Opinion and Discussion Forum
Eras intends to provide a discussion forum for postgraduates and academics from around the world to discuss issues that arise from the papers in this edition. To facilitate this we have provided links at the bottom of each article which will allow the reader to respond. These responses will be mediated by the Eras editorial committee and will then be available for general perusal on the “Discussion” page. A link to this page can always be found on the side navigation bar. We hope that you will take the opportunity to offer constructive comments and participate in the discussion of this new postgraduate research.
Since 2005, we have sought opinion pieces from postgraduate students around the world. These opinion pieces seek to expand the scope of Eras and encourage postgraduate students to engage in vigorous intellectual and wider public debate with a particular interest in connecting the concerns of the past with the context and debates of the present. We hope you enjoy this modest beginning and hope that it will prompt both an immediate response and plentiful future contributions.
- Comments on the paper “Female Film Stars and the Dominant Ideologies of 1950s America”by Jessica FreameEras - Edition Three I enjoyed reading the article about female film stars of the 50s; however, it irks me that to this day, that people are still hanging that “virgin” tag on Doris Day. When the sexual revolution hit in the late ... Read more
- Discussion – Contending Judith Brett’s class: an argument about Labor’s past and present … and future by Nick DyrenfurthThat Labor’s performance at the 2004 Federal election constituted a debacle would seem to be an understatement. In particular the ‘Tasmanian forests policy’ release may go down as one of the more unbelievable events of Australian electoral history. The comical scene of timber workers and their families in rapturous applause welcoming John Howard was as ... Read more
- Discussion – The Bankruptcy of Imperial Symbols; or, the future of history is in clever marketing – by Richard ScullyIt is a little-known fact that when a regime or empire dies, it soon reappears in t-shirt form. I am currently (as I write) wearing one of those generic, long-sleeved t-shirts which have in the last two years become so ubiquitous; the difference is that mine bears the double-headed eagle of Hapsburg Austro-Hungary. I must ... Read more