Skills for New Historians Seminar: Reviewing Books, Films, and More

We are so pleased to be able to bring you the next instalment of our seminar series! Don’t that if you’d like to check out any of our previous seminars that you may have missed, head over to the AHA website: log in, and then head to “Member Resources” and then “Seminars” — all the recordings are there for you!

One of our intentions with these seminars has been to explore and shed some light on the different tasks that working historians complete, especially when those tasks aren’t widely discussed. This next seminar really hits that nail on the head. Reading, engaging with, and reviewing other scholars’ work is a crucial part of the historian’s job, yet it’s not something we often discuss in detail. How do you write a thoughtful, thorough, and useful review of a monograph, in (usually) no more than 800 words? How do the reviews you write differ according to the publication you are targeting? How do you engage with other forms of history-making (ie, films, museum exhibitions, or something else entirely) to interrogate its meaning while honouring its form? Our expert panel will speak to these questions and more:

  • Dr Zora Simic (UNSW): on writing book reviews for academic and non-academic publications
  • Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh (University of Waikato): History Australia book reviews editor
  • Dr James Findlay (University of Sydney): History Australia “history off the page” reviews editor


  • Skills for New Historians: Reviewing Books, Films, and More with Dr Zora Simic, Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh, and Dr James Findlay
  • Tuesday 24 August, 3–5pm AEST (via Zoom)
  • To register:
    • Log into the AHA website
    • Go to Member Resources / Seminars
    • Scroll down to Seminar #6 and click through to the Google Form, and complete!
    • Registrations close Monday 23 August

Having problems logging into the Members Only section of the new website? Contact Bethany, the AHA’s executive officer, at

Skills for New Historians is open to ECRs and HDRs who are members of the AHA. If you’d like to join in and aren’t a member, head over to the AHA website where you can renew your membership, or become a member for the first time. The seminars will be recorded and the recording made available to AHA members.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We’re looking forward to seeing you!


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