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Out Now: Labour History No. 107 – November 2014

This non-thematic issue aligns well with the journal’s aim of publishing scholarship on the broadest possible range of labour-related aspects of the Australasian historical experience: on work and protest in peace-time and war; on industrial action by workers; on the state as a locus of employment, political contestation, and social and cultural control; on varieties of labo(u)r ideology and political action; on the workings of electoral politics at all levels; on media-based struggles for workers’ hearts, minds, agency and votes; on the linages and prospects of Australian republicanism; and much more. Click here for more information.

Other News

  • Editorship of Labour History. The current editor of Labour History, John Shields, will be stepping down from the position in late 2015 after a five year term as chair of the journal’s Sydney-based Editorial Working Party (EWP). The ASSLH Federal Executive, in consultation with the Editorial Board of Labour History, wishes to appoint a new editor or editorial team to the position by mid-2015 to allow for a smooth transition. The Federal Executive welcomes expressions of interest from applicants located in any Australian university or universities, to be received by Friday 1 May 2015. Click here for more information.
  • Writers and Readers: Books that Shaped and Subverted the British Empire, 8–9 May, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria. This conference explores the impact of books and writing, fiction and non-fiction, authors, readers and publishers in shaping and subverting the British empire. Speakers include Elleke Boehmer (Oxford) on “Nehru’s Autobiography and Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom” (keynote); Isabel Hofmeyr (Witwatersrand); Aaron Kamagusha (University of West Indies); Charlotte Macdonald (Victoria University of Wellington); David Carter (Queensland); Melanie Nolan (ANU), Christina Twomey (Monash); Sue Thomas (La Trobe) and Trevor Burnard, Kate Darian-Smith, Ken Gelder, Anne Maxwell and Gillian Russell (Melbourne). Click here to register and download a program. For further information please contact Liam Byrne: liam.byrne@unimelb.edu.au.
  • Women’s Power to Stop War — Australian Conference, 29 May 2015, Great Hall, University House, Australian National University, Canberra. This centenary conference is organised by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) which was founded during World War I with a meeting of 1,200 women from both sides of the conflict. It will examine the who, what, where, how and why of Women’s Power to Stop War, with keynote speakers, panel discussions, a mini-debate (“Government Diplomacy is more effective than NGO Advocacy for Peacebuilding”), and conversations with experts on WILPF’s three program areas: disarmament; human rights; gender, peace and security. The keynote speakers will be Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of WILPF International, and Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls. Click here for more information and to register. More WILPF centenary events are advertised here.
  • Bernadette Hyland, Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women. In the first part of this book, Bernadette speaks to nine women from Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds who have been active in radical movements over the past forty years. Topics include trade unionism, Ireland, Women’s Liberation, radical bookselling, anti-racism and the peace movement. The second part contains a number of Bernadette’s previously-published articles, including an interview with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, and a discussion with Cathy Crabb, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake and Sally Wainwright about the “northern writer.” Click here to find out more about the book and how to buy it.
  • Fighting against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century, 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, was held 11–13 February 2015, University of Melbourne. 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, sought to restore their role to our historical memory. A book of refereed conference proceedings was published to coincide with the conference.  Click here for more information, including copies of some of the conference papers.
  • The Australian-US Comparative and Transnational Labour History Conference, was held 8–9 January 2015, University of Sydney, Australia. Historians and other scholars have long recognized both similarities and differences in the labour experience in Australia and the United States. Both countries were built upon European expansion and settlement at the expense of native peoples. The Australian labour movement developed a vigorous Labour Party, while the US did not. Once robust, union membership in both countries has been in decline in recent years. Divisions based on gender, race and class have been significant in both countries. Movements in both countries exchanged ideas and individuals. While Australians have been interested in scientific management, and in the organizational strategies embodied in the Knights of Labour and the IWW, in the US the Australian experience with compulsory arbitration and labour politics has drawn significant attention. This conference brought together historians and scholars interested in exploring the comparative and transnational dimensions of the labour history of both Australia and the US. Click here for further details and here for a conference report posted on the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) website.