Q&A with Lynette Russell

If you didn’t get an opportunity to meet our amazing and hardworking President, Professor Lynette Russell, at the AHA Conference in Newcastle last month, then here’s your chance to get to know her a little.  In this month’s Q&A she talks about how and why she is inspired to write history and her vision for the Australian Historical Association as well as the future of the discipline. As ever, she has fantastic advice for ECRs, encouraging us to not let the bureaucracy get us down and to seize every possible opportunity.

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Emerging Historians – Dr Claire Wright

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Dr Claire Wright – AHA member since 2017

My name is Claire Wright, I am an economic historian, and I have recently completed my PhD at the University of Wollongong. I am currently a casual academic at UOW, the biggest component of which is co-coordinating a first-year history course. My new position – as salaried researcher on an ARC Linkage Grant looking at the natural history trade – kicks off very soon. Continue reading

How To… Do a Radio Interview

In this month’s How To Series, ABC’s Michael Cathcart shares the golden rules of giving an engaging radio interview. He takes us through the process of landing a radio slot to the ways historians can enthrall their audience by having a bold narrative, being enthusiastic and above all sharing a love of history!

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Q&A with Stuart Macintyre

To get us all ready for a week of thinking and breathing history at the Australian Historical Association Conference, we have a Q&A with Stuart Macintyre, Emeritus Laureate Professor of the University and Professorial Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. In this thought provoking piece, he talks about the changes that have occurred in academic history, reflects on the way historians’ choice of subjects are made both by interest and opportunity, and discusses the never ceasing thrill of opening an archive file at the beginning of a day of research. Stuart will be one of the panellists on our Early Career Researcher Round-table, ‘The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow: Writing a winning grant application’, so come along and hear more of his fantastic advice for ECRs – all welcome!

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Life-changing Articles

We’ve all experienced that lightning-bolt moment when we read something that inspires us to see the past in new ways, or propels us on a whole new intellectual trajectory. In our new series, The Book That Changed My Life, historians discuss a piece of writing, large or small, fiction or non-fiction, that has shaped the way they approach their craft. This month Zora Simic reflects on her love of history articles, and considers two in particular, that have changed the way she sees the world.

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How To… Write a Book Proposal

Phillipa McGuinness, Executive Publisher at NewSouth Publishing, kicks off our brand new How To Series with some fantastic tips on what and what not to do when writing a book proposal. Here she explains what will catch the eye of a publisher, reminds us to read widely (good writers are good readers!) and encourages historians to be imaginative and bold.

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