Lynn Abrams

Screen Shot 2017-07-11 at 8.57.12 PMProfessor Lynn Abrams is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow, UK. She has published extensively in gender history and oral history including: Oral History Theory (Routledge, 2016 and companion website), Myth and Materiality in a Women’s World: Shetland, 1800-2000 (Manchester University Press, 2005), and ‘Story-telling, Women’s Authority and the “Old Wife’s Tale”: The Story of the Bottle of Medicine’ in History Workshop Journal (2012). She is currently researching women of the postwar ‘transition generation’. Some of her early findings from this project are published in ‘Liberating the female self: epiphanies, conflict and coherence in the life stories of Post-war British women’ in Social History (2014).


Oral history and liberating women’s voices

Caitlin Adams

Caitlin Adams is a Master of Research candidate in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. She is currently completing a thesis that explores the attitudes and experience of mothers living in poverty in Australia and England in the early nineteenth century.

Follow Caitlin on Twitter @Caitlinadams314.


Carers, Citizens, Commodities: Australian Mothering Past and Present

Alison Alexander

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 8.17.23 PMAlison Alexander has written 28 books, mainly commissioned histories of Tasmanian institutions, areas and community groups. These earned her a living, but she mainly likes writing biographies: The Ambitions of Jane Franklin (2013), which won the 2014 National Biography Award, and biographies of Marie Bjelke Petersen (lesbian romance novelist), Mary Grant Bruce (children’s author), and Edward and Maria Lord (dominant settlers in early Hobart).


Jane Franklin: A life on her own terms

Margaret Allen

Professor Margaret Allen is Professor Emerita of Gender Studies and executive member of the Fay Gale Centre at the University of Adelaide. Margaret began teaching feminist history in 1979. She was convener of the Australian Women’s History Network between 2000 and 2004, and then IFRWH executive member and newsletter editor from 2005 to 2010. Margaret researches transnational, postcolonial and gendered histories, focusing upon links between India and Australia from c. 1880 to 1940. Her recent publications include Cosmopolitan Lives on the Cusp of Empire: Interfaith, Cross-Cultural and Transnational Networks, 1860-1950 (Palgrave Pivot, 2017, with Jane Haggis, Clare Midgley and Fiona Paisley).


Review of the 2018 IFRWH conference

Judith Armstrong

Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 3.45.28 PMDr Judith Armstrong was born in Melbourne, and has an MA and PhD from the University of Melbourne. Appointed to the Department of Russian, she taught the literature, history and culture of pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia, initiated several interdepartmental courses, and produced five book-length publications as well as many journal articles. She became a Reader, Head of the Russian Department, and member of the University Council. Leaving the university in order to write full-time, she has published six books of fiction and non-fiction and written numerous reviews and articles for newspapers, magazines and opera programs. No doubt her greatest claim to fame was an invitation to write on adultery in Anna Karenina for the Oprah Winfrey website.


The non-fiction novel?

Michelle Arrow

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 6.10.48 PMAssociate Professor Michelle Arrow is an Associate Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University. In 2014, together with Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri, Michelle won the NSW Premier’s Multimedia History Prize for the radio feature “Public Intimacies: the Royal Commission on Human Relationships, 1974-1977.” Michelle researched in Elizabeth Reid’s papers as part of her 2016 Fellowship at the National Library of Australia.

Follow Michelle on Twitter @MichelleArrow1.


Working inside the system: Elizabeth Reid, the Whitlam government and the Women’s Movement

LGBT activism and the 1974 Royal Commission

It’s Time: Writing a Feminist History of 1970s Australia

Robyn Arrowsmith

Dr Robyn Arrowsmith is author of All the Way to the USA: Australian WWII War Brides (2013) based on 10-years research for her PhD at Macquarie University. Robyn has retired and moved to the Southern Highlands in NSW, but maintains contact with war brides, continues to collect information and is a regular guest speaker at various organisations.


‘Wild Jill’: Notes from a plenary session celebrating Australian historian Jill Roe

Barbara Baird

Associate Professor Barbara Baird is an Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Flinders University. She recognises the sovereignty of the Kaurna people, traditional owners of the Adelaide plains, upon whose land she lives and works. She has written extensively about the history and politics of sexuality and reproduction in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Australia, with a focus on abortion.



Tracing activist demands concerning ‘same sex’ relationships

Katie Barclay

Katie Barclay is a historian at the University of Adelaide and in 2017-18, EURIAS Marie Curie Fellow at the Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Aarhus. Her book Men on Trial: Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800-1845 is forthcoming with Manchester University Press.



Murder, emotion and women’s bodies in nineteenth-century Ireland

Chelsea Barnett

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 6.37.15 PMDr Chelsea Barnett is based at Macquarie University, where she received her PhD in 2016. Her research interests include Australian twentieth-century history, masculinities, gender history, and the history of popular culture. She is co-convenor of the 2017 AWHN Symposium “Symbiotic Histories,” held in conjunction with the Australian Historical Association’s national conference.

Follow Chelsea on Twitter @chelseambarnett


How the personal became political

‘Wild Jill’: Notes from a plenary session celebrating Australian historian Jill Roe

“Tips for conference organisers: Experiences from the AWHN stream of the AHA

Isobelle Barrett Meyering

Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering is a historian of Australian feminism, the family and childhood. She recently completed her PhD on children and the Australian women’s liberation movement (1969-1979) at UNSW Sydney. She has taught in history and gender studies at UNSW and previously worked as a research assistant at the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse from 2009 to 2013.


‘Wild Jill’: Notes from a plenary session celebrating Australian historian Jill Roe

“Tips for conference organisers: Experiences from the AWHN stream of the AHA

Sarah Bell


Sarah Bell is a Masters student at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. With a strong interest in social history, her current research focuses on the history and representation of AANS POWS in Australian culture.



“Liberation to legacy: The postwar lives of AANS POWs”

Catherine Bishop

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 6.50.23 PMDr Catherine Bishop is the Historical Studies Research Concentration Coordinator at the Australian Catholic University. In 2015 her book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney was published by NewSouth. In 2016 she was awarded the Mary Bennett Prize by the Australian Women’s History Network for her article on coverture and nineteenth-century businesswomen, published in the Law and History Review. Catherine is currently writing a book about colonial businesswomen in New Zealand as well as a biography of controversial Australian female missionary, Annie Lock. Other ongoing research projects include an investigation of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women and the development of twentieth-century professional women’s networks; and the history and influence of the World Youth Forums held in the post-war period.


Manipulating marriage and money-making

Helen Bones

Dr Helen Bones is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, and a writer and historian specialising in empirical literary and publishing histories of New Zealand and Australia. Her book, The Expatriate Myth: New Zealand writers and the colonial world (Otago University Press, 2018), critically examines the roles of expatriatism and exile in New Zealand writing.

Helen is a Research Associate in Digital Humanities at Western Sydney University, working with Dr Jason Ensor on the ARCHivER project (Angus & Robertson Collection for Humanities and Education Research), which is funded by the Australian National Data Service in association with the State Library of New South Wales. She is currently researching trans-Tasman literary connections and writers who fall in-between national categorisations.

Follow Helen on Twitter @helenkbones.


Literary in-betweens: Dora Wilcox and Australasian writing

Susan Broomhall

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-10-35-17-pmProfessor Susan Broomhall is a historian of early modern Europe at the University of Western Australia and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Her research explores gender, emotions, material culture, cultural contact and heritage in the early modern world. In 2014, she was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to examine emotions and power in the correspondence of Catherine de Medici. Her recent publications include Gender, power and identity in the early modern House of Orange-Nassau with Jacqueline Van Gent, and Police courts in nineteenth-century Scotland with David G. Barrie.


Narrating women’s experiences of psychic violence

What I wish I’d known: Grant applications”

Danielle Broadhurst

Danielle Broadhurst completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at Monash University in 2017 titled, “‘The GI, the digger, the school girl tarts’: The Enforcement of Venereal Disease Regulations on the Melbourne Home Front, 1939-1945.” Her research interests include Australian social, political and gender histories. In 2018, Danielle will conduct research as a Summer Vacation Scholar for the Australian War Memorial.

Follow her on Twitter @broadhurstory.


‘Khaki-mad’: The gendered approach to venereal disease in World War Two

Chilla Bulbeck

Professor Chilla Bulbeck, at her retirement, was Chair in Women’s Studies at the University of Adelaide, where she taught and published at the intersections of gender and class, ethnicity/nation and then generation. Since retiring, Chilla has become a full-time activist (oh bliss!), primarily for The Greens (WA) where she has been or is Secretary, Green Issue newsletter co-editor, Convenor of the Election Research Working Group and Assistant Field Director of the 2017 State Election campaign. In March 2015, she established the community group Curtin’sCASE to encourage Julie Bishop, Australia’s lead negotiator at the United Nations climate talks in Paris in November-December 2015, to sign Australia up for appropriate emission reduction targets. A team of 15 co-leaders and active supporters prompted over 7,000 conversations in Julie Bishop’s electorate and beyond.

Follow Chilla on Twitter @ChillaBulbeck.


Should women vote for women?

Gemmia Burden

Dr Gemmia Burden is an honorary research fellow at the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland. Her doctoral thesis explored the Queensland Museum’s collection and use of cultural items over the colonial and federation era. She currently works as a professional historian and cultural heritage consultant.



Representing (white) Man: The Problem with Museums

Cassandra Byrnes

Cassandra Byrnes is a Ph.D. student at the University of Queensland. Her thesis examines reproduction regulation in Queensland in the post-war era, and how political, moral and social control over reproductive bodies influences broader attitudes regarding gender and autonomy.


Reproduction regulation, abortion and Indigenous women since the 1970s

Faye Yik-Wei Chan

Faye Yik-Wei Chan is a Ph.D. Candidate and RA with the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (Arts) and the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (Melbourne Law School), University of Melbourne. She is also a tutor on the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) at the Murrup Barak Institute (University of Melbourne).


Citzenship vs. alienship and the intersectionality of law, race and gender

Frances Clarke

Frances ClarkeDr Frances M. Clarke is a senior lecturer in the History Department at The University of Sydney. Her research interests include nineteenth-century U.S. history, the history of war, trauma, and memory, race and gender analysis, and the history of childhood. She is currently working on two book projects with Rebecca Jo Plant related to age and U.S. militarism: the first, focused on debates over underage soldiers in the era of the American Civil War, and the second focused on the longer history of questions around the military education of American children, the impact of war and violence, and definitions of age.


Day in the working life of a historian: Frances Clarke

Catharine Coleborne

Professor Catharine Coleborne studied at the University of Melbourne and at La Trobe University. Trained as a feminist historian, her work has taken questions about gender, class and ethnicity, lived in categories of analysis, and positioned these as ways to understand institutional confinement and its meanings and effects. Her book Insanity, Identity and Empire (Manchester University Press) appeared in 2015. Currently the Head of School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle (Australia), Catharine is a Professor of History and is involved in a range of research projects, supervisions and research groups. Her next book will be Narrating Madness in the Twentieth Century.

Follow Catharine on twitter at @CathyColeborne.


“Archive stories: Institutionalised women as lost lives?”

Claire Cooke

Claire Profile PictureDr Claire Cooke is based at the University of Western Australia, where she received her Ph.D. in 2016. Her research focuses upon African American missionary women working within South Africa during the early twentieth century. In 2015, she was awarded the Florence A. Bell Award by Drew University and a Short-term Fellowship by Emory University to examine how ideas of masculinity shaped missionary work within South Africa. Her research has appeared in the Australasian Review of African Studies and Mission Studies. Claire is also a member of the Australian Women’s History Network’s Lilith Editorial Collective.


Charlotte Maxeke: Tireless campaigner for women’s rights

The life and times of Charlotte Maxeke

Ellen Cresswell

Ellen Cresswell completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at the University of Wollongong in 2016. Her thesis is entitled, “‘I wish I had wings’: Experiences of The Soldier’s Mother in Australia During the First World War 1914-18”. Ellen is currently completing a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney and conducted research as a Summer Scholar for the Australian War Memorial in 2018. Her research interests include war, social, and medical histories.

Follow Ellen on Twitter @ellecresswell.


‘If I had wings’: Helplessness and anxiety among Australian soldiers’ mothers

Sharon Crozier-de Rosa

Dr Sharon Crozier-De Rosa is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wollongong. She has just recently published Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920 (Routledge, 2018). Currently, she is preparing Remembering Women’s Activism for publication with Vera Mackie (Routledge, 2018). Sharon is a past National Convenor of the Australian Women’s History Network (AWHN), past recipient of the AWHN’s Mary Bennett Prize, ongoing Editorial Board member of the AWHN’s  Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, and current Co-Convenor of the University of Wollongong’s Feminist Research Network (FRN). Sharon blogs at The Militant Woman.

Follow Sharon on Twitter @S_CrozierDeRosa.


Uncomfortable feminist icon: Constance Markievicz

Shame: A Transnational History of Women Policing Women

Susan Currie

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-9-13-14-amSusan Currie has worked variously as a lawyer, academic, teacher and librarian. As well as numerous journal articles, book reviews, short stories and poems, she has written a textbook on legal studies for Queensland schools, and seven significant profiles for A Woman’s Place: 100 Years of Queensland Women Lawyers (2005). She has degrees in Arts and Law from UQ, a Masters of Laws and a Masters of Arts (Research) in Creative Writing from QUT and completed her recent biography of Janet Irwin as the major component of a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University.


Sexual harassment in universities becomes visible…again

Lucy Davies

LDLucy Davies is a Ph.D. candidate at La Trobe University. Her thesis examines how Papua New Guineans shaped Australia’s administration of Papua New Guinea through travel. Lucy is also Research Associate for the McCoy “Melbourne in the South Seas” project at Museum Victoria.



Indigenous Activism and the 1967 Referendum: Remembering Joyce Clague

Samadhi Driscoll

Samadhi Driscoll develops strategies, social policies and workplace training to improve outcomes for diverse groups that have experienced inequality, for example women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in leadership roles. She contracts to Government agencies, Universities and private companies. Her interest in history started with researching her family tree, but has grown as she found her professional interests and family history intertwined.


Fortune-telling, family history and feminism

Loretta Dolan

Loretta Dolan is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia (UWA), as well as an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the same university.  She has taught History at both secondary school and tertiary levels, but now trains pre-service Humanities and Social Science (HASS) teachers, which combines her love of both History and Education. She completed a PhD in 2014 under the supervision of the late Professor Philippa Maddern and Dr Stephanie Tarbin at UWA, researching children and childrearing practices in the North of England, c. 1450-1603. A book based on her thesis, Nurture and Neglect: Childhood in Sixteenth-Century Northern England was published in 2017 by Routledge.


Child marriage in early modern England

Paige Donaghy

Paige Donaghy is a recent Honours graduate in History from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at The University of Queensland. Her thesis examined the place of false conceptions in the history of early modern European medicine and science. She is currently interested in early modern women’s sexuality, particularly the history of women’s masturbation.

Follow Paige on Twitter at @donaphy.


The non-history of other births: molar pregnancy and early modern false conceptions

Lisa Durnian

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-10-11-27-amLisa Durnian is a Griffith University Ph.D. candidate with the ARC-funded Prosecution Project. Her research investigates the historical development of the guilty plea in Australian criminal prosecutions, with a focus on the Queensland and Victorian Supreme Courts.

Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaDurnian.


‘Mum will be safe now’: Prosecuting children who kill violent men

Kate Evans

Dr Kate Evans works for ABC RN’s Books and Arts and Books Plus programs. She has also worked on Hindsight, Rear Vision, Life Matters – and a number of ABC TV history programs including One Hundred Years: The Australian Story. She has a PhD on the history of press photograhy and an MA in public history.

Twitter: @HistoryGirlKate


Day in the working life of a historian: Kate Evans

Tanya Evans

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-8-18-50-pmDr Tanya Evans is Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and a public historian who specialises in the history of the family, motherhood, poverty and sexuality. She is passionate about the democratisation of historical knowledge and incorporating ordinary people and places in her research. She has written extensively on illegitimacy, poverty and philanthropy. Her most recent book Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial NSW examines the history of Australia’s oldest surviving charity The Benevolent Society, and was written in collaboration with family historians. Tanya’s current project examines family history and historical consciousness in Australia, England and Canada since 1901.

Follow Tanya on Twitter @TanyaEvans14.


How domestic violence fractures families

Lisa Featherstone

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 6.28.22 PMDr Lisa Featherstone is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Her latest book Sex Crimes in the Fifties with Andy Kaladelfos was recently published by Melbourne University Press. Lisa has published widely on sexuality, masculinity, childbirth, medicine and child health. She is currently chief investigator on an ARC discovery project, “Sexual Offences, Legal Responses and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s,” with Andy Kaladelfos, Carolyn Strange and Nina Westera.


What did abortion look like in 1899?

Rape in marriage: Why was it so hard to criminalise sexual violence?

Marriage debates in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

Contraception and reproduction in Australia’s past (or: please don’t try these methods at home)

Victims of domestic violence less deserving of justice?

Sarah Ferber

Sarah Ferber is Professor of History at the University ofWollongong, Australia. She is a cultural historian researching in the fields of early modern European religion and modern medical ethics. With Vera Mackie and Nicola Marks, she produced the edited collection The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019. 


Where the domestic meets the global: Writing the history of assisted reproduction

Catriona Fisk

Catriona Fisk is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney, whose work bridges dress history, material culture, women’s and gender history and museology. Her doctoral research investigates dress for pregnancy in the eighteenth and nineteenth century through surviving garments in public collections. She is also a freelance curator and researcher, most recently working on the exhibition and catalogue Connecting Threads at Newstead House, Brisbane.


A pregnant pause? Filling in the history of pregnancy and dress

Jenny Fraser

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 12.09.57 AMDr Jenny Fraser is a Murri artist with an interest in other ways. She has refined the art of artist/curating as an act of sovereignty and emancipation. Jenny has completed a Masters in Indigenous Wellbeing at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales and her Ph.D. in the Art of Decolonisation at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory.



Affirming the matriarchy

Jane Freeland

jane-143x143Dr Jane Freeland is a Newton International Fellow at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on domestic violence activism in Cold War Germany, examining both historical and contemporary issues of gender violence, citizenship, and legal reform. She has published in Perspectives on Europe and has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Women’s History.

Follow Jane on Twitter @jec_free.


Writing their stories: Women’s survivorship and the history of domestic abuse in divided Germany

Stephanie Gilbert

Dr Stephanie Gilbert is currently on a Post-Doctoral Fulbright Scholarship at the University of California (Los Angeles) examining the Indigenous body, epigenetics and memory. She passionately identifies as Stolen Generation, Tubba-Gah Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi. She is employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.



The inspirational Pearl Gibbs: Challenging norms about Aboriginal women

Shane Greentree

SGDr Shane Greentree is a Casual Research Assistant at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University. His research focuses upon eighteenth-century radical women writers such as Catharine Macaulay and Mary Hays, including both close textual reading and broader examination of authorial reputation over the long nineteenth century. He is currently working on a study of early posthumous writing on Mary Wollstonecraft.

Follow Shane on Twitter @shanemgreentree.


Catharine Macaulay and the ‘Equal Eye’ of Compassion

Defending the Character and Conduct of Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1803

Heather Goodall

lucy-woodcock-hall-pic-cropProfessor Heather Goodall is Professor Emerita of History in the School of Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Technology Sydney. She has published on Indigenous histories and environmental history in Australia and on colonialism and decolonisation in the twentieth century in the eastern Indian Ocean. Her recent work includes “Beyond the ‘Poison of Prejudice’: Indian and Australian women talk about the White Australia Policy,” co-authored with Devleena Ghosh, published in History Australiaand the collaborative biography of Kevin Cook, Making Change Happen: Black and White Activists talk to Kevin Cook about Aboriginal, Union and Liberation Politics (2013).

Heather can be contacted by email on


Neighbours – and heroes: The history week lecture, 2016

Victoria Grieves

Dr Victoria Grieves is the lead CI on the ARC DI project Children Born of War: Australia and the War in the Pacific 1941 – 1945. She is an Aboriginal person; an historian engaged in intersectionality, who also works in interdisciplinary ways to progress critical Indigenous theory.


Interracial marriage, children and a family forged in World War II Australia: Mum Dot’s heartbreak marriage to an African American sailor

Patricia Grimshaw

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-12-55-amProfessor Patricia Grimshaw is a Professor Emerita at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. One of Australia’s seminal scholars in gender and colonial history, she has published numerous articles, monographs and edited collections, including Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Exchange (2010) with Andrew May, Britishness Abroad: Transnational Movements and Imperial Cultures (2007) with Kate Darian-Smith and Stuart Macintyre and Women’s Rights and Human Rights: International Historical Perspectives (2001) with Katie Holmes and Marilyn Lake. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


Day in the working life of a (retired) historian: Patricia Grimshaw

Dianne Hall

img_0708Dr Dianne Hall is a Senior Lecturer in History, Victoria University, Melbourne. This blog post is based on research undertaken for Dianne Hall and Elizabeth Malcolm, “Sexual and Domestic Violence in Europe,” in The Cambridge World History of Violence Volume 3 – AD 1500-AD 1800, edited by Robert Antony, Stuart Carroll, Caroline Dodds Pennock (forthcoming, 2018). Dianne and Elizabeth are currently writing more on this topic in a book on gender and violence in Ireland between 1200 and 1900.

Follow Dianne on Twitter @HistoryDH.


Domestic violence has a history: Early modern family violence

Kristyn Harman

Dr Kristyn Harman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania who specialises in cross-cultural encounters across Britain’s nineteenth-century colonies, and twentieth-century Australasia. Author of Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land (2017) and winner of the 2014 Australian Historical Association Kay Daniels award for her first book Aboriginal Convicts, Kristyn’s work is represented in top tier journals including the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, and the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.


Narrating New Zealand’s colonial past through convict micro-histories

Rachel Harris

image1-copyRachel Harris is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Adelaide. Her thesis considers the lives of civilian women in South Australia during World War II. Rachel was the recipient of the 2015 Wakefield Companion to S.A. History Essay Prize for her work on the experiences of female munition workers and members of the Australian Women’s Land Army in South Australia between 1940-1945.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @racheldharris_.


From gardeners to governor’s wives – How have women have shaped Australia’s cities?

Wonder Woman – feminine throwback or modern feminist icon?

Alison Holland

Alison-Holland-683x1024Dr Alison Holland is a senior lecturer in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University. Her book, Just Relations: The Story of Mary Bennett’s Crusade for Aboriginal Rights (UWA Publishing), was published in 2015 and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History prize for Australian History in 2016. Alison is currently writing a book on the politics of Aboriginal Affairs in the first half of the twentieth century, utilising research from a National Archives Fellowship.


Wielding her pen like a sword: Mary Bennett the writer

Lucinda Horrocks

lucinda-portrait-square-1000pxLucinda Horrocks is an award winning film producer and co-founder of Wind & Sky Productions, a company specialising in documentary storytelling. Recent stories include Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe, about the unacknowledged contribution of Aboriginal Victorians on colonial waterways; The Savoy Ladies Group, a film about Italian women migrants in North-Eastern Victoria;Exile, a musical multimedia tour celebrating the Irish experience in Australia; and Memories of War, a collaborative film and research project about the impacts of WW1 on a regional town. Her work is distributed online, at dedicated screenings and events and at museums and cultural institutions.

Follow Lucinda on Twitter @lucinda_windsky.


Out of the Closets: A homosexual history of Melbourne

Lucy Jackson

_dsf2663Dr Lucy Jackson is a postdoctoral fellow at King’s College London. Her research focuses on ancient Greek and Roman theatre and its reception in early modern Europe and Britain during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Lucy is a member of the Steering Committee for the Women’s Classical Committee (2015-17). Lucy is half-Australian and tries to visit her family in Canberra as much as her stipend allows.

Follow Lucy on Twitter @LucyMCJackson.


Launching the Women’s Classical Committee, UK

Anne Jamison

anne-jamisonDr Anne Jamison is Lecturer in Literary Studies at Western Sydney University. Anne has published widely on nineteenth-century Irish women’s writing, including her recent monograph E. Œ. Somerville and Martin Ross: Female Authorship and Literary Collaboration (Cork University Press, 2016). She is currently Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales and is working on a comparative project between nineteenth-century Australian and Irish women’s writing. As part of this project, and in collaboration with the Sydney Review of Books, Anne will be hosting the Australian Women’s Writing Symposium at the State Library of New South Wales on November 3, 2016.


‘Who do you think you are?’ Australian Women Writers

The retrospect: Australian women’s writing symposium

Rebecca Jennings

Rebecca Jennings teaches the history of gender and sexuality in modern Britain in the Department of History at University College London. She has published widely on Australian and British lesbian history and her most recent book, Unnamed Desires: A Sydney Lesbian History was published by Monash University Publishing in 2015. She is currently working on a new monograph, Sisters, Lovers, Wives and Mothers: Lesbian Intimacy in Britain and Australia, 1945-2000, based on her Australian Research Council-funded research into post-war British and Australian lesbian relationships and parenting.


“Marriage between women in post-war Australia

Andy Kaladelfos

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-1-16-04-pmDr Andy Kaladelfos is a Lecturer in criminology at the University of New South Wales. Andy was a Senior Research Fellow on the ARC Laureate Fellowship Prosecution Project at the Griffith Criminology Institute from 2012 to 2018. Andy’s recent publications include Sex Crimes in the Fifties with Lisa Featherstone, and The Sexual Abuse of Children: Recognition and Redress with Yorick Smaal and Mark Finnane.

Follow Andy on Twitter @AKaladelfos.


Uncovering a hidden offence: Histories of familial sexual abuse

The Greatest Menace: The unexpected outcomes of policing homosexuality

Victims of domestic violence less deserving of justice?

Effie Karageorgos

Dr Effie Karageorgos is an early career researcher based in Melbourne. Her research is in the social history of war, focusing specifically on military psychiatry and soldiering, particularly during the South African and Vietnam Wars. She has a PhD from Flinders University, and her monograph Australian soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam: Words from the Battlefield, was published in March 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic.

Follow Effie on Twitter: @eleaud


“Masculinity, trauma and Australian Soldiers in the South African War”

James Keating

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-1-39-44-pmDr James Keating is a historian of suffrage,women and internationalism, and Australia and New Zealand in the world. He recently completed his PhD at UNSW and has published in Women’s History Review and Australian Historical Studies. James is a member of the Journal of Australian Studies’ editorial committee.

Follow James on Twitter: @keating_jw.


Vida Goldstein, the vote, and the challenges of national and international citizenship

‘Wild Jill’: Notes from a plenary session celebrating Australian historian Jill Roe

“Tips for conference organisers: Experiences from the AWHN stream of the AHA

Anna Kerr

Anna Kerr is a lawyer, teacher, activist and mother of four. She is the founder and Principal Solicitor of the Feminist Legal Clinic which works to advance feminism by supporting feminist groups and their members. Her clients are diverse and include the Coalition for Women’s Refuges, the Women’s Family Law Court Support Service, The Women’s Library and Mamapalooza Sydney. Anna is a member of the Australian Women’s History Network.


Respectful Relationships Education? Let’s start by teaching some Herstory

Catherine Kevin

Catherine KevinDr Catherine Kevin is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University, which she joined in 2007 after holding positions at SBS Television and the Menzies Centre of Australian Studies, King’s College, University of London. She is the author of Feminism and the Body: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Catherine is the South Australian representative for the Australian Women’s History Network.

Follow Catherine on Twitter @catherinekevin5.


Day in the working life of a historian: Catherine Kevin

Mark Klemens

Mark Klemens studied Australian literature at The University of Sydney. His essay on P.L Travers’ working relationship with Walt Disney appeared in the book Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012 (2013). He has worked as a criminal trial lawyer in the United States, as a scholarly publisher, and as an adjunct lecturer of Australian literature at the State University of New York at Brockport. A version of this blog post was presented at the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America’s 2017 conference in Washington D.C.


Lady Audrey Tennyson: trailing spouse, invaluable observer

Kate Laing

KLKate Laing is a Ph.D. candidate at La Trobe University. Her thesis looks at the history of women’s internationalism in Australia through a study of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Kate was a National Library of Australia Norman McCann Summer Scholar in 2014.

Follow Kate on Twitter @kateleonie.


Indigenous Activism and the 1967 Referendum: Remembering Joyce Clague

Marilyn Lake

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-9-02-06-pmProfessor Marilyn Lake was a member of the La Trobe history department from 1989 before moving to the University of Melbourne in 2013, where she convened the ‘Australia in the World’ series of public lectures, seminars and symposia. She has held Visiting Professorial Fellowships at Stockholm University, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia and University of Maryland. Between 2001 and 2002 Marilyn held the Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University, and between 2010 and 2014 she was President of the Australian Historical Association. She retired from the University of Melbourne in 2016.


In celebration of internationalism in women’s history: Select reminiscences from Marilyn Lake’s Festschrift

Hannah Loney

HLDr Hannah Loney is a Lecturer in Politics at the Australian Catholic University. Hannah specialises in twentieth-century Southeast Asian and Pacific history and politics. Her forthcoming book, In Women’s Words: Violence and Everyday Life during the Indonesian Occupation of East Timor, 1975–1999, will be published in 2018 with Sussex Academic Press.



Beneath the Textual Record: Women’s voices and the violence of occupation

Sophie Loy-Wilson

Sophie Loy-Wilson is a Lecturer in Australian History at the University of Sydney. She works on immigration history, labour history and all things China-Australia. She especially likes using Chinese Australian sources and perspectives to re-write aspects of Australia’s past.  Her first book was published last year and is called Australians in Shanghai: Race, Rights and Nation in Treaty Port China.

Follow Sophie on Twitter @sophieloywilson.


What I wish I’d known: PhD professionalisation

Deb Lee-Talbot

Deb Lee-Talbot is completing a Bachelor of Arts (sociology) at Deakin University. Deb is also a volunteer with Melbourne Museum, researching historic Australasian expeditions. Her primary research interests are religion, gender, Australian and Pacific history.

Follow Deb on Twitter @socialquery101.


From the fields of war to the streets of suburbia: A centenary of the Australian Red Cross

Fashioning a woman’s place: The creation of an inclusive Australian history

Beyond the goldfields: Australian migration to early-twentieth-century Shanghai

Victoria Leonard

image00005-2Dr Victoria Leonard is an early career researcher and tutor at Cardiff University, Wales. Her research focuses on late antique historiography, late ancient religion, and gender, sexuality and theories of the body in antiquity. Victoria is a founding member, former co-chair, and Steering Committee member of the Women’s Classical Committee.

Follow Victoria on Twitter @tigerlilyrocks.


Launching the Women’s Classical Committee, UK

Brigitte Lewis

s200_brigitte-lewisDr Brigitte Lewis is the Research Officer for the Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance (GeVARA) at RMIT where researchers are actively exploring digital activism in relation to crime and justice issues.

Follow Brigitte on Twitter @briglewis.



Feminist digital activism: The revolution is being streamed, snapped and tweeted

Kiera Lindsey

kiera-lindseyDr Kiera Lindsey published her first book The Convict’s Daughter with Allen & Unwin in 2016 and is under contract to publish another speculative biography with Allen & Unwin in 2019. She is also working with Foxtel’s History Channel as an on-camera historian for a new four part series on Australian History which will air in mid-2017. She completed a Masters of Arts and a Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne and lectures in Australian history at the University of South Australia. Kiera has won awards for her teaching and was the winner of the inaugural Greg Denning History Prize in 2009.

Follow Kiera on Twitter @LindseyKiera.


The Convict’s Daughter: Speculations on biography

Stirring the Pot: Speculating with fragments and informing the imagination

The 9000 ‘Sister politicians’ who petitioned Queen Victoria in 1850

Marian Lorrison

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 9.44.53 amMarian Lorrison is a Ph.D. student at Macquarie University. Her thesis examines the rise of the New Woman in Australia between 1880 and 1914, and traces the effects of increasing emancipation on twelve ordinary women. It considers how a growing sense of autonomy for women transferred to sexual and gender relations. Marian’s interests lie in histories of sexuality, gender and feminism and writing the stories of ordinary women.

Follow Marian on Twitter @MarianLorrison.


‘Of idle and vagrant habits’: Women and divorce in colonial Australia

From puritanical wowers to passionate reformers: The re-making of Australia’s first-wave feminists

Rebecca Lush

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-3-34-39-pmRebecca Lush is a Curator of Medical History at the Harry Daly Museum. Her other roles include program producer and volunteer coordinator at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and Heritage Interpreter at Cockatoo Island. Rebecca has recently graduated from a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies program at the University of Sydney.

Follow Rebecca on Twitter @LotteNaughton.


Day in the working life of a historian: Rebecca Lush

Jane Lydon

Lydon July head&shProfessor Jane Lydon holds the Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her most recent book Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Bloomsbury, 2016) explores the role of photography in shaping ideas about race and difference from the 1840s to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights, placing the Australian experience in a global context. She is currently involved on two ARC Discovery projects: one on magic lantern slide shows as a globalised and formative cultural experience in colonial Australia; and another addressing how anti-slavery discourse, particularly its representations in popular culture, influenced humanitarian campaigns from 1890 to the present. Jane’s research more broadly explores visual cultures in an effort to understand how images have shaped ideas and debates about rights, identity and culture that persist into the present.

Follow Jane on Twitter @LydonJane.


Day in the working life of a historian: Jane Lydon

Historicising Photography, Empathy and Human Rights

Vera Mackie

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-6-38-47-pmProfessor Vera Mackie is Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research at the University of Wollongong. Her essay on searching for traces of women in the military archives will appear in Kirsty Reid and Fiona Paisley (eds) Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism: Approaching the Imperial Archive (Routledge) in 2017.

Follow Vera on Twitter @veramackie.


Remembering Bellona: Gendered allegories in the Australian War Memorial

The grandmother and the girl

Where the domestic meets the global: Writing the history of assisted reproduction

Dolly MacKinnon

Associate Professor Dolly MacKinnon is an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland. Her research background engages with history and music. Her cultural history research spans the early modern to the modern and concentrates on hearing the histories of the marginalized and institutionalized by analysing the mental, physical (including material culture) and auditory landscapes of past cultures.


Hearing women as mad in the asylum: past perceptions haunting the present’

Susan Magarey

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 5.52.58 PMProfessor Susan Magarey has degrees in English Literature and History from Adelaide University and the Australian National University. She was Lecturer-in-charge of the Women’s Studies Programme at the Australian National University (1978-83) and the Director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies at Adelaide University (1983-2000), where she is now Professor Emerita in History. She is Founding Editor of Australian Feminist Studies (1985-2005), and remains a member of its Editorial Board; founder of the Magarey Medal for Biography; and author of Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation – Women’s Studies – Around the World.


Catherine Helen Spence: ‘The most distinguished woman they had had in Australia’

Nicola J. Marks

Dr Nicola J. Marks is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong. Her research focuses on the social dimensions of science, technology and medicine. With Vera Mackie and Sarah Ferber, she produced the edited collection The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019. 


Where the domestic meets the global: Writing the history of assisted reproduction

Philippa Martyr

Philippa Martyr’s broad historian-of-medicine remit includes mental health, women’s social history, histories of institutions, complementary and alternative medicines, epidemiology, health education, biography, the sociology of health and illness, and public health. She has researched, taught, and published widely in these areas, as well as in film and literary criticism, religion and ethics, sexualities, and Australian politics. She is currently a lecturer in the Discipline of Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia.


‘Relaxed and pleasant: women undergoing leucotomy in Western Australia, 1947-1970’

Clement Masakure

Dr Clement Masakure is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, South Africa. His research focuses on the histories of hospitals, health and healing in Central and Southern Africa. He is currently working on nursing history in twentieth-century Zimbabwe.



Being a white nurse in colonial Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia) before World War II

Iola Mathews

Iola Mathews is an author, co-founder of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, and a former journalist at The Age. Later she worked at the ACTU as an industrial officer and advocate, specialising in women’s employment, for which she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal. She was the advocate in the parental leave case and equal pay cases for child care workers and clerical workers. More recently, she established writers’ studios in the National Trust property ‘Glenfern’ in East St Kilda. Her book Winning for Women was published in 2019 by Monash University Publishing.


Political action, feminism and personal memoir

Joanne McEwan

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-6-59-23-pmDr Joanne McEwan is a Lecturer in History at The University of Western Australia and a Research Assistant with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe, 1100–1800). Her research interests focus on crime, gender and family history in Britain, c.1650–1850. Joanne’s publications include Accommodating poverty: The housing and living arrangements of the English poor, c. 1600-1850, which she edited with Pamela Sharpe and, with Philippa Maddern and Anne Scott, Performing Emotions in Early Europe (Brepols, forthcoming).

Follow Joanne on Twitter @Jo_McEwan_.


The legacy of eighteenth-century wife beating

Patricia Crawford: Celebrated scholar and mentor

Ann McGrath

AnnMcGrathProfessor Ann McGrath is the Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at Australian National University. She has been the recipient of many awards during her exalted career, including the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction, Inaugural W.K. Hancock prize, the Human Rights Award for non-fiction, the John Barrett Prize and Yale’s Archibald Hannah Junior Fellowship. In her consultancy work, Ann co-ordinated the history project of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and has appeared as a witness in the Gunner & Cubillo case and in various Northern Territory land claims. McGrath’s Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia was published by University of Nebraska Press in December 2015. If you would like to be able to write history as compellingly as Ann, you should also check out Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath’s How to Write History that People Want to Read (2009).

Follow Ann on Twitter @AnnMcGrath5.


A tale of three book launches

Kirsten McKenzie

Kirsten McKenzie is Professor of History at the University of Sydney. Her most recent book is Imperial Underworld: An Escaped Convict and the Transformation of the British Colonial Order (Cambridge University Press, 2016)


What I wish I’d known: Journal submissions

Scott McKinnon

Scott McKinnon is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER), University of Wollongong. He has a research background in LGBT history, geographies of sexuality and gender, geographies of memory and the social dimensions of disaster. Scott is the author of Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of Gay Male Community (Intellect Books 2016).


Anti-LGBT rights campaigns and the figure of the child

Wendy Michaels

Dr Wendy Michaels is a Conjoint Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle. Wendy is currently writing a book about Millicent Preston Stanley, Inventing Millicent: First Female Parliamentarian in NSW. Her article “The Final Factor: What Political Action Failed to Do” appeared in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal in 2013. Additionally, Wendy’s research on child custody and the father-right principle features in the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.


The final factor: Achieving maternal rights in 1930s’ New South Wales

NSW Parliamentary trailblazers: A fit place for women?

Petra Mosmann

usB9URpVPetra Mosmann is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of History and International Relations at Flinders University in South Australia. Her current research explores the relationship between Australian feminist collection practices and histories. Petra has been a member of the Australian Women’s History Network’s Lilith Editorial Collective since 2013. Her article “A feminist fashion icon: Germaine Greer’s paisley coat” appeared in Australian Feminist Studies in 2016.

Follow Petra on Twitter @petra_mosmann.


Germaine Greer’s coat, Julia Gillard’s jacket: Thoughts on fashion, feminism and collections

Kali Myers

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.18.32 AMKali Myers is a writer and researcher whose work concerns violence, power and representations of women. Her current project explores the impact of the aesthetic of cute on the experience of contemporary girlhood. Her article “Translating Gender (Troubles): Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, and the American Appropriation of ‘French Theory’” appeared in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal in 2016.

Follow Kali on Twitter @pickwickian36.


Translating gender (troubles)

Vicky Nagy

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 7.04.22 PMDr Vicky Nagy teaches criminology at Deakin University in Melbourne, and is an honorary associate of La Trobe University. Her monograph about the Essex poisoning cases was published in 2015. Vicky’s research interests include violent women in nineteenth-century Australia and Britain, as well as more contemporary criminology issues around sexual violence, and online crime.

Follow Vicky on Twitter @vicnagy83.


The Essex poisoning ring

Disorderly women, broken windows and social outcasts

Mitch Naughton

Mitchell Naughton has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and has research interests in both criminal and queer history. His thesis “The Royal Highwaymen” explored highway robbery committed by soldiers in eighteenth-century London and he has also recently completed research on behalf of the National Trust of Australia into female prisoners at Melbourne Gaol during the late nineteenth-century.

You can follow him on Twitter: @mitch_naughton


Serving in silence? Australian LGBTI military service since World War II

Kathleen Neal

Kathleen NealDr Kathleen Neal is a Lecturer in Medieval History. She specialises in political rhetoric and the role of letter-writing in late medieval English government and politics. Kathleen is also interested in medieval theories of grammar and rhetoric, social diplomatic, pragmatic literacy, gender, and authorship/authority. Her recent work can be checked out on her academic blog In Thirteenth Century England.

Follow Kathleen on Twitter @KB_Neal.


Day in the working life of a historian: Kathleen Neal

Melanie Nolan

melanie-nolanProfessor Melanie Nolan is a Professor of History at the Australian National University. Her research interests focus on labour, class, and gender, as well as biography. Her books include Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives (1994), edited with Caroline Daley, Breadwinning: New Zealand Women and the State (2000), and Kin: A Collective Biography of a New Zealand Working-Class Family (2005). Since 2008, she has been the Director of the National Centre of Biography and the General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.


Reshaping the Australian Dictionary of Biography: Feminist interventions

Camille Nurka

Camille Nurka is an independent gender studies scholar. She has taught as a sessional lecturer and tutor at a number of Australian universities and published widely on the politics of sexed embodiment. She is also a professional freelance copyeditor for academics in the humanities and social sciences.




Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Deviance, Desire, and the Pursuit of Perfection

Anne O’Brien

 Anne O’Brien is Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of Philanthropy and Settler ColonialismGod’s Willing Workers: Women and Religion in Australia and Poverty’s Prison: The Poor in New South Wales, 1880-1918. With Dr Heather Holst she is currently working on an ARC funded research project on the history of homelessness in Australia.



Listening to homeless women: History and the role of the media in the campaign for better policy

Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien

sheilagh-photoshoo-13Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien was recently awarded her Doctorate in early modern history at The University of Queensland. Her Ph.D. thesis investigated witchcraft and diabolism in early modern England. Prior to her doctoral studies she completed a Masters in International Studies (Peace & Conflict Resolution), with a thesis on the failure of international responses to the Rwandan genocide. Sheilagh holds a Bachelor of Arts (History, Hons I) with an honours thesis on the religious and cultural underpinnings of Afrikaner nationalism in the early twentieth century.

Follow Sheilagh on Twitter @SheilaghIlona.


‘Wicked women’ and communal violence: Witchcraft in historical perspective

The use and abuse of ‘the witch’ in contemporary culture

Fiona Paisley

Fiona-paisleyProfessor Fiona Paisley is a historian at Griffith University in Brisbane. Her current research includes an investigation of Australia in mid-twentieth anti-slavery debates; and middle-class Australia and internationalism at home during the interwar years. Fiona is the editor of a forthcoming special edition of History Compass which focuses on anti-slavery and Australia.

Follow Fiona on Twitter @fpaisleyhistory.


Australian women at the League of Nations: A spotlight on settler colonialism in the 1930s

Anna Bugge-Wicksell and Education at the Permanent Mandates Commission

Mimi Petrakis

Mimi Petrakis is a mental health advocate and PhD candidate, examining the politics of the Virgin Mary in medieval southern France.’

Follow Mimi on Twitter @MimiPetrakis


“The Mental Illness Factory”

Jon Piccini

Dr Jon Piccini is a Postdoctoral Development Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at The University of Queensland, where he is working on a book provisionally titled Human Rights: An Australian History. His most recent book is Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s: Global Radicals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Follow Jon on Twitter @JonPiccini.


‘Women are the oldest colonial group in the world’: Elizabeth Reid on human rights and women’s rights in Mexico City, 1975

Hollie Pich

Hollie Pich is a doctoral candidate in history at The University of Sydney, working on a dissertation entitled “Accommodating Jim Crow: Black Memphis and the Color Line, 1900 – 1930.” In 2018 she was a visiting graduate researcher at Duke University. Hollie is the co-editor of ANZASA Online, the official blog of  the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association. You can find her on twitter at @Hollie_Pich



MENTOR Workshop 2018: Six Key Pieces of Career Advice for PhDs and ECRs

Sarah Pinto

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-1-08-53-pmDr Sarah Pinto is a historian who lectures in Australian Studies at Deakin University. Her research interests are in public and popular history, the history and politics of emotion, gender and sexuality, and place and landscape. She is currently researching the commemoration of Indigenous peoples and histories in contemporary Australia. Sarah is co-convenor of the Melbourne Feminist History Group.

Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahpinto_.


A day in the working life of a historian: Sarah Pinto

Alana Piper

AlanaPiperDr Alana Piper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Griffith University in the fields of gender and criminal justice history. Her research is particularly interested in economically-motivated crimes such as theft, fraud, prostitution and fortune-telling. In the past she has contributed to The Conversation and History Workshop Online, as well as being a regular contributor to and convenor of the Prosecution Project blog. Alana is one of the Managing Editors of the VIDA blog.

Follow Alana on Twitter @alana_piper.


Out of the tower and into the blogosphere: How and why you should be sharing your research online

The role of economic abuse in domestic violence

Top 10 for 2016

Book thieves in 19th-century Melbourne

Disorderly women, broken windows and social outcasts

Top 10 for 2017

Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden

IMG_2373Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden is a Ph.D. candidate, tutor and research assistant in Australian history at The University of Melbourne. Her thesis examines the intersections of power and gender in the lives of Australian Prime Ministers. Bethany was a National Library of Australia Summer Scholar (2015); a member of the Australian Women’s History Network’s Lilith Editorial Collective (2014-2016), including Submissions Manager (2016); and a Postgraduate Representative for the Australian Historical Association (2014-2016).


Writing histories of gender in Australia and the world – Personal thoughts on a public roundtable

Marian Quartly

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-3-37-47-pmProfessor Marian Quartly is Professor Emerita of Australian history in the Monash School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. Her long and distinguished research career has ranged across diverse topics in gender and Australian history, covering issues such as nationalism, the family, religion, and the construction of male and female sexualities. Her most recent book, Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia 1896-2006, was co-authored with Judith Smart. Marian was also a Chief Investigator on the ARC funded History of Adoption Project.


Marital separation and family heroines

Maria Quirk

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-08-59-pmDr Maria Quirk is Curator of History and Digital at Adderton and an historian of art and women’s history. A former University of Queensland Writing Fellow and recipient of the State Library of Queensland’s Q ANZAC 100 fellowship, Maria has previously worked on the casual teaching staff at the University of Queensland and at the Queensland Supreme Court and Fryer Libraries. Her research on women and art has been published in The Journal of Victorian CultureVisual Culture in Britain and Woman’s Art Journal.

Follow Maria on Twitter @maria_quirk.


Day in the working life of a historian: Maria Quirk

Laura Rademaker

rademaker-profile-picDr. Laura Rademaker is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Her research covers themes of race, gender and religion in twentieth century Australia. Her work on Aboriginal missions in Australia has received numerous prizes, including the Australian Historical Association’s Serle Award for best Ph.D. in Australian History, the Australian National University’s J.G. Crawford prize for most outstanding doctoral thesis and the John Molony Prize in History. Currently, she is working with Tiwi Islanders to write book on the history of Catholic missions that foregrounds the memories and perspectives of Aboriginal people. She is also researching Australia’s ‘religious realignment’ (or ‘secularisation’) in the 1960s and 70s, focusing particularly on questions of gender and race.

Follow Laura on Twitter @laurarads.


The stolen generation: motherhood in black and white

Sex in the Pulpit: The feminist preacher for Aussie flappers

Bringing a baby to a conference: The Australian Historical Association edition

Senthorun Raj

senthorun-raj-photoDr Senthorun Raj recently submitted his Ph.D. at Sydney Law School at The University of Sydney and has been appointed as a Lecturer in Law at Keele University.

Follow Senthorun on Twitter @senthorun.



Are you really gay enough to be a refugee?

Legalising history in the marriage equality debate

Anne Rees

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-6-19-46-amDr. Anne Rees is a David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University. She is a historian of Australia in the world, and her current research examines Australian women’s transpacific mobility and the impact of United States interwar immigration restriction upon Anglospheric relations. Prior to joining La Trobe, Anne was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney. She holds a Ph.D. from the Australian National University and an MA from University College London, and has been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University.

Follow Anne on Twitter @AnneLRees.


A different view of women: Mentors, Australian women professionals and the United States

Persia Campbell, our woman at the United Nations

Nadia Rhook

headshot_nrhookDr. Nadia Rhook is a Melbourne-based historian and writer, currently lecturing at La Trobe University. She’s published in journals including the Journal of Women’s HistoryPostcolonial Studies and Peril: Asian Australian Arts and Culture Magazine. Nadia is interested in the transformative power of learning language and history. Nadia created the walking tour “Migration and the Private Lives of the Hoddle Grid,” and is curating the City of Melbourne heritage exhibition “Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne.”

Follow Nadia on Twitter @NadiRhook.


Representing a non-English speaking woman in 1890s Melbourne: some dilemmas

Remembering Tracey Banivanua Mar

Noah Riseman

Noah Riseman is an Associate Professor in History at Australian Catholic University. He has published research from this ARC-funded project in Australian Historical Studies, International Journal of Transgenderism and Australian Journal of Politics and History. A co-authored book on Australian LGBTI military service is under contract with NewSouth Publishing for publication in late 2018.



LGBTI military service members and their partners

Lauren Robinson

LRLauren Robinson is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne. Her thesis is focused on the intersections between gender, class and nature in nineteenth-century Victoria. More broadly, Lauren is interested in the themes of immigration, women’s studies and environmental history.



A ‘Book of Lies’: Settler impressions of Aboriginal women

‘The Cultural Underpinnings of Misogyny’: Mary Baird’s Women & Power

Shirleene Robinson

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-11-15-49-amDr Shirleene Robinson is the Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Fellow in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. She has written extensively on topics encompassing histories of sexuality, race, childhood, medicine, law and politics. Her most recent book was Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Scenes from an Australian Social Revolution with Robert Reynolds.

Follow Shirleene on Twitter at @shirleene.


Beyond the culture wars: LGBTIQ history now

Marriage in homosexual histories

Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson is in the final year of her PhD candidature in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNSW. Her thesis is exploring the lesbian presence in Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation and Queer politics and activism in Australia. She is also a committee member of Sydney’s Pride History Group which collects Sydney’s LGBTIQ oral histories, and has published research on Australian feminism, lesbian feminism and masculinity politics.


‘Wild Jill’: Notes from a plenary session celebrating Australian historian Jill Roe

“Tips for conference organisers: Experiences from the AWHN stream of the AHA

Not the marrying kind?

Lynette Russell

Lynette RussellProfessor Lynette Russell is the Director of the Faculty of Arts Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University and President of the Australian Historical Association (2016-2018). Lynette’s publications include Savage Imaginings: Historical and Contemporary Constructions of Australian Aboriginalities (2001) and Roving Mariners: Australian Aboriginal Whalers and Sealers in the Southern Oceans, 1790-1870 (2012). Her historical focuses are far ranging – across the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, from the Gunditjmara and Wurundjeri people of Victoria to the Smoki people in Prescott, Arizona. One of her major concerns is to develop an anthropological approach to history.


Maulboyheenner and Tunnerminnerwait

Because of Her, We Can: Remembering family histories, secrets and stories

Suzanne Rutland

Professor Suzanne D. Rutland (OAM, Ph.D.), Professor Emerita, the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, University of Sydney, is a renowned Australian Jewish historian. Suzanne is the author of The Jews in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Her latest book, with Sam Lipski, Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and Soviet Jews, 1959-1989 (Hybrid Publishers, 2015), was joint-winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Australian History.


Jewish Feminism: Perspectives from the Australian Jewish community

Georgina Rychner

Georgina Rychner is a PhD candidate at Monash University, researching insanity and criminal responsibility in Victorian capital trials. Her interests include histories of medicine, gender and law. Her research on insanity and infanticide has appeared in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, and will feature in the forthcoming edited collection Infanticide/Mothers Who Kill (Demeter Press, 2019).

Follow Georgina on Twitter @rychnerd.


“She looked wild’: Infanticide and insanity in nineteenth-century Victoria”

Tanya Serisier

Academic Profile: Tanya SerisierDr Tanya Serisier is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research focuses on the changing cultural politics of sexual violence; responses to women’s narratives of sexual violence, and the cultural and social regulation of sex and sexuality. Her article, “Speaking out against rape: Feminist (her) stories and anti-rape politics,” appeared in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal in 2007. Tanya is currently completing a book entitled Speaking Out About Rape: Feminism and the Narrativisation of Politics.


Giving Rape a History

Madeleine Seys

Dr Madeleine C. Seys is a Visiting Research Fellow and academic in the Department of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide where she teaches pre-twentieth-century literature, popular culture, and fashion. Her book Fashion and Narrative in Victorian Popular Literature: Double Threads (2018) is available in Routledge’s Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature series. Madeleine completed a Ph.D. at The University of Adelaide in 2015, for which she was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence and the title of John Howard Clark Scholar.

Follow Madeleine on Twitter @MadeleineSeys.


Scholarly and Sartorial Threads

Heather Sheard

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 9.40.56 amDr Heather Sheard was a secondary school teacher and an assistant principal before retiring and completing a master’s thesis on the history of Victoria’s maternal and child health centres, published in 2007 as All the Little Children: The story of Victoria’s Baby Health Centres, and re-published in 2017. Her PhD thesis, completed in 2013 was a biography of Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown published in 2016 as A Heart Undivided: the biography of Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown. She is currently researching the contribution of Australian women surgeons during World War One.


Australia’s women doctors in the First World War

Peter Sherlock

Professor Peter Sherlock is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Divinity. His research interests include cultural and religious history in early modern Europe and twentieth-century Australia. His article “Australian Women Priests? Anglicans, Feminists and the Newspapers” appeared in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal in 2001.

Follow Peter on Twitter @TheProseClerk.


Women’s ordination and the Anglican Church of Australia

Jordy Silverstein

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 5.23.11 pmDr Jordy Silverstein is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Melbourne University, working as part of the ARC Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: 1920 to the Present’. Her research focuses on histories of Australian government policy towards child refugees since the 1970s, as well as histories of Jewish sexuality, identity, and memory. She is the author of Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (2015), and co-editor of In the Shadows of Memory: the Holocaust and the Third Generation (2016).

Follow Jordy on Twitter @jewonthis.


AWHN farewells 2016 and welcomes 2017…

Bonding at the Berks

What do we talk about when we talk about marriage?

Zora Simic

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-4-45-54-pmDr Zora Simic is a Lecturer in History and Convener of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. She has published widely on past and present feminist activism and debates, the history of sexuality and post-war migration to Australia.

Follow Zora on Twitter @ZoraSimic.


Towards a feminist history of domestic violence in Australia

Alecia Simmonds

Dr Alecia Simmonds is a lecturer in law at the University of Technology Sydney and a lecturer in cultural history at NYU-Sydney.


Sex smells: Olfaction, modernity and the regulation of women’s bodies

Glenda Sluga

SlugaProfessor Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow at The University of Sydney. Her research interests include the cultural history of international relations, internationalism, the history of European nationalisms, sovereignty, identity, immigration and gender history. In 2013, she was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship for Inventing the International – The Origins of Globalisation. For more about Dorothea Lieven, see her volume (co-edited with Corolyn James) entitled Women, Diplomacy and International Politics Since 1500 (Routledge, 2016).

Follow Glenda on Twitter @GlendaSluga.


The long history of humanitarianism, and the women who invented it

Yorick Smaal

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 7.38.01 PMDr Yorick Smaal is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow and an Associate Investigator on the ARC-funded Laureate Fellowship the ‘Prosecution Project’. Yorick is an historian with particular interests in sex and gender, crime and punishment, and war and society and has published widely in these areas. His forthcoming book Boys, Sex and Crime (Routledge, 2018) examines young males as victims and offenders of sexual assault in Australia and the United Kingdom between 1870 and 1930. He is also investigating with Mark Finnane the history of courts-martial in the Australian forces and is author of Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


Celebrating a career of engagement and achievement

Queer relationships in nineteenth-century Australia

Shurlee Swain

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-12-47-59-amProfessor Shurlee Swain is the team leader of the Historicising Social Policy program within the Australian Catholic University’s Historical Research Concentration. She has written extensively on Australia’s social history, women’s history, welfare history, history of the family, Indigenous history and history of childhood. With Marian Quartly and Denise Cuthbert she examined the history of forced adoptions in The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption and undertook a comparative study of child welfare practices with Margot Hillel in Child, Nation, Race and Empire: Child Rescue Discourse, England, Canada and Australia, 1850-1915. Shurlee is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.


Reading the silences of domestic abuse

Ana Stevenson

AnaStevensonDr Ana Stevenson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, South Africa in the field of transnational social movements. In September 2015, she gained editorial and social media experience during an internship on the Arts + Culture desk at The Conversation. In the past she has contributed to The Conversation, the Queensland Historical Atlas, and the British Association for American Studies’ award-winning blog, U.S. Studies Online. Ana is one of the Managing Editors of VIDA blog.

Follow Ana on Twitter @DrAnaStevenson.


How can historians best use Twitter?

‘Peace on earth good will to people’: Holiday reflections on Ms. Magazine

Top 10 for 2016

Maidens, mothers, matriarchs: The women of Game of Thrones

The ‘new female costume’: The dress reform controversy in colonial Australia

Top 10 for 2017

Janet Stevenson

Janet Stevenson is a Heritage Leader for Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, a five-year Queensland-wide program of legacy initiatives commemorating 100 years of World War I. Janet is also a writer, researcher, and the playwright of The Optimist: Ezra Thomas Shorley in his own words (2016). Originally involved in education, Janet completed her Masters of Education (Research) at Central Queensland University and continues her long-standing involvement with music education and community music projects.


Masculinity in World War I popular culture: The case of E.T. Shorley

Jessica Stroja

Jessica Stroja is a Ph.D. Candidate at Griffith University. Her research surrounds migration caused by conflict and the effects of wartime experiences. She was awarded First Class Honours for her research discussing Australian responses to the Finnish Winter War. She also maintains a strong interest in museums, local history and their relevance within the surrounding landscape. Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on the experiences of child Displaced Persons who migrated to Queensland following World War II. It questions the ways in which the legacy and memory of violence and displacement influenced the post-war experiences of child refugees and the relevance of this for refugees’ experiences today.


Betty Sale: An Australian woman in a distant conflict

Stephanie Tarbin

BIOS_Steph TarbinDr Stephanie Tarbin is a Research Assistant with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe, 1100–1800), and a Lecturer in History at The University of Western Australia. Her main research interest is the gender and social history of late-medieval and early modern England and her doctoral thesis examined moral regulation in London, c. 1380–1530. She has published essays on moral regulation, masculinity, women’s friendships and children’s experiences. With Susan Broomhall, she is co-editor of Women, Identities and Communities in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2008). This collection is a festschrift for Patricia Crawford.


Patricia Crawford: Celebrated scholar and mentor

Anna Temby

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 6.32.21 PMAnna Temby is a Ph.D. candidate and tutor at the University of Queensland researching the construction and contestation of public space in nineteenth-century Brisbane and the impact of governmental process in controlling public behaviour. She also works as a public historian and heritage consultant, specialising in intangible heritage and the social and cultural significance of heritage spaces and museum collections.


A matter of convenience…or lack thereof: Ladies lavatories in twentieth-century Brisbane

‘With daggers in her bonnet’: The Australian hatpin panic of 1912

Hsu-Ming Teo

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 9.50.42 amAssociate Professor Hsu-Ming Teo is a literary novelist and cultural historian who teaches creative writing in the English Department at Macquarie University. Her first novel Love and Vertigo (2000) won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was shortlisted for several other awards. Her second novel Behind the Moon (2005) was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is working on her third novel. Her academic publications include Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012) and Cultural History in Australia (2003), as well as a wide range of articles on the history of travel, Orientalism, imperialism, fiction, and popular culture. Hsu-Ming is currently editing The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia, the Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, and working on a monograph on history and the romance novel.


Love and the land: early Australian rural romances

Kathryn Ticehurst

pictureKathryn Ticehurst is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sydney. Her thesis examines the work of several anthropologists who worked in Aboriginal communities in the 1940s and 1950s. She is more broadly interested in histories of empire and colonial science.




Review of the AHA Conference

Mary Tomsic

mtomsicDr Mary Tomsic is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Melbourne working on a project titled ‘Picturing Child Refugees’ as part of the ARC Laureate Research Project ‘Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: 1920 to the Present’. She co-edited Diversity in Leadership: Australian women, past and present (with Joy Damousi and Kim Rubenstein, ANU Press 2014) and her bookBeyond the Silver Screen: A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920-1990 will be published by MUP in October this year.

Follow Mary on Twitter @mary_tomsic.


We Aim to Please: Cinematic activism, sex and violence

AWHN farewells 2016 and welcomes 2017…

Celia: a work of feminist public history

Christina Twomey

Christina Twomey is Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. Her first job after she finished her PhD was working as a sessional tutor and a research assistant at the University of Melbourne, followed by a 10-month teaching contract. Next was a three-year postdoctoral Fellowship at Deakin University. This was followed by two years as a Level A at the University of Adelaide, before moving to Monash University as Level B Lecturer in 2003. She has been there ever since, and has sat on many appointment committees both within the Faculty of Arts and across the University.


What I wish I’d known: Trying to find a job

Lynn Veazey

Leah Williams Veazey was recently awarded her PhD from The University of Sydney for her research on migrant mothers’ online communities. Currently working in casual academic roles at The University of Sydney, Leah is a qualitative feminist sociologist with a broad interest in the sociology of migration, gender, parenting, and the intersections of these with digital cultures. As well as her academic research, Leah draws on her professional experience in online community management and non-profit communications in women’s and health organisations.


Digital Community Mothering: How Migrant Mothers in Australia build community on Facebook

Hannah Viney

Hannah Viney completed her Honours in history at Monash University in 2017. Her thesis, ‘“Tongues Before Guns”: The Cold War in The Australian Women’s Weekly, 1950-1959,’ explored Australian women’s engagement with the political climate of the 1950s. Hannah plans to continue researching the political interests of Australian women in the mid-twentieth century by undertaking a Master of Arts in 2018.

Follow Hannah on Twitter @hvineyhistory.


“The Australian Women’s Weekly and gendered Cold War discourse”

“The power of academic activism: Using knowledge for community change”

Angela Wanhalla

aAssociate Professor Angela Wanhalla is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, where she also co-directs the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture with Tony Ballantyne. Angela researches the relationship between race, intimacy and colonialism. Her current project, Marriage, Past and Present, supported by a Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Grant (2014-19), investigates the politics of intimacy in New Zealand.

Follow Angela on Twitter @AWanhalla.


Of Love and war: Marriages across the ‘colour line’ in the South Pacific

Cheryl Ware

Cheryl WareDr Cheryl Ware completed her Ph.D. at Macquarie University in 2016. Cheryl is particularly interested in oral histories of health and medicine, sexuality, and gender. In 2014, she presented a TEDx Macquarie University talk entitled “Uncovering Hidden Histories: Gay Men’s Memories of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 1982-1996.” Currently, Cheryl serves as the secretary of Oral History New South Wales.

Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAnneWare.


Bearing Witness to the HIV and AIDS Epidemic

Elmari Whyte

Elmari Whyte is a PhD candidate at the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland. Her thesis considers domestic service in Australia and Britain in the first half of the twentieth century.

Follow Elmari on Twitter @elwhyte88.



History without limits: A review of the 2018 AHA conference

Marama Whyte

Marama Whyte is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Sydney, and a 2018-2019 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholar at New York University. Her dissertation is entitled, Women in Print: The Struggle for Equality in the U.S. Media, 1960-1980. Her research has been funded by the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, the Australian Federation of Graduate Women, and the Australian Department of Education and Training. She has been published in The Washington Post, The Conversation, and Australian Book Review. Follow Marama on Twitter at @maramawhyte.


MENTOR Workshop 2018: Six Key Pieces of Career Advice for PhDs and ECRs

Phoebe Wilkens

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-8-20-44-pmPhoebe Wilkens is a Director, researcher and one half of Born and Bred Historical Research. Phoebe has an Advanced Diploma in Local, Family & Applied History and a Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice from the University of New England. She is also a member of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria) and has experience working at the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, as well as volunteer work at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Phoebe’s passion is family history research, women’s history and uncovering those skeletons in the closet.


Dead and buried: Digging up controversial history

Blair Williams

BWBlair Williams is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Her thesis focuses on why women prime ministers experience misogynistic representations in the media and how the media in turn construct misogyny through discourse. Blair has written feminist themed articles for local Canberran feminist journal Feminartsy, HerCanberra, BroadAgenda, ANU’s Woroni and Bossy and The University of Adelaide’s On Dit. Blair is currently working on an article that compares the media representation of Britain’s Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May to find out whether gendered media portrayals of women political leaders has changed or even gotten worse.

Follow Blair on Twitter @BlairWilliams26.


Julia Gillard, Gender and the Media: Treading the tight-rope

Sonya Wurster

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 2.15.39 pmDr Sonya Wurster is an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about promoting equity and diversity in the discipline of Classics.  Her main areas of research are the literature and culture of the late Roman republic as well as Epicurean philosophy. She is currently writing a book on the works of Philodemus of Gadara, whose works were discovered at the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, where they had been carbonised by the first pyroclastic surge of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. The book, Reconstructing Philodemus: The Hellenistic Philosopher in the Late Republic, is due for publication later this year.

Follow Sonya on Twitter @DrSonyaWurster.


The leaking pipe: Women in academia