The 12th Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association will be held in Newcastle from 5 - 9 July 2004. Day one will be taken up by the Heads of History Meeting, followed by three days of the conference proper, including keynote addresses, panel sessions, and other events.
The theme of the conference is Visions.
Without wishing to exclude other contributions, papers which address this theme are encouraged. Some suggested sub-themes include:
History and the making of the future
Technology in history
Dreams and nightmares
Aspirations, hopes and fancies
History, radio, television and film
The conference will be held in the heart of historic Newcastle, the classical City Hall (1929) built to demonstrate Newcastle's new self-image in the heavy industrial era. The city is easily reached by air, rail and road and offers a range of accommodation from backpackers to beachfront hotels within walking distance of the venue.
Inspired by the success of the Brisbane 2002 AHA, planning for the conference is well underway. We are keen to include papers from all scholarly areas, in addition to Australian History. Negotiations are proceeding for incorporating the meetings of the Religious History Society, the Australian Mining History Association, the Australian Society for Sports History, the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, and the Australasian Association for the History Philosophy and Social Studies of Science.
The Conference is hosted by the School of Liberal Arts, University of Newcastle. With the departure of Martin Crotty for a new position, David Lemmings has taken over as Convenor. A formal call for papers will be issued in the new year, but in the meantime if you have suggestions for panels, please contact David via the e-mail address provided below.
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