CAIA holds work-in-progress seminars for its members once a year. These seminars are a forum for staff, post graduates and industry partners to present, discuss and share research. They are often run in conjunction with local cultural institutions or community groups interested in developing partnerships with CAIA and the University.
CAIA holds smaller, more intimate Winter Symposia in the years in which we do not organise a large conference. These events are located in different, non-university spaces, and encourage conversations between academics and disciplines on specific themes.
Confirmed CAIA Events for 2017
Convenors: Assoc Prof Penny Edmonds, Dr Hannah Stark, Dr Katrina Schlunke
With invited speakers
Dr Prudence Black, University of Sydney, Dr Fiona Cameron, Western Sydney University, Prof Stephen Muecke, University of Adelaide, Dr Kate Wright, University of New England
Venue: Harvard Room 1, Centenary 132, Sandy Bay campus
Globalisation and Entrepreneurship in the South Pacific: reframing colonial architecture 1800-1850 (GESP) Workshop
Convenors: Prof Philippa Mein Smith and Dr Stuart King (UTAS)
GESP’s purpose is to recalibrate the ways in which early colonial histories of architecture and the built environment across the Tasman world are understood and represented.
Venue: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart
Dark Tourism and Beyond Collaboratory
Convenors: Dr Alicia Marchant, Dr Kristyn Harman and Dr Robert Clarke (UTAS)
Where better to reflect on Dark Tourism than in the home of DARK MOFO, MONA’s winter festival, 8-21 June in Hobart?
The collaboratory aims to bring together representatives of the tourism and heritage industries from across Tasmania with key stakeholders from within the University of Tasmania to:
Venue: Banksia Room, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart
Time: 10 am – 3.30 pm
Symposium on Southern Knowledge
Convenors: Dr Kim McLeod (Sociology) and Dr Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa (Social Work)
Provocateur: Prof Raewyn Connell
A forum for academics, postgraduates, students, professionals and community members to discuss southern knowledge in the context of tertiary education.
Connecting the Colonies: Empires and Networks in the History of the Book, Bibliographical Society Australia and New Zealand Conference
Convenor: Ian Morrison, TAHO
29 November – 1 December
The conference will emphasise and enhance the Society’s existing strengths in showcasing socially engaged and responsible philosophy. A particular focus will be the role of feminist, postcolonial and ecological thought in transforming the key questions that drive philosophical inquiry.
Convenor/contact: Dr Hannah Stark
|18-22 January||Go Between, In Between: Borders of Belonging Conference|
University of Barcelona, Spain
CAIA is involved in the organisation of this conference. For more information, visit the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Barcelona and/or see the Conference Program (PDF 1.2MB)
|21-22 June||Digital Humanities Conference|
'Digital Panopticon: Penal History in a Digital Age'|
(Tied in with 'Founders and Survivors': Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
|5-27 August||Lines of Site | Exhibition|
Curated by Karen Hall (UTAS)
Artists: Robert Boldkald, Caroline Heine, Wendy McGrath, Graeme Miles, Julie Montgarrett, Lydia Nicholson Amelia Rowe, Mary Peacock, Patrick Sutczak, Helene Weeding.
For further details / register contact: Dr Karen Hall
|31 August||Cultures of Reading Masterclass|
Visiting Scholar Dr Danielle Fuller (University of Birmingham), Dr Robert Clarke (UTAS), and Dr Maggie Nolan (Australian Catholic University).
This masterclass for research higher degree students will examine: encountering the reader in literary studies; the social nature of reading; researching readers; book clubs as sites of reading; mass reading events.
For further details / register contact: Dr Robert Clarke - Download Flyer (PDF 127KB)
|Reading Lives, Reading Value|
Presentation by Dr Danielle Fuller (University of Birmingham)
Room HUM346, Sandy Bay
Examining the affective experiences of book readers when they reflect upon their reading lives.
For further details contact: Dr Robert Clarke
|3-4 October||Experimental Histories: Performance, Colonialism and Affect |
Hosted and Sponsored by CAIA/Creative Exchange Institute CXI, University of Tasmania.
Convenors: Assoc. Prof. Penny Edmonds (UTAS) and Assoc. Prof. Katrina Schlunke (University of Sydney).
For further details / register contact: Assoc. Prof. Penny Edmonds
|Experimental Histories Postgraduate Workshop|
Exploring the meaning of ‘experimental’ history and how the concept and surrounding ideas might be useful in the organisation of your thesis projects at both a conceptual and writerly level.
Places are limited. RSVP to Assoc. Prof. Penny Edmonds
20 October 2016|
|a pity you didn’t wing him”: Gender, Sexuality and Race in Colonial Tulagi, Solomon Islands|
Presentation by Prof Clive Moore (University of Queensland),
Centenary 132, Harvard Room 1
|Understanding and Misunderstanding Repatriation|
Presentation by Prof. Paul Turnbull (UTAS),
Centenary 132, Harvard Room 1
Focusing on the collecting of Indigenous ancestral human remains in the Australian colonial context, the lecture questions recent claims by critics of repatriation that their reburial amounts denies the rights of all humanity to gain new knowledge of the human condition.
|The Excolonial Event|
Presentation by Dr Simone Bignall,
Centenary 132, Harvard Room 1.
This lecture explores how imperialist ways of thinking are resisted by anti-colonial and antinomian lineages of non-possession, anti-materialism and moral imperfection.
For further details contact Dr Hannah Stark
|Desire and Dispossession: Critiques of Colonial Humanism|
Masterclass for Research Higher Degree Students
This masterclass facilitates student engagement with themes of property, desire and dispossession as they have been taken up in a critique of colonial humanism shared by postcolonial philosophy, Indigenous critical theory and posthumanism. Pre-reading will be required.
For further details / register contact: Dr Hannah Stark
|9-11 November||"Colonial Economies, Violence and Intimacy” ARC Discovery Workshop |
Convened by Assoc. Prof Penny Edmonds and Prof. Lyndall Ryan (University of Newcastle).
Interrogating and extending understandings of the nexus between violence and intimacy and its centrality to the formation of settler colonial societies.
Invitation Only. For further details contact Assoc. Prof. Penny Edmonds
From January to August 2015 CAIA will be hosting Professor Robert J Gordon as Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania.
Professor Gordon is a leading international academic who currently works as Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Vermont. He concurrently holds visiting professorial roles at the University of Cologne and the University of the Free State in Namibia. Working within the School of Humanities and CAIA, he will be working on a project entitled "Second Order Colonialism" comparing South Africa in South West Africa and Australia in New Guinea.
It is anticipated that CAIA will hold a number of events aligned with Professor Gordon's visit.
"Spring Bay Mill Project"
In February 2015 CAIA, together with the Tasmanian College of the Arts, will convene a two-day conference at the Spring Bay Mill site, Triabunna.
More details will be made available early in 2015.
Conference | Friends, Foes and Other Intimacies
- 3 - 5 December 2014
- UTAS Sandy Bay Campus
- CAIA-InASA Conference
Public Seminar | "The Aborigines' Protection Society: Imperial and Humanitarian Networks in the Nineteenth-Century Empire."
- 12th September 2014
- Dr Zoe Laidlaw (Reader, Royal Holloway, University of London),
HDR Masterclass | "Imperial Networks and Transnational Histories of Colonialism."
- 10th September 2014
- Dr Zoe Laidlaw (Reader, Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Presented in association with A/Prof Penelope Edmonds (History and Classics, University of Tasmania)
Public Seminar | "Writing East Timor for Children: Mobilizing Sympathy."
- 6th June 2014
- A/Prof David Callahan (University of Aveiro, Portugal),
HDR Masterclass | "Postcolonialism, Bewes and Shame."
- 4th June 2014
- A/Prof David Callahan (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
- 23 - 24 April 2014
- Jones and Co room, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania
Public Lecture | "Gandhi and the Humanitarians of Empire: A Genealogy of Nonviolence."
- 23 April 2014
- A/Prof Sean Scalmer (University of Melbourne)
- Presented as part of the "Empire, Humanitarianism and Non-violence in the Colonies" Symposium.
Symposium | Travelling - Writing - Tasmania
- 6 -7 February 2014
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
- A two-day symposium to explore Tasmanian travel writing and journeys in Tasmanian literature.
HDR Masterclass | Run by Dr Robert Clarke in conjunction with the "Travelling—Writing—Tasmania" keynote speakers Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University) and A/Prof Richard White (University of Sydney).
- Wednesday 4 September Richard Drayton and Henry Reynolds, Centenary Lecture Theatre. Professor Richard Drayton gave a lecture on "The prehistory and persistence of the global colour line: Pan-European collaboration in the history of European imperialism, 1500 to the present." Richard Drayton is Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King's College London. Professor Henry Reynolds responded to his paper.
- Thursday 5 September: Mark Finnane, Mick Townsley Room, Lvl 5, Social Sciences Building Professor Mark Finnane from Griffith University gave a seminar about the history of the Durack family and the complexities of the court system entitled: "Race, homicide and revenge: prosecution and the limits of law on an Australian frontier."
Research Impact Roundtable
Friday 6 September University Club, Dobson Rd, Sandy Bay Campus. A/Prof Anna Johnston and A/Prof Hamish Maxwell-Stewart are joined by Prof Mark Finnane and Dr Mark Hochman to present a "Research Impact Roundtable," highlighting CAIA's Research Impact case study, and discussing opportunities and challenges faced by the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences sector in impact evaluations.
New Histories of Frontier Violence
Friday 25 October
This seminar showcases new work and perspectives on the histories of frontier violence in Australia. In a series of papers we explore approaches which are new or interdisciplinary in thinking about and responding to not only conventional history writing, but legal, linguistic, gendered, and creative perspectives on frontier violence. Invited speakers included Professors Henry Reynolds, Lyndall Ryan (University of Newcastle), and Amanda Nettelbeck (University of Adelaide), who presented alongside UTAS researchers and postgraduate students. We began the day with a special session featuring Professor Henry Reynolds in conversation with Rohan Wilson on Henry's new book 'The Forgotten War' (UNSW Press, 2013). Rohan Wilson is author of 'The Roving Party' (Allen and Unwin, 2011), and winner of the Australian /Vogel Literary Award 2011.
Work in Progress Seminars
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Wednesday 20 February 2013
The Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath (CAIA) is pleased to announce that its Work in Progress Day for 2013 will be held on Wednesday 20 February in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Riverview Room (Training Room).
CAIA's WIP Days present an ideal opportunity for scholars working in the broad areas of colonial and postcolonial studies to present their current research and to receive helpful feedback and suggestions. From past experience these days are always intellectually stimulating and often give rise to unexpected synergies between quite different areas of research and across disciplines.
Spaces are limited for this event and RSVPs would be appreciated to CAIA.firstname.lastname@example.org before COB Monday 18 February 2013.
For visitor information, see the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens website.
Baha'i Centre in Hobart's CBD | Monday 9 December
Speakers included Prof Nigel Worden (University of Cape Town), Dr Richard Trembath (University of Melbourne), Prof Ivan Crozier (University of Sydney), as well as a variety of UTAS contributors. Read the day's program.
- Curating Culture
20-21 June 2012
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk
Work in Progress Seminar | Baha'i Centre of Learning, 1 Tasman Highway, Hobart | Wednesday 22 February 2012
UTAS Visiting Scholars Professor Judith Coullie from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Associate Professor Cathy Coleborne from the University of Waikato, New Zealand joined us and presented the following papers.
- Judith's paper "The Ethics of Nostalgia in Post-apartheid South Africa" looked at Jacob Dlamini's Native Nostalgia, his recently published autobiographical account of his apartheid childhood and investigated whether a case can be made for construing memory work that recalls apartheid with fondness as ethical remembering.
- Cathy's paper "Insanity in an 'age of mobility': Institutional confinement and colonial identities" outlined her current book in preparation. The book examines the formation of colonial social identities in medicine through two colonial institutions for the insane in Victoria and New Zealand and their patient records between 1870 and 1910 with particular attention to ethnicity, gender and class as categories of analysis.
Crime in the Colonies
Penitentiary Chapel, Old Hobart Gaol
15 - 16 April 2011
CAIA's 2011 Autumn Symposium "Crime in the Colonies" followed the panel format of Winter Symposia held in previous years. Discussions included "Crime and the Frontier," "Working with Court and Legal Records," "Reconstructing Colonial Archives," "The Challenges of Interpreting Convict Sites" and "Criminal Lives." Refer to the Crime in the Colonies programme (PDF 68.9KB).
Speakers included: Prof Barry Godfrey (Uni of Keele), Prof Alan Atkinson (Uni of Sydney), Prof Richard Waterhouse (Uni of Sydney), Assoc Prof Kirsten McKenzie (Uni of Sydney), Dr Lisa Ford (UNSW), Prof Amanda Nettlebeck (Uni of Adelaide), Dr Robert Foster (Uni of Adelaide).
Unitas article about the Symposium on page 11 of the Unitas May 2011 issue.
James Walvin: "Slavery, abolition and public memory: The British, the Americans and their slaving past"
Friday 18 March 2011, at 4pm.
Abstract: Both the British and the Americans were involved in Atlantic slave trading – the British on a massive scale. Yet, within a short space of time, both turned their back on the trade in 1807-1808. Was this simply an economic decision, or was it more complex? Then, in 2007-2008, on the respective bi-centenaries, the USA and Britain commemorated the end of their slave trade in utterly different ways. The British held lavish commemorations, while the Americans barely noticed it. What does this tell us about the role of public memory in each country?
James Walvin is Professor of History Emeritus at University of York. He is a world renowned scholar of the Transatlantic slave trade, and a pioneer in the unearthing the history of Black Britain. James is the author or editor of thirty books. This includes Black Presence: A Documentary History of the Negro in England (1971), Black and White: The Negro and English Society, the winner of the 1975 Martin Luther King Memorial Prize and was described by the New York Times as one of the ` 'Notable Books of the Year'. Recent books by James Walvin include Making the Black Atlantic: Britain and the African Diaspora (2000), Britain's Slave Empire (2000), The People's Game. The History of Football Revisited (2000) and The Only Game. Football in Our Times (2001), English Urban Life: 1776-1851 (2006), The Trader, the Owner, the Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery (2007) and a Short History of Slavery (2007).
Work in Progress Seminars
Lady Franklin Gallery, Lenah Valley November 2011
On 4 November 2011 CAIA hosted its second work-in-progress day for 2011 at the Lady Franklin Gallery, Lenah Valley. The Gallery, now the home of the Art Society of Tasmania, was built by Lady Jane Franklin in the 1840s and formerly known as Ancanthe. An interesting programme was presented by researchers from the University of Tasmania and interstate universities.
Orphan Schools, New Town February 2011
CAIA's first event of 2011 was held in the Old Sunday School within the Orphan School and St Johns Park Precinct, New Town, a fascinating site with an active Friends group and rich heritage opportunities and challenges.
CAIA was delighted to welcome Professor Margaret Jacobs, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a visiting speaker for this day. Margaret presented the opening lecture entitled "Colonizing the Senses: New Sensory Regimes for Indigenous Children in the United States and Australia, 1880-1940."
In keeping with both Margaret's topic and the venue, several of the papers presented were focused on research about childhood.
At lunchtime, Joyce Purtscher, a local historian with a particular interest in the children of the Orphan Schools and a member of the Friends of the Orphan Schools, conducted a tour of the site.
Full programme of papers presented.
- Oceanic Passages
School of Art, Hunter Street, Hobart
23 - 25 June 2010
- Curiosity, Science and Empire Symposium
Royal Society Rooms, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
10am - 4.50pm, Friday 13 August
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Friday 30 July if you would like to attend.
Refer to the full programme (PDF 68.8KB).
- “Ethnogenesis on the Northeast coast of Brazil and the impacts of an international tourist project on the Tremembé.”
Associate Professor Stephen Baines, Department of Anthropology, University of Brasília
4pm on Friday 16 April
Room SocSci 211
This seminar is jointly sponsored by CAIA and Riawunna.
- “The Myth and Reality of the Convicts of the Second Penal Settlement at Norfolk Island, 1825-1855.”
Tim Causer, from the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London
4.10pm on Friday 30 July
Melanie Nolan, Director of the National Centre for Biography and General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, will speak on Friday 13 March 2009 at 4pm in room 555, Humanities building, UTAS. This will form part of the School of English, Journalism and European Languages' Removing the Boundaries series.
Lyndall Ryan will be speaking on: "How Many? The doctrine of the self-exterminating savage and the debate about estimating the population of the Aboriginal people of Tasmania in 1803" at 4.10pm, Thursday 2 April, in room SocSci 213, Arts Building, UTAS. This seminar is jointly sponsored by Riawunna and CAIA.
Martain Gibbs is giving a lecture at 6pm on 3 April 2009 in the Centenary Lecture Theatre, jointly sponsored by the School of Classics and CAIA.
Sandra Bowdler, from the Archaeology programme at the University of Western Austraila, will speak on 30 July at 5.30pm in the Life Sciences Lecture Theatre about "The Mystery of the Dumoutier Busts."
The MusÈe de líhomme in Paris contains several plaster busts of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Two of these are copies of the well-known sculptures of Truganini and Wourredy by Benjamin Law. There are four others which are named Menalarguerna, Guenny, Timmey and Bourakooroo. According to the MusÈe de líhomme and other sources, they are life masks acquired by the phrenologist Pierre Marie Alexandre Dumoutier on the second voyage of Dumont DíUrville to the south seas. They are featured as such in the publication of that voyage - Dumont DíUrville, Voyage au pole sud et dans l'Oceanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zelee - in the volume entitled Anthropologie par M. le docteur Dumoutier, but in fact written after Dumoutierís death by Emile Blanchard, and in the accompanying Atlas. To the extent however that we can confidently identify the subjects of the busts, particularly that of Menalarguerna, or Mannalargenner, it is quite clear that, if they are what they are claimed to be, they could not possibly have been produced during Dumoutierís visit to Hobart in 1839-1840. The mystery therefore is when the busts were actually made, by whom, and for what purpose, and why indeed they were claimed for Dumoutier at all.
Graeme Rayner, Senior Librarian, Physical Collections Management (incl. Special & Rare Collections) at the Morris Miller Library will run a session entitled: "Hidden Treasures of the Morris Miller" giving an introduction to some of the wonders of the Library's Special and Rare collections. This session will be held on Friday 14 August at 4pm.
Richard Whiteing, research manager/archivist at the Robben Island Museum, South Africa, will speak on Wednesday 23 September in the Stanley Burbury Theatre.
CAIA holds smaller, more intimate Winter Symposia in the years in which we do not organise a large conference. These events are located in different, non-university spaces, and encourage conversations between academics and disciplines on specific themes.
Clarendon House, 24 - 26 June 2009
The CAIA Winter Symposium for 2009 will be held at Clarendon House, a National Trust Property in the north of the state near the village of Nile. The theme for the symposium is Colonial Space. We aim to explore ways of writing about locations that bring them alive as inhabited spaces. We are thus interested in work that examines interactions with buildings and landscapes and between individuals within those spaces. We hope that this will raise a wide number of issues particularly in regard to master servant relations, the gendering of space and the social and symbolic nature of colonial architecture, gardens and other cultural landscapes. We are also interested in exploring Aboriginal and settler interactions with place.
A second but equally important aim of the symposium will be to examine ways in which these themes can be incorporated into site interpretations, especially in relation to historic houses. We are interested in techniques that could be employed to draw visitors into colonial spaces particularly those that increase levels of interaction.
While the symposium is specifically aimed at exploring these questions in relation to colonial Van Diemen's Land/ Tasmania we are hoping that the event will also be of interest to those working in other areas. To this end we welcome all comparative perspectives.
Keynote speakers will include Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson University of New England), Professor Lydia Wevers (Victoria, University of Wellington) and Associate Professor Sue Martin (University of Latrobe).
Alan Atkinson is Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Honorary Professor, University of Sydney. He has a particular interest in early colonial Australia and is the author of several highly acclaimed books including The Europeans in Australia, volumes one and two (OUP, 1997 and 2004) and Camden: Farm and Village Life in Early New South Wales, OUP, 1988. Alan also has an interest in heritage interpretation, landscape and memory and is joint editor of and a contributor to High Lean Country: Land, People and Memory in New England (Allen and Unwin, 2006), a book which explores the complex ways in which people and landscape interact.
Lydia Wevers is the Director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Lydia's research interests have included the literature of travel through which she explored the interdisciplinary approach to travel writing traversing the disciplines of history, geography, literature, anthropology, politics, art and cooking. Her current research interest is the history of reading and she is researching a nineteenth-century farm library to examine the lives of people working and living on a sheep station as well as exploring the intellectual and social history of ordinary people of that period. The Stout Research Centre has an interdisciplinary focus through the seminars and conferences it holds as well as its post-graduate programmes. Lydia works with the Centre's post-graduate students, encouraging students to take their research in new and imaginative directions. Her recent publications include Country of Writing: Travel Writing About New Zealand 1809-1900, (Auckland University Press, 2002), and as editor, the companion volume Travelling to New Zealand: An Oxford Anthology (2000).
Sue Martin is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry at the University of Latrobe. Her research interests include the literature and history of place and space, especially gardens, domestic space and interactions with the bush. Her recent publications include Reading the Garden: the Culture of Gardening in Australia which was co-authored with Katie Holmes and Kylie Mirmohamadi (MUP, 2008) and Green Pens: an Anthology of Australian Garden Writing (MUP, 2004). She also edited the Australian volume of Women and Empire, 1750-1939: Primary Sources on Gender and Anglo Imperialism, published by Routledge earlier this year.
Work in Progress
Runnymede House, New Town, 16 February 2009
The 2009 work-in-progress day was held on Monday 16 February at Runnymede House, a fascinating National Trust property in New Town. CAIA members from all three campuses attended. UTAS academics, postgraduate candidates and honorary research associates from the Schools of History and Classics, English, Journalism and European Languages and Riawunna presented a varied programme of interesting papers. CAIA was pleased to welcome Don Ranson from the Aboriginal Heritage Office as a speaker at this event.
10.30am - Introduction
10.45 - Panel: "Culture contact in western Van Diemen's Land"
- Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (History, Hobart) "The impact of Macquarie Harbour Penal Station"
- Ian McFarlane (History, Cradle Coast Campus)
- Don Ranson: (Senior Archaeological Research Officer, Aboriginal Heritage Office, Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts) "Through Thomas Kent's Eyes"
11.45 - Panel
- Robert Clarke (English, Launceston) and Barbara Hatley (Indonesian, Launceston) "The Launceston Theatre History Project"
- Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher (English, Hobart) "Colonial Mutiny & its Aftermath"
- Cassandra Pybus, Honorary Research Professor, School of English, Journalism and European Languages "Filming a new take on Wuthering Heights"
1pm - Lunch
1.45 - Panel
- Kristyn Harman (Aboriginal Studies, Hobart) "Work is the Best Thing in the World': Aborigines and Agriculture on Cape Barren Island"
- Helena Kajlich (Aboriginal Studies, Hobart) "Rethinking Sovereignty in Tasmania"
- Leonn Satterthwait (Aboriginal Studies, Hobart) "Museum Objects as Media for Promoting Bridging Understandings"
- Nick Brodie (History, Hobart) "'they cooked and ate the body of the captain': cartoon depictions of the Melanesian labour trade in the Sydney Bulletin, 1880-1901"
3 pm - Panel
- Mark Harrison (Chinese, Hobart) "Other colonialisms: Cape No. 7 and post-colonial nostalgia in Taiwan."
- Sylvia Martin (Honorary Associate, School of English, Journalism and European Studies) "Poetry and Madness: Aileen Palmer's experience of psychiatric institutions in mid twentieth-century Melbourne"
- Margaret Mason-Cox (History, Hobart) "Mrs. Fenton's Windows"
4 pm - Close
- Dr. C.T. Indra, Director of the International Centre at the University of Madras in Chennai delivered a paper titled "Contemporary Issues in Indian Literature" at 4pm on 11 July in the Dean's Conference Room, level 5, Humanities Building UTas Sandy Bay Campus.
- Matthew Connolly delivered a paper at 5.10 on 29 July in room 477A. Title: "The Perils of Global Governance and the Promise of Global History."
- Elisabeth Ewan and Lucy Frost will be giving joint papers on 3 September at 4.10. The session is entitled "Recovering the Lives of Scottish Women" and will be chaired by Professor Pam Sharpe, School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania.
- Professor Elizabeth Ewan, Department of History, University of Guelph, will speak on: 'Bits and Pieces: Recovering the Life of Medieval Scottish Women'.
- Professor Lucy Frost, School of English, Journalism and European Languages, University of Tasmania, will speak to a paper called: 'In Search of the Scottish Women of the Atwick, 1838'
The seminar will commence at 4.10 pm in Room 477A, Humanities Building, University of Tasmania.
Biographical Note for C.T.Indra
Dr. C.T. Indra, Director of the International Centre at the University of Madras in Chennai, is largely responsible for the introduction and success of an Australian Studies course (Masters), which allows postgraduate students to specialise in the work of Australian writers. Instrumental in setting up the Australian Studies Resources Collection in the English Department, Dr Indra's endeavours were recognised last year with an Australia-India Council Special Award for outstanding partnership. Dr. Indra has also been a recipient of a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Harvard University, a British Council visitorship to Cambridge University, and a Faculty Enrichment Award to Canada from the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute. Her seminar for the Centre for Colonialism and Its Aftermath at the University of Tasmania reciprocates the regular visits made to the University of Madras in the past few years by Ralph Crane, Anna Johnston, and Lucy Frost.
Winter Symposium Seminar Series
Travelling the Colonies: Images, Representations, Writings
Winter Symposium, Bruny Island 25 - 27 June 2008
Travel enables the expansion of empires, and colonialism makes possible mobility as well as settlement. People, commodities, books, ideas, and objects traverse imperial networks, and in doing so produce complex, mutable webs of colonial and postcolonial relations.
Travelling the Colonies featured two keynote speakers:
- Lydia Wevers is the Director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Lydia's research interests have included the literature of travel through which she explored the interdisciplinary approach to travel writing traversing the disciplines of history, geography, literature, anthropology, politics, art and cooking. Her current research interest is the history of reading and she is researching a nineteenth-century farm library to examine the lives of people working and living on a sheep station as well as exploring the intellectual and social history of ordinary people of that period. The Stout Research Centre has an interdisciplinary focus through the seminars and conferences it holds as well as its post-graduate programmes. Lydia works with the Centre's post-graduate students, encouraging students to take their research in new and imaginative directions. Her recent publications include Country of Writing: Travel Writing About New Zealand 1809-1900, (Auckland University Press, 2002), and as editor, the companion volume Travelling to New Zealand: An Oxford Anthology (2000).
- Richard White is a Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Sydney. Richard has taught at Monash University and the University of Western Sydney and joined the History Department at the University of Sydney in 1989. He teaches across a broad sweep of Australian history and his research interests include Australian cultural history, nationalism, national identity and the history of travel and tourism. Amongst several other books he is the author of Inventing Australia: Images and Identity 1688-1980 and On Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia. His current research includes "Cooee: its rise and fall" and "Driving to Australia: overland journeys between Europe and Australia 1888-1972." He has a substantial supervisory load of postgraduate candidates undertaking diverse research projects, including a history of Australian tourism in Asia since 1945, Protestantism and the Australian landscape, Australia's bohemian tradition and Australian tourism in post-war London.
Work in Progress
Botanical Gardens February 2008
On 19 February 2008 CAIA hosted a work-in-progress day for staff, students and associates at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart. Papers were given by speakers from various fields, including Riawunna, History and Classics, and English, Journalism and European Languages. The afternoon session focused on potential links between CAIA and Ten Days on the Island.
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:45 Panel One, Chair: Alison Alexander
- Darien Rozentals: Monuments and Memory: Amnesiac Cities and Urban Narratives
- Margaret Lindley: Melodrama and Cultural Politics
- Leonie Mickleborough: To "Keep Out Grasshoppers"? The Eardley-Wilmot Wall at the Botanical Gardens
10:45 - 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 Panel Two, Chair: Lisa Fletcher
- Deborah Malor: The Album of the 1910 Eclipse Expedition to Port Davey
- Robert Clarke: Celebrity Colonialism: An Emerging Research Project
- Haiqing Yu: Chinese Postsocialism in the Post-New Era
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Panel Three, Chair: Linn Miller
- Grant Finlay: Conversing in the Wilderness - Aboriginal-Christian Identities, Trouwerner to Today
- Mitchell Rolls: The Only People Who are Sensitive are Those Who Agree With Me: Critiquing Critics
- Basil Sansom: Uncircumcision of the Ear: Failed Rites in the Darwin Hinterland
15:00 - 16:30 Panel Four and Afternoon Tea
- CAIA and Ten Days on the Island
- Planning and Discussion with Noel Frankham and Mary Scott, School of Art
- Empire Calling: Administering Colonial Spaces
Osamania University, Hyderabad, India
16 - 18 January 2007
- Imperial Curiosity: Objects, Representations, Knowledges
School of Art, Hunter Street
27 - 29 June 2007
- Professor Peter Hulme (University of Essex)
'American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography'
Friday 20 April 2007
- Dr Alistair Paterson (University of Western Australia)
Presented by the School of History and Classics and CAIA.
'The Lost Legions: Historical Archaeology in Central and Western Australia'
Friday 25 May 2007
- Professor Vincent Carretta (University of Maryland)
'Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa (1745?-1797), Founding Father of Abolition'
Wednesday 30 May 2007
- Professor Frederick Cooper and Professor Jane Burbank (New York University)
'Empire, Rights, and Citizenship, 212-1946'
Friday 1 June 2007
- Professor Anne Laurence (The Open University, UK and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide)
Presented by CAIA and the School of History and Classics.
'Possessed by gambling frenzy or rational economic actors? Women in the English financial revolution in the early eighteenth century?'
Friday 28 September 2007
- Alison Bashford (Sydney University)
Presented by the School of History and Classics and CAIA.
'From Rocks to Race: The Evolution of Griffith Taylor'
Friday 12 October 2007
CAIA Work-in-Progress Day Henry Jones Art Hotel
Tuesday 21 February
Location: 25 Hunter St, Hobart - Jones & Co Room
10 -10.30 morning tea
10:30 "History, Art, and Architecture" session - Chaired by Lucy Frost
Robert Morris Nunn and Julie Payne: Designing the Henry Jones Art Hotel.
Lindsay Broughton: Putting the Art into the Henry Jones Art Hotel.
Hamish Maxwell-Stewart: Combining history and architecture at Port Arthur.
12.30 CEH Launch
The Cultural Environments and Honours scheme — a new collaborative initiative between the Faculty of
Arts, The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, The State
Library and the Port Arthur Historic Site — will be launched by David Bartlett, MHA.
2.00-3.15 Panel one - Chaired by Anna Johnston
James Bradley (Southern Cross) The Missing Links: when too much is never enough—the case of the
convict vessel Duncan.'
Marion Stell, Memory and Cultural Heritage.
Celmara Pocock: Picturing the Great Barrier Reef.
3.30-4.45 Panel two - Chaired by Libby Lester
Nicola Goc: The Victorian Doctor and Infanticide News Narratives.
Margaret Lindley: Plays for Felons: Theatre in a Penal Colony.
Shayne Breen: Mapping Deep Time in Tasmania.
4.45-5.00 Brief report from the CAIA Executive on 2006 plans
Please RSVP by Monday 13 February to firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 6226 2347 if you wish to attend the work-in-progress seminar and/or CEH launch.
Reading Legal Narratives
Monday, 9 January 2006
Location: Faculty of Arts Conference Room, Rm 540
10.30-11.15 Dr Stephanie Jones, Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, Open University, UK
Indian Ocean belongings and "belongers", 1668 - 1965
This paper is drawn from my larger research project on how the Indian Ocean has been imagined within literatures in English. The "literary" is here conceived in inter-disciplinary terms and involves a particular focus on the segues in narrative that might be traced between fictional and legal texts. In this paper, I will be offering readings of two works: Henry Neville's " Isle of Pines " (1668) and the judgment of Lord Justice Laws in "R (on the application of Bancoult) versus Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office" (2000). I suggest that a kind of literary continuity can be traced between this earliest of imaginings of an Indian Ocean locale in English and the latest attempts by a British court to comprehend the relationship between a colonized people--the Chagos Islanders-- and their home. I think my paper might be of interest to researchers of 18th century literature, postcolonial literature and history, island cultures, ocean studies, and particularly constitutional laws and indigenous laws (there are some interesting comparisons to be drawn between the situation of the Chagos islanders and that of Aboriginal Australians).
11.15-12 Dr Anna Johnston , SEJEL, University of Tasmania
Reading Legal Narratives in Early Colonial Australia
Early Australian legal records provide a fascinating window onto the contested and contradictory process by which both communities and individuals "became colonial". My research into Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld, the sole London Missionary Society representative in Australia in the nineteenth century, has led me to work with two bodies of legal texts: civil trials for libel and criminal trials involving Aboriginal defendants. My paper today begins to map a reading practice for such legal narratives in order to ask questions about subjectivity, race, and identity formation as they emerge in the documents of colonial institutions. Alongside the diverse and voluminous body of texts produced by and about Threlkeld and his mission, these legal narratives provide a case study of colonial discourses concerning the morality of colonisation. This paper reads these textual traces of Australia 's past as central to the formation of the modern colonial state and the modern colonial subjectivities it licenses.
Port Arthur Motor Inn
4 - 6 July 2006
The Winter Symposium featured two Pulitzer prize-winning historians of colonial America.
The Transformation of Virginia, Rhys Isaac's Pulitzer Prize-winning study of cultural change in colonial America,has become a landmark of cultural history since its publication twenty years ago. Its imaginative blend of history and anthropology has extended the book's influence into other disciplines. His most recent book, Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation (2004), mines the remarkable diary of a Virginia planter patriarch to reconstruct Carter's interior world.
Laurel Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale (1990), also a Pulitzer Prize-winning history, conjures up the mental world of a 'recovered' life. Her latest book The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth, moves into the territory of material history. Taking as a starting point ordinary household goods saved during the colonial period in America, Ulrich teases out the history of the lives of those who made, used, and kept these artefacts of domesticity.