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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.
  • Redmond Barry Fellowship 2015. Applications are now being accepted for this Fellowship. Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to assist with travel, living and research expenses. Fellowships are open to scholars and writers from Australia and overseas and aim to facilitate research that utilises the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. Click here for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.