The past is present: history, culture and conflict
WHEN: Sept. 22, 2016
WHERE: The Alderman - 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East, VIC
FORMAT: 45 minute Q & A, 45 minute lecture

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.


Race, violence and settlement in the Port Phillip District

Sept. 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Tom Rogers (University of Melbourne)

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

Sept. 29, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Damir Mitric (Latrobe University)

Struggles over the teaching of history in Australian schools

Oct. 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Tyson Retz and Claire Deery (University of Melbourne)

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

Oct. 13, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Hannah Loney (University of Melbourne)

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

Oct. 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: David Henry (University of Melbourne)
WHERE: The Alderman