The Annual Iain McCalman Lecture

Wednesday 6 February 2019,

The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney


Join the Sydney Environment Institute in celebrating the rich academic career of retiring historian, and Co-Director of the Institute, Professor Iain McCalman as we launch the annual Iain McCalman Lecture.

From Charles Darwin to the Great Barrier Reef; the sciences to the humanities; Iain McCalman established himself as an internationally renowned cultural historian, an award-winning author and a highly accomplished professor of history and the humanities.

In addition to publishing fourteen books, and dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters,  McCalman has dedicated his career to mentoring burgeoning scholars in the environmental humanities.

In 2013, alongside Professor David Schlosberg, he became a co-director of Sydney Environment Institute, and has since played a fundamental role in fostering a multidisciplinary network focused on addressing and communicating the key environmental issues of our time.

Beyond his academic contributions, McCalman’s work has inspired the likes of Al Gore and David Attenborough, influenced environmental policy, and impacted public discourse. His book, Darwin’s Armada (2009) became an international TV series Darwin’s Brave New World.

Awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for Services to History and Humanities in 2007, and elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, McCalman’s contribution to history and the humanities has been widely recognised.

The Sydney Environment Institute will acknowledge these contributions with an annual lecture aimed at highlighting early-career researchers who, like Iain McCalman, are working across disciplinary boundaries to impact both scholarship and public discourse.

The 2019 inaugural Lecture will be given by Dr Frances Flanagan, 2019 Sydney Fellow at the Sydney Policy Lab, and former Research Director at United Voice.

Flanagan is a historian and research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute. Her research investigates the past and future of work, environmentalism, gender and social change. Her lecture, ‘Work and belonging in a warming world: the long view when time is short’, will explore how the workforce can become a site of social and ecological renewal.

Professor David Schlosberg will open the event.

Registrations open later this month. 

Iain McCalman is Research Professor at the University of Sydney, Co-director of the Sydney Environment Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Iain has held many Visiting Research Fellowships in Britain and the US, including at All Souls, Oxford and as a Mellon Visiting Professor at Californian University of Technology, Pasadena. He was awarded the Inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Australian National University in 1994, and was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities. He is a Fellow of three Learned Academies and is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Director of the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, from 1995-2002. Iain has written numerous articles in British, American and European History and Literature journals on Modern British, European and Imperial cultural history and written and edited number of books, including the acclaimed The Romantic Age: An Oxford Companion to British Culture, 1776-1832, (2001), Darwin’s Armada: how four voyagers to Australasia won the battle for evolution and changed the world (2009) and The Reef: a Passionate History (2014).

Speaker Biographies

Frances Flanagan trained as a historian at the University of Western Australia and Oxford, and has been a senior scholar at Hertford College Oxford, a Royal Historical Society Marshall Fellow at the London Institute of Historical Research, and a researcher at Birkbeck. She was the former national research director at United Voice, where she worked to deepen the links between policymakers, academics, government, civil society organisations and workers. She is the author of Remembering the Revolution: dissent, culture and nationalism in the Irish Free State (Oxford University Press, 2015), as well as a range of publications on the past and future of work, environmentalism, gender and social change.

David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His work focuses on contemporary environmental and environmental justice movements, environment and everyday life, and climate adaptation planning and policy.