History

History hosts a range of regular and special events, including lectures and seminars, reading groups, tours, conferences and symposia.

Regular events:

History Morning Tea

Date: Tuesdays 11am
Venue:
Rhys Isaac Room, E125 DMB (all welcome)

History Research Seminar

Date: Every 2nd Thursday during semester, 12:30 - 2pm
Venue: Library Seminar Room 1.34, Borchardt Library (videoconferencing to Bendigo)
Link: History Research Seminar PDF

History Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date: Every 2nd Thursday during semester, 3:30 - 5pm
Venue: Library Seminar Room 1.34, Borchardt Library

Regional Arts Writing Group, Bendigo Campus

The Regional Arts Writing Group (RAWG) is a collegial inter-disciplinary group of Humanities-based scholars that provides supportive critique of draft research papers in order to foster development and consolidation of a vibrant research culture on LTU regional campuses.
The group meets for one full day per semester, usually after the teaching period, and usually in Bendigo. A call for papers is circulated each semester and each participant circulates a draft of their paper for pre-reading by an agreed date. The research day then comprises one hour discussion/feedback sessions focusing upon the work of each participant, punctuated by bring and share tea breaks and lunch. At the end of the day we celebrate with dinner at a local restaurant. New members who agree to the ethics of the group are welcome.
Contact: Jennifer Jones J.Jones@latrobe.edu.au

Environmental History Reading Group

The EHRG, co-convened by Katie Holmes and Clare Wright, brings together postgraduates and academic staff with research interests including climate, nature, land, wildlife, ecology, rural communities and economies. Once a month, we read, critique and debate both seminal texts and new writing in the environmental humanities.
Contact: Clare Wright clare.wright@latrobe.edu.au

Indigenous History Reading Group

The Aboriginal History Reading and Discussion group, co-convened by postgraduate students Nikita Vanderbyl and Lyndon Pratt, meets monthly to discuss seminal texts in the field of Australian Aboriginal History. As a group we focus on texts which are inspiring our research and workshop shared themes or concerns. Open to academic and graduate historians.
Contact: Nikita Vanderbyl ngvanderbyl@students.latrobe.edu.au

Bernard Bailyn Lecture in American History

Since 1995, the Bernard Bailyn Lecture has been presented annually by La Trobe University to mark the University's expertise in North American studies, and to provide an opportunity for a distinguished scholar in a relevant discipline to visit La Trobe University.
Next lecture details: forthcoming
Contact: Timothy Minchin t.minchin@latrobe.edu.au

History program research seminar series - Semester 2, 2016

The Secret River: from historical fiction to historical television drama

Date: 28 July
Time: 12.30-2pm
Presenter: Mark Ruse and Stephen Luby

The Queen v Assaf Ranja: Indian doctors and the balms of white grief in Victoria, 1890-1912

Date: 11 August
Time: 12.30-2pm
Presenter: Nadia Rhook

Landscape

Date: 25 August
Time: 12.30-2pm
Presenter: Robert Kenny

The floating University: making international subjects on the high seas, 1926-27

Date: 8 September
Time: 12.30-2pm
Presenter: Tamson Pietsch

Liminal Histories: adventures at the boundaries between media and history

Date: 22 September
Time: 12.30-2pm
Presenter: Alex West

Sex and politics: adventures at the boundaries between media and history

Date: 6 October
Time: 12.30-2pm
Presenter: Tamson Pietsch

Special events:

Royal Historical Society of Victoria History Week Tour

Date: 18 October 2015
Link: History Week Tour

Visiting Scholar - Professor Alan Lester

Date: 2-13 November 2015
Link: Alan Lester's Profile

Counter Networks of Empires: Reading Unexpected Peoples in Unexpected Places

Date: 6 November 2015
Venue:
La Trobe University (Franklin St)
Convened by: Dr Tracey Banivanua-Mar's and Dr Nadia Rhook
Confirmed speakers: Alan Lester, Keith Comacho, Tony Birch and Sophie Lee Wilson
Contact: Dr Tracey Banivanua-Mar T.BanivanuaMar@latrobe.edu.au

Race, Mobility and Imperial Networks (Conference)

Date: 9-11 November 2015
Link: Conference details

News

Announcement of ARC Discovery Project 2016 funding

Congratulations to Professor Timothy Minchin, Professor Diane Kirkby and Dr Emma Robertson on receiving funding for their projects:

  • Professor Timothy Minchin: America's Other Automakers: A History of Transplant Car Makers in the US ($190,945 over three years)
  • Professor Diane Kirkby and Dr Emma Robertson: Breaking Down Tradition: Women in male-dominated work, 1840-2000 ($277,376 over three years)

Announcement of 2014 Undergraduate History Prizes

Art History Alumni Honours Prize

  • Awarded for the best History Honours thesis of a first class standard on an art historical topic. The recipient receives $250 donated by La Trobe Art History Alumni.
  • Recipient: Deidre Sheeran
  • Title of Work: The Five Senses and the Reception of the Portico de la Gloria in the Cathedral of Santiago de la Campostella

Art History Alumni Third Year Prize

  • Awarded to the student with the highest academic results at third year level in Art History. The recipient receives $250 donated by La Trobe Art History Alumni.
  • Recipient: Averyl Gaylor

David Johanson Prize

  • Awarded for the best third year essay in any history subject. The recipient receives $350 donated by the Department.
  • Recipient: Saskia Penn
  • Title of Work: The First Terrorist Panic? The Spectral Threat of Anarchism in America and Europe.

First Year History Prize

  • Awarded to the student with the highest mark in a first year history subject other than American history. The recipient receives a $100 Book Voucher donated by the Department.
  • Recipient: Lucy Mackey

Second Year Australian History Prize

  • Awarded to the student with the highest mark in a second year Australian history subject. The recipient receives $100
  • Book Voucher donated by the Department.
  • Recipient: Ananija Ananievski

Second/Third Year American History Prize

  • Awarded to the student with the best result in a second or third year United States history subject. The recipient receives $100 Book Voucher donated by the Department.
  • Recipient: Katherine Bradstreet

Peter Cook Prize in Australian History

  • Awarded for the best first class Honours thesis in Australian history. The recipient receives $500 donated by the Department.
  • Recipient: Patrick McNamara
  • Title of Work: J J Liston: The busiest man in town

Royal Historical Society of Victoria Prize

  • Awarded to the third year student with the highest mark in Australian history. The recipient receives Certificate & 3 year subscription to RHSV donated by the Royal Historical Society.
  • Recipient: Clare Fisher

Richard Broome Indigenous History Prize

  • Awarded annually for the best first class Honours thesis, or best essay from fourth or third year, on an Indigenous theme from any region of the world. The recipient receives $500 donated by Emeritus Professor Richard Broome.
  • Recipient: Clare Fisher (for third-year essay)

John Alexander Salmond Prize for Historical Narrative

  • Awarded to a fourth year honours History student with the most outstanding piece of Historical Narrative work. The recipient receives $500 donated by Nicole Hetherington.
  • Recipient: Matilda Keynes
  • Title of Work: The Historical Imagination: Beyond Sense and Meaning in History and History Education

Honorary activities

Thomas Bartlett:
  • In northern spring 2015, I designed and taught a ten-week course at Stanford University on readings in Classical Chinese philosophy of government.
Professor Diane Kirkby and Dr Caroline Jordan:
  • Recipients of funding for their Australian Research Council/Australian American Fulbright Commission Linkage Project 2015-18 'Fostering Women Leaders through Educational Exchange 1930-1980.'
Dr Giselle Roberts:
  • Series co-editor of the Women's Diaries and Letters of the South series by the University of South Carolina Press.
Barry Carr:
  • August 11th, 2015. Invited Keynote Speaker at International Conference on the History of Communism in Latin America, Santiago de Chile. During my three-week visit to Chile and Argentina as a Distinguished Visiting Professor invited by the University of Valparaiso, I also gave lectures and talks (and did two radio interviews)  at various campuses in Vaparaiso, Chile's main maritime city and in Santiago (the capital).
  • July 16-17, 2015. Keynote speaker at a conference held at University of Sydney and presenting a paper (written with John Sinclair): "The 'Tequila Effect' or 'How the Taco Won Australia': the Appropriation of Mexican and Latin American Culture in Australia". I am going to give a shortened version of this talk at a workshop in Federation Square this coming Sunday September 13th in in association with the celebration of Mexico's Independence Day, an event that last year brought 25,000 people to Fed Square. [I suspect that most folks come aong to these events for the tequila, tacos and beer but it's good to have a bit of history included as well!]
  • Appointment as senior editor of the US-based journal The Americas.
Darius Von Guettner:
Philip Bull:
  • Has been in Ireland, working on The Monksgrange Archive Project, a joint venture of its owners the Hill family and of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at Maynooth University, which is providing funding support for Philip, who has also been appointed a Visiting Professor at Maynooth University.

Awards

Literary Awards

Clare Wright, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

  • Winner: 2014 Stella Prize (http://thestellaprize.com.au/the-stella-prize/2014-2/)
  • Winner: The NIB Waverley Library Award for Literature 2014
  • Winner: The NIB People's Choice Award 2014
  • Short-listed: NSW Premier's History Awards 2014
  • Short-listed: WA Premier's Book Awards 2014
  • Short-listed: Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2014
  • Short-listed: Queensland Literary Awards USQ History Book Award 2014
  • Short-listed: Victorian Community History Awards
  • Finalist: Walkley Book Award 2014
Katie Holmes
  • Short-listed: Magarey medal for biography, Between the Leaves
  • Short-listed: Sid Harta award from the Fellowship of Australian writers, Between the Leaves.
  • Short-listed: NSW premiers literary awards, Spaces in her Day
  • Short-listed: Victorian premiers literary awards, Spaces in her Day
Janet Butler, Kitty's War
  • Winner: NSW Premier's History Prize 2014
  • W K Hancock Prize 2014
  • Short-listed: Margarey Medal for Biography 2014
  • Short-listed: National Biography Award 2014
  • Australia Council for the Arts Literature Grant 2013
Tracey Banivanua Mar
  • Short-listed: NSW Premiers Prize in Australian History 2007, Violence and Colonial Dialogue
  • Short-listed: John and Patricia Ward Prize for work with archives 2007, Violence and Colonial Dialogue
  • Runner-up: WK Hancock Prize 2008, Violence and Colonial Dialogue
Richard Broome:
  • Winner: NSW Premier's Australian History 2006, Aboriginal Australians
  • Winner: VCHA best print publication 2006-2007, Aboriginal Australians
Tim Minchin:
  • In 1999, Hiring the Black Worker was awarded the Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations published in 1999. This prize is awarded annually by the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University.
  • In December 2011, After the Dream was listed as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice, the journal of the American Library Association. In 2011, Choice reviewed 7263 titles, choosing just 629 as "outstanding" based on their originality, significance, and excellence. The "outstanding" list represented less than 3 percent of the titles submitted to Choice in 2011.
  • In November 2005, Fighting Against the Odds was listed as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice.

Research Awards

Tracey Banivanua Mar:

  • Vice Chancellor's/Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Excellence in Research Award for Mid-Career Researchers, La Trobe University, 2011.
Tim Minchin:
  • La Trobe University's "Excellence in Research Awards" in the Mid-Career Researcher Category 2009.
  • In November 2002, I won a Philip Leverhulme Prize, a major research prize awarded by the Leverhulme Trust (UK) in recognition of "outstanding research achievement." The prize is awarded in a national competition open to the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and gave me £50,000 (US$90,000) to spend on my research over a two-year period. I transferred this award with me when I moved to La Trobe University.