History

Monash academics win two NSW Premier’s History Awards

Monash University scooped up two awards at the NSW Premier’s History Awards night on Friday 1 September. Two academics from our School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics were winners in different categories for their internationally significant work in history. Associate Professor Beatrice Trefalt and team won the General history prize for the book Japanese war…

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BA Alum (2016) Maeve Martyn, now General Manager of Humanities 21

General Manager of Humanities 21 Maeve Martyn studied a Bachelor of Arts (Italian Studies & History double major) at Monash, and recently shared how this launched her career at Monash’s regular seminar for students ‘Arts in the Real World’. Incidentally, this was where Maeve herself first heard about Humanities 21 and gained her career inspiration…

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Monash research positions available

Three Graduate Research positions are now open in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. Please note applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered. 2017 Monash Master of Arts Scholarship in Philosophy Application deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 A Master of Arts candidate is being sought in the topic of women…

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Professor Bain Attwood gives Returning Harvard Lecture

Monash academic and leading scholar in the field of cross-cultural history Professor Bain Attwood presented the 2016 Returning Harvard Chair of Australian Studies Lecture. Why did the British government deny Indigenous sovereignty and rights of land in its Australian colonies in the 18th century only to recognise them in New Zealand in 19th century? The question in…

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Religion and the US election: does faith matter anymore?

Tim Verhoeven, Monash University It is often remarked that Americans will elect almost anyone except an atheist. Only one of the 535 members of the current Congress professes to be religiously unaffiliated. Polls consistently show Americans want their political leaders to be religious. This applies even to the purportedly secularist Democratic Party. Though the figure…

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Migrants from Africa bear brunt of discrimination but remain positive, survey finds

Andrew Markus, Monash University The broad finding of the Scanlon Foundation’s latest survey of Australian attitudes remains that Australia is seen as a good country for immigrants. New arrivals are optimistic, with just 6% indicating they are “strongly dissatisfied” or “dissatisfied”. But not all findings are positive. Among Indigenous Australian respondents, most of whom live…

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How gross inequality and crushed hopes have fed the rise of Donald Trump

Nick Fischer, Monash University Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president of the United States and millions of people are asking: “How could this happen?” There is no single answer to this question, but there are some explanations. For while the nomination of a reality-TV star and businessman with no executive experience is…

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Medieval history and finding what you love: A conversation with Monash Historian Kathleen Neal

We recently chatted to Monash Historian, Dr Kathleen Neal. Kathleen discussed her first career as a scientist, and how she found a job she loves by following her passions, which led her to Medieval history and historical research. Kathleen told us about her current research projects, what she loves about her job, and her favourite…

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History in practice: Monash Arts graduate interned with International Criminal Tribunal

In 2015 Monash Arts/Law alumnus, Stephanie Sprott, did an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ITCY). We talked to her about the challenges and rewards of this unique experience, and how it relates to her recent studies in law and history. Why did you choose to do the internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?…

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Memo Steve Price: how ‘hysteria’ has been used to degrade and control women

Paula Michaels, Monash University Is there a difference between calling a woman or a man “hysterical”? The word’s origin as the term for a psychological disorder grounded in female physiology suggests the answer is yes. Last week’s verbal tussle on the ABC’s Q&A contributes the latest chapter to our ongoing national conversations about domestic violence,…

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