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July 2017

Welcome to the Centre for 21st Century Humanities eNewsletter. This Newsletter will keep you updated and informed about our latest activities and achievements. 

Mapping the massacres of Australia’s colonial frontier

More than 150 Aboriginal massacres that occurred during the spread of pastoral settlement in Australia are now documented in an online digital map, created by C21CH researchers.
The online tool records the massacre site locations, details of the individual massacres and for the first time in the world, the sources corroborating evidence of the massacre.

Developed by historian, Conjoint Professor Lyndall Ryan, also a member of the Centre for the History of Violence, and implemented by Digital Humanities specialist Dr Bill Pascoe, the map is a significant step in the recognition of the periods of violence in Australia’s history.

Humanities start-ups workshop with Maitland City Council attracts social entrepreneurs

What do a Festival of Repair, shared childcare for international students and a guerrilla busking flash mob event have in common? They were just three of the human-centric business ideas that underwent an intensive two-day workshop to nurture new ventures at the Humanities Start-Ups Workshop on 29-30 June presented by the Centre for 21st Century Humanities (C21CH).

The judges selected three top pitches who were awarded funding to kick off their start up:

  • Maitland identity 74-year old Frank Oakes who plans to start a finger puppet performing company;
  • Bolwarra Heights resident and UON lecturer in the School of Creative Industries Dr Susan Kerrigan for an ambitious digital histories project; 
  • Branxton artist and blacksmith Will Maguire for his ‘festival of repair’ concept which would seed a regular community day of skilled locals fixing broken stuff for reduced rates at his workshop.


How to participate in a conference via digital technology

How do you participate in a conference without being there in person? Professor Victoria Haskins of C21CH virtually attended and delivered a presentation on her research at the Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities.

The conference is the biggest and one of the most influential women’s history conferences in the world and was held at Hofstra University, Hampstead, New York. Determined not to miss such an opportunity, Professor Haskins pre-recorded her presentation using the resources of the UoN Blended and Online Learning Lab.

She has shared her tips for virtual participation in a conference on the FEDUA Research Impact Blog.

Prof Lyndall Ryan and Dr Rebe Taylor in conversation

It was a full house for the recent ‘in conversation’ event with University of Newcastle’s Conjoint Professor Lyndall Ryan and Dr Rebe Taylor. C21CH's Professor Victoria Haskins welcomed the crowd before Professor Ryan and Dr Taylor gave a thought provoking discussion on the topic of Tasmanian Aboriginal extinction and Dr Taylor’s new book Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity.


Pender talks Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Feminism

Early modern women’s writing researcher, and author of I'm Buffy and You're History: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Contemporary Feminism, Dr Trisha Pender, recently spoke at the Supanova Comic Con and Gaming Expo at the Sydney Showground Olympic Park on June 17.

A member of C21CH, Dr Pender along with UoN’s Linda Drummond discussed the most studied text in all of pop culture, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Trisha spoke to a colourful crowd dressed as pop culture characters about her book and how to reconcile the problematic aspects of Buffy from a feminist perspective.


New book reveals a fresh perspective on the First World War

UoN historians have published a new book that explores race, gender, culture, politics and Australian society during the First World War.
Dr James Bennett and Dr Kate Ariotti, a member of the Centre for the History of Violence, wrote chapters for and edited Australians and the First World War: Local-Global Connections and Contexts. C21CH member and historian of Indigenous and women's histories, Professor Victoria Haskins, is among several other scholars who have contributed chapters to the book.

Professor Haskins's chapter focuses on a military investigation into accusations against Australian Army nurses working at Deolali in India, of immoral conduct with soldiers from the nearby army base, and the scandalous case of one nurse accused of improper relations with a British orderly and an Indian janitor.

"The Deolali incident represented a clash that was a product of the peculiar transcolonial conditions of the British imperial war effort: it was a cultural misunderstanding, indeed, but one that revolved around the contested claims of the Australian nurses to the privileges of whiteness in a different colonial setting,” Professor Haskins said.