Extended deadline to 30 June, 2014 for CfP: Melbourne Historical Journal

Contributions are invited from Australian and New Zealand postgraduate students in history for publication in volume 42, 2014 of the Melbourne Historical Journal (MHJ). Published since 1961, the MHJ is a refereed journal for the publication of postgraduate research in all aspects of history. It is open to new approaches and aims to present original postgraduate work to a wide readership. We are particularly interested in submissions that are relevant to this year’s theme, but postgraduate articles on any historical topic will be considered for publication.

The theme for 2014 is “Neglected Histories”. This edition aims to shine a light on themes, periods, geographical regions, historical methods, and historiographical approaches that have either received little study, or have fallen into disuse. We also welcome submissions that use neglected sources or ideas to reappraise more popular fields of enquiry. Submissions need not dwell on why a topic has suffered neglect, though such approaches are encouraged – our aim is to invigorate discussion and showcase research into fields that are not currently in the spotlight.

The extended deadline for submission is 30 June 2014. Journal articles should be between 5,000–7,000 words and constitute an original piece of research. Manuscripts should not be under review or scheduled for publication by any other journal, and should be substantially different from other published work. Every article submitted to MHJ is eligible for the Greg Dening Memorial Prize.  Details of the prize can be found on the MHJ website.

We also welcome expressions of interest from postgraduates with regards to book review submissions. Journal articles, reviews, and queries may be submitted to MHJ via email.

Melbourne Historical Journal (MHJ)
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
The University of Melbourne


REMINDER: EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence 2015 – Deadline 1 July, 2014

Are you interested in a three week research stay at an interdisciplinary research centre in the heart of the Alps?

The Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) in South Tyrol, Northern Italy, invites applications from those who are working on issues related to comparative federalism, regionalism or intergovernmental relations. Both academics and civil servants are invited to apply, those who have interest in multi-level governance and government, people just beginning their career, in the midst of it, or eager to reflect further upon federal and regional studies.

Required Application Materials:

  • A fully-fledged paper in either English, German, Italian, French or Spanish on above mentioned topics, approached from the perspective of economics, legal or political science;
    (NB no research plans accepted; the paper shall be unpublished/not be published before the end of 2014; author identifying information must be removed);
  • an abstract in English;
  • a short CV with contact details (E-mail and phone numbers) in English. In accordance to the Italian Law on personal data handling (decree 196/2003), please attach the following consent to your CV: ‘I authorize EURAC to use my personal data in accordance to decree 196/2003’;
  • a short motivation letter in English (max 2 pages).

The winner is granted a research stay up to three weeks including travel reimbursement, preferably first half of February 2015. During that time, the winner can also profit from the lectures of the post-graduate and high level program Winter School on Federalism and Governance as well as present his/her work publicly to an international audience. Possibilities of publishing research findings in international online series are also given.

Applications close 1 July 2014.

Detailed information available at www.eurac.edu/federalscholar



News@EU Update for 6 June 2014

The latest from the delegation of the European Commission to Australia and New Zealand in Canberra is here


2014 Schuman Lecture: Indo-Pacific Lessons from a European Experiment

Peter Varghese AO – Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Monday 16 June 2014 5.00pm – 6.00pm

The European project was an attempt to pursue a strategic objective by economic means: continental peace by way of coal and steel. More than 60 years on, if measured against that original set of goalposts, it has been a successful project. Indeed, the lure of European peace and prosperity has been so attractive that the EU has grown dramatically in the last two decades. Yet Europe has many detractors, who point to the challenges of monetary without fiscal union and responding to Russian aggression as failures of the supra-national model initiated by Robert Schuman. What lessons can Australia’s region, the Indo-Pacific, draw from the European experiment?

Mr Varghese took up his position as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 3 December 2012.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Varghese was Australia’s High Commissioner to India from 2009 to 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments. Before that he was the Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister. Mr Varghese was Australia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2000 to 2002. He has also served overseas in Tokyo (1994), Washington (1986-88) and Vienna (1980-83).

Mr Varghese has held a wide range of senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, including as Deputy Secretary (2002-2003), First Assistant Secretary of the International Security Division (1997), Head of the White Paper Secretariat (1996-97) which drafted Australia’s first white paper on foreign and trade policy, First Assistant Secretary of the Public Affairs Division (1994-96), and Assistant Secretary of Staffing (1991-92). He was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as First Assistant Secretary of the International Division (1998-1999).

He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration, particularly in leading reform in the Australian intelligence community and as an adviser in the areas of foreign policy and international security. He was awarded a Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of Queensland in July 2013 in recognition of his distinguished service to diplomacy and Australian public service.

Venue: The Hall, University House, Balmain Cres (Bldg 1), Canberra

Parking: please see the Visitor Parking Map 
 europe@anu.edu.au by 13 June 2014


ANUCES is an initiative involving four ANU Colleges (Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Business and Economics, and Asia and the Pacific) co-funded by the ANU and the European Union.


2014 Summer School resources

Day 1:  Crisis and Conciliation in Contemporary Europe

What is Europe? book chapter

Institute for Public Policy Research report, England’s Two Unions, The Anatomy of Nation and its Discontents

European Commission, Public Opinion

Europa, the official European Union

Access to European Union Law, Europa website

Day 2: History and Commemoration


Federal website on the Commemorations

Commemoration of the First World War in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FR)

Commemoration of the First World War in Flanders

Visit Flanders – Flanders Fields

Provincial websites in Flanders:

Commemoration of the First World War in the province of West Flanders

Commemoration of the First World War in the province of Antwerp

Commemoration of the First World War in the province of Limburg (Dutch)


Institute of Veterans – National Institute of War Invalids, Ex-Combatants and War Victims

In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres

Last post at the Menin Gate in Ypres

The Memorial Museum of Passchendaele 1917

Further Resources

Esma Banner, UN Post World War II Refugee Worker 1945-51, Museum Victoria

Death or Liberty by Tony Moore

Europeans United, in Hating Europe, New York Times article by Andrea Mammone

Do Mention the War – British Future think tank report

International Research Network for War Commemoration

Rebels sent to our shores have a story to tell us, article by Tony Moore in The Australian

Australian Republicans’ long struggle for liberty, sovereignty and democracy, article by Tony Moore

Day 3: Religion and Identity in Europe and Australia

Anti-Islam Australian pamphlet

Arguments For and Against Turkey’s EU Membership – Debating Europe

BBC News article, Disproving the Muslim Demographics sums

Cultural Diplomacy and the Debate on Turkey’s Accession to the EU, article by Johanna Konnen

Centre for European Studies, ANU, Website

En France, des jeunes de plus en plus fidèles à l’islam, Le Monde article

En tuant des militaires musulmans français, Merah a tué son double, Le Monde article

Turkey’s EU Membership Debate and the Copenhagen Summit, article by By Ioannis Grigoriadis

What is Driving the European Debate about Turkey?, article by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Loner, Loser, Killer, New York Times opinion piece by Olivier Roy

Merkel Gives Turkey Hope for EU Membership – New York Times article

Pluie d’éloges pour le lycée musulman Averroès de Lille, Le Monde article

Euro-Islam, News and Analysis in Europe and North America

Pew Research Centre, Global Attitudes Project, 2006

The E.U. needs Turkey, New York Times article by Soner Cagaptay 

Joppke, Christian (2009) Veil; Mirror of Identity, Cambridge, UK ; Malden, M : Polity

The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims: The State’s Role in Minority Integration, Jonathan Laurence

Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 5, Nielsen, Jorgen

Roy, Olivier (2007)  Secularism confronts Islam , trans.  George Holoch. New York ; Chichester : Columbia University Press

Natalie J. Doyle & Irfan Ahmad (2013) eds.  “Islamophobia, European Modernity and Contemporary Illiberalism”, Politics, Religion & Ideology, 14:2

Hunter-Henin, Myriam “ Why the French don’t like the Burqa: laïcité, national identity and religious freedom” International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 2012, Vol.61(3), pp.613-639

Roy, Olivier (2005) La Laïcité face à l’Islam, Paris: Stock

ABC Radio National, Religion and Ethics Report: Islam in Europe

Museum Victoria Resources

Museum Victoria, Immigration Museum, Identity: yours, mine, ours

Museum Victoria, Immigration Museum, Collections website

Immigration Museum

Origins, Museum Victoria website

Culture and Communities, Museum Victoria website

Migration and Cultural Diversity Collection, Museum Victoria

Other Resources

Summer School Program 2014

Asia Europe Journal from The Asia Europe Foundation

Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, European Union Studies Association New Zealand

EUC Network

Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 63, Issue 1 

Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol 18, Issue 4

Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA)

Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol. 9, No. 5

RMIT European Union Centre


The Fall of the Berlin Wall, EU enlargement and its effects on Europe, Australia and the World

On the 20 May 2014, the ANUCES hosted an event titled “Australia and Europe in Conversation. 1989 – 2014:  The Fall of the Berlin Wall, EU enlargement and its effects on Europe, Australia and the World”. This lecture was recorded and will be broadcast on the ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program on Tuesday 3 June 2014 at 8pm.

If you were unable to join us for this event, we encourage you to tune in on Tuesday night.

For more information about Big Ideas please visit http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/.


An Australian and New Zealand view of UK-EU relations

As part of the IP Journal’s series gathering national views on the future of UK-EU relations, we are pleased to announce the publication of an Australian and New Zealand view of UK-EU relations. Our thanks to Ben Wellings, lecturer in politics and international relations at Monash University, Melbourne and Annemarie Elijah, deputy director of the Center for European Studies at the Australian National University (ANU).

– Tim Oliver and Almut Möller
We will be publishing several more views in the very near future. Views published so far include:


Australia and New Zealand


Far-right rises in European Parliament elections, but is it a ‘Euroquake’?

Some 400 million eligible voters, 751 seats, 28 countries: a portrait of true democracy at work – unless they held an election and nobody came. Average voter turnout in the weekend’s European Parliament (EP) elections was an estimated 43.09%. That’s a stunning 0.09% improvement on 2009.

Read the full piece by MEEUC Associate Director Rémy Davison here on The Conversation


Religious undertones in the surge of nationalists in EU elections

Right-wing nationalist parties made major gains in the European Union elections, especially in France, Hungary, Denmark and Austria. Their major grievance was the immigration from within – and without – the EU. But religion was also a persistent undercurrent in the campaign, with nationalist leaders referring to the growth of Islam across Europe. There was also an interesting correlation between the voting patterns and the religious histories of particular nations within Europe, as Dr Ben Wellings explains.

Listen to the full piece from 28 May 2014 on Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report



Symposium on Food Security

The Global Food System: A focus on power, equity and justice

joint event presented by the Department of Management, the Monash European and EU Centre and the Monash Asia Institute

When: Friday 13 June 2014, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: N1.03, Monash University Caulfield Campus

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

RSVP by Wednesday 11 June to: Liza.Binder@monash.edu


Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Christopher Arup  Socio-Legal Researcher, Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University
  • Professor Brett Inder  Development Economist, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University
  • Professor Pushkar Maitra  Development Economist, Department of Economics, Monash University
  • Shen Narayanasamy   Economic Justice Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia
  • Dr Jagjit Plahe   Director, Diplomacy and Trade Program, Department of Management, Monash University
  • Professor Marika Vicziany   Director, National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash Asia Institute


One in every eight people on the planet is suffering from chronic hunger. Yet between 30 to 50 percent of the food produced globally is wasted. From 2006 to 2008, the price of food soared to unprecedented levels. As food prices continued to rise, countries around the world experienced social and political turmoil, with food riots in thirty-three countries. Food insecurity continues to have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of millions of people around the world. Solutions continue to focus on industrial agriculture, yet 70 percent of the world is fed by small farmers. The United Nations warns that there needs to be a paradigm shift from a “green revolution” to an “ecological intensification” approach.

The aim of this food security symposium is three fold. The first is to better understand the global food insecurity problem and the reasons for this. Presenters will focus on global local connections, power in value chains and how the global economic architecture affects food security. The second is to understand, global, regional, national and local responses to the food crisis; what has worked, what has not and why? The third is to launch a food security group at Monash focused on sharing and discussing ideas and exploring the potential for interdisciplinary research projects with our various partners.