Workshop and Symposia
- School of Business Members Meeting
28th Mar 2014 Room 214/215, Economics and Business Building (H69)
The Agenda for this meeting includes forthcoming talks, the Burren St. Archives, developing courses in business and labour history, research projects and forthcoming conferences.
If you would like to become a member of the Group please contact Greg Patmore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Room 214/215 in Building H69
- Revisiting the devils decade: Australian Prime Ministers and the Great Depression
28th Mar 2014 Room 214/215, Economics and Business Building (H69)
Lis Kirkby, Work and Organisational Studies, School of Business, The University of Sydney, will speak on "Revisiting the devils decade: Australian Prime Ministers and the Great Depression."
A full abstract and the biographical details of the speaker are below.
If you are interested in attending please contact Andre Pinto at email@example.com by noon on Wednesday 26 March as refreshments will be served.
This paper focuses on the approach that three Australian Prime Ministers took towards managing Australia during the Great Depression and the forces that influenced them - Stanley Bruce, James Scullin and Joseph Lyons. The paper highlights the conflicting ambitions, aims and policies that made Australian politics in the 1930s, the 'devil's decade'.
The Hon Dr Elisabeth (Lis) Kirkby OAM. BA(Hons) PhD was born in Lancashire (UK) in 1921 and went to school in Nottingham during the 1930s.
She served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during World War Two. After her demobilisation in 1945, she joined the Birmingham Repertory Company under William Armstrong and later the Liverpool Repertory Company under John Fernald.
After World War Two, Lis appeared in the first television play to be broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation and in 1951 was posted to the Schools Division of Radio Singapore. She lived in Kuala Lumpur during the British Military Administration (1953-1965) where she was employed by Radio Malaya and was the last British expatriate officer to be employed by Radio Malaysia.
Arriving in Sydney in 1965 Lis made her first broadcast for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) that same year and between 1965 and 1977, was an 'on air presenter'. During this time she wrote and narrated radio features on many social issues and produced 'Learn Indonesian' from 1980-1981.
In 1977 Lis joined the Australian Democrats and was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1981. She was the Parliamentary Leader of the NSW Australian Democrats and when she retired in 1998 was the longest serving Australian Democrat Member of Parliament. As an MLC, Lis was a member of the Standing Committee on Social Issues which investigated health issues, juvenile justice, employer - worker relationships. She also served on Committees examining the Police Integrity Commission and the Independent Commission against Corruption.
Lis was a founding member of the Women's Electoral Lobby (1972), a member of the Greater Murray Area Health Service and served as a Councillor on the Temora Shire Council (1999-2003).
After leaving Parliament, Lis was appointed to the New South Wales Judicial Commission (1999-2001) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (2001-2004). She is still a member of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties and the Australian Council of the International Commission of Jurists.
In 2009 Lis she graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Class 1 and after studying at the University of Sydney, successfully submitted her PhD thesis 'WILL WE EVER LEARN FROM HISTORY, the Impact of Economic Orthodoxy on Unemployment during the Great Depression in Australia'. Her PhD was awarded in 2014.
In 2013, the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (an NGO founded in 1951) honoured Lis with a Lifetime Achievement Award to honour her long-standing membership (1958-current) and her work as President (1976-1980).
Lis was awarded an OAM in 2012 for her service to the Parliament of New South Wales, the community of Temora and the performing arts.
- The struggle for health and safety: Seafarers in Britain and Australia 1790-1900
29th Aug 2014 Room 298, H04 - Merewether Building
- Funding and Writing Business History
24th Oct 2014 Room 214/215, Economics and Business Building (H69)
The BLHG will be holding a seminar on "Funding and Writing Business History" on Friday 24 October in Room 214/215 in Building H69 between 1-2pm.
The speakers will be Harry Knowles and Greg Patmore, who will discuss their experiences with BLHG projects such as the Citibank history and the current Westfund project. They will canvass a wide range of issues including contract negotiation, publication outcomes and ethics approval.
If you are interested in attending please contact Andre Pinto at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday 22 October as refreshments will be served.
- A half way house: The global context of migration from Sydney to San Francisco during the Californian Gold Rush, 1849-1851
2nd Dec 2014 Rm 214/215 Economics and Business Building (H69)
- The magic of numbers: The ILO, the international trade union movement and the challenge of turning pay equity into a measurable device during the WW2 era
17th Dec 2014 Rm 214/215 Economics and Business Building (H69)
The BLHG will be holding a public seminar on “The magic of numbers: The ILO, the international trade union movement and the challenge of turning pay equity into a measurable device during the WW2 era” on Wednesday 17 December in Room 214/215 in Building H69 between 1-2pm. The abstract for the talk can be found below.
The speaker will be Silke Neunsinger from the Labour Movement Archives and Library Stockholm, whose biographical details are below.
If you are interested in attending please contact Andre Pinto at email@example.com by noon on Monday 15 December as a light lunch will be served.
Equal pay is illustrated and constituted through the comparison of numbers. I will argue that one of the main challenges in the debate on equal pay has been framing the need to continue the struggle after the adoption of the ILO convention 100 in 1951. The demand for equal remuneration for work of equal value has been globally accepted by most labor organizations, on a discursive level. On a practical level equal pay is still not put into practice. Through an analysis of debates on turning equal pay into a measureable fact, I will illuminate the importance of the ILO in these debates as compared to other international bodies, such as the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and The United Nations. After the adoption of C100 a lively debate took place in all of these international bodies focusing the design of statistics, but also the difficulties of collecting local data adaptable into a global spreadsheet illustrating gendered pay discrimination.
My main sources will be minutes from the women’s meetings in the named organizations. Many of the labor feminists active during the WW2 era were represented in all of these bodies and their network created a stream of exchanges on definitions and concepts as well as statistical data.
Silke Neunsinger (born in 1970 in Breisach am Rhein, Germany) is since 2006 director of research at the Labour Movement Archives and Library in Stockholm. She received her PhD in history in 2001 at the department of History, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her dissertation deals with the debate on Marriage bars in Sweden and Germany between 1919 and 1939. She worked at the Centre for Feminist research at Uppsala University, 2002 and 2003, from 2003 to 2007, she led the research project “Feminine Finances” about the funding of women’s movements, financed by the Swedish Bank’s Tercentenary Foundation at the Department of Economic History Uppsala University. Since 2008 she is coordinating the project “Towards a global history of the cooperative movement” with Dr Mary Hilson (University College, London), financed by the Swedish Bank’s Tercentenary Foundation. In 2009 she became associate professor in economic history. Starting 2012 she is the director of the project “Mind the gap! – An entangled history of economic history and the demand for equal pay” financed by the Swedish Science Council (until 2015). She has recently edited an anthology on the global history of domestic and care work together with Dirk Hoerder and Elise van Nederveen Meerkeerk, which will be published during spring 2015. She is also the editor of the Swedish labor history journal Arbetarhistoria. She has published extensively on feminist labor history, global labor history and methodology especially comparative history and histoire croisée.