The past is present: history, culture and conflict


Historians play a crucial role in shaping the way you understand conflicts as diverse as frontier violence in Victoria, genocide in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and the feminist struggle in East Timor. Far from being passive observers of conflict, historians play an active role in cultural struggles, and in recent decades have become embroiled in the so-called ‘history wars’. Our speakers will discuss some of the different ways that contemporary historians are speaking about and interpreting the past – and how their endeavours are oriented toward shaping future understandings of history, culture and conflict.

 

TAGS: history, war, feminism, genocide, culture

Starts: Sept. 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Race, violence and settlement in the Port Phillip District

Sept. 22, 2016 Lecturer: Tom Rogers (University of Melbourne)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

“I’m a Serb. I’m a Muslim. I’m a Bosnian”: Liminality as resistance to genocide and ethnic

Sept. 29, 2016 Lecturer: Damir Mitric (Latrobe University)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Struggles over the teaching of history in Australian schools

Oct. 6, 2016 Lecturer: Tyson Retz and Claire Deery (University of Melbourne)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

In women’s words: Gender, memory, and violence in Timor-Leste

Oct. 13, 2016 Lecturer: Hannah Loney (University of Melbourne)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Who speaks in museums? Creating spaces for new histories in contemporary museums

Oct. 20, 2016 Lecturer: David Henry (University of Melbourne)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes