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Labour History number 105 is out now

Though the November 2013 issue contains no “thematic” section, 7 of its 11 main articles concern the Australian Labor Party’s historical trajectory, triumphs and transgressions. Click here for more information.

Other News

  • Roger Coates Labour History Research Grant – up to $10,000. Applications are invited from people currently engaged in (or about to commence) a research project dealing with Australian labour history. The SEARCH Foundation is auspicing this grant which will assist with the cost of such projects, with priority to those with good prospects of publication or other public use, but without access to other funding. Applications are due by 31 July 2014. For more information, click here.
  • Redmond Barry Fellowship 2014. Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research that utilises the collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. The money will assist with travel, living and research expenses. Fellowships are open to scholars and writers from Australia and overseas. The Fellow’s project may be in any area in which the Library and the University have strong collections. Submissions close 17 April 2014. Click here for more information.
  • Fighting against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century – Call for Papers. The 14th Biennial Labour History Conference will be in Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015. Throughout the twentieth century, labour movement activists have been in the forefront of challenges to war and militarism. This conference, hosted by the Melbourne Branch of ASSLH, seeks to restore their role to our historical memory. Within this overarching theme of ‘fighting against war’, we invite conference papers that include, but are not restricted to, the struggles against conscription, fascism, nuclear weapons, and war in general. The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is 31 May 2014. For more information, click here, or visit the conference website.
  • Eric Fry Labour History Scholarship. Applications for the $1,000 scholarship close on 31 March 2014. Honours and postgraduate students are invited to apply for the scholarship which supports research at the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the Australian National University. The archives holds an unrivalled collection of trade union and business records, as well as the personal papers of labour movement activists. The scholarship is supported by the Canberra Region Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University. For more information, click here.
  • Australian-US Comparative and Transnational Labour History Conference, 8–9 January 2015, University of Sydney, Australia. This conference aims to bring together historians and scholars interested in exploring the comparative and transnational dimensions of the labour history of both Australia and the US. The organisers welcome papers that are explicitly comparative, those that explore the movement of people and ideas between the two countries and those that examine aspects of one country that lend themselves to comparison. Abstracts are due by 15 April 2014 and full papers by 15 November 2014. Click here for the official Call for Papers. Publication of conference papers will be sought either as a special issue of a journal or an edited book. Please send abstracts, brief CVs and any questions to Greg Patmore (greg.patmore@sydney.edu.au) and Shelton Stromquist (shelton-stromquist@uiowa.edu).
  • Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD), Old Parliament House in Canberra, is very pleased to announce that it is gradually putting its “open access” oral histories on-line in full. MoAD records and collects interviews relating to Australian parliamentary democracy, political party activism and the story of the Old Parliament House heritage building, which was home to Australia’s national parliament from 1927 to 1988. The first batch of on-line interviews include three legends of the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery, the 1954 “Petrov Affair”, and a couple of others. Click here to check out the on-line collection.
  • Honest History. This website was launched on 7 November 2013 at Manning Clark House, Canberra. It promotes balanced consideration of Australian history by making contesting, evidence-based interpretations available to students, teachers, universities, journalists and the public. The aim is to bring together material, existing and new, which presents key themes of Australia’s past, help explain why Australia is as it is today, and assist readers to consider the building blocks of our future. Click here for the Honest History website.
  • Labour History Referencing. Labour History has a new referencing style. Not only have we shifted from endnotes to footnotes, we have adopted the Chicago style of referencing. Our online style guide has been updated to reflect this change.
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