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Out Now: Labour History, no. 109 – November 2015

This latest issue offers studies on key economic, social and political dimensions of Australian labour history. Despite the diversity of topics addressed, the contributions also cohere around two particular themes that are now front-of-mind concerns for labour historians. The first of these is the role of that “rough beast,” the democratic-capitalist state, in shaping class relations and working-class communities, in labour regulation and in containing and repressing labour activism. The second theme is the significance of space and place in labour identity, mobilisation and demobilisation. A further notable feature is the number of contributions dealing with recent times; proof positive that the historian’s craft knows no temporal boundaries. The past is as close as yesterday. Click here for more information.

Other News

  • Editorship of Labour History. After five years as Editor of Labour History, John Shields is stepping down from this position. ASSLH invites expressions of interest in the journal’s editorship from suitably qualified applicants located in any Australian university. The intention is to appoint a new Editor or editorial team in late January 2016 so that they can work with the current Editor and Editorial Working Party to achieve a smooth transition in the months leading up to the publication of the journal’s May 2016 issue. Expressions of interest should be sent to ASSLH’s Federal Secretary, Nick Dyrenfurth (nick.dyrenfurth@monash.edu), by 15 January 2016. For more information, click here.
  • Death or Liberty: Sydney Film Premiere. 6.30-8.40pm Thursday 3 December, Unions NSW, 4-10 Goulburn St, Sydney. A special event to mark the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, co-hosted by Sydney Labour History, NSW Fabians and Unions NSW. Death or Liberty is the new feature length docu-drama that brings to life the forgotten histories of the rebels and radicals transported to Australia as political prisoners in the convict era. Directed by Steve Thomas, and based on historian Dr Tony Moore’s book of the same name. Death or Liberty is an international co-production by Tasmania’s Roar Film and Ireland’s Tile Films, featuring a folk punk soundtrack performed by Billy Bragg, Mick Thomas and Lisa O’Neil. The film will be launched by Peter Fitzsimons, Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, followed by a panel discussion with Steve Thomas, Tony Moore and Mick Thomas in conversation with historian Assoc. Prof Kirsten McKenzie. To purchase tickets ($10 each), click here. For more information, contact Sydney Branch ASSLH: sydneybranch.asslh@gmail.com
  • The Labour Movement, Mutuals and Co-operatives, a special issue of Labour History (May 2017) to be edited by Greg Patmore and Mark Westcott. Labour historians have often overlooked the various relationships between unions, mutuals and co-operatives. The special issue will explore their complementarities and tensions by addressing such questions as: What has been the experience of unions in organising and running mutuals? What role have unions played in organising and promoting co-operatives? Are employee and union relations different in co-operatives and mutuals? What have been the benefits and costs of union involvement in superannuation and pension funds? What is the relationship between ideas such as labourism and mutualism? Abstracts of papers should be 1,000 words and are due Monday 29 February 2016. Please submit them to Greg Patmore (greg.patmore@sydney.edu.au). Successful authors will present their papers at a symposium on Friday 4 November 2016, University of Sydney. For further information, click here or contact the editors, Greg Patmore and Mark Westcott (mark.westcott@sydney.edu.au).
  • AHA Prizes. The Australian Historical Association administers a portfolio of prizes, the majority of which are biennial and will be awarded at the 2016 AHA conference in Ballarat. Click here for more information.
  • 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.