VISIONS: 12th Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association, Newcastle City Hall, 5-9 July 2004
Stuart Macintyre (Melbourne) on the History Wars
Deborah Oxley (UNSW) on the real and imagined terrors of penal transportation
Ronnie Po-chi Hsia (Pennsylvania State) on religious dream narratives in early modern China
Janet McCalman (Melbourne) on historians, the media, and reproductive technology
Richard Bosworth (UWA) on Italians' conceptions of fascism and totalitarianism
The 12th AHA Biennial conference invites proposals for papers.
The theme of the conference is VISIONS:
We are in a new era of historical interpretation, in which constructed images of the past are no longer the exclusive property of academic historians, but are commonplace. History is encountered less through the printed page and more as images in a theatre, on the television or on a computer screen. This transformation of the past into a series of visual images delivers the wider audience historians have long sought, but at what cost? Is history becoming just another genre of entertainment to select from the video shop shelf, between comedy and romance? What are the effects on understandings of the past and on the practice of history? Visions seeks to explore ways of seeing and using the past from the perspective of the present and the future.
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
Please submit your proposals for papers by 5 January 2004 via the conference website.
Proposals for panel presentations should be discussed with the organisers of the academic programme, Dr. Nancy Cushing (Nancy.Cushing@newcastle.edu.au) and Dr. Erik Eklund (Erik.Eklund@newcastle.edu.au).
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