41st AHA Conference

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The 41st Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference, will be hosted by the Australian Catholic University on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne from 3 to 6 July 2023. The theme is ‘Milestones’.

About the conference

The year 1973 was a big one. Australia granted diplomatic recognition to the People’s Republic of China, the Sydney Opera House opened its doors, and the White Australia Policy was declared ‘buried’. Globally, the United Kingdom joined the European Union, Idi Amin expelled Uganda’s Asian population, and the oil crisis engulfed the world. It also marked the year that Australian historians first formed a professional organisation. Much of course remains unfinished: Indigenous peoples’ struggles for land rights and sovereignty, women’s demands for an end to the unspoken violence of male power, and of course, the necessity of a liveable human environment. We have chosen the theme of ‘Milestones’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the Australian Historical Association, and to encourage reflection: on the historical profession in Australia, how far the nation has come, and the many things it still has to deliver. But equally, we encourage participants working in any field of history to challenge easy answers offered by the comforts of teleology. Milestones mark progress towards a predestined goal, after all, and assumptions around progress and improvement were central to the colonial enterprise. Milestones can conceal as much as they illuminate, and our experiences of the ongoing pandemic render strange any assumption of time moving at one set speed. Hosted by Australian Catholic University on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, this conference will be an opportunity to take stock of what has been, interrogate the place of historical knowledge and teaching in contemporary society, and ponder potential futures.

Deadline for proposals

Submissions have now closed and authors will be contacted some time in mid-March 2023.


Go to the conference website for further information.


3 (Monday) July, 12{12Mon, 03 Jul 2023 00:00:00 +1000} 00{07007} - 6 (Thursday) July, 11{11Thu, 06 Jul 2023 23:59:00 +1000} 59{07597} (All Day)(GMT+10:00)

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