that he worked in sociology at Macquarie University. While his current professional work is mostly concerned with statistical analysis of large datasets, his academic background is in history and qualitative sociology. Ian is a visiting research fellow at Macquarie University and at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW and his current academic research deals with wage inequality and neoliberalism in Australia.

    If you are interested in attending please contact Andre Pinto at wos.admin@sydney.edu.au by noon on Monday 12 August as a light lunch will be served.


    Regiment Seminar Room 7
    Sydney University Regiment Building, H01 
    City Road


    Friday 14 August at 1pm