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Thursday 4th April 2024

We have a late newsletter this week because of the Easter public holidays!

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Seminar Series

APH News

On the APH website you can catch up on:

The Australian Policy and History Network is currently seeking EOIs for book reviewers. APH invites reviewers from all career stages and welcomes EOIs from HDRs who may be new to book review writing and the editorial process.  EOIs, which contain a brief summary of interests or a specific book to be reviewed, can be emailed to APH’s books editor Lyndon Megarrity: drlyndon@bigpond.net.au


HDR/ECR Statistics Workshop
Foundations of Social Statistics: A Beginner’s Workshop
27 June, Deakin Downtown/Zoom


In an increasingly data-driven academic landscape, grasping the basics of statistical analysis is invaluable. We are repeating our half-day workshop on social statistics, this time with an added focus on applying the methods to individual researchers’ data. Led by Professor Andrew Singleton, during this workshop, we will cover:

  • Discovering the Relevance: Understand why statistics are helpful in your social research pursuits.
  • Core Concepts: Gain familiarity with key statistical ideas, from sampling to data collection.
  • ABS Data and Excel: Learn to access and summarise ABS data effectively using Excel.
  • Visualising and Interpreting Data: Acquire skills to read and present data using tables, graphs and charts.
  • Real-world Impact: Explore how statistics contribute to addressing societal issues and shaping policies.

No prior statistical knowledge is required, but participants are encouraged to bring their own data to work with. Participants who attended the previous session in December may want to join for the after-lunch applied session.

The workshop will be held at Deakin Downtown, and participants can attend in person on or Zoom. Please email mia.martinhobbs@deakin.edu.au if you would like to attend.

CCH/ADI Work In Progress day for ECRs
2pm, Friday 10th May, Zoom

Do you have an article or chapter you’d like feedback on? A piece you are stuck on, almost ready to submit, or just received revisions for?

We are running another Work in Progress day for ECRs, this time on Zoom. Every participant will read and receive 1-2 thorough reviews of their work.

If you would like to participate, please email mia.martinhobbs@deakin.edu.au and virginie.rey@deakin.edu.au with a short bio, title, abstract, and any specific feedback requests by 19th April so that we can match participants. Final drafts will be submitted by 3rd May so that participants have enough time to review and give generous feedback.

Graduate Oral History Intensive
4-day online course
April to May 2024 (Online)

In Autumn 2024, three of Australia’s leading oral historians, in partnership with Oral History Victoria, are pioneering an oral history intensive course aimed at university research students. We will teach you how to plan an oral history project and apply for ethics approval. You’ll learn how to create excellent interviews and document the recordings for use in research. We’ll explore approaches to analysing interviews and interpreting memories. And we’ll consider how to write a thesis using oral history as well as other types of oral history productions.

You will be active participants in the teaching and learning: reading a selection of key texts, bringing examples and issues from you own research, workshopping issues with the group, conducting practice interviews, discussing interview extracts from each participant, and developing a peer support group of graduate oral history researchers from around Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. Each day school will be taught online via Zoom, from 9.30am to 4pm Australian Eastern Standard time. The course will be limited to 18 participants. Tickets are available here. Those without access to university funding for this event may be able to access a bursary – see the website for details.

New Projects

“Hidden Christian World Heritage in the Gotō” is a new Digital Humanities project of interest in the areas of History and Oral History, and led by Dr Gwyn McClelland was included in the new Japan Past and Present Website that went live last week. Collaborators on the project were Sakatani Nobuko (Hisaka Island) and Oosaki Satsuki (Nakadori Island).

The Hidden Christian World Heritage in the Gotō project focuses on UNESCO Hidden Christian World Heritage sites in the Gotō Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, incorporating five interview transcripts in English and Japanese as well as their associated audio (totalling six participants). This project centers on oral history methodology in Japanese Studies and the preservation of Hidden Christian history and heritage in many forms. You can enter the site to browse.

CCH Research Grants

Our very popular CCH Grant Program is on again this year. We have changed the grant guidelines for 2024, so it is important that you read the new guidelines before you apply for a grant. Check out the guidelines and the application forms in our hub site.

CCH Shut Up and Write

every Monday, 9am-1.30pm, via Zoom.

Start the week strong with a Shut Up and Write! We will run 4 x 50 minute blocks of writing/focus, with breaks in between to chat, grab coffees, etc. All CCH colleagues welcome, especially ECRs, HDRs, and those who work remotely. Feel free to join at any time – it doesn’t matter if you can’t make it to every session, or every block in a session, just come when you can.

The zoom link is here. (Meeting ID: 822 0730 8335, Password: 65182364)
If you would like a recurring invite in your calendar, or you have any trouble joining, email Mia at mia.martinhobbs@deakin.edu.au


Ann Curthoys Prize 2024

Applications are now OPEN for the Ann Curthoys Prize 2024. This prize is awarded for the best unpublished article-length work by an Early Career Researcher in any one or combination of the following fields in which Ann has published: Australian history; feminist history; Indigenous history; transnational/comparative/colonial history; and history and theory. The Prize is generously funded by Ann and the Australian Catholic University, the institution of the current History Australia editors. The winner will receive a cash prize, a citation in History Australia, and will be considered for publication in the journal. For any queries concerning this prize, get in touch with History Australia Editorial Assistant Karen Downing (karen.downing@anu.edu.au). More details are here.

2025 National Library Fellowships

Applications are now open for the 2025 Fellowships offered by the National Library of Australia. The National Library of Australia Fellowships program offers researchers an opportunity to undertake a 12-week residency at the Library. Applicants may work in any field or discipline where the Library’s collections have appropriate depth and breadth to support the desired outcomes. There are several new Fellowships available this year, including a Fellowship in Asian Studies and a Fellowship in Australian rural, regional or environmental history.

You can find out more information about the Fellowships here. Applications will close on 5th May.

Axon: Creative Explorations
Creative Writing, Place and History (Dec–Jan 2024-25 issue)

This issue of the Axon: Creative Explorations journal will explore the relationships and connections between Creative Writing, Place and History and will be published in the December–January 2024-25 issue.

The editors, Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton, now invite 150-word abstracts for proposed articles related to the relationships and connections between Creative Writing, Place and History, which might include topics such as:

  • Poetry and place
  • Poetry and history
  • Genius Loci as a concept
  • Creative writing and the factual
  • Writing about ‘what actually happened’
  • Recreating histories
  • The relationship between truth, facts and invention
  • Visiting writing locations
  • Understanding the ‘other’ in other places
  • The creative use of documentary resources
  • Biography and creativity

Abstracts for articles on other related topics are also welcome.

All abstracts should be submitted by 30 April 2024 at Axon’s Submissions Manager. You can find more information here – CFP_Creative Writing Place and History_Axon Journal.

Australia-Korea Foundation Visiting Professor of Australian Studies 2024-25

The Australia-Korea Foundation Visiting Professor of Australian Studies 2024-25 is intended to enhance Australian-Korean relationships via a funded, 10-12 month visiting position at Seoul National University. You can find more information about the position here.

The International Australian Studies Association will be running the Australian part of the application and interview process: please direct any queries about the process to Prof. Anna Johnston, copying her assistant Josh Szymanski. The closing date is 15 April 2024.

CCH Hub Site

We now have a Sharepoint site (for Deakin staff and students only). This is where you can find CCH templates and logos, and importantly – new grant application forms. CCH members should have access, but you will need to use your Deakin login.

Cover Photo

The Chinese Dragon, Bendigo Easter Fair. State Library of Victoria Collection