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  • Not every AFL point was a goal tom_heenanBy Tom Heenan Andrew Demetriou’s legacy may be marred by the supplements saga. Victoria’s most influential person has gone. All too often reviled, Andrew Demetriou yesterday announced he was resigning, effective from the end of the 2014 season. Demetriou has undoubtedly been a footballing force. He has a strong social justice streak and a keen eye for market ...
  • The Whitlam dismissal: Unmasking the ‘Third Man’ Demonstrations - Australian capital territory - Demonstration against the Dissolution of Parliament by Sir John Kerr and support for Mr Gough Whitlam at Parliament House, 1975Professor Jenny Hocking will speak at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra at their regular ‘Speakers’ Corner’ event on Sunday 16 February about her latest book, the second volume in her two-volume biography of the former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Gough Whitlam: His Time. Hidden history of the Whitlam government’s dismissal: unmasking the ‘third man’ Award-winning political ...
  • Melbourne: The World’s Ultimate Sport Business City Is Melbourne the sporting capital of the world?Melburnians often boast that their city is the sporting capital of the world. It’s a big call but may not be too far off the mark. Melbourne has just been shortlisted by Sports Business International as one of thirty cities vying for the Ultimate Sports City Award. Criteria for the award include high standard venues, transport ...
  • Remembering Bomber Command Edgar Pickles flew 50 missions over Europe between May 1943 and April 1945 as a member of Royal Air Force Bomber Command.When the Queen last year unveiled a new memorial to the 55,000 men who died in Bomber Command during World War II, 92-year-old Australian Edgar Pickles was there. As historian Damien Williams learns, Pickles’ journey was one of many that Australians have undertaken to Second World War sites around the world. It is never an easy task ...
  • New website traces war in the desert Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in El Alamein, Egypt. Photo: CPL Christopher Dickson, Commonwealth of AustraliaAustralian tourists travelling through Lebanon and Egypt will have a better understanding of the role of Australian soldiers during both world wars with the help of a new website.  With funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Monash University PhD candidate and researcher Rebecca Wheatley from the National Centre for Australian Studies, worked ...
  • Plans to digitise repatriation files will change the way we think of the Great War wooden crosses in field with poppies attachedBy Bruce Scates In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, the Australian Minister for Veterans’  Affairs and his New Zealand counterpart will issue a joint announcement. To mark the centenary of 1914-18, the governments of both countries will digitise a  sample of repatriation records – medical, pension and correspondence files dealing with the men and women who returned from war. ”Sample” ...
  • Taking a moment of silence to remember Image: LAC Benjamin Evans © Commonwealth of AustraliaAs the 11th hour strikes today Australians, along with other nations around the world, will pause to remember those who died or suffered as a result of war. To ensure the war experiences of Australians both here and abroad are documented for the generations to come, Monash University researchers from the Faculty of Arts are leading ...
  • Lest we forget: Remembrance and Anzac teaching, learning and research at Monash wooden crosses in field with poppies attachedAs Remembrance Day approaches, find out what Monash has to offer in Remembrance and ANZAC teaching, learning and research. With a wealth of academic expertise this area, find out about the breath of courses, research, resources and events at Monash. National significance: deepening knowledge of and learning about Australians at War On Remembrance Day, November 11, many ...
  • NCAS to host Chinese-Australian Studies Visiting Fellows 641f153135f02df77fcc81718251f21d_nThe National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) will host the inaugural Chinese-Australian Studies Visiting Fellowships recipients during October. Three Chinese scholars of Australian Studies will be taking up these fellowships with NCAS as part of the Australia-China Council funded project, China-Australia Research Network (CARN). The 2013 Fellows are Dr Hong Chen from East China Normal University, Dr Qinghong ...
  • Putting an end to Bombergate Dr Tom Heenanby Tom Heenan AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou is usually a fairly measured character. But on last Friday morning’s Red Symons’ ABC radio program, Demetriou had a real dummy spit. The Australian journalist Chip Le Grand had suggested that the AFL had reached an agreement with Essendon club doctor Bruce Reid over his role in the supplements saga. Under ...
  • Sport’s scourge hits our shores Tom Heenan and David Dunstanby Tom Heenan and David Dunstan Australian Rules Richmond footballer Jake King seems like a bit of a lad. After a recent game he invited Bandido motorcycle gang heavy, Toby Mitchell, into the Richmond clubrooms to meet the players. Star forward, Jack Riewoldt, gave the Bandido boss the thumbs-up, suggesting Mitchell was a “pretty good bloke.” ...
  • Transcendence and remembering conflict keir_reeves-profile1Dr Keir Reeves, National Centre for Australian Studies For the past quarter of a century memory work of war has methodologically driven new understandings of twentieth century conflicts. This seminar evaluates the ways in which key sites and the emotional raison d’être for travelling to them leads to a change in historical meaning and (arguably) political ...
  • Beer up: the Fawad Ahmed VB Affair Tom Heenan and David Dunstanby Tom Heenan and David Dunstan The criticism of Fawad Ahmed for refusing to wear the VB beer logo on his Australian cricket shirt is mind-boggling. Surely this country has moved on from the steak-and-one-veg culture of the 1950s and can live with the fact that a Muslim sports person does not want to endorse Australia’s ...
  • Visiting Chinese scholars announced – China-Australia Research Network monash-arts-final-artworkProfessor Jenny Hocking and Dr Tony Moore, Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, are pleased to announce the inaugural Chinese-Australian Studies Visiting Fellowships. Three Chinese scholars of Australian Studies will be taking up these fellowships with NCAS as part of the Australia-China Council funded project, China-Australia Research Network (CARN). The 2013 Fellows are: Dr. Hong ...
  • Gough Whitlam: His Time – long-listed for The Nib Gough Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP 2012), the much-anticipated second volume of Professor Jenny Hocking’s two-volume biography of the former Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, has been long-listed for ‘The Nib’: Waverley Award for Literature 2013. The Award is presented for excellence in research in the creation of a literary work. Other factors considered by the judges include ...
  • Tim Soutphommasane appointed Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim SoutphommasaneDr Tim Soutphommasane was yesterday appointed  Race Discrimination Commissioner for a five year term with the Australian Human Rights Commission. This appointment is a tribute to Tim’s hard work and commitment as a scholar, public intellectual and advocate within the community. The National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) in association with Cambridge University Press published Tim’s ...
  • O’Brien a square peg in footy’s round hole dunstan-heenanby Tom Heenan and David Dunstan In the insular world of AFL ‘Aussie Rules’ football, Collingwood’s Heritier ‘Harry’ O’Brien stands out. Born to a Brazilian father and Congolese mother and raised in Western Australia, he is the league’s first Brazilian-born player. No slouch as a defender, he has been prominent in the club’s best-and-fairest counts. For ...
  • Hocking Shortlisted for PM’s Literary Awards Gough_cover_hi-res-194x300The Dean, on behalf of the Faculty of Arts, congratulates Professor Jenny Hocking on the shortlisting of her biography Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP/Miegunyah Press 2012) for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Australian History Prize . This is a tribute to the high standard of scholarship, ground-breaking research and hard work that Professor Hocking has invested ...
  • How much are we prepared to pay to avoid the social brutality of Thatcherism? margaret thatcherBy Dr Tim Southphommasane There was an irony in the very public occasion of Margaret Thatcher’s grand funeral procession in London last week. This was, after all, a political leader who infamously declared, ”There is no such thing as society.” Few figures have done more in office to hollow out the public realm while celebrating all ...
  • From written word to viewer-friendly doco 0b59230523318beb38071c0f4b3be892_nThe rewarding but challenging task of turning scholarly Australian history into engaging material for modern audiences will be discussed by a leading Monash University historian at an upcoming seminar. Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, Dr Tony Moore will examine the trials, tribulations and pleasures of documentary-making since the 1990s, and the challenges of writing for different ...
  • Political sleaze and hatred: it was ever thus 8f6d634ed4d28880e3224496dfb7a585_nby Dr Nick Dyrenfurth These past weeks have given me cause for optimism about the state of Australian politics. Doubtless, thousands of readers will conclude that I am stark raving mad. How is it possible to perceive a political environment hallmarked by ”relentless negativity” and ”sleaze and smear” in an even remotely positive light? The tumult and ...
  • Nostalgia and sensational tourism shape Australians view of the past c53be686a9a4d53cc73329c57039cb11_n3 December 2012 Associate Professor Richard White Visiting locations of historical significance is not a recent occurrence for Australian tourists. In actual fact, they became interested in visiting their past as early as the 1920s when Australian society discovered it had a past worth visiting. Eminent Australian cultural historian Associate Professor Richard White from the University of Sydney will ...
  • Muslim unrest doesn’t denote cultural crisis 336fccc29da60abad29d218b60f2867c_nby Dr Tim Soutphommasane The recent protests by Muslim youths in Sydney have rightly shocked just about all of us. In many respects, the episode parallels the Cronulla riots of December 2005. Both events deserved unqualified condemnation. There is no place for organised mob violence in our democratic society. No one, of course, would have said the ...
  • Monash academic’s history of Australian bohemian tradition to feature in Melbourne Writers Festival Cover of Tony Moore's book "Dancing with empty pockets " Dancing With Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians Since 1860 ‘Dr Moore takes us down history’s backstreets after midnight in search of our bohemian past; his prose is as witty, ironic and entertaining as many of the characters he finds lurking there.’ Graeme Blundell In nineteenth-century Europe, the word ‘bohemian’ conjured the primitive, exotic and mysterious power of gypsies ...
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