Category Archives: Research blogs

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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Digital community mothering: how migrant mothers in Australia build community on Facebook

Leah Williams Veazey explores the intersections of migration, motherhood, and digital cultures in contemporary Australia. Migration and motherhood are both significant life changes. They disrupt social infrastructures, requiring the rapid acquisition of new knowledge and new networks, and the renegotiation … Continue reading

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Stirring the Pot: Speculating with fragments & informing the imagination

Kiera Lindsey explores the role of imagination in the historical research process as part of her DECRA speculative biographical project on the colonial female artist Adelaide Ironside. Most historians can recall an exhilarating moment in the archives when a reference … Continue reading

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Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Deviance, Desire and the Pursuit of Perfection

Text of a lecture given by Camille Nurka at the Women in Time Symposium, 30 November 2018, UTAS, Hobart, in association with the Australian Women’s History Network. I would like to say thank you to Paige Gleeson, Honey Dower, Frieda … Continue reading

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Listening to homeless women: History and the role of the media in the campaign for better policy

An exploration of the media positioning of homeless women across Australian history by Anne O’Brien. This piece was originally published by the ABC on 12 December 2018. One of the less remarked upon by-products of the neoliberal ascendancy is the … Continue reading

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