Urgent Histories - The 39th Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference

29 June – 3 July 2020
Geelong Waterfront Campus

Event details

The 39th Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference will be hosted by Deakin University Contemporary Histories Research Group on the theme 'urgent histories'.

Today, the need to interrogate the past is more pressing than ever. Historians are now both scholars and actors in the face of worldwide political efforts to realign the past to fit present imperatives.

This conference calls us to consider the place of history in current political discourses. Embracing the contestability of explanatory stories, different theoretical and methodological vantage points, 'urgent histories' invites historians to focus on the uses of the past in contemporary public debates, disputes and narratives.

Call for abstracts

The convenors welcome proposals for papers and panels on any geographical area, time period, or field of history, especially those relating to the theme of urgent histories.

Abstracts are due 29 February 2020.

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Program

The AHA 2020 Conference program is currently in development, please check back for further details in the coming months.

Bursaries and scholarships

Several bursaries and scholarships are available to attend the AHA conference.

AHA/Copyright Agency Postgraduate Conference bursaries

The Australian Historical Association in association with the Copyright Agency offers 10 travel and writing bursaries linked to the AHA annual conference. The bursaries are intended to encourage and support emerging historians who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference.

Valued at $800 per applicant, the bursary provides financial assistance to conference participants, and is used to cover travel and accommodation; the conference registration fee will also be waived. In addition, the workshops and mentoring will be conducted by experienced historians and will assist bursary recipients to turn their conference paper into a journal article.

Applications close 13 March 2020.

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AHA/Honest History: AHA Conference Teacher Scholarship

The AHA/Honest History: AHA Conference Teacher Scholarship supports a secondary school History teacher to attend the annual Australian Historical Association Conference to promote engagement between history teachers and the broader historical community.

Funding for this scheme is made possible by a generous donation from Honest History which supports balanced and honest history writing in Australia.

The scholarship, valued at $400, provides financial assistance to facilitate attendance at the AHA annual conference. The money is to be used towards assisting with registration costs, travel and accommodation.

Applications close 13 March 2020.

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Jill Roe Early Career Researcher AHA Conference Scholarship Scheme

The Jill Roe Early Career Researcher AHA Conference Scholarship Scheme supports five Early Career Research historians to attend and present at the AHA annual conference.

The scholarship, valued at $1000 per applicant, provides financial assistance for ECR applicants with little or no institutional support. The money is to be used towards assisting with registration costs, travel and accommodation.

Applications close 13 March 2020.

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Patrick Wolfe Early Career Researcher Conference Bursary

The Australian Historical Association is delighted to announce a new early career researcher bursary for attendance of the annual AHA Conference. The Patrick Wolfe Bursary will be awarded annually until 2028 to assist an early career researcher to participate in the AHA annual conference and attend the conference dinner.

The prize honours the career of Dr Patrick Wolfe (1949–2016), an eminent historian and forerunner in the field of settler colonial studies. This award is designed to extend Patrick’s legacy and support an early career researcher to participate in the AHA Conference. The bursary will cover conference registration and attendance at the conference dinner.

Applications close 13 March 2020.

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Organising committee

Bart Ziino (Chair Convenor)

Helen Gardner (Convenor)

Jonathan Ritchie (Convenor)

Brad Underhill (Convenor)

Key information

Date

29 June – 3 July 2020

Location

Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus
1 Gheringhap Street 
Geelong VIC 3220

Deadlines

Call for abstracts and proposals for panels, including roundtables: Opens 1 November 2019

Abstracts due: 29 February 2020

Registration opens: Early 2020

Contact us

For any questions or further information relating to AHA 2020, please email the conference team at aha2020@deakin.edu.au.