Category Archives: Book launch

Reflections on writing about education in the nineteenth-century British Empire

‘Who was colonial education for?’ Rebecca Swartz asks, in her new book about education across the British Empire, from South Africa to Western Australia. I have recently come to the end of what feels like a long journey, beginning with the … Continue reading

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Gender, Media, and Leadership: The Case of Julia Gillard

Political scientist Linda Trimble reflects on her new book, Ms. Prime Minister: Gender, Media, and Leadership (University of Toronto Press, 2017). I started writing Ms. Prime Minister: Gender, Media, and Leadership well before Julia Gillard won the top job in Australia. Intending … Continue reading

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Shame: A Transnational History of Women Policing Women

Sharon Crozier-de Rosa reflects on her latest book, Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920 (2018, Routledge). From the 1880s to the 1910s, novelist Marie Corelli reigned as ‘Queen of the Bestsellers’, far outselling any fellow authors … Continue reading

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Narrating New Zealand’s colonial past through convict micro-histories

Kristyn Harman shares stories from her latest book about the forgotten convicts transported from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land. Tasmania’s world-heritage listed convict records provide extensive access to accounts of the lives of largely working-class nineteenth-century individuals. As well … Continue reading

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Sexual harassment in universities becomes visible…again

Susan Currie reviews the forty-year battle over sexual harassment in Australian universities, and the pioneering efforts of Dr Janet Irwin to give women a voice. On 23 August 2016, the launch of a ‘groundbreaking’ national survey on sexual assault and sexual … Continue reading

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