Thu 21 Sep 2017
Identity politics: either you love it or you hate it (or at least, that’s what the media would have us believe).
In reality, things are more complicated. Identities are at the heart of politics; so much of how we make sense of the world around us, and the social movements we operate within, is shaped by the ways we understand identities, communities, and the structures in which they operate.
In this course we’ll take a look ...
Thu 02 Mar 2017
History is now. It defines our national identity and relations in our everyday lives. Six historians from La Trobe University present their research on Australia’s iconic moments from the Gold Rush to ANZAC. In rewriting history they bring change into the present.
Wed 07 Dec 2016The recent election of Donald Trump in the US shook the world and affirmed the ascendancy of populist right-wing movements globally. Yet, amid the triumphs of figures like Trump, Hanson, Farage, Uribe and Duterte in polls this year, another political phenomenon is taking shape. In electorates around the world, Millennials are emerging as a constituency with a shared and yet contested set of social and political challenges, ...
Thu 22 Sep 2016
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 con ...
Thu 19 May 2016
From pandas to parasites, how should we define species and which should we save?
Our planet is facing one of the biggest extinction events in its history, with conservative estimates suggesting that a species goes extinct every hour. If we are to conserve the earth’s shrinking biodiversity we must first determine how we define a species. And then, if we can’t save them all, how can we decide which ones to conserve? Mackenzi ...
Wed 03 Dec 2014
This course will use stories and case studies to give students an overview of key events and themes in Australian history. These stories will give students a greater understanding of current debates and contemporary society. Topics covered will include Aboriginal histories and culture, colonization, diversity and immigration, women, wars, stolen generations, Australia’s international relations, visual representations of Australia, music ...
Wed 10 Sep 2014
Each week of the four week series features two guests who will each choose a "mediated" item - a tweet, YouTube video, article or an image - to kick off a lively and informative interview that will hopefully demystify the tangled events occurring in the region, taking you behind the news to the stories of ordinary people and their history and experience of this complex, and often misunderstood, region.
Wed 11 Jun 2014
The Anthropocene has been put forward as a new geological epoch, one in which humans have come to rule the world's natural systems and processes. In an age of increased environmental awareness, the term has captured the public imagination. But what is the Anthropocene? When and where did it start? Is it a terrifying global phenomenon or just a buzzword invented by Western-centric scientists? This talk presents two different perspectives on thi ...
Wed 26 Mar 2014
We live in a pivotal moment in modern history, where political, economic and environmental forces are combining to drive great change across human societies. This course introduces students to important issues shaping this historic moment in international affairs. The student group will work together to learn basic skills of political analysis by investigating twelve weekly topics based on the themes of security, economy and social change....
Thu 10 Oct 2013
Australians are world leaders in recreational drug use, but we seem chronically incapable of an honest appraisal of the issues this raises. The 'war on drugs' paradigm dominates the mainstream while drug-taking subcultures flourish at the margins: something has to give. Through an examination of the history, politics, law, science and culture of drugs and drug use in Australia, this course will stimulate open discussion of this controversial s ...
Tue 19 Feb 2013
The course will explore an eclectic range of subjects in art history. Meandering from Renaissance art and its contemporary re-appropriation, to the history and social dynamics of life drawing, to photography, iconography and beyond, this series will question what art tells us about society, while revelling in a whole lot of sumptuous art.
Thu 17 Feb 2011
This course will provide a variety of approaches to better understand the concept of racism in the 21st century. Lectures will deal with history, theory and practice.
Welcome to the Anthropocene!
What can the past tell us about the future of climate change in Australia?
Wed 11 Jun 2014Dr Simon Connor: School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (Monash) Dr Joelle Gergis: School of Earth Sciences (Melbourne Uni) The Anthropocene has been put forward as a new geological epoch, one in which humans have come to rule the world's natural systems and processes. In an age of increased environmental awareness, the term has captured the public imagination. But what is the Anthropocene? When and where did it start? Is it a terrifyi ...
MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Australian History and Society
History & Culture Wars
Wed 28 May 2014
Identity and Politics
Social movements and identity politics: Contested spaces and intellectual history
Thu 21 Sep 2017
Racism in the 21st century
Racism: a Brief History
Thu 17 Feb 2011
All creatures great and small: animals and us
Not a dog: The history, vilification and politics of Dingoes
Thu 25 Apr 2013Dingos have held a special place in the psyche of Australians, particularly since the Chamberlain case. But the fear we have of them, and the narratives that have developed about their nature and interaction with humans does not reflect reality. Lyn will talk about the history of dingoes in Australia, their treatment by humans, and the political issues around their classification as vermin, rather than wildlife. A live dingo ambassador will be ...
Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump
Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump
Wed 07 Dec 2016The recent election of Donald Trump in the US shook the world and affirmed the ascendancy of populist right-wing movements globally. Yet, amid the triumphs of figures like Trump, Hanson, Farage, Uribe and Duterte in polls this year, another political phenomenon is taking shape. In electorates around the world, Millennials are emerging as a constituency with a shared and yet contested set of social and political challenges, who skew progressive on ...
Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region
Asia-Pacific and us: Australia in the region
Thu 30 Sep 2010We will discuss the history of Australia's engagement with the world, especially the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the shifts in policy, flows of people into and out of Australia, the social changes in the region and then identify the main actors involved in the often complex interactions (ranging from government departments such as AusAID and DFAT to civil society actors and corporations).
Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern
Mon 31 Aug 2015About the co-ordinators: Dr Bonny Cassidy teaches literary studies and creative writing, and is a regular poetry critic, including for the Australian. Her poetry has been widely anthologised and her most recent collection is Certain Fathoms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012). She co-curates the Winter Poetry Series at Readings Carlton. Dr Stephanie Downes conducted her PhD research in France and the UK. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at the ARC ...
The past is present: history, culture and conflict
Struggles over the teaching of history in Australian schools
Thu 06 Oct 2016
History of Anzac
Thu 30 Mar 2017When the Australian and NZ Army Corp (ANZAC) troops fought in the First World War, they understood themselves to be fighting for 'King and Country’. Today the service of the original Anzacs is generally portrayed as fighting for a set of values seen to be specifically Australian and which comprise the Anzac ‘spirit’: courage, endurance, initiative, discipline and mateship. This talk will trace the ways our understandings of Anzac have changed ove ...
Contemporary Australian Issues
Race Relations in Australia
Sat 01 May 2010In regard to its indigenous population and to non-European immigrants, Australia was a deeply racially divided country from its settlement until 1972, when the Whitlam government symbolically opened a new era in Australia’s race relations by abolishing the White Australia Policy. The bipartisan effort to reject the racist bias which had been official for most of Australia’s existence seemed threatened in the 1990s with the rise of Pauline Hanson ...
Understanding Your Home
A History of the Home
Thu 26 Mar 2015