2014 Symposium

Paper-work: Gendering the Archive

Australian Women’s History Network Symposium, Tuesday, 8 July 2014

genderhistory2Australian Women’s History Network Symposium, Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Australian Women’s History Network Symposium this year will focus on paper and paper-work in history from a gendered perspective. Proposed papers or panels should respond to, but not be limited by, the following themes relating to gendering the archive:

  • Colonial history and the power of paper
  • Newspapers, politics and activism
  • Official papers: census, royal commissions, maps, surveys, legislation
  • Letters, photos, telegrams, posters
  • Changing technologies and paper communication
  • Paper trails/ephemera/memory and loss
  • Paper making
  • Missing papers
  • Reading sexuality in the archive
  • Papering over the cracks?

Our symposium will take place during the AHA 2014 Conference ‘Conflict in History’ to be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane from 7 to 9 July. Our dedicated AWHN sessions on Tuesday 8 July will be followed by a special public lecture event presented by Prof Karen Hagemann (University of North Carolina), and then the AWHN reception and dinner (rsvp details below).

The Annual General Meeting of the AWHN will be held at lunchtime, venue TBA.

Submitting your Proposal

The Call for Papers is now open on the AHA Conference website at http://sapmea.asn.au/conventions/aha2014/.

Please submit your AWHN abstract via that website before 15 March 2014. Select the ‘Paper-work’ option in the drop-down menu when you submit your proposal. The AHA Conference email address for all enquiries is aha2014@sapmea.asn.au.

Papers will be 20 mins followed by 10 mins for questions. Panels will be 90 mins.

AWHN Social Events

Following Prof Hagemann’s lecture from 5 to 6pm, the AWHN reception will be at Saint Lucy’s, UQ campus (http://www.saintlucy.com.au/) commencing at 6.15pm. Dinner at your own expense will be at the same venue from 7.00pm.

Please rsvp to f.paisley@griffith.edu.au for these events, making it clear whether you will attend the reception, the dinner or both.

Other Events during the Conference

Professor Marilyn Lake, AHA Presidential Address – “1914: Death of a Nation”

“Theorising Violence in History” – Professor Stuart Carroll (York), Professor Philip Dwyer (Newcastle), Professor Amanda Nettelbeck (Adelaide)

“Violence and the Intimate Frontier” – Professor Lynette Russell (Monash), Assoc. Professor Vicky Haskins (Newcastle) and Dr Angela Wanhalla (Otago)

Big Questions in History – “The Changing Public Faces of History”

Public Events at the State Library of Queensland

Dr Clare Wright on the making of the ABC Documentary “Making The War That Changed Us: Notes from the Frontline of History, Television and Military Remembrance”, Tuesday 8 July, 6.30pm. For further information visit the event page.

“Anti-War? Rethinking the Twentieth Century”, Roundtable, State Library of Queensland with Professor Karen Hagemann (UNC), Professor Neta Crawford (Boston) and Associate Professor Fiona Paisley (Griffith University), Wednesday 9 July, 6.30pm. Free, but ticketing essential. For further information and to make a booking visit: http://antiwar.eventbrite.com.au

Note: depending on the traffic, the State Library of Queensland near the Cultural Centre at South Bank is around 20 minutes from UQ. You can get there by water on the River Cat or the 109 bus from UQ Lakes station to the Cultural Centre.