Category: Academic history

Hottest Tips for ECRs from the AHA ECR Blog Archive – Q&A with Christina Twomey

We continue our retrospective of most popular and insightful pieces from the AHA ECR blog archives with this post from Christina Twomey, Professor and Head of History in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. She shares with us how she became an academic historian and compares her coming of age in the 1990s with the current celebration of the ‘history nerd’. She reminds Early Career Researchers to be intellectually generous and to grow a hide like an elephant!

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Hottest Tips for ECRs from the AHA ECR Blog Archive – How To… Write a Book Proposal with Phillipa McGuinness

This week we continue revisiting some of our most popular and insightful posts from the AHA ECR blog archives with a piece from Phillipa McGuinness. Here she offers some fantastic tips on what and what not to do when writing a book proposal. Phillipa also explains what will catch the eye of a publisher, reminds us to read widely and encourages historians to be imaginative and bold.

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Hottest Tips for ECRs from the AHA ECR Blog Archive – Q&A with Clare Wright

In the lead up to the AHA’s annual conference and as our term as ECR representatives comes to a close, we thought we’d revisit some of our most popular and insightful posts from the past two years. In this post, Clare Wright shares how she discovered her passion for history and what continues to inspire her work. She tells ECRs to find their own voice, to believe in the value of their work, and to not be shy in telling the world about their research!

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Q&A with Melanie Oppenheimer

From prime time television actor to academic, Professor Melanie Oppenheimer describes her varied and fascinating professional life. She discusses the similarities between acting and academic history – both require the capacity to deal with rejection! She recalls tutorials with Russel Ward at the University of New England and describes her pioneering work on the history of voluntarism in Australia. She also gives some wise and heartfelt advice to ECRs.

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Emerging Historians – Dr Emily Brayshaw

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Dr Emily Brayshaw – AHA member since 2018

Dr Emily Brayshaw completed her PhD in fashion, performance costume and design history at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building in 2016. Emily works as a lecturer and tutor in Design History and Thinking and Fashion History and Theory at UTS and actively researches and publishes in these fields. In addition to her work in academia, Emily is a theatre costume designer. Her wide interests include: the display and consumption of luxury in fashion, costume, theatre and film; popular culture in all of its vulgar glory; German literature; art and aesthetics of the Weimar Republic; architectural ornamentation; and the viola. Continue reading

How To… Survive in academia until you secure a position (some personal reflections)

In this week’s post, Jatinder Mann offers some personal reflections on his journey to secure an ongoing position in academia. He talks candidly about the personal and financial impact of staying in academia until he was offered a position at the Hong Kong Baptist University. He also gives insights into his experience studying Australian history as someone who is not from Australia and discusses the lack of diversity at conferences in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

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Q&A with Mark McKenna

In this Q&A, Professor Mark McKenna from the University of Sydney describes his varied professional career before taking up academic history, the importance of form as well as substance in conveying a message, and his desire to communicate to a broad audience.

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