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.

AHA and affiliated streams include environmental history, labour history, children and youth, religious history, Pacific history.

Make a submission

Abstracts are due 29 February 2020.


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

Organising committee

Bart Ziino (Chair Convenor)

Helen Gardner (Convenor)

Jonathan Ritchie (Convenor)

Brad Underhill (Convenor)

Key information


29 June – 3 July 2020


Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus
1 Gheringhap Street 
Geelong VIC 3220


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.