Historical Studies Cafe

A careers seminar for HDR students in Historical Studies

This is your chance to talk to academics and professionals about their experiences going from study to work, and about the ‘inside story’ of their careers. The café has an informal atmosphere. Speakers introduce their experiences as graduates in the workplace, and then you get the chance to ask your questions over coffee and cake. This semester, the café features speakers from a range of branches of government, as well as early career scholars from Monash University.

Time and location: 2 pm – 3 pm, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, N602 Meeting Room, Clayton. The café will be held five times during semester, on Fridays.

Program: Semester 2, 2016

Claire Spivakovsky, Monash University
Friday 5 August
Working within and beyond academia: Lessons learnt (the hard way)

Nicola Wright, Native Title Unit, Department of Justice and Regulation
Friday 19 August
An (accidental) career: Indigenous rights and my degree in Late Antiquity

John Chesterman, Office of the Public Advocate
Friday 26 August
The value of history: A public sector perspective

Jessica Freame, Department of Health and Human Service
Friday 16 September

Robert Simpson, Monash University
Friday 14 October
1.15 pm – 2.15 pm
Despair, Hopelessness, and Being a Humanities PhD

RSVP to Charlotte Greenhalgh
ph: 9902 4329 charlotte.greenhalgh@monash. edu

Speaker Biographies

Claire Spivakovsky, Monash University 

Claire has worked within and across the academic, community and government sectors for the past six years.

Claire completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Melbourne  in 2010. Prior to her completion, Claire worked as a Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University (2009-2010), teaching undergraduate units in criminological theory and research methods.

In early 2011 Claire joined the Australian Community Support Organization (ACSO) as a Policy and Research Officer. ACSO is a leading community support organization with a reputation for assisting some of the most disenfranchised members of Victoria’s community. ACSO currently provides services for people with an intellectual disability, mental illness, offending history, employment issues and alcohol and other drug problems.

In late 2011 Claire moved to the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate to work as a Policy and Research Officer (OPA). OPA is an independent statutory body which works to protect and promote the interests, rights and dignity of people with a cognitive impairment or mental illness living in the Australian state of Victoria.

In 2012 Claire took a Community Planner position at Moonee Valley City Council. In this role Claire was responsible for developing and overseeing the Council’s human rights, disability, and reconciliation portfolios.

Claire joined Monash University in 2013, and is committed to drawing on these diverse work experiences to respond to the interests, strengths and pressures facing the different sectors in the social and criminal justice arena.

Nicola Wright, Native Title Unit, Department of Justice and Regulation

Nicola graduated from the University of Auckland with a Master of Arts (first class honours) in history in 2013. Her thesis was titled ‘Palms of Blood: Christianity, Violence and Identity in Late Antiquity’ and focussed on the relationship between violence and Christian identity in Western Europe following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. After completing her MA, Nicola accepted a position as a Policy and Negotiations Analyst at the Office of Treaty Settlements in Wellington, New Zealand, and spent 12 months on the negotiating team for the Whanganui River Settlement, New Zealand’s longest running litigation. Following the completion of this project, Nicola took up a role as a Strategic Projects Analyst at the Department of Conservation in Auckland, where she shifted her focus from Treaty settlement negotiations to settlement implementation working on the Tamaki Collective Redress Settlement, which covered Auckland’s iconic volcanic cones and offshore islands.

Nicola is currently employed as a Project Officer in the Native Title Unit at the Department of Justice and Regulation here in Victoria, where her role is to represent the Victorian government in settlement negotiations with Victorian traditional owner groups under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic).

John Chesterman, Office of the Public Advocate

 A lawyer and historian by training, Dr John Chesterman has spent seven years leading the systemic reform activities at the Office of the Public Advocate, Victoria’s adult guardian of last resort. During this time John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship which enabled him to examine a variety of adult protection systems in place in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining OPA, John lectured in politics for more than eight years at the University of Melbourne. Before that, John held research positions at the School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, and the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne. John has authored, co-authored and co-edited six academic books, including Civil Rights: How Indigenous Australians Won Formal Equality (University of Queensland Press) and (as co-author) The Politics of Human Rights in Australia (Cambridge University Press). 

Jessica Freame, Department of Health and Human Service

Project Director, Ten Year Mental Health Plan Implementation.

Robert Simpson, Monash University

Robert has been a lecturer in philosophy at Monash since July 2013, having previously been a graduate student and tutor in philosophy at the University of Oxford (2009-13) and at Monash prior to that (2007-08). Robert’s main research interests are in social and political philosophy; they include: free speech, hate speech, the analysis of speech-harm, attributions of responsibility in law, the moral limits of the law, human enhancement, epistemology of disagreement, and philosophical issues in religious conflict.