The Australian Centre and the Department of History at the University of Melbourne, Australia, will host the British World Conference III, 2-4 July 2004. Keynote speakers include: Anne Dickson-Waiko (University of Papua New Guinea), Norman Etherington (University of Western Australia), John MacKenzie (Lancaster University), Aileen Moreton-Robinson (University of Queensland), Adele Perry (University of Manitoba), Deryck Schreuder (University of Sydney) and Bill Schwarz (Goldsmiths College, University of London). Key themes include migration, identity, memory and heritage, landscape and history, gender history and Indigenous issues.
The British World Conference III is the third in the international cycle of annual British World Conferences and follows those held in Cape Town (2002) and Calgary (2003). The conference cycle is based on the assumption that, from the colonial period into the twentieth century, the British imperial world was held together not merely by ties of trade and defence but by a shared sense of British identity, which linked British communities – especially those in the ‘Old Dominions’ – around the globe.
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