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Out Now: Labour and the Great War

a special issue of Labour History (no. 106, May 2014)

The May 2014 issue explores how workers, unionists and Labor politicians engaged with the meaning and legacy of the Great War both during the conflict and in the decades that followed. Click here for more information.

Other News

  • 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: jkimber@swin.edu.au
  • 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.
  • Australian-US Comparative and Transnational Labour History Conference, 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 brings 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 registration.
  • 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.