ANU to host Historical Association's annual conference

Historians from across Australia and around the world will gather at the Australian National University (ANU) this week for the Australian Historical Association’s annual conference.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘The Scale of History’, featuring over 400 presentations on topics ranging from Australia’s economic past and Indigenous history, to mining in Australia and the impact of war on world history.

The conference, hosted by the ANU School of History, is an opportunity for members to share their thoughts on the latest research and celebrate outstanding work done over the past 12 months.

ANU historians, including Ann McGrath and Laurie Bamblett, will be joined by keynote speakers such as Clare Anderson, Professor of History at the University of Leicester in the UK.

Professor Anderson will deliver her address, “Convict Transportation and the Making of Britain’s Imperial World”, on Thursday 5 July.

Committee member, food historian and ANU graduate Blake Singley has found a unique way to get involved in the event, helping the caterers to re-create historical cake recipes.

The AHA is the peak national organisation for historians, with over 900 members.

This year’s conference runs from 2-6 July and is set to be one of the biggest yet.

WHO: Convenor and ANU Research Fellow Dr Sam Furphy, Professor Clare Anderson, University of Leicester and other local and international historians.

WHAT: Australian Historical Association annual conference

WHERE: Various locations, Australian National University Canberra

WHEN: Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July

For media assistance, contact the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979, or convenor Sam Furphy on 0410131530


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