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.
- Fighting against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century, 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, 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, seeks to restore their role to our historical memory. A book of refereed conference proceedings will be published to coincide with the conference. Refereed and non-refereed papers are due by 1 September and 1 December 2014 respectively. For more information, click here. Enquiries to Julie Kimber: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Workplace Titles. The Federation Press has a half-price special on workplace books until the end of December 2014. Click here to see the catalogue of specials. Orders may be placed online via the publisher’s secure website: www.federationpress.com.au
- 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.